Instructor Sotos Djiovanis worked as a trauma, elective orthopedics and acute care nurse at Orlando Health for eight years, where he served as a clinical preceptor and education resource nurse, and led unit practice councils. He is currently a doctoral candidate in nursing education at Columbia University’s Teachers College, where he is researching community health, global 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. In addition to his duties at UCF, Djiovanis currently works as a community health nurse in the Orlando metro area.

  • 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
Selected Editorial Activities
  • Manuscript Reviewer: Nurse Educator
Additional Languages
  • Spanish
  • Modern Greek

Expertise & Research

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