Science Faculty Spotlight: Margarett Alexandre

April 19, 2021

Margarett Alexandre

Dr. Margarett Alexandre is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nursing at York College of the City University of New York. She teaches in the generic RN and the RN-BS nursing programs. A Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and a Jonas Scholar Alumna, her areas of expertise include Medical-Surgical Nursing and Nursing Administration. Her research interests are centered around disability in the post-2010 Haiti Earthquake. Other interests include student mentoring and community initiatives, both nationally and internationally. Dr. Alexandre is an international lecturer and has presented extensively locally, regionally, and internationally. She also shares a great interest in transcultural nursing education, service-learning, and active learning strategies.

She has over thirty years of experience as a registered nurse and has practiced in the maternal-child, medical-surgical, administration, and education specialty areas. She is actively engaged in a research study addressing the incidence of hypertension among college students throughout the New York City metropolitan area, as well as in a collaborative study investigating mental health and sleep in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dr. Alexandre has always been active in global nursing, having organized multiple medical missions to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. She has served as a Visiting Professor of Nursing in both Haiti and the Free Republic of Moldova. She also developed the first elective nursing course at York College (CUNY). This course affords students the opportunity to be engaged in providing much needed care, while working alongside medical professionals in underserved/under-resourced countries. With a strong emphasis on social justice, the students create educational activities based on researched health burdens of the countries as well as incorporating the sustainable development goals in their practice. Upon return, students have had the opportunity showcase their experiences by participating in poster and podium presentations at local, regional, and international conferences. Dr. Alexandre believes it is important for the students to understand that advocacy can result in improvements to services and quality of life for the profession, their patients, their community, and the world in which they live.

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Dr. Alexandre is the founder of Mission Grandbois, a nonprofit organization which facilitates healthcare, nutritional, and educational access to children in the L’Artibonite area of Haiti.

Dr. Alexandre earned a BSN in nursing and an MS in nursing administration with a minor in education from Adelphi University, Garden City, New York and a PhD in Nursing Research from the Graduate Center (CUNY) in New York, NY. She is a member (and past board member) of Sigma Theta Tau International, a founding member of the advisory board of the Haitian Studies Institute housed at Brooklyn College, as well as a reviewer for several nursing journals.