Adelphi enabled me to grow personally and professionally. I developed lifelong friendships as well as met so many interesting professionals in the field of nursing.

Member of Adelphi University’s 10 Under 10

Care Manager, NYP-Cornell

Alex Klotsche enjoys learning and growing from others, then taking this knowledge to inform the way he interacts with his patients everyday. It is an approach that dates back to his time as an Adelphi student.

Following the footsteps of his mother and father, both Adelphi graduates, Klotsche felt the University would be the perfect fit for him. He was drawn to the curriculum, faculty and reputation of the College of Nursing and Public Health as a high-quality nursing program. There, he developed both professionally and personally, under the guidance of two faculty members with prominent careers in nursing, Dr. Susan Zori and Dr. Karen Mancini. Current Adelphi Board of Trustee member Lenny Achan, BS ‘99, MA, RN, ANP, was another community member whose insights and accomplishments inspired Klotsche to achieve similar success himself. He also found an opportunity to grow as a leader on campus as president of the Student Nurses Association. 

Klotsche’s undergraduate experience gave him the tools to prosper as a staff nurse on a blended stepdown/medical-surgical unit at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell (NYP-Cornell). He went on to earn his MSN in health leadership at the University of Pennsylvania, while simultaneously getting promoted to charge nurse and preceptor in his unit at NYP-Cornell. Currently, Klotsche is a care manager at NYP-Cornell, where he works with an interdisciplinary team to develop care plans that ensure safe discharge plans. Klotsche was also selected to serve as a Chief Nurse Fellow at the hospital. In this role, he assists in developing a quality improvement project that focuses on increasing nursing satisfaction. He is also working towards an MBA with a concentration in financial management at Johns Hopkins University. Klotsche currently serves as an adjunct clinical professor in the College of Nursing and Public Health and his future plans include becoming a member of Adelphi’s Board of Trustees.

Klotsche credits his career success to the education and connections he made at Adelphi. He continues to volunteer in Sigma Theta Tau-Alpha Omega as finance committee chair and as a member of the leadership succession committee. He has also volunteered as an EMT with the Huntington Community First Aid Squad, an experience which began during his time at Adelphi.

Klotsche has certainly heeded the advice he gives to current Adelphi students: “Introduce yourself, build a relationship with someone, and you never know how that individual may affect your journey.” 

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