Assistant Professor Kristen Hawkins
MSN, Charleston Southern University
BSN, Bob Jones University
Foundations in Nursing (NUR 320)
Adult Health (NUR 324)
In many ways, the principles of nursing lie in Scripture. Jesus gave us an example of caring for others—an example that nurses follow on a daily basis. More than a career, for many it is a calling. This is the case for assistant professor of nursing Kristen Hawkins.
“I hope to instill in my students a love for the nursing profession, as well as a love for caring for people. For me, nursing is an extension of Christ’s calling to serve others. It’s a career to be passionate and excited about,” she said.
Hawkins’s perspective on the nursing profession, along with many years of practical experience, empowers her with much to offer AU’s nursing program. Her position in the department is a critical one, as she teaches two fundamental courses for first year students: Foundations in Nursing (NUR 320) and Adult Health (NUR 324). She says she enjoys teaching the basics.
“My teaching approach could be considered a little different,” Hawkins said. “Instead of just lectures, I incorporate a lot of hands-on activities, like games and working through patient scenarios. My favorite part of my job is getting to interact with my students, and this definitely comes through in my teaching style.”
AU’s nursing students also benefit from Hawkins’s extensive and varied experience in the field. Having grown up in Chicago, she moved to South Carolina to attend Bob Jones University in Greenville and decided to stay in the area to begin her career—first with St. Francis Health System and later with what is now Greenville Hospital System.
Hawkins joined AnMed Health in 2003 as a case manager and later as a staff nurse in 2012, a position that she still holds on a part-time basis. She also worked for a local cardiology practice for several years, and her experience in the classroom includes seven years as an Adjunct Professor at Tri-County Technical College.
After completing her master’s degree through Charleston Southern University, Hawkins accepted her current position at AU in June 2013. The role fulfills a long-held dream to work in a university setting. She was attracted to the program for its high academic standards and the reputation its faculty holds among current and former students.
“I know some former AU students, and they always spoke so highly about the school. They felt the faculty were very knowledgeable and intentional about teaching their students what they needed to learn to be successful in their particular field of study,” Hawkins said.