Wanda J. Borges



HSS 310E

Dr. Borges has worked as a nurse for more than 30 years in a wide variety of settings. She has specific training as an Adult Nurse Practitioner and obtained her PhD from University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in 2004 with her dissertation research implementing an intervention to improve self-care behaviors in patients with diabetes. She has focused her research efforts using Community Based Participatory Research methods and partners with community-based health centers to improve health outcomes. In her current role she oversees a Nursing Leadership and Administration MSN program, a Population Health Leadership DNP program and a FNP and PMHNP program. Dr. Borges also continues her work to establish intentional Academic Practice Partnerships with health care agencies that have a shared mission and values with NMSU and provide students the opportunity to learn to solve real world problems.


PhD, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHSCH)
MSN, New Mexico State University
BSN, New Mexico State University
ADN, New Mexico State University

Awards & Honors

  • Millie A. Field Nursing Research Award, UTHSCH, May 2005
  • National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program, 2006-2008
  • Sigma Theta Tau International, Excellence in Nursing Research Award, July 2016

Clinical Focus

  • Adult Nurse Practitioner
  • Development of Academic Practice Partnerships
  • Translation of Evidence into Practice
  • Nurse Faculty Practice

Research Interests

  • Outcomes of Academic Practice Partnerships
    • COVID to Home Program
  • Effects of Healing Circles on Stress and Burnout in Nurses
  • Communicating with Parents Who Have Dementia
  • Brief Interventions to Promote Self-Care in Chronic Disease

Selected Publications

  • Hooper-Arana, E., Li, J., Borges, W.J., Bodenheimer, T. (2019). Clinical training innovation for pre licensure graduate nursing students to expand roles in primary care. Nurse Educator. DOI: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000664
  • Lynch, S., DeBlieck, C., Summers, L., Reinhardt, A., and Borges, W.J. (2018). Adolescent stress treatment study: A cluster randomized trial. Clinical Nursing Research. DOI: 10.1177/1054773817751760
  • Ong-Flaherty, C., Valencia-Garcia, D., Martinez, D., Borges, W.J. and Summers, L. (2017). Effectiveness of gaming in creating cultural awareness. Learning Culture and Social Interaction. DOI: 10.1016/j.lcsi.2016.12.005
  • Petersen, P., Keller, T., Way, S. & Borges, W.J. (2015). Autonomy and empowerment in advanced practice nurses: Lessons from New Mexico. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. DOI: 10.1002/2327 6924.12202
  • Keller, T., Borges, W. J., Hoke, M. & Radasa, T. (2011). Promotores and the Chronic Care Model: an organizational assessment. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 28:70- 80.
  • Ashcraft, A. and Borges, W. J. (2011). A case for geriatric evidence based practice end of life care. CNS Specific Geriatric Problem Based Case Studies. REASN (Resourcefully Enhancing Aging in Specialty Nursing), an initiative of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing.
  • Borges, W. J. & Ostwald, S. K. (2008). Improving Foot Self-Care Behaviors with Pies Sanos. Western Journal of Nursing Research 30(3): 325-341.