Rose Lopez, BSN, RN, is a first-year Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) student at Walden University School of Nursing. After previously working for a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in primary care and witnessing mental health service disparities, Mrs. Lopez decided to focus her work on psychiatric mental health care. She currently works for a nonprofit integrated care clinic in Phoenix serving the most vulnerable individuals dually diagnosed with serious mental illness and substance use. As a member of the Assertive Community Treatment team, Mrs. Lopez is taking mental health care to the street where she is providing services to individuals with the most serious forms of mental illness.
Mrs. Lopez remains an active member of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN), where she focuses on empowering the Hispanic community and mentoring new nurses. She established a partnership to offer Mental Health First Aid certification to nurses and the community. She has received multiple awards for her work with NAHN, including national Ambassador Awards and Outstanding member awards for her local work on the Phoenix Chapter Board of Directors.
Mrs. Lopez serves as a summer-camp nurse and plans to develop her skills in wilderness adventure therapy with youth and adults to boost their mental health resilience. Mrs. Lopez would also like to develop a mobile behavioral health clinic serving communities that struggle to access traditional clinics.
Mrs. Lopez believes that her education, work experience, community involvement, and passion-driven purpose will help to reduce mental health disparities and the stigma tied to obtaining mental health services.