Julio Santiago DNP, RN, CCRN, VA-BC

Dr. Santiago possesses 12 years of full-time experience working at a community college. His background includes positions in varied nursing setting including ICU/Neuro ICU, neurology, behavioral health, director of nursing, and home health. He is the owner and COO of Priority PICC Solutions, an outsourcing vascular access company that provides PICC services to hospitals and nursing healthcare facilities in the greater Chicagoland area.

He was appointed to the Infusion Nurses Society diversity equity and inclusion (DEI) task force in January 2021 to address equity and inclusion issues related to infusion nursing. He has been a member of the Joliet Junior College DEI committee since 2015 to help review and create policies that support equity and inclusion on campus. Dr. Santiago was appointed to the National Association of Hispanic Nurses Finance committee in 2015 and the American Nurses Association (ANA) Illinois Legislative committee in 2018. He is co-founder and president of the American Association of Men in Nursing, Joliet Junior College nursing program chapter.

Dr. Santiago considers himself to be an advocate for nursing students and the nursing profession. He remains actively involved in a number of nursing organizations with the goal to expand knowledge and support DEI in nursing.