Cromwell Acosta

Cromwell Guerrero Acosta, RN, MSN, GN(c)

His adult health nursing interest spanned from his classroom and bedside experiences as a Medical-Surgical nurse before migrating to Canada in 2012. He has taught and assumed administrative roles as OIC-Dean and as Clinical Coordinator at Notre Dame University and Lyceum of the Philippines University in the Philippines, respectively.

He has worked with the Philippine Nurse Educators Academy(PNEA) under the Associations of Dean of Colleges of Nursing and has contributed to the development of resource manuals for the Nursing Care Management in teaching Medical-Surgical Nursing in schools of Nursing. He completed his Master of Science in Nursing, Major in Adult Health at Silliman University and was awarded “Best in Thesis,” by the Philippine Association for Graduate Education(PAGE)-Commission on Higher Education(CHEd), Philippines. He has published local papers and supported faculty in the development of research in both clinical and community settings.

His immersion in the Care of the Elderly started when he worked as a Registered Care Aide(RCA) at Long-Term Care(LTC) facilities under Fraser and Vancouver Coastal Health. At the outset, he has attended educations provided for by the Alzheimer’s Society of BC in Richmond and in Surrey to ground himself with a knowledge base in Dementia care and other related degenerative diseases. His clinical experiences were expanded while completing his practicum at the  3A/B Medicine Unit at Mount Saint Joseph’s Hospital under the Return to RN Program of Thompson Rivers University earning his RNBC license in 2015. He began to work as a full-time RN at VGH Short-Term Assessment and Treatment(STAT) Centre, a subacute Geriatric Medical-Psychiatric Unit, with the embedded and coordinating services of both the Day Hospital & Home-Vive, whose primary clientele are from the community. He expanded his bedside experiences further in a Geriatric Psychiatry setting working as a casual RN at Providence Health’s 1 South, Mount Saint Joseph & briefly, at the Acute Care for the Elder(ACE) Unit at 4 North of Richmond Hospital.

His endless energy towards advocacy and care of the elderly has been acknowledged while working with the equally committed and dedicated Multidisciplinary team. His brief stint as Patient Care Coordinator(PCC) supporting both staff and patients with their needs at the bedside is a manifestation of his continued compassionate commitment towards the care of the older adults especially our Frail elders.

This unique privilege with the IDEA Lab is dedicated to expand his interest and proactive pursuit in evidence-based practice at his current workplaces, strengthen education and research interest amongst members of the interdisciplinary team. He envisions the tripartite VCH programs of Home-Vive, Day Hospital and In-Patient STAT Centre in becoming the “Centres of Excellence in the Care of the Elderly,” in the lower mainland. 

In the next five years,  he sees himself as either a primary care provider working as a Nurse Practitioner in the Community or as a Nurse Clinician-Scientist at the bedside given the opportunity to complete a Ph.D. in Nursing degree. His enthusiasm and endless energy are sustained by his passion for hiking and Mountain biking; travelling locally and internationally, and organizing socials with colleagues and friends, as well.