Karen Frith, PhD, RN, NEA-BC

Professor and DNP coordinatorKaren Frith 
Office: NB 327
Phone: 256-824-2447
Email: Karen.Frith@uah.edu

Education

  • PhD, Georgia State University
  • MSN in Nursing Administration, University of North Carolina in Greensboro
  • BSN, Auburn University

Professional Certifications

  • Nurse Executive, Advanced – Board Certified

Clinical Expertise

  • Cardiovascular nursing
  • Nursing administration
  • Nursing informatics

Teaching Responsibilities

  • NUR 732 - Research Design and Statistical Methods
  • NUR 733 - Informatics for Advanced Nursing Practice
  • NUR 734 - Advanced Experiential Clinical
  • NUR 736 – Application of Best Practices
  • NUR 739 - Scholarly Practice Project
  • NUR 781 - Writing for Publication in Nursing
  • NUR 636 - Budgeting in Health Care Systems
  • NUR 630 - Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems
  • NUR 602 - Scholarly Inquiry for Advanced Nursing Practice

Service Activities

  • American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), member
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing, member
  • Beta Phi Chapter of STTI, member
  • Grant Reviewer for Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
  • Editorial Board: Journal of Nursing Education
  • Editorial Board: Journal of Health & Medical informatics
  • Editorial Board: Online Journal for Nursing Issues
  • Peer reviewer: Journal of Nursing Administration
  • Peer reviewer: Computers, Informatics, & Nursing
  • Peer Reviewer for Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) (2007-present)
  • Peer reviewer for MORE (McMaster Online Rating of Evidence) EBN (Evidence-Based Nursing) project (2004-present)
  • University of Rostock, Germany/University of Alabama in Huntsville Research Investment Board
  • Inaugural Board member of UAH Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship Laboratory (ICE Lab)

Special Achievements/Honors/Awards

  • 1st Place -- Alabama Launchpad Business Competition. ($100,000 funding for start-up business)
  • Outstanding Faculty in Teaching, Research, and Service, College of Nursing. University of Alabama in Huntsville.
  • 2nd Place in Elevator Pitch Competition sponsored by BizTech.
  • Honorable mention for Academe-Practice Collaborations in Nursing: Honoring Excellence and Innovation. Award was given by the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
  • Service Learning Research Award for Honors Seminar: Creating Healthy Communities
  • Laurie Hendrickson McMillan Faculty Award (for outstanding teaching

Research Interests

  • Nurse staffing and patient and organizational outcomes
  • Stress in the nursing profession and patient outcomes
  • Distance education methods and outcomes
  • Educational technology and student outcomes

Publications and Presentations

Books and Book Chapters

  • Alexander, S., Frith, K.H., & Hoy, H. (2014). Applied Clinical Informatics in Nursing. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
  • Frith, K. & Clark, D. (Eds.). (2013). Distance Education in Nursing (3rd ed.). New York: Springer Publications.
  • Frith, K. (2011). Summarizing and reporting descriptive data. In J. Houser (2nd ed.) Reading, Using, and Creating Nursing Research. Jones & Bartlett Publishing.
  • Frith, K. (2011). Administration Tools for Efficiency. In J. Sewell (4th ed.). Informatics and Nursing: Competencies and Applications. Lippincott-Williams & Wilkins Publishers.
  • Frith, K. (2011). Informatics and Research. In J. Sewell (4th ed.). Informatics and Nursing: Competencies and Applications. Lippincott-Williams & Wilkins Publishers.
  • Frith, K. (2009). Administration Tools for Efficiency. In L. Thede and J. Sewell (3Rd ed.). Informatics and Nursing: Competencies and Applications. Lippincott-Williams & Wilkins Publishers.
  • Frith, K. (2009). Informatics and Research. In L. Thede and J. Sewell (3rd ed.). Informatics and Nursing: Competencies and Applications. Lippincott-Williams & Wilkins Publishers.
  • Frith, K. (2007). Summarizing and reporting descriptive data. In J. Houser (Ed) Reading, Using, and Creating Nursing Research. Jones & Bartlett Publishing.

Peer Reviewed Journals

  • Warboys, I., Mok, W., Frith, K.H. (2014). Electronic Medical Records in Clinical Teaching, Nurse Educator, 39(6).
  • O'Neal, P.V. & Frith, K.H. (2014). Promoting Quality Patient Care by Establishing a Healthy Work Environment. Intensive Care Nursing Review, 1, 66–67.
  • Milosevic, M., Jovanov, E., & Frith, K.H. (2013). Research Methodology for Real-time Stress Assessment of Nurses. Computers, Informatics, Nursing.
  • Frith, K.H. (2013). Medication Errors in the ICU: A Literature Review using the SEIPS Model. AACN Advanced Critical Care, 24(4), 389-404.
  • Frith, K.H. (2013). Bibliographic management software is an author's best productivity tool. Nurse Author & Editor, 23(4).
  • Primeau, M. & Frith, K.H. (2013). Teaching patients with ID about medications. Nursing. Nursing, 43(6), 68-69.
  • Frith, K.H. & Anderson, E.F. (2012). Improve care delivery with decision support. Nursing Management, 43(12), 52-54.
  • McGrath, L., Foote, D., Frith, K.H., Hall, W.M. (2013). Cost Effectiveness of a Palliative Care Program in a Rural Communtiy Hospital. Nursing Economics, 31(4).
  • Gross, B., Anderson, E.F., Frith, K.H., Busby, S., Panco, C. (2013). Using culturally sensitive education to improve adherence to the anti-hypertensive regimen. Journal of Cultural Diversity, 20(2), 75-79.
  • Frith, K.H., Anderson, E.F., Tseng, F., Fong, E. (2012). Nurse staffing is an important strategy to prevent medication errors in community hospitals. Nursing Economics, 30(5), 288-294.
  • Frieson, C. Foote, D., Frith, K., & Wagner, J. (2012). Utilizing Change Theory to Implement an Evidence-based Fall Prevention Model in Long-term Care. Gerontology & Geriatric Research.
  • Hoy, H., Frith, K.H., Alexander, S., & Willson, P. (2012). APRN Direct Care Core: Matching Curricular Guidelines to Certification Exam Test Blueprints. Journal of Professional Nursing, supplement Sept.-Oct.
  • Hoy, H., Alexander, S., & Frith, K.H. (2011). Effect of transplant education on nurses' attitudes toward organ donation and plans to work with transplant patients. Progress in Transplantation, 21(4).
  • Anderson, F., Frith, K.H., & Caspers, B. (2011). Linking Economics and Quality: Developing an Evidence-Based Nurse Staffing Tool. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 35(1). 53-60. doi: 10.1097/NAQ.0b013e3182047dff.
  • Alexander, S., Frith, K.H., O'Keefe, L., & Hennigan, M.A. (2011). Implementation of Customized Health Information Technology in Diabetes Self Management Programs. Clinical Nurse Specialist: The Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice.
  • Frith, K.H., Dowdy, D., Samuelson, M., McGrath, L., Fleming, S., Turner, S. (2011). Confessions of First-Time Authors. Nurse Author & Editor, 21(1).
  • Turner, S. Anderson, F., Frith, K.H. (2011). Evidence based design for a safer environment without construction: A pilot study of perceived effectiveness. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 26(4).
  • Best, J., Frith, K.H., Anderson, F. (2011). Implementation of an Evidence-based Order Set to Impact Initial Antibiotic Time Intervals in Adult febrile Neutropenia. Oncology Nursing Forum, 38 (5) 661-668.
  • Frith, K.H., Anderson, F., & Sewell, J. (2010). Assessing and Selecting Data for a Nursing Services Dashboard. Journal of Nursing Administration, 40(1). 10-15.
  • Frith, K.H., Anderson, F., Tseng, F., Caspers, B., Sanford, K., Moore, K., & Hoyt, N. (2010). Effect of Nurse Staffing on Hospital-acquired Conditions and Length of Stay in Community Hospitals. Quality Management in Healthcare 19(2), 147-155.
  • Sewell, J., Frith, K.H., & Colvin, M. (2010). Online Assessment Strategies: A Primer. Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 6(1), 1-10.
  • Frith, K.H., Tseng, F., & Anderson, F. (2008). Effect of Nurse Staffing on Patient Outcome in Acute Care Hospitals. 2008 Young Faculty Research Proceedings. University of Alabama in Huntsville. Huntsville, AL.
  • Frith, K.H., Sewell, J., & Clark, D. (2008). Best practices in NCLEX-RN readiness preparation for baccalaureate student success. Computer, Informatics, and Nursing: Nurse Educator Supplement. (reprinted from CIN publication).
  • Frith, K.H., Sewell, J., & Clark, D. (2006). Best practices in NCLEX-RN readiness preparation for baccalaureate student success. Nurse Educator.31 (3), 46S-53S (reprinted from CIN publication).
  • Frith, K.H., & Montgomery, M. (2006). Perceptions, Knowledge, and Commitment of Clinical Staff to Shared Governance. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 30 (3), 272-283.
  • Frith, K.H. (2005). Leadership and Management in D. Boyd, C. Considine, and E. Saccoman (Eds.) H.E.S.I. NCLEX-RN Review Manual. Houston, TX: Health Education Systems, Inc.
  • Frith, K.H., Sewell, J., & Clark, D. (2005). Best practices in NCLEX-RN readiness preparation for baccalaureate student success. Computers, Informatics, and Nursing. 23 (6).
  • Clark, D. & Frith, K.H. (2005). The Development and Initial Testing of the Internet Consequences Scales (ICONS). Computers, Informatics, and Nursing. 23 (5).
  • Clark, D., Frith, K.H., & Demi, A. (2004). Physical, behavioral, and psychosocial consequences of Internet use in college students. Computers, Informatics, and Nursing, 22 (3) 1-9.
  • Frith, K.H. (2004). Nursing Students' Perception of GC&SU Nursing Program. The Corinthian: The Journal of Student Research.
  • Frith, K.H. & Kee, C. (2003). Effect of Conversation on Nursing Student Outcomes in a Web-based Course. Journal of Nursing Education, 42(8), 350-358.
  • Frith, K.H. (2003). Consequences of Internet use in college students. The Corinthian: The Journal of Student Research.
  • Barfield, J. Smith, D., Smith, M., Frith, K.H. (2002). Systems Analysis Projects in Advanced Nursing Practice Education. The Corinthian: The Journal of Student Research.
  • Gregory, T., Jenkins, L., Kirk, G., McDonald, J., Price, A., Sims, S., Tapley, E., & Yawn, T. Frith, K.H. (2002) Factors Influencing the Patient Satisfaction with Healthcare: the Patient's Perception. The Corinthian: The Journal of Student Research.

Conference Papers

  • Milosevic, M., Jovanov, E., Frith, K., Vincent, J. Preliminary Analysis of Physiological Changes of Nursing Students during Training. 34th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. San Diego, August 28 – September 1, 2012.
  • Jovanov, E., Frith, K., Anderson, F., & Milosevic, M. Real-Time Monitoring of Occupational Stress of Nurses. 33rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Boston, MA, August 30 - September 3, 2011.

Supervision of Student Research or Scholarly Projects

  • Galbreath, J. Predicting Nursing Student Attrition in an Associate Degree Nursing Program. (Chair of DNP Committee). Graduated Spring 2014.
  • Swanson, Nadia. Integrated Care for the Dually Diagnosed Patient. (Chair of DNP Committee) Graduated Summer 2014.
  • Slaughter, A. Promoting Best Practices For Managing Acute Low Back Pain In An Occupational Environment. (Chair of DNP Committee). Graduated Summer 2013.
  • Hossain, M. Facilitators and Barriers to High Fidelity Human Simulations in Nursing Education. (Chair of DNP committee). Graduated Fall 2011.
  • Miller, D. Peer Mentoring as a Retention Strategy in a Community College Nursing Program. (Chair of DNP Committee). Graduated Spring 2012.
  • Oliver, S. LPN to RN Transitions Course: Applying Best Practices to Hybrid, Web-based Course Design. (Chair of DNP committee). Graduated Spring 2011.
  • Best, J. Implementation of a standardized adult febrile neutropenia admission order set to measure the reduction of time intervals in initiation of antibiotic therapy: A practice change. (Chair of DNP committee). Graduated August 2010.
  • Sameulson, M. Easing The Transition into The Work Environment Through Standardized Orientation and Preceptorship. (Chair of DNP committee). Graduated December 2010.
  • Hogan, L. Evaluation of Alternative Delivery Prelicensure Nursing Education Program. (Chair of DNP committee). Graduated May 2009.
  • Alexander, S. Application of Customized Health Information Technology in a Diabetes Self Management Training Program. (Chair of DNP Committee) Graduated December 2009.
  • Baggett, K. Effect of teaching intervention on knowledge of community women related to risks for cardiovascular disease (supervision of graduate student research). Graduated 2006.
  • Sipper, B. Implementation of an affective teaching module on nurses screening practices for interpersonal violence. (chair thesis committee.) Graduated 2006.
  • Adkins, C. Symptom recognition of acute myocardial infarction and treatment decision-making skills of community women in central Georgia. (chair of graduate student research). Graduated 2006.
  • Moore, L., Blalock, T., & Frazier, K. The Quality of Code Blue Documentation after the Implementation of an Evidence Based Documentation Tool (chair of graduate student research). Graduated 2005.
  • Paulk, N. & Maggalano, A. Congestive Heart Failure Management in a Rural Setting (chair of graduate student research). Graduated 2005.
  • Grier, D. Is there a gender bias in the decision-making of triage nurses concerning emergency department patients presenting with symptoms of coronary artery disease? (thesis committee). Graduated 2005
  • Drumheller, K. & Smith, N. Restraint reduction (chair of graduate student research). Graduated 2004
  • Bizzell, N. Health related quality of life after surgery (chair of graduate student research). Graduated 2004
  • Rollins, D, & Frith, K. Nursing Case Management in the Congestive Heart Failure Population (chair of graduate student research). Graduated 2003
  • Mann, D., Harris, M. & Frith, K. Effects of Smoking Cessation on Readmission Rates of Patients with COPD (chair of graduate student research). Graduated 2003
  • Gay, J., Kish, C., & Frith, K. An exploratory study of nursing behaviors perceived as beneficial by parents of children admitted with an acute illness. (Committee graduate student research). Graduated 2002

Podium Presentations

  • Evidence-based Staffing: Research and Development to Support Nurse Staffing Decisions. Anderson, F. & Frith, K. Mississippi Nurses Association Annual Convention. Biloxi, MS. October 16 - 19, 2012.
  • Using Technology to Support Nurse Staffing Decision Making. Frith, K. & Anderson, F. Medical Automation Conference. December 2, 2011. Washington, D.C.
  • The RN Link to Quality Outcomes: Research Findings & Dashboard Proof of Concept Testing. Frith, K. & Anderson, F. Catholic Health Initiatives 2011 Nurse Executive Summit. Henderson, NV Oct. 14, 2011 (invited).
  • Technology and Approaches to Address Cheating. Frith, K. UA Scholar's Institute. Tuscaloosa, AL; May 10-11, 2011. (Invited).
  • Real-Time Monitoring of Occupational Stress of Nurses. Jovanov, E., Frith, K., Anderson, F., & Milosevic, M. Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference. Boston, MA, August 30 - September 3, 2011.
  • Using Technology to Support Nurse Staffing Decision Making and Improve Outcomes. Caspers, B., Frith, K., Anderson, F., & Sanford, K. American Academy of Nursing 37th Annual Meeting & Conference, Washington, D.C. November 11, 2010. (Invited).
  • Nursing Dashboard Software: Decision-support for Staffing. Frith, K. & Anderson F. Technology-supported Health Promotion Workshop. University of Rostock, Germany, July 25, 2010 (Invited).
  • Technology Tools Can Enhance Student Achievement of Learning Outcomes. Frith, K. UA Scholar's Institute. Huntsville, AL. May 18, 2010. (Invited).
  • Nurse Staffing and Patient Outcomes in Acute Care Hospitals. Frith, K., Anderson, F., & Tseng, F. July 13-17, 2009. Sigma Theta Tau International Research Congress. Vancouver, Canada. (Peer-reviewed).
  • Nurse Staffing and Mortality in CHI Hospitals. Frith, K. & Anderson, F. Catholic Health Initiatives 2009 Nurse Executive Summit. New Orleans, Lousiana. Oct. 13 and 14, 2009 (invited).
  • Nurse Staffing and Patient Outcomes in Acute Care Hospitals. Frith, K. & Anderson, F. Catholic Health Initiatives 2008 Nurse Executive Summit. Phoenix, Arizona. Oct. 7 & 8, 2008 (invited).
  • Use of Computerized Testing for External and Internal Curriculum Evaluation in Undergraduate Nursing Programs. Frith, K., Hamilton, M.J., Merriman, C. Mosby's Faculty Development Institute. San Diego, CA. Jan 7-10. (Invited).
  • Perception, knowledge, and commitment to shared governance. Frith, K. Medical Center of Central Georgia. Research Day: Cornerstone of Excellence. May 17, 2006. (Invited)
  • Survival skills for new nurse educators." February 9, 2005. Clark, D., Frith, K., Brown, P., & Sewell, J. Georgia Association for Nursing Education. 2005 Annual Conference in Savannah, Georgia. (Peer-reviewed)
  • Research Roundtable" Nursing's Voice in Leadership and Research. May 6, 2004. Macon, GA (Non-peer reviewed)
  • Effect of Interaction on Nursing Student Outcomes in a Web-based Course, 14th International Nursing Research Congress, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. (peer-reviewed)
  • Study of nursing behaviors perceived as beneficial by parents of children admitted with an acute illness. Presented Judy Gay at the GC&SU 6th Annual student Interdisciplinary Research Conference. Milledgeville, GA. March 18, 2003. Gay, J. (faculty sponsors: Kish, C. & Frith, K.).
  • Consequences of Internet use in college students. Presented by Christy Jackson and Chuck Cary at the GC&SU 6th Annual student Interdisciplinary Research Conference. Milledgeville, GA. March 19, 2003. Jackson, C. & Cary, C. (faculty sponsors Frith, K. & Clark, D.).
  • Creating Healthy Communities. GC&SU Service Learning Conference. Milledgeville, GA March 18, 2003. Colvin, M., Frith, K., & Loper, A. (Non-peer reviewed)
  • Designing computer-based examinations: Opportunities for student assessment and learning. Faculty Development Workshop, 2003. GC&SU. Milledgeville, GA. (Non-peer reviewed)
  • Leadership Development Institute 2002. Sponsored by Sylvia Bond Leadership Institute, GC&SU School of Health Sciences, and Theta Tau Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Macon, Georgia(Coordinated Symposium)
  • Discovering your Leadership Style Sylvia Bond Leadership Institute, GC&SU School of Health Sciences, and Theta Tau Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Macon, Georgia. (Peer-reviewed)

Research Grants

  • UAH Nurse Faculty Loan Program, Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources Services Administration, Frith, K. H. (Project Director). Submitted February 24, 2014. ($92,408 funded).
  • Developing a DEA Component for Implementation in a Nurse Staffing Decision Support Dashboard. Charger Innovation Fund Program. Tseng, F., Fong, E., Anderson, F., & Frith, K. H. (Co-PI). (funded). March 26, 2013.
  • Technology as a medium to effectively and efficiently educate nurses about organ donation and transplantation. Hoy, H. (PI), Alexander, S., & Frith, K. Funded by NATCO. Notified 5/18/2012.
  • Effect of Guided Relaxation and Biofeedback on Perceived Test Anxiety and Physiological Indicators of Stress. Alexander, S. (PI) & Frith, K. (funded for RCEU). Submitted to UAH under the RCEU program. Support for one undergraduate nursing student: Julie McDaniel.
  • Real-Time Monitoring of Occupational Stress. UAH Research Infrastructure Investment Grant. Jovanvo, E. (PI), Frith, K., Anderson, F., Eleazer, G. June 1, 2011 ($49,622 funded).
  • Refinement and Testing of the Nursing Services Dashboard. UAH Research Infrastructure Investment Grant. Frith, K. (PI), Anderson, F., & Tseng, F., Reed, G., & Petty, M. March 30, 2010 ($88,813 funded).
  • Development of a Nursing Services Dashboard to Predict and Track the Effect of Nurse Staffing on Patient Outcomes. UAH Research Infrastructure Investment Grant. Frith, K. (PI), Anderson, F., & Tseng, F. March 30, 2009 ($44,266 funded).
  • Nurse Staffing and Adverse Patient Events in Acute Care Hospitals. UAH Research Infrastructure Investment Grant. Frith, K., Anderson, F., & Tseng, F. March 7, 2008 ($63,372 funded).
  • Nurse Staffing and Patient Outcomes in Acute Care Hospitals. UAH Research Mini Grant. Frith, K. (P.I.) November 5, 2007 ($7,450 funded).
  • University System of Georgia, "Nursing Education Task Force Proposal." Kish, C., Frith, K., & Colvin, M. ($501,327 over a 3-year period. funded).
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. "Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship Grant #8." Frith, K & Kish, C. ($29,510 funded).
  • MedCen Community Health Foundation. "Promoting bedside nurse involvement in research." Montgomery, M. & Frith, K. ($17,000 funded).
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. "Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship Grant #7." Frith, K & Kish, C. ($35,115 funded).
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. "Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship Grant #6." Kish, C. & Frith, K. ($35,169 funded).
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. "Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship Grant #5." Kish, C. & Frith, K. ($33,198 funded).
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. "Advanced Education Nursing-Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship Grant #4." Kish, C. & Frith, K. ($32,532 funded).
  • GC&SU Faculty Research Grant, "Medication errors and nursing stress: Are they related?" Frith, K., Tye, S, & Sewell, J. ($750 – funded)
  • Equipment, Technology, and Construction Trust Fund (ETACT), "Enhancing Instructional Material in Undergraduate and Graduate Programs in Nursing," Frith, Sewell, Clark, Loper, Andrews, Colvin, Corvey, Milner, Johnson, and Kish. ($2,400 - funded).
  • Equipment, Technology, and Construction Trust Fund (ETACT), "Improving the Network and Adding Equipment in Classrooms and Computer Lab for Health Sciences Building," Frith, Sewell, Clark, Loper, Andrews, Colvin, Corvey, Milner, Johnson, and Kish. ($19,859- funded).
  • Equipment, Technology, and Construction Trust Fund (ETACT), "Enhancing Instructional Delivery in Simulated Laboratories and Practice in Nursing," Frith, Sewell, Clark, Loper, Andrews, Colvin, Corvey, Milner, Johnson, and Kish. ($28,890 - funded).
  • Funding from State of Georgia for Y2K equipment replacement ($55,350 – funded).
  • Equipment, Technology, and Construction Trust Fund (ETACT), "Documentation Systems for Student Health Services" Frith, K. & Loper, A. -- $30,000 (funded)