Karen Charlton

Karen has a variety of nursing experience in her 14 years as a registered nurse – from medical surgical floors, to level one trauma intensive care unit experience, to teaching medical topics in third world countries, to flying in the friendly skies as a flight nurse. She has specialized in critical care, emergency medicine, and neurosciences. She is a Certified Emergency Nurse, Certified Flight Registered Nurse, Critical Care Registered Nurse and Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse. She is an active member of Medical Teams International: Volunteer & Disaster Response Team, Partners: Emergency Medicine Teaching and Seattle King County Disaster Team with recent missions to Kenya/Somalia, Cambodia, Nicaragua, Myanmar and Haiti as a care provider and/or an EMS educator. She currently works at Life Flight Network as a Flight Nurse in the Pacific Northwest.

Listening to stories and encouraging words from her aunts and family friends who were nurses, inspired Karen to become a nurse. Karen has incorporated her love of travel into her nursing career. In fact, she has traveled to multiple countries on the continents of Asia, Africa, North America, South America, and Europe. She only has two more continents to go until she has covered the world. Although, she has doubts on whether she will make it to Antarctica or Australia anytime soon – as her husband has already been to these two continents!

During her adventures she has found herself in interesting scenarios – including being told how many camels she was worth in Kenya, being bused on precariously built back roads in the mountains of Burma next to India border, and getting lost in Japan. All in all, these situations have not slowed her down!

Karen has two dogs – both rescues who keep her life moving at a rapid pace! Ajax, a 7 year old mix from Mexico, and Talia, a 2 year old Great Pyrenes and shepherd mix, are the reason she enjoys hikes more. They greet every visitor with kisses and snuggles.

Karen enjoys staying physically fit by doing CrossFit. By “enjoy”, she means suffering through each and every workout that pushes her to her limits! Karen joined Crossfit for the community of like-minded people who would push her to a new level of physical fitness beyond the treadmill. Through this challenge, she has transformed her thinking about her physical limits. She is now fluent with physical fitness terms and movements including: bench presses, deadlifts, and box jumps, handstand push ups, toes to bar, and the rower.

Being so active in the gym has allowed her to enjoy other activities with more ease! She loves being out of doors in whatever way possible from June to October! Camping, hiking, backpacking, paddle boarding, and eating s’mores over a campfire are all her jam!



Environmental Emergencies – Environmental Emergencies are in every area of clinical nursing practice. Hypothermia, hyperthermia, near-drownings, spider bites, and ingestions of toxic substances are not isolated to an emergency room environment. All healthcare practitioners should gain skills in prevention, assessment, diagnosis, and management of common environmental emergencies. Through case studies, this class will give you the skills needed to manage a variety of environmental emergencies in clinical practice.

Ventilation Management: Beyond the Basics – Ever wonder what is next beyond ventilator basics? This class will refresh your knowledge of basic ventilator management, then move on to more advanced concepts. You will learn about: Noninvasive positive pressure ventilation modes with common clinical indications for using these modes; Indications and benefits of invasive modes of ventilation, including pressure control, volume control, and spontaneous ventilation modes. ABG interpretation as well as waveform capnography will be examined and demystified. The class concludes with hands-on time with lungs to see the changes of PEEP, aggressive bagging, and other ventilatory maneuvers.