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CSUB Faculty Members Earn Kern County RN of the Year Awards

Two California State University, Bakersfield Department of Nursing faculty members recently were recognized by the Kern County Chapter of the Association of California Nurse Leaders for their accomplishments within the community.

Dr. Annie Huynh, a CSUB tenure-track faculty member who teaches in the undergraduate and graduate Family Nurse Practitioner programs, received the Clinical Practice – Outpatient Registered Nurse of the Year Award.  Karen Lillie, a Board of Registered Nursing-recognized content expert for Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing for CSUB, received the Education-Academia Registered Nurse of the Year Award.

“The CSU Bakersfield Department of Nursing is so proud to celebrate the accomplishments of Dr. Huynh and Professor Lillie,” said Phyllis Heintz, chair of the Department of Nursing. “They both have made a significant difference in the lives of our nursing students and helped educate compassionate nurses caring for our community.

Dr. Huynh is a practicing Family Nurse Practitioner at Kern Medical Center and Pinnacle Emergency Physicians medical group. She is dedicated to providing patient-centered care to clients in medically underserved areas.

As a nurse practitioner, Dr. Huynh diagnoses, treats, evaluates, and manages complex acute, critical, and chronic illness and diseases. Dr. Huynh is passionate about improving the health of our community. Her research focus addresses the issue of tobacco smoking and its enormous public health threat. She evaluated the effectiveness of a mobile application in tobacco cessation education, which she presented at the Western Institute of Nursing conference in April 2017.

Professor Lillie is the Board of Registered Nursing recognized content expert for Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing for CSUB. She provides an impressive pattern of service to the Department of Nursing, exceeding expectations of a faculty member in both breadth and depth.

Professor Lillie is a strong advocate for nursing students and is the faculty member students turn to when they are experiencing life or school challenges.  She is deeply engaged with student success; when she sees a student need, she immerses herself in seeking solutions.  Ms. Lillie incorporates evidence-based practice into her teaching and uses innovative teaching strategies that help students understand the lived experience of their mental health clients.

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