Karen Herz

Karen Herz is an experienced nurse working as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner at University Hospitals of North Staffordshire in Stoke-on-Trent.

She commenced Nurse training in 1983, following qualification she has worked predominantly in the speciality of orthopaedics in a variety of posts. Karen currently works as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in a trauma unit caring for a wide range of patients following trauma, however her specialist interest is the care and management of frail elderly orthopaedic patients.

She has been involved in the development of UK National guidance for Hip Fracture Care and has contributed to:

  • The BOA/BGS Blue Book on Fragility Fracture care (2007).
  • The development of The National Hip Fracture Database as an audit of Hip Fracture care in the UK.
  • The development of NICE Clinical Guideline 124, Management of Hip Fracture in Adults. (2011)

Karen has been actively involved in the development and promotion of orthopaedic nursing throughout her career with the Society of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nurses (RCN) in the UK and international collaboration of orthopaedic nurses internationally.

She is actively involved in FFN globally, and is a part of their educational working group. As part of her involvement with this group she has coordinated a nurse education program, which has culminated in a book about the holistic care and management of fragility fracture patients along with the development of a European-wide education programme for nurses caring for orthogeriatric patients.