Cline Kristen M. Cline, BSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, TCRN, CFRN, CTRN, CCRN, is in her first year as a member of the Emergency Nurses Association Board of Directors.

Cline is a flight/critical care transport nurse and base educator for Sanford AirMed in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. In her role, Cline has transported hundreds of critically ill and injured patients from accident scenes and medical emergencies to facilities for care, as well as between facilities when a higher level of care is needed. As a base educator, Cline helps coordinate continuing education and professional development along with developing competency assessments for her colleagues. She is also an active instructor for ACLS, PALS, TNCC and ENPC. In her 11 years at Sanford Health, 10 of those years in emergency services, Cline has held positions including: bedside nurse, charge nurse and ED education coordinator. Cline has been an instructor with Solheim Enterprises since 2016, which has allowed her to travel the country teaching Certified Emergency Nurse review courses and to support the professional development of emergency nurses on an even larger scale.

Cline has been actively involved in the ENA at the state and national level since 2011, holding several roles on the South Dakota ENA State Council including education and social media chairperson. Cline is active in the air medical transport industry as a member of the Air and Surface Transport Nurses Association. She also serves as a subject matter expert to their ASTNA’s Education Committee and is a member of the Contact Hours and Continuing Education Committee. She is a member of the editorial review board for Air Medical Journal.

Cline has been involved in the ENA at the national level since 2013 when she was appointed to the National Conference Education Planning Committee and she served as committee chairperson for Emergency Nursing 2018 in Pittsburgh. She has lectured frequently on evidence-based practice and burnout at national conferences and was the primary author of a resolution on firearm safety and legislation which was successfully passed by the General Assembly at Emergency Nursing 2017. She is a primary contributing author for TNCC, 8th edition, and has been published in Critical Care Nurse and the Journal of Emergency Nursing.

Cline was the 2015 recipient of the Distinguished CPEN Award from the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing and the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board for her support and advocacy of professional development and certification. In 2016, Cline was recognized by Sanford Health with the Exemplary Professional Practice Award for outstanding nursing practice and commitment to professionalism.

Cline earned her ADN from the University of South Dakota in 2007 and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from American Sentinel University in 2013. She is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and Sigma Theta Tau. Cline is board certified in emergency, pediatric emergency, trauma, flight, transport and critical care nursing.

Term as Director: January 2019 - December 2021

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