My name is Deborah Hoppe.
I’m a Registered Nurse with over 35 years of psychiatric nursing experience. It’s all I’ve ever done. I started as an LPN in a county detox center in the Upper Midwest; then when I completed my associate’s degree in nursing I worked on a geropsych unit in the Northeast. My next nursing position was as the charge RN on an in-patient mental health unit for a state hospital system. I completed my BSN in 2003 working as a house supervisor and treatment team leader in the same state hospital system. In 2005 I completed my MSN as the treatment team leader for a large out-patient mental health clinic in Upstate New York. In 2015 my husband and I relocated to South Texas where I worked as the Director of Mental Health Services. Currently, I am preparing to shift gears in my nursing career and begin teaching mental health nursing at a local university here in South Texas.
My goal in developing these mental health learning modules is to help your direct care staff understand the care needs of people with a mental health diagnosis. I know what it takes to provide competent, person-centered care.
Throughout my career I have been blessed to work with kind, caring, intelligent and funny nurses I'm proud to call my friends. But my greatest teachers, our Peer Specialists, have shared with me their own lived experiences as consumers of mental health services and those experiences have informed my approach to mental health care more than anything. Thank you Mark, David, Blondyne, Cindy, Donna, and most of all, my friend Rinny.
License and Certification:
- Master's Degree Nursing, University of Phoenix, 2005
- Registered Nurse, Texas Board of Nursing
- Certified Dementia Practitioner and Trainer, National Council of Dementia Practitioners, 2017
- Member American Nurses Association
- Member Texas Nurses Association