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Patricia L. Garansuay

Patricia L. Garansuay, MSN, RN, CCRC

Instructor Nursing

Office: Old Main, Room 320D
Email: pgaransuay@wtamu.edu
Phone: 806-651-2644

Professional Profile

Garansuay joined the College of Nursing and Health Sciences in 2014. She has a long history of nursing experience starting in 1995 as a Certified Nursing Assistant, obtaining her Licensed Practical Nurse from Bates Technical College in Tacoma, Washington in 1997, and then earning her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from WTAMU in 2009. Upon completion of her graduate work at Wayland Baptist University, receiving her MSN in Nursing Education, she decided to return to WTAMU to pursue her love of teaching. Garansuay is currently engaged in coursework towards her Doctorate of Nursing Practice.

Teaching and Related Service

Garansuay teaches the Vital Skills Success Course for the Department of Nursing along with medical terminology and serves as clinical instructor for Senior Level I students in Adult Health Concepts- Advanced Med/Surg & Critical Care.

She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau National Nursing Honor Society, the Association of Clinical Research Professionals, the American Nurses Association, the National League of Nurses, and the Texas Nurses Association.

Research and Creative Activity

Garansuay’s research interests include ethics in nursing and improving End-of-Life (EOL) care for patients with terminal illness. She currently sits on the Ethics Committee at BSA Hospital in Amarillo and has served on the same for the Department of Veteran’s Affairs Hospital as well.  She holds certification in Clinical Research Coordination (CCRC), and is also a designated ELNEC trainer (End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium is endorsed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing). Garansuay is currently developing research into improving education and access to palliative care services for rural and underserved populations here in the Texas Panhandle

Personal Sketch

A Desert Storm Army veteran, Garansuay lives in Amarillo, Texas with her husband Clavio, a retired United States Marine. Collectively, they have 4 children and six beautiful grandchildren. Although the nest is technically “empty”, they have a cock-a-poo Verdell. Garansuay enjoys traveling, hiking, skiing, cooking, reading, and playing her bass clarinet with the Amarillo Wind Ensemble.