Kathleen Gaines MSN, RN, CBC

Kathleen Gaines, MSN, RN, CBC

Pediatric ICU Nurse, Health Journalist


Nursing Education, Pediatric Intensive Care Nursing, Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing


University of Mary Washington, Villanova University, Loyola University New Orleans



Kathleen Gaines, MSN, RN, CBC, is an accomplished pediatric ICU nurse and nurse journalist. Currently, she is a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit nurse at Shriners Hospital for Children and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Her passion for teaching and education has resulted in adjunct faculty positions teaching pediatric and adult medical surgical nursing in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania region.

In addition to writing for Verywell Health, she is a regular contributor to various nursing and health publications.


Kathleen received her baccalaureate degree in English from the University of Mary Washington. She then earned her baccalaureate degree in nursing from Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania. After working in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, she earned her Certified Breastfeeding Counselor certification. Kathleen earned her Master’s in Nursing Education from Loyola University of New Orleans.

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