Joanna Paulson joined UCLA School of Nursing in the fall of 2022 as a Clinical Liaison for pediatric clinicals. Since then, she has transitioned into her role as a Lecturer for the pre-licensure BSN and MECN students. Professor Paulson works closely with the Fundamentals of Professional Nursing I&II skills lab, Pediatrics Nursing, and a variety of practice labs and clinicals. Professor Paulson has over 14 years of experience in pediatric nursing, most currently as a periAnesthesia RN at a pediatric stand-alone level I trauma hospital.

Areas of Expertise:

Pediatric nursing, PeriAnesthesia nursing


Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Nursing Education- Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ

Bachelor of Science in Nursing-Bethel University, St. Paul, MN


N165 Pediatrics Nursing

N150A and N150B: Fundamentals of Professional Nursing Lab


Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN)

Certified Ambulatory PeriAnesthesia Nurse (CAPA)

Professional Associations:

American Nurses Association

American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nursing

Society of Pediatric Nurses

Sigma Theta Tau

Alpha Chi National College Honors Society

Community Service:

Registered Nure Education Committee 2022-2024 (CHLA)

Registered Nurse Preceptor Committee 2022-2024 (CHLA)

Preceptor Development Program Fall 2021 (CHLA)

Vaccine Clinic: Clinical RN 2021 (CHLA)

Nursing Governance 2018-2019 (Children’s MN)

PACU Unit Council 2018-2019 (Children’s MN)

MAGNET Committee 2016-2018 (Children’s MN)

Medical Missions: Pacu RN  2018 (Smile Network)

Staffing Effectiveness Committee-Co Chair 2014-2015 (Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare)