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Faculty Profiles : Karen Reynolds, RN, MS

Karen L. Reynolds
Karen L. Reynolds, RN, MS
Curriculum Development Specialist, OEC
Research Instructor, DME

801 North Rutledge St
P.O. Box 19622
Springfield, IL 62794-9622
217-545-4977 (phone), 217-545-0192 (fax)

Educational Background | Research Interests & Projects | Teaching Interests & Activities | Selected Publications & Presentations | Grants/Honors

Educational Background

  • Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville - (1998-2002) Degree: MS - Nursing (Community Health with focus in Education/Teaching)
  • University of Illinois at Springfield - (formerly known as Sangamon State University)
    (1990-1993) Degree: BSN
  • Lincoln Land Community College - (1987-1990) Degree: ADN
  • Capitol Area School of Practical Nursing - (1985-1986) LPN

Research Interests & Projects

  • Undergraduate Medical Education on Patient Safety
  • Standardized/Simulated Patients
  • Use of Nurses as Teachers in Undergraduate Medical Education

Teaching Interests & Activities

  • Assist Unit Directors in planning case content, schedule, clinical activities and sessions for year 2 Hematology, Immunology and Infection Unit
  • Assist Unit Directors in planning case content, schedule, clinical activities and sessions for year 2 Cardiac, Renal and Respiratory Unit
  • Teach clinical skills such as venipuncture, phlebotomy, urinary catheterization, wound care and nasogastric tube insertion to second year medical students
  • Teach, observe and provide feedback regarding clinical skills such as physical assessment of documentation to second year medical students
  • Score and provide feedback to students for history and physical write ups as well as SOAP and Clinic notes
  • Facilitate student mentor clinic activities
  • Assist faculty with authoring, administering and scoring clinical assessment cases and other performance-based assessments
  • Problem-Based Learning Case Writer/Editor

Selected Publications & Presentation

Journal Publications

  • Klamen, D., Reynolds, K., Yale, B. & Aiello, M. (2009). Students learning handovers in a simulated in-patient unit. Medical Education (43)1097-1098.


  • Schaivone, Reynolds, Shocken, & Heine. "Society for Simulation in Healthcare Accreditation: Transforming your center through quality initiatives" Association of Standardized Patient Educators Annual International Meeting, June 2012, San Diego, Ca.
  • Reynolds, Montgomery, Klamen, Szauter, Zahnd, Verhulst. "Perceptions of Medical Student-Nurse Interaction" Cincinatti, OH CGEA March 2012 & Savannah, GA, SGEA April 2012
  • Gliva-McConvey, Reynolds, Struijk & Slawinski. "Programmatic Implementation of Standardized Patient Education Methodology: From Its Beginnings, into Simulation" International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare Annual Conference, January 2012.
  • Palaganus, J., Heine, N., Reynolds, K. & LeMaster, T. "What You Need to Know About Accreditation of Simulation and Standardized Patient Programs" International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare January 2011, New Orleans, LA
  • Klamen, D., Reynolds, K., Montgomery, L., Nubani, R., "Nurse Educators Bridging the Gap in Medical Education" AAMC, November, 2010, Washington, DC
  • Aiello, M., Morrison, L. & Reynolds, K. "Using Standardized Patients to Teach about Patient Safety Issues" ASPE International Conference, June 2010, Baltimore, MD
  • Aiello, M & Reynolds, K., Nicholas, C. "Using Standardized Patients for Teaching" ASPE International Conference, August 2006, Tuscon, Arizona
  • Aiello, M. & Reynolds, K., Verhulst, S. "Comparing SP-Generated and Student-Generated Measurement Instruments" ASPE International Conference August 2006,Tuscon, Arizona
  • Reynolds, K., Morrison, L. & Aiello, M. "Enhancing Effectiveness of Multi-Campus or Distance SP Training" ASPE International Conference August 2005, Chicago, Illinois
  • Reynolds, K. & Howley, Lisa "Feedback Skills Training: What Have We Done & What Have We Learned?" ASPE International Conference, August 2005, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Reynolds, K., Cameron, T., Distlehorst, L. & Folse, J., "Nurse Educators as a Tool for Enhancing Medical Education" CGEA, March 2005, Madison, Wisconsin


  • Served on the Association of Standardized Patient Educators Board of Directors and Executive committee as President & Immediate Past President 
  • Represented the Association of Standardized Patient Educators at the Global Network for Simulation in Healthcare meeting Aug 2011 in London
  • President, Association of Standardized Patient Educators January 2010 - December 2011
  • Vice-President for Finance, Association of Standardized Patient Educators 2006 - 2008
  • Administrative/Professional Employee of the Quarter 2006, SIU School of Medicine
  • Inducted Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, Nu Pi Chapter 1993
  • Graduated with Honors UIS GPA 3.80 1993
  • Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities 1992 and 1993
  • Chairperson, Emergency Department Unit Based Council 1992-1994 elected by peers (MMC)
  • Awarded Entering Scholar Scholarship UIS 1990
  • Awarded Alumni Association Community College Scholarship UIS 1990
  • Graduated with Honors LLCC GPA 3.80 1990