Karen Reed, MSN, DHSc, RN, CNL, CRRN
University of Florida
P.O. Box 100187
Gainesville, FL 32610
Dr. Reed is primarily involved in facilitating experiential learning in the undergraduate nursing program. Additionally, she designed and teaches a pre-nursing elective on cross-cultural communications in health care.
In Cambodia, Dr. Reed developed and successfully implemented an innovative nursing education partnership entitled Nurse2Nurse Education Connection: A US/Cambodian partnership to promote nursing workforce development in Cambodia. This project is a collaboration between Sonja Kill Memorial Hospital in Kampot, Cambodia, and the UF College of Nursing. The ongoing project involves engaging UF BSN students in the development of educational videos focused on nursing topics requested by the Cambodian nurses. She has been devoted to enhancing cultural competence among the students, including them in her travels and mentoring them in the development and implementation of educational projects.
At UF, Dr. Reed has been deeply committed to fostering the cultural development of our student nurses and the well-being of our 7,000+ international students. In a second innovative project, she secured buy-in from the UF student health center to evaluate perceived and actual barriers to its use by international students attending the university. She engages undergraduate students as members of the research team and provides the students with an opportunity for cross-cultural engagement on the campus as co-Investigators.
Dr. Reed has a vision and passion for global nursing education. She was the first nurse to receive a Fulbright Scholar Award to Cambodia in 2013-2014. She has sustained the partnerships that she built by regularly traveling to Cambodia during summers, using her personal time and resources, to advocate for advancements in global nursing education.
Dr. Reed holds professional memberships in Sigma Theta Tau, the North Florida Chapter of the Fulbright Association, the Transcultural Nursing Society, the National League of Nursing, and the Association for Rehabilitation Nurses. She has been an active volunteer for the American Heart Association as a CPR Instructor since 1982. Additionally, she serves as the faculty adviser for a university student organization, HEAL: Health Educated Asian Leaders.
Area of expertise
Community health, rehabilitation/ adult health
BSN – Troy University; MSN- University of Alabama Birmingham; Doctor of Health Science- Nova Southeastern University
- Reed, K. (2012). Bags and blogs: Creating an ostomy experience for undergraduate nursing students. Journal of Rehabilitation Nursing, 37(2),62-65.
- Reed, K. (2011). Introduction of rehabilitation concepts in Cambodia. Journal of Rehabilitation Nursing, 36(5),180-222.
- Chapter 6: Health Maintenance and Management of Therapeutic Regimens, The Specialty Practice of Rehabilitation Nursing: A Core Curriculum (6th Ed.), 2011, Association for Rehabilitation Nursing: Chicago, Illinois
- Reed, K. (2008). Southern hugs from Southeast Asia: Excerpts of a nurse’s diary in Cambodia, Reflections on Nursing Leadership. 2ND quarter, 32(2).
2013 UF Fulbright Scholar- Cambodia 2013-2014
2012 International Educator of the Year: University of Florida College of Nursing
2012 Outstanding Faculty Member Award: University of Florida Nursing College Council
2011 National Award: Association of Rehabilitation Nurses, Nurse Educator of the Year
2011 National Award: Association of Rehabilitation Nurses, 1st Place, National Writing Contest
2009- 2010 University Award: University of Florida, College of Nursing Teacher of the Year