Family affair? Listen to my interview with my son, Jonathan Van Nuys, on Transforming Tragedy into Growth!

Jonathan Van Nuys, RN,MS, NP is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner who wishes to embody the values of service, to nurture health and wellness, to build community and to combat stigma and shame, He has used his own life experiences as a springboard to care for, inspire and nurture those living with HIV and other chronic and life threatening conditions. This past year, he fulfilled his dream of graduating with honors from the UCSF Adult Nurse Practitioner’s program with a specialty minor in HIV. He is currently working as a Nurse Practitioner in a challenging inter-disciplinary fellowship at the SFVA where he both manages his own primary care patient panel, as well as an HIV panel and an urgent care clinic.

Jonathan is also currently an infectious disease consultant specializing in blood borne pathogens at the National Clinicians’ Consultation Center where he advises medical providers from all parts of the country on testing, risk and post-exposure prophylaxis for HIV as well as Hepatitis B and C.

Jonathan is also the current president of the Association of Nurses in Aids Care, Golden Gate Chapter and an active volunteer in the SF HIV community. He is an Albert Schweitzer fellow for life, a fellowship dedicated to improving the health of vulnerable people now and for the future by developing a corps of leaders in service —professionals skilled in creating positive change with and in our communities, our health and human service systems, and our world.

For his Albert Schweitzer fellowship service project working with long term survivors living with HIV, he was awarded a meritorious service award for outstanding scholastic achievments and extensive contributions to the nursing profession. Jonathan is a long-time volunteer in the Firefly letter writing program between healthcare students and those struggling with cancer or other life threatening illnesses. Jonathan can also be seen as a current spokesperson and cast member for the Greater than AIDS campaign. He has been featured in the SF Chronicle as well as the Science of Caring journal, the book,”The Firefly Project: Conversations about what it means to be alive” and has appeared on the web, in film in print and radio promoting HIV awareness. Other volunteer work has included working with those newly diagnosed with HIV, serving on the CAB of Glide Health services, working with diabetics with mental illness and providing care at the UCSF Homeless clinic. Jonathan’s past work history includes bilingual HIV testing and work as a triage RN in both English and Spanish for many years at the Mission Neighborhood Health Center . Jonathan’s aspiration is to live up to Albert Schweitzer’s quote, “my life is my argument.”

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David Van Nuys, PhD
Creator/Host of Shrink Rap Radio

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