Kristin Allyce Reed, RN-BSN
Kristin’s interest in emergency and disaster medicine was born early on after growing up watching her parents in their careers as an ER nurse and firefighter in Concord, NH. Graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelors in Nursing in 2001, she immediately began working at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and soon after settled into the niche of emergency nursing and has risen to a leadership role as Resource Nurse within the department.
Her varied interests have led Kristin to use her nursing skills while working with Outward Bound as well as attending to the health of special needs adults in a rural camp setting for 21 years. She has traveled numerous times to rural Guatemala to staff medical clinics for under-served communities and is currently continuing her humanitarian work in Haiti. With the organization Be Like Brit, Kristin travels to Haiti a few times a year to continue her community work as well as the care of over 200 staff and orphans at Be Like Brit.
Kristin was active in the ER working to help victims of the Boston marathon bombing on April 15, 2013. That experience has only strengthened her resolve to learn all that she can in the field of disaster medicine. She is committed to continue to help victims of trauma and those in under-served communities around the world so that they may have access to the best healthcare possible.
While in the first class of Disaster Nursing Fellows Kristin had multiple opportunities to expand her knowledge and share her knowledge in the field of disaster nursing. She had the opportunity to speak of her experiences surrounding the Boston Marathon bombings at a disaster conference at UCLA Medical Center as well as share her research in regards to disaster triage at the First International Conference on Trauma and Emergency Nursing, in Dublin Ireland and at the American College of Emergency Physicians conference in Chicago Illinois. Kristin also co-authored the Disaster Nursing Chapter on Ciottone’s Disaster Medicine second edition text book. During her time in the fellowship she functioned as an expert evaluator at a national capstone disaster drill in Anchorage, Alaska as well as responding as part of a relief team that traveled to Nepal after the devastating earthquake in April 2015.
Kristin is eternally grateful for all the opportunities and knowledge that this fellowship provided. She hopes to help promote the field of disaster nursing and to continue her passion of helping those in need.