Pilar De La Cruz-Reyes, 68, of Sanger, has been appointed to the California Board of Registered Nursing. De La Cruz-Reyes has been director of the Central California Center for Excellence in Nursing at Fresno State since 2013. She was dean at the United States University in Chula Vista School of Nursing from 2011 to 2013, a project manager at the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California from 2007 to 2011, a faculty member at San Joaquin Valley College from 2003 to 2007 and a staff nurse to the chief nurse executive at the Fresno Community Medical Center from 2002 to 2006.
HealthImpact brings together seasoned leaders and new graduates representing multiple health care systems, schools, regulatory bodies and industry stakeholders to agree on ways nursing and team-based care may best serve their communities. The outcomes of HealthImpact’s collaborative efforts are used to inform nursing education and workforce planning strategies.
The story of HealthImpact is an unlikely one. A small group of nurse leaders frustrated by the cyclical nursing shortages of the 1990’s in California decided it was time to come up with a systematic approach to the crisis. They were gathered at the annual conference of the Association of California Nurse Leaders (ACNL), having drinks at the hotel bar after a day of meetings.
When Rick Becker graduated from nursing school in December of 2012, he had trouble finding a job. He was interested in a career that extended beyond the acute setting, and sought a way to become better prepared to meet community health needs.
We’ve got a new name. As the California Institute for Nursing and Health Care, we developed strong, diverse coalitions and served as a forum for collaborating, building and sharing what works. Now it’s time for our name to reflect that impact.