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Karen Barker, RN, CCRN, EMT-P

Karen Barker, RN, CCRN, EMT-P Karen Barker, RN, CCRN, EMT-P, is a critical care registered nurse and paramedic involved in EMS since 1989. She’s a paramedic educator for Gateway Technical College in Burlington, Wis., and is affiliated with the New Berlin (Wis.) Fire Department. Contact her at barkerk@gtc.edu.

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