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Karen Corlett MSN, ARNP, CPNP-AC/PC

Associate Teaching Professor

I have been a pediatric nurse for over 30 years and a PNP practicing in pediatric critical care for 20 years, always concentrating on infants and children with acquired and congenital heart defects.  I feel that teaching and precepting are a necessary form of payback to those who I have called mentors and role models.

My current clinical practice is as a nurse practitioner in the Cardiac ICU at Seattle Children’s Hospital.  I remain fascinated by the patient’s continually changing anatomic variations and the pathophysiologic impact at the bedside.  I have enjoyed watching the evolution of this niche subspecialty over the years, and watching the progress of the field, as well as thinking ahead to the limitless possibilities of the future.

I am passionate about clarity of communication, both written and verbal, and am a champion of team functioning within and among the complex professional teams in which I participate.


  • 1984, BSN,  University of Washington, Seattle
  • 1997, MSN, Indiana University, Indianapolis PNP tract
  • 2007, post-master’s certificate, Acute Care PNP tract, Rush University, Chicago

What classes do you teach?

  • NCLIN 502 A & B
  • NCLIN 516
  • NCLIN 517

What do you love about the UW School of Nursing?

I started my career as a bright eyed high school graduate at the University of Washington many years ago.  I will be forever grateful for the foundation in the science and art of nursing instilled in me by the excellent faculty and preceptors.  To this day, I use the in depth knowledge, and respect, of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology that was instilled in me in a very tough, but thorough,  2 semester experience at the UW.

I am thrilled to be back at the University of Washington, and hope to be able to instill this same passion for families and science in the PNP’s that I am privileged to teach and mentor in their academic programs.


Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing
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