Sandra Gonzalez Graham MSN Ed
Sandra Gonzalez Graham is known for her ability to work with diverse populations. Sandra has 35 years of working in the healthcare environment as a Registered Nurse and a Health Science Educator. Sandra’s life experience living on the both the east and west side of Washington State as a bilingual and bicultural member of her community has influenced her career.
Sandra currently holds a position at Walla Walla Community College as a Nursing Assistant Coordinator and Transcultural Healthcare Specialist. This position allows Sandra to develop educational programs and pathways for students entering the healthcare work force. Sandra coordinates the Nursing Assistant Program, Spanish Medical Interpreter/Translator Program. Her clinical expertise is an asset to teaching in the Medical Assistant Program and other Allied Health course offerings such Transcultural Competency for Healthcare Professionals.
Sandra has been involved in the IBEST- Integrated Basic Educational Skills Training model of instruction since 2000. Highlights of her career have been co-authoring and publishing a bilingual Fotonovela for the Alzheimer’s Association called “En Busca de Un Nuevo Amanecer” (In Search of A New Beginning). In 2004, she attended the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) and presented on the topic of Integrating Students with Emerging English skills into Healthcare Careers. Most recently she presented at the International Medical Interpreter Association Conference held in Boston at the Harvard Medical School. The topic presented was Creating Simulation Labs for Medical Interpreters and Healthcare Students . She is the sole-proprietor of “La Bilingue Interpreter Services”.
On a more personal level Sandra shares a home with her two children and husband in Walla Walla Washington. As part of the sandwich generation, Sandra and her extended family have had the honor and privilege to care for the elders in both their families.