Dr. Karen Stefaniak Presents at 22nd Annual Research Symposium at Baptist Health Lexington

Posted: September 18, 2017

Karen Stefaniak, PhD, RN, assistant professor at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, recently presented "Using Appreciative Inquiry to Improve Staff Nurse Engagement" at the 22nd Annual Research Symposium on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 at Baptist Health Lexington.

The symposium, "Transforming Practice Through Research," had several objectives, including examining the effect of music on mood, motivation and exercise among cardiac rehab patients; exploring various factors related to diagnostic imaging technologists' job satisfaction; understanding the purpose for the development of the Baptist Health Nurse Retention Questionnaire; and more.

Dr. Stefaniak received a diploma from Lakeview Memorial Hospital in Danville, Ill., in 1965, followed by a BSN from Southern Illinois University in 1967, MSN from the University of Kentucky in 1982, and PhD in Education Policy Studies and Evaluation from UK in 1998. Dr. Stefaniak retired from UK's Albert B. Chandler Hospital following 23 years of nursing leadership positions, including seven years as chief nursing officer/associate hospital director. In that role, she was responsible for nursing practice throughout the inpatient areas and hospital-based outpatient areas. Under her leadership, University of Kentucky nursing was designated Magnet by ANCC in 2001 and redesignated in 2005. Dr. Stefaniak completed the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellowship in 2006. She is certified as a nurse administrator by ANCC and certified in appreciative inquiry by the Corporation for Positive Change. Her primary leadership interests lie in collaboration, appreciative inquiry, positive deviancy and complexity science. Her clinical focus has been obstetrics, primarily in labor and delivery in the hospital and as a childbirth educator in the community.