Karla Kwapil, Carroll University faculty

Karla Kwapil, MSN

Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing 262.650.4930 kkwapil@carrollu.edu Enterprise House 202




  • Loyola University New Orleans, Master of Science in Nursing/Healthcare Systems Management, 2015
  • Carroll University, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 2011
  • University of Wisconsin LaCrosse, Master of Science in Education, 2006
  • Carroll University, Bachelor of Science in Psychology, 1999

Areas of Specialization

Community-Based Nursing, Clinic Management, Care of Vulnerable Populations, Hospice and Long-Term Care, Case Management.

Service to Carroll University and Profession

Institutional Service

  • Chair, Curriculum Committee – Carroll University
  • Student/Faculty Ethics Committee – Carroll University

Professional Service

  • Health Center Coordinator – United Community Center BGCS School-Based Clinic

Community Outreach

  • Get Healthy Committee – Watertown

What is your teaching style?

My teaching style is varied. Because the content of my courses is multifaceted, the way in which the information is presented can lend itself to classroom projects, online modules, getting out into the community and seeing concepts in action and role playing in order to have a better understanding of community health and patient populations. My classroom is an open forum where students are encouraged to share experiences and questions. As nurses, we respect and value all, while at the same time demanding a high level of respect and integrity.

Why do you do what you do?

I teach at Carroll because it is a campus that is always innovating and moving forward. I fell in love with Carroll and the community the first time I stepped on to campus. It is a one-of-a-kind, welcoming, beautiful and inclusive place with opportunities for all students and faculty. I teach nursing because I believe that nursing students are the most dedicated, hardest working students on any college campus. I am inspired by their dedication to the profession and look forward to participating in their classroom education as well as helping guide them throughout their careers. It’s really amazing to see what our students do after they graduate!

How do you make learning engaging?

I make learning engaging by allowing students to make decisions about how they learn information and making the classes fluid in nature. For example, we often look to current issues in disease outbreak and epidemiology (Zika, Ebola) rather than lecturing from text. To have students immersed, and see the information as relevant and relatable really facilitates learning and retention.

What should students know about you?

Students should know that my standards are high. I want them to be successful in school and in nursing. I want them to be independent and have a voice for themselves and their patients. Students should also know that I am approachable, laid back and use humor and stories in my classes to keep them engaged. Most of all, students should know that I am a tireless advocate for all kinds of nursing! Nurses, most importantly, work to keep communities healthy-they don’t just work in hospitals!

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