Karen A. Monsen, PhD, RN, FAMIA, FAAN

Associate Professor, School of Nursing

Karen A. Monsen

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-624-0490

Fax 612-625-7091

Office Address:
6-151B Weaver-Densford Hall

Mailing Address:
School of Nursing
University of Minnesota
5-140 Weaver-Densford Hall
308 Harvard Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

PhD, Nursing, University of Minnesota, 2006

MS, Nursing, University of Minnesota, 2002

BSN, Nursing, Creighton University, 1978

BA, Biology, Luther College, 1977


Dr. Monsen is an associate professor at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. Her expertise is in public health nursing and nursing informatics, and her intervention effectiveness research employs diverse methods including theory-based analysis, data mining, visualization and longitudinal analysis. Dr Monsen leads Omaha System Community of Practice the Director of the Omaha System Partnership for Knowledge Discovery and Health Care Quality. She has worked extensively with health care agencies and systems regarding documentation issues and data management.

Awards & Recognition

  • Lillian Wald Award, American Public Health Association PHN Section, 2016
    Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, 2011
  • Excellence in Education Award, Omaha System International Conference, 2011
  • Junior Investigator Award, Public Health Nursing Section, American Public Health Association, 2010
  • Creative Achievement Award, Public Health Nursing Section, American Public Health Association, 2008
  • Outstanding Graduate Nursing Student of the Year, University of Minnesota School of Nursing Alumni Society, 2006

Professional Associations

  • Cooperative Membership:
    Population Health and Systems
  • Center Membership:
    Center for Child and Family Health Promotion Research


Research Summary/Interests

Use of structured data for knowledge discovery and health care quality research; Intervention effectiveness research; Disseminating effective interventions; Omaha System psychometrics and applications; Visualization, data mining and machine learning methods

Research Funding Grants

Title of Project: Understanding Clinician Information demands and Consumption of Clinical Notes in Electronic Health Record Systems
Funding Agency: University of Minnesota Institute for Health Informatics
Graduate Research Support Grant (Farri)
Role: Co-investigator
Project Dates: 2011-2012

Title of Project: Clinical Translatioinal Science Award: Biomedical Informatics, National Institute of Health
Funding Agency: National Institute of Health
Role: Co-investigator
Project Dates: 2011-2012

Title of Project: Needs Assessment to Inform Improvement in Home Care Services for Older Adults with Chronic Health Conditions
Funding Agency: University of Minnesota Clinical and Translational Science Institute Community Collaborative Pilot Grants
Role: Co-investigator
Project Dates: 2011-2012

Title of Project: Omaha System Partnership for Knowledge Discovery and Health Care Quality
Funding Agency: Champ Software; Population Health Systems Cooperative, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota
Role: Director
Project Dates: December 2010-May 2011

Title of Project: Intervention Patterns Associated with Psychosocial and Parenting Outcomes
Funding Agency: NINR P20
Role: Principle Investigator
Project Dates: 2009-2010

Title of Project: Natural Language of Text Fields in the Home Healthcare Setting with the Omaha System
Funding Agency: University of Minnesota Academic Health Center Faculty Seed Grant
Role: Co-investigator
Project Dates: 2008-2010

Title of Project: Discovering effective models for home visiting practice
Funding Agency: Midwest Nursing Research Society

Role: Primary Investigator
Project Dates: March 2008-March 2009

Title of Project: Home care intervention data mining project
Funding Agency: University of Minnesota

Role: Primary Investigator
Project Dates: October 2007-October 2008


Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications:

  • Monsen, K. A., Swenson, S. M., & Kerr, M. J. (2016). Public health nurse perceptions of using standardized care plans to translate evidence-based guidelines into family home visiting practice. Kontakt.doi: 10.1016/j.kontakt.2016.04.001
  • Monsen, K. A., Martinson, B., Lawrence, E. C., Maki, T. A., Stromme, A. E., Weirich, E. G., & Martin, K. S. (2016). Toward population health literacy, wellbeing, consumer engagement, and information exchange: Developing Omaha System icons for digital platforms. International Journal of Healthcare, 2, 1, 71-81.
  • Monsen, K.A., Peterson, J. J. , Mathiason, M. A., Kim, E., Lee, S., Chi, C. L., Pieczkiewicz, D. S. (2015). Data visualization techniques to showcase nursing care quality. Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 33(10), 417-426. doi: 10/1097/CIN.000000000000190
  • Monsen, K. A., Schenk, E., Schleyer, R., & Schiavenato, M. (2015). Applicability of the Omaha System in acute care nursing for information interoperability in the era of accountable care. American Journal of Accountable Care, 3(3), 53-61.
  • Monsen, K. A., Peters, J., Schlesner, S., Vanderboom, C. E., & Holland, D. E. (2015). The gap in Big Data: Getting to wellbeing, strengths, and a whole person perspective. Global Advances, 4, 3, 31-39.
  • Monsen, K. A., Chatterjee, S. B., Timm, J. E., Poulsen, J. K., & McNaughton, D. B. (2015). Factors explaining variability in health literacy outcomes of public health nursing clients. Public Health Nursing, 32(2), 94-100. doi: 10.1111/phn.12138
  • Monsen, K. A., Finn, R. S., Fleming, T. E., LaValla, A. J., Garner, E. E., Riemer, J. G. (2015). Rigor in electronic health record knowledge representation: Lessons learned from a SNOMED CT clinical content encoding exercise. Informatics for Health and Social Care. 2015 Aug 21:1-15. [Epub ahead of print]doi:10.3109/17538157.2014.965302
  • Monsen, K. A., Attleson, I. S., Erickson, K. J., Neely, C., Oftedahl, G., & Thorson, D. R. (2015). Translation of obesity practice guidelines: Interprofessional perspectives regarding the impact of public health nurse system-level intervention. Public Health Nursing, 32(1), 34-42. doi: 10.1111/phn.12139
  • Monsen, K. A., Holland, D. E., Fung-Houger, P. W., Vanderboom, C. E. (2014). Seeing the whole person: Feasibility of using the Omaha System to describe strengths of older adults with chronic illness. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice, 28(4), 299-315.
  • Monsen, K. A., Handler, H. E., Le, S. M., & Riemer, J. G. (2014). Feasibility of using the Omaha System for self-report of symptoms by adults with diabetes. Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI), 18 (3).
  • Monsen, K.A., Elsbernd, S.A., Barnhart, L., Stock, J., Prock, C., Looman, W.S., & Nardella, M. (2013). A state-wide children with special health care needs program evaluation using a standardized terminology. ISRN, 2013, Article ID 793936, 7 pages. http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/793936
  • Monsen, K. A., Swanberg, H. L., Oancea, S. C., & Westra, B. L. (2012). Exploring the value of clinical data standards to predict hospitalization of home care patients. Applied Clinical Informatics.4,410-436.
  • Monsen, K.A., Neely, C., Oftedahl, G., Kerr, M.J., Pietruszewski, P., & Farri, O. (2012). Feasibility of encoding the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement Depression Guideline using the Omaha System. Journal of Biomedical Informatics,45, 719-725. doi: 10.1016/j.jbi.2012.06.004
  • Monsen, K.A., Foster, D. J., Gomez, T., Poulsen, J. K., Mast, J., Westra, B. L., & Fishman, E. (2011). Evidence-based standardized care plans for use internationally to improve home care practice and population health. Applied Clinical Informatics, 2, 373-384. doi:10.4338/ACI-2011-03-RA-0023
  • Monsen, K. A., Radosevich, D. M., Johnson, S. C., Farri, O., Kerr, M. J., & Geppert, J. S. (2011). Benchmark attainment of parenting clients across public health nursing agencies. Public Health Nursing, 29(1), 11–18. doi:10.1111/j.1525-1446.2011.00967.x
  • Monsen, K. A., Radosevich, D. M., Kerr, M. J., & Fulkerson, J. A. (2011). Public health nurses tailor home visiting interventions. Public Health Nursing, 28(2), 119-128. doi:10.1111/j.1525-1446.2010.00911.x
  • Monsen, K. A., Westra, B. L., Oancea, S. C., Yu, F., & Kerr, M. J. (2011). Linking home care interventions and hospitalization outcomes for frail and non-frail elderly patients. Research in Nursing and Health, 34(2), 160-168. doi:10.1002/nur.20426. NIHMS274649
  • Monsen, K. A., Sanders, A. N., Yu, F., Radosevich, D. M, & Geppert, J. S. (2011). Family home visiting outcomes for mothers with and without intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities Research, 55(5), 484-499. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2788.2011.01402.x
  • Monsen, K. A., McNaughton, D. B., Savik, K., & Farri, O. (2011). Problem stabilization: A metric for problem improvement in home visiting clients. Applied Clinical Informatics, 2, 437-446 http://dx.doi.org/10.4338/ACI-2011-06-RA-0038
  • Monsen, K. A., Banerjee, A., & Das, P. (2010). Discovering client and intervention patterns in home visiting data. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 32(8), 1031-1054. doi:10.1177/0193945910370970
  • Monsen, K. A., Fulkerson, J. A., Lytton, A. B., Taft, L. L., Schwichtenberg, L. D., & Martin, K. S. (2010). Comparing maternal child health problems and outcomes across public health nursing agencies. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 14(3), 412-421. doi:10.1007/s10995-009-0479-9
  • Monsen, K. A., Westra, B. L., Yu, F., Ramadoss, V. K., & Kerr, M. J. (2009). Data management for intervention effectiveness research: Comparing deductive and inductive approaches. Research in Nursing and Health, 32(6), 647-656. doi:10.1002/nur.20354
  • Monsen, K. A., Fitzsimmons, L. L., Lescenski, B. A., Lytton, A. B. Schwichtenberg, L. D., & Martin, K. S. (2006). A public health nursing informatics data-and-practice quality project. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 24(3), 152-158.



Academic Interests and Focus

Informatics; Public health nursing; Theoretical foundations of nursing; Nursing Administration