ALANA CUETO MSN, RN, CNL-C
Nurse Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM)
President-Elect, National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN)

 Alana has spent her professional career improving the health and well-being of vulnerable children and families living in distressed, urban neighborhoods through service, scholarship, and education. Alana is a registered professional nurse and veteran health care administrator having dedicated over two decades to the healthcare delivery system. That time has been divided between hospital administration, dental and medical consulting, nursing and higher education. These experiences have helped shape her leadership skills and have allowed her to understand the nuances that entail moving an organization forward while seamlessly shifting roles from team leader to team member. Alana was President and CEO of ac2 Healthcare Consulting & Management Services, LLC a dental and medical consulting company serving the tri-state area and recognized by the American Dental Association® as a premier consulting firm.  She was an active contributing writer to Dental Economics Magazine and hosted a regular column in Doctor of Dentistry: A Business and Lifestyle Magazine for Dentists. Alana successfully wrote the proposal for establishing the Academy for Advanced Dental Education (AADE) located in Hoboken NJ, and the first Dual Language Immersion Model (English/Spanish) BSN nursing program in Texas.

 As an executive nurse leader, Alana combined purpose and passion as Founding President of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) Garden State Chapter where she led the chapter in an effort to cultivate healthier communities for all residents in the state of New Jersey. During her tenure, the Garden State chapter received national recognition. They received the NJSNA/Institute for Nursing "EPIC” Exceptional People Impacting Our Communities Award, American Diabetes Association Mission Volunteer Award, and the 2016 NAHN National Association of Hispanic Nurses “Viajero” Award. Through her leadership and service, Alana helped shape policy and practice that has directly influenced the well-being and social determinants of health of vulnerable populations living in distressed communities. As a nurse member of Nightingale Initiative for Global Health (NIGH) she contributed to the survey for the development of the Sustainable Development Goals and was privileged to present at the 2018 United Nations Parallel Event 62nd Commission on the Status of Women, Empowering Girls and Women through Innovative Nursing and Midwifery Interventions. She has served on several medical missions including three to Puerto Rico post-Hurricane Maria.

 Alana has been honored for her leadership, health advocacy, and volunteerism. Recognitions include being nominated as a Public Health Hero by NJ Biz (2017) and March of Dimes Nurse of the Year (2017). She is the recipient of the NAHN National Henrietta Villaescusa Community Service Award (2016), NAHN Ambassador Award (2016), Seton Hall University College of Nursing Elizabeth Ann Seton Young Alumni Award (2015), and the Hispanic Leadership of New Jersey Health Advocate Award (2015) which includes Special Recognition from both the United States Congress and the Joint Legislature of New Jersey. Alana is currently working towards completing her doctorate degree. She is a Nurse Fellow at the New York Academy of Medicine and a candidate for Fellow at the American College of Healthcare Executives

Current National & State Leadership roles include:

  • President Elect, National Association of Hispanic Nurses
  • Chair Education Committee, National Association of Hispanic Nurses
  • American Heart Association │American Stroke Association National Diversity Leadership Committee
  • American Red Cross Diversity in Aquatics National Leadership Committee
  • Governor Phil Murphy’s State of New Jersey Healthcare Advisory Transition Team

 

Past Leadership roles include:

  • Vice President, Institute for Nursing/NJSNA Region 3 (2014-2016)
  • Chair, Leadership & Succession Committee Gamma Nu Chapter Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (2013-2016)
  • Latino Advisory Council, American Heart Association (2015-2016)
  • Board Member, American College of Health Care Executives New Jersey Chapter (ACHE-NJ)
  • Chair, ACHE-NJ Diversity & Inclusion Committee (2014-2016)