Inspiring Stories from UCF Alumni, Students, Faculty & Staff

As caregivers, innovators, educators and leaders, Knight nurses are making a difference in the lives of others every day.

Helping them soar to new heights are the mentors, advocates and experts on faculty and staff of the UCF College of Nursing.

Together, they are ensuring a healthy future for all.

Their compassion, service, excellence and integrity inspire us to continue to reach for the stars.


These personal stories of our “Knights in Nursing” showcase the incredible impact of nurses and hope to inspire a future generation.


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Mackenzie Chase, ’16BSN, RN Pediatric Emergency Department Nurse at the Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children
Patricia M. Delgado, ’08, ’10, ’15MSN, ’18DNP, APRN Volunteer Nurse Practitioner at Shepherd’s Hope Health Center; Nurse Practitioner at the Orlando Dermatology and Skin Cancer Surgery Center
Ken Dion, PhD, RN, MSN, MBA, ’91BSN Dean’s Advisory Board; Assistant Dean of Business Development and Strategic Relationships, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
Carol Lawrence, ’12PhD, MS, BSN, RNC-OB Supervisor of Perinatal Practice, Education, Research and Lactation at Lee Health
Vicki Loerzel, ’07PhD, RN, FAAN Beat M. and Jill L. Kahli Endowed Professorship in Oncology, Associate Professor at UCF College of Nursing, Director of College of Nursing’s Honors in the Major (HIM) program
Corrine Medeiros, ’17BSN, RN Emergency Department Nurse, Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando Health
John W. Rothwell III, ’18DNP, ’15MSN, ’13BSN, APRN, FNP-BC Veterans Evaluation Services Adjunct Faculty; Contract Nurse Practitioner at MedFast Urgent Care Centers; Schumacher Clinical Partners; Former Flight Medic in United States Army
Martin Schiavenato, ’07PhD, RN Associate Professor at the Washington State University (WSU) College of Nursing, Affiliate Professor for WSU School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Marie Smith, MSN, MS, ARNP-BC, EMT-B Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner; Grace Medical Home; Stewart-Marchman Act Behavioral Healthcare