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


Karen Gahan Tarnow came to the University of Kansas School of Nursing in the Fall 1996 semester and was promoted to Clinical Associate Professor in 2007. She received her doctorate in adult and continuing education at the University of Nebraska and her master's in psychiatric/mental health nursing at the University of Hawaii.

Tarnow was the president of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning 2005-2007. Throughout her career she has been a member of Sigma Theta Tau, Missouri Western State College Nursing Honor Society, American Society for Health Care Education and Training, Missouri Association for Healthcare Education and Alumnae Advisory Board for Creighton University College of Nursing.

Research activities for Tarnow include: Peripheral Intravenous Indwelling Time and Phlebitis, Anxiety in Beginning Nursing Students, Intradermal Injections: Bevel Up or Bevel Down and Drug Calculation With or Without a Calculator. Because of her excellence in teaching and nursing, she has been awarded a Sigma Theta Tau Pinnacle Award for Computer-Based Professional Education Technology, Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning for excellence in research in the field of simulation and Delta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau Travel Award. 

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 Catheter 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.
Last modified: Jan 06, 2015


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

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