KaraLynn LaValley

2015 cohort, University of Washington
KaraLynn LaValley, MN, RN, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar at Johnson & Johnson, Inc., is interested in pursuing research in the field of child and adolescent development. She is specifically interested in the impact of adverse childhood experiences on neurologic, biophysical and psychosocial development. Her previous research has included assessing the attitudes, perceived knowledge and risk behaviors of HIV/AIDS among college students, ages 18-29 and the implications for planning population based interventions.

LaValley╩╝s current research involves a policy surveillance of local school districts disciplinary policies to address punitive and exclusionary school-based disciplinary policies and their potential health and development implications for marginalized student populations, specifically those who have experienced childhood adversity. In addition to this, she is also researching the role of positive and strengths-based policies in enhancing academic achievement, strengthening relationships, promoting resilience and self-mastery and enhancing health and well-being.

LaValley earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing and her Masters in Nursing with dual curriculum focus in Education and Communities, Populations and Health from the University of Washington. She is a member of the International Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau.

LaValley is currently employed as nursing faculty at Green River College in Auburn, Washington and as the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Nursing Workforce Diversity grant manager and retention specialist. The purpose of this program is to increase nursing education opportunities for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, including ethnic and racial minorities who are underrepresented among nurses. In this role she provides tutoring services, counseling, oversee a community mentor program, offer professional and academic training to advance their careers in nursing and will be facilitating a week long spring workshop for professional development.

In addition to this she also works per diem as a registered nurse at St. Elizabeth Hospital, a Critical Access Hospital in a rural community in Washington State. She has worked in a variety of settings including the Intensive Care Unit, Medical-Surgical and Emergency Departments. She has served as a preceptor, charge nurse, house supervisor, and has served as a member of my hospital╩╝s Shared Governance. She also volunteers with the local Medical Reserve Corps.

LaValley lives in Covington, WA.