Kopan Named Outstanding Nursing Alumna
September 9, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Illinois Wesleyan University alumna Karen Kopan will be honored
with the School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award during Homecoming activities in October. Kopan will receive the award during the School of Nursing
festivities which will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9 with a coffee hour in the
in the Commons of the Center for Natural Science (201 E. Beecher St., Bloomington).
Kopan's presentation, titled "Trailblazers: Nurse Practitioners in Acute Care Settings,"
will begin at 10 a.m. The event continues the celebration of the 50th anniversary of awarding four-year bachelor's of science in nursing degrees at Illinois Wesleyan.
Kopan, a 1986 alumna, has worked for the past 13 years with the Critical Care Consult
Team at NorthShore University HealthSystem's Evanston Hospital in Evanston, Ill.
As a nurse practitioner hired into the intensive care unit in 1997, Kopan blazed the
trail for future advanced practice nurses in acute care settings. She streamlined
the entry process for nurse practitioner students entering the organization for a
clinical rotation, and received a certificate of achievement from the American Academy
of Nurse Practitioners for her work creating a corporate-wide resource packet for
all new hire inpatient and outpatient nurse practitioners.
Speaking nationally and locally about the role of the nurse practitioner in critical
care, Kopan was involved in the First Summit of Nurse Practitioners in Acute Care
Settings. She teaches countless acute care nurse practitioner students. Kopan is
also a guest lecturer for acute care nurse practitioner students at Rush University,
and an adjunct faculty member at two Chicago area schools of nursing.
In addition to her professional roles, Karen volunteers with Pathways to Successful
Living Seminars, a personal growth and development leadership program. She is a member
of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the American Association of Critical Care
Nurses, and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
For more information on the School of Nursing Alumni Award or the ceremony, call the
School of Nursing at (309) 556-3051.
Contact: Rachel Hatch, (309) 556-3960