Alli Sotomayor, BSN, RN, is a second-year Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) student at the University of Colorado School of Nursing, Anschutz Medical Campus. Prior to her enrollment at the University of Colorado, she volunteered in various clinical settings that included the Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) at the University of Utah Hospital, community education fairs, nursing conferences, and as a nurse ambassador to increase resilience among nursing staff. During these volunteer experiences, Ms. Sotomayor also observed first-hand the debilitating effects of a mental health disorder on a close family member. These personal experiences ignited her passion to pursue a career in nursing as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
After working in a medical-surgical unit at the University of Utah Hospital, Ms. Sotomayor transferred to the Treatment Resistant Mood Disorders Clinic at the University Neuropsychiatric Institute, focusing on Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy, Electroconvulsive (ECT) therapy, and Ketamine treatments to pursue her passion for the psychiatric population in her community. She will focus on mood and personality disorders, improving current diagnostic practices for these disorders, and providing communal and professional education for underserved areas targeting harmful mental health biases and negative stigma. Upon completion of the PMHNP program, she plans to provide culturally competent and linguistically appropriate psychiatric healthcare for the Asian/Hispanic and immigrant community.
Ms. Sotomayor is an active member of the American Nurses Association, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, and the Colorado Nurses Association.