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Paul J Ortiz


1 Capital Mall, Suite 380D


Paul is a passionate nurse educator who truly sees the value in all of his nursing students. He is an advocate for breaking down barriers to access to higher education and believes that students should have a safe, open and supportive environment in which to come into the profession of nursing.

He loves working with students to develop their critical thinking skills as well as the tools necessary to be a successful professional nurse.


  • Advanced Practice
  • Emergency Care
  • Pediatrics

Research Areas

  • LGBTQ Healthcare
  • Veteran Access to Care
  • Male nursing student experiences


  • Co-Director, VANAP-BSN


  • DNP, Samuel Merritt University, 2021
  • MSN, Samuel Merritt University, 2019
  • BSN, California State University, 2016
  • ADN, Evergreen Valley College, 2011
  • AA, San Jose City College, 2009

Prior Experience

  • Adjunct Faculty, Samuel Merritt University, FNP Program
  • Nurse Practitioner, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, Emergency Department
  • Emergency Nurse Educator, Kaiser Roseville Medical Center
  • Nurse Practitioner, Stanislaus County Health Department, Paradise Medical Office, Primary Care

Selected Publications

  • APRN's in triage: A Multimodal approach to reducing LWBS

  • LGBTQ Healthcare: A training for primary care clinicians

  • Workplace violence in the ED