45 Minutes with Lourdes Maria R. Casao, RN, Ph.D - Nurse Educator

By Jerome Babate

 Lourdes Maria R. Casao, PhD, RN-BC, FNP received her BSN from the University of the Philippines in Manila, her MSN from Azusa Pacific University and her PhD from the University of San Diego.

Lourdes Maria Casao

Her program of research is the outcomes of pre-licensure nurse externship programs. Her experience includes 10 years in adult critical care and 17 years in professional development of which 15 years have been in a leadership capacity. 
Dr. Casao is the corporate director of education for Citrus Valley Health Partners (CVHP) in Covina, California where she is responsible for enterprise-wide development, implementation and evaluation of programs that develop and foster professionalism and excellence among healthcare professionals at all levels of the organizations.

Please tell us about your doctoral research project.
*** My dissertation is entitled, "Relationship between participation in a nurse externship program and RN retention and quality care". My dissertation was focused on finding the longterm outcomes of participation in a pre-licensure externship program in an acute care facility.

As a corporate director at Citrus Valley Health, what does a typical day at work like for you?

I cannot describe a typical day at work for me as each day is different and my schedule is based on the various programs I administer. I have plenty of productive meetings and time to coach staff on a one on one basis. I provide consultation at all levels of the organization and numerous lectures. I also take time to round and gather information from our customers.

Which of your career highlights are your personal favourites?
*The establishment and continuous improvement of programs such as our CVHP Leadership Academy and our CVHP Mentoring and Professional Development Program. These programs are properly aligned with our organization's mission and thus its outcomes were game changing.