Katie Finder Returns to Eastern Missouri to Lead Nursing Team at Mercy Southeast

June 28, 2024

The new chief nursing officer for Mercy Southeast is celebrating a bit of a homecoming.

Katie Finder grew up in Jefferson County, Missouri, and started her health care career at Mercy St. Louis. After serving the last two and a half years as chief nursing officer at Mercy Ardmore in Oklahoma, she is returning to Missouri to take the same position at Mercy Southeast.

Mercy doctor's coat Katie Finder, Mercy Southeast chief nursing officer

“I enjoyed my time in Ardmore, where I had the chance to develop leaders and focus on excellent, compassionate care with our nursing team,” Finder said. “To be given the opportunity to use that experience and continue this same mission back in my home state, close to where I grew up, is amazing. I want everyone here to experience everything I know Mercy has to offer our communities.”

Finder began her career with Mercy in 2008, working as an office assistant at Mercy St. Louis to support herself while she attended nursing school. She graduated from Lutheran School of Nursing in St. Louis in 2010 and earned a master’s degree in nursing from Maryville University in St. Louis in 2017.

Finder has a wide variety of nursing experience that serves her well as chief nursing officer. She has worked on a step-down telemetry unit, a cardiovascular intensive care unit, a surgical progressive step-down unit, a dialysis unit and in behavioral health, including as the executive director of behavioral health for Mercy across Missouri.

“Every unit, every service we provide has its own specific needs and requires nurses to know those specific needs in order to best serve their patients,” Finder said. “Part of what I love about my job is getting to work with different nursing teams to develop their skills and put them in a position to provide outstanding care for our patients.”

Finder and her husband, Robert, have three adult sons and their newest addition, an energetic Australian shepherd dog named Honey, who keeps them busy. They are looking forward to finding the best fishing spots and golf courses in Southeast Missouri.