Each month, a Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso employee who contributes to the university’s Employee Giving Campaign will be featured. Participating in this campaign sends a powerful message to the community that employees not only work here, but also truly believe in our mission to serve all people through exemplary patient care, education and research. They are dedicated to excellence and committed to care.
This month’s employee is Demi Castrellon, D.N.P., R.N., ACNP-BC, nurse practitioner and faculty associate with the Department of Neurology.
Demetria Castrellon – or Demi to friends and coworkers – does not, as her nickname would suggest, do anything halfway. A nurse practitioner and faculty associate with the Department of Neurology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, Castrellon sustains a full life of family, work and giving back.
Dr. Castrellon is an El Paso native and worked as an ICU nurse at University Medical Center of El Paso for eight years prior to joining TTUHSC El Paso in 2008. In 2011, she received her Master of Science in nursing with an acute care nurse practitioner specialization from the University of Texas at El Paso. In 2020, she received her doctorate in nursing practice from New Mexico State University.
She currently works in an acute care setting caring for patients with neurological disorders related to stroke and epilepsy. Additionally, she leads the Stroke Survivor Club of El Paso, part of the American Stroke Association’s support group network.
“Health care providers are taking many leadership roles to give the best care for patients, and we have to be up-to-date on new treatments or protocols on a daily basis,” said Dr. Castrellon.
Her role as a leader with students, peers and patients has made Dr. Castrellon an advocate for supporting all health care providers in the community, especially nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The pandemic has demonstrated the importance of nurses in health care and the sacrifices they make treating patients. It’s their hard work, strength and determination which inspire us to keep fighting against COVID-19.”
Dr. Castrellon donates to the Hunt School of Nursing Excellence Fund with the hope that new local nurses will stay just that: local. She envisions that many will pursue a path close to hers, as nurse practitioners.
“With the influx of patients during this pandemic, nurse practitioners have been crucial in stepping up their roles in assisting fellow providers with the workload,” Dr. Castrellon said.
In 2021, TTUHSC El Paso will celebrate the Hunt School of Nursing’s 10-year anniversary and its contributions to higher education, health care in the Paso del Norte region and combating the critical shortage of nurses in West Texas. Gifts like Dr. Castrellon’s are helping pave the way for future nurses and nurse practitioners in the Borderland.
Giving back has never been so easy now that the Employee Giving Campaign form is online. Click here to join the Employee Giving Campaign.