PA Alumni Connection—Winter 2017
Preceptor Spotlight: Karen Selwa Williams
Dr. Karen Selwa Williams DNP APRN ANP-C
What brought you to your current position?
I became a nurse practitioner while working on a Doctorate of Nursing Practice Degree at Purdue University. At that time I was Dean of the School of Nursing, Kinesiology, and Behavioral Science at Anderson University. In 2016, I decided that after 35 plus years in higher education, I wanted to focus full time on clinical practice. Working at the community health clinic was a natural fit for me as I wanted to give back to the community in which I lived.
What do you like best about being a clinical preceptor?
I have worked with students over my entire career. I cannot imagine a day that didn't involve learning. The students I have worked with are always searching—I like being part of that process. There is no better feeling than the "aha" moment when the clinical picture clicks with theory.
What do you perceive to be the biggest challenge student’s encounter in your scope of practice or practice setting and what advice do you give them?
Patients with multiple co-morbidities can be challenging and noncompliance with clinical goals can be disheartening. I encourage students to help patients set reasonable, attainable goals. For example, if we would like to see the patient lose 15 pounds, start with nutritional education and a goal of a five pound loss by the next visit in one month.
Favorite thing about precepting Butler PA students.
Butler PA students are well prepared to enter the clinical setting. The Program helps students learn to think critically and integrate theory with practice. Well done, Butler!
What do you like to do to relax or have fun?
One answer! Spend time with my family. I have a son, Jesse, who works in business and a daughter-in-law, Holly, who is also a nursing practitioner. Of course, I cannot forget my grandson, Graham (2-years-old), who amazes me each day with his eagerness to learn. My husband, Jack, is employed at Ball State University.