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

Associate Professor
(919) 681-7647
3059 Pearson Building

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 Expertise

  • Acute / Critical Care
  • Health Disparities
  • Pediatric Nursing

Areas of Interest

pediatric acute and critical care
bullying and school violence
adolescent behavior

Representative Publications

  • 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
  • 2015 -- Bennett, E. R. and Reuter-Rice, K. and Laskowitz, D. T. Genetic influences in traumatic brain injury. In Translational Research in Traumatic Brain Injury edited by Laskowitz, D. and Grant, G.. October, 2015; pp. 179-218. : CRC Press (Taylor & Francis Group). October, 2015 179-218
  • 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 # : 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 -- 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 # : 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
  • 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
  • 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. and Bolick, B. (Eds.) Pediatric Acute Care: A Guide for Interprofessional Practice. 2012
  • 2012 -- Reuter-Rice, K. This is NOT Child's Play: Our Children, Their Health, and How Nursing Can Help 2012


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

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Center for Nursing Research recently announced its small grant awardees: 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Karin Reuter-Rice is featured in an Institute of Pediatric Nursing campaign targeting pediatric nurses. Reuter-Rice is the chair of the organization.

Click here to view campaign.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Karen Reuter-Rice has published four articles between January and March of 2017.

"Rethinking Recovery: Incorporating Holistic Nursing Perspectives in Poststroke Care" in the January/February issue of Holistic Nursing Practice. Co-authors include experts from West Virginia University School of Nursing.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Congratulations to Ryan Shaw and Karin Reuter-Rice who have received the 2016 Innovation Award for their Duke Center for Applied Genomics and Precision Medicine (CAGPM) proposal entitled "Aggregating and Visualizing Environmental Biological Physiological and Outcome Data in Acute Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury." This project was awarded at $22,500 for the one-year project period 2016-2017.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Faculty members Melissa Batchelor-Murphy, Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda, Devon Noonan, Schenita Randolph, Karin Reuter-Rice, Cheryl Rodgers, Ryan Shaw and Eleanor Stevenson were recently accepted into the Fall Path to Independence Grant Writing Program co-sponsored by DUSON and the Duke University School of Medicine.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Karin Reuter-Rice recently published two articles -- "Continuous Electroencephalography in Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury: Seizure Characteristics and Outcomes" in Epilepsy & Behavior, and "Conventional and Unconventional Lifesaving Therapies in an Adolescent with Amlodipine Ingestion" in CCN.

In addition, Reuter-Rice presented a poster entitled "Consenting Families of Acutely Injured Children in Physiologic and Genetic Studies: Recommendations for Research" at the 2016 International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG) World Congress in Dublin, Ireland.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Karin Reuter-Rice has had a very busy Spring season. She published two articles recently. An article entitled "Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner: The 2014 Practice Analysis" in the February issue of the Journal of Pediatric Health Care.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Karin Reuter-Rice and Jennifer Dungan recently presented for the Duke AHEC Scholars to introduce them to Genomics. Reuter-Rice presented on "Genomics and Inheritance" and Dungan presented on "Pharmacogenomics." Both Reuter-Rice and Dungan had an opportunity to do some experiential learning that fostered application of the concepts.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

A mix of anxiousness, nervousness and excitement filled room 1103 at Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) last week as five contestants stood before a panel of shark investors to present their projects that could enhance the quality of life for patients and bring pioneering methods to clinical practice, education and research.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Karin Reuter-Rice publishes article entitled "Head Injuries in School-Age Children Who Play Golf" in the April edition of The Journal of School of Nursing. Reuter-Rice also discusses the article in a podcast with editor of the publication Julia Cowell. Click her to listen to podcast.