Karen Hernes

Karen Hernes MSN, RN, CNE
Clinical Assistant Professor
karen.hernes@valpo.edu 219.464.5285 Promenade West, 101


Professor Hernes joined the College of Nursing and Health Professions faculty in 2019, and teaches in the undergraduate nursing program.  She earned her BSN from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, and her MSN in Nursing Education from Valparaiso University.  Her clinical nursing experience is mostly in acute care orthopedic and medical/surgical settings, but she also has experience in community clinic settings and parish nursing. She is also a consecrated deaconess with the Lutheran Diaconal Association.

Teaching experience in both ADN and BSN programs includes didactic, lab, simulation and clinical settings.  Professor Hernes holds a Certified Nurse Educator certification from National League for Nursing, and has worked as an education consultant reviewing questions, videos and module content for Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Nursing Education.

  • BA – Huntington University, 1997
  • BSN – Johns Hopkins University, 2001
  • MSN – Valparaiso University, 2014

Certified Nurse Educator by National League for Nursing

Professional Affiliations
  • Sigma Theta Tau
  • American Nurses Association/Indiana State Nurses Association
  • National League for Nursing