Cheryl Perna, MSN, RN, PMH-BC, CNE

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, DNP, 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.