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National Association of Hispanic Nurses
New York Chapter Presents:
Saturday, October 14, 2017
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Long Island University
Brooklyn Campus
One University Place
Health Science Building
Room 119 and 1
Floor Lobby
Brooklyn, NY 11201
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NAHN NY Chapter
P.O. Box 605026
Bayside, NY 11360
NAHN is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, and
donations are tax deductible. Through your generous
support, NAHN is able to lead, promote and advocate
for educational, professional and leadership
opportunities for Hispanic nurses and students. Every
contribution you make to NAHN helps improve
healthcare in all of our communities.
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award contact hours. The New York State Nurses
Association is accredited as an approver of continuing
nursing education by the American Nurses
Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Our Mission
NAHN is committed to advancing the health in Hispanic
communities and to lead, promote advocate the
educational, professional, and leadership opportunities
for Hispanic nurses.
NAHN NY Mission
The purpose of this organization is to serve the Hispanic
Community and Professional Registered Nurses and
nursing students, in an effort to promote the Hispanic
presence in society. A commitment to fostering research,
academic activities for the membership and continued
advancement of Hispanic health care and culture is the
focus of the NAHN NY Chapter.
The NAHN NY 2017 Conference, “Level-Up:
Identifying the Leader in You” is a Symposium
designed to help aspiring and career nurses
advance in their profession by presenting
tactics and resources available……
***Rough Draft by Ana*
1. Explore various leadership styles.
2. Describe how to identify your
leadership style.
3. Analyze the issues or challenges that
may impact career progression.
4. Discuss the need for networking and
5. Address the educational
requirements to move up
6. Describe how to step-up the career
ladder in the areas of Bedside,
Executive, Academia, etc.
9. 12:55 pm: Gina Miranda - Diaz, DNP,MPH,
APHN-BC, H.O. and
10. 2:35 pm: Giselle Melendez, EdD
Dr. David M. Keepnews is Dean, Professor, and Endowed Chair in Nursing at
the Harriet Rothkopf Heilbrunn School of Nursing at Long Island University,
Brooklyn NY. Prior to joining LIU in 2016, he was a professor at the Hunter-
Bellevue School of Nursing at Hunter College of the City University of New
York (CUNY), where he was Director of Graduate Programs and served on
the faculty of the Nursing PhD program at the CUNY Graduate Center. A
Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, Dr. Keepnews served on the
Academy’s Board of Directors from 2010 to 2016. He has also served in
leadership positions in several state and national nursing organizations. He
is a 2016 graduate of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse
Fellows program. Dr. Keepnews is widely recognized as an expert on health
policy issues affecting nursing. His work for professional organizations
includes executive and professional positions at the American Nurses
Association, the California Nurses Association and the New York Academy of
Medicine. He also served as Associate Regional Counsel for the U.S.
Department of Health & Human Services. He has practiced as a registered
nurse in New York City and San Francisco. Dr. Keepnews served as Editor-
in-Chief of Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice for a decade. He is currently a
member of the Journal Oversight Board for the American Journal of Nursing
and the Editorial Board of Hispanic Healthcare International. He holds
degrees in nursing, public health, law and health policy and holds advanced
certification as a Nurse Executive from the American Nurses Credentialing
Keynote Speaker
David M. Keepnews, PhD, JD, RN, NEA-BC,
8:00 – 9:00 am
Registration, Breakfast, & Networking
9:00 - 9:15 am
Welcome & President’s address:
Jorge Prada, MS, RN, NP-C
9:15 – 10:00 am
Keynote Address: David M. Keepnews, PhD, JD,
10:00 - 10:05 am
10:05 - 10:50 am
Sandra Maldonado, EdD, RN, CNM, FNP, NP-C
“How To Become a Successful Leader”
10:50 – 10:55 am
10:55 – 11:05 am
11:05 – 11:50 am
Jose Hernandez, MS, RN
“Blueprint for Emerging Leaders”
11:50 – 11:55 am
11:55 – 12:55 pm
Lunch & Networking
Symposium Agenda
12:55 – 1:40 pm
Gina Miranda-Diaz, DNP, MPH, APHN-BC, H.O
“From the Bronx to the Board of Nursing: A Hispanic
Nurse’s boundless struggles and triumphs”
1:40 – 1:45pm
1:45 – 2:30 pm
2:30 – 2:35 pm
2:35 – 2:50 pm
Giselle Melendez
“Conducting Your Leadership
Orchestra as a Hispanic Nurse”
2:50 – 3:45 pm
Panel Presentation (Moderator: Jeff)
Fidelindo Lim , DNP CCRN (Lead Speaker)
Diana Alemar, MSN, RN, BC
Maria Fonseca, RN
3:45 – 3:55 pm
3:55 – 4:00 pm
President’s closing remarks
Morning Session
Afternoon Session
Giselle Melendez, EdD, RN
Dr. Giselle Melendez is a Nurse Leader at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer
Center. She received a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and a Master of
Science in Nursing Education from Molloy College. Dr. Melendez holds a
Doctorate of Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. During
her time in nursing school, Dr. Melendez has been actively involved in
leadership. While at Molloy she served as President for the Molloy Nursing
Student Association and President for the Nursing Student Association of
New York State. Today, Dr. Melendez continues to be involved in many
professional nursing associations. Dr. Melendez is the Vice President for the
Epsilon Kappa Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, a member of the
ANA-NY Education Committee and is a consultant for the Nursing Student
Association of New York State. This past year, Dr. Giselle Melendez had the
honor of being the Keynote Speaker at the 28
International Conference on
Pediatric Nursing and Healthcare in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Dr. Gina Miranda-Diaz is a state-licensed health officer and director of the
Health Department of West New York and Guttenberg, New Jersey. Miranda-
Diaz is, adjunct faculty at Rutgers University School of Nursing and, Miranda-
Diaz was awarded Board Certification as an Advanced Public Health Nurse
by ANCC in 2016 and was named a fellow of the New York Academy of
Medicine this past November. She is president of the National Association of
Hispanic Nurses (New Jersey) chapter. She is a member of the New Jersey
State Board of Nursing since 2014 and in 2017 was appointed chair of the
Regulation Committee. She is a commissioner at the Hudson Regional Health
Commission representing the town of West New York. She was named the
“Culture of Health Breakthrough Leader in Nursing” in 2015 one of only 10
nurses in the country to receive this prestigious honor in 2015 from the
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Future of Nursing Campaign for
Action in America and the AARP Foundation. She has an active leadership
role in the New Jersey Action Coalition with a focus on increasing diversity
and mentoring public health nurses while creating a culture of health in
communities around New Jersey. Miranda-Diaz graduated from the
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey with a Doctor of Nursing
Practice degree, earned dual master’s degrees in nursing and public health
at Hunter College, and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Adelphi
Gina Miranda-Diaz, DNP, MPH, APHN-BC, H.O.
Dr. Fidel Lim has worked as a critical care nurse for 18 years and
concurrently, since 1996, has been a faculty member at New York
University Rory Meyers College of Nursing. He earned his master’s
degree in Nursing Education from NYU and his DNP from
Northeastern University in Boston. Along with students, he
organized and founded the first three student interest groups at
Meyers in 2010, which are the Pacific Islander Nursing Students
Association, The Men Entering Nursing, and the LGBT Nursing
Students Association. Since their founding, these groups and their
student leaders have been recognized with multiple President’s
Service Award from NYU. His efforts to foster salience in nursing
are grounded on his firm belief that a well-rounded education is
rooted on the fundamental patterns of knowing. Currently, Dr.
Lim is implementing the Nursing Humanities project that aims to
provide a qualitatively robust extra-curricular programming in
the arts and culture to enhance patient-centered care
competencies of future nurses. NYU Meyers has recognized Dr.
Lim with various student-voted teaching awards over the years.
He is also one of the founders of New York City Men in Nursing, the
premier organization that provides a forum for all nurses in NYC.
He is responsible for organizing a monthly professional
development event since 2014. Currently he teaches Nursing
Pharmacotherapeutics, Adult and Elder courses, and the Critical
Care Nursing elective. His work as a Nurse Educator in a Magnet-
designated hospital provides sustainable staff-focused educational
support. He is particularly interested in bridging gaps in nurse
engagement and practice excellence. Dr. Lim has published
numerous articles on an array of topics ranging from clinical
practice, geriatric nursing, nursing education issues, LGBT health
disparities, reflective practice, men in nursing, Martha Rogers and
Florence Nightingale among others.
Fidelindo Lim, DNP, CCRN
Diana Alemar began her career at New York-Presbyterian Hospital as a
Medical Surgical Registered Nurse in 2002. Diana is currently the
Program Director of Nursing Education, overseeing nursing education
and staff development programs, at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia
Medical Center and Ambulatory Care Network. She has held various
roles in nursing leadership and staff development; has solid credentials
and strengths in planning, healthcare team development, program and
project management, and execution. Diana completed her BSN at the
College of Mount Saint Vincent and MSN, CLN track, at Hunter College
School of Nursing-CUNY. She holds board certifications in Ambulatory
Care Nursing and Nursing Professional Development and is a certified
Clinical Nurse Leader.
Diana Alemar, MSN, RN, BC, CNL
Maria Fonseca, RN
Dr. Sandra Maldonado earned her Doctorate of Education from Richard
W. Riley College of Education and Leadership from Walden University,
Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has a Masters in Nursing, and Pos-Masters
in Nurse Midwifery, Nursing Education, and Family Nurse Practitioner.
She graduated from Downstate College of Nursing with a Bachelor in
Nursing and originally earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from
Hunter College. She has been teaching Maternal Child Nursing for over
15 years in both Associate and Bachelors Nursing Program. She served
in the United States Air Force as a Flight Nurse and concluded her tour
of duty before the Kuwait war started. Currently, she also serves as a
member of the church council at St. Francis de Chantel and is an
Assistant Professor at Lehman College, City University of New York in
the Family Nurse Practitioner Graduate Program.
Sandra Maldonado, EdD, RN, CNM, FNP,
Jose Hernandez, MS, RN
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