“Karen is the only Occupational and Environmental Health Nurse I call when I need extra assistance or a professional opinion. I am constantly amazed by her rapport with people and her communication skills. Karen always does an excellent job, and I know I can count on her because she has both tremendous experience and a serious commitment to quality.”
–Chelley Rohrig, RN, MEd, COHN-S,
Environmental Health & Safety Manager



Karen Bowman's Cirriculum Vitae


About Karen Bowman, MN, RN, COHN-S
President & Founder, Karen Bowman & Associates


2002-2004: MN, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Advanced Practice Community Health Systems Nursing (special focus in Occupational and Environmental Health) (Magna Cum Laud)

2000-2001: BSN, University of Washington – Bothell, Bothell, WA (Faculty Honors)

1989: Certified Master Hypnotist/Therapist, Charles Tibbets’ School of Hypnotherapy, Seattle, WA

1983-1986: ADN, Shoreline Community College, School of Nursing, Seattle, WA (Faculty Honors)

2013 International Nurses Association: Top Nurse in Seattle, WA
2012 Lew Brown Memorial Award for Outstanding Health and Safety
2011 Preceptor of Distinction Award, Seattle University School of Nursing
2011 Charlotte Brody Luminary Award (national/international)
2010 Washington State Public Health Association Honorable Mention Community Health Champion
2009 U.S. Commerce Association, Seattle Award in the Business Services Category (national)
2009 Marguerite Cobb Public Health/Community Health Nurses Award, Washington State Nurses Association.
2007 Outstanding Service Award, Tukwila Police Department
2006 Outstanding Occupational and Environmental Health Nurse, Washington State Association of Occupational Health Nurses

2009 to Present: Clinical Instructor, University of Washington School of Nursing, Psychosocial and Community Health Department
Advances the science and practice of occupational and environmental health nursing by utilizing current legislative policy work, environmental advocacy and collaborations with local and federal Compliance and advocacy organization.

2007 to Present: University of Washington, Northwest Center for Continuing Education. Contact Hour Provider, California Board of Registered Nurses and Steering Committee Member
Develops topics and secures guest speakers for the NW Center of Occupational and Environmental Grand Rounds Series, and provides nursing continuing educational credits for Occupational and Environmental Grand Rounds course.

2006 to Present: Part-time Lecturer, University of Washington School of Nursing –Bothell Branch
Instructs RN to BSN nursing students on fundamentals of community health nursing, occupational health, environmental health and sustainability, leadership, legal ethics in nursing and nurse wellness.

2004 to Present: Clinical Faculty, University of Washington School of Nursing
Guest lecturer and clinical preceptor to BSN, MN, doctoral students and international nursing scholars in the Psychosocial and Community Health Nursing Department, which includes Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing. Clinical experience includes an overview of the occupational and environmental health nurse consultant as nurse entrepreneur, including business processes such as business plan development and opportunities to conduct community health clinical practice in an industrial or environmental health setting.

2002 to 2009: Employee Health Nurse, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Responsible for providing direct patient care, health screenings, immunizations/Vaccinia vaccination, consulting services, compliance training and managed health surveillance to the employees of the University of Washington Seattle Campus including but not limited to; Facilities and Engineering, Hall Health, Campus Police, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), and Health Sciences Laboratories including animal and primate research facilities. Includes management of the Global Medicine Respiratory Protection Program.

1989 to 2002: Occupational Health Nurse Specialist Supervisor/Employee Health Nurse/Consultant, Virginia Mason Occupational Medicine, Seattle, WA
Responsible for direct supervision of daily operations of the section’s three clinics and onsite medical dispensaries. Creation and implementation of tailored programs and projects relevant to the occupational setting. Provides consulting services for local and national clients regarding industry, local, and federal regulatory issues. Serves as employee health nurse and provides care and counseling to staff and clients involved with worker’s compensation. Provide counseling/hypnotherapy services for pain and stress management, etc. Development and management of medical surveillance systems for local and national clients such as: construction, aviation, maritime, biotech and animal handling, oil refineries, steel mills, lumber mills, shipyards, Hanford Nuclear Facility, and the United States Military Services. Developed the first Occupational/Environmental Health telephonic program in the United States which provides telephonic first aid and nursing treatment along with occupational health/public health consulting services to clients nationwide. Develops modified job duties to promote early return-to-work. Provides clinical evaluation and treatment of trauma, injuries and illness in a busy urgent care/trauma setting. Services provided to a multicultural national and international population.

2013 to present: Board Member: Washington State Health Care Safety Council
2011 to present: Chair: Employer Committee to the Hazardous Drug Advisory Committee. Development of Model Programs.
2008 to present: University of Washington School of Nursing, Advanced Practice Disaster Preparedness and Environmental Health Certificate Programs Advisory Committee and key participant in providing clinical experience, translating theory to practice.
2008 to present: University of Washington School of Nursing, Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DnP) Advisory Committee
2008 to present: Washington’s Physicians for Social Responsibility: Board member and Hanford Advisory Board Delegate.
2007 to 2009 upon completion: Department of Ecology, Lead Chemical Action Plan. Policy development on reducing lead exposure as outlined in the Department of Ecology’s Persistent, Bioaccumulating, Toxic Substance Rule.
2005-present: Chair-Health Care Without Harm, Nurses Work Group
2005-present: Washington State Nurses Association Environmental Occupational Health and Safety Committee
2004 to present: University of Washington School of Nursing, Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing Advisory committee
2004 to present: Toxic Free Legacy Coalition. Steering committee member. Develops policies that phase out toxic chemicals and support chemicals policy reform.
1989-2010: Washington State Association of Occupational Health Nurses. President (2007 to 2010) Vice President (2006), President-elect (2006), Director at Large (2005, 2006)

PROFESSIONAL SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS (national and local sample only)
2013: CleanMed2013: Hazardous Drug Rule Implementation: Washington State Case Study (Invitation)
2013: WSNA Lobby Day- Environmental Health and Nursing Practice (Invitation)
2012 ANA: Toxic Chemical Contaminants in the Food We Eat
2012 Sierra Club: Coal Hard Truth
2012 CleanMed: 2012 Food Sustainability
2012 NW Chapter: North American Hazardous Materials Management Conference: Reforming the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS): Chemical Policy Reform and the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)
2011: Washington State Nurses Assoc. Lobby Day: Environmental Health and Nursing Practice
2011: Alaska Legislative Lunch and Learn “Why States Should Take the Lead on Chemicals Policy:--Perspective of a Healthcare Provider.”
2011: ANA Nurse Wellness: Recognizing and Responding to Stress and Compassion Fatigue: The Art of Self-Hypnosis

PUBLICATIONS (limited Sample)
Bowman, Karen (2013): Are You Digging Deep Enough: Conducting a Patient Focused Exposure Assessment. Webinar Program
Bowman, Karen (2012). Washington Nurses Advocate for Environmental Health in 2012, Summer 2012; Volume 42, No. 2; page 39-41
Bowman, Karen (2010). Causes for Celebration: 2010 Environmental Health Legislation, Spring 2010; Volume 40, No. 1; page 34-35
Bowman, Karen (2009). What is BPA Doing in a Sippy Cup?” Winter 2009, Volume 39, No.4; page 20
Bowman, Karen (2009). Secure Medicine Return Bill, Winter 2009; Volume 39, No.4; page 21
Bowman, Karen (2005). Racial and ethnic disparities in the workplace: effects on worker safety and health. AAOHN journal. May 2005, Vol. 53, No. 5.

Alliance of Nurses for a Healthy Environment
American Association of Occupational Health Nurses
American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
American Nurses Association
American Public Health Association
Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics
Health Care Without Harm
Physicians for Social Responsibility (National Board member)
Sigma Theta Tau
Washington State Association of Occupational Health Nurses
Washington State Health Care Safety Council
Washington State Nurses Association
Washington State Physicians for Social Responsibility
Washington State Public Health Association


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• Occupational Health Nurse Specialist
• Washington State HIV Counselor
• Certified Master Hypnotist
• Basic Cardiac Life Support
• Breath Alcohol Technician
• CAOHC-Audiogram certification (expired)


• California Board of Registered Nurses Continuing Education Credit Provider
• Washington State Registered Nurse
• Washington State Hypnotherapist
• Alaskan Registered Nurses License (inactive)


• Siem Reap, Cambodia: Chong Kneas Floating Village
• Professional speaker and activist for numerous environmental health advocacy groups
• Hypnotherapy services to underserved populations
• Resume consultation for women returning to the workforce or career change


2008 to 2011: Hanford Advisory Board Delegate



California Board of Registered Nurses Provider Number CEP 14441








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