Karen A. Peterson, RN, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC
Director of the ACCESS BSN Program; Assistant Professor
Karen Peterson is an assistant professor in the Division of Nursing and has taught the Mental Health Nursing course for over 10 years. She is a certified psychiatric clinical nurse specialist and psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. Shas served in a variety of primary care roles. Her experience includes practice in a clinical specialist role as well as director of a psychiatric unit. Ms. Peterson continues in clinical practice as a nurse practitioner as well as providing education and consultation at Lehigh Valley Hospital.
Ms. Peterson is responsible for teaching the traditional day Mental Health Nursing courses as well as teaching in the Clinical Nurse Specialist and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner programs. In addition, she teaches the Capstone Project Course in the RN-BSN program. She is currently the director for the ACCESS Nursing Program here at DeSales.
Ms. Peterson is an active member of her church and involved in the Mission Outreach Team and Touchstone Veteran’s Outreach Program. Mission projects include ongoing assistance to those experiencing homelessness, as well as volunteering with programs for veterans who struggle with moral injury.
Ms. Peterson received her nursing diploma from Good Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing in Portland, Oregon. She then completed her BSN at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She completed her MSN at Rutgers University with a specialty of psychiatric/mental health nursing. In January 2018 she completed the Post-Graduate Certificate Program as a psychiatric nurse practitioner here at DeSales University.