Orelia   Herrera-Erdem

Assistant Professor  

Office: HCEBL 2.110.08
Phone: (956) 296-1931
Email: herrera.erdem@utrgv.edu

Dr. Orelia Herrera-Erdem

Born & raised in Harlingen, Texas till left the RGV to attend Nursing School in Houston, Texas. Did not return to the RGV for 30 years after graduating from Nursing school. Worked in Houston, Texas, Arlington, Va., New York City, traveled all over Europe and after marriage lived in Turkey for 5 years.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Elderly Hispanic women, Diabetes,
    • Decision making of elderly hispanic women
    • Diabetes
    • Children Diabetes Camp
    • The aging process-elderly Hispanic women
  • Education

    • DNP, Nursing Practice, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, 2012
    • PNP, Pediatrics, The University of Texas - Pan American, 2004
    • FNP, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, 1999
    • PMHNP, Mental Health, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, 1999
    • MSN, Nursing Administration, Corpus Christi State University, 1989
    • BA, Psychology, The University of Texas - Pan American, 1984






Selected Presentations


  • Orelia Herrera-Erdem. "Veteran Suicide Statistics," 2018 Research Day Conference: Breaking the Silence, Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, UTRGV Student Union (April 2018)

  • Orelia Herrera-Erdem. " Diabetes - Young & Old," Amigas Lions Club, Golden Palms Rehabilitation Center & Nursing Home - Harlingen, Texas (March 2018)

  • Orelia Herrera-Erdem. "Creating an accessible learning environment," Universal Learning Design, UTRGV, Academic Service Bldg 1.106 (February 2018)

  • Orelia Herrera-Erdem. "Mentors & Mentees," SON, SON, 2-168 (October 2017)

  • Orelia Herrera-Erdem. RGVDA, Edinburg, Texas (September 2017)

  • Orelia Herrera-Erdem, Corina Kisse, MD carrizales, RN, "Legal aspects, advantages, & resources," Lactation Seminar, UTRGV, UTRGV (April 2017)

  • Orelia Herrera-Erdem. "Disaster Planning for Persons with Diabetes," Harlingen Health Fair at Municipal Auditorium, Harlingen Chamber of Commerce, Municipal Audiotium Lon C. Hill Park Harlingen, Texas (November 2016)

  • Orelia Herrera-Erdem. "Disaster planning for Persons with Diabetes," Disaster Planning For Persons with Diabetes, Rio Grande Diabetes Association (RGVDA), Edinburg, Texas (June 2016)

  • Orelia Herrera-Erdem. "Models of Collaboration," 7th Annual PACE Bioethics Conference-Panelist on Interprofessional Communicayion and 'New" Models of Collaboration, UTRGV, UTRGV Ballroom (April 2016)

  • Orelia Herrera-Erdem. "The student with disabilities," Panel Discussion on Students with disabilities, UTRGV, UTRGV (March 2016)

Previous Courses