Ms. Katherine Dontje's nursing career has spanned 25 years. Her career has been an example of the many avenues that nurses are able to pursue. Ms. Dontje graduated from the BSN program at Michigan State University. She spent her first five years of nursing as a staff nurse in a small rural hospital. During this time she had the opportunity to work in a variety of positions as a staff nurse in pediatrics, medical surgical, recovery room and critical care. These experiences lead her to pursue further education and expansion of her nursing role.
She subsequently took a position in a larger urban hospital and went back to school for her master's degree. She completed her master's with a focus as a family nurse practitioner. Ms. Dontje then took a position with Michigan State University Clinical Services. Ms. Dontje has worked in a variety of positions; including a focus in pediatrics, women’s health and services to veterans in the outpatient community setting. All of these positions further expanded her knowledge base of nursing care.
Ms. Dontje has been in a faculty position since 1995 as instructor and assistant professor in the Nurse Practitioner Concentration of the Master's Program at Michigan State University. During this time she served as Assistant Director of the University Health Promotion Program titled Healthy – U and is presently the NP Coordinator.
Ms. Dontje has been actively involved with the Nursing Centers movement. She has helped with the implementation of the Michigan Academic Consortium and developed a model of nurse practitioner care which has been integrated into MSU's nursing practice and curriculum. Ms. Dontje is presently pursuing her PhD at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Her plans are to continue to focus on documenting what nurses do within the health care system and how to integrate this documentation into the health care informatics systems.