Son Chae Kim, PhD, RN

Associate Dean, Graduate Programs

Dr. Son Chae Kim returned to Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) in August of 2019. Prior to that, she taught at Texas State University and was also at PLNU from 2005-2013.  As an author and original developer of the Aggressive Behavior Risk Assessment Tool (ABRAT), she has conducted a number of research studies related to identifying potentially violent patients in both acute care hospitals and long-term care homes in the U.S. and in Canada.  She is also an author of the Kim Alliance Scale (KAS) that measures the quality of the patient-provider relationship.  Currently, she teaches classes in the DNP program. As a Christian educator, she is grateful for the opportunity to teach at PLNU. In her spare time, she loves to work in the garden.



  • Ph.D., University of San Diego, CA
  • M.S.N., University of San Diego, CA
  • B.S.N., University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Courses Taught

  • GNSG 7020 Translating Evidence-Based Nursing into Practice – DNP Program
  • GNSG 7090 A-D Doctor of Nursing Practice Project – DNP Program
  • GNSG 7058-7069L DNP Clinical Residency – DNP Program
  • GNSG 7040 Writing for Publication – DNP Program
  • GNSG 6020 Research Inquiry and Theory – MSN Program

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing,
    • Zeta Mu-at-Large: Member, 1996 - present
    • Chi Psi Chapter 525: Member, 2016 - present
  • National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Member, 2021 - present
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing Member, 2021 - present

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • Kim, S.C., & Kim, Y.P., (2023). Violent Event Severity Tool for Reporting Violent Events. Journal of Nursing Administration (In Press)

  • Shibley, M.K., Kim, S.C., & Ecoff, L., (2023). Effect of Electronic Rounding Board on Falls and Self-harm among Psychiatric Inpatients: Quality Improvement Project. Critical Care Nursing Quarterly, 46(3), 310-318

  • Kim, S.C., Jennifer, K., Bulson. J., Tracy Hosford. T., Nurski. A., Sadat. C., & Kalinowski. N. (2022). Multi-site Study of Aggressive Behavior Risk Assessment Tool in Emergency Departments. Journal of the American College of Emergency Physician Open (JACEP Open) Mar 17;3(2):e12693. doi: 10.1002/emp2.12693. eCollection 2022 Apr.

  • Kim, S.C. & Rankin, L. (2022). COVID-19: Update on healthcare workers’ mental health and coping during the COVID-19 pandemic. Critical Care Nursing Quarterly. 45(1), 22-24. doi: 10.1097/CNQ.0000000000000384

  • Kim, S.C., Rankin, L., & Ferguson, J. (2021). Nurses’ mental health from early COVID-19 pandemic to vaccinations. Journal of Nursing Scholarship online version; DOI: 10.1111/jnu.12760

  • Kim, S. C., Sloan, C., Chechel, L., Redila, M., & Ferguson, J. (2021). Severe burnout and poor mental health among healthcare workers.  Journal of Nursing Administration, 51(11), 554-560

  • Kim, S. C., Quiban, C., Sloan, C., & Montejano, A. (2021). Predictors of poor mental health among nurses during COVID-19 Pandemic. Nursing Open, 8(2), 900-907, doi:10.1002/nop2.697
  • Kim, S. C., Sloan, C., Montejano, A., & Quiban, C. (2021). Impacts of coping mechanisms on nursing students’ mental health during COVID-19 lockdown: A cross-sectional survey. Nursing Reports, 11, 36-44,
  • Kim, S. C., Jillapali, R., & Boyd, S. (2020). Impacts of peer tutoring on academic performance of first-year baccalaureate nursing students: A quasi-experimental study. Nurse Education Today, 96 (2021) 104658
  • Kim, S.C., Sabel, S., McHargue, S., & Bloom, R.D. (2020).  Impact of an Extracurricular, Student-Led Journal Club on Evidence-Based Practice among Baccalaureate Nursing Students.  International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, Sep 18; 17 (1). doi: 10.1515/ijnes-2020-0004.
  • Balani, R., Herrington, H., Bryant, E., Lucas, C., &  Kim, S. C. (2019). Nutrition knowledge, attitudes, and self-regulation as predictors of overweight and obesity. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Feb 27. doi: 10.1097/JXX.0000000000000169.
  • Kim, S. C., Berry, B., & Young, L., (2019). Aggressive Behaviour Risk Assessment Tool for Long-Term Care (ABRAT-L): Validation study. Geriatric Nursing, 40, 284-289. doi:10.1016/j.gerinurse.2018.11.006.
  •  Kim, S.C., Covington, B., Benavente, V., & Willson, P. (2019). Capstone projects as experiential evidence-based practice education. Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 15, e51-e56.
  • Kim, S.C., Pedersen, C., & Yi, C. (2018). Validity and reliability of sleep promotion questionnaire and predictors of quality of care. SAGE Open Medicine, 6, 1-9. doi:10.1177/2050312118794595.
  • Berry, B., Young, L., & Kim, S.C. (2017). Utility of Aggressive Behaviour Risk Assessment Tool in long-term care homes. Geriatric Nursing. 38. 417-422. doi: 10.10.1016/j.gerinurse.
  • Kim, S.C., Young, L., & Berry, B. (2017). Aggressive Behaviour Risk Assessment Tool for newly-admitted residents of long-term care homes. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 73(7), 1747-1756. doi: 10.1111/jan.13247.
  • Kim, S.C., Ecoff, L., Brown, C.E., Gallo, A., Stichler, J., & Davidson, J.E. (2017). Benefits of regional evidence-based practice fellowship program: A test of the ARCC model, Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing, 14(2): 90-98. doi: 10.1111.wvn.12199.
  • Kim, S.C., Stichler, J., Ecoff, L., Gallo, A., & Davidson, J.E. (2017). Six-month follow-up of a regional evidence-based practice fellowship program. Journal of Nursing Administration, 47(4):238-243. doi: 10.1097/NNA. 0000000000000471.
  • Dayal, K., Robinson, S., Schoening, J., Smith, M.C., & Kim, S.C. (2017). Predictors of human papillomavirus vaccine uptake and intent among parents of adolescent girls. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 7(6), 35 – 42. doi: 10.5430/jnep.v7n6p35.
  • Kim, S.C., Stichler, J., Ecoff, L., Brown, C.E., Gallo, A., & Davidson, J.E. (2016). Predictors of evidence-based practice implementation, job satisfaction, and group cohesion among regional fellowship program participants, Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing, 13(5), 340-348, doi: 10.1111/wvn.12171.
  • Meier, K., Minton, C., Meyer, B., & Kim, S.C. (2016). Water as the primary beverage: A predictor of pediatric obesity. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 6(10), 65-70. doi:10.5430/jnep.v6n10p65.
  • Furseth, P. A., Taylor, B., & Kim, S. C. (2016). Impacts of interprofessional education among nursing and paramedic students. Nurse Educator, 41(2), 75-79. doi:10.1097/NNE.0000000000000219.
  • Natad, A., Moser, K., Maiden, J., & Kim, S. C. (2016). Positive tuberculosis blood test as a predictor of health status among HIV-infected persons. Clinical Nursing Research, 25(1),100-112. DOI: 10.1177/1054773814547045.
  • Bruce, H.R., Maiden, J., Fedullo, P. F., & Kim, S. C. (2015). Impact of nurse-initiated emergency department sepsis protocol on compliance with sepsis bundles, time to first antibiotic administration, and in-hospital mortality. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 41(2),130-137. doi: 10.1016/j.jen.2014.12.007.
  • Chevillon, C., Hellyar, M., Madani, C., Kerr, K., & Kim, S.C. (2015). Preoperative education on postoperative delirium, anxiety, and knowledge in pulmonary thromboendarterectomy patients. American Journal of Critical Care, 24(2), 164-171. doi: 10.4037/ajcc2015658.
  • Francisco, D., Rankin, L., & Kim, S.C. (2014). Adherence to colorectal cancer and polypscreening recommendations among Filipino-Americans. Gastroenterology Nursing, 37(6),384-390. doi: 10.1097/SGA.0000000000000071.
  • McComas, J., Riingen, M., & Kim, S. C. (2014). Impact of an electronic medication administration record on medication administration efficiency and errors. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 32(12), 589-595. DOI: 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000116.
  • Sekol, M.A., & Kim, S.C. (2014). Job satisfaction, burnout, and stress among pediatric nurses in various specialty units at an acute care hospital. Journal of Nursing Education & Practice, 4(12),115-124. DOI: 10.5430/jnep.v4n12p115.
  • Kim, S.C., Oliveri, D., Riingen, M., Taylor, B., & Rankin, L. (2013). Randomized controlled trial of graduate-to-undergraduate student mentoring program, Journal of Professional Nursing, 29(6), e43-e49. doi: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2013.04.003.
  • Hnizdo, S., Archuleta, R.A., Taylor, B., & Kim, S.C. (2013). Validity and reliability of the Modified John Hopkins Fall Risk Assessment Tool for elderly patients in home health care, Geriatric Nursing, 34(5), 423-427. doi: 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2013.05.011.
  • Turney, J., Noble, D., & Kim, S.C. (2013). Orthopedic nurses' knowledge and inter-rater reliability of neurovascular assessments with two-point discrimination test. Orthopaedic Nursing, 32(3), 167-172. doi: 10.1097/NOR.0b013e3182920abb.
  • Kim, S.C., Brown, C.E., Ecoff, L., Davidson, J. E., Gallo, A., Klimpel, K., & Wickline, M. A. (2013). Regional evidence-based practice fellowship program: Impact on evidence-based practice implementation and barriers, Clinical Nursing Research, 22(1), 51-69. doi:10.1177/1054773812446063.
  • Kim, S.C., Burke, L., Sloan, C., & Barnett, S. (2013). Attitudes toward teen mothers among nursing students and psychometric evaluation of positivity toward teen mothers scale. Nurse Education Today, 33: 986-991. doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2012.10.014.
  • Mollon, D., Fields, W., Gallo, A., Wagener, R., Soucy, J., Gustafson, B., & Kim, S.C. (2012). Staff practice, attitude and knowledge/skills regarding evidence-based practice before and after an educational intervention. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 43(9): 411-419. doi: 10.3928/00220124-20120716-89.
  • Kim, S.C., Ideker, K., & Todicheeney-Mannes, D. (2012). Usefulness of Aggressive Behavior Risk Assessment Tool (ABRAT) for prospectively identifying violent patients in medical-surgical units. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 68(2), 349-357. doi: 10.1111/j.1365- 2648.2011.05744.x.
  • Ideker, K., & Todicheeney-Mannes, D., & Kim, S.C. (2011). A confirmatory study of M55 violence risk assessment tool and demographic predictors of patient violence. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 67(11), 2455-2462. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2011.05667.x.
  • Kim, S.C., Yates, A. D., Graham, P., & Brown, C.E. (2011). Family-provider alliance program in intensive care units, Clinical Nursing Research, 20(3), 245-262. doi:10.1177/1054773811403471.
  • Stichler, J., Fields, W., Kim, S.C., & Brown, C.E. (2011). Faculty knowledge, attitudes and perceived barriers to teaching evidence-based nursing, Journal of Professional Nursing, 27(2), 92-100. doi: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2010.09.012.
  • Brown, C.E., Kim, S.C., Stichler, J., & Fields, W. (2010). Predictors of knowledge, attitudes, use and future use of evidence-based practice among baccalaureate nursing students at two universities, Nurse Education Today, 30(6): 521-527. doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2009.10.021.
  • Brown, C.E., Ecoff, L., Kim, S.C., Wickline, M., & Glaser, D. (2010). Multi-institutional study of barriers to research utilization and evidence-based practice among hospital nurses. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 19 (13-14), 1944-1951. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2009.03184.x.
  • Kim, S.C., Brown, C. E., Fields, Fields, W., & Stichler, J. (2009). Evidence-based focused interactive teaching strategy: a controlled study. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 65(6), 1218-1227.
  • Kim, S.C., Plumb, R., Gredig, Q-N, Rankin, L., & Taylor, B. (2008). Medium-term post-Katrina health sequelae among New Orleans residents: Predictors of poor mental and physical health. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 17, 2335-2342. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2008.02317.x.
  • Kim, S.C., Kim, S., & Boren, D.M. (2008). Quality of therapeutic alliance predicts patient’s general satisfaction. Military Medicine, 173 (1): 85-90.
  • Kim, S.C., Boren, D.M., & Solem, S.L. (2001). The Kim Alliance Scale: Development and preliminary testing. Clinical Nursing Research, 10 (3), 314-331.