Meet Our Nursing Instructors

Our talented instructors are veterans of the healthcare industry and experts in their respective fields.  Click on any name to learn more.

VN Instructor for Foundations and Skills

Certified in Mental Health and Social Work

Certified in Service Learning TCC

Academics in Behavioral and Social Science

PTK Delta Tau Chapter

Karen Bufe received her LVN from Brownwood Nursing School and later received her ADN/RN degree from Tarleton State University. Her nursing experience is extensive and covers a broad range of disciplines and settings. Those include hospital med/surg, emergency room, OB/GYN surgery, telemetry, renal care center, and Director of Nursing at a local nursing home. She was school nurse at Early ISD for 32 years where she was an active member of TSNO, NASN, the local Concussion Committee, and the SHAC team. Mrs. Bufe retired from Early ISD in 2017. Currently she is a teaching assistant at Ranger College and is also a BLS/Heartsaver Instructor. In her free time, Mrs. Bufe and her husband are enjoying their semi-retired status which allows them more time to visit their grandchildren.


Master of Science in Nursing, Nursing Education Emphasis, University of Texas at Arlington

Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Texas at Arlington

Associate of Applied Science in Nursing, Angelo State University

Vocational Nursing Diploma, Ranger College



Certified Nurse Educator (CNE)

Progressive Care Certified Nurse (PCCN)

Advanced Cardiac Life Support


Nursing Experience

Over 20 years of experience in the acute care setting with extensive experience in acute cardiac care and progressive care. Other experience includes: nurse educator, clinical data integrity RN, trauma and emergency care, medical surgical, post-surgical, psychiatric nursing, pediatrics, newborn and post-partum care.


Courses Taught

Medical Terminology

Vocational Nursing Clinicals

Multiple RN Courses Semesters I-III


DHed – AT Still University

BSN and MSN – Angelo State University

ADN – Amarillo College



Medical Surgical Nursing

Geriatric Nursing

Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing

Nursing Education – 17 years

Combined Nursing Experience – 36 years


My journey in nursing education (academia) began in 1991 when I was asked to join the faculty of Cisco College as a vocational nursing instructor. As a medical/surgical nurse I was able to apply my experience in the classroom and clinical settings, allowing me to guide students through their learning. The program was geared to the non-traditional student. After several years I returned to bedside nursing as an end-of-life practitioner, adding a new dimension of care to my experience as a nurse. I returned to academia and was again able to apply my experience in the preparation of traditional students in a baccalaureate nursing program. Nursing and nursing education have been a special part of my adult life. As a nurse educator I believe I have affected positive change in the profession one student at a time by emphasizing excellence in patient care. As a bedside nurse I had the opportunity and privilege of being at the bedside of patients that needed care, support, and encouragement.

Links and Downloads

Associate Degree in Nursing (RN)
Bridge Program
Vocational Nursing (LVN)


Dr. Sandra Lee
Dean of Allied Health

Stacey Baker-Wall, RN, BSN
Vocational Nursing Coordinator

Vicki Calfa, MSN, RN, CNE, PCCN
ADN Coordinator