Jonell is a fairly new member of the EMRs squad. She has contributed to the team with much enthusiasm and hard work working open shifts, taking on projects and with education coordination for CEU classes. She is now the Education Officer. She consistently demonstrates a positive "can do" attitude and her infectious smile brings much warmth to our meetings. Jonell is the USFEMRs "Sweetheart". We depend on her skills and attitudes and she is highly dependable.
“When I was a child, my father had heart disease, diabetes, emphysema, and other fatal complications. As a result, I grew to love him in an extraordinary way; I was his daughter and also one of his caretakers. From my experiences with my father, I decided to pursue a career in healthcare, and chose nursing because of the holistic patient interaction nurses cultivate. I am working toward my Bachelors in Nursing here at USF, which has been a fantastic journey. I acquired my Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification in 2012 in order to attain more internship and learning opportunities. I had previously volunteered under my licence, but when I was accepted to the USF EMRS in August 2013, I was thrilled. It is exactly the exposure I was hoping for when I attained my license. The USF EMRS has given me experience, leadership, and community. I am proud to be a member and an officer in this wonderful organization.
I will be concluding my nursing program this May, and will become a Registered Public Health Nurse (RN and PHN) shortly thereafter. My ultimate career goal is to be a Nurse Practitioner (DNP) and open a clinic that focuses on the dynamics of family health from pre-concpetion through infancy. There are two keys to this new role: patient education and complication vigilance. Being a first responder and a member of USF EMRS will help me greatly in these future endeavors. The family unit is incredible. It all comes together in so many designs, and yet critical thinking, comfort, and education are a constant theme. I wish to help these families through joy, through pain, through sorrow, and through anxiety. I love being a patient's educator, care provider, and advocate. I am honored to be a part of their health and care. I am blessed that USF and USF EMRS have helped me achieve my dreams.”