Chrissy Fratena

Clinical Instructor of Nursing

Chrissy FratenaEducation 

  • B.S.N., Malone University
  • M.S.N., Kent State University
  • ANCC Certified PMHCNS-BC, since 2007


I started out as a nurse aide on the psychiatric unit of Aultman Hospital, where I continued after obtaining my RN and MSN/CNS degrees. I have worked in the field of psychiatric nursing my whole career, including on the inpatient unit, outpatient unit as coordinator of the Partial Hospitalization Program and Intensive Outpatient Program, community psychiatric/mental health, and adjunct teaching faculty. I have given numerous presentations in the community and professionally on a wide-range of psychiatric/mental health issues. I currently also practice as a CNS at Aultman Behavioral Health. 

Scholarly Work

Current submission of the chapter on Integrative Care to Varcarolis’ Foundations of Psychiatric Nursing to be published in the fall of 2017. 

Teaching Assignments

I teach junior and senior level psychiatric/mental health nursing and psychiatric/mental health nursing content in the MSN level. 

Awards & Recognition

Aultman Hospital Golden Apple recipient

About Me

I met my husband in the cafeteria of Malone in our junior year of college. We have been married since 2004 and have two children, Luci and Dominic. My family and I enjoy running on the trails and in races such as 5k’s, 10k’s, and the occasional half-marathon. I volunteer in running club at my daughter’s school and I am the race director of the Rich Dalessandro Memorial race, held each November, in memory of my brother who passed away from leukemia in 2007.