Kim earned her bachelor's degree in nursing in 1996 and a Master's degree in Adult Mental Health Nursing in 2004, both from the University of North Dakota. She is currently working on a PhD in nursing research through Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Kim has worked as an advanced practice nurse since 2004. She is credentialed as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is licensed by both Minnesota and North Dakota Boards of Nursing to utilize a variety of assessment and treatment modalities, including psychiatric evaluations, individual and group therapy, and psychotropic medication management. She has also taught mental health in nursing programs since 2003 graduate and undergraduate levels. She has worked in psychiatry and mental health since 1996 in both inpatient and outpatient mental health clinics.