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July Spotlight on Kathleen Cathey
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Spotlight on Kathleen Cathey

The NMNPC member in the July spotlight is Kathleen Cathey, DNP, FNP-BC. Dr. Cathey is originally from Chicago, Illinois where she grew up. She attended Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois and graduated with a baccalaureate degree in biology. Following that, Dr. Cathey attended Rush University, earning her bachelor and doctorate degrees in nursing as a family nurse practitioner.

Dr. Cathey’s early career was in acute care in a northwestern Chicago hospital specializing in oncology. Following that position, she practiced as a clinic nurse at Lawndale Christian Health Center on the west side of Chicago, caring for underserved individuals while she attended school. Dr. Cathey stayed with the clinic as a nurse practitioner (NP) until she went to work on Chicago’s south suburb at Family Christian Health Center in Harvey, Illinois. Ten years later, Dr. Cathey visited a close NP friend in Deming, New Mexico and fell in love with our state. After moving here, she initially practiced with Rio Grande Medical Group in Deming and then transferred to Las Cruces. She’s currently working in a private practice in Deming with her close NP friend and for Rio Grande Medical Group.

Dr. Cathey has many options and goals for her next path. She wants to continue providing high quality care to the underserved, teach and promote the profession. She would like to bring attention regarding wellbeing to the providers and nurses who are on the front lines dealing with the COVID pandemic. In this process, she believes she would be able to provide relief for providers who are at risk of experiencing burnout by advocating for their institutions to pay them for their time off. Most clinics where she lives have providers working half time and only receiving half-time pay.

Dr. Cathey wants to bring light to the disparities highlighted through Black Lives Matter and the COVID pandemic. She wants to increase focus on health care promotion and prevention through improved education and bringing it to the community, believing that the resurgence of public health is a must.

Dr. Cathey would tell new NPs and those thinking about nursing as a profession that they get the best of all health care worlds as an NP. They can be a nurse and a provider, working anywhere and in many specialties and roles including public health, community health, inpatient care, schools, emergency rooms, operating rooms or teaching! The list is endless. As role models, we should be engaging high school students and helping them recognize the amazing opportunities for nurses and NPs, highlighting that we’re needed everywhere. Whether or not RNs choose to become NPs, RNs and NPs need to stick together and support each another.

Dr. Cathey’s hobbies include playing with her dog, dancing, reading and traveling when possible. She is also very active in her church and with the American Diabetic Associate (ADA). She is currently a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA), the New Mexico Nurses Association (NMNA), the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and the New Mexico Nurse Practitioner Council (NMNPC). Dr. Cathey is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau and has been active in the National Black Nurses Association.

Las Cruces and Deming are lucky to have Dr. Cathey as part of their health care communities. Wherever her next endeavor takes her, the patients she serves will be fortunate.


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