Karen Q. McDonald, DNP, NNP-BC, has been elected to the National Association of Neonatal Nurses board of directors as a director-at-large.
McDonald joined Christiana Care’s neonatal intensive care team in 2005, the same year that she became licensed as a neonatal nurse practitioner in Delaware and Maryland and a member of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses.
In the NICU, McDonald is responsible for case management of multiple babies with medical and surgical diagnoses in delivery room, newborn, transitional and intensive care nurseries. She also precepts new nurse practitioners, undergraduate and graduate nursing students, neonatal fellows, pediatric residents and medical students.
She received her doctoral degree in nursing practice in August from the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Nursing, after completing a Capstone scholarly project: “Initiation of a Perinatal/Neonatal Palliative Care Team.” She earned her master’s degree in nursing at SUNY Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, N.Y., and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Delaware.
She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society and many other professional nursing organizations.