Karen is a full time faculty member at the Regina site with a teaching focus in the area of pediatric and adolescent health. Karen received her BScN from the University of Saskatchewan in 1984 and her MN from University of Saskatchewan in 2001. Karen's research interests are in the area of pain management, school health and interprofessional education (IPE). She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree at the University of Regina, Faculty of Education with a focus on pediatric pain practices using PAR methodology.
Karen has been the project lead in a variety of IPE projects with health and social science students. She has received funding for the RBC Collaborative School Health Project (RBC Nurses for Kids 2009, 2010), The Interdisciplinary Clinical Experience in Pain Management (P-Cite, 2007) and the IPE Experience in Pain Management (Saskatchewan Academic Health Science Network 2010, 2011). Karen is the chair of an interuniversity faculty committee that organizes yearly IPE sessions in pain management for students in nursing, medicine, pharmacy, physiotherapy, psychology, social work and kinesiology health studies.
Karen is the chair of SRNA Special Interest Group in Pain Management and the Interdisciplinary planning Committee for the 5th "Implementing Best Pain Management Practices Conference" to be held in November 2014. Karen received the SRNA Millennium Award for Innovation in Nursing and the Canadian Pain Society (CPS) Interprofessional Nursing Project Award in 2013.