Ejercito Balay-Odao

Ph.D. in nursing

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Ejercito M. Balay-odao was a Ph.D. nursing graduate from Saint Louis University, Philippines. Before joining Nazarbayev University in December 2022, he was an academician since 2004 in the Philippines and Saudi Arabia. Throughout his nursing career, he has demonstrated his ability to interact and communicate thoroughly and professionally with faculty members, nursing staff, nursing administrators and leaders, physicians, visiting medical professionals, patients of diverse ages and backgrounds, and with patients' families and careers in a variety of clinical setting. He has demonstrated his ability to assess individual student and patient needs. He oversees service delivery in all events to ensure that it meets all required quality, efficiency, effectiveness, and, therefore, the desired goal. Personal development and communication with others have been his focus in obtaining goals. He taught various nursing courses such as Medical-surgical nursing, mental health nursing, maternal-child nursing, pediatric nursing, growth and development, pharmacology, pathophysiology, research, nursing leadership and management, and fundamentals of nursing. He also taught Advanced health assessment, advanced medical-surgical nursing, trends in nursing research education and practice, and Statistics in nursing at the Saint Louis University, Philippines, School of Advanced Studies.

Research Interests

Quality of nursing care; Mental health promotion and prevention; Nursing education; Work practice environment; Leadership and management


  1. Alotaibi, K.A.; Balay-odao, E.M.; Cruz, J.P.; Alotaibi, J.S.; Bajet, J.B.; Alquwez, N.; Mesde, J.; Almansour, A.M.; Almoghairi, A.; Albougami, A.S. Influence of the Psychological Effect of COVID-19 on Saudi Student Nurses’ Attitudes toward Nursing and Their Future Career Plans. J. Pers. Med. 2023, 13, 672. https://doi.org/10.3390/ jpm13040672
  2. Cruz, J. P., Alshehry, A., Almazan, J. U., Alquwez, N., Balay-odao, E. M., & Bajet, J. B. (2023). Psychometric assessment of the learning needs for disaster nursing scale Arabic version among baccalaureate nursing students in Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction91, 103689. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2023.103689
  3. Cruz, Jonas Preposi, Ejercito Mangawa Balay-Odao, Junel Bryan Bajet, Jennifer Mesde, Khalaf Alotaibi, Ahmed Almogairi, Nahed Alquwez, Mohammed Alqahtani, Ahmed Mansour Almansour, Sharifa Alasiry, and Jazi Shaydied Alotaibi. 2023. "Face Mask Use and Social Distancing Attitude of Healthcare Students: A Multi-Disciplinary Study" Healthcare11, no. 6: 901. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare11060901
  4. Balay-odao, E.M.; Cruz, J.P.; Alsolais, A.M.; Bajet, J.B.; Alquwez, N.; Almansour, A.M.; Alotaibi, K.A.; Mesde, J.; Almoghairi, A.; Alrasheadi, B.A.; et al. Saudi Nurse Interns’ Experiences during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Thematic Approach. Healthcare 2023, 11, 230. https:// doi.org/10.3390/healthcare11020230
  5. Cruz, J. P., Balay-odao, E. M., Bajet, J. B., Alsharari, A. F., Tork, H. M., Alharbi, T. A. F., & Almazan, J. U. (2022). Testing the validity and reliability of the Arabic version of the Disaster Response Self-Efficacy Scale among Saudi nursing students. Nurse Education in Practice64, 103443. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2022.103443
  6. Cheng, H. L., Lam, S. C., Cruz, J. P., Almazan, J. U., Machuca-Contreras, F. A., Cecily, S. J., Rady, H. E. A. E. A., Papathanasiou, I. V., Ghrayeb, F., Qtait, M., Liu, X. L., & Balay-odao, E. M. (2022). Willingness to care for older people and associated factors in pre-registered student nurses: A multi-country survey study. Nurse Education Today, 110, 105279. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2022.105279
  7. Alquwez, N., Cruz, J. P., & Balay‐odao, E. M. (2022). Nurses’ spiritual well‐being and the COVID‐19 pandemic: A thematic approach. Journal of Nursing Management. https://doi.org/10.1111/jonm.13540
  8. Balay‐odao, E. M., Cruz, J. P., Alquwez, N., al Otaibi, K., al Thobaity, A., Alotaibi, R. S., Valencia, J. A., & Danglipen, C. C. (2022). Structural empowerment and work ethics influence on the work engagement of millennial nurses. Journal of Nursing Management. https://doi.org/10.1111/jonm.13532
  9. Balay-odao, E. M., Alquwez, N., al Thobaity, A., al Otaibi, K., Alsakran, Y. A. A., & Cruz, J. P. (2021). Behind male Saudi nursing students’ mental health facade: a husserlian phenomenological approach. BMC Nursing, 20(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12912-021-00779-w
  10. Cruz, J. P., Alquwez, N., & Balay‐Odao, E (2021). Work Engagement of Nurses and the Influence of Spiritual Climate of Hospitals. Journal of Nursing Management. DOI: 10.1111/jonm.13492
  11. Alshehry, A. S., Cruz, J. P., Alquwez, N., Alsharari, A. F., Tork, H. M. M., Almazan, J. U., Alshammari, F., Alabdulaziz, H., Alsolami, F., Tumala, R. B., al Thobaity, A., Alqahtani, F. M., & Balay‐Odao, E. (2021). Predictors of nursing students’ intention to receive COVID‐19 vaccination: A multi‐university study in Saudi Arabia. Journal of Advanced Nursing. Published. https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.15002
  12. Balay-odao, E. M., Alquwez, N., Alsolami, F., Tork, H. M., al Otaibi, K., & al Thobaity, A. (2021). COVID-19 crisis: Influence of eHealth literacy on mental health promotion among Saudi nursing students. Journal of Taibah University Medical Sciences. Published. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtumed.2021.07.008
  13. Balay-Odao, E. M., Alquwez, N., Inocian, E. P., & Alotaibi, R. S. (2021). Hospital Preparedness, Resilience, and Psychological Burden Among Clinical Nurses in Addressing the COVID-19 Crisis in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Frontiers in public health8, 573932. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2020.573932
  14. Albaqawi, H. M., Alquwez, N., Balay-odao, E., Bajet, J. B., Alabdulaziz, H., Alsolami, F., Tumala, R. B., Alsharari, A., Tork, H. M. M., Felemban, E. M., & Cruz, J. P. (2020). Nursing students’ perceptions, knowledge, and preventive behaviors toward COVID-19: A multi-university study. Frontiers in Public Health, 8, 573390. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2020.573390


Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing, Saint Louis University

Jun 6 2011May 21 2016

Award Date: May 21 2016

Medical-Surgical Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, Saint Louis University

Jun 6 2006Mar 20 2010

Award Date: Mar 20 2010

Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Saint Louis University

Jun 10 1996Mar 18 2000

Award Date: Mar 18 2000


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