Faculty Profile

Rhonda Ramirez
Department Chair
MSN Family Nurse Practitioner

I am the Chair of the FNP Department and am proud to say that I am an alum (1996) of the program. Since 1997 I have been a Family Nurse Practitioner at Native American Health Center in Oakland providing primary care to patients in every age range. Each semester I invite FNP interns to precept with me at Native American Health Center where students learn a wealth of information.

I received my BSN from San Francisco State University in 1977 and my MSN from Samuel Merritt University in 1996.  In 2003 I pursued a doctorate in education at the University of San Francisco and received my degree in 2006.  I intentionally chose education as my major to expand my horizons beyond nursing.

Native American Youth and Tribal Identity to overcome alcohol abuse and maintain wellness on the Red Road was the subject of my doctoral dissertation.  Adolescents continue to be one of my favorite groups of people to care for.

Advanced Physical Assessment, Synthesis, Acute & Episodic Conditions, Chronic and Complex Conditions.

Publication: Peer Influences on Adolescent Alcohol and Other Drug Use Outcomes, Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 44:1, 36-44, Spr 2012.

Publication: Native American Youth and Alcohol: Wellness on the Red Road, The Applied Anthropologist, Vol. 27, No. 1, Spr 2007.


Improving Teaching with Technology, Podium Presentation, Spring Science Symposium, SMU, 1/2015.

Medical Mission Panel Discussion, Nu Xi at Large Chapter of STTI panel presentation, SMU, 9/2014.

Educating APRNs in the Primary Care of Cancer Survivors.  Podium presentation, Spring Science Symposium, SMU, 5/2014.

Research Symposium Panel: Promoting Healthy Transitions: Tweens, Teens and Young Adults California Adolescent Health Conference 2010 Oakland, CA.

Podium Presentation: Interpreting Healthcare in a Global World: Creating Learning Opportunities As a Medium for Nurse Practitioner Education and Service, 34th Annual Meeting National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty, Louisville, KY, 4/2008.

Presentations: Resilience, Recovery, and the Red Road: Native American Youth Refiguring Tribal Identity--Dissertation Research Presentation, Spring Science Symposium, Samuel Merritt University, 2006.

Panel presentation on Narrative Identity, Sociocultural Foundations, University of San Francisco, School of Education, 2006;

Resilience, Recovery, and the Red Road: Native American Youth Refiguring Tribal Identity--Panel presentation, Society for Applied Anthropology, Santa Fe, NM 2005.

2013  Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow, National Academies of Practice and the Nursing Academy

2013  Scott Beamer Grant: NP Post-Graduate Residency and Pap Smear Project (Funded)

2007 Interpretive Healthcare in a Global World: A Critical Hermeneutic Inquiry, Nu Xi (Sigma Theta Tau) Research Award


3/19/2013    Invited guest podium presenter,
Seirei Christopher University, Hamamatsu, Japan

"The Role of the Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care"

3/10-15/2013  Invited Guest Professor,
Tokyo Medical and Dental University

“Development of Postgraduate Education Program for Mid-Level Providers & the Innovation of a Healthcare Delivery Model”

7/2012- 3/19/2013   Consultant & lecturer,
Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan
 “Development of Postgraduate Education Program for Mid-Level Providers & the Innovation of a Healthcare Delivery Model"

7/2009  Member, Breast Health Work Group, CA Dept of Public Health

5/2008  Medical Advisor for panel on HPV, Conference Presentation, Tradeswomen, Inc., Oakland, CA

2007  Faculty Mentor, Clinical Portion of Clinical Faculty Development Program, California Institute for Nursing and Health Care (CINHC)

2007  Member, Planning Committee for establishing Teen and Complementary Alternative Medicine Clinic at Native American Health Center, Oakland, CA

 International Development Projects:

Cambodia Service and Learning Tour: 2015
Global Medical Brigades Ghana, 2012
Global Medical Brigades Panama,2009
Service and Learning Tour, Burma and Laos, 2005.
Service and Learning Tour, Northern Thailand & Burma Medical Project.
Professional Memberships:
Delegate, California Association for Nurse Practitioners;
American College of Nurse Practitioners;
Sigma Theta Tau International;
American College of Clinicians;
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties;
International Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nurse Network;
Society for Applied Anthropology


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