Connie J. Hollen, RN, MS, has more than 20 years of experience in a variety of areas, including medical-surgical units, the emergency department, post-anesthesia recovery, and critical care. She is currently working on her doctoral degree at Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City. Connie began her career at Oklahoma Memorial Hospital (now OU Health University of Oklahoma Medical Center) in Oklahoma City, where she also worked as a charge nurse in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CICU) and as a house supervisor/clinical coordinator. She received her BSN and MS from the University of Oklahoma College of Nursing, where she completed a research thesis and received academic and research awards.
After completing her MS, Connie began teaching as an adjunct clinical instructor at the University of Oklahoma College of Nursing and taught junior nursing students in the clinical skills and assessment lab. She also taught and coordinated a patient care class with her co-author at the University of Oklahoma College of Allied Health. In addition, she has taught as adjunct volunteer faculty in the clinical skills lab at the Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing and as an adjunct assistant professor at the College of Allied Health.
Connie is currently a volunteer Red Cross instructor and has been a volunteer instructor for the Medical Reserve Corps. She has also been a contributing author and reviewer for several nursing textbooks; and she has in-depth knowledge about clients who experience terminal and life-threatening illnesses and the strategies and challenges to maintain their quality of life.