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Karen Barry Wood

Title:Associate Professor
Office:Warde Academic Center


Karen Wood is a proud alumna of Saint Xavier University and has been on faculty at Saint Xavier for over 38 years. She has worked in critical care in both major medical centers and community hospitals for over 45 years and just recently retired from active bedside practice. Wood shares her love of nursing and SXU with her students and keeps in touch with many of them through her work on SXU's National Alumni Board. Wood met her husband, Phil, at SXU. They have nine children - several are also alumni of the University! Wood is a grandmother of nine and spends her spare time doing activities with her family and attending University events of all types. Her favorite pastimes are reading and game shows.


Doctor of Nursing Science (DNSc)
Rush University (1999)

M.S. in Nursing
Rush University (1981)

B.S. in Nursing
Saint Xavier University (1976)

Areas of Specialization

  • Cardiology
  • Critical care nursing
  • Patient education


  • RN - Illinois 041-167993

Chair Specialized Clinical Interests

  • Critical care nursing
  • Clinical simulation
  • Exploring new and innovative teaching strategies

Courses Taught

  • NURS 478: Advanced Concepts in Nursing Practice
  • NURSP 479: Clinical Practicum IV: Capstone

Selected Honors/Awards

  • Sigma Theta Tau Excellence in Nursing Education
  • Sigma Theta Tau Excellence in Clinical Practice
  • Sigma Theta Tau Omada Fellow
  • Saint Xavier University Faculty Award
  • Sister Dorothy Marie Peschon Award for Service, Saint Xavier University Alumni Association


  • Co-Investigator, "Learn While You Earn: Nurse Externships and Clinical Performance."
  • Co-Investigator, "The Relationship between Learning Style Preference and Students' Aptitudes for Concept Maps and Case Studies."
  • Principal Investigator, Dissertation, "The Effects of Information Preference on Educational Outcomes."