Dr. Karen Gittings

Dr. Karen Gittings

Associate Dean of School of Health Sciences, Chair of Nursing; Director of MSN/Nurse Educator Track, Associate Professor of Nursing

Office: LNB 122
Phone: 843-661-1688
kgittings@fmarion.edu

Karen Gittings – DNP, RN, CNE, Alumnus CCRN

Karen Gittings is an Associate Professor of Nursing, Associate Dean of the School of Health Sciences, Chair of the Nursing Program, and Director of the MSN Nurse Educator track at Francis Marion University. Karen received her diploma in nursing from The Washington Hospital School of Nursing and her BSN from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County campus. She received her MSN with specialization in nursing education and her DNP from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Karen was a 2015-2016 Amy V. Cockcroft Fellow, and she achieved certification in online instruction in 2011 and became a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) in 2013.  Karen has extensive experience in critical care nursing and has been a certified critical-care registered nurse (CCRN) since 1991. Her areas of teaching expertise are medical-surgical nursing, critical care, and cardiac nursing. She has taught both junior and senior level undergraduate, baccalaureate nursing students in the classroom and clinical settings and graduate students in the nursing education track. Karen has been published in Medical-Surgical Nursing Test Success: An Unfolding Case Study Review, and MedSurg Q&A (an electronic application); she also contributed to two books, Fast Facts for Developing a Nursing Academic Portfolio and Review Manual for Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) Exam. Karen has also presented nationally on the topics of Intravenous Education through Simulation, Developing an Effective Nurse Educator Academic Portfolio for Career Growth and Advancement, Designing a Full 8 Hour Simulation Day, Concept Mapping, and Teaching Clinical Decision-Making. Karen is currently the President of Francis Marion University’s Chi Lambda Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. She is past President of Francis Marion University’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi and the Pee Dee Area Chapter of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, She is a recipient of multiple Outstanding Faculty Teaching Awards at Francis Marion University and the South Carolina Palmetto Gold Award (2005).

 

 

Affordability

FMU has the lowest cost of attendance of any college in South Carolina, based on rankings from CollegeFactual.com.

Meaningful Academics

The liberal arts remain the foundation of a great education for all FMU students, but we’re developing high-caliber professional programs to meet the 21st century needs of both our students and our community.

The Right Size

No giant lecture halls here. We keep class sizes small and the crowds thin at FMU because that’s the environment that best facilitates learning. A 15:1 student-professor ratio, and right about 4,000 students sound like “just right” numbers to us.

Aesthetics

Students can walk our lovely, tree-lined campus in 20 minutes, but most take longer because in a place this pretty, you have to stop and enjoy nature’s beauty.

UNIVERSITY HONORS

Francis Marion University has been recognized for five straight years as a “Great College to Work For” Honor Roll university by the Chronicle for Higher Ed. More at http://www.chronicle.com/interactives/greatcolleges16

FMU is consistently ranked among the Best Regional University by U.S. News and World Report.

Francis Marion University is in ETC’s top 10 percent of universities that have the most impact on graduate’s long-term career earnings. More at www.educatetocareer.com.

CAMPUS MAP

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CONTACT US

Mailing Address:
PO Box 100547, Florence, SC 29502
Street Address:
4822 E. Palmetto St, Florence, SC 29506

1-800-368-7551
Main Office Numbers

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DISCRIMINATION POLICY

Francis Marion University follows all state, local, and federal laws banning discrimination in public institutions of higher learning. FMU adheres to all Title IX policies, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or any other protected category under applicable state, local, or federal law. General questions regarding Title IX can be directed to the Office of Civil Rights (www.ed.gov/ocr). Specific questions may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator (titleixcoordinator@fmarion.edu) or the University’s Human Resources Office.

Francis Marion’s sexual misconduct (Title IX) procedures define the University’s response to reports of sexual misconduct and explain the recourse and protections afforded complainants and respondents.

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