Cara Gallegos, PhD, RN
Associate Professor, School of Nursing
Cara Gallegos joined Boise State University in 2013. She served as the Manager of Patient Safety and Quality Outcomes for St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital. Before that, she taught in the undergraduate, RN to BSN, and DNP program at University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. She has served as an Education Specialist at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and an Educator for Pediatrics/PICU at Presbyterian Healthcare Services.
Gallegos received her PhD from University of New Mexico where her dissertation focused on stress and coping in parents of critically ill children in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Her areas of scholarship are parental stress and coping of critically ill infants and children, evidence-based practice, and quality improvement. She also holds an MSN– Advanced practice in Pediatrics specializing in Pediatric Cardiology, and a BScN from the University of Alberta in Canada.
Gallegos is originally from Canada and has recently moved to Boise with her husband, two children, two dogs, and one guinea pig. She enjoys almost any outdoor activity but especially skiing, running, biking, and playing hockey. She spends a lot of time traveling with her children to local, regional, and national BMX races.