NYSHFA Recognizes Karen Morris in Her Retirement

Nancy Leveille

Karen Morris, RN, MS will retire from the New York State Health Facilities Association/New York State Center for Assisted Living/Foundation for Quality Care (NYSHFA/NYSCAL/FQC) on December 31, 2016 after over 15 years of dedicated service to elders and those who care for them in New York State and across the country.

As the Director of Clinical and Quality Services for the majority of her service, she was instrumental in the development of hundreds of educational, clinical and emergency preparation endeavors. She worked with members on their day to day issues and planning for future needs.

In 2002, Karen was one of the principle creators of the Foundation for Quality Care beginning with the development of the Nurse Leadership Institute. At that time, she assisted in creating and implementing the Director of Nursing, Nurse Educator and First Line Manager programs. Today, after 15 years, she has been instrumental in transitioning these programs to an overall Leadership Institute that included programs for LNHA, Quality Improvement Specialists, and multidisciplinary supervisors. Over 2,300 students have completed courses and have been influenced by her experience during these years.

In addition, she developed the Annual Social Work and Activities Conference, assisted with the Nurse Leadership Conference, participated in state and national committees, and advocated for legislation that affected nurses and clinical standards. Her prior experience to NYSHFA/NYSCAL/FQC included roles as Director of Nursing, staff nurse in ICU, Medical-Surgical and Psychiatric nursing settings. This experience provided her with a wealth of expertise which she gladly shared and utilized to make professional decisions and provide guidance to those she worked with on a daily basis.

She has been a true team member, role model and a Nurse of Excellence. We thank her for her dedication and passion and wish her happiness and health in her retirement.

Karen's email address is kmorris@nyshfa.org if you would like to wish her well!