In her years in nursing, Kathy Marsh has worked in intensive care, operating rooms and pediatrics. She’s also volunteered at a camp for children with diabetes, served as a volunteer nurse with the homeless and AIDS patients and performed health screenings at local public schools. In January, she led a group of University of San Diego nursing students on a service mission to Haiti.
With all of that experience, it’s no surprise that she was nominated by San Diego Assemblywoman Toni Atkins to serve on a state health care board and appointed by California Assembly Speaker John Perez. Marsh, who is working on her PhD in USD’s Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, will be the student representative on the California Healthcare Workforce Policy Commission (CHWPC).
The CHWPC works with the state’s Song-Brown primary care workforce program to encourage universities and primary health care professionals to provide health care in medically underserved areas and provide financial support to family practice residency, nurse practitioner, physician assistant and registered nurse programs throughout the state. The 15-member citizen CHWPC provides expert guidance and statewide perspectives on health professional education issues, reviews applications and recommends contract awards.
“Kathy has consistently demonstrated a passion for the profession of nursing and commitment to vulnerable patients, our community and our school,” said Sally B. Hardin, dean of USD’s nursing school. The only nursing school in Southern California dedicated exclusively to graduate education, USD provides up to 43 percent of all faculty for other schools in the region.
“I’m excited to have the opportunity to make sure our state supports high-quality healthcare education and access to health care for all our citizens, including the underserved,” Marsh said.
— Liz Harman