Celebrating our Class of 2017 Gator Nurse Grads!

Members of the UF College of Nursing class of 2017 reflect on their time as students. In both this spring and summer’s commencement ceremonies, our BSN and doctoral graduates will walk across the stage at their Pinning and Commencement ceremonies and become official Gator Nurse grads. #UFNursing #UFGrad


Traditional BSN Class of 2017

Hailing from Fort Lauderdale, Marina Magalhães chose to pursue nursing because she felt that it was a career that perfectly balanced the sciences of the human body with a humanistic approach.
While a student in the BSN program, she participated in the Honors program, served as a Gator Nurse Ambassador, worked and volunteered at Baby Gator, and served as a senior mentor to new nursing students.

After graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school to specialize in neonatology. Her honors project was titled “Fathers’ Perceptions Regarding Breastfeeding and Breast Milk Expression
of Extremely Premature Infants” and she worked with faculty member Dr. Leslie Parker.


DNP Class of 2017

Jaclyn Rothberg received her bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing from the UF College of Nursing before pursuing her Doctor of Nursing Practice. She currently works as family nurse practitioner in the Department of Otolaryngology and Head and  Neck Surgery at the UF College of Medicine. She pursued nursing to provide direct patient care and to address health education needs.

Rothberg is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International and worked with Dr. Gail Keenan on her DNP project “Phase One of HANDS Implementation: Training Nurses to use Standardized Nursing Languages on an Inpatient Unit.” She is originally from Clearwater and hopes to continue her work as a nurse practitioner and would love to eventually teach.


Traditional BSN Class of 2017

Jenny Joseph hails from Jacksonville and has a strong interest in global health and underserved communities. While a student, she was part of the University Scholars program, a Gator Nurse Ambassador and a McNair Scholar. Joseph also volunteered from the Haiti Medical Team and the Boys and Girls Club. Joseph hopes to travel the world as a nurse helping underserved global communities with an ultimate dream of opening a clinic in her native Haiti. She will attend Johns Hopkins after she graduates from UF to pursue a dual master’s degree program.


Accelerated BSN Class of 2017

Michael Rubey graduated with his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and traveled to Africa as a part of the Peace Corps and then to India to volunteer as a teacher. It was through these experiences that he knew he wanted to devote his life to service and pursued his degree in nursing as part of the accelerated program in order to contribute to people throughout the world. He originally hails from Pensacola and hopes to become a certified registered nurse anesthetist after graduating. Rubey was a part of the inaugural EMBRACE program while in his nursing studies.


Traditional BSN Class of 2017

Ashley Hartley hails from Merritt Island, Florida and pursued nursing to integrate her passion for helping people with critical thinking skills to make a difference in people’s lives. While in school, she was a Gator Nurse Ambassador, a part of the University Scholar program, served as a student mentor and was a part of the CON Honors program. She worked with Dr. Leslie Parker on her honors project “Lactation Cessation Among Mothers of Premature Very Low Birth Weight
Infants.” After graduation, she hopes to pursue her graduate education to become an acute care nurse practitioner.