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Karen Haller Appointed VP of Nursing and Clinical Affairs for Johns Hopkins Medicine International - 10/28/2015

Karen Haller Appointed VP of Nursing and Clinical Affairs for Johns Hopkins Medicine International

New role for veteran nurse expands her impact
Release Date: October 28, 2015
Karen Haller
Karen Haller, Ph.D., R.N.
Credit: Johns Hopkins Medicine

Karen B. Haller, Ph.D., R.N., a 27-year Johns Hopkins Medicine nursing veteran and leader, has been named vice president of nursing and clinical affairs for Johns Hopkins Medicine International.

As part of the role she assumed on Sept. 21, Haller will be responsible for developing the structure and resources needed to collaborate with health care organizations around the world and to support international patients seeking care at Johns Hopkins Medicine. She will also provide leadership and strategic oversight for Johns Hopkins Medicine International’s clinical, consulting and knowledge transfer activities that leverage the expertise of our clinicians.

“Throughout Karen’s accomplished career at Johns Hopkins, she has demonstrated her ability to lead in complex environments,” says Pamela Paulk, president of Johns Hopkins Medicine International. “She brings extensive institutional and clinical knowledge, and proven ability to develop constructive business relationships across diverse groups.”

In her most recent role as the vice president for nursing and patient care services and chief nursing officer of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Haller was responsible for professional practice and clinical standards in the institution, and she supervised a nursing staff of more than 3,000 full-time equivalent caregivers. She also oversaw the activities of the offices for social work, regulatory affairs, admitting and patient/visitor services.

A devoted professor and associate dean for clinical affairs at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Haller published more than 100 articles and editorials on subjects ranging from leadership and management in patient care delivery systems to end-of-life decision-making and patient safety. She has conducted National Institutes of Health-funded research on end-of-life issues. For 10 years, she has served with distinction as editor of the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing. She was elected to the American Academy of Nursing in 1991 and has been awarded fellowships in nursing and nursing management. In 2001, she received the National Caring Award from the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses for her outstanding contributions to nursing and nursing research.

Haller received her bachelor’s, master’s of science and master’s of public health degrees, and her Ph.D. in nursing, from the University of Michigan. Before coming to Johns Hopkins in 1988, she was an associate professor of maternal-child health and a research scientist at Loyola University in Chicago.

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