Karen R. Robinson, Fargo, was inducted into the University of Kentucky Nursing Hall of Fame on September 10, 2020.

Dr. Robinson, PhD, RN, FAAN, received her Diploma in Nursing from St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing (1969), her BSN (1977) from the University of Kentucky, her MSN (1982) from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas, and her PhD (1992) from the University of Texas at Austin.

In 2010 Dr. Robinson retired from the Department of Veterans Affairs after 32 years of service.  While at the VA, she received the Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of North Dakota VA Employee of the Year Award for meritorious and distinguished service. She currently serves as a Research Consultant at Sanford Health Medical Center and a Clinical Quality Analyst at Essentia Health Medical Center in Fargo.

Her former research included nursing reimbursement, nurse managed clinics, and the development of the Robinson Self-Appraisal Inventory which has received national and international recognition. As the Associate Director for Patient Care at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical in Fargo, she served as a Project Coordinator for nurse managed clinics in the Department of Veterans Affairs. She has also testified to the U.S. Senate Veterans Affairs Committee regarding the success of advanced practice nurses in these clinics as well as provided a final report to Congress which evaluated patient satisfaction, provider experiences, cost of care, and access to care in the clinics.  As a result of this work, she received the Department of Veterans Affairs Innovations in Nursing Award.

Dr. Robinson has a number of publications addressing these interests with one of the publications receiving the “Best of Image” Award from the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society.  She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, a distinguished practitioner in the National Academies of Practice (Nursing), and Chair, University of Kentucky Dean’s College of Nursing Advisory Board.

Established in 2006, the Hall of Fame is the University of Kentucky’s College of Nursing’s highest honor.  It was created to recognize and honor graduates with extraordinary national and/or international contributions to advance the nursing profession through education, practice, service and/or research. While a new Hall of Fame class is typically inducted every five years, the College is excited to induct a mid-cycle class in honor of 2020 being designated the “Year of the Nurse and Midwife” by the World Health Organization and the American Nurses Association.