Associate Professor, School of Nursing
Breitkreuz completed her Master’s Degree in Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco, in 1996, with a specialization as an International Cross-Cultural Community Health, Clinical Nurse Specialist. Since that time she has traveled to Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Ecuador, Bolivia, India, and Nicaragua using her nursing skills to serve underserved populations.
During the summer of 2008, Breitkreuz travelled to a Malawi, Africa to interview nursing students as a part of her doctoral research. In February of 2009, Breitkreuz successfully defended her phenomenological dissertation entitled; “The Experience of Nursing Students from a developing nation using the internet as an educational resource”. The findings of this project were recently published in the International Journal of Nursing Education. In May, 2009 Karen graduated from Teacher’s College, Columbia University, Executive Program for Nurses, with a Doctorate in Education.
Breitkreuz completed a Pilot research Project on Nursing Student Adaptation during a semester abroad in 2010. A paper with findings from this study has been submitted for publication.
Breitkreuz received her certification as a Faculty Nurse Educator from the National League for Nursing in June, of 2012.
Breitkreuz uses her many years of clinical and professional practice experience at a Children’s Hospital in California, and Pediatric facilities in New York as the basis for teaching pediatrics and a variety of other undergraduate nursing courses. Breitkreuz’s professional research interests include pediatric nursing, inter-cultural proficiency, international nursing, international nursing education, and the use of technology in nursing education. She is hoping to take students from Boise State University School of Nursing to Belize in spring 2013, along with others from Boise State, Global Village Network.