Alumna elected Vice President of Sigma

Karen Gorton, PhD, RN, FNP, MS, has been elected Vice President of Sigma Theta Tau International (Sigma), one of the most influential nursing organizations across the world. In the role of Vice President, Gorton will support President Ricciardi in his vision to uphold Sigma’s mission to develop nurse leaders anywhere to improve health care everywhere.

“It is an incredible honor and opportunity to serve membership in this capacity and work with our incredibly talented member colleagues globally,” says Gorton. “Sigma focuses on developing global leaders where they are so they can improve health everywhere.”

Within Sigma, Gorton has presented as international and regional conferences, at Chapter meetings, served on the International Board of Directors of Sigma as the Regional Chapters Coordinating Committee (RCCC) Chair for two years. Prior to her time as RCCC Chair, Gorton served for four years as a Regional Coordinator.

Dr. Gorton has served several chapters in a variety roles, from elected officer to supportive member. She is excited to continue her service to Sigma. She is a Sigma Fellow and a Virginal Henderson Fellow.

Dr. Gorton is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in the School of Nursing and Health Studies. Her main responsibilities are on Nursing Education within the Doctoral program. Additionally, she teaches in the MSN and DNP programs.

Dr. Gorton earned her BS from Wheaton College, a MS from Indiana University, her BSN from Carroll College/Columbia College of Nursing, her MSN from University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and her PhD in Nursing Education from the University of Northern Colorado.