Dr. Cheryl Butera

Cheryl Butera
Phone: (619) 260-2951
Office: BeysterInstitute Nrsg Research 101C

Director of Innovative Learning and the Dickinson Nursing Simulation Center & Associate Professor

  • University of San Diego - PhD in Nursing
  • California State University Long Beach - MSN, FNP, Health Ed. /School Nurse Services Credential
  • Mount Saint Mary’s College - BSN, RN, PHN

Cheryl Butera is an Associate Professor teaching in the Masters and Doctor of Nursing Practice, Nurse Practitioner programs. 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).

Dr. Butera’s acute care 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, Dr. Butera has over 32 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. She has 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 ten years and currently, Dr. Butera has been practicing part time as a Nurse Practitioner at Palomar Community College providing primary health care services to college students in their on campus Health Center.

Presently, Dr. Butera functions as the Director of Innovative Learning and the Dickinson Nursing Simulation Center (DNSC). She has created a Simulation Policy and Procedure Manual, which serves to standardize simulation methodology practices in the DNSC. She oversees all simulation activities and collaborates with faculty and staff to integrate simulation into the curriculum and incorporate simulation standards of practice in the design, implementation, and evaluation of simulation-based learning experiences. Dr. Butera fosters a learner-friendly environment in the DNSC where students are comfortable acquiring knowledge and practicing skills that are transferable to patients and practice settings in a safe environment.

Additionally, Dr. Butera conducts simulation research and has presented and published locally, nationally, and internationally on simulation evaluative methods and instruments. Other research interests include skin cancer in adolescent athletes and reflective stress reduction techniques.

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