Karen M Kilian, ARNP, MN

Karen M Kilian, ARNP, MN

Infusion Services, Urgent Care

On staff since June 1980

Children's Title: Lead APP

Academic Title: Clinical Faculty, UW School of Nursing Pediatric Technical Advisory Committee (pediatric trauma and emergency medical systems), State of Washington

"Caring for children and their families is my passion. I want the children to have a good experience with health care and the families to gain perspective and understanding in regards to caring for their children. I enjoy teaching of children, parents, medical students, nursing students, advanced practice providers (NP's and PA's) as well as medical residents. The Infusion Clinic can be a challenging place for parents and children as the child can be fine one minute and having anaphylaxis (allergic reaction) the next. Their child may have an uncertain prognosis or experiencing problem with the medication infusion. Keeping the family updated as to the plan of care in the midst of chaos is challenging, yet very gratifying to let them know all is under control and we are taking very good care of their child. Empowering children and parents/caregivers in regards to caring for their child--be it a regular cold or an allergic reaction--is very gratifying. "

  • I always knew I wanted to be a nurse, and always knew I wanted to work with children. I have been at Seattle Children's Hospital since 1980; working initially in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, subsequently becoming one of the first Pediatric Flight Nurses for Airlift NW. I loved the autonomy of flight nursing, so went back to school to first obtain a Master's Degree in Critical Care Nursing, then returning to obtain my Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certificate.

    I enjoy working at Seattle Children's Hospital, but I also enjoy hiking, backpacking, Master's Ski Racing, gardening and mountain climbing. I have made the summit of Kilimanjaro, Mt Elbrus, Lobuche (Nepal), Everest Base Camp, and Mt Rainier 3 times.

  • Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
    March of Dimes Hero Award Nomination 2022
    Seattle Children's Family choice nominee The Family Choice Award recognizes staff and teams at Seattle Children’s who model family-centered care Family Advisory Council of Seattle Children’s Hospital. 2014
    Wyeth-AJN-AACN Nursing Mentor Fellow Mentored a fellow critical care nurse in authoring a journal article. American Association of Critical Care Nurses 2001 - 2002
    Washington State Chapter NAPNAP Distinguished Member Award 2022 Washington State Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP)
    Seattle Children's Nurse Practitioner of the Year Award 2022 Award given annually to a Nurse Practitioner, nominated by my peers Seattle Children's
  • Manuscripts in Refereed Journals

    • Kilian KM
      Hypertension in Neonates: Causes and Treatments.
      The Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing., 2018 - 2003 : 17(1)
    • Kilian, KM
      Left Sided Obstructive Congenital Heart Defects.
      Newborn and Infant Nursing Reviews., 2006 Sept. : 6(3)128-136
    • Fry-Bowers, EK & Kilian KM.
      Effects of Cardiopulmonary Bypass in Children.
      AJN supplement, 2002 May

    Other Publications

    • Karen M. Kilian, ARNP, Slota, M (Ed)
      Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia, Tracheoesophagel Fistula, and Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension in the Newborn.
      AACN Core Curriculum for Pediatric Critical Care Nursing, 1998
  • Presentations Title Event Location Date
    Pediatric Office Emergencies: Are You Prepared? Washington State Acute and Primary Care Conference, Seattle, WA Oct 31, 2008
    Point A to Point B with a Pulse and BP" and "Windows and Absent Doors: Uncommon Acyanotic Lesions Pediatric Critical Care Nursing Conference, Contemporary Forums. Denver, CO Sept. 2006


Board Certification(s)

Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric, Primary Care

Medical/Professional School

University of Washington School of Nursing, Seattle, WA

Clinical Interests

Pediatric transport and EMS, Delayed diagnosis of congenital heart disease