School of Nursing

Dr. Karen Valcheff
Assistant Professor
Office: Waldron Hall 308
I have been a registered nurse for 37 years and have had various experiences in the medical field. After graduating high school, I received my Emergency Medical Technician and Firefighting certification which led me to pursue a nursing degree. I received my bachelor’s degree from Widener University while also working as a certified nursing assistant (CNA). After graduating, I worked in an emergency department where I received my trauma certification. I later relocated and worked in a trauma center and cardiac rehab center. I pursued my master’s in nursing education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and was offered a full-time clinical instructor position at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. While teaching, I also pursued my Doctoral degree from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. I have gained clinical experience in various nursing settings, including emergency departments, long-term care facilities, and cardiac rehabilitation. I have had the opportunity to teach at various levels of nursing including CNA, Licensed Practical Nurses undergraduate nursing students, RN-BSN students, and Nursing students pursuing their master’s degrees. This included both online and face-to-face teaching modalities. I created a nursing assistant course that met state standards and successfully integrated it into a long-term care facility. I have taught nursing skills in both clinical and didactic settings, using both face-to-face, voice-over recordings, and online methods.