Karen Novak, RN, MS, says that her daily goal is to touch the life of another and make things better. Stepping into the role of Clinical Mentor as part of the excellent Health Services team at Plymouth Harbor, she will be responsible for training of all the nursing and ancillary personnel associated with health services. In addition to continually assessing and polishing the clinical skills of the entire health services team, Karen will provide direct service in assessing potential residents and monitoring all infection control and skin condition issues.
“I am thrilled to have Karen join our team. She will help continue to raise the level of our staff competence, which will directly translate to even better resident care,” says Joe Devore, Vice President of Health Services at Plymouth Harbor.
Karen has experience as a staff development and training director and was the Account Clinical Director at Hill-Rom Industries, Inc. Karen has an extensive background in the health care industry, and has received several prestigious awards for her services during and including the years 1981-2006.
“I have been a nurse for over 33 years. To this day, I can gladly say that I am as dedicated to helping others as the day I received my nursing pin from Col. G, (the army nurse that taught me well),” says Karen.
Prior to Hill-Rom Industries, she was with Shands Lakeshore Regional Medical Center as the Infection Control Officer/Patient Representative and at Hillenbrand Industries, Inc. as a Clinical Consultant. At the Gainesville Healthcare Center she was the Director of Corporate Compliance.
At the Shands at Alachua General Hospital in Gainesville Florida, Karen wore many hats, including Nurse Educator for Subacute Nursing Unit, Nurse Educator for the Clinical Support Office, Clinical Practice Coordinator, and Staff Development.
Clearly, as Karen points out, “Nursing has always been my calling and my passion.” In 1980, she started her career at Tampa General Hospital as a Pediatric Intensive Care Registered Nurse while she completed her first degree at the University of Tampa in 1982. She continued in this field at Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center until 1987 and soon after completed a graduate degree at Concordia University in 2003 for Health Care Management.
Karen is a proud mother of three daughters. One daughter is a Program Director for the Children’s Miracle Network, another is an Elementary Kindergarten Teacher in Mississippi, and her youngest daughter attends University of Florida.
As a family they enjoy making creative pizza on the barbeque. Time and laughter with her daughters are always a priority for Karen, especially as they grow into their own lives. Karen feels that laughing comes easy when you do things fun and inventive with your family.
About that daily goal, she says, “I have yet to have that day where I didn’t touch someone’s life and make something better!” And for someone who is in the midst of career in the nursing field with a lot of time invested in Pediatric Intensive Care research in Food Science and Human Nutrition and Nursing Education, that’s saying she’s really dedicated.