Karen Reed, MSN, DHSc, RN, CNL, CRRN

Reed headshotClinical Assistant Professor & BSN Program Co-Director

University of Florida
P.O. Box 100187
Gainesville, FL 32610
HPNP 3225

Telephone: 352-273-6097
Fax: 35-273-6536
Email: ksreed@ufl.edu


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

Selected Publications

  • 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