Connie-Marie Lapadat is an assistant professor of nursing at APU's San Diego Regional Center where she teaches in the ELM and MSN programs and coordinates the MSN-FNP program. She also has a passion for international medical missions and plans to work with students interested in participating in global clinics.
Prior to coming to California, Lapadat practiced as a family nurse practitioner with the Fraser Health Authority at the New Canadian Clinic providing care for refugee and new immigrant families living in Burnaby. She helped set up the first nurse practitioner-led clinic for Fraser Health, which was awarded the British Columbia Health Innovation Award for practice.
Lapadat is a graduate of the first UBC-FNP class of 2005 and has worked for 20 years as a nurse educator and practitioner in Canada, Latin America, and Africa. Her love of nursing as a career has taken her to the Arctic Circle and rural villages in Africa, Mexico, and Panama where she set up HIV and child health projects and clinics, and worked as a nurse practitioner, educator, assistant nursing school administrator, and consultant. She holds certificates obtained in London, Zambia, and Canada in fields such as tropical medicine, palliative care, primary health care in developing countries, obstetrical nursing, ophthalmology, and HIV.
Lapadat is involved in various activities with the CRNBC NPEC committee, CNA NP competency committee, and refugee health care committees. Her research areas include refugee health care, international and rural health care, women`s health, cultural barriers, and the integration of the nurse practitioner role into practice.
BSN, University of British Columbia
MSN-FNP, University of British ColumbiaCredentials/Certifications
Obstetrical Nursing Certificate, BC Institute of Technology
Heath Care and Tropical Medicine Certificate, London
HIV Training Certificate, Zambia
Ophthalmology Specialty Certificate, Zambia
Primary Health Care and Tropical Medicine Certificate, Seneca College, Canada
- Immigrant and Refugee Health Care
- International Nursing
- Pediatrics and Childbearing Health
- Primary Health Care of Underserved Populations
- Tropical Medicine
Courses TaughtGNRS 512 – Advanced Health Assessment and Health Promotion
GNRS 513 – Advanced Nursing Practice Role
GNRS 532 – Advanced Nursing Practice in Pediatrics
GNRS 587 – Community Health Nursing
GNRS 590A – Primary Health Care of the Young Family
GNRS 591 – Primary Health Care of the Childbearing Family
GNRS 592B – Primary Health Care Clinical Practicum
GNRS 594 – Pharmacology in Advanced Practice Nursing
Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons
San Diego Regional Center, 3rd floor
San Diego Regional Center