Rhonda Ramirez

Rhonda Ramirez

Director, FNP Program Associate Professor EdD, RN

Programs and Courses Taught

Family Nurse Practitioner Program

N606 Synthesis Project

About Me

As an FNP graduate of Samuel Merritt University, I have had the honor to remain a part of the program since 1996.  I started as a very novice instructor after having FNP experience under my belt from great clinical learning environments such as Tracy Community Clinic, Edison High School Clinic, Planned Parenthood, and Native American Health Center.  I have seen and been an active participant in the significant changes within the program.  As the Chair of the FNP Dept., I am very proud of this program which would not exist without   the very talented and hard-working faculty, clinical coordinators, and administrative assistants.


EdD in Organization and Leadership   University of San Francisco   2006
MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner   Samuel Merritt University   1996
BSN   San Francisco State University   1977

Teaching Interests

Advanced Physical Assessment; precepting students in clinic. 

Scholarly Interests

Native Tribal health & wellness; Innovation in teaching


A Research-based Protocol for New Latino Immigrant Patients in the Primary Care Setting  2019
Healing from Trauma: A Process of Refiguring Identity through History, Memory, and Forgetting, Society for Applied Anthropology  2017
Peer Influences on Adolescent Alcohol and Other Drug Use Outcomes, Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 44:1, 36-44   2012
Native American Youth and Alcohol: Wellness on the Red Road, The Applied Anthropologist, Vol. 27, No. 1   2007

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

California Association for Nurse Practitioners
American Association of Nurse Practitioners
Sigma Theta Tau International
National Academies of Practice
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties
Council on Nursing and Anthropology
Society for Applied Anthropology
Association of Clinicians for the Underserved

Community Service

Every semester I precept FNP students at my clinic, Native American Health Center, in Oakland.  I believe in role modeling for future practitioners.
Board Member of CANP, Alameda/Contra Costa Chapter.  It is very important to support our professional organization and to introduce FNP students to this idea.
Graduate Counselor, Nu Xi Chapter At Large of Sigma Theta Tau International.  Recognizing scholarly effort is a way to support current students.

Honors & Awards

Faculty of the Year  2016
Nominee for Strommen Dillashaw Award  2016
Excellence In Leadership, Nu Xi at Large Chapter of STTI  2015
Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow, National Academies of Practice and Nursing Academy  2013