Kristin McVay '08

For Kristin McVay ’08, Mount Mercy University was a stepping stone to her successful professional career. McVay currently serves as a Disease-Specific Reviewer and Surveyor at the Joint Commission at UnityPoint St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids.

“MMU was the stepping stone I needed to enjoy the career I do today.”

Kristin McVay '08
Disease-Specific Reviewer, Surveyor at the Joint Commission
UnityPoint St. Luke's Hospital
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

“MMU was a strong stepping stone for me, as my experience showed me that it can be done,” McVay said. “I became aware after two years of working as an ADN (Associate Degree of Nursing) that MMU was the stepping stone I needed to enjoy the career I do today. This role allows me to stay closely connected with bedside patient care, while impacting process development and performance improvement related to surgical quality. I enjoy that my organization values education and personnel development.”

Before attending Mount Mercy University, McVay obtained her Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) from Kirkwood Community College and later made the transition to Mount Mercy to complete her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

“I worked full-time as an RN (Registered Nurse) during my BSN completion, and after a one year break I began my dual master’s program,” said McVay. “In 2011, I graduated with my MSN (Masters of Science in Nursing) and MHA (Master of Healthcare Administration). Throughout school I worked at UnityPoint St. Luke’s and progressed into a nursing management role prior to completing my dual masters. UnityPoint has supported me all along my education pathway.”

After graduating from Mount Mercy, McVay feels she was prepared for succeeding in her career path.

“My MMU experience prepared me for success in the workplace,” she said. “This experience taught me that I could take the next step, earn a dual master’s, and move into the career success I enjoy today.”

As for current Mount Mercy students, McVay has one piece of advice:

“Keep rocking it, it is so worth it!”

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