Yovan Gonzalez, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where he received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Masters of Science in Nursing specializing as a family nurse practitioner. Yovan is completing his Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. His DNP scholarly project focuses on increasing nurses’ knowledge in the screening and management of substance use through an online SBIRT program.
He works as a family nurse practitioner at Gouverneur Health and the Roberto Clemente Center (RCC) part of the New York City Health and Hospitals system. Originally from Lima, Peru, Yovan’s fluency in Spanish is valued in a facility whose clients are primarily Hispanic. At Gouverneur, Yovan leads efforts to integrate behavioral health into primary care by participating as a member of the Integrated Care Committee and the Primary Care Behavioral Health Subcommittee. Yovan was one of the first nurse practitioners at Gouverneur to be waivered to prescribe buprenorphine. At RCC, Yovan successfully integrated a buprenorphine clinic and screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) into routine clinical practice.
Yovan is the recipient of the 2018 American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Substance Use Disorders Evidence-Based Training Award. Yovan is also a 2018 American Psychiatric Nurses Association Board of Directors student scholar.