WT Nursing professor a role model for Hispanic students | KAMR

Canyon, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – Dr. Priscella Correa is an assistant professor of nursing at West Texas A&M University who hopes to inspire the growing Hispanic student population to further their education.

Dr. Correa was recently named a leadership member of the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Ed. She has also been accepted as a member of La Academia de Liderazgo of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities to begin in 2023.

From an early age, Dr. Correa knew she wanted to work in the healthcare field.

“Growing up as a Hispanic, I translated for my parents at doctor’s appointments and that, you know, always interested me, and I saw how much they cared about them,” she said.

So she became a bedside intensive care and recovery nurse and then went on to further her education.

“Education gave me an opportunity that I wouldn’t have had otherwise. Completing my PhD really elevated me to be part of a very specific elite group of Latinos and Hispanics with PhDs, and that in itself opened doors and opportunities for me.

Correa has served on various national committees, dealing with public and community health. She also has the endowed professorship of Baptist Community Services, which allows her to do community service, including the downtown health fair. The fair offers screenings to medically underserved populations.

“If we’re able to screen an individual and get diabetes or high blood pressure, maybe we can educate them and prevent a stroke, or prevent any chronic outcome that, you know, you see in the vulnerable populations or underserved populations,” she said. said.

Correa said that through outreach and education, she has the ability to bring about change in the community and with students. She said that as demographics change in the United States, the population of Hispanic students at WT increases.

“It’s important for them to be able to see individuals who look like them having achieved the goal of obtaining a doctorate. They are able to, you know, look at me and be encouraged to do so,” she added. “I think sometimes being able to see key people who look up to you and cheer you on is really helpful and really paved the way for me.”

She believes her accomplishments are possible because of her training and the people who came before her and paved the way.

“What I love to convey to my students is my diverse perspective, ranging from my background to how we can improve health disparities, how we can look at health inequalities, and how we may, as a health profession, be able to move towards a more equitable system to provide care to all who need it.

In addition to the committees she sits on, Dr. Correa is also involved with several community groups, including Los Barrios de Amarillo and Project Safe Neighborhood.

Rebecca R. Santistevan