Karen M. Kilian, ARNP

Karen M. Kilian, ARNP

Emergency Medicine, Urgent Care

On staff since June 1980

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. People will tell me "you could have been a Doctor" which is a huge compliment, but I know I can also simply be an awesome Nurse Practitioner."

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.


Board Certification(s)

NP Pediatric Primary Care Nurse
NP Pediatric Critical Care Nurse

Medical/Professional School

University of Washington School of Nursing, Seattle

Clinical Interests

Pediatric transport and EMS, Delayed diagnosis of congenital heart disease

Awards and Honors

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


  • Kilian KM
    Hypertension in Neonates: Causes and Treatments.
    The Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing. , Jan. - 2003 Mar. : 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
  • 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