Karen E. Johnson, MSN, FNP, CDOE


Karen Johnson has been a practicing registered nurse for over 35 years. She graduated from the University of Michigan School of Nursing where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in 1974, with Magna Cum Laude honors. During her junior year at the university, she was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, the National Honor Society for Nursing, and maintains a life long membership. Working in the hospital setting since graduation, she has extensive clinical experience in medical-surgical nursing, women’s health and maternity nursing, and critical care.

In 1983, Karen graduated from Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island with a Master of Arts in Human Development—Specialization in Management, a degree that supported her leadership work. She has been a diabetes educator certified by the State of Rhode Island since 2002, and is experienced teaching individuals and groups about diabetes care, believing people with diabetes deserve the knowledge and support necessary to become active partners and advocates for themselves in the management of their diabetes.

Karen has personal experience parenting a child with diabetes, is eager to share her knowledge with others, and is passionate about helping people with diabetes learn the strategies that best help them achieve their individual management goals. In May 2009, Karen graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Master of Science in Nursing degree, and currently practices as a board certified family nurse practitioner, working in a federally qualified community health center in Rhode Island. She enjoys the out of doors, equestrian sports, caring for her many pets, and most of all, her delightful family.

Karen can be reached via e-mail at kjohnson@fit4d.com.