Master of Science in Nursing Program Director Dr. Kathryn Dolter joined Mount Mercy University in the summer of 2011 as the first program director for the Institution's newly launched graduate program in nursing. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of California, San Francisco, a Master of Arts in Nursing from the University of Iowa College of Nursing, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Iowa College of Nursing.
Dolter's previous educational experience includes both academic, regulatory, and hospital education positions at varying levels. She held the position of associate professor and department head of the pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in nursing program at the University of Dubuque, where she led the design, development, and implementation of that program from initiation through approval and accreditation (2004-2009). Dolter had previously taught in the graduate nursing program at the University of Iowa (assistant professor, tenure track, 2002-2004); headed the Institute for Regulatory Excellence fellowship program at the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (2009); was chief, hospital education at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany where she led hospital and continuing education programs for physicians, nurses, and technicians (1997-1998); and was an instructor in the Army Medical Department Critical Care Nursing Course at Brooke Army Medical Center (1990-1992).
Dolter is a retired Army Nurse Corps officer (1979-2002) where she held varying and increasing leadership positions. She received the Legion of Merit and was inducted into the Order of Military Merit for her leadership of the design, development, and implementation of Veterans Administration /Department of Defense Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines from 1998-2002 for the Army Medical Department (AMEDD). In that position, she worked with the RAND Corporation to develop a guideline implementation process for the AMEDD. Other career highlights included experience as the nurse manager of a level I neurotrauma intensive care unit, instructor in the Army's 16-week critical care course, department head in hospital resource management at an Army medical center, and department head of hospital education. Dolter was Staff Nurse of the Year at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (1987); was Brooke Army Medical Center's nominee for San Antonio's Nurse Imagemaker award (1991); was one of three Army Nurse Corps officers selected for long-term-civilian training for doctoral education in 1992; and was the recipient of Phyllis J. Vehronick Nursing Research Award for Excellence in Nursing Research (1996).
Dolter's publications include "Educational Challenges: The Crisis in Quality," "Leadership by Example: Resources for Nurses in Health System Process Improvements," and "Quality Improvement Introduction: Nursing's Role in Achieving Quality Health Care Systems," which appeared in Current Issues in Nursing.
She has served on the Board of Directors for Finley Hospital in Dubuque, on the Performance Improvement Committee for the Iowa Hospital System, and on many Department of Defense committees relative to evidence-based guidelines.