Monique Sawyer, DNP, RN, PMHNP-BC

Assistant Professor

Monique Sawyer loves to share her favorite life quote, from Howard Thurman, which explains the nature of her path to nursing education: “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” A spark was ignited within Sawyer the first time she taught a lecture in front of a classroom, and she knew right then, as a nursing student at PLNU, that she would find a way to teaching one day. She is humbled and honored to have joined the faculty at her alma mater, the sacred place that brought about so much transformation within her. Aside from engaging in her passion of teaching and learning with students, Sawyer's love and energy is spent chasing her two wild and free young sons and bonding with her new baby girl alongside her wonderful husband, Brandon (also on faculty at PLNU!).


  • DNP. Arizona State University
  • BSN, Point Loma Nazarene University

Courses Taught

  • Inquiring Faithfully I: Nursing Research – NRS 360
  • Evidence Based Practice Process – GNSG 622
  • Mental Health Nursing Practicum – NSG 451
  • Communicating & Following Faithfully – NRS 350/351

Experience in Field

  • University of Virginia Health System, RN in cardiac stepdown unit, 2004 – 2006
  • Children's Hospital of Central California, RN in NICU, 2006 – 2007
  • UC San Diego Health System, RN in NICU, 2007
  • UC San Diego Health System, RN in child/adolescent & adult inpatient psychiatry, 2007 – 2010
  • Sharp HealthCare, NP/therapist in adolescent intensive outpatient program, 2013 – present
  • Arizona State University, Faculty Associate, 2013 – 2015

Professional and Community Involvement

  • American Psychiatric Nurses Association, member, abstract reviewer, poster and podium presenter; 2012 – present
  • International Society of Psychiatric Nurses, member, podium presenter; 2012 – 2013
  • Nursing Alumni Association of Point Loma, treasurer, 2008 – 2010
  • Ocean Beach Elementary School, classroom volunteer, 2014 – 2016
  • San Diego First Church of the Nazarene, volunteer in community & church ministries, 2014 – present
  • Girls on the Run, Maricopa County, mentor/running buddy volunteer, 2010 – 2012
  • Helix Charter High School, senior project mentor, 2013 – 2015

Awards and Honors

  • Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year, Mental Health, Point Loma Nazarene University, 2015
  • Outstanding Graduate Student, Arizona State University, 2013
  • Janssen Scholar, American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 2012
  • Multiple student scholarships, Arizona State University, 2010 – 2013