Marie Labadie-DeGennaro, APRN , is a Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice student (class 32) at Frontier Nursing University (FNU). Marie may already have over 25 years of nursing experience under her belt, but she is not ready to stop learning how to best serve her patients.
Like many other FNU students, Marie desires to bring high quality health care to underserved populations. She works at Care One of Florida Urgent Care, which allows her to meet the needs of many different people in her community.
“Care One accepts all insurances and self pay, so I am able to provide care to all individuals without discrimination,” said Marie.
While some health care professionals work with a more specific population, Marie states her work never gets old because she gets to work with patients ranging from infancy through aging adults with complex healthcare needs.
In addition to her Urgent Care work, Marie also serves her community by working as a part-time/on-call medical assessor for alleged child and adult maltreatment victims. In this role, she performs forensic interviews with potential victims and families, compiles written reports that go to the Child Protection Investigator and Law Enforcement, and makes recommendations for safe environments and care for all cases.
“I love the ongoing impact I have in my community,” said Marie of the important work she is doing for victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse, and neglect.
Marie describes herself as “highly sensitive to emotional needs and well being of patients, and capable of identifying community resources for the underserved,” which makes her a perfect fit for the type of work she does. Her patients benefit from her caring and knowledgeable practice.
Although Marie already has so much experience as a Nurse Practitioner, she chose to pursue her Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice at FNU so that she could provide an elevated level of care to her patients. With her DNP, which is the highest degree for clinical nursing practice, Marie will have even greater expertise in evidence-based practice, health care policy, clinical prevention, and more.
“After being a nurse for over 20 years I knew I wanted to make an even bigger impact in my community,” Marie said.
For Marie, Frontier was an obvious choice for continuing her education.
“Once I researched FNU, I discovered the rich history and amazing sense of community students get during their time here and I knew it was the place for me. It is unlike any other online education program I have encountered. Frontier is one of the best things to happen to me,” said Marie.
Thank you, Marie, for the work you are doing in Florida with vulnerable and underserved populations. We are proud to have you at FNU!
At the heart of Frontier Nursing University is a talented and diverse community of students, alumni, faculty, staff, Couriers and preceptors. Spotlight blogs feature members of our FNU community who are focused on the mission of educating nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners to deliver quality health care to underserved and rural populations.