Gwendolyn Porche, RN, is a second year Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Master’s student at Walden University with an anticipated graduation date of December 2020. Ms. Porche’s career in nursing began in 1996 when she graduated from L.E. Fletcher Technical Community College in Houma where she earned a diploma as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Realizing that she desired to make nursing a lifelong career, she went back to college at Delgado Charity School of Nursing in New Orleans and graduated with an Associate of Science Degree in December 2006. She became licensed as a Registered Nurse in January 2007. After working for six years she found there was something very special about caring for people with mental health needs. To enrich her knowledge about behavioral health she enrolled at Southern University in New Orleans where she earned a Bachelor of Art in Psychology in December 2013.
Ms. Porche is a skilled registered nurse with 22 years of experience in various specialties, however, behavioral health is her passion. She enjoys volunteering with non-profit health organizations and the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. In her spare time, she enjoys spending quality time with family, traveling, and reading.
Ms. Porche’s career goal is to work in rural areas with minorities that are underserved and uninsured specifically with substance use disorders. She would also like to help break the stigma associated with drug addiction.
She is a member of the American Nurses Association and American Psychiatric Nurses Association.