I am an Assistant Professor/Clinical of baccalaureate nursing students. I love teaching future health care professionals. I use interactive teaching strategies to enhance students? critical thinking and clinical reasoning. I facilitate interaction among students by having them present patients as case scenarios to stimulate discussion of patient assessments, the nursing process, and patient outcomes. I have taught two courses for health care professional students at UTSA: Foundations of Nursing and Speaking in Spanish.
My research interests are surgical informed consent, health literacy, and cultural inclusion. I am also interested in increasing nursing workforce diversity to aid in reducing health inequities among the United States population. I have been on Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funded projects as a faculty advisor and academic program coordinator to assist baccalaureate nursing students and pre-nursing students from diverse backgrounds to be academically successful. I completed work on a HRSA grant, Adelante, with the purpose of assisting pre-nursing students from UTSA to transition to nursing school and UT Health baccalaureate nursing students to progress academically. Presently, I am Partnership Liaison for a grant project, Advancing Community Oriented Registered Nursing (ACORN), to increase the number of registered nurses (RNs) in community based primary care. I am committed to support and guide students to achieve their goals and advance their education, while also participating in my professional development as a life-long learner.