A day in the life of a nursing professional development manager

Gwendolyn Goguelet

Gilberto Gamba

Gilberto Gamba ('24G)
Professional Development Manager,

Center for Nursing Excellence at Brigham & Women's Hospital

Gilberto Gamba (‘24G) emigrated to the United States from Colombia with a degree in communications and years of professional photography experience creating medical training videos.

In a pivotal career move, Gamba earned an undergraduate nursing degree and a master’s in teaching and learning. A graduate of the online DNP program at UNH, Gamba speaks warmly about the support he received from faculty and university services and based on his enthusiastic recommendation, three of his colleagues have enrolled in the degree program.

States Gamba, “The online DNP program offers high-level content and the student quality improvement project inspired me to select a topic with the potential for long-term impact in my work.”

As a nurse educator with Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, Gamba founded the Friends of St. Anthony- renamed Catholic Health Initiatives for Uganda- to serve at their annual health clinic in Kampala. He has also been teaching at Regis College as a clinical nursing adjunct since 2012.

Currently the professional development manager with the Center of Excellence at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Gamba supports ambulatory care for multi-specialty practices across the system. He attends daily nursing “huddles” to listen and identify needed resources. Covering for nursing directors in absentia, he manages the nursing staff and provides expert guidance on best practices for delivering safe, high quality patient care. Gamba also partners with the weekly rounding team and attends meetings for both the Bedside Violence Prevention Team and the Fall Prevention Committee. As a member of the Ambulatory Division Committee, he spearheads new initiatives and analyses patient safety reports.

Gamba feels the most critical initiative is nurturing the wellbeing of the nursing staff, the selected topic of his final DNP project. His resolve to actively address work-life balance was recently cemented by the tragic suicide of a young nurse.

“My goal is to provide the necessary “white space” on the job so that nurses may practice better self-care. I am determined to do my part in prioritizing wellbeing as a normal part of working life.”