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PhD University of Texas at Arlington
MSN Baylor University
BSN Baylor University

Contact Info:
Phone: 972.576.9134
Office: 333 North Washington Ave.
Dallas, TX 75246

Teaching and Education:
Dr. Kathryn Osteen is currently the Associate Dean for the Pre-Licensure Program and Clinical Associate Professor at the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON) joined the nursing school in 2002 and has over 20 years teaching experience. Her teaching areas include Undergraduate: Professional Nursing Practice, Human Needs, and Critical Care and Graduate: Epidemiology, Scientific Inquiry, and Servant Leadership. She received her PhD from the University of Texas at Arlington. She received both her BSN and MSN from Baylor University. Previously, Dr. Osteen taught as a Medicine Nurse Educator at Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas Texas, and also practiced critical care nursing at various hospitals in Dallas.


  • Certified Nurse Educator
  • Certified Medical Surgical Registered Nurse

Organizations, University Wide and LHSON Committees:
Dr. Osteen has worked in the adult cardiac intensive care unit for over 28 years and is passionate about the congenital heart population. Dr. Osteen was born with a bicuspid aortic valve. Due to the added stress of a twin and singleton pregnancy, surgery was needed to replace the aortic valve, and to repair both the pulmonary valve and an aortic arch aneurism. As a result of this experience, Dr. Osteen is very passionate about research, advocacy, and education for both children and adults with congenital heart disease (CHD). Dr. Osteen participates in CHD advocacy through influencing legislation in Washington D.C., attending several CHD Legislative Conferences. As a Texas representative, Dr. Osteen advocates for increased federal funding to improve care and affect change to continue to save the lives of CHD survivors. Dr. Osteen is committed to and contributes to raising funds for research.

Outside her work life, Dr. Osteen contributes time and effort to her community. She is currently serving in many roles for The Children’s Heart Foundation whose mission is to advance the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of congenital heart defects by funding the most promising research. These roles include serving on the National Board of The Children’s Heart Foundation, the National Medical Advisory Council, and serving as the National Advocacy Committee Chair. She also mentors and is a past committee chair of the annual Dallas Fort Worth and San Antonio Congenital Heart Walks. Additionally, Dr. Osteen is a co-Chair of the Congenital Heart Public Health Consortium—an American Academy of Pediatrics prominent public health initiative, and a member of the American Heart Association’s Council on Lifelong Congenital Heart Disease and Heart Health in the Young. She is also involved with her local church as well as with the local Boy Scouts of America organization.

At LHSON Dr. Osteen is a faculty advisor for Bears Helping Hearts a student organization open to any nursing student who is interested in learning about and creating awareness of congenital heart disease and defects. She continually volunteers on many University Committees such as the University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee and the Mentoring Committee. Dr. Osteen is also a member of many national and local nursing organizations.

Journal Publications:
Her recent publications are noted below. Her recent podium and poster presentations include those related to the Congenital Heart Disease and Heart Failure population, mentoring, and missions.

Meraz, R., McGee, J. S., Caldwell, E. P., Ke, W., & Osteen, K. (2022). The Impact of Resilience, Health Literacy, Social Support on Medication Adherence Among Adults with Heart Failure. The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. [IF 1.533] DOI: 10.1097/JCN.0000000000000948 

Meraz, R., Osteen, K., McGee, J.S., & Noblitt, P., & Viejo, H. (2022). Applying Stress and Coping Theory to Understand Diuretic Adherence Experiences in Persons with Heart Failure. Western Journal of Nursing

Meraz, R., Frank, K., Osteen, K., Viejo, H., & Vish, N. (2021). BNP as a predictor of diuretic nonadherence in 30-Day heart failure readmissions. Heart & Lung, 50(4), 567. DOI 10.1016/j.hrtlng.2021.03.068

Meraz, R., Osteen, K., & McGee, J. (2019) Applying multiple methods of systematic evaluation in narrative analysis for greater validity and deeper meaning. International Journal of Qualitative Methods.

Osteen, K., & Beal, C. (2016). Reproductive health issues for women with congenital heart disease: A practice update. Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing, 30(1), 25–35.

Koomey, C., Osteen, K., & Gray, J. (2015). Professional values of RN to BSN students in an online program. Nurse Educator, 40(5), 258–262.

Professional Presentations:
Dr. Osteen presents regionally and nationally at various Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) events, American Association of Colleges of Nursing conferences, American Heart Association (AHA), and faculty development seminars. Dr. Osteen contributes to nursing research on the topics of self-care, family planning, CHD, and Heart Failure. Dr. Osteen also presents on integration of educational technology into the classroom and service-learning with the refugee population. Dr. Osteen continues to educate and mentor undergraduate and graduate students, and new and seasoned faculty at Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing. Professional Organizations and Awards Staying involved professionally to further her growth, Dr. Osteen has been a part of organizations that include: Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (STTI), American Heart Association (AHA), American College of Cardiology (ACC), Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHON), and The Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF).


  • 2013 Mary Lou Bond Endowed Fellowship Award
  • 2018 Great 100 Nurses
  • 2020 Dallas Magazine 2020 Excellence in Nursing Award in the area of Leadership
  • 2021 The 2021 Heart of the Mission of the American Heart Association Science and Research Lay Stakeholder Volunteer Recognition Award
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