PhD in Education, Professional Studies - Nursing, Capella University, 2008

Master of Science in Nursing, University of Phoenix, 2005

Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Phoenix, 2003

Associate Degree in Nursing, Santa Rosa Junior College, 1992

Academic Experience

Professor and Chair, Department of Nursing, Sonoma State University

Senior Contributing Faculty, MSN and Doctoral Programs; Nursing Education Specialty, Walden University  


Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. ~ John Dewey

Professional Areas of Interest

Emergency and Critical Care Nursing

Injury Prevention

Nursing Education

Social Justice, Environmental Justice, and Health Equity

Professional Involvement and Community Service

Air & Surface Transport Nursing Association, Member

American Public Health Association, Member

Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics, and Neonatal Nurses, Member

American Nurses Association, Member

California Association of Nurse Leaders, Member

California Quad Council, Member (2017-2019)

  • Leadership position representing COADN
  • Quad Council includes leaders from CACN, COADN, ANA/C, and ACNL

California Organization of ADN Program Directors – North

  • Past President (July 2018 to July 2020)
  • President (May 2017 to June 2018)
  • President Elect (2015-2017)

Emergency Nurses Association, Lifetime Member   

  • National Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee Chair (2017)
  • National Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee Member (01/2015-12/31/2016)
  • Journal of Emergency Nursing, Executive Editorial Board Member (1/2016 – present)
  • Director at Large, California ENA (2008 -2009)
  • Sacramento Chapter President (2008-2009)
  • Sacramento Chapter President Elect (2007)
  • Cal ENA Delegate to National Assembly (2006-2009, 2015, 2016)
  • Cal ENA EMS Committee Co-Chair (2006-2008)
  • Cal ENA Trauma Committee Member (2006-2010)
  • Cal ENA Regional Trauma Director, North Metro Area (2009)

National Black Nurses Association, Member

National Association of Hispanic Nurses, Member

National League for Nursing, Member

National Organization of Associate Degree in Nursing Programs, Member  

Sigma Theta Tau, Lambda Gamma Chapter, Member

Society of Pediatric Nurses, Member



Presentations and Publications

Aragon, S. Beauvais, A., Friday, V., Green, C., Kiger, A.J., King, S., Lear, T., Mahowald, J., McGuill, G., Perkins, D., Valdez, A.M., Velasco, B., Wangerin, V.  (2020). White paper: Equity, achievement & thriving in nursing academic progression. National Education Progression in Nursing. Retrieved from 

Valdez, A.M., (2020). Leading change in the international year of the nurse and midwife. Teaching and Learning in Nursing, 15(2), 1-3.

Valdez, A.M. (2019). Guest editorial: Who cares for the emergency nurse? Journal of Emergency Nursing, 45(6). Article in press.

Valdez, A.M. (2019). Certified Emergency Nurse review manual (5th ed.). Contributing Author. Emergency Nursing Association. Jones & Bartlett Learning: Burlington, MA.

Stapleton, S. J., Bradford, J. Y.,  Horigan, A….Valdez, A.M…Zaleski, M. E. (2019). Clinical practice guideline:  Intimate Partner Violence. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 45(2), 191.e1–191.e29. doi:

Valdez, A.M. (2019). Will you save me?  Injury prevention strategies to prevent opioid overdose. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 45(1), 90-93. doi:

Stapleton, S. J., Bradford, J. Y.,  Horigan, A….Valdez, A.M…Zaleski, M. E. (2019). Clinical practice guideline: Family presence during invasive procedures and resuscitation.  Journal of Emergency Nursing, 45(1), 76.e1–76.e29. doi:

Zaleski, M.E., Johnson, M.L., Valdez, A.M., Bradford, J. Y., Horigan.…Van Hoy, M.A. (2018). Clinical practice guideline: Suicide risk assessment. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 44(5), 505.e1–505.e33. doi:

Valdez, A.M. (2018). Isolation and personal protective equipment. In ENA (Ed). Emergency nursing core curriculum 7th ed. (pp.109-120). St. Louis, MI: Elsevier publishing.

Bradford, J., Reeve, N. E., Killian, M., Valdez, A.M.…Van Hoy, M.A. (2018). Clinical practice guideline: Prevention of blood specimen hemolysis in peripherally-collected venous specimens. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 44(4),  285.e1–285.e24. doi:

Valdez, A.M. (2018). What guides your practice? Guest Editorial.  Journal of Emergency Nursing, 44(1), 3-4. doi:

Stapleton, S., Valdez, A.M., Killian, M., Bradford, J.Y.…Zaleski., M.A. (2018). Clinical practice guideline: Intranasal medication administration.  Journal of Emergency Nursing, 44(1), 5.e1–5.e43. doi:

Valdez, A.M., Bradford, J.Y., Horrigan, A., Johnson, M.L., Killian, M....Zaleski, M. (2017). Requirements for the Development of Clinical Practice Guidelines. Emergency Nurses Association.

Ullrich, S. & Valdez, A.M. (2017). Rocky mountain high: Preventing cannabis-related injuries.  Journal of Emergency Nursing, 43(1), 78-80. doi:

Valdez, A.M. (2016). Playing it safe: Injury prevention for self-balancing motorized boards. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 42(3), 269-271. doi:

Killian, M., & Valdez, A.M. (2016). Medical evaluation of the behavioral health emergency patient. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 42(1), 78-80. doi: 10.1016/j.jen.2015.09.007

Farnholz Provinse, J., Sturt, P., Killian, M., Copper, M., Gates, K…Valdez, A.M., Van Hoy, M.A. & Zaleski, M. E. (2015). Clinical practice guideline: Capnography during procedural sedation/analgesia. Retrieved from

Valdez, A.M., Reynolds, A., Van Hoy, M.A. Killian, M., Copper, M…. Zaleski, M. E. (2015). Clinical practice guideline: Difficult intravenous access. Retrieved from

Zaleski, M.E., Copper, M., Killian, M., Farnholz-Provinse, J., Gates, K…Valdez, A.M., Van Hoy, M.A. (2015). Clinical practice guideline: Noninvasive temperature measurement. Retrieved from

Valdez, A. M. (2015). First do no harm: Prevention strategies for influenza season. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 41(6), 525-527. doi: 10.1016/j.jen.2015.07.009

Reeve, E., Renaker, A., Killian, M., Valdez, A.M., Reynolds, A…Zaleski, M.E. (2015). Clinical practice guidelines: Wound preparation. Retrieved from

Samaha, D., Barnard, S., & Valdez, A. M. (2015). Handle with care: Preventing abusive head trauma. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 41(4), 350-352. doi: 10.1016/j.jen.2015.03.005

Valdez, A.M. (2015). Are you covered? Safe practices for the use of personal protective equipment. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 41(2), 154-157. doi: 10.1016/j.jen.2014.11.011

Valdez, A.M. (2014). Button battery injuries: Primary and secondary prevention strategies.  Journal of Emergency Nursing, 40(6), 625-626. doi: 10.1016/j.jen.2014.08.004  

Valdez, A.M. & St. Mars, T. (2014). Rx for injury: Adolescent prescription drug misuse. Journal of Emergency Nursing. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 40(5), 497-499. doi:10.1016/j.jen2014.05.0011

Jayne, K.L., Valdez, A.M., Hamilton, M., Haugen, K., Henry, C., Jones, P. & White, L. J. (2014). Survivor perceptions of recovery following an air medical transport crash.Prehospital Emergency Care, 18(3), 1-9. doi:10.3109/10903127.2014.923075

Sanchez, C., Valdez, A.M. & Johnson, L.  (2014). Hoop dancing to prevent and decrease compassion fatigue and burnout. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 40(4), 394-95. doi: 10.1016/j.jen.2014.04.013

Valdez, A.M. (2013). Pediatric injury prevention: Are we there yet? Journal of Emergency Nursing, 39(1), 76-77. doi: 10.1016/j.jen.2012.09.006

Valdez, A.M. (2010). Minimizing the risk for teen drivers. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 36(6), 582-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jen.2010.07.015

Valdez, A.M. (2010). Expanding the focus: Preventing our own injuries. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 36(2), 165-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jen.2009.11.014

Valdez, A.M. (2009). So much to learn, so little time: Educational priorities for the future of emergency nursing. Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, 31(3), 337-353. doi: 10.1097/TME.0b013e3181bcb571

Valdez, A.M. (2009). Saving lives the easy way: Pediatric injury prevention strategies for emergency nurses. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 35(1). 60-61. doi: 10.1016/j.jen.2008.09.011

Valdez, A.M. (2008). Transitioning from novice to competent: What can we learn from the literature about graduate nurses in the emergency setting? Journal of Emergency Nursing, 34(5), 435-40. doi: 10.1016/j.jen.2007.07.008.

Perhats, C., Valdez, A.M. (2008). Suicide prevention in the emergency department. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 34(3),251-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jen.2008.01.010

Perhats, C., Valdez, A.M., St. Mars, T. (2008). Promoting safer medication use among older adults. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 34(2), 156-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jen.2008.01.002

St. Mars, T., Valdez, A.M. (2007). Adolescent dating violence: Understanding what is “at risk?” Journal of Emergency Nursing, 33(5), 492-4.

Valdez, A.M. (2007). Youth violence and injury prevention. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 33(4), 379-81.

Honors and Awards

Fellow in the Academy of Associate Degree Nursing 

Fellow in the Academy of Emergency Nursing

Research Dissemination Award, Walden University (October 2014)