Karen Ouzts

Program Director
College of Nursing
B.S. Nursing (BSN)

Dr. Ouzts has been teaching at Walden University since March of 2010. For the past 9 years her primary role has been the Director of the BSN program which includes the RN-BSN and RN-BSN-AIM options. Before coming to Walden she developed, launched, and managed the online RN-BSN program at the University of Wyoming (1999 – 2006). Prior noteworthy positions include the Director of Western Wyoming Associate Degree Nursing Program (1995-1999), Assistant Professor, Nursing, at the University of Wyoming (1999 – 2006), Assistant Executive Director for the Wyoming State Board of Nursing (2006-2007), and Wyoming State Supervisor for Public Health Nursing (2007–2010). Dr. Ouzts’ primary area of expertise is Public Health Nursing (PHN) was founded initially as a PHN in a county health department and enhanced by her master’s degree in Maternal Child Health. She advanced her expertise through intensive PHN leadership fellowships and service as a Wyoming PHN State Supervisor. Dr. Ouzts is certified as an Advance Public Health Nurse through ANCC.

Courses Taught

NURS 4010 - Family, Community, and Population-Based Care

NURS 4210 - Role of the Nurse Leader in Population Health

NURS 6150 - Promoting and Preserving Health in a Diverse Society

NURS 6600 - Leadership Practicum (PHN Managers

NURS 8000 - Foundations and Essentials of Doctoral Study in Nursing

NURS 8701 - DNP doctoral scholarly project completion


MSN, University of Wyoming

PhD, University of Wyoming


Ouzts, K. N., Brown, J. W., Diaz Swearingen, C. A. (2006). Developing public health competence among RN-to-BSN students in a rural community. Public health nursing (Boston, Mass.)

Ouzts, K. N. (2016). Sense of community in online courses. Quarterly Review of Distance Education

Cole, S. L., Ouzts, K. N., Stepans, M. E. (2010). Job satisfaction of rural public health nurses. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice

Cole, S. L., Ouzts, K. N., Stepans, M. E. (2009). Journal article. Northwest Journal of Public Health

Cole, S. L., Ouzts, K. N., Stepans, M. E. (2009). Satisfaction Up, Numbers Down: Rural public health nurses needed. Northwest Journal of Public Health