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Paula Rae Mitchell

Paula Rae Mitchell, American nursing educator, dean. Registered Nurse, Texas, Missouri.


  • Mitchell, Paula Rae was born on January 10, 1951 in Independence, Missouri, United States. Daughter of Millard Henry and E. Lorene (Denton) Gates.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Graceland University, Lamoni, Iowa, 1973. Master of Science in Nursing, University Texas, 1976. Doctor of Education in Educational Administration, New Mexico State University, 1996.


    • Instructor nursing El Paso Community College, Texas, 1979-1985, director nursing, 1985—2003, acting division chairman health occupations, 1985-1986, division dean, 1998-1999, dean health occupations, 1999-2000, curriculum facilitator, 1984—1985, dean health occupations, math and science, campus dean Rio Grande, 2000—2008, dean health career technical education Math and science campus dean Rio Grade, since 2008. Obstetrics-gynecology nurse practitioner Planned Parenthood, El Paso, 1981-1986, medical committee, 1986-1998. Consultant in field, army medical department officer Academy Health Scis.Ft.

      Captain United States Army, 1972-1978, captain United States Army Reserve, 1978-1998, retired United States Army Reserve, 1998.

    Major achievements

    • Registered Nurse, Texas, Missouri.



    Denomination: Christian Church


    Founder, board directors Health-Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology, El Paso, 1981—1985. Member public education committee American Cancer Society, 1983—1984, member professional activities committee, 1992—1993. Member El-Paso City-County Board Health, 1989—1991.

    Member Government Applications Review Committee Rio Grande Council Governments, 1989—1991. Member collaborative council El Paso Magnet High School for Health Care Professions, 1992—1994. Co-chair health and human services task force Unite El Paso Health, 1996—1998, member steering committee, 1999—2000.

    Co-chair health taskforce El Paso Community Legislation Agenda, 1997—1999. Member advisory committee Center for Border Health Research, Paso del Norte Health Foundation, 1998—2004. Member Leadership El Paso, 1999.

    Member health professional shortage task force Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, since 2001, member health care council, since 2002. Member star advisory committee Canutillo Texas Indiana School District, 2003—2005. Member El Paso County Civil Service Commission, 2006—2010, chair, 2009—2010.

    Coordinator West Texas Medical Reserve Corps, since 2006. Board directors Border Health Institute, El Paso, 2001—2008, secretary-treasurer, 2003—2008. Member community advisory board Victory Warriors Drill and Dance Academy, since 2001.

    Member governing board Mesa Hills Specialty Hospital, 2002—2009. Member National League Nursing (resolutions committee Associates Degree council 1987-1989, accreditation site visitor, AD council since 1990, Texas education committee 1991-1992, Texas 3d vice president 1992-1993, Texas 1st vice president 1997-1999, nominating committee 1999-2000), American Society Psychoprophylaxis Obstetrics (certified childbirth educator 1978), Nurses Association American College Ob-Gyn. (certified in ambulatory women's healthcare, 1983, chapter coordinator 1979-1983, national program review committee 1984-1986, correspondent 1987-1989), Advanced Nurse Practitioner Group El Paso (coordinator 1980-1983, legislation committee 1984), American Physical Therapist Association (commission on accreditation, site visitor for physical therapist assistant programs since 1991), Organization Associate Degree Nursing (Texas membership chairman 1985-1989, chairman goals committee 1989-2004, national bylaws committee 1990-1995), American Vocational Association, American Association Women Community and Junior Colleges, Texas Organization Nurse Executives, National Council Workforce Education (articulation task force 1986-1989, program standards task force 1991-1993), National Council Instructional Administrators, Texas Society Allied Health Professionals (secretary 2004-2007, elect president 2007-2008, president 2008-2009, past president 2009-2010), Texas Nurses Association (president elect district one 2002-2003, president 2003-2005, past president 2005-2006, board member, 2008-2009, nomination committee member since 2009), American.

    Society Allied Health Professionals (education committee 1993-1996), El Paso Chamber of Commerce (healthcare council 2001-2005), El Paso Commission for Women (treasurer since 2007), American Legion (senior vice Commander since 2010), Military Order World Wars (El Paso chapter staff officer 2007-2008, junior vice Commander, 2008-2010, chair Phoenician Award Committee since 2009, Merit award, 2008, Silver Patrick Henry, 2009, Otstanding Chapter Companion, 2010), Sigma Theta Tau, Phi Kappa Phi.


    • Married Ralph William Mitchell, May 24, 1975.
    • father: Millard Henry Gates
    • mother: E. Lorene (Denton) Gates
    • spouse: Ralph William Mitchell
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    Born January 10, 1951
    (age 66)