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Terri Brandley: Dedicated to Spreading Dementia Awareness

Why This Work Matters: My Aunt Rita

My inspiration to start this business came from a desire to provide quality care and quality of life for long term care clients. I have always had a passion for teaching and working with students. I want to use my many and varied years of experience in nursing and long term care to facilitate student learning with quality education that ultimately leads to quality care.


I have been a registered nurse (RN) since 1985 when I graduated from Louisiana State University Medical Center’s School of Nursing with my Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN). My career started with joining the US Navy Nurse Corps, being stationed at Bethesda/ Washington DC area, then Iceland. I worked in Neuro Intensive Care, case management, Traumatic Brain Injury, veterans care, mental health, life care planning, legal nursing, dementia and geriatrics during my career. I have also been a certified case manager (CCM) since 1995. I obtained my Master’s degree in Health Professions Education (MHPE) from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2016. I became a long
term care community instructor with the state of Washington DSHS in 2019.

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I am a volunteer for HOPE Dementia Support –running a weekly Dementia care partner support group, teaching Dementia Friends Awareness Sessions, work as a Dementia Friends trainer, member of the Action Team for Dementia Friendly Clark County, and
Team Member for the yearly HOPE Gala fundraising event. I also volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association events.


I am married to my husband Dirk Brandley, a civil engineer. We have six children, four daughters and two sons. We currently also have fourteen grandchildren, with more on the way! We have two dogs, Schnigglefritz and Jolie. I am originally from New Orleans, Louisiana and survived Hurricane Katrina. I moved to Washington State with my husband and son in 2015.


I am dedicated to working with students and employers in promoting and enhancing the best quality of care possible for the long term care residents in the state of Washington. I believe in promoting the best quality of life possible for those clients in our care through education and practice.

--Rita Theresa (“Terri”) Brandley, RN, MHPE, BSN, CCM


Rita “Terri” Brandley is a registered nurse (RN) with more than 30 years of experience in different areas of nursing including gerontology, traumatic brain injury (TBI), concussion, veterans, military, case management, life care planning and more. She holds a Bachelor of Nursing (BSN) degree from Louisiana State University, a Master of Health Professions Education (MHPE) degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a Certification in Case Management (CCM). Terri is a veteran, having served as a Navy Nurse in the Washington DC area and Keflavik, Iceland. She is originally from New Orleans and moved to WA State in 2015 with her husband Dirk, son Clay and 2 dogs. She and Dirk also have four grown daughters and fourteen grandchildren. Terri is passionately dedicated to advocating for her clients, having raised awareness and starting traumatic brain injury and concussion programs at the Kansas City VA Medical Center and University of Kansas Hospital. Terri also has a passion for gerontology, teaching, veterans’ issues and especially dementia. She has worked tirelessly in various long-term care settings and educational systems to improve the care received by those suffering from dementia. She is dedicated to the health, well-being and quality of life for dementia sufferers through caregiver education and promotion of dementia-friendly homes, businesses and communities.

Certified Trainer with the Long Term Care Foundation of Washington State

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