Faculty and Staff

Karen F Phillips

Professor • Department of Nursing

Dr. Karen Phillips is a Professor of Nursing at WPU. She has a Masters of Science in Nursing and an EdD in Educational Leadership from University of Phoenix. Dr. Phillips is the coordinator of both the second semester of the upper division undergraduate junior nursing students and the School Nurse Certification Program. Dr. Phillips also coordinates the Masters in Education in Curriculum and Learning with a Concentration in School Nursing Program. She teaches courses in both the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs at William Paterson. Dr. Phillips has been in nursing for over 40 years specializing in Maternal Child. She was a certified Lactation Consultant and Childbirth Educator for 10 years and continues to research strategies to improve breastfeeding rates. Dr. Phillips has presented her research nationally and internationally and has several publications from her research studies.

Professional Interests

Lactation support, Classroom teaching strategies, Perinatal health outcomes, Maternal child healthcare

Other Interests

Reading, relaxing, walking, listening to music and watching football and hockey, International Travel


EdD Educational Leadership, University of Phoenix Phoenix, AR

BS Nursing, Misericordia University Dallas, PA

MS Nursing, University of Phoenix Phoenix, AR


Maternal Child, Lactation Support

Licenses and Certifications

Licensed as a registered nurse 12/31/1977
Registered Nurse (RN), New Jersey State Board of Nursing State

Representative Publications

The Effect of Postpartum Fatigue on Exclusive Breastfeeding Rates at Discharge: A Comparison of Birth Methods; , Journal of Comprehensive Nursing Research and Care; 2020

Breastfeeding as a Method of Health Promotion; , Lupine Online Journal of Nursing and Healthcare; 2019

The Effectiveness of Shared Clinical Teaching in Nursing; International Journal of Nursing Sciences; 2019

Interventions to Reduce Postpartum Fatigue: An Integrative Review of the Literature; Global journal of health science; 2018
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Clinical education and student satisfaction: An integrative literature review; , International Journal of Nursing Science; 2017

Representative Presentations

The Effect of Postpartum Fatigue on Exclusive Breastfeeding Rates at Discharge
5th STTI European Biennial Conference STTI
Coimbra, 2020

Interventions to Reduce Postpartum Fatigue
5th STTI European Biennial Sigma Theta Tau International
Coimbra, 2020

The Effectiveness of Shared Clinical Teaching
Odyssey 2018 Research Conference Sigma Theta Tau
Delmar, CA 2018

The Effectiveness of Shared Clinical Teaching in Nursing
Fourth European Regional STTI Sigma Theta Tau International
Cambridge, 2018

Models of Clinical Education and Student Satisfaction with the Clinical Learning Environment: An Integrative Review
Third World Congress on Nursing World Congress
Barcelona, 2017

Awards and Honors

Past Presidents Professional Development Award
Omicron Delta

Selected to International Nurses Association (INA)
International Nurses Association

Nominated for Nurse Faculty Daisy Award


Nominated for March of Dimes Nurse Educator of the Year
March of Dimes

Past Presidents Research Award
Omicron Delta/Sigma Theta Tau International

Notable Courses Taught

NUR 312, NUR 314, NUR 3290, NUR 3300, NUR 3310, NUR 4270, NUR 4315, NUR 4307, NUR 5001, NUR 6061, NUR 7031, NUR 7060, NUR 8301, NUR 8311

329 University Hall

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