2018 Speakers

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Gloria Dixon
Session #11

Gloria Dixon, DNP, PMHNP-BC is an assistant professor at the University of New Mexico College of Nursing (UNM CoN) where she teaches and acts as the concentration coordinator for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post Master’s certificate program. With more than 10 years of experience as an advanced practice psychiatric nurse practitioner, and more than 16 years of experience as a registered nurse in a variety of acute and chronic care medical specialties, she holds national credentials with ANCC in the specialty of psychiatry and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Colorado Denver.

Dr. Dixon began her career as a psychiatric nurse practitioner in 2009 at the University of New Mexico Psychiatric Center. Over a period of 10 years, she has practiced in both acute and chronic outpatient clinical settings with a population of chronic and severe mentally ill patients. In 2011 through 2014, she took on a dual role of Manager for Advanced Practice Psychiatric Providers while continuing to work as a clinician. In her role as manager she directed and coordinated the clinical and management activities of psychiatric advanced practice RN’s, supported programs and services that are in line with long-range strategic objectives, and acted as a liaison between physicians, staff, patients, families, and other departments to promote and facilitate communication, problem solving, decision-making, crisis intervention, resource utilization, and conflict management.

In 2014, Dr. Dixon received the DNP Capstone Award upon graduation from University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Campus for her Quality Improvement Project: Improving patient safety and timeliness of care for mentally ill patients: A quality improvement project. She also received recognition as the ‘Distinguished Nurse (Psychiatric Providers)’ at the University Psychiatric Center in 2010.

Dr. Dixon serves as a co-investigator for the UNM CoN in the Collaborative Advanced Psychiatric Education eXchange (CO-APEX). This project is an interstate collaboration between the University of Colorado Denver College of Nursing (UCD), and UNM CoN, to prepare advanced psychiatric mental health nurses with goals to: enhance academic practice partnerships with two or more primary care facilities in each state in underserved and/or rural settings; and to establish formal, ongoing Lay Academic Medical Partners (LAMPs) systems to improve curriculum and training experiences.

Dr. Dixon continues to be an advocate for the mentally ill population by serving the community as a clinician, educator, and leader.