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Emeritus Faculty: Selina Bliss


B.S. Nursing, Arizona State University

M.S. Nursing, Arizona State University

Ph.D. Nursing Education, Capella University

At A Glance

Started    1994  
Taught     All aspects of nursing.
Department    Nursing  
Retired    2021     

Additional Information

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Yavapai College Career

Nomination letter excerpt:

To whom it may concern,

I would like to nominate Selina Bliss for the Professor Emeritus award. Selina began working at Yavapai College in 1994. She began her career working as a nursing instructor with the college while also working as a staff nurse at Yavapai Regional Medical Center. Selina had one of the first Quality Matters on-line courses. She has taught all aspects of nursing for the college. In the early 2000s she would organize groups of students to the state capitol to demonstrate the plight of nurses and meet the members of the senate and representatives. 

She also has been active in the Faculty Association through the many committees that association had. She has been on the professional growth committee, faculty affairs, curriculum committee and standards. Selina was even the President of the Faculty Association. She retired from Yavapai College in May 2021.

While working as a nursing instructor Selina also has been a member of the Arizona Nurses Association and has climbed through the ranks to be the President of Chapter 6. (Nurse Educators). She has been the secretary, treasurer, and vice president. She also was the ambassador for the National League of Nursing. She has written test questions for National Council of License Exam (NCLEX). She also received her certification in nursing education through the National League of Nurses. She is board certified registered nurse in medical and surgical nursing.

During the summers when off contract for the college, Selina volunteers for the Medical Unit for the management of wildfires for the Prescott National Forest Service. Sometimes, this position requires her to go to areas outside of the state for management of wildfires. She feels she has a duty to assist the persons impacted by wildfires.


Academic and Professional Honors and Awards

  • National League for Nursing Academy of Nursing Education Fellowship (2020) - Awarded to individuals who have made enduring and substantial contributions to nursing education.

  • Finalist for the March of Dimes 2020 Nurse of the Year - For significant contributions to educating future nurses in the community college settings.

  • Yavapai College 2019 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award Recipient – Recognized for outstanding commitment and contribution to students and colleagues. NISOD is the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, a membership organization committed to promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership at community and technical colleges.

  • Yavapai College 2018 Pathways Trailblazer Award – As a member of the Pathways Committee, developed common courses for students pursuing healthcare careers. The development of the Pathways model at YC has boosted on-time graduation rates and student retention. Now a model for other colleges across the country and being presented at national conferences.

  • Yavapai College 2015 Teaching & eLearning Support (TeLS) Outstanding eLearning Instructor - For innovation using digital content with successful results in courses, sharing of best practices within the college community, and continued effort toward learning new skills in practice of teaching.

  • Capella University President’s List – Graduated with Highest Honors, Summa Cum Laude (2014).


Dr. Selina Bliss retired in 2021 and was given Emeritus Faculty status in 2022.