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RN to BSN Faculty & Staff

Ellen_160 Ellen Trabka, MSN, RN
Chair, Nursing & Health Sciences
(505) 747.2209

Ms. Trabka is an Associate Professor of Nursing as well as Chair of the Department of Nursing and Health Sciences at Northern New Mexico College. 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 settings both as a nurse practitioner and staff nurse. She maintains her clinical expertise through active involvement in professional conferences, committees, and workshops. Her clinical interests are holistic health and wellness, holistic nutrition, and integrative healthcare.

Ms. Trabka is the Chief Nursing Administrator for the RN to BSN Program. She has 18 years of experience in nursing education and administrative experience as a nursing department chair or dean. She currently teaches in the RN to BSN Program at NNMC.

BSN, University of Michigan
MSN, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Certificate Online Teaching and Learning, Central New Mexico Community College

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

Joan Hodge is an Assistant Professor of Nursing and Associate Director of the RN to BSN Program at Northern New Mexico College (NNMC). As a nurse educator, she is experienced in allied health and nursing education, with a background in developing Distance Education courses and curriculum.  A focus of her teaching includes integrating mental health, wellness, and holistic health concepts into all areas of nursing curriculum. Additionally, she has designed and presented numerous workshops in the area of holistic health and wellness.

Joan earned a Master's Degree in Nursing from the University of Texas at Austin with a clinical major in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing. She has a nursing practice background in child and adult psychiatric/mental health nursing, and in hospice home health.

Anna_webDr. Ana Malinalli x Gutiérrez Sisneros, PhD, MSN, MALAS, APRN, P/MHCNS-BC, CCM
Clinical Coordinator /Associate Professor
(505) 747-2296

Dr.. 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
PhD, New Mexico State University: Health Disparities at the Border Area

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


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

Ms. Wayne has been 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 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 NNMC. 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, NM. They enjoy hiking and wild-crafting in the Pecos wilderness.

MSN-FNP, SUNY Stonybrook
BSN, Regents Excelsior College
RN Diploma, Long Island College Hospital
Certificate, Online Teaching and Learning, Central New Mexico Community College

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 Aide

Jessica Archuleta
Nursing & Health Science
Administrative Assistant
(505) 747-2209

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