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Graciela R. Salinas, MS, RN, CNE
Assistant Clinical Professorm Staff Development Specialist VANTHCS - Dallas Center

Graciela Salinas is a loaned faculty from Veterans Affairs North Texas Health Care System since 2008. Mrs. Salinas teaches in the Critical Concepts Integration course at the Senior 2 undergraduate level. In this course Mrs. Salinas uses Case studies, Simulation, and interactive teaching/learning skills to enhance the students’ knowledge.  Mrs. Salinas has also developed and taught two elective courses: Spanish: Language and Culture, and the Role of the Nurse in Veterans’ Care.

Mrs. Salinas has been teaching at the hospital in highly specialized areas, like spinal cord injury (SCI), traumatic brain injury (TBI), coronary care, and diabetes management. Mrs. Salinas has published Spinal cord injury rehabilitation in Honduras: (G Arredondo) SCI nursing: a publication of the American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Nurses 02/2000; 17(1):20-1. Source: PubMed . Culturally Competent Care for Hispanics with Diabetes, Reyes-Salinas, Graciela; Pulse Magazine, May 2006; Cultural Integration Theory: A Nursing Theory Reyes,-Salinas, Graciela; Paper Presentation. Texas Woman’s University. Nov. 2004; From a Diverse Culture to an Integrated Culture; Reyes, Graciela; SCI Nursing, Winter 2002.

Mrs. Salinas has been involved in international nursing since 1999, when she created the course for internationally educated nurses to pass NCLEX-RN. The course was so successful that Mrs. Salinas was invited to help colleges and non-profit organization throughout the country to start a similar program. In 1983 Mrs. Salinas founded the International Bilingual Nurses Alliance. Mrs. Salinas has been a keynote speaker in Honduras for three consecutive years, in Argentina, and multiple times in her country of origin, Mexico. Mrs. Salinas speaks about issues like standardized testing, nursing education, SCI, TBI, Diabetes, student assessment and measurement, clinical teaching, among many others. Mrs. Salinas has also been involved in developing the curriculum for new nursing programs in Mexico, or modifying the curriculum in existing programs.

Mrs. Salinas is considered an expert in internationally educated nurses by the Texas Board of Nurses; she is in constant communication with the board to help with issues related to this population.

Mrs. Salinas is highly interested in standardized testing and the internationally educated nurse (IENs); assessment and measurement in IENs; rehabilitation nursing practice; nursing management of SCI, and TBI clients; diabetes management in the Hispanic population, and other medical surgical topics.

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