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Zhanette Coffee FNP, MSN, APRN, BSN, RN, PHN

Zhanette Coffee FNP, MSN, APRN, BSN, RN, PHN

My name is Zhanette Coffee and I am a newly licensed family nurse practitioner. I have a previous Bachelor of Science in Criminology from Fresno State University. I am a former police officer from the San Diego Police Department. My passion to help people and serve my community was my motivation for becoming a police officer. Although I believe God had a purpose through my service in law enforcement, I have found that my career as a San Diego Police Officer did not provide me the fulfillment in caring for others that I had imagined. While I was a police officer, I shadowed a UCSD intensive care nurse and the experience provided me with the motivation to pursue my education in nursing. In December 2016, I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Nursing Education from Azusa Pacific University. During my undergraduate BSN nursing education, I worked as a clinical teaching assistant for APU, inducted to Sigma Theta Tau International Honors Society, and graduated with APU’s BSN Clinical Excellence Award. In January 2017, I became a Board Certified Registered Nurse, immediately started working as an ICU registered nurse at Desert Regional Medical Center and started my MSN- Family Nurse Practitioner at APU. I have over 2 years of extensive ICU-RN clinical experience in Med/Surg, Neuro, Trauma, and Cardiac ICUs, ICU nursing leadership experience, preceptor for new ICU nurses, and hospital rapid response team. I have over 1-year APU faculty experience teaching in the Entry Level Masters and LVN-BSN nursing programs. I am an active member of the California Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and Iota Sigma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau Honors Society. I have been significantly impacted by my nurse practitioner graduate education. I was sponsored by APU and traveled to Washington DC to become a nurse advocate and explore nursing legislation and policy. I became an ANEW HRSA scholarship recipient, which I completed a one-year immersive FNP traineeship program at San Bernardino Public Health FQHC Clinic, which I cared for primary care: pediatric, adults, geriatric, refugees, reproductive health, HIV, and mental health patients. I graduated with my MSN-FNP in May 2019. I received the Dr. Bonita Huiskes MSN-FNP Outstanding Graduate Award, which is one of the highest academic recognitions for APU. I was also provided with the opportunity to present my graduate research at APU’s 2019 research symposium and 2019 Sigma SoCal Odyssey Conference. I have a divine passion to continue conducting research to improve healthcare and increase the quality of life for patients. I plan to continue my academic journey and complete my Ph.D. in Nursing. I have been exploring all avenues of nursing and that’s the beautiful gift of this profession. My joy is derived from my faith, family, friends, fitness, and food.