Author & Contributors
Kati Kleber, MSN RN CCRN-K
Kati has been a nurse since 2010 with experience in both cardiothoracic and vascular med-surg as well as neurosurgical intensive care, and has maintained her critical care national certification since 2015. Kati is a published author with the American Nurses Association and been featured on many media outlets such as Reader's Digest, AARP, NPR, US World News and Report, the TODAY Show, and more. She is a national speaker on nursing-related topics, was awarded Nurse of the Year by the Charlotte Business Journal, and named one of the Great 100 Nurses of North Carolina, both in 2015. She is the nurse educator behind the FreshRN® platform, which consists of books, a blog, podcasts, and courses to support new graduate nurses in their transition from school to bedside.
Kati is the author of the FreshRN® New Nurse Master Class.
Reviewer & Advisor
John Russell, DNP APRN FNP-BC CCRN RNFA
John works full time in cardiothoracic surgery and provides inpatient and outpatient management of surgical patients as an Advanced Practice Nurse. Additionally, he teaches at multiple universities and serves as the APRN/PA Program Director - College Division for the National Institute of First Assistants, Inc.
His experience ranges from acute to chronic management and his focus is pharmacology, pathophysiology, and high-fidelity simulation techniques.
John began his career in health care in 2004 as a paramedic, then became a bedside critical care nurse working in surgical intensive care before obtaining his Doctorate of Nursing Practice.
He owns and operates Skills On Point LLC, an education company for advance practitioners, as well as Mission Skills Inc, a 501(c)(3) serving healthcare professionals with high-quality simulation and procedural training. Mission Skills exists to bring opportunity for all healthcare professionals regardless of their financial capacity through donations of time and resources, and corporate philanthropy.
Elizabeth Fields, MSN FNP APRN
Elizabeth is a Family Nurse Practitioner at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in downtown Chicago for inpatient orthopedic surgery. She has been a nurse since 2006, working medical, surgical, and cardiac units, certified in med-surg and critical care before completing her MSN. She is passionate about medical missions and serving those without means/access to medical care.
Amber Nibling, MSN RN-BC
Amber is the Director of Clinical Education at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Illinois. Amber has been a nurse for over a decade with experience in cardiology, oncology, and pain management. In her current role, she oversees the Nurse Residency Program, as well as other Transition to Practice Programs in addition to overseeing all clinical education at the organization. She is a Netflix Champion (particularly an aficionado of the Office), sports enthusiast, Reddit pursuer, and confident in her humor (she thinks she's funny).
John Kleber, BS and Counseling Clinical Intern
John is a Clinical Intern at the Rock Counseling Group in Champaign, Illinois. He obtained his Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois, and has almost a decade of experience working in mental health. He has worked in residential treatment centers and homes conducting counseling on a team under the supervision of a therapist, which has also involved collaboration with schools and other community organizations. John has been trained in therapeutic crisis intervention, crisis prevention and intervention, and mental health first aid. John is currently finishing his Masters in Professional Counseling from Liberty University and will graduate in 2020.
John Wood, BSN RN CCRN
John is a Registered Nurse currently employed as a Flight Nurse by ARCH, an Air Methods program. He also works as a procedural nurse in the Heart and Vascular Institute at Carle Foundation Hospital. John completed an ADN at Parkland College, a BSN at the University of Illinois Chicago, and holds two national certifications in trauma and critical care. John has been in healthcare for nine years, working in various departments including ortho/trauma, critical care, interventional radiology, and patient transport. He also served as a medic in the US Air Force Reserve for eight years. John is currently completing a Masters of Business Administration at the University of Illinois with core a specialization in financial management.
Samantha Kleber, DPT PT
Samantha graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois with a minor in Gerontology. She then obtained her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Governors State University in 2014. Samantha has worked in neuro, critical care units and step-down, as well as oncology, orthopedics, general surgery, and inpatient rehab.
Samuel Kleber, DPT PT Cert MDT
Samuel graduated with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in from Governors State University in 2014. He has spent time working in a skilled nursing facility, acute care, and in the outpatient orthopedic setting. Since graduating, he has earned a certification in mechanical diagnosis and therapy (MDT), which is known as the McKenzie method. Samuel currently works at Community Health Network in Indianapolis, Indiana.