CHCF Health Care Leadership Program

Karen Rea

Karen Rea

California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation

Statewide Chief Nurse Executive

California Prison Health Care Services

Professional Bio

Karen Rea, PHN, MSN, FNP has 25 years of nursing, education, and administrative experience. From 2006 to present, Ms. Rea worked for the California Prison Health Care Services (CPHCS) as a Nurse Consultant, Regional Director of Nursing for the Central Region, and is currently the Statewide Chief Nurse Executive. From 2002 to 2006, Ms. Rea worked as the Quality Assurance Manager and Deputy Director for the Fresno County Department of Children Family Services where she developed a quality improvement program for social workers and mental health clinicians and managed the only free standing children’s emergency psychiatric facility in the Central Valley. From 1993 to 2002, Ms. Rea was the Fresno Country Public Health Nurse (PHN) and Supervising PHN of the Communicable Disease and Epidemiology Program. From 1987 to 1993, Ms. Rea was a Neonatal Intensive Care/ICU Nurse and the Director of the FOCUS substance abuse program for San Joaquin County. Ms. Rea has also worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner, hospice nurse and educator at Pacific Union College and University of Phoenix. Ms. Rea’s memberships include: American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants, California Association for Healthcare Quality, California Association of Nurse Practitioners and Academy of Correctional Health Professionals.