Hyejin Kim, MSN, CRNP, is a doctoral candidate at Penn Nursing and the recipient of the Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA predoctoral fellowship (F31NR015702) from the National Institutes of Health.

She earned a Master’s degree in Adult Health–Gerontology Nurse Practitioner at Penn Nursing and a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Korea University, South Korea. As an Adult-Gerontology nurse practitioner, Hyejin had worked in nursing homes in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania (2009 to 2012). 

At Penn, Hyejin has had multiple opportunities to collaborate with interdisciplinary researchers on studies and publications focused on improving the quality of end-of-life care for older adults. Her dissertation is a qualitative descriptive study that explores surrogates’ experiences of Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) discussions for individuals with advanced dementia. She is working with an interdisciplinary dissertation committee including Drs. Mary Ersek (Chair) and Christine Bradway, from the Penn Nursing, and Dr. Susan Hickman at Indiana University.