Assistant Clinical Professor

Kathryn Hanks is an assistant clinical professor in the Master of Health Services — Physician Assistant Studies and family nurse practitioner degree programs at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. As both a physician assistant (P.A.) and nurse practitioner (N.P.), she adds a unique perspective to the school’s advanced practice provider programs. In her role as clinician educator and provider, she divides her time between direct patient care in cardiology and student mentoring responsibilities.

She has a total of 15 years in health care, starting as a registered nurse, subsequently acquiring extensive experience in critical care with primary emphasis in trauma with cross-training in neurosurgery, cardiovascular and general medical intensive care. Before joining the faculty at UC Davis, she provided advanced practice care for an inpatient neurosurgery and neurocritical population. This was followed by specialty advanced practice care at Cardiovascular Consultants Heart Center in Fresno, where she maintained continuity of care across the full spectrum of complex acute hospital and outpatient clinic environments.

She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from California State University, Fresno   then continued on to a Master of Science in Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. This was acquired along with a certificate in Physician Assistant Studies. The scholarly project for her master’s degree involved a root cause analysis which was integrated into an advanced resuscitation training simulation program. This project was performed in collaboration with UC Davis Medical Center to improve cardiac arrest documentation.

Hanks is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the California Association of Nurse Practitioners, and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

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