According to her loved ones and friends, Karen (1959-1997) was described as a devoted wife, daughter, sister, mother to Jack & Oscar, tireless emergency nurse, exemplary educator and dear friend. Karen was here too briefly, 38 short years, but she left a legacy that few can match. Her impact on emergency nursing was far reaching. From staff nurse fighting for her patients’ life at the bedside to the political nurse fighting for patient and nurses’ rights at the State House.
Karen was in the forefront. Arming herself with knowledge, she was always diligent in furthering her education. With this in mind, her nursing friends and family, wish to honor her memory and her life by keeping the light of knowledge lit for others by the way of the Karen O’Neil Memorial Endowment.
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