Paul Boy, MSN, MPH, AGACNP-BC, AGNP-C, PCCN, RN, PHN is a dedicated 4th year PhD student and RN with 12 years of experience in cardiac telemetry, progressive care units, same day surgery, PACU, and medical ICU. He started as a bedside nurse and was promoted to charge nurse lending his leadership skills to this unit. He was a graduate of the MSN Adult Gerontology Primary Care NP here in UCLA in 2016 and started working in UCLA Geriatrics. Eventually, the lure of inpatient medicine tempted him back to finish his Post-Master’s Certificate in Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP with the University of Pennsylvania and worked with the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center Neurosurgery team under Dr. Manuel Blanco for 2 years. Currently, he is in his sixth year as a NP of the outstanding UCLA Internal Medicine/Hospitalist group (UCLA Healthcare Team Spirit Award 2023) at UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center wherein he also takes an active participation in the APP Education Committee and various quality improvement initiatives in the hospital. He is also a member of CANP and various NP groups aiming to promote the NP practice and their wellbeing. He also precepts most UCLA NP students and owes it to him giving back to the school by lending his experience and knowledge to future NPs.

His research focus lies in occupational health of NPs and other APPs and understanding how work stress, burnout, and work loneliness affects the mental health of NPs. With the growing number of NPs in healthcare, his hope that his study will gain new knowledge and acknowledge the threat of mental health issues plaguing NPs and other APPs. He also partook and successfully published a study with Dr. Jian Li and fellow PhD student Megan Guardiano on the work environment and wellbeing of prison nurses in California during the COVID-19 pandemic. When Paul is not working hard on his research or not at work, he enjoys traveling citing Hawaii and Japan as his favorite places to go, enjoys playing badminton, and loves to karaoke with friends.

Research Interests:

Occupational Health, Work Stress, Burnout, Loneliness, Internal Medicine, Hospitalist Medicine, Nurse Practitioner role, Acute Care Medicine, Work as a Social Determinant of Health, Environmental Health Science, Worker Wellbeing, Mindfulness