About Karen S Reed
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.