Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso is celebrating the Hunt School of Nursing’s 10-year anniversary in 2021. TTUHSC El Paso invites the community to participate in a year-long effort to celebrate the work of nurses and highlight the challenging conditions they often face in the workforce. In celebration, we invite you to get to know some of our Hunt School of Nursing faculty who are shaping the future of health care for the Borderland. They are dedicated to excellence and committed to care.
This month’s highlight features Christy Blanco, D.N.P., R.N., WHNP-BC, FAANP, assistant professor for the Hunt School of Nursing.
Shaping the future of health care in the Borderland through education drives Christy Blanco D.N.P., R.N., WHNP-BC, FAANP, assistant professor for the Hunt School of Nursing, to encourage her students to constantly seek knowledge.
“I love my education and I love giving my knowledge to others. Empowering a patient or student with education brings me a high level of satisfaction,” said Blanco.
Blanco values her own journey in education and health care. She graduated from Texas Christian University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2003 with a Master of Science in Nursing as a women’s health nurse practitioner.
“I also love being a nurse practitioner. As a nurse working in a hospital, I was able to make an impact in an acute-type situation, but felt I could make a bigger impact teaching as a nurse practitioner,” said Blanco.
In 2010, Blanco graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston with a Doctorate of Nursing Practice. In 2016, she joined Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso as a Hunt School of Nursing faculty member. She currently serves as the president of the Texas Nurse Practitioners, a non-profit organization, which purpose is to advance, support and promote the role of nurse practitioners and to promote accessible, quality health care provided by nurse practitioners.
“Working with the incredible Hunt School of Nursing faculty to accomplish innovative educational programs is my favorite aspect of my job. It’s an honor to provide a foundation for future nurse leaders in the El Paso community and advance our profession.”
Blanco recognizes that to become a nurse, one must strive for a delicate balance of home life, work life, and studies, but she hopes that students value their education and make gaining new knowledge a healthy habit.
“Studying doesn’t end when school ends. You need to be a lifelong learner to be a nurse. You need to love to learn.”