Alison is a Clinical Education Specialist and Clinical Instructor at Virginia Mason Medical Center. Her responsibilities include systems management of the VMMC nursing community, coordinating and instructing UW BSN clinical groups, and project development and implementation for VMMC quality & safety projects related to nursing education (high risk med checks, safe patient handling, med administration survey, contrast reaction emergency response, fall prevention). She has also supported professional development by developing a Medical-Surgical residency program, teaching a preceptor class, working individually with staff to achieve career goals, following new hires on 2 units, and coordinating Nurse Technicians. Alison coordinates all coordinate all SoN student placements and faculty on-boarding to the hospital.
Alison was born in Rhode Island and got her undergraduate degree in Anthropology. She joined the Peace Corps in Panama with her husband after graduation and lived in a remote indigenous village for the next 2 ½ years. It was there that she developed an interest in nursing and community health by working on local and regional nutrition, sanitation and maternal/child health. She continued working with Latinos on public health issues upon her return and subsequently came to the UW nursing program.