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Kristen McLaughlin

PhD (candidate), RN, CPNP-PC

Assistant Clinical Professor; Director of Undergraduate Clinical Education

Graduate Nursing
Nurse Practitioner MSN Department
Undergraduate Nursing
Advanced Practice Nursing

Kristen McLaughlin, PhD (c), is an assistant clinical professor in the undergraduate pre-licensure nursing program. She is a pediatric nurse practitioner with over 25 years of pediatric experience. She has clinical practice experience in pediatric cardiology, urology, primary care, anesthesia and sports medicine/orthopedics. She is an employee at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in the Division of Orthopedics where she maintains a weekly clinical practice. She earned abachelor’s degree in Nursing at Villanova University, a master’s degree in Nursing as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (Primary Care) at the University of Pennsylvania and is a current PhD (candidate) at Widener University.

Professional Society

Sigma Theta Tau (Eta Beta Chapter), National League for Nursing, National Association of Pediatric Nurses and Practitioners, American Nurses Association

Selected Publications

Patterson, B., & McLaughlin, K. (2019). Competency VII: Engage in scholarship. In J. Halstead (Ed.), A decade of influence. Academic nurse educator competencies: Creating an evidence-based practice for nurse educators. Wolters Kluwer.

McLaughlin, K. (2016). Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: technology for screening and treatment. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 31, 456-458. doi:10.1016/j.pedn.2016.04.001.

McLaughlin, K. (2015). Pediatric concussions: Can technology detect the impact?. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 30(1), 270-273. doi:10.1016/j.pedn.2014.10.008.

Solecki, S., McLaughlin, K., Goldschmidt, K. (2014). Promoting positive offline relationships to reduce negative online experiences. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 29(5), 482-484.

Jackson, C., McLaughlin, K., Teti, B. (2011). Back pain in children: A holistic approach to diagnosis and management. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 25(4), 284-293.

Research Interests

Nursing education, pediatric orthopedics and sports medicine


Her areas of special interest are pediatric sports medicine, pediatric orthopedics and nursing education. The aim of her dissertation study is to develop and explore the psychometric properties of an instrument that quantifies objective data measuring the role-specific knowledge of academic nurse educators.

Widener University (PhD candidate)

University of Pennsylvania (MSN)

Villanova University (BSN)