Kristine Peterson, Immediate Past President, AACN Board, FY2012

Kristine Peterson, RN, MS, CCRN, CCNS, serves a one-year term as immediate past president of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012. She has held numerous positions with AACN, including board president in FY2011, board secretary in FY2009 and Advanced Practice Work Group chair in FY2006.

Peterson, who enjoys a nursing career that spans 30 years, brings to her role as immediate past president vast experience in critical care nursing that includes advanced practice, management and education. A cardiac clinical nurse specialist at the Magnet-designated Aspirus Wausau Hospital, Wis., she previously served as clinical nurse specialist for cardiovascular and critical care at Minnesota-based Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital, St. Louis Park. She also worked as a critical care CNS at Fairview Riverside Medical Center, Minneapolis.

Peterson was a clinical educator/instructor at Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, D.C., from 1987 to 1992, and ICU/CCU director at HCA Valley Regional Medical Center, Brownsville, Texas, from 1986 to 1987. She held staff nurse positions at the University of Minnesota Hospitals, Minneapolis, and St. Mary’s Hospital and Rochester Methodist Hospital, both in Rochester, Minn.

Peterson, who holds CCRN and CCNS nursing certification, earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn., in 1978 where she graduated cum laude. She received a Master of Science in nursing from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, in 1985.