Kirsten Hepburn

Kirsten Hepburn is a BSN to PhD student at UNMC’s College of Nursing. She is a Graduate Research Assistant for Dr. Tiffany Moore.

Current credentials and degrees: BA, BSN, RN
Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska
Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2025
Research interest: Causes of early pregnancy loss and ways to increase prevention.
Plans after graduation: I plan to continue to research as well as teach.

Why I chose a PhD in nursing:

I have a strong interest in research as well as teaching.

Research/professional interests:

I became interested researching early pregnancy loss during my four years as the Perinatal Bereavement RN at Methodist Women’s Clinic. I got tired of telling women “we really can’t explain your pregnancy loss,” and decided to do something about it. I want to make discoveries that will lead to prevention and improvements in care.

What I like about UNMC:

I love UNMC! I got my BSN from UNMC and knew the quality of education here. When it came time to apply for PhD programs, I didn’t give any thought to going to school anywhere else.

Professional memberships:

  • Pregnancy Loss and Infant Death Alliance (PLIDA)
  • Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS)
  • Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA)
  • Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)

Three things people may not know about me:

  • I spent six months in Alaska living on and working at a Musk-ox domestication project farm.
  • Long before I decided on nursing, I was a full-time professional photographer in Kansas City, MO.
  • My father immigrated to the US from Scotland, which makes me a dual American-British citizen.