about the author

Image“I became a nurse by accident.”

What began as a career misstep evolved into a journey that was unexpectedly challenging and fulfilling, at times daunting, and often humbling.

Dr. Karen Reichel Smith has four decades of experience as a nurse in a wide variety of settings;  as a hospital nurse, a nursing professor, a Family Nurse Practitioner in primary care, and a Family Psychiatric Mental Health in private practice and currently works full-time as a Psychiatric Hospitalist in Charleston, South Carolina.

A lifelong avid writer of music and drama, this is her first novel about nursing.

She is a graduate of Wagner College (BSN), Sage Graduate School (MSN & FNP) and SUNY Binghamton (NPP & DNP).