Karen Lee Burton, PhD, RN, CNE, draws from extensive experiences practicing in charge nurse and staff nurse positions, focused in labor & delivery, addictions and med/surg settings. Her more recent career accomplishments include director/administrator academic roles. Additionally, Karen has taught online and in the classroom on a variety of topics that reflect her areas of interest and expertise, including: nursing ethics, women's health, and addicted nurses. Throughout her diverse work experiences, she has taken an interest in contemporary issues in today's nursing world and has accumulated a wealth of knowledge regarding the evolution of challenges that nurses and nurse leaders currently encounter.

Karen has received numerous recognitions over the years. Her keen insights are sought for presentations with healthcare audiences throughout the country and she has publications to her credit. Dr. Burton earned a bachelor
's degree in nursing from Brigham Young University, a master's degree from the University of Utah, and a PhD in Nursing Education from the University of Northern Colorado, completing her dissertation on addicted nurses.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Karen Lee Burton has an employment relationship with Southern New Hampshire University. She receives royalties as an author for Scholar’s Press. Dr. Burton receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Karen Lee Burton is a member of the American Nurses Association; and the Utah Nurses Association.