Instructor Sotos Djiovanis has worked as a trauma, elective orthopedics and acute care nurse at Orlando Health for eight years, where he also has served as a clinical preceptor and education resource nurse, and led unit practice councils. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in nursing education at Columbia University, where he is researching community health, clinical education, and simulation. Djiovanis already holds a doctorate in music performance, and has played oboe and English horn with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra since 2010. In his second career of nursing, he has received numerous clinical and academic awards and honors, including receiving a New Careers in Nursing National Scholarship from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as a student in UCF’s accelerated Second Degree BSN program.

  • MSN, University of Central Florida
  • BSN, University of Central Florida
  • Doctor of Musical Arts, Florida State University
  • Master of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music – Case Western Reserve University
  • Bachelor of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music – Case Western Reserve University
Selected Awards & Honors
  • Sculco Endowed Nursing Scholarship, Columbia University Teachers College, Ongoing Doctoral Studies, 2021-present
  • Noble Knight Nurse Awards, Education Category, UCF College of Nursing, 2021
  • Northern Star Award, Orlando Regional Medical Center, 2018
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar, New Careers in Nursing, 2014-15
Selected Professional Activities
  • Sigma Honor Society of Nursing
  • National Association of Orthopedic Nurses

Expertise & Research

  • Acute Care
  • Community Health
  • COVID-19
  • Gerontology
  • Nursing Education
  • Population Health: Adults
  • Population Health: Older Adults