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Karen Jakub, PhD, MSN, RN

Assistant Professor
School of Nursing

Fisher Hall 511
Phone: 412.396.6535


PhD, Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2012
MSN, Nursing, Franciscan University of Steubenville, 2004
BSN, Nursing, Clarion University, 1996
Diploma, Nursing, Shadyside Hospital School of Nursing

Karen Jakub came to Duquesne in 2011 with a clinical background in adult health in the areas of medical/surgical ICU, coronary intensive care, IV therapy, homecare and cardiac electrophysiology. She has a PhD in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was the recipient of a pre-doctoral T-32 training grant for Interventions to Manage and Prevent Chronic Illness. The title of her dissertation was  Long-term Adjustment and Reimplantation Surgery in Patients with Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators. She was also the recipient of the Elizabeth Scott Carrington Scholarship Award and the Glaxo Fellowship Fund Scholarship during her doctoral studies.  

Dr. Jakub started her nursing career as a diploma graduate from Shadyside Hospital School of Nursing and completed her BSN at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She earned her MSN in Nursing from Franciscan University in Steubenville before pursuing her doctorate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests include chronic heart disease and technology interventions for cardiac arrhythmias. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the National League of Nursing, and the American Nurses Association.

She currently teaches undergraduate courses in the Junior, Senior, and Second-Degree BSN program at the School of Nursing. Courses include Nursing Research, Applied Pathophysiology and Nursing Care I & II, and Synergy in Nursing Practice. She also serves as a Chairperson for DNP students' capstone projects.


Research Interests

Genetics and genomics in nursing and healthcare

Chronic heart disease

Qualitative research methods

Technology interventions for cardiac arrhythmias



Induction into Honor Society of Nursing- April 2011
Sigma Theta Tau International
Alpha Alpha Chapter, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School of Nursing appointment: 2011 University of North Carolina Awards Committee
for Post-Baccalaureate Distinguished Teaching/Mentoring Awards
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Graduate Student Nurse Recruiter/ Teaching Assistant
Office of Admissions and Student Services
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Nursing
TA position, January 2006- May 2009