RN to BSN Faculty & Staff

Ellen_160 Ellen Trabka, MSN, RN
Dean, College of Nursing & Health Sciences
(505) 747.2209

Ellen Trabka is an Associate Professor of Nursing as well as Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Northern New Mexico College (NNMC). Her area of nursing expertise is in community health, emergency nursing, and burn care nursing. Ms. Trabka trained at the University of Michigan and University of Massachusetts, Lowell and has worked extensively in a variety of critical care settings, emergency departments, and community clinical health settings both as a nurse practitioner and staff nurse. Her clinical interests are holistic health and wellness, holistic nutrition, and integrative healthcare.

She is the chief nurse administrator for the RN to BSN Program and was involved in the initial development of the program. She has 14 years of experience in nursing education and administrative experience as a nursing department chair or dean. She currently teaches in the Associate Degree Nursing Program at NNMC.

University of Michigan, BSN
University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MSN

Joan Hodge
Joan Hodge, MSN, RN
Associate Director/Assistant Professor
505 747-2278

Anna_webAna Malinalli x Gutiérrez Sisneros, PhD(c)-ABD, MSN, MALAS, APRN, P/MHCNS-BC, CCM
Assistant Professor
(505) 747-2256

Ms. Gutiérrez Sisneros is an advanced practice adult psychiatric and mental health clinical nurse specialist as well as a mental health therapist and counselor. All 33 years of Ms. Gutiérrez Sisneros’ nursing experience have been in rural Rio Arriba County and she considers rural nursing practice to be her true nursing clinical specialty. She also holds a master’s degree in Latin American studies with a focus on improvement of Indo-Hispano health status through use of both western and traditional lifeways.

She joined the faculty and staff of the NNMC associate degree in nursing (ADN) program in 2009, and the RN to BSN program in 2010, as an adjunct faculty member. From 2009-2011, Ms. Gutiérrez Sisneros was the nursing retention specialist for the ADN Program. Her academic and experiential qualifications made her the ideal person to address the unique societal and economic issues that impact nursing student retention at NNMC. She was the ¡EXITO! Mental Health Counselor at Northern for five years (2011 - 2016) and also the NNMC Veterans Resource Center Mental Health Counselor from 2015 - 2016, where she continues as a part-time counselor.

Ms. Gutiérrez Sisneros is currently the full-time Clinical Coordinator for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences teaching in both the ADN and RN to BSN Program.

Nurse Aide Certificate, TVI / Education Aide Certificate at University of Alburquerque (U of A), 1979 /1980
ADN, University of Albuquerque
BSN, University of New Mexico
MALAS (Master of Arts in Latin American Studies), University of New Mexico
MSN, University of New Mexico
Doctoral Nursing Student, New Mexico State University: Health Disparities at the Border Area (Anticipated graduation: 2017)

Areas of Clinical Expertise
Rural Nursing
Health Disparities
Post-Anesthesia Care
Substance Abuse
Case Management
Psychiatric/ Mental Health
Evidence-Based Practice
History of New Mexico and Sociology of the Southwest
Holistic Nursing
Qualitative Research Methods - Ethnography
Genizaro Nation (current dissertation research)

Health Assessment
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
Community and Global Health I & II

Wendy_Van_Dilla_webDr. Wendy Van Dilla

Dr. Van Dilla is a primary care physician trained in holistic medicines. She graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Van Dilla has a private medical practice in Santa Fe and Los Alamos.

Her special interests are in women’s and men's health; elder and family care; safe dental care; natural eye care and vision improvement; and holistic, compassionate care with mental illness. Her therapeutic modalities of choice include diet and nutrition, herbal medicine, aromatherapy and essential oils, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, lifestyle counseling, and psychospiritual counseling.

Dr. Van Dilla is an adjunct faculty member at Northern New Mexico College. She teaches Pathophysiology for the RN to BSN Program. She also teaches the following electives: IHS 255 Introduction to Herbal Medicine: IHS 257 Herbal Pharmacy; IHS 357 Herbal Medicine II; IHS 358 Herbal Pharmacy II; IHS 116 Introduction to Aromatherapy; IHS 162 Nutrition for Diabetes; and Hydrotherapy.

She is also the host of "New Mexico's Naturopathic Medical Show" on Santa Fe Community Television Cable Channel 16, and interviews local naturopathic physicians and other holistic practitioners. The show airs Mondays at 11 am, Wednesdays at 8 pm, and Saturdays at 10 am. The show's website is www.nmshow.com, and links to the YouTube channel (naturopathicshow) where you can view the interviews.

SusanWayneSusan Wayne, MSN, CFNP, RN
Simulation Lab Coordinator
(505) 747-2220

Ms. Wayne is a certified family nurse practitioner for 30 years, and a registered nurse for forty years. She has provided primary and integrative care to patients in Las Vegas and Santa Fe, NM for the past 16 years. Her family practice philosophy blends Western medicine with nutritional, herbal and lifestyle approaches for health and wellness promotion.

Ms. Wayne has taught nursing as an adjunct faculty for over 20 years, serving as a clinical instructor for both ADN and BSN programs in New York City before teaching at Northern. In addition, Ms. Wayne taught herbal medicine, therapeutic touch, and clinical aromatherapy in the massage therapy program at NNMCC. She is currently teaching in both the ADN and RN to BSN Program at Northern, and she serves as the Simulation Lab Coordinator for the ADN Program

Susan lives in a straw-bale/adobe/solar home that she and her husband built in Ribera, N.M. They enjoy hiking and wild-crafting in the Pecos wilderness.

MSN-FNP, SUNY Stonybrook
BSN, Regents Excelsior College
RN Diploma, Long Island College Hospital

Area of clinical expertise
Family Practice
Integrative Medicine and Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy
High Risk Adolescents and HIV Care
Clinical Herbal Medicine
Therapeutic Touch
Colorpuncture Therapy

Health Assessment
Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Nursing
Policy and Politics
Nurse AideSusanWayne

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Jasmine-nursing_160x160Jasmine Serrano
Administrative Assistant
College of Nursing & Health Science
(505) 747.2207
jasmine.serrano@nnmc.eduJasmine Serrano can typically be found just inside the entrance of the main Nursing Education office at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She assists the department with day to day tasks and offers administrative support to the nursing faculty.

In addition to her work at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Jasmine has served for five years as a Board Member for Las Clinicas del Norte in El Rito, where she is from. She also plans to complete a masters degree in social work and become a licensed independent social worker so that she can serve her community in a greater way.

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