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Karen Clark

Contributing Faculty

College of Nursing

Degree Program Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Dr. Karen Clark completed her PhD in 2005 at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA., with a concentration in administration and leadership for health-related agencies and educational institutions. She has been involved in academic education for approximately 20 years. Her subject areas for teaching topics include interprofessional practice/education, organizational leadership, administration, informatics, and healthcare finance. Additional academic and leadership includes her instrumental partnership/collaboration in the planning, redesign, and expansion of clinical simulation labs for the University of Maryland School of Nursing located at Universities at Shady Grove (USG) with an interprofessional approach. She has a strong commitment to interprofessional education and practice developing electives with up to six disciplines over three separate courses using various methods such as; videoing with high fidelity simulation team activities; case studies; group teamwork; collaboration and debriefing. Dr. Clark’s clinical background includes staff and administrative positions in both ICUs and ERs. Her clinical research interests span the foundational concepts of system thinking, the science of informatics integrating with IPE/IPP, and the application of these concepts on patient outcomes. Dr. Clark’s research has involved IPE IRB approved educational research and IRB approved clinical research of emergency room admissions to the intensive care unit using informatics skills and data mining techniques in collecting digital data remotely. She is published in peer reviewed journals and has presented her work locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. Examples include ‘Collaboration Across Boarders’ and an AHRQ conference ‘TeamSTEPPS®. I have presented at Collaborating Across Boarders international conferences for five consecutive conferences. The most recent in 2019 collaborative work as the lead of a faculty team composed of several disciplines, both nursing and non-nursing, resulting in a symposium presentation entitled “ Leaders Make Connections: Educating Faculty to Educate Students in Systems Thinking Across Disciplines” with the direct focus on interprofessional/interdisciplinary concept ( ). Dr. Clark is a founding member of the Committee for Interprofessional and Interdisciplinary Educational Strategies (CIPES) at Universities at Shady Grove campus. She has served on many faculty committees including the Council of the University of Maryland System Faculty or CUSF (as a member and officer). She is a member of AACN (American Association of Critical Care Nurses), Sigma Theta Tau International, and a volunteer member of the State Emergency Registry of Volunteers in Pennsylvania (SERVPA).


PhD, George Mason University - Fairfax, VA United States

MS, George Mason University

Graduate Certificate, University of Maryland University College

BS, George Mason University

AD, Montgomery Community College

LPN certificate, Charles County Community College

Public Service

SERVPA, Volunteer - Philadelphia, PA United States

Awards / Honors

Distinguished Service Award , University of Maryland School of Nursing, 2016

Helene Fuld Fellow Award, 2007


Clark, K. (2016). Systems thinking, IPE/IPP, TeamSTEPPS and communicating: Are they interconnected? A look with a broad brush. Nursing and Palliative Care .

clark, k., Normile, L. (2012). Nursing informatics and data collection from the electronic medical record: Study of characteristics, factors, and occupancy impacting outcomes of critical care admissions from the Emergency Department. Health Informatics Journal.

Clark , K. (2015). Changes in perceptions and attitudes of healthcare profession students pre and post academic course experience of team-based care for the critically ill. Journal of Professional Nursing.

Clark, k. (2014). Upper-Division transfer students: Designing a supplemental instruction program for nursing students within a science based curriculum. Community College Journal of Research and Practice.


Clark, K. M. (2011). Developing a Course on Forensics Across Institutional Lines at a Regional Higher Education Center: A Case Study Involving, Nursing. University of Maryland School of Nursing .

Clark, K. M. (2017). Educating with Systems Thinking and New Concepts. United Scientific Group .

Clark, K. M. (2015). Building blocks to an IPE curriculum: Creating an IPE course using active learning and technology. Canadian Introfessioinal Health Collaborative.

Clark, K. M. (2016). Person Centered Care and the Importance of Interprofessional Practice. Providence Hospital .

Clark, K. M. (2015). The Team STEPPS Approach to Health Profession Education.