Tammy Valenta

Tamera Valenta

Assistant Professor DNP, FNP

Programs and Courses Taught

BSN N125 Health Assessment, N120, N136 Management of the Adult 1 & 2 

ABSN N120 Management of the Adult 1, N125 Health Assessment I, N126 Health Assessment 2, 

ELMS Clinical Skills 1 & 2

Doctor of Nursing Practice Mentor


About Me

I am a wife, mother, daughter and sister and grandmother (La La!). I grew up on Air Force bases throughout the U.S. until my dad retired and we moved to Woodway, WA where I completed my last two years of high school. After graduation, I moved to southern CA for a few years and then to Danville, where I've raised my husband, two sons, a daughter, a dog and now my grandson!


I began my nursing career after completing an ADN program in Seattle, WA. I returned to school in the 'Statewide Nursing Program' at CSU.. Since being hired at SMC/SMU, I have completed an MSN in Case Management, MSN in Family Nurse Practitioner, and DNP with a focus on transgender health care.

DNP- 2017; MSN-FNP 2011; MSN-CM 2007, BSN 2005; ADN 1980

Teaching Interests

Health Assessment, Fundamentals, Introduction to Nursing

Scholarly Interests

Very interested in student outcomes regarding use of EAQ's and HESI and NCLEX.

Holistic Admissions

Chronic pain

Transgender care, access to health care issues.


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

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

AACN, NLN, Sigma- Nu Xi Chapter at Large

Community Service

Sigma Theta Tau: Nu Xi Chapter at Large- (10 years on Board as Faculty Counselor and VP)

Youth Bridge Program (I organized and taught 130 high school students vital signs during the 12 week program; 4 years)

Honors & Awards

Sigma Theta Tau - Excellence in Education Award 2018

Nominated for SMU Faculty of the Year 2017

ABSN Teacher of the Year 2007, 2011

Teaching with your Hair on Fire Award 2010