Spotlight on Summer Burk, RN, BSN
In her own words: Over 11 years in nursing experience within multiple patient care settings (telemetry, emergency room, medical surgical, postoperative care, post anesthesia care, education). Obtained my ADN at Daytona State College in 2008 and was recruited by Adventist Health on a Medical Surgical unit. From there gained experience in progressive care (telemetry) and emergency room/trauma. Five years into being an emergency room nurse I elected to return to school, studying at Jacksonville University. Graduating in 2015 from Jacksonville University with my BSN. Following completion of my BSN, I became the emergency room educator (teaching a graduate nurse program) and hospital educator for critical care departments.
My passion for nursing education came from working in the emergency room. I enjoyed teaching my patients/families and new nurses in the department. I have been a preceptor/mentor to other nurses approximately 10 years of my nursing career. Precepting ADN and BSN students (precepting BSN student since 2015). Currently I am enrolled in an MSN Education program with Western Governors University. Due to my passion of education and teaching nurses, I joined Cambridge Institute of Allied Health and Technology in October 2018. I plan to continue making a positive impact on our future nurses and delivery of patient care.
Spotlight on Stacy Kopso, M.Ed., RT (R)(M)
Program Director, Radiologic Technology
Stacy Kopso is the Program Director for the Radiologic Technology program at the Delray Beach Campus. She entered Radiology school at the age of 18 years old. Her school was a hospital-based program that only accepted 8 students. Stacy worked her whole summer as a volunteer patient transporter in the radiology department to show her dedication to the field before she applied. She was chosen out of 50 applicants and graduated 2 years later with her certificate in Radiology. Stacy began working in the field right after graduation and started a family. After the birth of her first son she realized the importance of obtaining a degree. She applied and was accepted into the Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Imaging program at Quinnipiac University. Quinnipiac ranks in the top 13% among all 4-year schools nationally for value of education by The Economist and The Brookings Institution. During her time as an undergraduate student, Stacy worked full time at a trauma hospital and gave birth to another son. She graduated in 2009 with her Bachelor’s degree and went on to earn her Masters of Education at Post University in 2011. During this time Stacy relocated from Connecticut to sunny South Florida and started working with Cambridge College of Healthcare & Technology. In her 8 years’ experience as program director at Cambridge College, Stacy has achieved a national board pass rate of 85% and has obtained affiliation with major hospitals in South Florida. She is an active member of the Florida State of Radiologic Technologist and an annual guest speaker at the state conference. Stacy is also a member of Lambda Nu, the National Honor Society for the Radiologic and Imaging Sciences as well as a volunteer for the State of Florida Radiation Response Team.
Spotlight on Nicole Yvette Garcia Santiago, MHS, RDMS, RVT: DMS
Altamonte Springs Campus
Nicole Yvette Garcia Santiago is a faculty member of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program in the Altamonte Springs Campus. Graduated Cum Laude from the Universidad Del Este in Puerto Rico with a Bachelor degree in Medical Sonography, Vascular and Echocardiography Technologist. She also completed her Master of Health Science in Saint Francis University in 2014. Ms. Garcia Santiago holds credentials as a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) in Abdomen and Obstetrics/Gynecology and Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT). As well, the Puerto Rico License of Medical Sonography, Vascular en Cardiac Sonography. She has worked in several hospitals in Puerto Rico, as well of imaging centers in the Orlando/Kissimmee area. She has over 8 years of experienceteaching to undergraduates’ students ‘at university level didactic courses, hand-on laboratory and clinical rotations. She enjoys being part in the education and formation of future sonographers. Currently, she is a member of the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS). She participated with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) project Real Talk Sonography. She continues to support to her profession by volunteering in the SDMS as a CME Reviewer, SDMS Scientific Presentation Judge and as a volunteer for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).
Spotlight on Kyle Savitz, MSN, ARNP,FNP-BC
I am a board certified family nurse practitioner with 30 years of nursing experience and 20 years of teaching experience. I graduated from Georgetown University with my BSN and University of Central Florida with my MSN. I have taught in both graduate and undergraduate nursing programs in the Orlando area. I am currently teaching in the ADN program at the Altamonte Springs, Florida campus.
In addition to my education experience, I own a wellness company that provides on- site wellness services to corporate clients. CORPHEALTH provides health fairs, wellness events, lunch and learns and flu clinics. It has been my privilege to be able to take my students to many of these events. As a result of the success of my company, I received the Award of Excellence as a Nurse Entrepreneur from the Florida Nurse’s Association.
Spotlight on Helene Cohn, RN BSN MSN
Helene Cohn, RN, BSN, MSN is a nurse educator with 30+ years of experience in clinical practice with the breadth of her experience being in Oncology, Telemetry and PCU Nursing, working at the bedside, in research, and as a breast health navigator. In addition to her extensive hospital/cloinicall experience, Helene also has an outstanding academic background as an Instructor of nursing at several private and proprietary schools. Helene relocated to Florida from Chicago Illinois in 2017 in order to escape the brutal winters and she has not looked back. Helene joined our team one and a half years ago upon realizing that the combination of clinical and academic education and experience was a good fit for her and our institution. Helene started out working in the PN program before going full time in the ASN Program last May. Helene’s love is for Fundamentals of Nursing and the Clinical setting just watching the faces of the new students as they blossom and grow warms her heart, and to see them graduate and pass the NCLEX is definitely is a bonus.
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