Karen O’Brien, Ph.D., R.N., CNE

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies

Associate Professor Lieutenant Colonel, Army Nurse Corps, United States Army, Retired


Associate Dean of Undergraduate Nursing Program

I love to teach nursing student at all levels of the program. It's amazing to see the development in such a short period of time. Encountering former students out in practice as registered nurses is so gratifying and amazing.

Teaching Focus

Medical Surgical Nursing Critical Care Nursing Health Assessment Nursing Research

Previous Roles

Full-time Faculty, Associate Professor, Saint Xavier University




Office Location:

Hammond Campus CLO 321


  • PhD-Nursing, University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Master of Science in Nursing, Saint Xavier University, Chicago
  • Bachelor of Science In Nursing, Loyola University of Chicago

Areas of Expertise

  • Adult Medical Surgical Nursing
  • Critical Care Nursing
  • Undergraduate Student Retention