Karen’s nursing experience spans over 35 years. She has held various nursing leadership positions in her career which culminated in the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) role at a large hospital in Pensacola, FL.

She held the CNO position for 7 years and in August 2018 began her transition into academia!  She’s currently Assistant Professor of Clinical Practice at the University of West Florida and teaches the online MSN-Nurse Executive program. She’s extensively studied Watson’s Theory of Human Caring and uses the theory to inform her professional practice.

She is passionate about creating a positive practice environment for nurses while promoting their wellness and resilience. Leadership success at her hospital is demonstrated by the facility receiving ”Top 100 Hospital” from Truven Analytics in 2015, 2016, 2017 and the ANCC “Pathway to Excellence” initial designation in January 2018.

She is an active member of Sigma and is a faculty adviser with the Nurse Leadership Academies. She is active in her local Sigma chapter and is on the Leadership Succession Committee.

She graduated with a BSN in 1982, MSN in 1989, and DNP in 2016. She is ANCC board certified as a Nurse Executive and is a Cartias Coach®.