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Jean Kirk

Title:Assistant Professor
Office:Warde Academic Center


Jean Kirk DNP, RN, joined the SXU family as a full-time faculty member in 2021. Before Kirk's recent appointment, she served as adjunct faculty. Kirk completed her doctorate in nursing at Loyola University with a focus on infection prevention. She holds her master's in community nursing and leadership and her BSN from Saint Xavier University.

Before joining SXU, Kirk was employed by Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, where she began her career after being chosen as a Mercy Scholar -- and the hospital paid her senior year tuition at SXU! Kirk has held various roles at Mercy, the most recent as the director of infection prevention and control. When Mercy Hospital changed ownership, Kirk found her way back to SXU. She has an interest in healthcare-associated infection prevention, emergency preparedness, emergency nursing, quality, and safety.

Kirk has four children, two of whom share her passion for nursing, and two grandsons. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren, gardening, traveling with friends, and walking the shores of Lake Michigan looking for treasures.


DNP in Infection Prevention
Loyola University

M.S. in Nursing - Community and Leadership
Saint Xavier University

B.S. in Nursing
Saint Xavier University