Spotlights

Knights in Nursing

Welcome to the college's new Knights in Nursing spotlights page. Each month the college will feature a new Knight in Nursing, telling his or her personal story and how UCF played a role.

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Corrine Medeiros: Caregiver using compassion to overcome tragedy
“The Pulse tragedy was a powerful experience for me, and serves as a reminder of why I choose nursing and nursing continues to choose me. It is not simply what I do, but it is who I am.” Meet Corrine Medeiros, BSN alumna, future ER nurse and caregiver using compassion to overcome tragedy.
 

Corrine Medeiros, BSN alumna, future ER nurse and caregiver using compassion to overcome Orlando Pulse tragedy.

Knights in Nursing: Corrine Medeiros

Caregiver using compassion to overcome tragedy

“The Pulse tragedy was a powerful experience for me, and serves as a reminder of why I choose nursing and nursing continues to choose me. It is not simply what I do, but it is who I am.

Being a Level One Trauma Center, we see many patients on a daily basis who are experiencing their worst day or a tragic event.  But working in the ER that night forever shaped my nursing care. Compassion has always guided my nursing, and that was magnified after the tragedy.

I grew up with a desire to help those around me – be it strangers or those I know and love. My family is filled with nurses, law enforcement officers and firefighters. It didn’t take me long to realize my passion for nursing and emergency medicine.

Being a nurse in the ER is unpredictable, constantly challenging of the mind and body, and requires you to give your entire heart and caring nature. But the camaraderie of the team and fast-paced care is something I am drawn to. It is where my heart lies.

Twenty years from now I hope to be an experienced ER nurse leader, making changes in the field and inspiring others on a large scale. I am confident that I have the tools to succeed from my education at UCF. It has paved the way for my career by providing opportunities to lead, inspire and accomplish my goals.”


Corrine Medeiros ’17BSN
Graduate Nurse, Emergency Department, Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando Health
Mentorship Committee Member, UCF College of Nursing Alumni Chapter Board
Historian for Sigma Theta Tau International Theta Epsilon Chapter (nursing honor society)
Former historian for Orlando Chapter of the Student Nurses Association at UCF

Corrine Medeiros: Caregiver using compassion to overcome tragedy
“The Pulse tragedy was a powerful experience for me, and serves as a reminder of why I choose nursing and nursing continues to choose me. It is not simply what I do, but it is who I am.” Meet Corrine Medeiros, BSN alumna, future ER nurse and caregiver using compassion to overcome tragedy.
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Meet Martin Schiavenato, a 2007 alumnus of UCF's Nursing PhD programMartin Schiavenato: Using an orb to manage pain in babies
“I’ll never forget that baby. She lived a short life in excruciating pain. It was that encounter that inspired my research and decade-long quest to create a solution to manage pain in newborns.” Meet Martin Schiavenato, PhD alumnus and champion of babies who can’t verbalize their suffering.
 

Meet Martin Schiavenato, a 2007 alumnus of UCF's Nursing PhD program

Knight in Nursing: Martin Schiavenato

Champion of premature babies who can’t verbalize their suffering

“I’ll never forget that baby. As a NICU nurse, I was accustomed to caring for preemies. She was different – full-term and appeared so beautifully healthy. Unfortunately, she suffered from a genetic disorder that rendered her skin useless and every measure of comfort hurt her. She lived a short life in excruciating pain. It was that encounter that inspired my research and decade-long quest to create a solution to assess and manage pain in newborns.

It is not easy to remain focused and single minded for more than 10 years, but there is a significant motivating force to keep me going. Prematurity is not going away, and in fact now rising in the U.S. What I’m doing needs to be done.

After initially developing an orb-type device, inspired from a polygraph to measure nervous system responses, we went back to the proverbial ‘drawing board’ to design a new way to capture facial grimacing. Our solution is a new mouth sensor that we expect to complete by August 2017, and have received funding for the first ‘human demonstration’ project or device trial in the NICU immediately after.

To help bring this and other innovations to the bedside, where they’re needed, I’m launching a startup this May to house and commercialize three of our technological developments. As a nurse scientist with a passion for technology to evolve, UCF provided an opportunity for me to learn to collaborate with computer scientists and engineers. This is something that has remained a foundation to my current research and career.”


Martin Schiavenato, ’07PhD, RN
Alumnus of the UCF’s first Nursing PhD cohort,
Associate Professor, Washington State University (WSU) College of Nursing,
Affiliate Professor, WSU School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science,
Founder of the future startup, “Little Foot Innovation

Martin Schiavenato: Using an orb to manage pain in babies
Meet Martin Schiavenato, a 2007 alumnus of UCF's Nursing PhD program“I’ll never forget that baby. She lived a short life in excruciating pain. It was that encounter that inspired my research and decade-long quest to create a solution to manage pain in newborns.” Meet Martin Schiavenato, PhD alumnus and champion of babies who can’t verbalize their suffering.
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