Karen M. Stratton, PhD, RN, NE-BC
Clinical Assistant Professor & Coordinator, Graduate Administrative Studies Program
Department of Health Systems Science
NURS 548 UIC College of Nursing (MC 802)
1845 South Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612-7350
Research / Discovery
Dr. Stratton's focus is on health services research; specifically in the areas of pediatric nurse staffing, workforce cultural diversity within the patient safety framework, new graduate retention, and nurse manager leadership development. Her work includes development, testing and implementation of a nurse staffing model based on the Synergy Model and patient acuity; preparing culturally diverse nurse workforces for shared decision-making; preceptor development specifically for new nurse graduates; and new nurse manager development.
Dr. Stratton coordinates the College’s graduate nursing administration program preparing emerging nurse leaders, nurse managers and directors for health care administrative roles. Her teaching includes nursing leadership administrative models and concepts as well as systems operation management. Dr. Stratton also supervises master's and doctoral level students' research projects. For more information about the graduate nursing administrative studies program at the University of Illinois, please visit our website.
In addition to her faculty role, Dr. Stratton also consults and works on special projects within the College of Nursing's Institute for Health Care Innovation. She consults locally on issues related to staff and nurse manager leadership development, conflict management and nurse manager and director coaching.
Dr. Stratton is actively involved in children's charities including Ronald McDonald House Children's Charities and is currently a board member of the Will County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) charity for abused and neglected children.