Faculty and students gather around a male mannequin laying on its back and examine with stethoscope
Grad student and UCF faculty member in coats examine a patient's lymph nodes.
Grad student uses her stethoscope to check the vitals of her patient in a clinical settings
Grad student and faculty member examine a patient's leg. One examines while the other observes, keenly.
Two grad students sit in the student lounge, smiling, while others mingle in the background
Male grad student  laughs and smiles in the conference room.
Three grad PhD students look at a laptop screen
Three grad PhD students working. One types on her tablet, another looks up and listens
A PhD grad student reviews her work on her laptop. We can see the text on the screen. Her hands are folded in contemplation
Faculty member in red business jacket lectures the attentive  Grad PhD students in the conference room

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UCF is listed among the best nursing schools for earning a MSN and DNP, and is also listed as a best online graduate nursing program, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Shannon Hassett: Ally in the battle of managing diabetes
“When I was first diagnosed with diabetes, I saw the good and the bad from many care providers. I knew that I had to become one of the good ones.” Meet ER Nurse Shannon Hassett, ’16BSN alumna, DNP student and ally in the battle of managing diabetes.
 

Shannon Hassett, ’16BSN alumna, DNP student and ally in the battle of managing diabetes.

Knights in Nursing: Shannon Hassett

Ally in the battle of managing diabetes

“From when I was first diagnosed with diabetes at 11 years old, I saw the good and the bad from many care providers. I knew that I had to become one of the good ones.

It was my middle school nurse who taught me about diabetes management that inspired me to pursue nursing, and it was my disease that inspired my passion within nursing. I feel that if God allowed me to have diabetes, then I was to use it for good and to help others.

I was able to begin to use my experiences to help others at UCF, where my Honors in the Major undergraduate thesis explored how technology could help adults better control their diabetes. Now as a nurse, it is the most fulfilling feeling when I am able to help my diabetic patients and have an immediate rapport with them. In the future, as an endocrinology nurse practitioner, it is my dream to become the primary care provider I would want to have.

Knowing how much I could truly help other diabetics that live the same struggles I do drives me to further my education and career. The UCF DNP program was a perfect fit. I am able to pursue my doctorate part-time while continuing to work full time, and gain valuable experience as an ER nurse. From the caliber of faculty and the vast research opportunities to the expansive clinical experiences, I have no doubt that I will be fully prepared for this future role.

I feel so blessed as I am fulfilling my dreams of changing the diabetes care world, one patient at a time.”


Shannon Hassett ’16BSN, RN
Emergency Department Nurse, Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando Health
DNP student, UCF College of Nursing, Class of 2021
Philanthropy chair, UCF College of Nursing Alumni Chapter Board

Shannon Hassett: Ally in the battle of managing diabetes
“When I was first diagnosed with diabetes, I saw the good and the bad from many care providers. I knew that I had to become one of the good ones.” Meet ER Nurse Shannon Hassett, ’16BSN alumna, DNP student and ally in the battle of managing diabetes.
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