Karen Hellwig, B.S. ’66, M.N. ’71

Hellwig’s 37-year career started when she was a public health nurse with the Los Angeles County Health Department and continued with her tenure as a nursing professor at El Camino College in Torrance, Calif.; during that time she also spent 24 years in home care nursing. Her most recently published article, “Caring for Vulnerable Children in Cambodia,” is the photo-essay of her travels with pediatric home health nurses who care for children with AIDS and other chronic conditions in rural Cambodia. Among her career accomplishments, Hellwig developed and implemented the certified home health aide course at El Camino College; developed and taught a real-time Internet nursing series to nursing students in Osaka, Japan; and developed and implemented a psychiatric case manager program for four home health agencies. She has also used her nursing skills in many volunteer capacities. Hellwig assisted with the establishment of The Chironians, the fundraising arm of the UCLA School of Nursing, and served as chair for five years.