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Meet The Miami Chapter Board

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Armando Riera, MSN, APRN-BC

President

Armando Riera, MSN, APRN-BC is an internationally known nurse leader with over thirty years of experience, spanning perioperative nursing, clinical care coordination and advanced practice. As a nurse practitioner in a transitional clinic, he focuses on reducing hospital readmissions, decreasing lengths of stay and improving outcomes. He has served as a Board Member, Committee Chair, and Treasurer for the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, and is currently President of the Miami Chapter. He has been recognized for his service to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, and is a recipient of multiple awards including the National Association of Hispanic Nurses Nurse of the Year, Latino Center on Aging Community Service Award, Advanced Practice Provider of the Year and the Sarah Gomez Eric Humanitarian Award, among others.

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Danay Rodriguez-Arritola, DNP, MBA, APRN

 President-Elect

Dr. Danay Rodriguez-Arritola has been in healthcare for 18 years.  She has worked for several healthcare organizations such as Hialeah Hospital – Tenet Healthcare, Memorial Miramar, and Larkin Community Hospital where she is the Chief Nursing Officer.  Dr. Rodriguez-Arritola has also been an adjunct professor at Miami Regional University and sits as the PAC chair for this school.    She has appointments as a community board member for several nursing schools.

During her tenure, she has been recognized by her organizations and has received multiple honors, including several Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Awards, Tenet Hero Hall of Fame Inductee,  Employee of the Year and Special Recognition Award for Excellence in Nursing and Clinical Informatics at Hialeah Hospital, and NAHN Miami Chapter Executive Nurse Leader Award. 

Meet The Miami Chapter Board

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Johis Ortega, PhD,  ACNP-BC, ENP-BC, FNP-BC, FAAN, FAANP

Treasurer

Dr. Johis Ortega has 19 years of experience in nursing in the Emergency Department and 16 years of experience in nursing education. He has held many positions of leadership at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, including Vice Dean, Associate Dean for MSN programs, Director of International Programs, Director of Undergraduate Clinical Placements, and Assistant Deputy Director of PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing Human Resources Development and Patient Safety. He received the 2013 Latin American Association of Schools and Faculties of Nursing Susana Espino Muñoz Award, for “scientifically based ethical commitment to nursing education.” He was won Teacher of the Year awards, NAHN Miami Community Champion Award, among others. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

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Carmen Rosa Presti, DNP, APRN-BC

Secretary

Dr. Carmen Presti, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, combines her love of teaching and patient care as Assistant Professor at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Beginning as a nurse in the Trauma Intensive Care Unit and now the cardiothoracic/surgical ICU she sees consequences of health care disparities related to gun violence, trauma, cardiovascular disease, and COVID-19.  She cares for patients recovering from cardiac surgery, organ transplants, mechanical circulatory support devices, general surgery, and COVID-19 respiratory failure. Her areas of scholarly interest range from novel educational strategies and complex clinical conditions to inequities in cardiovascular care. She has won Teacher of the Year Awards, NAHN Miami President's Award, among others. 

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