Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
Betzi Quiroz, MSN, RN joined Boise State University’s School of Nursing as a Clinical Assistant Professor in 2013. Quiroz received her BS degree in Nursing from Boise State University (2001) and her MSN degree in Nursing Education from Gonzaga University (2009). Quiroz was born and raised in Peru which allowed her to gain bilingual and bicultural skills.
Prior to joining Boise State University, Quiroz worked in a variety of clinical areas including medical-surgical, orthopedic, neurology, oncology, and cardiology units at a local Boise hospital. Additionally, Quiroz has five years of experience teaching as a community health educator; designing and providing bilingual injury prevention and health promotion education and services to underserved populations in rural areas of Idaho.
Quiroz’s expertise in teaching includes seven years of teaching theoretical and clinical nursing courses at Idaho State University-Meridian’s Accelerated Baccalaureate Nursing Program. These courses included fundamentals of nursing, health assessment, medical-surgical nursing, community health nursing, and leadership and management.
Quiroz’s professional education, twelve years of clinical nursing experience in acute and long term care facilities, and teaching in academia and rural communities has prepared her to provide learner-centered environments that facilitate learning through various traditional and contemporary teaching strategies to undergraduate nursing students completing their Nursing in Health and Illness, and Community and Population Health Nursing lab courses at Boise State.
Her teaching areas of interest include the development and implementation of experiential learning activities such as simulation and short-term cultural immersion as it provides students with hands-on-“put yourself in their shoes”-lifelong lessons. One of these experiential activities assisted nursing students in gaining perspective of barriers that chronically ill clients face when attempting to manage chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. As students followed these lifestyle changes, they indicated an increase in awareness and empathy for this unique population— gaining new knowledge and attitudes at a more personal level. By gaining a better understanding of the challenges to the individual living with a chronic illness, students begin to tailor teaching that empowers and promotes autonomy among these clients and their families.
Quiroz’s research interests include strengthening curricula to assist in the development of cultural sensitivity, awareness, knowledge, and competence as well as holistic and patient-centered nurses as the demand to meet the needs of our emerging diverse communities is great, especially among underserved and disadvantaged populations such as senior citizens, farm workers, sheep herders and refugees of Idaho.