Karen Anne WolfAdjunct Professor PhD, RN
Programs and Courses Taught
Family Nurse Practitioner Online
NS 626 Theoretical Foundations
Transplanted back to Pennsylvania in 2014 to be near family, Dr. Wolf was formerly professor and faculty development coordinator at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland California. She was a founding faculty member of the DNP program both there and at the MGH Institute of Health Professions and was program faculty for the Penn State University DNP Program and the Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania DNP Program. A graduate of Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Nursing, Boston University and Brandeis University, and University of Massachusetts-Worcester, she served as Associate Director of the programs in Nursing at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston.
Dr. Wolf is a community health clinical specialist and a nurse practitioner with past practice in Berkeley CA and the Cambridge Health Alliance Senior Health Center. Her scholarship is focused on the history and future of nursing as work, including the inter-professionalism. She has lectured widely on professional issues and nursing history and politics. Her publications include Nursing as Body-Work in ANS, Global Public Health Nursing, in the Global Nursing for the 21st Century, and A History of Nursing Ideas, by Jones & Bartlett. In addition she has published articles in both the professional and lay press and has contributed to media projects including the film Nursing the Politics of Caring, Code Grey, Community Voices and the popular book, Our Bodies, Our Selves. She has been active as former chair of the National Academies of Practice- Nursing Academy and annual forum, as well as a representative to the IOM Forum on Innovations in Global Health Professions Education.
A graduate of the Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Nursing, I continued my education at Boston University, obtaining a BSN and a Masters in Community Health with a CNS Role preparation. I completed a Doctorate in Sociology at Brandeis University, with concentrations in Sociology of Health & Illness, Organizations & Professions and Political Sociology. I returned to the University of Massachusetts Medical Center School of Nursing to study for a post-masters certificate in Adult Health Nurse Practitioner studies. Additional education included the a completion of a NONPF fellowship in Community health for NPs which a project focus on developing online programming. A second fellowship through Stanford University supported Faculty Development on Ethnogeriatrics with a project development on use of simulation to improved undergraduate student cultural competency.
Professional issues, Community and Population Health, Geriatric/Adult Primary Care
Her scholarship focuses on the history and future of nursing as work, including the inter-professionalism. She has lectured widely on professional issues and nursing history and politics. Professionalization of nursing work, Population health & vulnerable population such as older adults
Ahmed, S & Wolf KA.(2018). The Transition of Advanced Nursing Practice to the DNP Chapter one in Ahmed, S., Davis, S., Fuller, M., and Andrist, L. The DNP - Redesigning Advanced Practice Roles for the 21st Century: Education, Practice and Policy. New York: Springer.
Corless, I.B., Wolf, K.A.(2016) Qualitative Caring and Quantitative Results: 90-90-90. J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care, 27(6):752-754.
Wolf, K.A. (2015. The intersection of Community-Public Health Nursing & Global Nursing in Nicholas P., Breakey, S., Meedzan, N. &Corless, I.Global Health Nursing. New York: Springer
Wolf, K.A.(2014). Critical Reflection of Nursing as Body Work. Advances in Nursing Science (ANS) 37(2).
Ahmed, S & Wolf KA.(2012). The Transition of Advanced Nursing Practice to the DNP Chapter one in Ahmed S Davis, Fuller and Andrist. The DNP - Redesigning Advanced Practice Roles for the 21st Century: Education, Practice and Policy. New York: Springer.
Wolf, K. (2012, 2008). The Long March to Professional Practice in E. Barker. Advanced Practice Nursing. Boston: Jones & Bartlett.
Beauchesne, M. (Ed.). (2007). NP competency based education evaluation: Using a portfolio approach [Monograph-working group contributor] Washington, DC: National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty.
Andrist, L, Nicholas, P. and Wolf, K, (2006). The History of Nursing Ideas. Boston: Jones & Bartlett. (Editor for Section III, co-author book preface, primary editor of Section III of textbook, Section III preface and author of chapter 34)
Wolf, K.A. (1998). The Next Twenty-five Years- A Time of Transition and Change: Nursing Education at the Massachusetts General Hospital 1973-1998.(book) Boston: MGH Nursing Alumni Association.
Wolf, K. (Ed.) (1997). Jo Ann Ashley: Selected Works. New York: National League for Nursing Press/Boston: Jones & Bartlett
Professional Affiliations & Memberships
Member: Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners, ANA, National Academies of Practice, Gerontological Advance Practice Nurses Association. American Association for the History of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau.
Coalition for the Health of the Susquehanna Valley
Honors & Awards
2014 Nicholas A. Cummings Award, National Academies of Practice
2014 Distinguished Scholar & Senior Fellow, Nursing Academy- National
Academies of Practice
2012 Spot Award, Samuel Merritt University
2011 Sigma Theta Tau-Nu Xi Chapter. Excellence in Nursing Research Award
2004-18 Who’s Who in American Nursing (Marquis