Reynaldo R. Rivera, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN


Reynaldo R. Rivera, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, is the Director of Nursing Research and Innovation at the corporate level of NewYork-Presbyterian. In his role, he has sparked many innovations in nursing practice. He launched and implemented a professional practice model, an EBP framework known as the PEACE model, an academic-practice partnership that links expert researchers with clinical nurses and wide dissemination of the practice innovations through publications and presentations nationally and globally. He leads the NYP Nurse Residency Program (NRP), accredited by the ANCC’s Commission on Practice Transition Accreditation Programs. Dr. Rivera co-leads The New York City NRP Consortium, in collaboration with the New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare, partnered with Vizient/AACN to bring the NRP curriculum to 27 hospitals throughout NYC.

Dr. Rivera served many professional organizations. He is past president of the Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA) and established the PNAA Leadership Institute and the PNAA Nurse Leadership Fellowship Program. He served as a board member of the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL). He was a member of the Advisory Board for the Duke/Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program and Rockefeller University, Heilbrunn Family for Research Nursing. He is currently a board member of the American Association for Men in Nursing Foundation (AAMN).


Dr. Rivera implemented the NYP PEACE Model, an innovative approach to evidence-based practice (EBP), to help clinical nurses solve challenging problems through a rigorous process – from problem identification to evaluation and dissemination. The PEACE Model has been translated into a Deep Dive intensive workshop to increase clinical nurses’ knowledge of translating evidence into practice.


He has received numerous awards in recognition of his exemplary and sustained contributions to nursing and healthcare, such as the AONL Nurse Exemplary Leadership and Mentoring Award, Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Award for Nursing Excellence - Marie Hippensteel Lingeman Award, Columbia University Outstanding Alumni Award, UERMMMC Outstanding Alumni Award, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Flame of Excellence Award, and AAMN Lee Cohen Award. He is a co-founder of the New York City Men in Nursing and the Columbia University School of Nursing Men in Nursing.


Rey is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a member of the Fellow Selection Committee (2019 – 2022). Dr. Rivera is a member of the editorial board of Nurse Leader, the official publication of the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL). He is also a member of the Research and Scholarship Advisory Committee of Sigma Theta Tau International and the Scientific Committee of the International Council of Nurses.

Rivera received his BSN from University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center in the Philippines; MA in assessment and measurement psychology from Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines; MA and EdM in nursing executive role from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York; Post Masters in advanced nursing practice (Adult Health) from New York University, New York; and Doctor of Nursing Practice from Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University in Ohio.