Debbie Nogueras, director of the Washington State University Tri-Cities College of Nursing, was recently elected a fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in recognition of her work in health care education and access.
AANP fellows are nurse practitioner leaders who have made outstanding contributions to health care through clinical practice, research, education or policy.
Nogueras was actively involved in program called “Day in the Life of a Nurse,” where high school students visited nursing programs to participate in hands-on activities — from lab work to health care simulation to learning CPR — related to a standard work day.
As a fellow and WSU Tri-Cities’ new campus nursing director, she said she hopes to provide even more children and adults with opportunities to advance their health education and health care access.
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“We have this wonderful $18 million endowment,” she said of the nursing program at WSU Tri-Cities. “We will be using those funds to bring in faculty, both clinical and tenure, so we can grow our nursing programs, bring more live courses to campus and increase our research.”