IENA Board Biographies

Teresa Bigand, MSN, RN, CMSRN, CNL

Teresa serves IENA as Nurse Education Director.

Teresa graduated from an Entry-Level Master of Nursing program at Pacific Lutheran University in 2013 where she received her Clinical Nurse Leader certification emphasizing quality of patient care and improving health outcomes. She has worked in a variety of positions as a registered nurse including a skilled nursing facility, acute care voluntary/involuntary mental health hospital, ambulatory care center including care of post-operative cardiac catheterization patients and spine surgery patients, she additionally instructed nursing student clinical and didactic at Pacific Lutheran University as well as at Pierce College. Teresa is currently pursuing a PhD in nursing and has a teaching assistantship as a clinical instructor to first-semester Bachelor of Nursing students at Washington State University to support her studies. She also works supplemental for Sacred Heart Medical Center on the cardiac medical floor.

Teresa is passionate about teaching nursing and remaining active in the profession. She is a member of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses and has become medical-surgical RN certified through this organization. She is also a member of the American Society for Pain Management Nursing as her graduate work is focused on helping adults with persistent pain to maintain a healthy weight. Teresa has attended national and local nursing conferences presenting her work on this topic. She plans to continue her work as a nurse researcher and professor upon graduation. She also hopes to spread the word about the IENA and the benefits of the organization to fellow nurses during her term.

Teresa is originally from Puyallup, WA. She currently resides in the South Hill of Spokane with her husband. She and her husband are both dedicated to fitness and can often be spotted in the local gym weight-lifting together.

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Graduate of Pacific Lutheran University where she received her Clinical Nurse Leader certification emphasizing quality of patient care and improving health outcomes.

Teresa works supplemental for Sacred Heart Medical Center on the cardiac medical floor.

She is also currently pursuing a PhD in nursing and has a teaching assistantship as a clinical instructor to first-semester Bachelor of Nursing students at Washington State University.

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