• Dr. Jorge Valdes is the Interim Chair of the Department of Nurse Anesthetist Practice and Clinical Associate Professor for the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

    Dr. Valdes has over $300k in funded projects including grants from the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). As a clinical faculty, Dr. Valdes champions student education as well as mentoring minorities. He believes in giving students the extra motivation they need as they enter the field of nursing anesthesia – a career where students need both stomach and heart to succeed, he says.

    Dr. Valdes is known for the interactive, instructive activities he sets up in class to teach students about nurse anesthesiology. For example, in his introductory class to pharmacology in nurse anesthesia, he utilizes props to show how drugs create their effect on the body. Students roleplay different drugs with signs, hats and chairs. By the end of the assignment, students learn about drug efficacy and the relationships that drug receptors and neurotransmitters have with neuromuscular drugs in a memorable, engaging way.

    Moreover, Dr. Valdes takes pride in FIU’s role in increasing minority representation in health care. As a Cuban American who works in the field himself, he says that training the university’s diverse student body in nursing anesthesia helps reduce health inequalities and inequities.

    Dr. Valdes served as chair of the diversity and inclusion committee for the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists from 2017-2020. He has published numerous articles on nursing anesthesia practices as well as decreasing health disparities. Valdes raises awareness for those who he feels may be overlooked in the industry, such as nurse anesthetists who want to practice independently and those who are recovering drug addicts and wish to re-enter the practice.

    He received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Miami, his Master of Nurse Anesthesia from Mayo School of health Sciences, and his Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Miami.

selected publications

research interests

  • Cultural Diversity in Healthcare
    Cultural Sensitivity in Clinical Setting
    Diversity in Education
    Nurse Anesthesiology

teaching overview

  • NGR 5131 Culture and Advanced Practice Nursing
    NGR 7121 Scientific and Theoretical Foundations
    NGR 7892L Health Policy
    NGR 6460 Pharmacology of Anesthesiology Nursing I
    NGR 6461 Pharmacology of Anesthesiology Nursing II
    NGR 6493 Technology & Equipment in Anesthesiology Nursing
    NGR 6941L Anesthesiology Nursing Simulation Practicum I
    NGR 6431L Anesthesiology Nursing Clinical Residency I
    NGR 6490 Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management
    NGR 6497 Advanced Anesthesia Life Support (BCLS/ACLS/PALS)
    NGR 6441L Anesthesiology Nursing Simulation Practicum II
    NGR 6432L Anesthesiology Nursing Clinical Residency II
    NGR 6422 Principles of Anesthesiology Nursing II (OB/Peds)
    NGR 7940C DNP Project I – Proposal & Implementation
    NGR 6492 Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthetist Practice
    NGR 6434L Anesthesiology Nursing Clinical Residency IV
    NGR 7941C DNP Project II – Implementation & Analysis
    NGR 6424 Principles of Anesthesiology Nursing IV
    NGR 6435L Anesthesiology Nursing Clinical Residency V
    NGR 7942C DNP Project III – Evaluation & Dissemination
    NGR 6996 Principles of Anesthesiology Nursing V
    NGR 6436L Anesthesiology Nursing Clinical Residency VI
    NGR 6491 Advanced Anesthesiology Nursing Seminar
    NGR 6437L Anesthesiology Nursing Clinical Residency VII


full name

  • Jorge Valdes


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