Theresa Barenz
Instructor 509-324-7331 SNRS 439 412 E. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane, WA 99202-2131

Theresa Barenz is an adult medical-surgical generalist who has cared for adult patients with injuries/illnesses from head-to-toe, in all medical-surgical clinical areas in a hospital.

Theresa was an officer on active duty in the United States Army Nurse Corps, Fort Lewis, WA, for her first nursing job. She spent approximately 8 months/year working at Madigan Army Medical Center (MAMC) and 4 months/year with her field unit, the 18th MASH (mobile Army surgical hospital). Every 6-12 months, she was moved to a new clinical nursing unit. Her experience in the army not only helped her develop flexibility and leadership out of necessity, it also helped her to realize that she had an affinity for teaching.

After serving in the military, Theresa worked at University of Washington Medical Center, on a gynecology/urology oncology unit. She became passionate about working in this area. During her years at UW, she earned her graduate degree in nursing education and began teaching clinicals for UW College of Nursing at Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA.

In 2006, Theresa moved back to Spokane and began teaching for WSU. She is a clinical instructor for N325 (adult medical/surgical clinicals). She also teaches the clinical preparation component of the N430 senior practicum, which includes a lab review course, case studies, and simulation. As a simulation team member, she is passionate about the integration of this technology into our nursing curriculum.


  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (1992), Washington State University College of Nursing, Spokane, WA
  • Master of Nursing (2001), University of Washington, Seattle, WA


Adult medical and surgical oncology, surgical ENT, urology, and gynecology


  • Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing, Member, 1992-present
  • Golden Key National Honor Society, 1992
  • American Nurses Association, Member, 2008-present


Co-Investigator, National Simulation Study, NCSBN (2010-2013)

“300 Miles to Clinical”, Barenz, T., Bayne, M., Brinker, D., Hirsch, A., Vangemert, F., Lungstrom, N., (2009) Poster Presentation

Lilleby, K., Altman, G.B., Barenz, T. A. (2004) Skill 8-2: Starting an IV. Altman: Delmar’s Fundamental & Advanced Nursing Skills, 2nd edition, Clifton Park: Thomson/Delmar Learning

White, L., Barenz, T. (2005) Procedure Contributor for Procedure 28-4: Preparing an IV Solution and Starting an IV. White: Foundations of Basic Nursing, 2nd edition, Clifton Park: Thomson/Delmar Learning