Dr. Rick García has over 20 years of active
clinical nursing practice across numerous administrative and clinical settings
that include hospitals, universities and state boards. The Florida native
currently works as director of education for the American Association of
Colleges of Nursing (AACN), in Washington D.C.
Previously, he held many administrative and
leadership roles while continuing to practice nursing. Those efforts include
serving as chair of the education committee and registered nurse member of the
District of Columbia Board of Nursing; as executive director of the Florida
Board of Nursing; and as chair of the New York State Board of Nursing’s
practice committee. Rick also previously worked as director of clinical
services for a private urological practice in Tallahassee, and administrator of
its ambulatory surgery center.
A few firsts in Rick’s career include
pioneering the Maternal-Child Case Management Team at Georgetown University
Medical Center for the neonatal, obstetrics, and pediatric intensive care
units. Rick later served as a founding case manager at the President’s Flagship
Hospital at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, where he
focused on providing care to active-duty members, their families, and retirees.
In his free time, Rick likes to cycle, take
long walks, spend time outdoors exploring, and catching up with family and
friends. Rick gives back through the Florida State Association of Occupational
Health Nurses, and has been recognized as Nurse of the Year 2016 for his