Jonas V Nurse Leader Scholar

Karen Stevens, MSN, RN, CEN

Idaho State University
PhD Student

I have just finished my first year of doctoral studies at Idaho State University in the Nursing Ph.D. program. I previously earned a MSN in Nursing Education from Western Governors University (WGU). My BSN is from WGU and I earned my original RN diploma from Georgia Baptist Hospital School of Nursing in 1987. I have worked in the emergency, critical care, and trauma nursing setting for nearly three decades. During that time, I developed and chaired a graduate nurse mentoring program in the Grady Hospital Emergency Care Center. I developed and chaired the Trauma Nurse Committee at Grady Hospital. I have won several clinical awards, the most cherished being the Academy Award of Nursing Excellence in Trauma Nursing from Grady Health Systems. I have a passion for teaching and mentoring. In addition to my full-time job as an emergency department charge nurse at St Luke’s Wood River Hospital in Ketchum, Idaho, I also serve as part-time faculty at Western Governors University. I hope to continue in a faculty role throughout the remainder of my career. My research focus is on rural youth suicide and the shocking and widening rural-urban disparity seen with this phenomenon. I am an active member of the American Nurses’ Association, the Emergency Nurses’Association, the Idaho Nurses’ Association and the Nurse Leaders of Idaho Organization.