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AMERICAN CANNABIS
NURSES ASSOCIATION

Rachel A. Parmelee, MSN, BSN, RN, CRRN

ACNA Secretary


Adjunct Faculty, Medical Cannabis Certificate Program, Pacific College of

Health and Science


Ph.D. Student, Nurse Education, Walden University


Rachel began her nursing career in 2008 in Detroit, Michigan, at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan of the Detroit Medical Center. As a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse, much of her bedside experience was with patients suffering from neurological conditions, mostly in spinal cord injury. Rachel left the corporate world in 2017 to pursue cannabis nursing fulltime. Her main priority became teaching safe cultivation practices and cannabis care for health professionals, patients, and politicians. Her education includes an MSN in Nursing Education from Purdue University Global, where she also joined the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society in Nursing, Phi Rho Chapter. She is now a Ph.D. student at Walden University and is eager to provide more research in cannabis education.

Rachel joined ACNA in February 2016 and awarded at the First Inaugural ACNA Cannabis Care 2019 Conference as Volunteer of the Year. Working with other ACNA leaders, she has contributed to a cannabis-related nursing textbook and her current research, as co-investigator, is a national nursing student study for cannabis care and the NCSBN’s recommendations in 2018. Rachel presented CE credits at various nursing conferences, including ACNA’s Cannabis Care 2019 Conference and is proud to teach courses in the Medical Cannabis Certificate program at Pacific College of Health Sciences.      

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