Nevada Nursing Foundation Honors WNC Interim Nursing Director

Aug 5, 2022

Nursing Professor Deborah Ingraffia-Strong works with Julia Guier in a nursing lab at Western Nevada College in Carson City.

Nursing students have long been successful in Western Nevada Colleges Associate of Nursing program. One reason for their continued success, in part, is through the outstanding work and dedication of Deborah Ingraffia-Strong, who doubles as the colleges interim director of Nursing & Allied Health and as a Professor of Nursing.
Now the Nevada Nursing Foundation also knows what students and WNC already know and will honor her this fall. The NNF is recognizing Ingraffia-Strong for her excellent work, selecting her as a nominee for the 2022 Shining Stars of Nursing in Nevada Peoples Choice Award.
Its always nice to be recognized by others especially the Nevada Nursing Foundation for your work, Ingraffia-Strong said. But there are usually many people that go into ones success. In my case, Im very thankful to the other professors and instructors in Nursing & Allied Health and throughout the college, as well as our clinical sites and support staff. This award is theirs, too.
Voting is open for the Peoples Choice Award. Vote for Ingraffia-Strong at Scroll down to the bottom of the page and select her name in the nomination and scoring form and cast your vote.
Ingraffia-Strong has been an important part of the colleges award-winning nursing program since 2005. Most of that time she has served as a valuable faculty member, but she also has been a driving force in many of the philanthropic and fundraising efforts of the Second Year Nursing Club and WNCs chapter of the National Student Nurses Association.
In 2021, she became the interim director of the Nursing and Allied Health program after Judith Cordia retired.
Ingraffia-Strong will be honored along with other nominees during the seventh annual Shining Stars of Nursing in Nevada Awards Gala on Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Celebrity Showroom in the Nugget Casino & Resort in Sparks.
Youre amazing and deserve the recognition! said NNF Chief Executive Officer Sandy Olguin.
Ingraffia-Strong earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Nevada, Reno and her Master of Nursing Science degree from the University of Phoenix.
The gala will include dinner, a silent auction, raffle, awards and dancing. For more information about the gala, go to