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Steve Alves Associate Dean of the School of Nursing

Steve Alves

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  • (617) 333-2083
  • Kennedy Academic Building, Office 458, Fourth Floor
    1041 Blue Hill Avenue Milton, MA 02186

Ph.D., University of Rhode Island
MS, University of New England
BS, Rhode Island College

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Steve L. Alves, PhD, CRNA, APRN, FNAP, FAANA, FAAN, began serving as Associate Dean of the School of Nursing in June 2024. Dr. Alves’ unwavering dedication to higher education and leadership is a testament to his passion and drive. His background and experiences in higher education as a faculty member and administrator span over three (3) decades. He served in various leadership roles: Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs and Director of Nurse Anesthesia Programs at Northeastern University, Director of Anesthesia at the University of Miami, and Chair of Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Projects at Barry University. His expertise is marked by his broad knowledge and innovative expertise in interprofessional education, developing and implementing online/virtual programs using synchronous and asynchronous methodologies and hybrid models delivered through numerous platforms.

Dr. Alves' leadership roles at Northeastern University and the University of Miami have been transformative, promoting knowledge development to advance cultural competency, quality healthcare delivery, and improved health outcomes. His efforts have secured more than $3.5 million in federal funding for developing innovative Nursing anesthesia programs and student scholarship funding. He was honored with the prestigious U.S. Army Surgeon General’s Excalibur Award for his role in transitioning the U.S. Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing (USAGPAN) through Northeastern University from 2006-2016. The Northeastern partnership with the USAGPAN granted the DNP to the Army students and helped reduce tuition costs by more than $825,000 over each five (5) year cycle.

The reconciliation of restrictive practice and the promotion of autonomy for advanced practice nurses have informed and shaped his thinking and influenced his continuous contributions to the nursing profession. The contextual nature of his ongoing leadership at the state and national levels has influenced his contributions to nursing anesthesia. Dr. Alves orchestrated tailored public relations campaigns to remove Massachusetts’ antiquated and restrictive practice regulations. The impact of his seminal research: A study of occupational stress, the scope of practice and collaboration in nurse anesthetists practicing in anesthesia care team settings. This study, which introduced a scope of practice inventory, was cited as a landmark study by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Wellness Committee and was also validated by receiving the Research Scholar and Discoveries of Distinction awards through the AANA Foundation. He has made substantive impacts nationally in nurse anesthesia education. He received the AANA Program Director of the Year award. He was inducted into the National Academies of Practice as a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow and into the American Academy of Nursing as a Fellow. He was inducted as an “inaugural” Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (FAANA). As a FAANA, CRNA is recognized as one of the most accomplished leaders in the profession.

Recent Publications Include:

Hauglum, S.D., Miller, A.B., Vera, C & Alves, S.L. (2024). Evaluation of a low-cost hybrid airway model to train nurse anesthesiology students in performing ultrasound-guided cricothyrotomy. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 87, February 2024, Article No. 101483.

Hauglum, S.D., Miller, A.B., Vera, C & Alves, S.L. (2023). Ultrasound improves percutaneous needle cricothyrotomy success in novice anesthesia providers compared to the landmark technique. Trends in Anaesthesia and Critical Care, 48, February 2023, Article No. 101211.

Hauglum, S.D, Hampton, D. Miller, A.B., Vera, C., Alves, S.L. (2021). Cost-effective hybrid airway model to improve airway cricothyroidotomy outcomes. American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Journal, 89 (5), 378-379.

Hauglum, S.D, Vera, C., Alves, S.L., & Tran, C (2020). Computer-assisted instrument guidance technology is used by student registered nurse anesthetists for simulated invasive procedures. American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Journal, 88 (4), 289- 298.

De Santis, J.P., Quidley-Rodriguez, N., Valdes, B., and Alves, S.L., & Provencio- Vasquez, E. (2018). Contemplating co-occurring cultures: A grounded theory study of sexual decision making among Hispanic men who have sex with men. Hispanic Health Care International, 16 (2): 85-98.