Student Spotlight: Angelo Valdez

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It’s back-to-school month at UCI! Meet incoming Anteater and future doctor of nursing practice Angelo Valdez, class of 2025.

Why do you want to be a doctorally-prepared nurse?

As a future goal to myself, I want to be a doctorally-prepared registered nurse because I’d like to teach and restructure our nursing practices towards a more comprehensive treatment involving the emotions of our patients.

I’ve seen that the smallest, empathetic connections are often the most meaningful when it comes to patient care, a practice that healthcare desperately needs today. By getting a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, I would be better prepared as a leader to advance nursing practices for our patients.

Why did you choose UCI School of Nursing?

The culmination of diverse experience and knowledge in the UCI School of Nursing enticed me to choose this university. I hope to inspire a new generation of healthcare professionals to be leaders of empathetic-patient treatment. By collaborating with renowned UCI faculty and peers, I will gain a greater understanding on the healthcare practices. I’d love to be a part of this research-oriented community.

What’s one fun fact about you?

A fun fact about me that I always enjoy telling people is that I was born in Toronto, Canada. I’ve lived in Salinas, California, for most of my life, but it always surprises people that I am a Canadian.

For more information, to support a future nurse or nurse-led research, please connect to Juliana Goswick, Director of Development at or visit Giving.

2021-09-24T10:20:00-07:00September 27th, 2021|Featured Student|

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