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April Hatch, M.S.N., RN

Adjunct Instructor


BSN, Rockhurst University, 2005
MSN, University of Kansas, 2010

Research Interests

Complementary therapy; the effects of compassion on health outcomes; empathogens and entheogens for the treatment of mental health conditions.

Publications and Media Placements
Synthetic Marijuana's Long-Term Effects on the Brain (
COPD: Can CBD Help? (
Medical Marijuana For Kansas Proposed With Tight Rules In Hopes Of Winning Legalization | KCUR 89.3 - NPR in Kansas City. Local news, entertainment and podcasts.
Kansas legislators taking another run at legalizing medical marijuana | News, Sports, Jobs - Lawrence Journal-World: news, information, headlines and events in Lawrence, Kansas (

How Long Weed Stays in Your Blood, Urine, Saliva, and Hair (
The Rise of the Cannabis Nurse-
So you want to work in a dispensary
NPR interview
Can CBD or Cannabis help Grandma? Pg 22
How to talk to your doctor about cannabis pg 36
9-step opiates to cannabis treatment plan pg 22

Honors and Awards

Most Valuable Player Award - October 2015
Teacher of the Year - May 2014
All-American Scholar Award - May 2005
Missouri League for Nursing Outstanding Graduating Student Nurse - May 2005
Spirit of Nursing Award -January 2005

Professional Organizations and Associations

Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association; American Holistic Nurses Association; American Cannabis Nurses Association; Society of Cannabis Clinicians; International Association of Psychedelic Nursing

Community Work and Service

April has been a volunteer at Children's Mercy Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, the American Red Cross, as well as sits on the board or committee of the following non-profits. 

Kansas Cannabis Coalition Advisory Board Member                    
As a well-known patient advocate, I serve as an advisory board member to ensure legislative measures currently in the house and senate will meet the needs of Kansas patients.

Mo Cann Trade Health, Education, & Training Committee Member                
This committee is focused on the successful education of stakeholders in the community, including patients, physicians, and healthcare systems. We are often a source of education for the Missouri Medical Marijuana program’s regulating body. 

American Cannabis Nurses’ Association - Policy and Government Affairs Committee Member         
This committee develops policy, white papers, and position statements which are frequently a resource for healthcare professionals and organizations. We prepare nurses on how to respond to legislation at all levels through advocacy days held with legislators and the educational content we create.

Missouri Cannabis Industry Association - Caregiver Committee Board Member         
Currently serve as board member to ensure the Certified Caregiver Program meets the needs of patients and caregivers. The caregiver program provides education and mentoring to caregivers, product testing, and connections to knowledgeable caregivers for patients. 

Jaine - Board Member        
Selected as a board member for this organization that aims to mentor, empower, and create a network for women in the Missouri Cannabis industry with a focus on creating social equity. I chair the Health, Wellness, Patient, & Consumer Advocacy Committee that provides educational activities and programs for its members and Missouri patients.