Karen L. Johnson, Director

AACN Board
July 2013 – June 2016


Karen L. Johnson, RN, PhD, serves a three-year term as a director on the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) board of directors from July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2016.

Johnson is director of nursing research for Banner Healthcare System in Phoenix. Prior to this position, she served as director of nursing research and evidence-based practice for University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, from 2007 to 2012.

Early in her career, Johnson was employed at University of Rochester (N.Y.) Strong Memorial Hospital and University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington, and was a clinical nurse specialist with the University of Arizona Medical Center, Tucson, from 1995 to 2000.

She was an associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, and also taught at University of Arizona College of Nursing, Tucson, and University of Kentucky College of Nursing, Lexington.

A member of the Phoenix Area Chapter of AACN and an AACN ambassador since 2011, Johnson served on the AACN Nominating Committee from 2011 to 2012 and was a member of AACN’s Evidence-based Practice Resource Work Group from 2007 to 2010, serving as chair from 2009 to 2010.

She has volunteered on AACN’s Research Grant Review Panel, Continuing Education Review Panel and two research poster abstract review panels. She also has authored articles and reviewed manuscripts for AACN’s American Journal of Critical Care and AACN Advanced Critical Care. She is a frequent presenter at AACN’s National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition.

An accomplished nurse researcher, Johnson has been published in a variety of research journals and is a frequent national and international presenter. A contributing author for acute and critical care textbooks, Johnson is co-editor of “High Acuity Nursing,” 4th and 5th editions, Prentice Hall Publishers.

Johnson has a doctorate from University of Kentucky, Lexington, where her major fields were clinical nursing research and physiology. Her master’s degree is from University of Rochester, N.Y., and her bachelor’s degree is from Niagara University in New York.


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