Faculty Profile

Tamera Valenta
Assistant Professor
Bachelor of Science Nursing

I've been teaching at SMU since 2005 and am the course manager for the BSN Health Assessment course as well as the Level 1 Coordinator for the BSN program. I am working to improve communication among faculty and faculty with students.

As the Vice President of Nu Xi at Large, the local chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, I encourage academic excellence and community service. In my spare time, I am a wife and mother of three, an auntie, a sister, a daughter.....

I have a A.D.N. from Shoreline Community College; B.S.N. from C.S.U. Dominguez Hills (previously known as the "Statewide Nursing Program"); MSN- Case Management from Samuel Merritt College; F.N.P. from S.M.U and I am close to completing my dissertation and D.N.P. at S.M.U. I think I'm done with collecting degrees, but who knows!


Health Assessment/ Fundamentals




N125 Health Assessment (BSN & ABSN)


N120 Managing Care of the Adult I (ABSN)

N127 Managing Care of the Adult I & II (BSN)

N125L N126L (ABSN) Health Assessment and Collaboration and Teaching in Healthcare

N190L  Synthesis

N671 Advances Health Assessment (FNP)

My Capstone Project for the DNP program was to develop and implement a transgender primary care clinic in Oakland. My mentor was Dr. Cecily Reeves, a wonderful mentor with vast experience working in the transgender community. We were days from opening the clinic, but had legal issues to resolve which led to delays that we could not overcome.

So my current Capstone project is "Examining experiences of transgender individuals when accessing health care: a qualitative systematic review protocol". My mentor is Dr. Kate Shade, who also has vast experience working with transgender people and their families and whom I credit with pushing me to finish! I couldn't do this without her support and guidance!


Examining experiences of transgender individuals when accessing health care: a qualitative systematic review protocol.

5/2014: Alta Bates/Summit HIV Summit 2014: Facilitated a Transgender Workshop for primary care givers

8/2014: Tricare Clinic (Fremont): Presentation "Silicone Injections: Risks and Alternatives in the Transgender Community" & "Hormone Injection Practice and Safety"

Too many to list, too little time.

Sigma Theta Tau: Nu Xi Chapter at Large: Vice President


Member for
11 years 8 months

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