Kendra was reared in Montana’s Mission Valley. She initially attended the University of Montana for a Music Performance/Education degree. She later completed her Associates of Nursing at the Salish and Kootenai College (S.K.C.). Kendra was hired directly from her preceptorship into Obstetrics at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Polson. After Kendra’s third son spent his first few weeks in the NICU with a double pneumothorax, she accepted an accommodating position in St. Luke’s Convenient Care and developed clinical, procedural, and triage skills. Kendra then devoted six years of night shift coverage to St.Lukes critical access OB/Nursery department. Concurrently, she was recruited to assist with development of St. Patrick Hospital’s new LDRP unit and practiced as a nursery nurse on night shift. Kendra enjoyed training each night shift nurse to the nursery to enable their assistance with newborn codes.
After commuting for several years, a day shift opportunity presented at St. Luke’s Surgical department which further developed her OR, PACU, Recovery, Infusion skills. Kendra utilized spare and on-call time to cover triage, nurse sedation, and traumas in the ER. She was honored to accept a flexible position as an Simulation Specialist and Clinical Instructor at her Alma Mater. She remained in the field through that time as a flexible TPD float nurse for Kalispell Regional Medical Center’s IMC, ICU, Med/Surg, Surgical, and Infusion units.
Kendra has been promoted to full-time Faculty at S.K.C. after completing her Bachelor’s in Nursing Science and progressed into a Master’s in Nursing Education through Capella University. She is excited to coordinate with Best Practice Medicine’s Simulation in Motion Montana (SIM-MT) project as a Simulation Specialist, providing cutting-edge medical training experiences to remote communities throughout the state.
Kendra, her Nurse/Rancher husband, Randy, and their four athletic boys ranging from age 5-19 enjoy cross country skiing and finding remote hot springs in the winter and kayaking or hiking to remote lakes in the summer with her Great Pyrenees and Anatolian dogs. Kendra’s goal through simulation and lecture is to engage in open communication and share common-sense applications of evidence-based practices.