Department of Nursing and Health Professions
Meet Karen Frenn Ed.D., RN, CNE
Ed.D., University of Massachusetts-Lowell
M.S., Nursing, Wayne State University
B.S., Nursing, Madonna College
Diploma in Nursing, Providence Hospital School of Nursing
- Medical-Surgical Nursing
- Oncology Nursing
After graduating from her basic nursing program in 1971, Karen Frenn worked at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit for 15 years in various nursing positions, including staff nurse and head nurse on a neurosurgical unit, coronary care unit nursing, cardiac rehabilitation nurse, and ending with five years as an instructor in the Henry Ford Hospital School of Nursing. In 1987, she moved to New Hampshire and did per diem staff nursing at St. Joseph Hospital on the oncology unit and also taught in their LPN program. Since 1989, she has worked part-time and full-time as a faculty member at Rivier. She teaches theory, lab, and clinical for Nursing Fundamentals; clinical instruction for Nursing Care of the Adult I and Mental Health Nursing, and Nursing Leadership and Management in Healthcare. She recently earned certification as a nurse educator from the National League for Nursing.
"My goal as a nurse educator is to instill in my students a lifelong love for the profession of nursing. In order to be an effective nurse, an individual needs to commit to becoming a lifelong learner, so I want my students to like learning! I incorporate the concepts of adult learning in my teaching philosophy, including the importance of personal responsibility for my students and myself, mutual respect and consideration, and attention to the individual needs of each student."