Cleveland State University
Karen Pace, MSN, RN, CEN, has been a clinical associate professor since 2005. Pace earned her BSN at The Ohio State University and a Master of Science in Nursing Administration at Kent State University. In addition, she has maintained a certification in emergency nursing since 2008.
Pace teaches critical care clinicals and the capstone experience for BSN students. She serves on many committees including the faculty affairs, PRC and APAS committees. Concurrently while teaching, she continued to work in the Emergency Department at University Hospitals for 35 years, “retiring” in 2022.
Pace has been advisor for the Student Nurses Association for 15 years. After participating in a medical mission to Peru in 2011 with students and faculty, she decided that CSU students could benefit and learn from being involved in an international nursing experience. Subsequently, Pace organized, fundraised and planned six trips to the Dominican Republic caring for 1000 patients per week. Nationally, she organized two trips to Tennessee that were cancelled due to COVID. Pace was inducted into Sigma in 2001 and is an active member serving as the current secretary and is a past president. Pace’s passion is running, hiking, and skiing to promote a healthy lifestyle. She is married and has 3 children.