Nurse Alice is a nationally board certified Clinical Nurse Specialist and former Cardiopulmonary Director in Southern California with over 15 years experience in cardiovascular health. She is an active member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association and American College of Cardiology and her professional accomplishments are plentiful. She has a Masters Degree in Nursing and is pursuing a Doctorate in Nursing with a cardiovascular specialty. She is also an American Heart Association ambassador and freelance news radio/tv health expert and writer.
Nurse Alice is actively involved in health initiatives locally and nationally. Her fluid nature allows her to adjust naturally from the bedside to the boardroom impacting health from various angles. From the Institute of Medicine & Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Future of Nursing Report to the free health event down the street – she’s there.
Some of Nurse Alice’s media involvement have included coverage at Los Angeles Laker’s Matt Barnes Athletes vs Cancer event as seen on Basketball Wives of LA; the nurse hero in the 2011 Stand Up 2Cancer MasterCard & Major League Baseball PSA; work with the American Diabetes Association & NBA on the Dribble for Diabetes Campaign; a presenter at the Dorinda Clark’s Singers & Musicians Conference; interviewing Director Chris Robinson of Robot Films on set of Lil Wayne’s “How to Love” video highlighting HIV/AIDS, and has made appearances on The Doctors, The Dr. Steve Show, America Live with Megyn Kelly and TruTV’s InSession.
Nurse Alice’s focus in the community includes educating the nation on health and wellness issues that promote early disease identification and prevention strategies working with agencies such as the AHA, ADA, NAACP and National Urban League. As a health care professional who gets it, she is able to use research and evidence to create and support the community health promotion programs our communities need, and deliver the message in a way that the public can digest. Her passion, fluid style, and creativity are unique which is why she is commonly referred to as America’s favorite nurse.
As a passionate advanced practice nurse and patient advocate with over 15 years experience, Alice has worked at various hospitals in Southern California primarily in acute and critical care with an affinity for cardiovascular medicine. She has worked as a nurse in various medical, surgical and even burn intensive care units caring for critically ill patients during some of their most challenging moments. She has been privileged several times over to share intimate first and final moments with patients and families whose lives would be forever changed. It would be those experiences coupled with her own personal health challenges and the loss of her father to heart disease that would cultivate her tenacity, courage and passion to advocate for patients so that their lives could be repaired, renewed, and resolved.
Growing up, Alice spent many of her wonder years in and out of the hospital battling with her own medical issues. During her high school years and early adulthood she underwent numerous medical treatments battling a chronic medical condition. One day after a very complicated surgery, she woke up both physically and mentally helpless. It would be that very moment she would begin a life long journey to reclaim her health. And when many had given up on her potential to get better, she drew upon an inner strength cultivated by an unknown nurse who had planted a seed of courage. This nurse instilled hope, honesty and heroism in her, showing her that her health was what she made of it. This nurse advocated for Alice even when she didn’t have the strength, wisdom or will to do so for herself. Having never met Alice before, this nurse dared to care and in doing so changed her life. So many struggles, challenges, and blessings later, and nothing short of a miracle, Alice resiliently stands proud aspiring every day to be that same nurse for someone else.
Alice’s dedication to serving others extends beyond her work in the hospital. She devotes much of her time as a mentor, public speaker and role model and encouraging early interests and diversity in health professions by speaking at various high schools, universities and community events. She also collaborates with community and health care organizations to identify resources, create processes, and build structure that facilitates positive outcomes on important health initiatives and addresses the health needs of the communities.
Alice serves as a prestigious member of numerous professional organizations including the American Nurses Association, National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, American Association of Critical-care Nurses, National Black Nurses Association, National Nursing Honor Society, the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association and the American College of Cardiology. Her enthusiasm and activism in these organizations are her way of ensuring equality in key issues that influence the health of our nation. Alice is also a passionate American Heart Association ambassador and speaker. She is also an involved community leader who volunteers her time to the National Urban League and NAACP, giving back to communities similar to those she grew up in.
Alice’s focus in the community includes educating the nation on health and wellness issues that promote early disease identification and prevention strategies. It is her philosophy that formatting health, nutrition and fitness education to meet the needs of the audience will improve retention and application of the information. Health literacy is an issue that can no longer be ignored. As a health care professional who gets it, she is able to utilize research and evidence to create and support community health promotion programs and practices and deliver the content in a manner that the public can digest. Her fluid communication style, clinical expertise and creative methods have resulted in her being referred to as “America’s favorite nurse.”
Alice is a Clinical Nurse Specialist and former Cardiopulmonary Program Director in Southern California. She has also served as associate clinical nursing faculty at local universities and colleges. She graduated from San Diego State University with honors and dual bachelor degrees in Nursing and Psychology. She then attended Point Loma Nazarene University and graduated with honors and a master’s degree in Nursing Education with an Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist focus. She is nationally board and specialty certified.
2012 AHA Scientific Sessions; Power to End Stroke speaker
2012 Los Angeles County “Choose Less, Weigh Less” campaign launch speaker
2012 Power to End Stoke: Faces of Power Luncheon, AHA event emcee
2012 AHA California Legislative Lobby Day, AHA event emcee
2012 NBA Nation Tour, Dribble To Stop Diabetes, ADA Health hostess
2012 Los Angeles American Diabetes Association Expo, ADA Faces of Power speaker
2012 NAUW 43rd Annual Conference, AHA speaker, Healthy Hearts: From Awareness to Action
2012 The Dr. Steve Show, Sleep Snatchers:The Dangers of Sleep Apnea
2012 FOX News Radio health expert, various national radio shows
2012 1460AM Radio, Real Talk with Raym
2011 KJLH 102.3FM Radio, Front Page with Dominique DiPrima on Wellness Wednesday
2011 Dorinda Clark Cole’s Los Angeles Singers & Musicians Conference, AHA speaker
2011 AARP & American Heart Association: My Hair, My Health, AHA ambassador panelist
2011 San Diego Metro Magazine, Forty Under 40 Leader Award
2011 National Black Nurses Association Leadership Institute Fellow
2011 National Black Nurses Association Annual Conference sessional speaker
2011 Clinical Nurse Specialist, Medical Surgical Advanced Practice Nursing Excellence Award
2011 San Diego American Association of Critical-care Nurses Outstanding Member of the Year
2011 American Express/National Urban League Emerging Leader Distinction
2011 NACNS National Conference Nursing Presentation Abstract Reviewer
2010 Sigma Theta Tau Odyssey Nursing Research & Innovative Poster Presentation Judge
2010 Whitney M. Young Jr. Leadership Health & Quality of Life Scholarship Awardee
2010 Urban League of San Diego County Young Professionals Forty Under 40 Awardee
2010 Urban League of San Diego County Equal Opportunity & Diversity Summit Health Panel Moderator
2010 San Diego County Consortium Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice Institute Mentor