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Karen O'Toole Allen

Karen O'Toole Allen, American critical care educator. Registered Nurse, California; Critical Care Registered Nurse; certified American Council of Learned Societies.


  • Allen, Karen O'Toole was born on August 18, 1938 in Los Angeles, California, United States. Daughter of Arthur J. and Betha Marie (Garrett) O'Toole.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of science in nursing, University Portland, 1961. MSN, University Kansas, 1990.


    • Head nurse pulmonary unit United States Naval Hospital, San Diego, 1962-1964. Staff nurse, emergency room Highland Memorial Hospital, Oakland, California, 1965. Assistant head nurse, medical unit Veterans Administration Hospital, Livermore, 1966-1967.

      Staff nurse CCUs, medical ICUs North Kansas City Hospital, St. Mary's Hospital, St. Luke's Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri, 1968-1981. Critical care educator Bethany Medical Center, Kansas, 1982-1993. Critical care nurse educator St. Mary's Medical Center, San Francisco, since 1993.

    Major achievements

    • Registered Nurse, California. Critical Care Registered Nurse. Certified American Council of Learned Societies.


    • Author: (videos) Shock, Atherogenesis.


    Lieutenant United States Navy, 1962-1965. Member American Nurses Association, American Association of Critical Care Nurses (president Greater Kansas City chapter 1990, education consultant 1991, program chairman San Francisco chapter 1994-1995), Nurse Advisory Council, Midwest Organ Bank, Sigma Theta Tau.


    • Children: Stan, Sam, James.
    • father: Arthur J. O'Toole
    • mother: Betha Marie (Garrett) O'Toole
    • children: Stan Allen
    • Sam Allen
    • James Allen
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