PhD Texas Woman's University
MSN Baylor University
BSN Baylor University
Office 3700 Worth Street, office #318, Dallas, TX 75246
Education & Work
Ms. Meraz is a Licensed Registered Nurse and is certified as a Clinical Research Coordinator through the Association of Clinical Research Professionals. She is also certified in Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support.
Currently, she is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing. Previously, she was a Professor of Nursing at El Centro College, Health and Legal Studies Department in Dallas. Her background includes serving as a Graduate Research Assistant at Texas Women's University College of Nursing in Denton, Texas. She was a Professor of Nursing at Collin College, Health Sciences Department in McKinney, Texas and a Clinical Research Nurse with Baylor Research Institute at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. Ms. Meraz has experience as Adjunct Faculty at Drexel University NCLEX Excel Prep Course.
Over the years her career in nursing has grown from opportunities that have included: Research Data Manager and Research Coordinator at Tyler Cardiovascular Consultants in Tyler, Texas; Graduate Research Assistant, Baylor University School of Nursing; Research Quality Assurance and Compliance Auditor, Baylor Research Institute at Baylor University Medical Center; ICU Nurse (PRN), East Texas Medical Center Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Texas; Clinic Nurse and CVICU Nurse at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler; Interventional Cardiology Research Clinician and Patient Educator at HeartPlace Cardiology in Dallas and CCU Nurse at Baylor University Medical Center Dallas.
Ms. Meraz is a member of many prestigious industry related associations: the Association of Clinical Research Professionals, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Eta Gamma chapter and National League of Nursing.
She has also shared her expertise through professional service to various institutions. While at Baylor Ms. Meraz has been a member of the Curriculum Committee and on a special taskforce for Concept Based Curriculum Development. At El Centro College, she was a member of the Research and Evaluation Committee.
She also served in various leadership roles at Collin College to include: member and Chair of the Department Curriculum Committee; member of the department Simulation Committee; member and Chair of the Department Student Affairs Committee; member of the Department Testing Committee; member of the College of Emergency Communications Committee; academic advising for nursing students; nursing development senior level coordinator; member of the Search Committee for health science prospective faculty; member of the Department of Systematic Evaluation Committee; member of the Department of Service Learning Planning Committee and a member of the Center of Excellence Advisory Committee.
Additionally, Ms. Meraz is involved in professional development opportunities. She attended the Southern Nursing Research Society, 24th Annual Conference in Austin, Texas and the Sigma
Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing 42nd Biennial Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana where she was recognized as a Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society Rising Star in Graduate Research. Continually enhancing her knowledge she has completed courses about ethics in research and participated in webinars through the Association for Clinical Research Professionals. Ms. Meraz is a Ph.D. candidate at Texas Women's University in Denton, Texas.
Her professional development also includes: Good Clinical Practices in Research with Baylor Research Institute sponsored by Medtrials; Nursing in Texas: A Regulatory Foundation for Safe Practice, Texas Board of Nurses; Effective Testing and Item Writing Workshop sponsored by Assessment Technologies Institute; National League of Nursing Educators Annual Symposium and Boot Camp for New Nurse Educators, sponsored by DI Associates.
Articles and Presentations
Restrepo, E, & Meraz, R. (2015). Development of an online data applications course using an interprofessional education model. Nurse Educator, 40(4):E1-4. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000130
Restrepo, E., Liu, F., Meraz, R. Pre-Pregnancy Weight Patterns and Pregnancy Outcomes. Presented at Southern Nursing Research Society Annual Meeting: Expanding Networks of Knowledge for Healthcare Innovations. Little Rock, AR, February, 2013 (refereed)
Restrepo, E., Liu, F., Meraz, R. Prevalence of Pre-Pregnancy Obesity in Urban and Rural Texas. Presented at Western Institute of Nursing 46th Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference. Anaheim, CA, April, 2013 (refereed)
Meraz, R. An Interprofessional Model for Technology in Practice. Poster presentation at Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing 42nd Biennial Convention. Indianapolis, IN, November, 2013.
Meraz, R. An Interprofessional Model for Technology in Practice. Poster presentation at Texas Woman’s University Student Creative Arts & Research Symposium. Denton, TX, April, 2014.
Ms. Meraz’ professional portfolio includes scholarly teaching and curricular activities. She served on a grant team at Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing for a grant funded in fall 2014 for Texas Nursing Innovation Grant “Geriatric Competency Validation Toolbox for New Nurse Graduates: Utilization of DEU’s and Collaborative Clinical Partnerships for Development and Validation." She was also on a grant team to develop curriculum for a post-master’s certificate program in informatics for Texas Woman’s University, PI Gail Roux which received funding in spring 2012 for a grant through the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration Grant (HRSA- #D09HP25021), “Health Informatics as a Bridge to the Underserved: Primary Care Strategy."
Additional grant work includes new course development for NURS 6903, Data Applications for Health Promotion and a Nursing Innovation Grant. In 2012 she worked as a faculty expert in designing concept based curriculum for Texas ADN programs, “The Texas Concept-Based Nursing Curriculum Project" for development of concept based curriculum at the ADN level.
Giving back to the community, Ms. Meraz has been a part of many worthy organizations and non-profits. She was a volunteer cabin nurse with Prosper ISD Rogers Middle School Science and Nature Camp for SkyRanch in Van, Texas. She was also a volunteer Summer Camp Nurse for both the Student Camps with Bridgeway Baptist Church in Prosper, Texas and North Texas Baptist Area Children’s Summer Camp in Lindale, Texas. Ms. Meraz was a volunteer judge for the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association, Speech and Debate Tournament and a volunteer at Collin College as a nursing representative for Career Day at Webb Elementary School in McKinney, Texas. Also in McKinney, she served on a flu shot clinic for the City of McKinney employees sponsored by McKinney Medical Center and was part of a Collin College Community Health Fair.