Valerie Hennessy
Senior Instructor, Yakima 509-494-7905 Yakima 206 1401 W Prasch Ave., Yakima, WA 98902

 Valerie’s CV

Valerie has enjoyed over 25 years of nursing practice in various clinical and management roles in the Yakima Valley. Her nursing career began in public health nursing as a maternal child health home visiting nurse and shortly thereafter as the nurse manager of a local community health center. She has been certified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, as a University of Washington NCASTII/NSTEP-P nurse, as an ANA Board Certified Nurse Executive-Advanced in the hospital setting and finally as an AANP Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Valerie has worked primarily serving the homeless, migrant, and underserved community of Yakima. She is passionate about working with women and children in high-risk situations.


  • DNP (in progress), Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA
  • MSN, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA
  • BSN, Washington State University College of Nursing Yakima, Yakima, WA


Maternal child health locally and abroad, homelessness, domestic violence, substance abuse, child abuse and neglect, sexual assault, mental health, underserved, migrant populations, breastfeeding promotion and support, spiritual health, children and adults with disabilities, servant leadership, promoting the advancement of nursing education across the profession


Pediatrics, Women’s Health, Community Health, Nursing Leadership and Professional Development


  • Sigma Theta Tau- 20 years
  • AANP-13 years


Hennessy, V.R. (2003). Nurses’ Role in Breastfeeding Promotion. (unpublished Master’s Thesis)

updated 1/2/18