Dr. Jorge Valdés – The Trifecta of a School Nurse Dean

 

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We’re excited to get the opportunity to sit down with someone who holds an incredibly unique position in our industry. Jorge Valdés, DNP, CRNA, APRN, FAANA, is the rare trifecta of a male nurse, minority and a CRNA in the dean’s chair at Florida International University. His rise from starting as a CRNA 21 years ago to becoming the head of a nursing school was not the path he anticipated, but Dr. Valdés has fully embraced the opportunity to impact nursing education and be a tremendous advocate for the profession. Join us as we learn more about his journey, his view on the future of healthcare, and the important role educators play in our profession.

As the Acting Dean of the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences at Florida International University, Dr. Valdés holds a very influential position but also sees things from a perspective that most of us aren’t able to. Hearing his view of the educational system and how he hopes to positively impact it is very insightful, and we hope you enjoy this discussion with someone who is breaking the mold in nursing.

 

Here’s some of what we discuss in this episode:

  • What challenges are facing CRNA educators right now?
  • The best place to start if you’re considering education is to be a preceptor.
  • The path from being a CRNA to becoming an active dean.
  • What does he see for the future of the profession?
  • The role he’s played in advocacy in Florida.

 

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Something has to change. The current model that we have is unsustainable, that’s not going to last. We are clearly in a position of power, clearly in a position where the market forces are going to favor us. There’s a place for everyone.

Dr. Jorge Valdés


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