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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 19 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, Ph.D., MALAS, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, AHN-BC, CTN-A
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
Integral Communication and Teaching
Integral Nursing Capstone
Introduction to Health Care Professions

Dr. Angel Smothers, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CHPN, Faith Community Nurse-BC, EBPC, CNEcl
Part-time Instructor
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