Professor of Rural Nursing; Head of School, Wagga Wagga, Charles Sturt University

RN PhD, MEd, MHlth Sc PHC, Grad Cert Uni Teach/Learn, B Hlth Sc Nsg, Dip Hlth Sc Nsg, FRCNA, FJBI

Karen has over 20 years experience teaching undergraduate and postgraduate level courses in nursing, and to a lesser extent in allied health and medical programs at a number of Australian and international universities. The latter teaching was in the capacity of an adjunct and visiting academic. She is an experienced higher degree research supervisor and nurse researcher. Her research program targets rural health and health workforce. Professor Francis is acknowledged within her profession for her expertise in rural nursing and midwifery. She has significant publications and research reflecting this expertise.


  • 2013–2013
    Professor of Rural Nursing, Charles Sturt University
  • 2013–2013
    Head of School, Wagga Wagga, Charles Sturt University