Jurado Successfully Defended His Dissertation

Leo-Felix Jurado's successfully defended his dissertation entitled, "Social Construction of Filipino Nurses in the Philippines and as Foreign Educated Nurses in the US". This is a joint PhD program in Urban Systems at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University Newark.

His doctoral study examined the social construction of Filipino nurses in the Philippines and as foreign-educated nurses (FENs) in the US. He described the historical events contributing to mass recruitment of nursing graduates from the Philippines to the US; made an analysis on the political and economic factors underlying the unidirectional flow of foreign-educated nurses from the Philippines to the US. He also examine the impact of large scale nursing recruitment from the Philippines to the US, and finally analyzed the influence of socially constructed forces on conditions of employment and perceived value of FENs in the US.

Dr. Leo-Felix M. Jurado is a nurse educator, nurse administrator, advanced practice nurse and a community leader. He has almost three decades of professional nursing experience. He has taught in several schools of nursing and has held leadership positions in medical centers. He served as President of the New Jersey Board of Nursing, President of the Philippine Nurses Association of New Jersey and eventually President of the Philippine Nurses Association of America. He has received numerous awards that recognize his leadership and expertise in nursing education including the Nursing Excellence Award in Education from the New Jersey State Nurses Association, Outstanding Nurse Educator Award from the Philippine Nurses Association of America, and the DON Exceptional Leadership Award from the Institute of Nursing; Asian-American Leadership Award. In 2008, he was conferred an honorary membership by the Beta Nu Delta Nursing Society.

Dr. Jurado’s research interests are; foreign-educated nurses; health care disparities, men in nursing, and men’s health. He holds certifications in Nursing Administration, Nursing Education, Distance Education, and Advanced Practice Nursing. He has travelled nationally and internationally to speak on leadership, nursing education, and issues related to ethnic minority nursing, men’s health.