Paula D. Ruedebusch, FNP, DNP, ARNP

Paula D. Ruedebusch, FNP, DNP, ARNP
Clinical Assistant Professor
Clinical Assistant Professor
Psychosocial & Community Health
Box 357263
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195

Education. I received my BSN from the University of Florida (Go Gators!), and then worked as an RN in mostly Pediatrics and PICU settings.  I went back to complete my MSN at the University of Northern Colorado, and became certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and worked in Urgent Care and Walk-in clinic settings.  I then attended the University of Colorado and completed my Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree.  My capstone focused on increasing efficiency and eliminating bottlenecks in an Urgent Care setting, thus decreasing visit time and improving patient outcomes.  We relocated to Washington in 2013, and I have enjoyed the challenge of teaching while working clinically.

Teaching. I worked as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Northern Colorado, and helped with the pathophysiology course, and also worked as a Teaching Assistant while completing my MSN.  Now, at UW, I teach and mentor students in the undergraduate BSN and ABSN programs, as well as the FNP-DNP program in the School of Nursing.  I enjoy most aspects of nursing, but really enjoy teaching pathophysiology, health assessment labs, graduate seminar and clinical experience courses and I am looking forward to continuing to teach a variety of courses.

Practice, Service, Community Involvement. As a nationally board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP), I bring extensive advanced practice clinical experience caring for patients in the areas of primary health care, pediatrics, urgent care, and the emergency department.  I currently practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner in an Urgent Care setting.

Research Interests: Pediatrics, infectious disease, nursing pedagogy, student-driven educational outcomes, and global health.

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