Dave is a Registered Nurse with over 24 years of clinical experience, precepting hundreds of new nurses in multiple clinical environments. Military-trained as an Officer the Army Nurse Corps, he has provided care in the Emergency Department, the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, the Cardiac Catheterization Lab, medical/surgical floors, and in the registry/per diem world.
As a serial entrepreneur, Dave has also co-founded two successful healthcare companies, Advanced Clinical Associates and the ACA Wellness Institute, generating tens of millions of dollars in sales. His experience as a business owner has allowed him to manage thousands of patient visits per year and lead a full-time clinical team of over 60 employees.
Over the last 12 years, Dave has interviewed hundreds of potential and future employees, giving him years of experience in the “people business.” Dave is also a self-published author, writing “The Student Entrepreneur-Money Making ideas for the Full-Time Student,” that educates undergraduates on making money while working towards their degree.
In late 2020, Dave started an online company called the Health and Wealth Academy, educating new entrepreneurs on the realities of starting a medical-based business. Known online as “DaveTheNurse,” he has created multiple online courses, video education packages, and motivational podcast to inspire others wanting to learn his trade. Dave is also a public speaker, presenting to healthcare professionals in multiple educational environments.
Dave holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing (BSN). He is a 4-year ROTC scholarship winner and graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of Kentucky in 1996. David was nationally ranked #1/250 and given the distinguished title of Regimental Honor Graduate in 1994 ROTC Advanced Camp, Ft. Lewis, Washington. He was honorably discharged from the United States Army as a First Lieutenant (P) in 2000, after resigning a Regular Army (RA) Commission after a 4-year military commitment.
Dave has spent 24 years as a Registered Nurse, with a clinical background as a Cardio-Vascular ICU nurse, charge nurse in level II Emergency Room, Clinical Nurse Specialist with Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD) for a Medical Device company, and a PerDiem/Registry Nurse. He has spent the last 13 years as the Owner/Co-Founder of Advanced Clinical Associates and the ACA Wellness Institute.