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Sylvia Estrada: Multicultural Scholar

 

by the Go Red For Women Editors

Estrada Focuses on Love, Care in a Personal Way

Sylvia Estrada’s 30 years of nursing experience, dedication and passion for learning and helping the underserved, led her to pursue a Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Western University of Health Sciences.

“Upon first entering nursing school, I realized that I had an exceptional opportunity to change people’s lives on a daily basis through this profession by consistently showing love and care in a personal way,” says Estrada.  “Not only would I touch the lives of my patients, but also their families and friends who, in turn, might spread that love and care to others.”

During her time in the healthcare industry, Estrada has worked in diverse areas such as hospitals and clinics in the United States and in Latin American countries.

Her work in Latin America includes teaching and interacting with women who have little to no access to health care.

“Utilizing my primary language of Spanish has helped me tremendously in pursuing my passion for bringing the knowledge and care for these women,” she says.  “I plan to continue my work in these countries to serve this vulnerable population to make life altering changes and help educate the local health care workers as well as the local women.”

Estrada has served as volunteer with local chapter professional nursing associations such as the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, Oncology Nursing Society, and California Association for Nurse Practitioners and has received numerous recognitions during her career for her commitment to clinical excellence and leadership.

Obtaining the Go Red Multicultural Scholarship Fund, supported by Macy’s, will help Estrada to develop research projects and influence health outcomes for underserved populations, and will help her show to her fellow Hispanic nursing colleagues that there are still opportunities for advancing their education.