From mentee to mentor, a rewarding journey


Paule Valery Joseph

Alumnus of Pace University College of Health Professions, Paule Valery Joseph, PhD, MS, FNP-BC, FAAN, found her passion for nursing and health care at a young age. Her journey to becoming an outstanding nurse scientist with multiple advanced degrees began by studying her mother’s career as a community nurse in their town in Venezuela. She remembers that as a child she didn’t understand much about what her mother was doing, but seeing her caring for individuals in the community lit a light within her to follow in her footsteps. As a first-generation doctoral student, she realizes the importance of having strong mentors early on in an educational journey.

When she was 16, she moved to the United States for the opportunity to go to college and earn a nursing degree. After earning an associate’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in nursing, she knew she still wanted to learn more. Following a friend’s recommendation and the convenience of New York and Pleasantville, she decided to check out what Pace University and the Lienhard School of Nursing had to offer. “I discovered that Pace had a curriculum emphasizing evidence-based care and an extremely fascinating course that Joanne Singleton, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FNAP, FNYAM, FAAN, taught on cadaver dissection . It was the only nurse practitioner program that offered this particular course. Because of my love for biology, I knew this was where I needed to be,” Dr. Joseph said.

She credits her teacher mentors at the Lienhard School of Nursing for motivating her to deepen her research experience. In addition to Dr. Singleton, she expressed gratitude to Dean Emeritus Harriet Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN; Former Provost Marilyn Jaffe-Ruiz, EdD, RN; and Sandra Lewenson, EdD, RN. Dr. Joseph went on to explain, “It was my first experience of working closely with academics and I learned a lot from them. I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Jaffe-Ruiz and Dr. Feldman on research projects and on the Jonas project. As an LSN student, Dr. Joseph took advantage of every opportunity that came her way, including working with Dean Emeritus Harriet Feldman and Dr. Marilyn Jaffe-Ruiz on the book. Nursing Leadership: A Concise Encyclopedia. “It was my first exposure to working with nurse scientists on a publication and I was able to contribute to several chapters and start developing my fellowship.” Through the Jonas Scholar Implementation Grant, she received $500 to teach cultural competence – the ability to communicate, understand and interact effectively with people of all cultures – to nurses at Mount Sinai Hospital At New York. “Despite its relatively small size, the grant served as a springboard and had a significant impact on my career. It was my first award – my first peer-reviewed grant,” notes Dr. Joseph. “I learned early on as a student that it is important to take every opportunity possible and apply for grants and scholarships. It’s exciting to be peer-reviewed at this stage and to realize that your ideas are valued.

I learned early on as a student that it is important to take every opportunity possible and apply for grants and scholarships. It’s empowering to be peer-reviewed at this stage and to realize that your ideas are valued.

Her intention was to start practicing after completing the Pace Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program before applying for a doctoral program. However, the four inspirational nurse leaders she credits encouraged her to take the plunge. Dr. Joseph took their advice and continued his educational journey at the University of Pennsylvania to obtain his doctorate in nursing with a specialization in genomics. “I thought I would study the history of nursing, based on my experience at Pace in Dr Lewenson’s course The history of nursing. This trip gave me the opportunity to immerse myself between the history of nursing and basic biology. My curiosity about the human body pushed me to further study chemosensory disorders and diseases,” she explained. Her desire to study genomics was influenced by Dr. Singleton’s course, “The courses I took at Pace intrigued me and made me ask more questions, it made me focus my studies in a more fundamental scientific field.”

Although Dr. Joseph chose an uncommon course of study, it positioned her as one of the few qualified experts to answer the many questions about smell and taste that have arisen during the COVID-19 pandemic. 19. “One of the things I’m excited about is the possibility of creating treatment modalities for patients and therapies that may not be pharmacological, but that can help patients cope and have a better quality of life. “, she said. “The more we understand, the more we can help people have a better quality of life, better connect with the world around us, and develop relationships with those seeking guidance.”

In addition to his research, Dr. Joseph is involved in various philanthropic initiatives around the world. She is a firm believer that when children enjoy a healthy lifestyle during their early formative years, it can change the future of a nation. She is heavily involved in the Amazing Grace Children’s Foundation, a project that is extremely important to her as its mission is to facilitate access to medical care for children and women from low-resource and underserved populations in Ghana and communities. neighbours. As a nurse practitioner, she can provide the care needed in these remote areas where resources are very limited. For Dr. Joseph, this kind of work is unparalleled because of the impact he has on these families each year. “Working with the Amazing Grace Children’s Foundation saved me at a very difficult time for me, it opened my eyes to ways in which I could use my skills to impact global health. The quantity I was able to learn from this experience and everything I learned from people in the community helped me see the world from a different perspective,” she said. nursing has opened doors and windows of opportunity for her. “Nursing is a wonderful profession, filled with many opportunities. We can make our voices heard and be active agents of change. She hopes others realize the impact and power that (we) nurses have to create local and global change.

One of the most rewarding aspects of her career is watching her mentees and students achieve their goals and knowing that she has helped them is an incredible experience. Her advice to students is to have a mentor, ask questions, believe in themselves, and never be afraid to do more. To continue advising future healthcare leaders, she said she is always more than happy to guide anyone interested in this career by sharing her experiences and answering any questions to help them stay on track. right way. “Being visible and available to share my experiences with those who want to do this type of career is very important. The path is not straight and is never perfect. I didn’t just wake up one day and become a scientist. It’s a lot of hard work and crucial to developing who you will become. The ability to be able to share these experiences with others is invaluable in many ways.

The College of Health Professions (CHP) at Pace University is honored to welcome a distinguished alumnus, Paule Valery Joseph, PhD, MS, FNP-BC, FAAN, as a guest speaker for the colloquium and reception from the CHP faculty on November 14, 2022. The CHP would like to congratulate her on receiving the Brilliant New Investigator Award from the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science and on being selected as the inaugural AAN Fellow at the National Academy of Medicine .