MS Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX
BS Evangel College, Springfield, MO
Diploma St. Anthony Hosp. School of Nursing, Oklahoma City, OK
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Work and Education
Karen Bufton joined the Louise Herrington School of Nursing faculty in the fall of 2000 and currently teaches as a Senior Lecturer. Karen's areas of interest include skills acquisition, critical thinking and nursing history.
Bufton has practiced medical-surgical nursing with a focus in cardiovascular critical care for 33 years. She has had extensive experience working as a supervisor and staff nurse in the Baylor Health Care System Coronary Care Unit. She has also served as a nurse educator and quality coordinator as well as a nurse consultant all for the Baylor Health Care System.
She is a member of the American Association of
Critical Care Nurses and Sigma Theta Tau. In addition to faculty
responsibilities, Karen chairs the Nursing Peer Review Committee for
Baylor University Medical Center, trains staff in Basic Life Support
(CPR) and assesses newly hired staff using a competency-based model.
Karen is certified in Continuing Education and Staff Development by the
American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Passionate about teaching and Baylor, Bufton has been a member of many LHSON faculty committees. These include Academic Affairs, Peer Review, Undergraduate Curriculum, and Program Effectiveness. For her excellent presence as a leader and educator at the nursing school, Bufton received Outstanding Teaching awards in 2005, 2007, and 2009. She is also a member and governance chair of sigma Theta Tau International, Eta Gamma.
Articles and Presentations
Bufton has contributed much to the academic field of nursing. In 2001, she contributed to a study called “Group Involvement in Decision-Making" in The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing. She also wrote an article titled “History of Nursing at Baylor University Medical Center. "Throughout her career, Bufton has consistently presented talks on nursing and medical advice at various universities and Baylor University Medical Center.