Dayanna Dias, BSN, RN, is a second-year Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) student at the University of South Alabama. She is expected to graduate in December 2020. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Oral Roberts University. She has worked as a registered nurse for five years and has a passion for mental health. She is Latina from Brazilian descent and speaks fluent Portuguese and Spanish. Mrs. Dias is currently a clinical registered nurse working at a psychiatric hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has also worked as an Emergency Room (ER) nurse where she focused on using her psychiatric skills to improve patients’ experiences in the ER. Mrs. Dias plans to use her advance practice nursing degree to serve the Hispanic/Latino community using her bilingual/cultural skills and knowledge to provide culturally competent integrated mental health care.
She is a member of the American Nurses Association, and actively volunteers at local churches that primarily serve the Hispanic/Latino community in Tulsa Ok. She frequently helps to interpret and serves as a cultural broker for Hispanic/Latino patients in the hospital where she works.