Alvin Walters grew up near Seattle, WA. After completing his BSN at Washington State University in Spokane, he began working for Seattle Children’s Hospital in the emergency department. In 2014 Alvin was accepted into the University of San Francisco’s BSN to DNP program, Family Nurse Practitioner track. Shortly after moving to the bay area Alvin began working for Stanford Health Care in their pediatric emergency department, which is where he works today. Alvin’s masters and doctoral research focuses on combating health disparities seen in low income populations. An example of this is his work with the Jonas foundation. For this work Alvin will be creating evidence based treatment pathways for pediatric patients presenting to rural emergency departments. These patients often have no reliable access to primary care services, face unique environmental challenges such as mold and pesticides, and must rely on emergency rooms for all of their care. Sadly small rural ED’s are not well designed to perform this function, and have little if no access to experienced pediatric healthcare providers. By designing realistic, functional, and easily implemented treatment pathways, Alvin will be able to bring the most current evidence based care to the patients in these settings. In the future, Alvin plans to continue working for a research/ teaching Magnet status hospital while simultaneously opening his own clinic for low income populations. Implementing his doctoral research in this way, Alvin hopes to bring the most current evidence based practice to the populations who need it the most.
Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas Nurse Leader – Other
Dissertation: Bundle of Joy: Evidence Based Treatment Pathways for Pediatric Patients Presenting to Rural Emergency Departments