Karen L. Pickard
While at Beebe Healthcare, Karen has designed a curriculum revision to ensure that graduates of the school of nursing can transition seamlessly into a baccalaureate program. She has also overseen the design, construction and opening of a modern high-tech nursing school, which includes a simulation laboratory.
Program Administrator, Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing
Your biggest break: Being hired as a new graduate directly into the Intensive Care Unit. I learned so much there and was mentored by some of the best nurses I know.
Best career advice you ever got: You’ll never achieve anything if you aren’t willing to take risks.
Work-life balance technique you recommend: I always try to keep a positive attitude. If you enjoy your work and you try to make work fun, challenges seem easier to overcome. My family is so supportive of my career, but at the same time they are my No. 1 priority. I hope my two boys grow up thinking they were raised by a very strong mom.
How you give back: I’m a nurse, so I have the pleasure of giving back all the time. I try to give my support in any way I can to the Beebe Medical Foundation. If you support your community hospital, then they can be there for you in your time of need.
Your biggest challenge: Juggling my career, a family, and pursuing an advanced degree at the same time. Also, opening up a new school of nursing while concurrently implementing a new curriculum.
Networking group you use the most: My nursing peers throughout the state. That is the beauty of living and working in a small state. I also network with other accreditation site visitors across the country through ACEN (Accreditation Commission for the Education of Nurses).