Teresa Denson, BSN, RN, currently works in an acute psychiatric unit. Her nursing experience also includes long term care, medical/surgical nursing, school nursing, and neurological intermediate care and intensive care.
Her mother was a nurse and her influence is the reason Ms. Denson pursued nursing. Her passion to focus on mental health began years ago as she watched her mother suffer with schizophrenia. She graduated as a licensed practical nurse in August of 2004 and her sweet mother passed away in October of the same year. Years after her mother’s death, a disturbing letter was found that her mother wrote to her congressman pleading for financial help for her and her children. This fueled a fire within Ms. Denson to help vulnerable populations with mental illness. The SAMHSA MFP at the American Nurses Association was the perfect opportunity to help her reach this goal.
Ms. Denson worked as a licensed practical nurse for 7 years before graduating and becoming eligible to sit for the RN licensure board. In 2012, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Her current goal is to complete her MSN degree in 2019.
She attends Walden University where she is pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing with an emphasis on Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing.
She is the Secretary of Black Nurses Rock Houston, TX chapter where the focus is on initiatives to combat major health disparities affecting black communities such as HIV/AIDS, heart disease, stroke and diabetes. She is also a member of the American Nurses Association and Texas Nurses Association District 9.