Assistant Professor of Nursing
Thurmond Hall 128
OBU Box 61805
500 W. University
Shawnee, OK 74804
Dr. Hernandez joined the OBU faculty in 2000 with a broad range of nursing experiences in
medical surgical, newborn nursery, new born intensive care units, post partum, intensive thoracic coronary care unit, and psychiatric nursing in the hospital and community settings. May 2014, she received the Doctor of Nursing Practice Leadership Award from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Nursing.
Professional memberships include the Oklahoma/American Nurses Association; American Psychiatric Nurses Association, a Charter Oklahoma Board Member, President, 2014-2015; Oklahoma Geriatric Nursing Education Workgroup (OGNEW): Donald W. Reynolds Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps; Oklahoma Board of Nursing: Formulary Advisory Council; and the Institute of Medicine Future of Nursing: Oklahoma Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Workgroup.
In addition to teaching she maintains an active clinical practice as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) in psychiatric mental health care with prescriptive authority. In education and practice she focuses on integrated health and wellness concepts to provide Christian, holistic care to vulnerable populations.
D.N.P., University of Tennessee, Health Science Center
M.S.N., University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
B.S.N., Oklahoma Baptist University
B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University in Sociology
Oklahoma Academy Town Hall Conference: We can Do Better-Improving the Health of the Oklahoma People, Suphur, OK, 2014
Development of an Educational Program to Promote Integration of Infant Mental Health Assessment and Intervention into an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Operated Primary Care Clinic, American Psychiatric Nurses Association Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN, 2014
Development of an Educational Program to Promote Integration of Infant Mental Health Assessment and Intervention into an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Operated Primary Care Clinic. University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN, 2014
Participated in the Enduring Material Titled DSM – 5 Field Trials Training Course, American Psychiatric Association, 2011-2012.
Graduate Preceptor for Nurse Practitioner student in Psy/Mental Health. The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing, 2011
Christian Positive Coping in the Church. Southwest Oklahoma Indian Women’s Conference, Memorial Indian Baptist Church in Lawton, Oklahoma, 2011
The Role of Once-Monthly Therapy in the Treatment of Schizophrenia. Janssen, Division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Comanche County, PACT Lawton, Oklahoma, 2011
Imprisoned with mental illness: Emerging trends and responsive nursing care for clients with a history of incarceration. American Psychiatric Nurses Association Annual Conference, Louisville, KY, 2010
Imprisoned with Mental Illness: Responding to Emerging Trends of Incarceration for Clients with Mental Health Problems. 18th Annual Psychiatric-Mental Health Update, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, 2010
Going to prison: A clinical practicum for psychiatric-mental health nursing students. American Psychiatric Nurses Association Annual Conference, Charleston, SC, 2009
Imprisoned with Mental Illness: Responding to Emerging Trends Zarrow Mental Health Symposium, Tulsa, OK. 2009