Karen Pritzker, RN, MSN, CPNP, is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner who specializes in treating children with urological conditions. In addition to performing newborn circumcisions, she treats voiding dysfunction and its complications, including daytime accidents, urinary tract infections and painful urination. She teaches children how to manage bedwetting and evaluates other urologic conditions such as phimosis and undescended testicles.
Karen has more than 20 years of experience caring for children, and she has worked in Pediatric Urology at Children’s Health℠ since 2009.
“I love interacting with kids and seeing the excitement they have when they come back to see me and the plan of care has been successful,” says Karen. “When they are able to stay dry, they have a big smile on their face when you open the door. We can make such a difference in their lives and help build their confidence by just addressing this one problem. Incontinence has such a huge impact on the child and the child’s family.”
Karen earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing, her Master of Science in nursing and her Pediatric Nurse Practitioner certification at Texas Woman’s University. She is certified by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board and a member of many professional organizations, including the American Urological Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Pediatric Urology Nurse Specialists and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.
Karen has served as a co-investigator on a number of Institutional Review Board (IRB) studies evaluating treatments for pediatric urological conditions, including pediatric voiding dysfunction. She is a contributing author on many articles and book chapters, including the Textbook of Clinical Pediatric Urology. She is a frequent invited lecturer and has presented at Texas Woman’s University and University of Texas at Arlington. She also serves as a preceptor for nurses and nurse practitioners in training.
In her free time, Karen enjoys spending time with her family, including her husband, two children and new grandson. She is active in her church and also enjoys gardening and spending time with her horse, Titan.
Education and Training
- Graduate School
- Texas Womans University - Denton (1998)
- Board Certification
- Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB)
- Bedwetting (Nocturnal Enuresis)
- Daytime Wetting Urinary Incontinence
- Hematuria (Blood in Urine)
- Labial Adhesions
- Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
- Retractile Testicles
- Undescended Testes (Cryptorchidism - UDT)
- Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
- Urinary Urgency and or Frequency
- Vesicoureteral Reflux (VUR)
Treatments and Services
Departments and Programs
Karen cares for patients in the Dysfunctional Voiding Clinic, specializes in the treatment of daytime and nighttime incontinence, urinary tract infections, vesicoureteral reflux, painful urination and other problems caused by voiding dysfunction. She also evaluates other urologic conditions such as phimosis and undescended testicles and performs newborn circumcisions.
She has served as a co-investigator on a number of Institutional Review Board (IRB) studies evaluating treatments for pediatric urological conditions such as pediatric voiding dysfunction. She is a contributing author on many peer-reviewed articles and publications as well as an author of a book chapter within the Textbook of Clinical Pediatric Urology. She is a frequent lecturer at Texas Woman’s University and University of Texas at Arlington. She serves as a preceptor for nurses and nurse practitioners in training.
- American Urological Association
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- Pediatric Urology Nurse Specialists
- National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners