Christine M. Rachwal, RN, MSN, CCRN


Clinician and Content Expert Faculty, IPEP

Clinical Specialist Nurse, CICU, Boston Children's Hospital


Chris was introduced to the institute in 2002 when attending her first course on communicating difficult information. Since 2005, she has contributed to the planning and development of the Parent Presence Facilitator curriculum. She also lends her critical care and psychology experience as a facilitator to the Parent Presence course.

“Communicating empathy, compassion and understanding is one of the most important abilities you can develop as a health care provider. It is a difficult job and often learned through trial and error. I am thrilled that we now have a way to teach these skills in a supportive environment.”

Chris has over 20 years of experience in neonatal and pediatric critical care nursing. In 2000, she received her Masters Degree and certification as a Child Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. After working in private practice for two years, she returned to the Neonatal ICU at Children’s Hospital Boston in 2002. She has worked as an educator in the NICU since 2003 and remains actively involved with the development, implementation and evaluation of various educational programs within the Critical Care Cardiovascular Program at Children’s. In 2006, she became an instructor in the medical simulation program at Children’s and was invited in 2010 to sit as a founding board member of the International Pediatric Simulation Society (IPSS).

Chris has participated in several quality assurance initiatives at Children’s including the research project Parent Presence during Invasive Procedures and Resuscitation in the Critical Care Cardiovascular Program. She is a co-author of practice guidelines for Parent Presence during Invasive Procedures and Resuscitation and the Parent Facilitator role in the ICU at Children’s Hospital Boston. She has also served as an expert resource on parent presence.