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Karla is a native to Arizona. She began her career in healthcare in 1989. Karla joined Arizona Neurosurgery and Spine Specialist (ANSS) in 2008 after earning her Family Nurse Practitioner degree through Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ. As a nurse practitioner for ANSS, Karla works closely with the neurosurgeons and other advanced practice providers to ensure quality neurosurgical care and treatment within the hospital setting. She also assumes the role of first surgical assistant in the operating room. In 2012, Karla returned to St Louis University to obtain her post masters certification as a Gerontology Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, Karla worked at The Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, AZ as a register nurse. Her nursing experiences include neurosurgery post anesthesia care unit, neuroscience intensive care unit and nursing supervisor of a neuroscience intensive care unit. Karla is a member of the advance practice nursing committee at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, AZ. Prior to her nursing career, Karla was a registered respiratory therapist.

Licenses/Certifications:

  • Registered Respiratory Therapist Certification- Phoenix, AZ 1989-1999
  • Registered Nurse- Arizona Board of Nursing 1999
  • Advanced Practice Nurse- Arizona Board of Nursing 2007
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Certification– American Academy of Nurse Practitioners- 2007
  • Certified Trauma Nurse Specialist 2007
  • Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse- 2008
  • ACLS/BLS- continuing renewal- 2011
  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner- 2012- board certification pending exam Committees
  • Banner Good Samaritan Advanced Practice Nursing Committee since 2008
Karla Wax

Education:

  • Associate Degree of Science- Respiratory Therapy-Gateway Community College 1989
  • Bachelors of Science in Nursing- Arizona State University-Tempe, AZ- 1999
  • Masters of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner Grand Canyon University- Phoenix, AZ- 2007
  • Post Master’s Certificate- Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner- St Louis University- St Louis, MO- 2012

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