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

Cline is a Pre-Hospital Care Coordinator for the Contra Costa County Department of Health in Martinez, California. In more than 10 years as a critical care and emergency nurse, Cline has held positions that include flight nurse, stretcherside 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 and Certified Flight/Transport Registered Nurse review courses which support the professional development of emergency nurses on an even larger scale. Cline also lectures nationally on clinical topics and compassion fatigue.

Cline has been actively involved in ENA at the state and national level since 2011. She has held 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 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 worked with ENA at the national level since 2013 when she was appointed to the National Conference Education Planning Committee. She served as committee chairperson for Emergency Nursing 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 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 ENA’s General Assembly in 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 associate’s degree 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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