After majoring in English and teaching in one of the first two Women's Studies programs in the U.S., I began to explore another major interest, health, by obtaining a degree as an RN. I was employed at Children's Hospital Oakland as an RN and FNP for 20 years, primarily in Hematology and Oncology. Beginning in the early years of the AIDS epidemic, I assisted in the direction of a novel co-facilitated clinic with Children's and Highland hospitals for HIV+ mothers and their babies. Searching for increased autonomy and education in diagnosis and treatment, I achieved my MSN and national certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner through Sonoma State University. Witnessing the overwhelming impact of the psyche and self on coping with living with chronic and life-threatening illness, and seeking advanced knowledge of psychotherapeutic technique and psychoneuroendocrinology, I became licensed as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist in Mental Health through the University of California in San Francisco (UCSF). In 2006, I became faculty at Samuel Merritt University, teaching Pediatric and Mental Health Nursing, and founded a private psychotherapy practice with a focus on children and families, particularly those affected by chronic and/or life threatening illness. I mentor students' professional development via a number of avenues outside of the classroom, including an ongoing interest focus group related to mental health services/needs, Albert Schweitzer Grant projects, and supervision of family nurse practitioner students' practicum in a faculty-founded primary care clinic. As co-founder of The Spirit Seminars, a series of focused, experiential small- and large-group learning development workshops for pre-licensure nursing students, I provide leadership in education of health providers in tools to provide culturally responsive care with a goal of provision of a high level of care for all and diminishing disparities in services and outcomes.
The effects on infants, children, adolescents & families of chronic and life threatening illness and trauma. The role of the nurse in primary care as consultant, clinician, researcher and expert in the provision of mental health services, including counseling and psychopharmacology. The integration of evidence-based cultural responsiveness education in university training programs for health care providers. The use of simulation to enhance nursing education in therapeutic communication. The history of nurses as leaders in health care innovation.
Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (PMHN) lecture: N534 ELMSN
Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (PMHN) clinical: N534L ELMSN; N129L ABSN
Pediatric Nursing lecture: N556 ELMSN
Pediatric Nursing clinical: N556L ELMSN; N158L ABSN, N154L BSN
Guest lecturer: Child & Adolescent Psych (ABSN San Francisco/San Mateo); Personality Disorders (Physical Therapy).
Educator/published in transforming nursing education, culturally responsive health care provision, nursing history, care giver grief, AIDS, hematology, chronic illness, pain, transition pediatric to adult care.
Hammer (2013-14). Community Learning Forum, Allen Temple Baptist Church. Speaker, invited.
Hammer (2014). Therapeutic communication through simulation. International Society of Psychiatric Nurses (ISPN) 16th National Conference, Greenville, SC. Poster.
Hammer (2014). VOICES: A novel simulation model:Deepening understanding of growth & development. ISPN 16th National Conference. Poster.
Hammer & Chau (2014). Nurse case management program for survivors of military sexual trauma. ISPN 16th National Conference, Poster.
Hammer & Eisenhardt (2013). The Spirit Seminars: Nursing student development in cross cultural care and reducing health inequities. 5th Annual Health Disparities Conference, Columbia University, NY:NY. Presenter.
Hammer & Fox (2011). Transforming psychiatric mental health nursing education through the integration of simulation. Poster. Emerging Technologies in Nursing Education, San Francisco CA.
Hammer, Eisenhardt, & Amidi-Nouri (2011). Addressing unequal treatment: Leading change through groundbreaking programs. Presenter. 24th Annual National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE), San Francisco CA.
Hammer, Eisenhardt, & Amidi-Nouri (2010). The Spirit Seminars: An innovative program for teaching cultural competence. Presenter. 23rd Annual National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE), Washington DC.
Hammer (1999-2002). Chronic illness: Transition pediatric to adult care. Presenter. Children's Hospital, Oakland CA &
UCSF School of Nursing.
Hammer (2000-2003). Sickle cell anemia and pain. Presenter. Laney College; West Oakland Mental Health; Summit Medical Center; Alta Bates Hospital; UCSF School of Nursing FNP students.
Hammer & Nichols (1996-99). Finding they're there: The history of the women who created The Baby Hospital. Presenter. Children's Hospital, Oakland CA; UCSF History of Medicine Department; UC-Berkeley MSW Department; American Association for the History of Nursing National Conference, Boston (1999); Western Association of Women Historians Annual Conference Pasadena(1999); Sigma Theta Tau International Research Conference(1996).
Hammer (1992). History of AIDS in women and children. Presenter. Pediatric AIDS Conference, San Francisco CA.
Hammer. Adjunct Lecturer, Women's Studies Department, State University of New York at Buffalo.
Hammer, Fox & Hampton (2013). Use of a therapeutic communication simulation model in pre-licensure psychiatric mental health nursing: Enhancing strengths and transforming challenges. Journal of Nursing and Health, DOI: 10.13189/nh.2014.020101.
White paper: Educational preparation of advanced practice nurses to address mental health needs of children and adolescents. ISPN, 2010. http://www.ispn-psych.org/">www.ispn-psych.org.
Hammer & Geier (2003). Perioperative care for sickle cell patients undergoing total hip replacement for osteonecrosis. Journal of Orthopaedic Nursing, 22(6), 384-97.
Hammer & Nichols (1998). Bertha Wright. In V. Bullough (Ed.), Biographies of American Nurses: Volume 3.
Hammer & Nichols (1998). Nurse Bertha Wright and the Baby Hospital: A case study of Progressive Era women's institution building. Image: Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 30(2).
Hammer & Nichols (1992). A ritual of remembrance. Journal of Maternal-Child Nursing, 17(6).
ABSTRACTS related to research
Hammer & Vichinsky. Renal disease prevelance in adult sickle cell patients.
Claster, Hamrick, Hammer,& Vichinsky. Clinical characteristics of sickle cell patients with pulmonary hypertension.
Vichinsky, Hammer, Fung, & Pakbaz. Osteopenia and osteoporosis in patients with sickle cell disease.
Vichinsky, Hammer, Krupitsky & Gold. Ischemic brain injury in neurologically normal adults with sickle cell disease.
Board Certification Family Nurse Practitioner, American Nurses Credentialing Committee (ANCC).
Certification, Family Therapy. Post-Masters Training, Association of Family Therapists of Northern California (AFTNC).
Recipient (2013). Teach with Technology Grants, SMU.
Recipient (2013). Office of the President Innovative Educator Grant, SMU.
Recipient (2012). Faculty Research Grant, SMU.
Recipient (2010). DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty at Samuel Merritt University. American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).
Recipient (2001, 2002). Ava Elliot Nursing Excellence Scholarship.
Recipient (1996). Student Research Grant. Sigma Theta Tau, Lambda Gamma Chapter.
Recipient (1995 & 1996). Shirley C. Titus Scholarship, California Nurses Association.
Phi Beta Kappa, member of Deans List all semesters college.
Co-Founder & Seminar Leader: The Spirit Seminars (2006-present). Evidence-based cultural responsiveness education seminar series for nursing students at Samuel Merritt University (SMU), Oakland CA.
Coordinator, mentor & PMHNP (2010-present). Psychopharmacology, counseling, referral & consultation in primary care. Davis Street Primary Clinic, San Leandro CA.
Member (invited, 2013-present). Interprofessional Education in the Community Task Force, SMU.
Member (invited, 2012-present). University Diversity Action Committee (UDAC), SMU.
Editor. Journal of Nursing and Health.
President (elected, 2011-12). School of Nursing Assembly (SONA), SMU.
Counselor (2008-2010). Provision of counseling for adolescent and young adult mothers transitioning out of foster care and their babies. A Home Within's Transition & Attachments Program at First Place for Youth, Oakland CA.
Preceptor (1988-98). SMU Family Nurse Practitioner students at Children's Hospital, Oakland CA.
Educator (1992-2000). HIV/Healthy Life Styles. Berkeley Public Schools, Berkeley CA.
Member. American Nurses Association (ANA).
Member. American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA).
Member. California Coalition of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP).
Member. California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
Member. Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
Ancillary Medical Staff (1998-2003). Summit Medical Center, Oakland CA.
Member (1997-2001). Community Advisory Board. Berkeley High School Student Health Clinic, Berkeley CA.
Founder & Co-leader. Bereavement Group for Nurses, Children's Hospital, Oakland.
Founder. Educational Camp for Chronically Transfused Children.
Certified Sickle Cell Educator, State of California.
Certified AIDS Train the Trainer. State of California.