Dr. Clement-O'Brien Named Nursing Chair at Southern Vermont College

April 28, 2011

Dr. Karen Clement-O’Brien, DNP, RN, the Director of the Center for Learning and Development (CLD) at Albany Medical Center (AMC), has been named Chair of the Nursing Division at Southern Vermont College. Although Dr. Clement-O’Brien will officially resume the Chair position on August 1, she will be on campus periodically before then for end-of-year student events and to participate in curriculum and new hiring decisions.

As Director of the CLD at Albany Medical Center, one of the region’s largest academic health sciences center and hospital, employing more than 5,950 people, Dr. Clement-O’Brien provided direction to the organization for the assessment, development, implementation and evaluation of the learning needs of Medical Center workers. In this pivotal role, Clement-O’Brien facilitated many key initiatives responsible for improving quality processes and patient care outcomes.

Most recently, she participated in a leadership role in the design of manager development programs, the electronic health record education implementation, and various initiatives to promote the recruitment and retention of employees. She has been co-leader of the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations Human Resources Chapter. As administrator of the AMC Hospital Continuing Education Provider Unit Nursing, she promotes the ongoing development of the professional practice of nursing.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Clement-O'Brien to SVC to lead the Division of Nursing,” said SVC President Karen Gross. “With her years of experience at Albany Medical as both a leader and an educator, and her doctoral training at Case Western Reserve University, she brings remarkable expertise to this position. She has a deep understanding of the skills needed by nurses to succeed professionally and a commitment to active and engaged learning. Our program, our students and our community will benefit greatly from her leadership.”

Clement-O’Brien received her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Case Western University, a Master of Science in Nursing with a Medical Surgical Nursing/Teaching Concentration from Russell Sage College, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from SUNY/Plattsburgh and diploma of nursing from Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing. Her published works include Innovativeness of Nurse Leaders, co-authored with Joyce Fitzpatrick, PhD, RN, FAAN & Denise F. Polit, PhD (and appearing in the Journal of Nursing Management 2011), and Applying Medication Calculation Skills: A Dimensional Analysis Approach, co-authored with G. Lawler (1999).