School of Nursing

Ann Rocha, PhD, CNS, RN

Ann Rocha, PhD, CNS, RN
Interim Associate Director for Undergraduate Studies
and Clinical Assistant Professor
School of Nursing
Idaho State University
921 S. 8th Avenue Stop 8101
Pocatello, ID 83209-8101

Research Interests

• Relationship Between Horizontal Violence among Staff Nurses and Patient Outcomes: Falls
• Quality transition from new graduates to staff nurses
• Childbearing Family Health


Dr. Rocha completed her BSN at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth,Texas; MS Community Services at Michigan State; MSN Family Nurse Practitioner and a post-MSN certificate program in Adult Health CNS at the University of San Diego; and her PhD in Nursing at the University of San Diego, CA. She is a ANCC Board Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Dr. Rocha's experience includes working at Palomar Health as the System-wide CNS for Nursing Education. In this role, she was involved with overseeing programs for orientation, new graduate residency, continuing education, in-service implementation, and academic liaison with the San Diego County Schools of Nursing. In addition, Dr. Rocha was a Clinical Associate Faculty at California State University San Marcus teaching Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family for BSN and Accelerated BSN students. She also has teaching experience as a guest lecturer teaching Care of the Pregnant Patient by NP's in the Outpatient Setting.

Previously, Dr. Rocha has worked in various hospitals in California in the Birth Center and Labor/Delivery/Postpartum. She has held Leadership positions as Senior Quality Analyst, Lead Case Manager, and Charge Nurse of a 26-bed Birth Center. Other Leadership experiences include Manager of Outpatient Clinics at the National Guard Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Leadership experience in the United States Navy.


921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho, 83209