Karen L. Pickard, MSN, RN, CNE, has been promoted to program administrator of the Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing in Lewes, Del., Beebe Healthcare announced in a news release. Pickard takes over from Connie Bushey, MSN, MEd, RN, who retired in January after serving as school director for nearly 25 years.
Pickard has been a full-time nursing faculty member since 2004. She has served as the course coordinator for senior students in the Advanced Concepts of Nursing course, and the assistant course coordinator for Foundations of Nursing. She serves on the faculty program development committee, which each year evaluates and updates its systematic plan of evaluation based on standards established by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. She serves as secretary on the executive committee of the Beebe School of Nursing Alumni Association.
In her new role, Pickard has responsibility for the Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing, the faculty and staff, as well as for Beebe Healthcare Library Services, which includes the medical library in the medical center in Lewes and the nursing schools on-campus library. She reports to Joan G. Thomas, MS, RN, FACHE, special consultant to Beebe Healthcare President and CEO Jeffrey M. Fried.
Karen has demonstrated the leadership skills, clinical knowledge and the commitment to our community that are so critical for the future success of the school in preparing nurses for what lies ahead in tomorrows complex healthcare environment, Thomas said in the release.
In 1999, Pickard earned a bachelors degree in health and exercise science from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. She then entered Beebes school of nursing and graduated first in the Class of 2002. She started working at Beebe as a nurse in the ICU in 2002. She soon decided she wanted to teach and shared her time between providing direct patient care and teaching clinical part time until she gained her full-time faculty position. In 2006, she earned her MSN from Wesley College in Dover.