Khara Breeden, DNP, MS, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, CA/CP-SANE


Khara Breeden is a registered nurse with a BSN from Regis University, a Master’s degree in Patient Safety Leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Duquesne University. She holds her SANE-A and SANE-P certifications, as well as the CA and CP SANE certificate from the Texas Office of Attorney General.

Khara has been a nurse for 15 years in a variety of setting including Labor and Delivery, the Emergency Department, PACU, and within the specialty of Forensic Nursing. Khara began her career in Forensic Nursing at Harris Health as a Forensic Nurse Examiner in 2011 and immersed herself within the field. In 2015, she became the Program Manager of Forensic Nursing Services at Harris Health and was responsible for the day to day management of the department. After completion of her doctorate, she transitioned into academia and is currently working as faculty member at Houston Baptist University and teaches Care of the Childbearing Family.

Khara continues to be involved in Forensic Nursing and currently serves as the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) Board Secretary, and is the Board liaison of the Suspect Exam and Title IX task forces and has previously been the liaison for the Strangulation Task Force until completion of the Task Forces publication of the IAFN Non-Fatal Strangulation Documentation Toolkit where she is listed as an author. She is also the IAFN Texas Chapter’s President and serves on their Education Committee.

In The News:

"The overlap between nursing and forensic science is more prominent than one might think. Equipped with cameras and tripods, ultraviolet lights to identify specific places to swab for biological evidence, and even specialized cameras that allow the user to see bruising beneath the skin when no visible marks are apparent, forensic nurses provide high quality care for crime victims, suspects and perpetrators. Within the Harris Health System, the community-owned health care system for the nation’s third most populous county, the forensic nursing program allows nurses to treat patients, interface with law enforcement officials, and pave the way to accommodate legal needs through the collection and preservation of evidence."