Karen K. Wiley MSN, RN, CEN


Karen Wiley

Karen K. Wiley, MSN, RN, CEN, is currently serving as President-Elect on the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) Board of Directors. ENA is the specialty nursing association serving the emergency nursing profession through research, publications, professional development, and emphasis on quality and patient safety. Wiley’s term ends December 2016.

Wiley is a practicing emergency nurse in the Emergency Department of CHI Health Immanuel in Omaha, NE. She has worked in the emergency department for over 20 years and previously practiced in the critical care areas. Wiley has served on numerous national committees including: Psychiatric Care, Emergency Preparedness, Wellness, Lantern Awards for exemplary emergency departments, the Institute of Quality, Safety, and Injury Prevention, Finance, and the Executive Committee.  She was the Chairperson of the 2009-2010 Emergency Department Violence Work Team.

She has been active at the local and state level since 1999, serving as the 1999 Nebraska State Secretary, and 2001 and 2010 Nebraska State President, as well as numerous committees.

Wiley has demonstrated a passionate and enduring commitment to advocacy. She served as Chair of the Nebraska State Council Government Affairs Committee for 10 years, and successfully fought, over the course of four years, in collaboration with the Nebraska State Nurses Association, for the Nebraska law making assaulting a nurse a felony. For her sustained and inspiring efforts, she was the recipient of the 2012 Nebraska Nurses Association Outstanding Achievement in Nursing Award and also the Image of Nursing Award.

Wiley earned an associate degree in nursing from the College of Saint Mary, Omaha, NE, the Bachelor of Science degree from Creighton University, Omaha, and a Master of Science degree in nursing administration from Nebraska Wesleyan University, Omaha. She is a certified emergency nurse (CEN) and a member of the Nebraska Nurses Association, the American Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau International.

Term as President-Elect: 01/01/16 – 12/31/16
Term as Secretary/Treasurer: 01/01/15 - 12/31/15
Term as Director: 01/01/12 - 12/31/14

For more information, please contact ENA Executive Services at 847.460.4095 or ExecOffice@ena.org.