Karen Harkness has been a Cardiovascular Nurse for over 30 years and was a nurse in the heart function clinic in Hamilton for 15 years. She completed her PhD in Nursing (2009) and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at McMaster University. She is a certified Heart Failure Nurse with the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses. She is Chair of the Nursing and Allied Health Council with the Canadian Heart Failure Society and a secondary panel member for the CCS Heart Failure guidelines. Karen is currently a Clinical Strategist at CorHealth Ontario and the Clinical Lead for the Integrating Heart Failure Care Initiative in Ontario.