Karla Kerkove

Karla Kerkove, MSN, RN, CCRN
Assistant Professor
(641) 330-7881

Office Location

Mailing Address
Mercy College of Health Sciences
928 6th Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309

Year started at Mercy College: 2020


  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Walden University

  • Bachelor of Sciences in Nursing, Mercy College of Health Sciences

  • Associates of Science in Nursing, Mercy College of Health Sciences


  • Nursing


  • Certified Critical Care Nurse (CCRN)

Courses Taught

  • NUA 460: Complex Care in Nursing Practice

  • NSG 231: Role Transition to Professional Practice

  • NSG 160: Nursing Care of Patients Across the Life Span I

  • NSG 131: Nursing Health Promotion Across the Life Span Simulation for Undergraduate Nursing Programs

Clinical Field Experience

  • Critical Care Nurse for 7 years

  • ECMO Specialist for 3 years

​​Research Interests and Professional Projects

  • MSN Practicum Project: Increasing Virtual Simulation in the Classroom

Professional Memberships

  • American Nurses Association (ANA)

  • Iowa Nurses Association (INA)

  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN)

  • International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL)

  • Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO)

Advice to Students/Favorite Quote

  • Setting the bar high for yourself is an essential element of becoming an exceptional nurse. I believe all students can achieve extraordinary success by developing goals and plans to achieve them!

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