Decker School of Nursing

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Mario Ortiz is dean and professor of nursing at Binghamton University's Decker School of Nursing. He is also co-interim director of the school's Kresge Center for Nursing Research.

He has a record of success in developing healthcare programs, has established and nurtured critical partnerships with healthcare providers, and has a rich portfolio of faculty and staff development. He has garnered more than $8 million in endowments and grants.

Ortiz is a respected scholar in national and international arenas, where he focuses on nursing theory-guided research and practice. His recent scholarly work focuses on universal living experiences, such as human suffering and working. Ortiz serves on the referee panels for the Journal of Holistic Nursing and the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. He is the contributing editor of the “Leading-Following Perspectives” column in Nursing Science Quarterly.

He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in nursing theory, community health nursing, family nursing, and nursing leadership and management. Ortiz is a board certified community/public health nurse specialist and family nurse practitioner, and continues to work with community agencies in this role. He uses the Rainbow PRISM model, based in the humanbecoming paradigm, as a guide to practice with persons in the community. Ortiz has worked in both acute care and community-based settings with experience in various roles as a staff nurse through administration. 

Ortiz earned bachelor's degrees in nursing and in the history of the arts, as well as a master’s degree in nursing from Valparaiso University. He also earned a PhD in nursing from Loyola University, Chicago, where he studied with internationally known nurse theorist, Rosemarie Rizzo Parse.

He is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International and is a fellow in the Nursing Academy of the National Academies of Practice.

Last Updated: 2/28/17