Weichen (Sabrina) Chen, BSN, RN, is currently the staff RN at the Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation of the University of Colorado Hospital, where the medically managed detoxification and stabilization of patients with addiction is the specialty. She immigrated to the U.S in 2008 with her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the National Taiwan University and Master degree in philosophy from the Tsinghua University in Taiwan. She later chose nursing as her second career because she treasures the interactions she has with people, from not knowing each other to gradually building a trusting relationship.
Her first staff position was at the Menninger Clinic in Houston, TX, where she completed the 6-month Betty Ann Stedman Psychiatric Nurse Residency Program. After her graduation from the residency program, Ms. Chen sought every opportunity to learn about various evidence-based treatments to better serve patients with mental illness, including but not limited to Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and Motivational Interviewing.
She is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) student at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Denver, Colorado, where she also received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Ms. Chen’s goal is to promote compassion, self-care and mindfulness to the public and eventually break the stigma associated with mental illness through education.
Mrs. Chen is a member of the American Nurses Association.