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Dr. Karen Crouse, WCSU associate professor of nursing and chair of the nursing department, received the Vera R. Keane Award for Outstanding Service to the Connecticut Nurses Association (CAN) at the organization’s 104th annual convention in October 2010.

Crouse, a former vice president of the CNA, joined the Western nursing faculty in 2002 and has served as department chair since 2007. A board-certified emergency nurse and family nurse practitioner, she has conducted research on topics including the experience of newly licensed Registered Nurses in emergency departments, nursing response to death in emergency departments, and the emergence of retail health care organizations in the United States.

Crouse earned an Ed.D. in educational leadership from the University of Hartford, a post-master’s professional certificate in health care management from the University of New Haven, and a master’s degree in nursing from Sacred Heart University. Prior to entering the academic profession, she practiced nursing at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and in the adult emergency department at Yale-New Haven Hospital. In 2005, Yale-New Haven honored her as the recipient of its Nightingale Award for nursing excellence.

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Nursing Department Chairperson Karen Crouse received the Vera R. Keane Award for Outstanding Service to the Connecticut Nurses Association.