Deborah Tedesco

June 30, 2020 by
“I strive to continue to learn and grow professionally and I want to foster the same spirit in my younger colleagues.”   Deborah Tedesco is a preceptor for the primary care nurse practitioner programs, Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner tracks. She has practiced as a nurse practitioner in Central Florida for […]

Carol Lawrence

December 21, 2018 by
Protector of mothers throughout childbirth “Our efforts to decrease maternal morbidity is making a difference in our community, but our commitment and work will continue until we reach a rate of zero. Recently we were honored for our efforts to reduce complications in OB patients with the John Curran Quality Improvement Award from the Florida Perinatal Quality […]

John W. Rothwell III

December 21, 2018 by
Healthcare warrior for veterans and the underserved “I am on track to complete my DNP in May 2018. That is when the real work starts. I hope to start a street medicine clinic in Brevard County that meets veterans ‘where they are.’ Veterans experience many barriers in accessing healthcare and face many obstacles that delay care. UCF […]

Vicki Loerzel

December 21, 2018 by
Advocate of improving life for older adults with cancer “How did I go from a history major to cancer nurse researcher? I chose to change my path to follow what I love, and chose to be challenged to make myself better. Soon after graduating with a history degree I realized that it wasn’t for me. […]

Marie Smith

December 21, 2018 by
Researcher using technology to improve mental healthcare “Mental health awareness, prevention and treatment seems to be only addressed or funded during times of tragedy. But care should be continuous. As a Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I saw reoccurring themes from patients and families involving system fragmentation, overwhelming feelings and social disadvantages. One patient I will […]

Mackenzie Chase

December 21, 2018 by
Family advocate with a heart of gold “Although I never got the chance to meet Marlie, that sweet little girl left a lasting impression on my heart. She has shaped who I am as a person and as a pediatric nurse. I find myself frequently asking, ‘What kind of nurse would Marlie want me to be?’ […]

Patricia M. Delgado

December 21, 2018 by
Practitioner spreading hope, healing and education “I didn’t just want to volunteer to assist those in need, but seek a career in which it will be my responsibility to do so on a daily basis. It is the reason why I wanted to become a nurse practitioner. Receiving a HRSA grant allowed me to focus my energy […]

Karenna Thatcher

December 21, 2018 by
Missionary making healthcare more personal “I think of myself as a former patient who became a nurse. So it was a natural next step in my career to move from bedside care to patient experience. The field is more than surveys. It’s advocating for more accessible, wholistic and affordable care, and connecting the voice of […]

Martin Schiavenato

December 21, 2018 by
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 […]


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