Our Faculty Spotlight celebrates the institutional partners who make the vital connections that drive the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance’s (MVA) collaborative learning environment.
Christian Ketel, DNP, RN, FNAP, found his calling in the nursing profession early in life. After working mostly behind the scenes the past decade to improve patient health outcomes, Dr. Ketel describes being “thrust” into the community. “It turned out to be a match made in heaven,” he says. “The community work, being out in public, engaging with people and community partners—I love it!”
Earlier this year, the National Academies of Practice (NAP) announced the election of Dr. Ketel as a Distinguished Nursing Fellow. A press release about the announcement describes fellowship in the NAP as “an honor extended to those who have excelled in their profession and are dedicated to furthering interprofessional practice, scholarship and policy in support of interprofessional care.”
Dr. Ketel views his role as “living between the academic and clinical worlds, engaging in ‘interprofessional-ism.’” Along with Dr. Regina Offodile, Meharry Medical College, he directs the inter-institutional, MVA Interprofessional Education (IPE) Faculty Collaborative and IPE Student Project.
IPE Program Manager Jessica Jones is grateful for the energy and enthusiasm Dr. Ketel brings to the team. She says, “Dr. Ketel’s ability to turn ideas into action has been invaluable, especially when we had to adapt our programming on the fly due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Dr. Ketel explains how working with faculty from diverse health professions offers new perspectives on health care, and how rewarding it is to share those perspectives with students. Dr. Ketel believes that a consequence of America’s “mechanized” approach to health care is that “there is a lack of love” in the healthcare industry. “My goal is help students keep a fresh, open mind as long as they can,” he says. “I want them to know there is a less transactional, non-hierarchal approach to health care, and it is our responsibility to make it better.”
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