Maria L. Rubolino-Gallego, MSN, RN, FNPc
Maria L. Rubolino-Gallego, MSN, RN, FNPc, is a professor at California State University Bakersfield, in Bakersfield, California. Her winning abstract entry, "Prophylactic Mastectomy: Living the Decision," was based on extensive semi-structured interviews conducted with women who have undergone prophylactic mastectomy. She found that while all reported a sense of fear prior to surgery, few expressed major regrets. The findings can be used to help health care providers better inform and support women considering mastectomy, and have been published in Practical Journal for Nurse Practitioners.
After securing both an undergraduate and a master's degree in nursing from California State University, Rubolino-Gallego returned to her alma mater where she now serves as a full-time professor. Additionally, Rubolino-Gallego provides general, antepartum and postpartum care to women of all ages at the Bakersfield Center for Women's Health in Bakersfield, California. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau (the International Honor Society of Nursing), the Kern Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Association, the Community Action Partnership Committee and CSUB Alumni.
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