Working with Karen is inspiring and I highly recommend everyone who gets the chance to do so!
~Hope Jauntig RN, MS
Adjunct Faculty, Columbia University

The Scholar’s Voice Mission Statement:

To help professionals and scholars in the health sciences, particularly nurses, become skilled, confident writers. To strengthen nursing’s voice through increased dissemination of nurse’s work and sharing of nursing narratives through publication.


About Karen Roush PhD, RN

Karen Roush brings extensive experience as a writer, teacher, and nurse to The Scholar’s Voice. She has numerous publications, including books, health-related articles in scholarly journals, essays, and poetry. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Lehman College and The Graduate Center, both part of the City University of New York. She has a long affiliation with the American Journal of Nursing as Clinical Managing Editor and Editorial Director and is currently on their Editorial Board and serves as an editorial consultant for the journal.

Karen’s 2015 book, A Nurse’s Step-by-Step Guide to Writing a Dissertation or Capstone, was a winner of a prestigious AJN Book of the Year Award and has received praise from book critics and students. She has presented workshops on writing to graduate students and professionals both nationally and internationally and edits manuscripts for faculty members, researchers, and publishers. Organizations she has provided workshops and mentoring for include:

Organizations she has provided workshops and mentoring for include:

NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, NY

Pace University, Lienhard School of Nursing

Shenandoah University, School of Nursing

NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing

Kigali Health Institute, Rwanda

New York State Student Nurses Association

Columbia University Teacher’s College

RWJF Future of Nursing Scholars Program


Karen Roush is the kind of writer who knows how to dig just below the surface to tap emotions most of us can’t even begin to write about. Her simple, succinct and deeply honed writing style is an inspiration to anyone who works with her, studies with her, or simply socializes with her. Karen has a love for writing that permeates every sentence, every gesture, every moment that she shares with her fellow writers and writers-to-be.

~David Belcher

Contributor to The New York Times, Opera News and other travel and cultural publications


Recent Publications:

Roush, K. (2017). Becoming a published writer. American Journal of Nursing, 117(3).

Roush, K., Kurth, A. (2016). Intimate partner violence: The knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors of rural health care providers. American Journal of Nursing, 116(6).

Roush, K., Kurth, A. (2016). The lived experience of intimate partner violence in the rural setting. JOGNN, 45, (3), 308-319.

Roush, K. (2015). Intimate partner violence: You can make a difference. Reflections on Nursing Leadership 41(4).

Roush, K. (2015). Why write? Reflections on Nursing Leadership 40(2).

Roush, K. (2015). Disseminating good practice. Nursing Management, 22(5), 13.

Roush, K. (2014). What happened to the clinical DNP? American Journal of Nursing, Expected date of publication, June 2014.

White Paper for CUGH: Responding to the Global Crisis in Human Resources for Health: Report on Collaborative University-Based Programs Building HRH Capacity in Resource Constrained Nations 2013

Roush, K. (2013). A grassroots movement sounds the call: It’s time to end violence against girls and women. American Journal of Nursing, 113(3), 7.

Roush, K., Kurth, A., Hutchinson, K., Van Devanter, N. (2012). Obstetric fistula: What about gender power? Health Care for Women International, 33(9), 787-798.

Kennedy, M.S., Roush, K., Barnsteiner, J. (2012). The ethics of authorship. American Journal of  Nursing, 112(9).

Roush, K. (2012). Managing menopausal symptoms. American Journal of  Nursing, 112(6).

Roush, K. (2012). Domestic violence screening: When will we get it right? Invited commentary. International Nursing Review, 59(1), 115-116.

Roush, K. (2011). Social justice: Where is nursing? American Journal of  Nursing, 111(8).

Roush, K. (2011). Osteoporosis: Prevention and management. American Journal of Nursing, 111(8).

Roush, K. (2011). Menopausal hormone therapy: What we know now. American Journal of Nursing, 111(6), 38-47.

Roush, K. (2010). What Nurses Know…PCOS. DemosHealth, New York, NY.

Roush, K. (2010). What Nurses Know…Menopause. DemosHealth, New York, NY.

Roush, K. (2009). Survivor: I have been her kind. Violence Against Women, 15(7), 869-871.

Roush, K. (2009). No one asked what happened: Too many victims of domestic violence go unnoticed. American Journal of Nursing, 109(4), 11.

Roush, K. (2009). Social implications of obstetric fistula in women in sub-Saharan Africa: An integrative review. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, 54(2), e21-e33.

Also check out Karen’s blog posts at AJN’s blog Off the Charts