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Karen received her Bachelors of Nursing and Masters of Science in Trauma/Critical Care Nursing from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She has worked since 1987 as a Clinical Nurse Specialist at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Karen also holds a School of Nursing Faculty Associate position at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. She has lectured on neurological and trauma topics at numerous regional, national, and international conferences. Karen has also mentored other nurses as speakers and authors. Also well published on neurological and trauma topics, Karen has reviewed and edited many manuscripts and served as lead editor for the text “Trauma Nursing: From Resuscitation Through Rehabilitation” (3rd and 4th editions). She has served as an investigator on a number of studies exploring various aspects of trauma nursing care. Karen has worked in countries around the world including India and Brazil to foster improvements in trauma care. In addition, she served on the Board of Directors of the American Assocation of Critical Care Nurses from July1, 2011 – June 30, 2014; President Elect July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015 and President July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016.
Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland Medical Center
President American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (2015-2016)