DNP student’s mission is to improve health outcomes of Tulsa’s vulnerable population - Oxley College of Health Sciences

DNP student’s mission is to improve health outcomes of Tulsa’s vulnerable population

Francisca (Fran) Trujillo is a woman with a mission to help her community as a nurse practitioner. As a previously undocumented resident of the U.S., Trujillo has known poverty and struggle but now wants to make life better for others.

As the first person in her family to go to college, Trujillo earned a bachelor of science in nursing degree from OU-Tulsa in 2005. Currently, she is working towards her doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) degree at TU’s Oxley College of Health Sciences.  “I used to work at Bama Pie which is located on 11th Street in Tulsa next to TU, and I watched as the university grew and expanded its programs. It was my dream to apply to TU, and now I’m a doctoral student there,” said Trujillo.

“My hope upon earning my doctorate in nursing practice is to help improve health outcomes of Tulsa’s vulnerable population in a community health clinic or federally qualified healthcare center,” she said. I believe that earning my doctorate will allow me to make a difference at a higher level and make a bigger impact on the community.”

TU’s School of Nursing offers a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree with two concentrations in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner as well as a post-master’s DNP program. Instructional preparation in the classroom with small class sizes is combined with clinical rotations arranged by faculty to provide the student with the education and skills needed for practice.

While attending TU, Trujillo also works as a nurse educator in the Healthy Women, Health Futures program at the Community Service Council of Greater Tulsa and as a clinical nurse for Breast Surgery of Tulsa. Prior to these positions, Trujillo was the clinic nurse manager for OU’s School of Community Medicine-Bedlam Clinic, an interconception nurse case manager at the Tulsa Health Department and a medical-surgical nurse for St. John Medical Center.

Trujillo has attended specialized community health training at the Tulsa Health Department, Community Service Council, Tristesse Grief Center, Domestic Violence Intervention Services, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and the Zarrow Mental Health Symposium to name a few. She is fluent in both English and Spanish and enjoys volunteering for the American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, Susan G. Komen Tulsa, Pathways to Health, West Side Alliance Soccer Club and Oklahoma Mission of Mercy.

Trujillo expects to graduate in 2019 and hopes that she will inspire her children to look beyond high school for education.