Terry Deane DauwalderAssistant Professor DNP, FNP
Programs and Courses Taught
MSN Family Nurse Practitioner
Doctor of Nursing Practice Family Nurse Practitioner
Advanced Pathophysiology N619 and N719
Advanced Pharmacology N677
I am Dr. Terry Deane Dauwalder (pronounced Dow-Wall-der). My educational opportunities started with an Associates Degree as a Registered Nurse from a community college in Visalia, California, the College of the Sequoias.
My mother was in this first RN class at this college and I was privileged to graduate 20 years after she had completed from that program.
I went to work immediately as an RN after graduating, working in an acute hospital ICU. I worked in that ICU for 8 years, and during that time I also worked as an psychiatric RN in the acute inpatient psychiatric facility that was attached to the acute hospital.
I later earned my BSN after moving to Sacramento, California, and then earned my Master's in Business Administration (MBA), primarily because I was the Regional Clinical Director managing a home health and hospice division, an intravenous therapy division, and responsible of management of the marketing for a large national pharmaceutical organization. After a few years, I missed direct patient care and chose to go back to the university for a MSN degree, then completed a family nurse practitioner (FNP) certificate.
After obtaining my FNP certificate, I worked as an FNP in a busy primary care clinic, seeing between 30 to 35 patients in an 8 hour day, 5 days a week, for 12 years, and became the first Associate Medical Director who was an NP in the state of California while managing the clinic's 3 locations. While at the clinic, we worked closely in providing direct medical care for some of Sacramento's large homeless population, which was a challenging and rewarding experience for me.
I also worked a year as an NP in a state Correctional Facility, which gave me a passion for medical management of those who are incarcerated and have psychiatric conditions.
I decided to become a Samuel Merritt University faculty when I first began working at the primary care clinic, initially teaching various courses in the evening or on weekends for RN and FNP students. I was, along with another SMU faculty, the foundling faculty who began the Sacramento campus for SMU.
Several years ago I went to the east coast based George Washington University for my doctorate degree in Nursing Practice (DNP). I currently work as an NP in a psychiatric inpatient crisis center in Sacramento and work full time as a Samuel Merritt University FNP faculty, both of which I love!
I earned my doctorate degree in nursing practice (DNP) from George Washington University, have been an RN for 36 years and of those, been an FNP for 18 years.
Doctor of Nursing Practice, MSN Family Nurse Practitioner, MBA
Pathophysiology, pharmacology, health care finance, medical management of those with mental illness-especially for those who are veterans, homeless, and/or are incarcerated. I would say I am passionate about psychiatry, sociology, medication nonadherence, immigrant medical management, and health promotion for all.
Pathophysiology, pharmacology, health care finance, medical management of those with mental illness-especially for those who are veterans, homeless, and/or are incarcerated. I would say I passionate about psychiatry, sociology, medication nonadherence, immigrant medical management, and health promotion for all.
California Association of Nurse Practitioners, Podium Presenter for Antibiotic & Infections Update, 2019; Pulmonary disorders and management challenges, 2018, Annual Research Spring Symposium, SMU Merritt University; Results of Research- Patient Satisfaction in a Family Nurse Practitioner, Student-Faculty Collaborative Practice: An Indicator of the Quality of Care, May 2016; Helping Patients Uncover the Path to Wellness: Addressing the Psychiatric Comorbidities with Chronic Medical Conditions, US Psychiatric & Mental Health Congress Annual Conference, San Antonio, October 21-24, 2016; Evaluation of Patient Satisfaction in a Family Nurse Practitioner, Student-Faculty Collaborative Practice: An Indicator of Quality of Care, Society of Student Run Free Clinics Annual Conference, February 7, 2015; Evaluation of Patient Satisfaction in a Family Nurse Practitioner, Student-Faculty Collaborative Practice: An Indicator of Quality of Care, California Association of Nurse Practitioners, (CANP) Annual State Conference, March 19, 2015; Panel Presenter: 15th Annual League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Annual Youth Leadership Conference, San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton CA, November 7, 2014; Educating Advanced Practice Registered Nurses in the Primary Care of Cancer Survivors, Annual Research Spring Symposium, Samuel Merritt University, May 9, 2014; Former Soviet Union Immigrants and Their Perceptions about Taking American Oral Medications, May 23, 2013; Determination of Fetal Gender Myths and Mysteries, December 2001; Effectiveness of Educating Registered Nurses in Medicare Part A Financing, August 1999.
Grant Recipient: Evaluation of Patient Satisfaction in a Family Nurse Practitioner, Student-Faculty Collaborative Practice: An Indicator of Quality. January- June 2016.
Grant Recipient: Evaluation of Patient Satisfaction in a Family Nurse Practitioner, Student-Faculty Collaborative Practice: An Indicator of Quality. January- June 2015.
Professional Affiliations & Memberships
California Association of Nurse Practitioners (CANP)
American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
Member, Sigma Theta Tau, International Nursing Honor Society, inducted 2001
American Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Association
Consultative and Advisory Positions Held: IPE Committee Member, Sacramento region, 2015
Honors & Awards
Sigma Theta Tau, inducted December 2001
Recipient Daisy Award for Excellence in Nursing Education, Samuel Merritt University, August 2014
Faculty Award, Nursing Management Team, Samuel Merritt University, Spring 2007
Dean’s Leadership Team, Samuel Merritt University, 2014-2015