Kaaren B. Shebesta, MSN, APRN, CPNP

Nurse Practitioner, Trauma Services

Phone 513-636-0575

Fax 513-636-3827

Email kaaren.shebesta@cchmc.org

Role of the nurse practitioner

Kaaren B. Shebesta, MSN, APRN, CPNP, is a trauma nurse practitioner at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center since 2002. Prior to this position, Kaaren worked in the Cardiac ICU at Cincinnati Children's after working as a nurse in Chicago and Phoenix.

Shebesta's responsibilities include the coordinating and managing the care for traumatically injured children and providing education services for patients and families. She assists in monitoring the PI system for trauma services, including outcomes and system / process issues. Shebesta also provides and coordinates educational opportunities for staff nurses, surgical residents, social workers and child life specialists with regards to trauma, utilizing trauma case review.

BSN, RN: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1992.

MSN, CPNP: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2002.

Rangel EL, Cook BS, Bennett BL, Shebesta K, Ying J, Falcone RA. Eliminating disparity in evaluation for abuse in infants with head injury: use of a screening guidelineJournal of Pediatric Surgery. 2009; 44(6): 1229-1235.

Cook RS, Schweer L, Fanta Shebesta K, Hartjes K, Falcone R. Mild traumatic brain injury in children: justa another bump on the head? Journal of Trauma Nursing. 2006; 13(2): 58-65.

Fanta K, Cook B, Falcone RA, Rickets C, Schweer L, Brown RL, Garcia VF. Pediatric trauma nurse practitioners provide excellent care with superior patient satisfaction for injured childrenJournal of Pediatric Surgery. 2006; 41: 277-281.

Fanta Shebesta K, Cook B, Rickets C, Schweer L, Brown RL, Garcia VF, Falcone R. Pediatric trauma nurse practitioners increase bedside nurses’ satisfaction with pediatric trauma patient careJournal of Trauma Nursing. 2006; 13(2): 66-69.

Schweer LH, Cook BS, Fanta KB. Trauma nurse practitioner: front line approach to management of the pediatric trauma patient in an academic program. Journal of Trauma Nursing. 2005; 11(4): 157-163.

Are pediatric trauma carts missing essential supplies?ED Nursing. 2004; 7(12): 138-139.

Fanta K, Cook BS, Schweer L. Traumatic injury to the pancreas: the challenges of care in the pediatric patientJournal of Trauma Nursing. 2003; 10(3): 72-78.

Dramatically improve care of pediatric trauma casesED Nursing. 2003; 6(12): 143-145. 

Cook BS, Fanta K, Schweer L. Pediatric cervical spine clearance: implications for nursing practice. Journal of Emergency Nursing. 2003; 29: 383-386.

Birmingham PK, Tobin MJ, Fanta KB, Berkelhamer M, Smith FA, Henthorn TK, Cote CJ. 24 hour pharmacokinetics of rectal acetaminophen in children: an old drug with new recommendationsAnesthesiology. 1997; 87: 244-257.