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Jessica willemse, class of 2022, presented at 2022 western INSTITUTE of nursing in portland
Jessica Willemse presented her doctoral project Getfit for CRC: Evaluation of an NP-Led Program to Improve CRC Screening in Primary Care at the 2022 WIN symposium podium session.
DR. Theresa Brown, CLASS OF 2021, APPOINTED asst. DIRECTOR OF THE UCLA SCHOOL OF NURSING DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE (DNP) PROGRAM
WOrld of NP podcast with dr. teheran, class of 2019
The World of NP Podcast is a platform that educates, empowers, and gives healthcare consumers and providers voices. With all the full practice authority topics and other relevant nurse practitioners issues, we need a platform that gives voices to nurse practitioners and healthcare consumers. Through the podcast, Dr. Teheran provides a forum for nurse practitioners and other providers to open discussions on important topics, including the Nurse Practitioners' achievements and its contribution to patient care.
YouTube: World of NP Podcast
DR. RONALD NORBY, CLASS OF 2018, APPOINTED SCHOOL OF NURSING DIRECTOR AT CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, DOMINGUEZ HILLS
DR. SHARON KONRAD, CLASS OF 2020, APPOINTED ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF NURSING AT CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LONG BEACH
Sharon Konrad, DNP, RN, CCRN-K, ACNS-BC started her career at CSULB as a lecturer in the School of Nursing in January of 2009. During this time she taught multiple undergraduate classes, been the lead faculty for the first semester student nurses and for six years was the faculty advisor for the California Nursing Students’ Association. She has led travel abroad nursing courses to China, Vietnam and Guatemala. Dr. Konrad was also instrumental in establishing the first and subsequent Nursing White Coat Ceremony’s at the university.
Dr. Konrad has been a Registered Nurse for 25 years. She has spent over two decades caring for critically ill patients. She was a travel nurse for three years and during graduate school spent her summers working as a cruise ship nurse.
Her recent publication is on supporting clinical competency during the COVID-19 pandemic. She is an active member of Sigma and is the current Governance Chair of Iota Eta Chapter.
DR. Laura conahan, CLASS OF 2019, APPOINTED ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF NURSING AT CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, Long beach
Laura Conahan, DNP, APRN, FNP-C received her BSN from California State University, Long Beach, later returning to CSULB to earn her MSN and Family Nurse Practitioner certificate. After 6 years of practice as an FNP in a variety of settings, including primary care, urgent care, and aesthetic medicine, she decided to pursue her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the Southern California CSU DNP program, graduating in 2019. Dr. Conahan has served as nursing faculty at CSULB since 2014. She started teaching in the FNP program as a clinical instructor, working her way up to faculty lecturer and FNP Program Coordinator. Dr. Conahan was recently appointed Assistant Professor of Nursing and continues to teach in and coordinate the FNP program. When she is not teaching at CSULB, Dr. Conahan continues to practice clinically as the lead Family Nurse Practitioner and Director of Nursing for a busy family practice and aesthetic medicine facility.
Dr. Conahan has a dual-focused research agenda. Her interest in the clinical setting is centered around dermatology conditions in minority patient populations. Her research in the academic setting is focused on establishing and retaining quality preceptorships for advanced practice nurses. Dr. Conahan presented her research Sun-Protective Behaviors in Patients with Melasma at the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Upsilon Beta Chapter Annual Induction Ceremony & Research Poster Presentation in May 2019. She is an active member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, California Association of Nurse Practitioners, and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties.
In her spare time, Dr. Conahan enjoys playing the cello, practicing martial arts, and spending time with her family and friends.
DNP Project: Sun-Protective Behaviors in Patients with Melasma
DR. JOelle Otterson, CLASS OF 2019, APPOINTED Lecturer OF NURSING AT CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, Fullerton
DR. Frances akubuilo, CLASS OF 2020, utilizes current nurse wellness research, hnhn, and her holistic nursing skills to bolster her own and other nurses' health
Frances Akubuilo, DNP, RN, AHN-BC, NEA-BC completed her DNP Project at California State University through an Internship with AHNA. The Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation grand challenge was her project focus. She completed a cross-sectional designed research study for evidence-based education contributing to the Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation (HNHN) campaign by the American Nurses Association (ANA). The goal was to uncover barriers to physical activity for nurses, disseminate gap analysis results, and contribute nurse directed educational interventions. https://engage.healthynursehealthynation.org/blogs/13/3711
DR. LINDA RUHI MAHJOUB, CLASS OF 2019, ACCEPTED TO PRESENT AT THE 2019 SIGMA SO CAL ODYSSEY NURSING CONFERENCE
Linda Ruhi Mahjoub received her bachelor’s in Midwifery at Tehran University of Medical Sciences, her BSN from CSU Long Beach, her MSN in Nursing Leadership from CSU Fullerton, and her DNP from the Southern CA CSU DNP program. For over 20 years, Ruhi has worked in clinical areas at Mission Hospital (Mission Viejo CA), showing her loyalty to faith-based compassionate nursing care. She is certified as a Progressive Care Certified Nurse and Certified Geriatric Nurse. Ruhi has served as a part-time clinical instructor for several years.
In the doctoral program, Ruhi completed a study describing delirium incidence and its sequelae in hospitalized older adults admitted from emergency department to inpatient hospital units. For her master’s project, Ruhi compared nurse and patient perceptions regarding the practices of information giving, allowing decision making, and informed consent for nursing procedures during hospitalization (Mahjoub & Rutledge, 2010).
DR. GABRIEL FERNANDEZ, CLASS OF 2019, ACCEPTED TO PRESENT AT THE AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC NURSE ASSOCIATION (APNA) 33RD ANNUAL CONFERENCE.
Gabriel Fernandez, DNP, PMHNP-BC received his BSN from the University of Santo Tomas in Manilla the Philippines, his MSN from California State University Long Beach (specialty Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner), and his DNP from the Southern CA CSU DNP program. Since completing his doctorate, Gabe has taken a position as Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at University of San Diego - Student Wellness, moving with his wife and two young sons to San Diego. Prior to this, he worked at Korean Community Services Health Center and Exodus Recovery Inc. Wellness Clinic, serving underserved patients with mental illness.
DR. ENZA ESPOSITO NGUYEN, CLASS OF 2019, PRESENTED AT THE 2018 INTERNATIONAL WORLD CONFERENCE ON LUNG CANCER IN TORONTO, CANADA, AND PLAN TO HEAD A NURSING SECTION FOR THE 2019 CONFERENCE IN BARCELONA, SPAIN.
Dr. Nancy jo Bush, Class of 2017, appointed director of the UCLA School of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program
Nancy Jo Bush, DNP, RN, MA, AOCN, FAAN, appointed director of the UCLA School of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program, effective July 1, 2018.
DNP Project: Distress Screening in the Patient with Cancer
Dr. Cynthia Sanchez, Class of 2016, Presented at the 2016 American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP) national conference
Cynthia Sanchez, DNP, RN, NP-C, is a board certified family nurse practitioner. The purpose of her doctoral research, a retrospective chart review of over 400 women 40 years and older, was to determine if annual pelvic exams continue to be helpful for women’s health in this age group. Dr. Sanchez’ findings that an unexpectedly high prevalence of gynecologic conditions exist in this group of well women brought into question a recommendation that annual pelvic exams might be unneeded in this age group. Her compelling findings were accepted as a Breaking News podium presentation at the 2016 American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP) national conference in New Orleans. In addition, her poster presentation on her research was the first runner up in the Research and Information Exchange category at the 2016 Western Institute of Nursing Research Annual Conference.
Dr. Sanchez has been in practice for 12 years as a Women’s Health provider at LAC/USC Medical Center. She earned her bachelor’s in Nursing from California State University, Los Angeles, her master’s in nursing from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at the Southern California CSU DNP Consortium program in May 2016. In addition to her certification as a FNP, she is also certified as a colposcopist in order to provide advanced care to women with cervical lesions to prevent cervical cancer through early detection and treatment. She is a member of American Society of Colposcopists and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP), the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), and Sigma Theta Tau, International (STTI). She also works as part-time faculty for the University of Phoenix, teaching both undergraduate and graduate nursing students.
Dr. Sanchez has been married for 30 years and has one son, who is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach. She lives in Orange County, is an avid dog lover, volunteers as camp nurse for her church, and teaches Sunday school.
Dr. Jean O’Neil, Class of 2014, Appointed Assistant Professor of Nursing at California State University, Los Angeles
Jean O’Neil, DNP, RN, FNP-BC received her BSN from the University of Hawaii, her MSN from University of California, Los Angeles as a Cardiovascular Clinical Specialist and returned to UCLA to get her Post-Master’s certificate to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. After 20 years of practice as an FNP, she attended the Southern California CSU DNP program to earn her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.
In addition to a very active clinical practice, she has been nursing faculty at Mount St. Mary’s, UCLA and University of Southern California and is currently an Assistant Professor of Nursing, as well as the Adult Geriatric Acute Care Clinical Coordinator, at California State University, Los Angeles.
Dr. O’Neil has a broad range of clinical experiences ranging from medical/surgical to acute care nursing. In addition to teaching, she is currently the lead family nurse practitioner in a high school clinic, as well as an NP in an emergency room in Los Angeles.
Her current interest and research lies in adolescent medicine, especially in the areas of reducing high-risk behaviors which includes the improvement of a teen’s sexual health through family planning and the prevention, testing, and treatment of STDs. She is an advocate of health services for women and teens, especially in underserved communities. She most recently presented at the Sigma Theta Tau Odyssey conference in October, 2016. Her well received podium presentation was entitled, Adolescent sexual health and the internet: an evidence review.
Dr. O’Neil is a member of the California Association of Nurse Practitioners (CANP) and Sigma Theta Tau (Nu Mu chapter).
In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family, travel, read, and see anything that involves live theater!
Dr. Kathleen M. McDermott, Class of 2015, announced President Elect APNA, CA Chapter
Kathleen M. McDermott, DNP, RN, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner actively practicing for the past 14 years. She is currently licensed as a PMHNP in New York and California. She earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Villanova University, her Bachelor’s in Nursing from Stony Brook University – SUNY and her Master’s in Psychiatric Nursing from Columbia University. She completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree with the Southern California CSU DNP Consortium program in 2015.
She currently works with Mental Health America Los Angeles (MHALA), The Village in Long Beach, CA, where she collaborates with an interdisciplinary team to provide care to those in the Long Beach community in need of psychiatric treatment and oversees the healthcare integration efforts of the agency. Her areas of specialization are the integration of physical and mental health care, comorbid medical challenges, mental health parity, reduction of stigma associated with mental health diagnosis and motivational interviewing. In September 2016, she assumed the role of Vice President of Healthcare Integration to oversee the agency’s efforts to promote whole person care.
In 2014, Dr. McDermott co-presented Treating Substance Abuse in the Primary Care Setting at the California Association for Nurse Practitioners (CANP) Annual Education Conference. In 2015, she presented on healthcare integration at the American Psychiatric Nurse Association (APNA) statewide and national conferences, and was awarded an APNA Board of Directors Scholarship. She also presented with her physician colleague at the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association national conference. She was honored with the Athalie award from the Association for the Advancement of Nursing Science and Research (AANSR) in June 2015. In 2016, she presented at the 10th Annual Promising Practices Conference, the Association of California Nurse Leaders 38th Annual Conference, and the International Society of Psychiatric Nurses Annual National Conference
In 2015, she was elected to the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) California Board of Directors as a Member-at-Large.
She was recently elected by her peers to the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) California Board of Directors as the President-Elect and will serve a three year term as the state President–Elect, President, and Immediate Past President beginning in October 2016.
She consults for the American Nurses Association as a subject matter expert and serves on the California State University in Long Beach (CSULB) Institutional Review Board as a medical expert. She is also part-time faculty at CSULB where she teaches graduate psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner students.