On October 12, 2018, NYU Meyers adjunct clinical faculty member Jorge Prada passed away at age 49 after a heartbreaking diagnosis of Stage 4 colorectal cancer just a year prior. He fought courageously the entire time, never slowing down. He continued to work at NYU Meyers and serve the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) New York chapter until shortly before his death.
In memory of Jorge, we are raising money to start a scholarship fund for NYU Meyers students to attend conferences and pursue networking opportunities outside of the classroom. Conferences are not covered by tuition so students have to pay out-of-pocket if they want to attend. Jorge had a passion for developing the leadership potential of all nursing students and he encouraged them to join professional associations and attend conferences.
Networking and professional development are an essential part of the educational journey for a nursing student. Students who are mentored by nurses beyond their nursing school contribute to a diversified workforce which helps with care of diverse populations.
As adjunct clinical faculty at NYU Meyers, Jorge loved sharing his passion for mother-baby care with his students. He was a second career labor and delivery nurse for 10 years at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and NYU Langone Health delivering quality care to birthing families in the New York area. He inspired many people: the families and patients he cared for, his students, and his colleagues. He was enthusiastic about his job and about mentoring a new generation of nurses.
His motto, heard by many, was “Dahling, you can do it.” He lived by this motto when he came to this country from Venezuela and was homeless for a time. When a dear friend of his was dying, the nurses who cared for him inspired Jorge to change careers.
A scholarship for Meyers students to attend local and national conferences would honor Jorge and his life’s work. Our goal of $2,000 would enable us to offer stipends of $1,000 to two students at Meyers to pursue conference opportunities starting fall 2019.
Thank you for your support of our students in honor of Jorge Prada!
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