Kara's professional nursing experience includes acute care nursing, critical care nursing, staff development, clinical instructor, critical care educator, and associate professor in nursing. She earned her Master’s in Science of Nursing at Bellarmine University, and her undergraduate Bachelor of Science at Cumberland University. Kara was the recipient of the 2010 Educator of the Year Award at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC). She currently is a Nursing Professional Development Specialist in the Nursing Education and Professional Development department at Vanderbilt. She is responsible for assisting with several programs including Nurse Residency, Clinical Orientation, Intensive Care Education (ICE), Nurse Planner for contact hours, Delirium ICU, and Mental Status/LOC RASS. She serves as a consult on several hospital-wide committees, including Medication Use and Safety Improvement Committee (MUSIC), Medication Policy Subcommittee, and Vein 2 Vein. As a Nursing Professional Development Specialist she always looking for creative ways to enforce an evidenced based practice learning environment to result in best practice standards for our patients. She is very excited to be a part of Vanderbilt and be surrounded by dynamic and motivated people that strive for the best in our hospital environment.