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Kris Thooft

Kris Thooft



  • Registered Nurse, Minnesota
  • Doctoral prepared Nurse Executive with experience in delivering authentic leadership focused on elevating clinical performance in a leading multi-site healthcare system
  • Nursing practice oversight for multiple clinical areas including ambulatory, behavioral health, inpatient, and procedural departments in union and non-union environments.
  • Led multiple organizational initiatives to standardize and streamline workflows across teams using process improvement techniques and change management strategies

  • Ms. Thooft describes herself as a nurse executive driven by the values of relationships, integrity, and effective resource management. Her strength is the ability to develop strong relationships that facilitate open and honest communication. Ms. Thooft started her professional career in 1998 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, MN as a Nursing Assistant. For the last 23 years, she has had the privilege of learning nursing practice, organizational development, and healthcare delivery strategies as part of the Mayo Clinic team. As a Nurse Administrator, Ms. Thooft had the opportunity to provide practice leadership across multiple specialties and practice settings. Her expertise and research interests include FTE management, resource allocation and nursing workload.

Professional Experience

  • Nurse Administrator, Mayo Clinic Health System, Mankato, MN, USA
  • Nurse Manager, Mayo Clinic Health System, Mankato, MN, USA
  • Organizational Learning Specialist, Mayo Clinic Health System, Mankato, MN, USA

Professional Affiliations or Certifications

  • Nurse Executive, Advanced (NEA-BC), American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ), National Association in Healthcare Quality
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Georgetown University Department of Health Systems Administration
  • Director, Minnesota Organization of Registered Nurses
  • Leadership Succession Chair, Sigma Theta Tau International - Mu Lambda


  • Bachelor of Science Nursing, Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN USA
  • Master of Arts Leadership, Bellevue University, Bellevue, NE, USA
  • Doctorate in Nursing Practice, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., USA