A certified registered nurse anesthetist, Karen J. Kelly, MS, CRNA, provides anesthesia care to patients across a wide spectrum of surgical cases. A 1984 graduate of the former Trinity School of Nursing, Karen earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Minot State University in 2006, and received her Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, in 2009. Prior to joining Trinity’s Anesthesia department she worked in the orthopedic and ICU units of Trinity Hospital and was a flight nurse with Northstar Criticiair.
A member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and the North Dakota Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Karen is certified by the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists. She and her husband, Chris, a member of Trinity’s Revenue Integrity staff, have four grown children, the oldest of which is Dr. Jennifer Johnson, a member of Trinity’s Ob/Gyn team. When not juggling work schedules they enjoy camping, traveling and spending time with family.
Nurse anesthesia is a form of advanced practice nursing that collaborates with anesthesiologists, surgeons and other healthcare professionals to provide anesthesia care for surgeries and procedures in all types of settings.