Magdaleina V. Joseph, PhD, ARNP, FNP-BC, NP-C, CEN, joined St. Thomas University in July, 2017 as the Director of Undergraduate Nursing. Dr. Joseph is a native-born Haitian. Driven by her passion for serving and caring for her community and the impoverished, nursing became her passion and enthusiastically a profession of choice by heart. Dr. Joseph received an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and Associate in Art (AA) Degree from Miami Dade College (MDC). She is a proud graduate of Barry University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Tract, and her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing. Prior to STU, Dr. Joseph was an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS) at Barry University, teaching in the Nurse Practitioner and Doctoral Nursing Practice (DNP) Programs. Dr. Joseph is a board-certified FNP from both the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Association of Nurse Practitioner (AANP) and a board-certified emergency nursing (CEN). She has done podium presentation and multiple research poster presentations locally for which she have won first and second place.
In 2016, she was the first place winner for research poster presentation at the Sixth Annual Florida Nurses Association (FNA) South Region Symposium and Award Ceremony, second place winner for research poster presentation at the symposium held by the Center for Interdisciplinary Scholarship, Barry University in 2015, and 2015 second place winner for research poster presentation at the Haitian American Nurses Association (HANA) of FL Fourth Annual Leadership Convention. In June 2017, Dr. Joseph was recognized and awarded Top 20 under 40 Young Haitian American Professionals by the Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of Florida (HACCOF). She was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (STTI), Lambda Chi Chapter (LCC) and Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society. Currently, she serves as a Governing Board Member at the Faculté des Sciences Infirmières de Léogane (FSIL)/Université Episcopale d’Haïti and she is a member of several professional organizations, including STTI, Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society, Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), Florida Nurses Association (FNA), American Nurses Association (ANA), AANP, and HANA. She was recently nominated as the secretary for the Governing Board of FSIL in September of 2018 and she is the 2017-2019 Secretary and co-chair of International Affair Committee (IAC) for HANA of FL. She also served as Chair of Community Service for LCC/STTI from 2015-2017.
Dr. Joseph’s experience includes the acquisition of strong clinical skills throughout her career as a professional registered nurse in various clinical settings such as emergency, critical care, telemetry, and med-surge services. As an advanced practice nurse, she has held several positions as adjunct faculty and post-acute hospitalist. Dr. Joseph is passionate about her native country, Haiti, and the people of Haiti. Therefore, she dedicates a great deal of her time serving her community locally and internationally. She participated and volunteered in different initiatives, community service, and engagement, including local radio and television show educating the community on human papillomavirus (HPV), cancer, cervical cancer, health promotion and disease prevention. She also volunteer and participate in multiple health fairs and medical mission trips in different departments in Haiti and Immokalee with HANA, the Man Dodo Humanitarian Medical Mission and Toys Distribution, the Haitian American Professional Coalition (HAPC) and Oasis Church annually. Her research interests include women’s health issues with a focus to improve the gynecological health of Haitian women in Haiti.