Karen Steinke

Karen SteinkeInstructor of Nursing

Prior to being hired as a full time faculty member, Karen Steinke worked at UP as an adjunct clinical instructor, while also working in a local emergency/trauma center. Her nursing career spans almost four decades, dating back to 1980, when she was awarded an associate degree in nursing. After being a registered nurse for a few years, she pursued an opportunity to be in the first graduating class of Hahnemann University’s new satellite bachelor’s program. When her husband’s job brought them to the West Coast, her family settled in Battle Ground, Wash., and she subsequently earned a master’s degree from Washington State University. After the tragedy of September 11, 2001, Karen’s desire to serve her country was overwhelming and she accepted a commission into the United States Navy. She continues to serve as a commander in the Nurse Corps and is credentialed in emergency/trauma nursing. When she is not working, Karen enjoys gardening, traveling, and of course, supporting “her” Seattle Seahawks.

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