I graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) with my Bachelor’s in 2009. I worked for 5 years in Tele/Med-Surge, Transplant ICU before returning to school to become an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. I graduated from Georgetown University with my Masters in 2016. In September of this year, I will start my Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Rush University College of Nursing. Currently, I work at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois as an Acute Nurse Practitioner in the Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care Unit. In my role, I manage the care of all post-operative patients from admission to discharge.
I have a passion for teaching and empowering nursing students at all levels of their education. I precept Nurse Practitioner students from Rush University College of Nursing as well as the physician assistants that come through our specialty. My career has allowed me to become a Visiting Professor at Chamberlain College of Nursing since 2016. I enjoy sharing my knowledge and clinical skills with my students.
I have been part of NAHN since 2009. Before NAHN-Illinois, it was known as the Illinois Hispanic Nurses Association (IHNA). I was Vice-President for IHNA from 2011-2013 and during that time the executive board and I increased our membership and held IHNA's first scholarship event. I was able to create a partnership with the American Heart Association (AHA) to obtain resources and funding to carry out projects in the communities. In 2012, IHNA was also selected to participate in the first round of the Muevete USA grant. We piloted a health and fitness program at the Boys and Girls Club in the Little Village (La Villita).
Since then, I moved to Houston, Texas and served as Secretary for NAHN-Houston chapter from 2013-2016. Now back in Chicago in my current role as Secretary, I have been involved in the planning and coordination of several events and oversee the Membership and Recruitment committee for the Illinois chapter. Participated in numerous health fairs and activities to promote our organization. I have committed my career to the mission and vision of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, and I am proud to have been voted to serve our members at the national level.