Valerie Hennessy
Associate Teaching Professor, Yakima 509-494-7905 Yakima 206 1401 W Prasch Ave., Yakima, WA 98902

 Valerie’s CV

I have enjoyed over 27 years of nursing practice in various clinical and management roles in the Yakima Valley. My 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. I have 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. I have worked primarily serving the homeless, migrant, and underserved community of Yakima. I particularly enjoy working with women and children in high-risk situations. I returned to WSU in the fall of 2012 as clinical faculty having taught originally during my graduate school program.


  • BSN, WSU, Yakima, 1992
  • MSN, Gonzaga, Spokane, 2003
  • DNP, Gonzaga, Spokane, 2019


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


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


  • Sigma Theta Tau- 27 years
  • AANP-16 years


Hennessy, V. R. (2019). Improving Breast Cancer Screening Utilizing Shared Decision-Making and a Decision Aid. (DNP Scholarly Project-publication in progress)

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 (unpublished Master’s Thesis)

updated 8/20/19