Jonas V Nurse Leader Scholar

Cidalia Vital, MS, RN, CNL, CPAN

University of Massachusetts-Amherst
PhD Student

Cidalia Vital, MS, RN, CNL, CPAN is PhD student at University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a staff nurse in an outpatient surgery center. Prior to pursuing school full time, Cidalia was the Magnet Nursing Program Director for a large academic medical center and one of the primary authors of their recent redesignation document. She has served on several national and state nursing boards representing the interests of new graduate nurses as a Vice President of ANA- Massachusetts from 2007-2009 as  well as a Director for the American Board of Perianesthesia Nurses as a Director promoting the importance of specialty certification in perianesthesia.

Cidalia has spent the last 13 years of her nursing career advancing the practice of nursing through her research on post-operative urinary retention as well as promoting lateral violence and bullying prevention through video from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. Cidalia is passionate about promoting clinical inquiry at the bedside. She has fostered over 120 clinical nurses to participate in a successful Art of Questioning Campaign which encouraged evidence based practice through PICOT.

Cidalia holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from College of Our Lady of the Elms, a master’s in nursing from University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has been recognized with numerous awards for her outstanding leadership and excellence in practice.  Cidalia was honored as the recipient of the Elms College Distinguished Alumni in Nursing Excellence Award in 2014. Cidalia just recently graduated from the Massachusetts Organization of Nurse Leaders Academy in the spring 2016.