Karen M Kilian, ARNP

Karen M Kilian, ARNP

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. I delight in having a child tell me "that didn't hurt a bit" when I suture their cut; and when parents feel great relief when I tell them about their child's illness--what it is and what it is not. 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
    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
  • 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, 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