Karin Reuter-Rice, PhD, CPNP-AC, FCCM, FAAN

Karin Reuter-Rice is a nationally renowned pediatric acute care nurse practitioner and a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Reuter-Rice is co-editor of the first pediatric acute care multidisciplinary text (Pediatric Acute Care: A Guide for Interprofessional Practice, published in July, 2011.

Dr. Reuter-Rice came to DUSON from Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, CA, where she practiced in a tertiary care pediatric ICU.
She holds a diploma in nursing from the University of Alberta Hospital School of Nursing in Canada. She earned her BSN, MSN (with specialization as a Family and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner), and PhD in Nursing from the University of San Diego. The findings from her dissertation research on psychosocial responses by adolescent male victims to peer bullying are potentially applicable to the development of interventions to identify high school students at risk for victimization and school violence.

Dr. Reuter-Rice has been a reviewer for national practice documents such as the AACN National Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Entry-Level Competencies in Graduate Education. She is the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board member on the task force revising national nurse practitioner curricular guidelines as part of the 2011 NONPF Task Force Criteria initiative. She serves on the editorial boards of several professional journals and currently co-edits the Case Studies/Acute and Subspecialty section for the Journal of Pediatric Health Care. Dr. Reuter-Rice chairs the Acute Care Special Interest Group of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP). She also served as Acute Care PNP Member-at-Large, Executive Committee member, and Secretary of the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board, and continues to represent NAPNAP as the Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner representative to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing LACE Network. She is the 2013 recipient of the Henry K. Silver Memorial Award, presented by NAPNAP for her contributions to the expansion or improvement of pediatric health care and the advancement of the profession of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners at the national and/or international level.

Academic Program Affiliations
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing Program
  • PhD - University of San Diego
  • MSN - University of San Diego
  • BSN - University of San Diego
Research Interests
Areas of research interest include:
● Pediatrics
● Critical Care
● Genetics
● Trauma: biomarkers associated with brain injury; neurocognitive-functional outcomes; traumatic brain injury; transcranial Doppler ultrasound; vasospasm
● Victimization
Awards and Honors
  • 2013 || Henry K. Silver Memorial Award, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP)
  • 2011 || Fellow, American College of Critical Care Medicine
  • 2010 || Acute Care SIG Scholar of the Year, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
  • 2009 || Nurse Practitioner of Excellence, Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego
  • 2006 || Award for Excellence in Nursing; Clinical Practice, Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, Zeta Mu Chapter
  • 1991 || Inducted, Sigma Theta Tau International
Areas of Interest
pediatric acute and critical care
bullying and school violence
adolescent behavior
Representative Publications
  • 2012 -- Reuter-Rice, K. and Bolick, B. (Eds.) Pediatric Acute Care: A Guide for Interprofessional Practice. 2012 .
  • 2010 -- PubMed # : 20091024 -- O'Brien, N. F. and Reuter-Rice, K. E. and Khanna, S. and Peterson, B. M. and Quinto, K. B. Vasospasm in children with traumatic brain injury. Intensive Care Med. 36(4); 680-7. PMC2837183
  • 2010 -- PubMed # : 18590872 -- Reuter-Rice, K. Bites that bleed: crotalid envenomation. J Pediatr Health Care. January, 2010 22(4); 258-61.
  • 2009 -- PubMed # : 19103406 -- Reuter-Rice, K. Ecstasy in the emergency department: MDMA ingestion. J Pediatr Health Care. 23(1); 49-53.
  • 2008 -- PubMed # : 19114465 -- Reuter-Rice, K. Male adolescent bullying and the school shooter. J Sch Nurs. 24(6); 350-9.
  • 2006 -- Reuter-Rice, K. Approach to interpreting a pediatric chest radiograph. Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal. 2006 Jul-Sep 28(3); 175-187.
  • 2011 -- PubMed # : 21975498 -- Reuter-Rice, K. and Duthie, S. and Hamrick, J. Neurogenic pulmonary edema associated with pediatric status epilepticus. Pediatr Emerg Care. October, 2011 27(10); 957-8.
  • 2011 -- PubMed # : 22177059 -- Bolick, B. N. and Haut, C. and Reuter-Rice, K. and Leflore, J. and McComiskey, C. A. and Mikhailov, T. A. and Cavender, J. D. and Creaden, J. A. and McLeod, R. and Verger, J. The acute care pediatric nurse practitioner: curriculum overview. J Pediatr Health Care. May, 2012 26(3); 231-7.
  • 2013 -- PubMed # : 23102804 -- Bolick, B. N. and Bevacqua, J. and Kline-Tilford, A. and Reuter-Rice, K. and Haut, C. and McComiskey, C. A. and Cavender, J. D. and Verger, J. T. Recommendations for matching pediatric nurse practitioner education and certification to pediatric acute care populations. J Pediatr Health Care. January, 2013 27(1); 71-7.
  • 2012 -- Reuter-Rice, K. This is NOT Child's Play: Our Children, Their Health, and How Nursing Can Help 2012 .
  • 2013 -- PubMed # : 22575783 -- Reuter-Rice, K. Acute care pediatric nurse practitioner: a practice analysis study. J Pediatr Health Care. November, 2013 27(6); 410-8.
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 25449002 -- Popernack, M. L. and Gray, N. and Reuter-Rice, K. Moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury in children: Complications and rehabilitation strategies. J Pediatr Health Care. May-June, 2015 29(3); e1-7. PMC4409446
  • 2015 -- Bennett, E. R. and Reuter-Rice, K. and Laskowitz, D. T. Genetic influences in traumatic brain injury. October, 2015 179-218.
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 25946386 -- Reuter-Rice, K. and Eads, J. K. and Berndt, S. B. and Bennett, E. State of the science of pediatric traumatic brain injury: biomarkers and gene association studies (Chapter 6) Annu Rev Nurs Res. 33(1); 185-217.
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 25899097 -- Reuter-Rice, K. and Krebs, M. and Eads, J. K. Head injuries in school-age children who play golf. J Sch Nurs. April, 2015 33(1); 185-217.
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 26140576 -- O'Brien, N. F. and Maa, T. and Reuter-Rice, K. Noninvasive screening for intracranial hypertension in children with acute, severe traumatic brain injury. J Neurosurg Pediatr. October, 2015 16(4); 420-5.
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 26509727 -- Reuter-Rice, K. and Patrick, D. and Kantor, E. and Nolin, C. and Foley, J. Characteristics of Children Who Undergo Intraosseous Needle Placement. Adv Emerg Nurs J. October-December, 2015 37(4); 301-7.
Grant Funding (Selected)
  • Relationship of Endothelin-1 and Cerebral Vasospasm in Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    09/2013 to 08/2016
    Project Goals: The aims of this study explore the relationships between cerebral vasospasm, endothelin 1 biomarker, endothelin 1 gene polymorphisms, and functional outcomes in children with a traumatic brain injury. Exploring the Endothelin 1 biomarker and gene polymorphisms will help us know if cerebral vasospasm can be identified in certain children and will aid in developing interventional approaches to promote improved outcomes.
  • Physiologic Adaptation and Neurocognitive Outcomes in Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury
    National Institutes of Health
    09/2012 to 06/2017
    Project Goals: The aims of this study explore the relationships between cerebral vasospasm, apolipoprotein-E (apo-E) genotype, physiologic symptoms, and neurocognitive outcomes that may either intensify or ameliorate secondary injury, for children with a traumatic brain injury. Exploring the apo-E genotype will help us know if injury response is altered in certain children and will aid in developing interventional approaches.
  • Measuring Vasospasm, Biomarkers, and Neurocognitive Outcomes in Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury
    DUSON Small Grant Program
    06/2011 to 05/2012
    Role: Principal Investigator
    This is a prospective feasibility pilot study that will measure cerebral vasospasm using a Transcranial Doppler ultrasound and collect biomarkers while examining neurocognitive outcomes in a traumatic brain injured child.
  • Intraosseous Placement as a Predictor of Disposition to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
    Rady Children’s Pediatric Transport Data Base
    04/2009 to 03/2011
    Role: co-PI
    Project Goal: Dissemination of data – First responders and transport community.
  • Vasospasm in Children with Traumatic Brain Injury
    Rady Children’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (San Diego, CA)
    07/2007 to 06/2009
    Role: Sub-Principal Investigator
    Project Goal: Determine vasospasm in pediatric TBI; dissemination of data to the critical care community
  • Psychosocial Responses by 9th & 10th Grade Male Students to Peer Victimization
    Southern California High School District/Schools
    07/2004 to 06/2006
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Project Goal: Identify frequency of and response to victimization; dissemination of data to education and health care community
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