Skip to Content
Photo of Connie Brehm, PhD, FNP, RN

Connie Brehm, PhD, FNP, RN

Professor
Phone: (626) 815-5386
Email: cbrehm@apu.edu
Connie Brehm, PhD, FNP, RN, has practiced nursing for more than 35 years. Brehm’s clinical interests are in community health, and she has a developing interest in teaching and advanced practice nursing. She has practiced as a family nurse practitioner at community health centers in Los Angeles and Pomona, and has taught undergraduate and master’s courses with a focus on community health and advanced practice nursing. In 1998, Brehm founded the School of Nursing’s Outreach Health Services for the homeless of East San Gabriel Valley, which she continues to direct. She conducts research and speaks about her work with the homeless at a number of venues.

Education

PhD, Nursing (Emphasis in Community Health), University of Colorado Health Sciences Center at Denver
MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner, California State University at Long Beach
MPH, International Health, University of California, Los Angeles
BSN, University of California, Los Angeles

Credentials/Certifications
Registered Nurse: Active California RN License
Public Health Nurse Certificate by BRN
Certified Nurse Practitioner (active) by State of California, Board of Registered Nursing
Certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) by American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Commission on Certification

Departments

  • School of Nursing
    • Undergraduate Programs
    • Graduate Programs

Expertise

  • Breast Cancer Screening
    Under Brehm’s direction, FNP students and clinical faculty provide women’s health screening examinations for breast cancer and cervical cancer as part of the annual Community Health Fair given by Arroyo Vista Family Health Center of Los Angeles.
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Health Care Needs of the Homeless
    Brehm is the director of the Homeless Outreach Clinic, which brings health services to the homeless of the Winter Shelter Program of the East San Gabriel Valley Coalition for the Homeless. Brehm provides the leadership for this clinic, which operates on grant support and is staffed by FNP nursing students, nursing faculty, and FNP alumni. The clinic operates 1–3 evenings per week December–March, and has done so since 1997. Through this clinic, certified nurse practitioners (and APU nursing students) provide health care for the homeless, including assessment and management of common acute and chronic illnesses.
  • Occupational Health
  • Public Health

Professional/Scholarly Presentations

Presentations
November 8, 2007 - Enhancement Through Integration of Evaluation and Accreditation. Peer-reviewed panel presentation by Carey, M. A., Brehm, C. & Guerra, J. at annual international meeting of American Evaluation Association, Baltimore, MD: conference theme: “Evaluation 2007: Evaluation and Learning.”

May 1, 2008 Invited to be keynote speaker at Bethel University’s 7th Annual Nursing Research and Practice Symposium in St. Paul, Minnesota. Presentation title: Serving the least of these: Nursing students and faculty care for the homeless.

July 20, 2006 - Linking Clinical Practice to Curriculum Development in Health Care for the Homeless; Podium presentation (peer-reviewed) for Sigma Theta Tau International Honor for Nursing at the Annual International Meeting held in Montreal, Canada.

January 28, 2006 - Created Imago Dei (Image of God): Faith Integration and Nursing. An invited podium presentation for the Faith Integration Faculty Symposium at Azusa Pacific University.

Health Care for the Homeless; An invited podium presentation (peer reviewed with published proceedings) for the California Association of Nurse Practitioners at their 27th Annual Conference held in Monterey, CA, March 27, 2004

Publications
Cruz, E. and Brehm, C. (2007). Introduction to Parish Nursing. Health & Development: Quarterly Journal of Christian Community Health Fellowship (27) 1.

Brehm, C. and Cone, P. (estimate 2008 publication) chapter in process: Homeless Families, In Bowden, V. Family Nursing, Prentice Hall: Upper Saddle River, NJ.

Brehm, C. (2007). Childhood Injuries. Chapter 39 in textbook by Brady, M. (ed) Pediatric Primary Care, Elsevier.

Brehm, C., Childhood Injuries. Chapter 40 in textbook by Brady, M. (ed.) Pediatric Primary Care, Saunders: Philadelphia, 2004

Service Learning through a Homeless Outreach Clinic; Invited presentation for invited guests as part of APU's annual “Celebration of Roses,” a university advancement event, December 31, 2003

View All Professional/Scholarly Presentations

Professional Experience

Academic Experience
Associate Professor of Nursing. Azusa Pacific University, School of Nursing. Full-time faculty appointment including teaching, research, and service. Teaching responsibilities are in undergraduate and masters level courses with focus on community health and advanced practice nursing, and guidance for doctoral student dissertations. As an extension of her clinical teaching responsibilities, she founded and continues to direct the APU School of Nursing’s Outreach Health Services for the homeless of East San Gabriel Valley. She conducts research and speaks about her work with the homeless in a number of venues.

Nurse Practitioner - Occupational Health. Methodist Hospital of Southern California, Arcadia, CA. Job duties included occupational nursing services for the hospital and for a number of outside contractors in the community: - Pre-placement health assessment for hospital workers, and employees of outside agencies, such as City of Arcadia, Arcadia School District, Blue Cross; - Treatment for ill & injured employees, including workers’ compensation cases; - Case Manager of workers’ compensation cases; - Implemented the Employee Wellness and Employee Assistance Programs, 1991-1995

Associate Professor of Nursing, University of Alaska, Anchorage. Full-time faculty appointment including responsibilities for teaching, research, and service; Taught courses in the graduate, undergraduate and continuing education programs in nursing; Carried the major responsibility for the implementation, development and teaching of the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty within the Master's Program; Also taught undergraduate courses: pathophysiology, physical assessment, community health nursing, and nursing issues course, 1980-1988

Lecturer in Nursing, California State University at Long Beach. Faculty appointment, teaching/research/service. Taught community health nursing for senior nursing students theory and clinical, with clinical supervision in County and City Health Depts, 1975-1978

Consulting Engagements
Board Member for California Coalition of Nurse Practitioners (CCNP now CANP): Elected position to represent the Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley area to the state level Board of Directors. In addition to Board duties, served on the Practice Issues Committee. Work included writing and revising position papers relating to education, scope of practice and legal issues of importance to NP's practicing in California. CCNP membership includes 3000 certified nurse practitioners throughout California, 1999-2001

Completed training through Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), a division of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Subsequent to the training have been a site visitor annually to baccalaureate and masters degree programs seeking accreditation through CCNE, July 20-21, 2001

Industry Experience
School Nurse Practitioner, Bellflower School District, Bellflower, California. Performed school physical exams, immunizations, health counseling, emergency care, and conducted the mandated health screening programs, 1978-1980

Nurse Practitioner - Occupational Health. Methodist Hospital of Southern California, Arcadia, CA. Job duties included occupational nursing services for the hospital and for a number of outside contractors in the community: Pre-placement health assessment for hospital workers, and employees of outside agencies, such as City of Arcadia, Arcadia School District, Blue Cross; Treatment for ill & injured employees, including workers' compensation cases; Case Manager of workers' compensation cases; Implemented the Employee Wellness and Employee Assistance Programs, 1991-1995

Family Nurse Practitioner, Arroyo Vista Family Health Center, Los Angeles. Provided primary ambulatory care for individuals of all ages (full time), specifically: Histories, physicals, follow-up care for infants, preschoolers, school aged children, adults. Women's health care, prenatal care, and post-partum primary care. Primary care for patients presenting with a variety of acute and chronic health problems, including emergency triage, 1988-1991

Clinical Nurse, UCLA Hospital/Clinics. Performed staff nurse and charge nurse responsibilities in medical/surgical areas and surgical intensive care unit, 1970-1975

Professional Involvement and Accomplishments

Honors, Awards, Recognition
Extra Mural Grants
Project Director for several grants supporting Homeless Health Care Outreach from the Institute for urban Research & Development (IURD).

Project Director of Mobile Health Program serving the Winter Shelter Program of East San Gabriel Valley. Funded by Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA). Grant award was to APU School of Nursing. 2003-2004

Project Director for Health Clinic operated within Project Achieve in El Monte, a comprehensive case management agency serving the homeless. Funded by the Institute for Urban Research and Development (IURD). 2003-2004

Served as assistant to the Project Director, Felicitas dela Cruz, in the administration of a special projects grant for training of health care professionals in working with underserved populations. Funded by State of California, Health Care Workforce and Community Development Division, 2002-2003

Served as Director of Outreach Clinic serving the homeless of the Winter Shelter Program of East San Gabriel Valley. Clinic provided health services for the homeless and provided a teaching site for masters level Family Nurse Practitioner students. Funded by California Health Manpower Commission. Grant was authored by my colleague, Dr. Felicitas DelaCruz. 1999-2000

Lead Faculty for Distance Education. Served as lead faculty to implement grant awarded to the Family Nurse Practitioner Program for offering the Family Nurse Practitioner Program courses at a distant site in San Bernardino through simultaneous video instruction. Grant was authored by my colleague, Dr. Felicitas DelaCruz, 1999-2000

Internal Grant Funding (from Azusa Pacific University)
Received 2 consecutive years of educational grants from the APU Faculty Development Council for project entitled: “Development of a Community Health Teaching site for Family Nurse Practitioner Students with Focus on Service to Homeless Clients.” Funding
amounts were $2500 each year with additional funds available for student intern. These
grants provided the basis for a subsequent grant application to the California Health Manpower Commission for a larger grant enabling increased services to the homeless, 1997-1999

Awards
Recipient of Dean's Accomplished and Emerging Scholar Award from Azusa Pacific University, Office of the Provost and Academic Cabinet for research mentorship with Dr. Adeline Nyamathi, Professor (and scholar). 2005-2006

Most Inspirational Faculty Member - An award from students in Master of Science Nursing program from the spring 2006 graduating class. May 2006

Recipient of Dean's Accomplished and Emerging Scholar Award from Azusa Pacific University, Office of the Provost and Academic Cabinet for 2004-05 to continue on-going studies of Health Care Needs of the Homeless, May 6, 2005

Uncommon Citizen Award - A service award from Azusa Pacific University; This is an annual award for one faculty member and one staff member from the university community, August 28, 2003

Woman of Distinction Award, A service award from Soroptimist International, the Puente Hills Chapter, April 20, 2002

Celebrating Faculty Achievement - Featured in poster display (among several other faculty) for recognition of community service and service learning, displayed within the Darling Library in conjunction with inauguration events for Jon Wallace to the APU presidency, April 4, 2001

Recipient of Dean's Accomplished and Emerging Scholar Award from Azusa Pacific University through the Provost and Academic Cabinet for the 2000-2001 academic year, June 9, 2000

Appreciation Award (gift) from the East San Gabriel Valley Coalition for the Homeless, in recognition of my founding and directing the Outreach Clinic for the Homeless serving the ESGV Winter Shelter Program (each winter since 1997). The gift was an 11 x 14 framed pencil drawing of roses created by a homeless client of the winter shelter program, May 24, 2000

Community Service Award presented by Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society for Nurses, Iota Sigma Chapter, April, 2000

Finalist for Community Service Nursing Excellence Award by NurseWeek. One of six finalists from 270 nominations in 7 categories, March 18, 2000

Certificate of Recognition from the East San Gabriel Valley Community Health Council, 1997

Award for "Excellence in Nursing" presented by the Alaska Nurses Association, 1988

Member of Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society for Nurses. Charter member of Theta Omicron Chapter.

Associations, Boards, Committees
Served as member of the Board of Registered Nursing for the State of Alaska, a Governor's appointment - 3-year term, 1985-1988

American Nurses Association - California

California Association of Nurse Practitioners

Sigma Theta Tau - International Nursing Honor Society

National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

Southern California Public Health Association

Special Interests and Activities

SERVICE TO SCHOOL OF NURSING AND THE UNIVERSITY

School of Nursing: Chair of Assessment and Accreditation Committee
School of Nursing: Member of MSN Council and BSN Council
School of Nursing: Administrative Council
Nurse serving APU Institute of Outreach Ministries – Camp Refugio, Ensenada,
Baja California, Mexico, 2004 – 2005

Related APU News