University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
College of Nursing - Lincoln Division
550 N 19th Street
Lincoln, NE 68588-0620

Phone: 402-472-6914
Email: lori.carlen@unmc.edu



  • 2007, BSN, Nebraska Wesleyan
  • 2014, MSN, UNMC


Ms. Lori Carlen became a nurse mostly by chance. In 1986, the small community college she lived near as a military spouse had a limited number of programs. The previous college credits she had, combined with her interest in science and helping people led her to the LPN program. After completing the LPN program in 1987 and starting a family, she went back to class and obtained an ADN in 1991. She obtained a BSN in 2007, and a Master’s in 2014. She has spent most of her nursing career in the Emergency Department, where she has worked as a staff nurse, preceptor, and charge nurse. Over the course of her career, she developed a passion for providing education to nurses. This has led from providing continuing education such as ACLS, PALS, TNCC, and ENPC to developing courses for new ED nurses, and now to a budding career as an academic nurse educator. She currently shares her time between UNMC, St. Elizabeth, and Bryan. She serves as a clinical and didactic instructor at UNMC, the ED CNS at St E’s, and as a continuing nursing education instructor at Bryan. She works every 3rd weekend 12 pm to 12 am at the St. E’s ED as a staff RN to keep her skills current.


1993-present, Member, ENA

2005-present, Member, Nebraska Cornhusker Chapter Red Cross First Aid Team

2012-present, ED Champion, CHI Health St. Elizabeth Sepsis

2015-present, Co-Chair, CHI Health St. Elizabeth Emergency Department Shared Nursing Governance

2015-present, ED Representative, CHI Health St. Elizabeth CNS/Educator committee

2015-present, CHI St. Elizabeth Emergency Department Educator representative, CHI Health Midwest division of Nursing Educators

2020-present, CHI St. Elizabeth representative, Commonspirit Health National Sepsis committee


2020, UNMC, Faculty Daisy Nomination

2018, Nominee March of Dimes Nebraska Nurse of the Year

2018, 2017, 2016, 2012 and 2006, CHI Health St. Elizabeth, Nominee for Expert Clinician