Karen Rene Nance Durham

Title: Staff Nurse
Company: TriStar Centennial Medical Center
Location: Nolensville, Tennessee, United States

Karen Durham, Staff Nurse at TriStar Centennial Medical Center, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Nurses for dedication, achievements, and leadership in patient care and nursing administration.

After initially obtaining a BSE in vocational home economics from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas in 1979, Ms. Durham later continued her education with a Bachelor of Science in nursing from California University of Pennsylvania in 1993. She has excelled as a staff nurse with Washington Health System in Washington, Pennsylvania from 1991 to 2004 and as a staff nurse with TriStar Centennial Medical Center, a comprehensive facility in Nashville, Tennessee offering medical and surgical programs including behavioral health, 24-hour emergency, heart and vascular, imaging, neurosciences, oncology, orthopedics, pediatrics, rehabilitation, sleep disorders, and women’s services. With TriStar Centennial, she helped develop the Nurses Practice Council, which empowers clinical nurses to implement and maintain standards of nursing practice and patient care consistent with evidence-based practice. Ms. Durham is currently serving as chair of the group, for which she assisted in writing its bylaws.

A past den leader, Cubmaster, committee chair and roundtable commissioner with the Boy Scouts of America, Ms. Durham has earned a Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service in 2015 and a Wood Badge in 2011 for leadership with the organization. She attributes her success to the support of her parents and her leadership team and the support of relatives and friends. To that regard, after she originally pursued teaching, a friend noted her interest in caring for people and suggested that she become a nurse. As a career highlight, Ms. Durham cites her help in developing the Nurses Practice Council with TriStar Centennial, which she hopes to finish restructuring in the near future.

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