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OBrien, Karen
Office Location:HS-100H
Dept:Health Professions
Title:Faculty, Health Professions


Karen Sheffield O'Brien attended Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, graduating in 1993 with her BSN. She has varied nursing experience, including medical/surgical, ICU, PACU, and homecare. Karen attended the MSN and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Texas Medical Branch, becoming certified as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner Spring 2003. Karen returned to SFASU, accepting a position teaching pediatrics and senior med/surg.

Karen and her family were long time East Texas residents, but moved to Lake Jackson in Summer 2004 to enable Karen to pursue her doctorate full time. Karen’s dissertation was titled “Nursing Students’ Utilization of Personal Digital Assistants.” After completing her PhD in Fall 2008, she accepted a full time teaching position at UTMB until coming to Brazosport College in Fall 2010. Dr. O’Brien also works as a Nurse Practitioner at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.




PhD Nursing, University of Texas Medical Branch
MSN, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, University of Texas Medical Branch
Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX



Rhoads, J., Shanchez, L., O’Brien, K., & Davila, Y. (2009). Novel H1N1
    influenza A. The American Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 13(10), 25-38.
O’Brien, K. & Bawa, V. (2009). Mobile clinical resources 101,
O’Brien, K. (2009). Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) Virtual Workshop,
O’Brien, K. (2008). Nursing students’ utilization of personal digital assistants.
Doctoral dissertation, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston.

Awards & Honors

Outstanding Faculty Award, Accelerated Baccalaureate Class, 2009
Regina R. and Alfonso J. Mercatante Memorial Scholarship, 2007
Marie and Talbert Aulds Scholarship, 2007
Kempner Scholarship recipient, 2004
Salute to Nursing Scholarship, 2003-2004
Inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, 2002
Numerous semesters on Dean’s List at SFASU, 1989-1993




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