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Florida Nurses Association Recognizes Veteran MDC Professor and the School of Nursing for Educational and Community Service Contributions


Carol Petrozella, RN, PhD, nursing professor won, "Nurse of the Year," the Florida Nurses Association top award last month.

Miami, May 17, 2011 - Miami Dade College’s (MDC) nursing program and its faculty are the latest to be recognized for excellence in education and service to the community. Recently, nursing professor Carol Petrozella, RN, PhD, won the Nurse of the Year Award, and MDC’s School of Nursing won the Community Service Award during the Florida Nurses Association’s (FNA) Region 6 Awards Luncheon held in April.

FNA’s Nurse of the Year Award honors an outstanding nurse educator who demonstrates a commitment to education and the educational process.

Dr. Petrozella was chosen for her use of creative teaching methods to enhance learning and for creating a stimulating environment in which to mentor students and others.

A longtime member of FNA and a frequent speaker at its conventions, Petrozella received the organization’s prestigious Heather Scagglioni Award in 1998 and has served as the bioethics chair for FNA since 2001. In 2009, she authored a chapter in Eileen Morrison’s book, Health Care Ethics: Critical Issues for the 21st Century.

As a certified trainer for the Prevent Blindness America organization, Petrozella teaches volunteers, including nursing students, throughout the state how to detect blindness through childhood amblyopia screenings. She was instrumental in establishing the Institute for Ethics in Health Care at MDC’s Medical Center Campus and has served as its director since 2003. Petrozella also evaluates academic nursing programs throughout the nation as a site visitor for the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission.

The Community Service Award honors an organization that supports innovations in nursing practice; utilizes management strategies which facilitate the needs of the individual and collective needs of nurses; fosters quality and safe patient care; and supports ongoing professional growth.

FNA selected MDC’s School of Nursing for the prestigious Community Service Award for its various voluntary service contributions that help improve the health and welfare of the South Florida community. It was the combined accomplishments and individual service initiatives of MDC’s nursing faculty that garnered FNA’s recognition.

The nursing faculty whose contributions helped the MDC win the Community Service Award include Dr. Petrozella, Dr. Marie O. Etienne, Annette R. Gibson, Helen Bhagwandin, Pauline Kerr, and Lenora Yates.

For more information about MDC’s School of Nursing, visit or call 305-237-4101. For information about the Florida Nurses Association, visit


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