Karen Ritchie, RN
Diabetic Limb Salvage Nurse Navigator
Karen Ritchie, RN, is Norman Regional Health System's Diabetic Limb Salvage (DLS) Nurse Navigator. Karen began her position in October 2013 and has become an integral member of the DLS program. She coordinates the treatment plan for patients suffering from a diabetic ulcer and serves as the key contact for patients, and is responsible for monitoring and guiding them through the recovery process. Karen provides emotional support and assurance of continuity of care for the patient and their family. She educates them on the healing process, ulcer prevention and how to live a healthy lifestyle. Karen also provides diabetic limb salvage education to Norman Regional Health System nurses and caregivers.
Karen has worked at the Oklahoma Wound Center for six years. She began her career at the Oklahoma Wound Center as a wound care technician before becoming a registered nurse. Prior to her position at Norman Regional, Karen worked as a home health aide for eleven years. She graduated from Oklahoma City Community College with a degree in nursing.
Karen is a member of the Save a Leg, Save a Life Foundation and the American Diabetes Association. She was awarded the Employee of the Year award from the Oklahoma Wound Center in 2012.