The Global Team

UCLA School of Nursing Mission:  The UCLA School of Nursing prepares nurses and scholars to lead and transform nursing care in a rapidly changing, diverse and complex healthcare environment through academic excellence, innovative research, superior clinical practice, strong community partnerships, and global initiatives. 

Objectives of International Programs:

•    Share nursing expertise with nurses across the globe through exchange of students and faculty.
•    Facilitate agreements for collaborative scholarship, including research, clinical and educational projects.
•    Using technology to provide innovative long-distance educational programs for international nurses.

Janet C. Mentes, PhD, APRN, BC, FGSA, FAAN


Dr. Janet C. Mentes is Director of International Programs and Scholarship, Co-Director of the Center for the Advancement of Gerontological Nursing Science (AGNS), Director-at -Large, of the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence and Scholarship, and Professor with the School of Nursing.

As Director of International Programs and Scholarship, Dr. Mentes is leading an enhanced international global team at the UCLA School of Nursing which will foster international collaborations across the globe.

In her research at UCLA, Dr. Mentes has worked to improve the care of older adults, primarily in oral hydration, oral care, and delirium detection and management. Her current research focuses on early detection and management of dehydration in community and institutional settings. Dr. Mentes has demonstrated that urine color and saliva analysis can be effectively and easily employed in nursing homes. Three products have resulted from her research: a Hydration Management Protocol (available from the University of Iowa), a urine color chart for evaluating hydration status in nursing home residents, as well as a systematic classification of hydration problems for those residents. Dr. Mentes is the co-director of the Center for Advancement of Gerontological Nursing Research (AGNS) and a Director at Large of the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence. She evaluates a mentorship program aimed at increasing the number of nurses with PhDs from diverse backgrounds, to decrease health disparities among the underrepresented minority groups.

You may contact Dr. Mentes for more information on international programs:, 310-794-7609


Maria Elena Ruiz, PhD, RN, FNP-BC


Dr. Maria Elena Ruiz is the Coordinator for the International Programs and Scholarship and Associate Adjunct Professor with the School of Nursing.  She is an Affiliate Faculty with the Chicano Studies Research Center (Associate Director, 2010-2012) and the Latin American Institute.

As Coordinator with the International Programs and Scholarship, Dr. Ruiz developed the academic travel programs to Cuba and Oaxaca, Mexico.  The programs provide intensive immersion experiences and exchanges with medical and nurse leaders, focused on developing creative strategies and health policy changes to improve health outcomes in vulnerable communities.

Dr. Ruiz has over 25 years’ experience as a teacher, clinician, and researcher. Her research and teaching integrates a multidisciplinary approach, interweaving nursing, medicine, language/culture, and the behavioral sciences. She is a nationally and internationally recognized Latina nurse leader and has received several awards for her Spanish language/Latino culture programs, research on aging minorities, clinical work in high risk communities, as well as advocacy and mentoring of underrepresented students.

Her multidisciplinary research, teaching, and service interweaves familismo, aging and caregiving, homelessness, violence, farmworker health risks, and issues faced by Hispanic nurses.

Dr. Ruiz’s research includes studies on diabetes among Latinos, older Black and Latino men living with HIV/AIDS, and empowering nurse case managers in interdisciplinary teams in Latino communities.

You may contact Dr. Ruiz for information on the Latin America-Cuba programs and other international activities:


Global Health Advisory Committee Members

Dong Sung An, MD, PhD


Barbara Bates-Jensen, PhD, RN, WOCN, FAAN


Wei-Ti Chen, RN, CNM, PhD, FAAN

Eunice C. Lee, PhD, RN, FAAN


Mary Rezk-Hanna, PhD, NP