Barbara Karnes


Barbara Karnes, RN, is an internationally respected speaker, educator, author and thought leader on end of life. She is a renowned authority, explaining the dying process to families, healthcare professionals and communities. Her books, including Gone From My Sight, are used in hospice environments throughout the country.
Barbara has held both clinical and leadership positions, including staff nurse, clinical supervisor and executive director at Hospice Care of Mid America in Kansa City, MI, as well and Olathe Medical Center and Home Health in Olathe Kansas. She received the Heart of Health Care Award from Kansas University Nursing, the Horizon Award for Education from Nebraska Methodist College and the International Humanitarian Woman of the Year 2015 from the World Humanitarian Awards.
Barbara has traveled the country speaking about end of life issues and the dynamics of dying at conferences, state associations, colleges, nursing schools, hospitals and local hospices.