Clinical Assistant Professor
University of San Diego - PhD in Nursing (in process)
California State University Long Beach - MSN, FNP, Health Ed. /School Nurse Services Credential
Mount Saint Mary’s College - BSN, RN, PHN
Cheryl Butera is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Graduate Nurse Practitioner Programs at the University of San Diego, Hahn School of Nursing and Health Sciences. She received her RN (1979) and BSN, PHN (1980) from Mount Saint Mary’s College in Los Angeles, CA. and her FNP (1985) along with her MSN and Health Teaching/School Services Credential (1986) from California State University Long Beach. She is Board Certified Nationally as a Family Nurse Practitioner by both the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).
Ms. Butera joined the Graduate Family Nurse Practitioner Program as Faculty in 1993. Over the years she has been a clinical and seminar Instructor, lecturer and preceptor to NP students. Her current teaching responsibilities include: lead Clinical Faculty for first year NP students, seminar instruction, clinical instructor/student site visits and lead lab instructor for advanced physical assessment and diagnosis.
Professor Butera’s nursing background experience is extensive and encompasses: Pediatric and Adult ICU, Emergency/Urgent care, Pediatric and Adult Public Health nursing/education and Quality Care Review Management. As an APRN, Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, Professor Butera has over 27 years of experience. She has worked with neonatal, pediatric, adolescent, pre-natal/OB-GYN, young adult and adult populations over the years in a variety of settings including low income community clinics as well as HMO and private practices. Ms. Butera has also spent time working as a School Nurse/NP Consultant in the elementary school setting assessing and caring for well and high risk, special needs school age children. For the last six years as a Nurse Practitioner, Ms. Butera has been providing primary health care services to college students in their on campus Health Centers at both Palomar and Mira Costa Community Colleges. In addition, she has developed Standardized Procedures and Process Protocols as well as a wellness assessment tool to improve health outcomes in her college health settings. Current research interests involve illness prevention/health promotion teaching outcomes in regards to complimentary alternative therapies in the low income, college age population especially as related to stress reduction techniques.
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