Grissel Hernandez, PHD, MPH, RN, HNB-BC

WCSI Faculty Associate
WCSI Caritas Coach®
Executive Director, Center for Education & Professional Development
Stanford Health Care, Stanford, CA
 Caritas Colleague


Grissel Hernandez, Ph.D., MPH, RN, HNB-BC, is the Executive Director at Stanford Health Care Center for Education and Professional Development (CEPD) in Palo Alto, California, and one of her main responsibilities include Caring Science integration. She has over 20 years of Nursing Professional Development experience in ANCC Magnet and the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award designated organizations. She served as Appraiser for the ANCC Pathways to Excellence and Nursing Continuing Professional Development Accreditation Programs.

Grissel is a Watson Caring Science Institute Faculty Associate and a founding member of Regional Caritas Consortiums in NY/NJ/PA and CA. She has a BSN from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Public Health from UCLA, and a Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Her qualitative research study aimed to describe and understand the lived experience of nurse leaders practicing within Watson Caring Science framework (aka. Caritas Coaches®), creating a caring, healing environment for staff. She is a board-certified Holistic Nurse, Caritas Coach, and a Global Academy of Holistic Nursing Scholar. In addition, Grissel is a member of the Equality, Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice (EDISJ) Committee of the American Holistic Nursing Credentialing Center (AHNCC) and board member of the International Association of Human Caring (IAHC).

Grissel has made it her life’s mission to share her patient experience and educate healthcare providers about the healing power of compassion, authentic presence, reflection, intentionality, nurture of self, and gratitude.

Grissel was born in Aibonito, Puerto Rico, grew up in New Jersey and currently resides in Santa Clara, California.