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Krista Knudson, , MSN, RN, ACNP

Yale University PhD
Home New Haven CT United States


A clinician and aspiring nurse scientist, Ms. Knudson is a PhD candidate at Yale University. Ms. Knudson received her B.S.N. from Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin and M.S.N. (acute care nurse practitioner) from Yale. Her extensive training and practice background in acute care includes many years as a nurse and nurse practitioner in cardiac surgery intensive care units. Ms. Knudson first began to care for patients treated with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) in 2009. ECMO is a complex rescue treatment, associated with high rates of morbidity and mortality, for patients with severe but potentially reversible heart and/or lung failure. Once reserved primarily for neonates and children, ECMO is now increasingly being used to treat adult patients. This highly technical therapy option presents unique challenges to patients and families; their experiences during and after treatment with ECMO are not well understood. The objective of Ms. Knudson’s doctoral research is to gain knowledge and insights about the ECMO experience from the perspectives of adult patients and their families. Her research findings will be used to identify opportunities for patient- and family-centered practice changes that may ultimately lead to improved patient outcomes. Ms. Knudson’s long-term goal is to develop a program of research centered on understanding and addressing needs of critically ill patients and their families. Ms. Knudson is a 2016-18 Jonas Nurse Scholar and 2016-18 Rockefeller University Heilbrunn Family Center for Research Nursing (HFCRN) Scholar.


Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas Nurse Leader – Cardiac Disease/Stroke
Dissertation: Patient and Family Experiences of Adult Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)