Cheryl Perna

I was born and raised in Tiverton, Rhode Island. In 1995, I graduated from the University of Rhode Island with my degree in nursing. I started working in mental health right after graduation. I had the opportunity to work for several acute care mental health facilities before returning to school for my master’s degree. My clinical specialty was child and adolescent psychiatric nursing. In 2005, I graduated from the University of Rhode Island with my MSN in Nursing Administration. At that time, I was practicing as a nurse manager for three child and adolescent inpatient units. In 2009, my family moved to NV. After years of working in clinical and administrative roles, I began teaching full time. Teaching became a passion. I am always grateful for the opportunity to work with students. I truly enjoy being a part of their journey through nursing school.

Joy Patrick, MSN, RN, CCRN

Joy Patrick, MSN, RN, CNS, CCRN is a lecturer and has been a registered nurse for over 20 years. Ms. Patrick’s nursing career includes extensive experience in critical care, trauma, leadership, and nursing education.  Joy is a recent post masters graduate from Purdue University with her Adult Gerontology-Clinical Nurse Specialist degree.  In addition, Ms. Patrick has conducted several research initiatives and presented at national conferences.  Finally, Joy’s nursing motto is “each one, teach one” and has a long history of developing novice to expert nurses.

Ipuna Black, PhD, RN, CNE

I’m a proud local alumna of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for both my Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and Ph.D. degree in Nursing: Sustainable Health. I received my Master of Science in Nursing (Pediatric Nurse Practitioner) degree from Stony Brook University in New York. Most of my nursing experience is in pediatrics and community health. I have extensive higher education experience, having taught students in both baccalaureate and associate level nursing programs at three different institutions. Student-centered learning is very important to me. This philosophy is less concerned with training the student mind, and instead, more focused on the individual needs and abilities of the students. Therefore, I’m a facilitator, using caring at the core of my teaching. I believe it’s imperative to cultivate diverse groups of nursing students to meet the needs of our culturally diverse population. I have conducted research and published in the areas of community health and pediatric nursing and have presented at many conferences.