Faculty and Staff

Leo-Felix Jurado

Professor • Department of Nursing

Dr. Jurado is a versatile leader and a superb role model. He has held prominent positions in several professional organizations and educational institutions. He is a past president of the NJ Board of Nursing where he served as a Board Member for ten years; a past president of the Philippine Nurses Association of NJ; and a past president of the Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA) where he established a peer-reviewed journal, created a forum for advanced-practice nurses and founded a village in the Philippines providing homes for the homeless. He recently served as the PNAA Parliamentarian for six years. He is now the PNAA Executive Director. He is also the Associate Editor of the Journal of Nursing Practice Applications & Reviews of Research (JNPARR).

His research agenda includes foreign-educated nurses and men in nursing. His novel doctoral dissertation was focused on the "Social Construction of Filipino nurses in the Philippines and as Foreign-Educated Nurses in the United States." He has spoken at regional, national and global conferences (in all the six continents of the world) regarding his program of research and other topics germane to nursing education, leadership and diversity. He has received several distinguished awards in nursing education and research, health care, community leadership and mentoring. He is a certified nurse educator (CNE), nurse executive (NE-BC), and an advanced practice nurse (APN) in adult health.

In 2016, he was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing during a ceremony at the academy’s annual policy conference held in Washington, DC. He was one of the nurse leaders from across the U.S. and from ten other countries chosen for this remarkable honor based on their outstanding contributions to nursing and health care, including their influence on health care policies.

Professional Interests

Social Construction of Foreign-Educated Nurses
Men in Nursing
Diversity in Healthcare

Other Interests

International Travels

Languages (other than English)



PhD Urban Systems, Rutgers University, The State University of NJ; University of Medicine & Dentistry in NJ; NJ Institute of Technology Newark, NJ

MA Nursing Administration, New York University New York , NY

BA English, St. Paul University Tuguegarao City, Philippines

BS Nursing, St. Paul University Tuguegarao City, Philippines


Leadership in Nursing & Health Care; Health Policy; Urban Population

Representative Publications

Historical analysis of Filipino nurse migration to the US; Fellowship programs: Breaking the glass ceiling; “Gawad Kalinga” project, It takes a village. ; In Tuazon, N. (Ed), The Philippine Nurses Association of America: A tapestry. ; The Philippine Nurses Association of America; 2019
http://48 Milburn Drive

Case Study: Recruitment of Philippine-educated nurses to the United States.; In: Douglas, M., Paquiao, D. & Purnell, L. (Eds), Global Applications of Culturally Competent Health Care: Guidelines for Practice. ; Springer: Cham; 2018

Filipino Nurses in the United States: Demographic Profile and Job Satisfaction; , Nursing Management; Volume 49, 2018

Knowledge, Attitudes, and Experiences of Filipino-American Registered Nurses in the US Towards End-of-Life Care; , ; 2018
http://48 Milburn Drive

The Impact of an All BSN Workforce Policy; , Journal of Nursing Practice Applications & Reviews of Research; 2018

Representative Presentations

Ethics in research and publications
12th International Conference Philippine Nurses Association of America
Aklan, 2020

Demographic Profile and Job Satisfaction of Filipino-American Nurses
29th International Research Congress Sigma Theta Tau International
Melbourne, 2018

Facilitators and barriers in attracting and retaining men in the nursing workforce
Sigma, European 4th Biennial Conference Sigma
Cambridge, 2018

The Advanced Practice Nurse Role in Promoting Population Health
Advanced Practice Nursing Forum Philippine Nurses Association of America 38th National Convention
, 2017

Historical Analysis of Filipino Nurse Migration to the United States
27th International Nursing Research Congress Sigma Theta Tau International
Cape Town, 2016

Awards and Honors

Outstanding Advocate for Mentorship
Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA), 20th President, Madelyn Yu

Mary Anne Rooney Essence of Nursing Award
New Jersey Consortium of Sigma Theta Tau Chapters

Inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing
American Academy of Nursing

Research Award
Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honors Society, Iota Alpha Chapter

Excellence in Education Award
New Jersey State Nurses Association

Notable Courses Taught

Leadership in Nursing
Health Policy
Curriculum Development
NCLEX-RN Prep Courses