Karen Preston, MSN, RN, PHN. CRRN, FIALCP, assistant professor at Samuel Merritt College in Oakland and Sacramento, Calif., earned the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Foundation for Life Care Planning Research at the 20th anniversary of the International Symposium on Life Care Planning, according to a news release.
The award singles out an individual who has contributed significantly to the body of literature in life care planning. Recognition is given to those who have advanced the field through word and deed. The honoree is recognized for work in teaching life care planning, work with patients and advances in the applications of life care planning and significant improvements in the networking capabilities of life care planners.
At Merritt, Preston is an instructor in the masters degree program case-management course and supervises students in acute and community settings, according to the release.
Since July 1992 she has been the senior nurse consultant with RNS HealthCare Consultants, Inc. in Sacramento. The firm specializes in case management in life care planning services, specializing in occupational and nonoccupational head injury, spinal cord injury, catastrophic injury and disease and neurological and orthopedic disorders.
Preston was the president of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses in 1993 through 1994, according to the release. She was chairperson of the International Academy of Life Care Planners, now a section of the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals, from 2007 to 2009 and served on its board of directors from 2005 to 2010, according to the release. She has been recognized for the excellence of her work as the chairman of the IARP Life Care Planning Standards of Practice Committee for the past two years, is a member of the IARP Standards Compliance Review Board and is the co-chairman of its Code of Ethics Review Committee.
Preston received a BSN from Mercy College of Detroit and an MSN from Arizona State University. She then earned her Certified Registered Rehabilitation Nurse credential shortly after graduating from Arizona State and became a Fellow of the International Academy of Life Care Planners in 2000, according to the release.