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2016 Spring Induction Key Note Panelist Presenter's Bio

Alpha Gamma is proud to have members share their experience and impart wisdom to our 2016 new members at the Spring Induction. A special thank you and gratitude to our presenters: Katherine Kinner, RN, MSN, FNP; Vivian Wong, PhD, RN, and Jill Sprowl, RN, MS.


Katherine Kinner, RN, MSN, FNP

I have been a nurse for over 40 years. I am a graduate of SJSU. For most of my nursing career, I have worked in an acute care facility. I have worked in many areas including a renal transplant unit, a step down unit and was a critical care float (tele, a transitional care unit, CCU, ICU and ED). I loved the variety and the challenge that changing units brought. I tried a stint at management but found it was not for me.  I finally landed in the ED where  I enjoyed the fast pace, the independence and the intellectual challenge. I then decided to pursue a career change and went back to school to become an FNP, again at SJSU. I graduated in 2000 and was employed at Foothill College Student Health Clinic as an NP. I loved working with the students and helping them live a health life style.   In 2008, I returned to school and received a certificate as a nurse educator and have taught at SJSU, School of Nursing ever since. 

I am married with 2 adult children. My husband  was very supportive of my pursuing the advanced degrees. My children were young when I first started my graduate classes. I remember completing assignments while watching my son play in a baseball game or my daughter play in a soccer game. My organizational skills certainly improved while balancing school, a family life and work.

 Vivian Wong, RN, PhD

I graduated from Government Hospitals, School of General Nursing, Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong – a three-year apprenticeship training program. Attended the University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas – BSN (RN to BSN program; University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida – MSN – Adult Health Nursing, CNS track; Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia – Wound, ostomy, and continence nurse precertificate program; and University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California – PhD – research in heel pressure ulcer prevention I worked as a med-surg nurse for 4 years, children psychiatric unit - 9 months, CNS for both med-surg and WOC nursing for 10 years; faculty at SJSU for 10 years. I established the Wound and Ostomy Education Program at SJSU – program director since Fall 2014.

 Jill Sprowl, RN, MS

I am currently the nurse manager of the Burn Center at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and has worked in burn care for over 25 years. She has also served as Interim Director for Critical Care, Emergency Department, Perioperative Services and Trauma. She also worked in the Burn Center at University of California at San Diego. She graduated from San Jose state University in 1990 with her BSN and went right into critical care in the Burn Center caring for both pediatric and adult burn patients. She completed her Masters from San Jose state in 2009. Jill enjoys teaching burn care and presenting on a variety of burn related topics, locally and nationally and is an Advanced Burn Life Support Instructor. She has been very active in the American Burn Association and served on their Board of Trustees from 1012-2015. Jill is a burn survivor and is passionate about aftercare and reintegration and has partnered with organizations that assist burn survivors on their road to recovery. She is currently on the Board of Directors for The Phoenix Society and the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation.  She works closely with the San Jose Fire Fighters Burn Foundation, which provides services and funding to the SCVMC Burn Center. She is married to Kevin Cook and they enjoy spending time with their four children and two golden retrievers.