Rose Lopez, BSN, RN, is a second-year Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) student at Walden University School of Nursing. Mrs. Lopez’s goal is to develop a mobile behavioral health clinic serving communities that may encounter cultural and logistical barriers that limit access to mental healthcare.
After 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. She established a partnership to offer Mental Health First Aid certification to nurses and the community. She believes 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.
Mrs. Lopez has received multiple awards for her work with the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN), including national Ambassador Awards and Outstanding member awards for her local work on the Phoenix Chapter Board of Directors. She remains an active member of NAHN where she focuses on empowering the Hispanic community and mentoring new nurses.