Rafael E. Pichardo joined the M State nursing faculty in 2018 and teaches in the Associate Degree in Nursing program.
His experience in the health care field includes serving as a health care specialist/military medical instructor for the U.S. Army and Minnesota Army National Guard from 2003-2015; mental health nurse at Prairie St. John’s (2011-2012); RN at Perham Health in the emergency department, medical/surgical unit, post-op and post-partum units since 2013; and nursing supervisor in obstetrics, emergency department, medical/surgical and ICU since 2018.
“I feel that having an ongoing involvement in patient care well suits the needs of a nursing instructor.
“I love working in acute settings like ED and surgery. I also love to lead others and to teach. My long-term goal is to become a dual-role adult gerontology and family nurse practitioner with an emphasis in acute care. I feel this will prepare me to serve this community to the best of my capacity.
“I also am very interested in understanding how nursing can make a positive impact in impoverished communities like those of my native Island Dominican Republic/Haiti. My life dream is to create a non-profit organization with foundation in nursing practice that can improve access to health care. I still have a lot of work to do.”
Pichardo earned his AA degree and Associate of Science in Nursing from M State’s Wadena campus and his bachelor’s degree in nursing from The College of St. Scholastic.
He enjoys sports including soccer, basketball and football, as well as woodworking and carpentry, and spending time with his three children.