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Karen Pawelek

Karen Pawelek
Lecturer
School of Health Sciences: Nursing, Health Affairs
Bio:
As is the case with others before me, I find nursing to be an art as well as a science. I have worked in a variety of roles as a RN and APRN, and each role builds on the next. I enjoy sharing my expertise in nursing and find it rewarding to learn along with my students. I continue in clinical practice as an APRN in Urgent Care, Internal Medicine and Long-term care at a large practice in Boston, MA. The diversity of the urban population I serve provides me insight into the most current health care issues that I am then able to share with my students. .
Teaching Interests:
I consider myself an expert in the clinical care of adult patients with complex medical issues. I integrate my clinical experience into my daily teaching activities. This not only includes the medical aspects of care, but the professional, leadership and collaboration that is required of a health care provider.
Research Interests:
My research interest include improving interpersonal communication of the health care provider. The importance of communication is translated through difficult discussions with patients in such issues as end of life, loss of independence, sexual identity and mental health. Currently, I am interested specifically in learning more about how health care providers can detect early signs of autism spectrum disorders during routine office visits. A second area of interest involves the outcomes of interactive assignments in an on-line program.
Education:
  • Doctorate of Nursing Practice, Northeastern University , 2011
  • MS, Critical Care Nursing, Northeastern University, 1997
  • BS, Nursing, State University of NY at Binghamton, 1989