Nurse of the Year

Barbara Ann West Ed.D, MSN

Although my mother was a nurse, growing up in Michigan I never considered becoming a nurse. I always wanted to be a high school English teacher. With the strong encouragement from my father, I changed my major in my sophomore year at San Diego State University, and graduated with my BSN in 1974.

While in the last year of nursing school, I worked as a nursing assistant in a Convalescent Hospital, and continued to work there after graduation. It was here that I met a Navy man who was moonlighting there, got married, and moved to Okinawa, Japan. My older and younger brothers were both in the Navy, so, with the blessing from my then husband, I received my commission in the Navy while still in Japan.

My journey in nursing has taken me full circle from San Diego, to Okinawa, to Tennessee, to Sacramento, CA, to Seattle, Washington, and now back to San Diego. While in the Navy I received my MSN from the University of Tennessee in 1985, and in 2005, I received my Doctorate from Tennessee State University.

Although I have worked in a variety of areas, my love and expertise is in Labor & Delivery and Education. I have taught at San Diego State University, Columbia State Community College, Seattle Pacific University and Seattle University. Having burned out in teaching, I started at the VA Hospital in Seattle, WA, and transferred to the San Diego VA in 2013 where I currently work in the Utilization Management Department as a Care Coordinator. In my spare time, I love to read, watch football and tennis, play Bingo and Trivia Crack, go watch my daughter run marathons, and plan my next vacation. I have crossed 38 countries off my bucket list, but I am nowhere near the bottom. I am so pleased to serve as your 1st Vice President, and I know together we can continue to do great things in San Diego.