Kathryn Burger is the recipient of the Edith M. Pritchard Scholarship which is awarded to students interested in nursing education and public health. She currently attends the University of Washington Tacoma and is enrolled in the Master of Nursing Leader in Healthcare Delivery program. In 2012, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Washington Tacoma. She chose this educational path because of her strong desire to focus on social justice in nursing.
Kathryn began her career in Minnesota after earning an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing from the Minneapolis Community and Technical College in 2008. She discovered she wanted to become a nurse after traveling to a student conference in Caracas, Venezuela. She learned about social and environmental problems in developing countries and was inspired by the difference universal healthcare could make. Her experience taught her that if she dedicated her life to serving others then she would become fulfilled.
Ms. Burger currently works at a public county trauma hospital in Seattle. She specializes in the continuity of care after patients are discharged from the hospital. She primarily assists in problem solving barriers to health after hospitalization to help improve patient lives. Her practice inspires her to continue higher education in nurse leadership so she can be an effective advocate for vulnerable populations.
Kathryn is especially passionate about maternal child nursing and the social determinants of health. She is currently undertaking a scholarly project on examining disparities in maternal mortality in the United States through a reproductive justice lens. She hopes that her concept analysis can inspire further nursing scholarship into the application of social justice principles for improving population health.
In addition to studying public health issues in nursing, Kathryn enjoys spending time in the Pacific Northwest with her rescue dog Theo and doing aerial acrobatic yoga.
On May 10, 2021, the Journal of Public Health Nursing published the article: Reproductive justice and black lives: A concept analysis for public health nursing by Kathryn Burger,MN, RN-BC, Robin Evans-Agnew, PhD RN, and Susan Johnson, PhD,RN. the article displays Kathryn's graduate research.
A link to the article:http://doi.org/10.1111/phn.12919