Dr. Allison Perkins is a full-time faculty member at Mira Costa College, where she teaches first-semester ADN nursing and LVN students. Dr. Perkins began her nursing career as medical-surgical nurse in San Diego, California, and has worked in a variety of nursing roles over the last 22 years. She has been a clinical nurse specialist at the San Diego VA Healthcare System for the past 17 years, functioning as a CNS for a med-surg telemetry unit and most recently as director of the hospital's new graduate RN transition-to-practice residency program. In her spare time, Dr. Perkins serves as an expert witness for medical-surgical and telemetry lawsuits to determine if the standard of care was met. She has been a member of AMSN since 2005 and has held local and national positions in AMSN.