Quilvio Rodriguez has worked as a Psychiatric Nurse in New York City’s Public Health system system over the past four years. As a nurse he has worked for the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities in a group home setting, Elmhurst Hospital’s Adult Detox/ Substance Abuse inpatient unit, and Harlem Hospital’s Adult inpatient Behavioral Health unit. As a nurse he engages patients with guided meditations and teaching coping skills, meanwhile encouraging colleagues to devote time for self-care activities. Mr. Rodriguez graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine’s Holistic Nursing Bachelor’s Program and Miami Dade College’s Associate Nursing program. He is a Board-Certified Holistic Nurse at the bachelor’s level. He has trained in Holistic Nursing, Acupressure, Healing Touch, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Hypnosis, Aromatherapy, Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness through various institutions. In the past he has volunteered at Faith based organizations conducting wellness checks, blood pressure screenings, flu shots, and blood glucose checks. He became a Scholar in the National Health Service Corps scholarship program in 2018.
Mr. Rodriguez is currently studying at Columbia University (CU) in their Psychiatric Mental Health Doctor of Nursing Practice program, with an expected graduation of October 2020. At the university he was a part time research assistant investigating stress and resilience in the Trans Community in 2019. Through CU’s Global Initiative program, he provided Psychiatric services in a rural Hospital in Mek’ele, Ethiopia in 2019. He also facilitated a Spiritual support group for LGBT Seniors living with HIV AIDS at Services & Advocacy for LGBT Elder (SAGE NYC) through CU. He is an active member in the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA), National Hispanic Nurses Association, and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. He has attended Annual conferences in each of these organizations over the past three years. He is excited to be a presenter in AHNA’s annual conference in June 2021.