Karen Stutzer, Director, AACN Board, FY2009-12

Karen Stutzer, RN, MS, CCRN, APN-C, serves a three-year term as a director on the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) board from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2012.

Stutzer — executive director of nursing practice and critical care services, Chilton Hospital, Pompton Plains, N.J., a position she’s held since 2009 — previously served as the hospital’s director of critical care services from 2008 to 2009 and education manager from 2006 to 2008. She also held clinical nurse specialist, management and educator roles between 1997 and 2006 at New Jersey-based Newark Beth Israel Medical Center; College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown; Rutgers University, Newark; Felician College, Rutherford; and The Valley Hospital, Ridgewood.

A member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and AACN’s Northern New Jersey Chapter, Stutzer served on AACN’s Healthy Work Environment (HWE) Standards Work Group and as a Circle of Excellence reviewer in FY2006 and on its Chapter Advisory Team in FY2008 and FY2009. She often speaks on HWEs and disruptive and aggressive behavior and the AACN Synergy Model for Patient Care.

Stutzer earned an associate degree in applied science from New Jersey-based Bergen Community College, Paramus, in 1976, a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from the College of Saint Elizabeth in 1988 and Master of Science in adult critical care nursing from Rutgers University in 1992. Currently pursuing a doctorate degree in nursing theory and research at New York University, she holds a certificate in bioethics and medical humanities from Columbia University, New York.