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Nursing

Lydia Christoffersen

Assistant Professor - Nursing

Education

  • MSN Mount Mercy University
  • BSN Mount Mercy University 

About

Lydia Christoffersen teaches in the undergraduate nursing program, and her classes include Nursing Interventions, Adult Clinical Simulation, Nutrition, and Answering the Call to Nursing.

Prior to joining Mount Mercy as a full-time faculty member, Christoffersen worked at Unity Point–St. Luke’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab. She has also worked in emergency nursing.   

Christoffersen’s main areas of interest are adult wellness, disease prevention, cardiac, and emergency nursing, and her passion lies in teaching healthy lifestyle habits of proper nutrition, physical activity, and overall compliance. She believes that as a nurse, taking care of oneself physically and emotionally allows for optimal care to be provided to clients. She wishes to instill this self-care perspective in all nursing students.

Christoffersen belongs to the American Nurses Association, Iowa Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau International–Kappa Xi Chapter. In her spare time, she enjoys running, all outdoor activities, crosswords/puzzles, and spending time with her husband and two daughters. 

Q&A

I completed my undergraduate degree in nursing from Mount Mercy College in 2008 and then decided to complete my master's degree from Mount Mercy University in 2018. I have kept in contact with folks in the nursing department and was excited when Dr. Kim Bro notified me of a position opening and for the opportunity to be “back home” at Mount Mercy.

I enjoy students who are eager to learn and I like building relationships with students. I look forward to a more precedented time to continue to build upon those relationships on campus. I love seeing the “aha” moments when it all clicks for the student and to see their progress in the program.

I teach several levels in the nursing program ranging from the freshman introductory course, to sophomore skills and online courses. I also teach at the junior level.

A high point was when a student came up to me after taking my nutrition course and was proud to tell me she had tried several healthy foods I mentioned in class, and she liked them. Positive comments and notes on evaluations make it all worth it. 

I'm a firm believer in self-care in the form of exercise. I am a runner and yes, it keeps me in shape, but it has been my emotional equalizer as well. My daughters know if I'm getting tense or stressed that mom needs to go for a run! It keeps my mind sharp and positively impacts my efforts as a wife, mother, nurse, and educator.

I know I speak for all nurses in saying your gratitude is much appreciated. The best way to give nurses and healthcare workers a standing ovation is to stay vigilant: wear a mask, stay at home, socially distance, and get vaccinated.