Daniel Diaz

Our next spotlight is Daniel Diaz,  RN. He's a  nurse and is heavily involved in tech innovations. Check him out!

1.)How long have you been a nurse? 
7 Years. I graduated from nursing school in 2010, smack dab in the middle of the recession and it was SO hard for me to find a job as a new grad. This struggle is what inspired me to build a website that made the nursing job hunt easier...which we will talk about later.
2.)Why did you decide to become a nurse? 
 I have about 6 doctors in my immediate family, maybe more...but I lost count. Because of this I always felt comfortable in a medical setting. My dad is an endocrinologist and he used to bring me to the hospital while he made rounds. Often times I hung out in the nurses station while I waited.
The nurses were always so nice to me, they would let me spin around in their chairs, and give me paper and pens to draw with. Now I know how valuable empty chairs are in a nursing station, so I feel pretty special that they let me have one as a little kid, haha.
Originally I was planning on following in my family’s footsteps and becoming a doctor, but as an undergrad at San Diego State University I realized that nurses had a much better quality of life than MDs (in my opinion), and nurses get the satisfaction of helping people in need: the best of both worlds. So I switched to nursing and haven’t looked back!
3.)Tell us about your company, how you are connecting the community and healthcare, and how your business can help healthcare professionals.  There are several resources for nurses that I am fortunate to be a part of:
NewGradNurseHelp.com is the website that I built while working in the hospital. It’s the best resource out there for new nurses. We have information on 500+ New Graduate Residency Programs. When the application windows open and close, and tips for resume writing and interview prep.
Clipboardhealth.com is what I am excited about the most. Our mission is to improve the work environment for nurses everywhere. We do this by offering:
■ The best job search engine for nurses.
■ Reviews of employers, so that you can compare your department to others around the nation.
■ Transparent Salary Info.
■ and much more on the horizon.
4.)What are your passions outside of nursing?  I’m passionate about martial arts, cryptocurrency, and i’m a huge personal finance nerd. I believe that the path toward achieving happiness involves two things: Financial Independence and Helping Others. Achieving these things is a lot easier than people think. Especially for nurses.
5.)Where do you see yourself, within the nursing profession, in 5 years?  In 5 years, I imagine that most nurses will use Clipboard Health as their default tool for finding a better career. That’s my goal, but competition is fierce.
6.) What are you most proud of/biggest accomplishment(s)?  I’m most proud of my ability to be vulnerable and try things that i’ve never done before. Like I started NewGradNurseHelp but I didn’t know how to build websites...I just watched a bunch of Youtube videos for how to build a wordpress site. I don’t know anything about audio/visual and I started The Project Nurse Podcast. I don’t know anything about startup tech companies, but I left my nursing job to join one full-time.

All of this stuff is super scary, especially with my lack of knowledge in these fields, but i’ve found that a lot of the barriers that we have preventing us from hitting home runs in our lives usually boil down to a combination of “fear of failure” and “fear of looking stupid in front of our peers”.

If you can get over these barriers, a world of opportunity opens for you. One of my favorite lines is, “greatness lies just outside of your comfort zone”.
7.) If you were not a nurse what would your career be? A piece of advice I give to all the younger people I mentor is: “If you learn how to code, or you learn how to sell, you’ll ALWAYS have a high-paying, in-demand job”. So if I wasn’t a nurse, I would probably want to be a programmer. That being said, my wife is in Architecture, and I think that their work is SO COOL. I love the idea that they shape the earth in ways that make a lasting impact on the people in our neighborhoods. 
8.)List all social media accounts and 
contact info for anyone who may want to contact you.
a. Email: Daniel@clipboardhealth.com
b. The best job search platform for finding rn jobs at Clipboard Health
c. The Project Nurse Podcast: Support our mission by leaving a 5-Star rating!
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1 comment

  • Daniel is a great example to nurses with his enthusiasm for life and intellectual curiosity. Thanks for spotlighting him!

    Alene Nitzky

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