Faculty Profile

Kristine Twite Lehnen, Doctor of Nursing Practice

  • Nurse-Midwife,WHCNP
  • Professional
  • RCF-Regional Team Lead
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Kristine Twite Lehnen is a Frontier Nursing University CNEP class 133 graduate. After earning her MSN with a focus on Nurse-Midwifery in 2017, she completed her WHNP post graduate certificate in 2018. In 2019, while working a full-scope midwifery position in California's Napa Valley, she earned her DNP following a quality improvement project focused on providing patient-centered care by implementing the ACOG breastfeeding toolkit for the outpatient clinic setting. Along with being a certified nurse-midwife and women's health nurse practitioner, Kristine is also an IBCLC and has a strong commitment to helping ensure women reach their breastfeeding goals. She is passionate about ensuring all pregnant people have a safe and satisfying birth experience. As an APRN, she is driven to make contributions to reduce maternal & child healthcare disparities and to facilitate patient empowerment through clear education and shared decision-making. As an educator, she is committed to supporting all students as they deepen their knowledge and understanding of content while gaining skills, behaviors, and capabilities needed of a professional APRN who is ready to practice evidence-based patient-centered care in a safe and compassionate manner. Kristine’s prior teaching experience includes serving as an adjunct assistant professor of nursing from 2014 - 2020 at Dominican University of California prior to joining FNU in 2020 where she has taught in NM700 Role of the Nurse Midwife and PC701 Principles of Health Promotion. Currently, Kristine works full time as clinical faculty and serves on multiple committees, including Curriculum Committee and the Critical Thinking, Clinical Reasoning and Diagnostic Decision-making sub-committee. She is committed to ensuring students and preceptors are thriving during the clinical practicum experience. Kristine supports the clinical faculty team as a Regional Team Lead and as a Regional Clinical Faculty for California, Minnesota, Wisconsin, & Michigan. She also provides PRN nurse-midwifery care in the San Francisco Bay Area and in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Kristine is a member of ACNM, is the current social media chair for the Minnesota Affiliate of ACNM, and was a social medial volunteer for the California Nurse-Midwives Association from 2019-2022 as they worked to remove physician supervision for CNMs through the legislative process.