Director: Karen L. Johnson

Karen L. Johnson, RN, PhD
Director of Nursing Research

Banner Health Care System 
Phoenix, Arizona


Experience and Activities


Chapter Membership

  • Greater Phoenix Area Chapter, 2011–present

AACN Commitment and Involvement in the past 3 years

Includes how the candidate integrated AACN's mission and work into her current role and practice. Local and national volunteer activities are listed, if applicable.

  • Nominating Committee, 2011–2012
  • Chair, Evidence-based Practice Work Group, 2009–2010
  • Research Grant Review Panel, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Research & Evidence-based Practice Poster Abstract Review Panel, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Continuing Education Review Panel, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • AACN Ambassador, 2011, 2012
  • Clinical Pearls Author, American Journal of Critical Care, 2009–Present
  • Manuscript Reviewer, AACN Advanced Critical Care, 2009–2010
  • Author, AACN Advanced Critical Care, 2009
  • NTI Oral Presentations, 2010, 2011
  • Mentor, AACN Small Grant Award, 2009
  • Mentor, AACN Philips Medical Systems Clinical Outcomes Grant, 2011
  • CCRN Alumni, 2008–Present

Key Professional Activities outside AACN in the past 3 years

Includes involvement with other professional organizations, teaching and/or speaking.

  • Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing, teaching the following courses: Pathophysiology of Critical Illness, Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology, Methods for Evidence-based Practice, Nursing Research
  • Co-editor, High Acuity Nursing, 5th edition, Prentice Hall Publishers (2010) and author of 11 chapters in this edition
  • Co-investigator, A comparison study of leadership development interventions: effects on nurse and patient outcomes. Funded by American Organization of Nurse Executives 
  • Mentor, Work- and nonwork-related factors associated with nurses’ fatigue and job satisfaction. Funded by American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses
  • Mentor, What is the nature and extent of agreement between different methods to measure blood glucose in surgical patients with a body mass index greater than 30 kg/m2? Funded by National Association of Bariatric Nurses

Issues Statement

The Institute of Medicine’s report “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health” contains four key challenges that must be overcome in efforts to provide safe, quality and affordable healthcare:

  • Nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training.
  • Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression.
  • Nurses should be full partners with physicians and other healthcare professionals in redesigning healthcare in the United States.
  • Effective workforce planning and policymaking require better data collection and an improved information infrastructure. 

AACN has been proactive in addressing these challenges. AACN supports us in practicing to the fullest extent of our education and training through certification.

AACN supports higher levels of education and training through funding for scholarships and continuing education programs. AACN partners with our physician colleagues through several professional organizations.

One of AACN’s advocacy initiatives is staffing and workforce development.

We must ask ourselves: “How am I meeting the Institute of Medicine’s challenges?”

  • What is preventing me from practicing to the full extent of my education and training? 
  • Am I taking full advantage of AACN’s educational opportunities in achieving higher levels of education and training? 
  • What am I doing to support collaborative relationships with other members of the healthcare team so we can work together to redesign care in my unit?
  • How can I advocate for effective workforce planning and policy development?

We are a "community of exceptional nurses" and therefore must seize opportunities to transform the healthcare system, even within our own units, to meet demands for safe, quality and affordable care for our patients. AACN, through its vision, provides us with resources to create a "healthcare system where acute and critical care nurses can make their optimal contribution."

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