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Karen Ellis, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, FNP-C

Assistant Professor of Nursing


  • Doctor of Nursing Practice, Executive Clinical Leadership, Liberty University 2021
  • Post Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner, University of Virginia, 2016
  • Master of Science in Nursing, Adult/Acute Clinical Nurse Specialist, Liberty University, 2012
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Lynchburg, 1999


Dr. Ellis graduated from Lynchburg College with her BSN in 1999 and her MSN from Liberty University in 2012. She obtained her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Liberty University, and her scholarly project was titled “Analyzing the Relationship between Non-Pharmacologic Interventions and Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension.” She has worked as a bedside nurse with extensive experience in both Med-Surg and Labor & Delivery. Dr. Ellis is also nationally certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner, completing this degree from the University of Virginia, with clinical practice experience in Urgent Care and Women’s Health. She continues to practice as a FNP given her passion for patient care, evidence-based practice, and improved patient outcomes.

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health
  • Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners

Courses Taught

  • NURS 209: Health Assessment Accelerated
  • NURS 231: Fundamentals in Nursing Accelerated
  • NURS 303: Nursing Care of the Adult I Accelerated
  • NURS 490: Transition to Practice

Publications (peer-reviewed articles)

Ellis, K., “Analyzing the Relationship between Non-Pharmacologic Interventions and Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension: An Integrative Review” (2022). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3723. https://digital commons.liberty.edu/doctoral/3723

Research Interests

  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Women’s Health
  • Recruitment & Retention in Healthcare
  • Provider Burnout
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