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Post -Masters Certificate - Adult Nurse Practitioner, Adelphi University (2011)
PhD Leadership in Higher Education, Capella University (2008)
Dual Degree: BSN/MSN Cum Laude, Molloy College (2005)
Associate in Science Nursing, Nassau Community College (1996)

Recent Courses

Fundamentals Of Patient Centered Nursing Care
Integration On Seminar I I
Nursing Care Of Adults I
Nursing Care Of Adults I I
S/T: Introduction To Nursing As A Career

Personal Statement

My teaching philosophy is quite simple: be the best educator possible so that the future of our nurses remains strong, professional and enlightened to the changes of the global society. As an educator it is my responsibility to prepare future nurses to manage and lead the complexities of our world. I feel that in demonstrating strong leadership skills along with a holistic approach to patient and family care both in the classroom and in the clinical arena, nursing students can model after leaders in the field. Thus they are able to expand their knowledge base and critical thinking to new heights. Nursing is not an easy discipline but it is the most rewarding one I know. It is an honor to be part of the education process as well as being a mentor to so many students. Thank you to all my students, past and present who have worked so hard and have helped me become a better teacher.

Teaching Specializations/Interests

Advanced Physical Assessment - Graduate

Medical-Surgical Nursing

Cardiology: Hypertension, CAD (Women), CHF
Endocrine: Diabetes
Neurology: Stroke, neuromuscular disorders
Respiratory: COPD, PNA

Research Interests

Health care disparity among minorities

Global competence in nursing practice

Cultural Diversity

Mentoring the future of nursing: Focus on minority nurses

Grants/Sponsored Research

Dean's Research Award Grant (March, 2009): Cultural Diversity in Nursing Grant amount: $ 650.00


Ballestas, H.C. & Caico, C. (2013). Pathophysiology for Nurses: Demystified. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

Book Chapters

Holzemer, S.P. & Klainberg, M. (2012). Flexibility and Systems for Care Management for Providing Care in the Community. In Ballestas, Helen C. (Eds.). Community Health: An Alliance for Nursing. (pp. 223-229). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett.

Refereed Articles

Ballestas, H.C., Roller, M.C. (2013), The effectiveness of a study abroad program for incrasing students' cultural competence. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 3(6), 125-133.

Ballestas, H.C. (2012), Adelphi Summer Program Engages Local High School Students. Nursing Spectrum/Nursing.com, August, 2012.

Ballestas, H.C., Roller, M., Culley, A., Poon, G., Wilson, D. (2010), Costa Rica trip provides students with global healthcare perspective. Nursing Spectrum, 22, 18.

Zauderer, C., Ballestas, H., Cardoza, M., Hood, P., Neville, S. (2009), United We Stand. The Journal of the New York State Nurses Association, Fall/Winter 2008/2009, 4-7.

Ballestas, H.C. (2007), Post operative Fever: To what is the Body Really Responding? AORN, 86, 983-992.

Invited Presentation/Lecture

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Roller, M.C., Ballestas, H.C. (2013, November). Cultural competence research: Baccaulaureate nursing students in Costa Rica. Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, 42nd Biennial Convention, Indianapolis, IN.

Ballestas, H , (2013, July). Capturing the momentum of developing future nurses: A workshop designed to develop a high school intensive program for the minority nursing student. New Jersey City University - Center for Teaching and Learning, Jersey City, NJ.

Ballestas, H., Roller, M. (2012, November). Cultural Competency in Undergraduate Baccalaureate Nursing Students. In One Voice International Conference for Educators, Rye, NY.

Ballestas, H , (2012, November). Healthfully Aging: A nuts 'n bolts approach to aging. Adelphi University Community Wellness, Garden City, NY.

Cole, N., McCrink, A., Ballestas, H. (2012, November). Our global partnership with the Dominican Republic: Improving the health of children. Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, Indianapolis, IN.

Ballestas, H , (2010, June). Mentoring: The Future of Our Nurses Depends On It. New York City College of Technology - CUNY.

Conference Presentations/Papers

Roller, M.C., & Ballestas, H.C. (2014). Improving the cultural competency of a group of baccalaureate nursing students. In Eastern Nursing Research Society. Sheraton Downtown, Philadelphia, PA.

Roller, M.C., Ballestas, H.C. (2013). Cultural competency in nursing research transforming patient care. In In Ninth Annual Leadership Conference. Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, Alpha Omega Chapter, Garden City, NY.

Roller, M., DNP, ANP-BC, RN, Ballestas, H. PhD, ANP-BC, RN. Authors: Roller, M. DNP, ANP-BC, RN, Ballestas, H.C. PhD, ANP-BC,, McCrink, A., EdD, WHNP-BC, RN (2011). Health Promotion with Volunteer Undergraduate Nursing Students Costa Rica. In Stony Brook Univesity's Inaugural Science Summit (pp. Poster Presentation). Stony Brook, New York.

Ballestas, Helen & McCrink, Andrea (2009). Women & Healthy Hearts. In AU Community Wellness.

Other Scholarly/Artistic Work


Anatomy & Physiology made Incredibly Visual
Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (2009)

ECG Strip Ease: An Arrhythmia Intrepretation Workbook
Wolters Kuwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (2007)

Hemodynamics Monitoring made Incredibly Visual
Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (2007)

Nursing Know-How: Charting Patient Care
Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (2009)

Nursing Know-How: Evaluating Signs & Symptoms
Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (2009)

Nursing The Series: Interpreting Signs & Symptoms
Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (2008)

Nursing The Series: Perfecting Clinicl Procedures
Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (2008)

Nurses Rapid Reference
Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (2009)

Straight A's in Medical-Surgical Nursing
Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (2008)

Honors and Accomplishments

National Association of Hispanic Nurses - Nurse of the Year Award 2013
Volunteer Service Recognition Award Adelphi University April, 2013
Academic Adviser of the Year Adelphi University - 2010
Dec. 13, 2010
Nominee: Teaching Excellence Award 2011
Nominee: Teaching Excellence Award 2012
Nominee: Teaching Excellence Award 2013
Nominee: Teaching Excellence Award 2014
Nominee: Service Excellence Award 2014

Molloy College
Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member Award
Continuing Education - Nursing (2008)

Professional Activities

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Evaluator

Member Editorial Board: Hispanic Health Care International 2014

National Association of Hispanic Nurses Chair of National Education Committee

National Association of Hispanic Nurses
Nomination Committee Member

National Association of Hispanic Nurses
New York - Long Island Chapter President

New York Academy of Medicine Fellow 2014

Advisory Council CSTEP Program Adelphi University

Member of the Latino/Hispanic Health Equity Initiative Committee of the NYSDOH, AIDS Institute

Advisory Council for the Center for Multicultural Education and Health Disparities - Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing
Advisory Council Member - 2013

Adult Nurse Practitioner - Winthrop University Hospital - Cardio Thoracic
Member: National Association of Hispanic Nurses
President: NAHN of Long Island
Member: American Nurses Credentialing Center
Member: American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Member: Sigma Theta Tau International
Member: National Student Nurses' Association
Member: Omicron Delta Kappa - Leadership Honor Society
Member: American Nurses Association
Member: National League of Nurses - Ambassador
Member: American Association of Critical Care Nurses
Member: Capella University Ambassador
Member: Medical Reserve Corp. Nassau County
Adelphi University School of Nursing
Nursing Student Organization:
SNAP Faculty Adviser 2009-2010
SNAP Faculty Adviser 2010-2011

Community and Corporate Leadership

Member Advisory Board: The National Association of Hispanic Nurses Mentorship Academy in conjunction with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing

Licenses & Certifications

New York Registered Nurse
New York State Adult Nurse Practitioner
ANCC Adult Nurse Practitioner Certification