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).