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About Chris Purfeerst, MA, RN

Chris Purfeerst has been a faculty member of the nursing program since January of 2008, and before that, as an adjunct clinical instructor beginning in 2003. She has taught several nursing fundamentals and clinical courses in the department, most recently in N3800, N3291, N3810, N3292, and N4200, and has practice expertise in adult medical-surgical nursing. She has ten years of experience working as an RN at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview Hospital on an adult medicine unit (2002-2012). She has been recognized as a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) specializing in knowledge, skill, and excellence in practice (2012-2017). She was awarded the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses (May 2015). She has been nominated as a Faculty Mentor at the University's Honors and Awards Ceremony. She received the 2020-2021 Nursing Faculty Excellence Award, which exhibits courage by fostering student questions and compassion through unconditional acceptance and creativity in teaching/administrative roles. She is pursuing her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and will complete her terminal degree in May 2024! 

"Role modeling is an important piece to my practice and part of my teaching here at the University. Connecting with students and providing them with positive energy will help them gain confidence and help them become exceptional nurses. I am passionate about helping women lead and influence the nursing profession. I enjoy helping them build their confidence and have the knowledge and skill to speak up and advocate for themselves and the patient population they serve."


Present Assistant Professor, Nursing, St. Catherine University Nursing Department


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Honors and Awards

  • DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses
  • Faculty Mentor
  • Nursing Faculty Excellence Award


  • NURS 4200 Leadership in Professional Nursing Practice
  • Nursing 3291 Nursing Interventions I
  • Nursing 3292 Nursing Interventions II
  • Nursing 3810: Application of Theory in Practice II
  • Nursing 3800: Application of Theory in Practice I


2011 M.A., St. Catherine University, St. Paul, Minnesota ‐ Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Nursing - Nurse Educator
2002 B.S., University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota ‐ Bachelor of Science, Nursing
NLN, Minneapolis/St.Paul, Minnesota ‐ Certified Nurse Educator

Contact Information

Phone: 651-690-6478