Kara's professional nursing experience includes acute care nursing, critical care nursing, staff development, clinical instructor, critical care educator, and associate professor in nursing. She has been a critical care nurse since 1998 and joined the Vanderbilt MICU team in 2007, she worked as a procedure nurse in the Cardiac Cath Lab at Vanderbilt Medical Center, before becoming a member of the Nursing Education and Professional Development staff in 2012.
She earned her Master's in Science of Nursing at Bellarmine University and her undergraduate Bachelor of Science at Cumberland University. Kara was the recipient of the 2010 Educator of the Year Award at Vanderbilt University University Medical Medical Center (VUMC). She is responsible for assistanting with several programs including Nurse Residency Program - Critical Care Track, teaches Basic Arrhythmia Cardiac Rhythm Interpretation, Intensive Care Education (ICE), Advanced Nursing Assessment (ANA) and is involved as a contact hours specialist. She serves as a consult on several hospital-wide committees including Medication Policy Subcommittee and Vein 2 Vein. As a Nursing Professional Development Specialist, she is always looking for creative ways to enforce an evidence based learning practice environment to result in best practice standards for our patients.
She is very excited to be a part of Vanderbilt and be surrounded by dynamic and motivated people that strive for the best in our hospital environment.