Karen G. Tarnow, Ph.D., RN

Clinical Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
MS, University of Hawaii-Honolulu
BSN, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska


  • KU faculty since 1996
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Delta Chapter
  • Peer reviewer for Applied Nursing Research and Clinical Simulation in Nursing

Academic Program Affiliations

  • BSN
  • RN-BSN
  • Master of Science

Current Areas of Teaching

  • NRSG 874, Health Professions Educator Practicum
  • NRSG 572, Topics for Health Professional Educator
  • NURS 441, Nursing Research in an Evidence-Based Practice Setting
  • NURS 352, Client Assessment for the Practicing Nurse

Select Publications 

  • Bonnel, W. and Tarnow, K. (2015). Preparing health professions' educators via online certificate program:  Structure and strategies for quality. Nurse EducatorPMID: 25350048
  • Tarnow, K., Gambino, M., Ford, D.  (2013). Effect of Continuing Education:  Do Attendees Implement Tools Taught?  Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing. 44(9), 391-398. PMID: 23822103
  •  Tarnow, K. (2012). Integrating Psychosocial Care into Medical Surgical Nursing.  Journal of Nursing Education.  51(11) 660.  PMID: 23127616
  • Powell, J., Tarnow, K.G., & Perucca, R. (2008). The Relationship Between Peripheral Intravenous Catheters Indwell Time and the Incidence of Phlebitis.  Journal of Infusion Nursing.  31(1), 39-45. PMID: 18202558

Select Presentations

  • Kumm, S. and Tarnow, K., (2014). Webinar, Understanding the Basics of Concept-Based Learning, Walters-Kluver. Recorded October 7, 2014
  • Tarnow, K., Guevel, J., & Kumm, S. (April 8-10, 2014). Implementing E-Books: Faculty and Student Responses. Poster Presentation at 14th Annual Nurse Educator Institute: Leading the Path for Change. Sponsored by North Arkansas Partnership for Health Education (NAPHE) Branson, MO
  • Buchanan, L; Collins, H.; Kumm, S.; & Tarnow, K. (Oct 18, 2013).  Information Literacy for Lifelong Learning: Teaching Them to Fish Instead of Feeding Them. Podium presentation at PNEG conference, Kansas City, MO.


  • 2012, $1,500 grant from Elsevier to study student and faculty response to implantation of the use of e-books

Awards & Honors

  • 2014, Finalist, March of Dimes Nurse of the Year, School of Nursing Educator category
  • 2004, Sigma Theta Tau Pinnacle Award for Computer-Based Professional Education Technology awarded to the Educator Certificate Program
  • 2004, Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL),  Excellence in research in the field of simulation, June, 2004
  • 2000, Awarded Delta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau Travel Award
Last modified: May 13, 2015


Karen G. Tarnow, Ph.D., RN
Clinical Associate Professor

P: (913) 588-1675