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Virginia Hart-Kepler, MSN

Lecturer

Office Phone: (951) 343-4387
E-mail: vhartkepler@calbaptist.edu
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Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
MSN Family Nurse Practitioner University of California at Los Angeles 1987
BSN Nursing University of California at Los Angeles 1980
A.A. / RN Nursing Pasadena City College 1976

Additional Education

PhDc

Nursing

University of San Diego

In Progress


Professor Hart-Kepler has California state and national certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner (the national certification is with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners).

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Courses Taught

* Christian Leadership
* Capstone (for nursing seniors)
* Advanced Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses
* Advanced Health Assessment
* Physical Assessment

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Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

* Dissertation work on Decision-Making about Self-Care of Diabetes 2 in Mexican Immigrants.
* Value of cultural variance.
* Development of Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) for the provision of Primary Care and professional development
o Professional development of new nurses
* Legal issues for APNs, integrity, professionalism, excellent skill, representatives of Christ in the world.

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Teaching Experience

* Advanced Health Assessment
* Advanced Pharmacology
* Health Assessment
* Preceptorship in Primary Care
* Various other courses
* 10 years teaching graduate and undergraduate at Azusa Pacific University
* 12 years teaching at Grad level at UCLA

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Research, Presentations, & Publications

PAPERS, PRESENTATIONS AND POSTERS

“Antecedent Factors to Emigration Influence on Self-Care of Émigrés with DM2”. Poster presented at “Research in Latino Populations” poster session at Western Institute of Nursing 42nd Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference, “Networks in Nursing Science: Creating Our Future”. Salt Lake City, Utah, April 24, 2009.

“Antecedent Factors to Emigration Influence on Self-Care of Émigrés with DM2”. Podium - Research Award Update at Annual Induction meeting of Iota Sigma chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, Azusa Pacific University School of Nursing, April 17, 2009.

“How Do Mexican-Born Recent Immigrants Make Decisions about DM2 Self-Care?” Poster presentation at 5th Annual Research Day. “Translating Research into Practice Locally and Globally”! Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA, April 2, 2009.

“How Do Mexican-Born Immigrants Make Decisions about DM2 Self-Care?” Podium presentation, 10th Annual Evidence-Based Practice National/International Conference. Translating Research into Best Practice with Vulnerable Populations – Innovations in Evidence-Based Practice. Sponsored by Arizona State University College of Nursing and Healthcare Innovation. February 19, 2009, Glendale, AZ.

“How Do Mexican-Born Recent Immigrants Make Decisions about DM2 Self-Care?” Poster presentation at “Annual Research Day” at University of San Diego School of Nursing, May 7, 2008.

“How Do Mexican-Born Recent Immigrants Make Decisions about DM2 Self-Care?” Poster presentation at “Research in Latino Populations” poster session at Western Institute of Nursing 41st Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference, “The Circle of Nursing Knowledge: Education, Practice and Research”. Garden Grove, CA, April 17 – 19, 2008.

“Contextual Decision-Making in First-Generation Mexican immigrants with Diabetes 2” Poster presentation at 4th Annual Research Day. Addressing Health Disparities. Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA, March 25, 2008

“Contextual Decision-Making in First-Generation Mexican Immigrants with Diabetes 2” Poster presentation at Research Information and Exchange graduate student poster session Western Institute of Nursing 40th Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference. Portland OR, April 14, 2007.

RECENT AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS:

2009 Palmer Nursing Research Award, University of San Diego

2009 VIP Member Cambridge Who’s Who Registry of Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs, 2008 – 2009 Edition

2008 Victor E. Schimmel Memorial Nursing Scholarship

2008 Research Award Iota Sigma chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International; Azusa Pacific University School of Nursing

2007-2008 Dean’s Research Scholar Award from University of San Diego

April 2007 Student Research Information and Exchange Poster Runner-up Western Institute of Nursing, Portland

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Church Membership & Activities

* Glenkirk Presbyterian in Glendora
o Choir
* Grace Church of Glendora
o Common Grounds (church coffee shop) monthly service

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Community Service & Involvement

Provide Health Care to and mentor students in health care delivery to Homeless and Underserved persons.

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Interests & Hobbies

* Camping, hiking, relaxing with family, friends and pets
* Daily walks with dog
* Swimming
* Puzzles, solitaire and hand crafts
* Sudoku

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Personal Philosophy

"God is able" "He is greater than our hearts" "I'll do whatever You want, Lord. Just show me what and how; and enable me. Amen"

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