*+-Pilar De La Cruz-Reyes: California ranks 46th in the nation in RNs per capita. I teach nursing in Fresno, and I know why it’s an uphill battle.
About Pilar De La Cruz-Reyes
pilar picPilar De La Cruz-Reyes, MSN, RN has over 45 years of nursing experience. She began her nursing career as a staff nurse at Fresno Community Hospital and moved up the administrative ladder to become the Chief Nurse Executive at the Fresno Heart Hospital. In 2006, she retired from the hospital and began her work with the Hospital Council of Northern & Central California working on a grant to gain more Registered Nurses for the San Joaquin Valley. Through her efforts, the Central Valley was able to graduate an additional 441 nurses. She joined the California Institute for Nursing & Health Care in 2009 and served as the Diversity Director and Project Leader for the Coalition of Nursing Careers in California reaching out to minority students interested in becoming nurses. She was appointed Director of the United States University School of Nursing in 2011 in Chula Vista, California and retired from the university in July 2013 in order to return to her home in the central valley. She just recently accepted a part-time position as the Director of the Central California Center for Excellence in Nursing at California State University, Fresno.