Karla Nygren, MSN, MBA, RN, CEN, CFRN, CPEN, TCRN, CCRN, CPN, is in her third year as a member of the Emergency Nurses Association Board of Directors.
Nygren began her career in emergency care as a volunteer EMT while attending nursing school. Since graduating with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mount Marty College, she has experience as a flight nurse and ICU nurse, but has worked primarily as an emergency nurse throughout her career. She is currently a staff nurse and patient care supervisor in the emergency department at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Nygren joined ENA in 2003 and has held roles at the local and state level, most recently as South Dakota ENA State Council President from 2013-16, and currently as the state membership chairperson. She served as chairperson of the South Dakota State Council media communications, social media and membership committees; participated as an ENA General Assembly delegate in 2011 and from 2013-16; and was a member of the 2016 Executive Director Search Committee at the national level. She has participated in national focus groups and presented both poster and stage presentations at ENA’s annual conference.
Nygren served on the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board as the CPEN member-at-large. She represents emergency nursing on the South Dakota EMS for Children Advisory Council. She has served the BCEN and PNCB on various certification exam committees.
Nygren recently graduated from the MSN/MBA program at the University of Mary in, Bismarck, North Dakota. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the international nursing honors society, and received the 2016 ENA Foundation Judith C Kelleher Memorial Scholarship.
Term as Director: January 2017-December 2019