The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Meet a PhD Graduate: Yolanda Torres

Nov 1, 2017
Yolanda Torres

Q: Why did you choose UMass Amherst to complete our PhD in Nursing?


A: I chose to complete a PhD in Nursing at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, College of Nursing, first of all, because of the institution’s reputation in the academic world. Another very attractive reason was the opportunity to take most of the nursing courses in an innovative, interactive modality. UMass, Amherst was always my first choice.


Q: What was the focus of your research here at UMass?


A: I consider myself a humanist, an advocate and follower of the principles of humanism. Humanist beliefs emphasize common human needs, seek rational ways of solving human problems, and focus on human welfare. Therefore, my area of interest is nursing care among human beings, relationships, and the effect of the working environment on care. The focus of my research was to explore the influence of the conditions of work environment on the ability of critical care nurses to provide efficacious nursing care in Puerto Rico.


Q: How did you find the facilities, resources, and faculty supported you and your research?


A: The beautiful Amherst campus is inspiring.  Everything on campus, from the food served at the Student Union to the majestic Du Bois Library, promoted a holistic, healthy, learning environment. The virtual UMass Amherst Libraries provided access to databases and catalogs that facilitated and enriched my research experience. The community of nurse educators at the College of Nursing were always available to guide and support my every need. I am very proud to be able to call them my professors, colleagues, and friends.


Q: Since graduation, what have you been working on? What is your current position?


A: Since graduation, I am getting ready to publish several articles related to my research and previous written work. I continue to work as Director of Nursing and Allied Health Programs at the Ana G. Mendez University System in the Continental U.S. I am responsible for the challenging direction of four (4) bilingual (English/Spanish) Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs and two (2) bilingual (English/Spanish) Master of Science in Nursing programs in the state of Florida (Tampa, Miami, Orlando) and in Wheaton, Maryland.  I am also the president of the Greater Orlando Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses.


Q: What are your plans for the future?


A: My plans include transitioning to a full-time academic role where I can expand and develop knowledge in the nursing field.