CELEBRATING A GATOR NURSING GREAT

This spring, Clinical Assistant Professor David Derrico will be retiring from the College of Nursing. Join us in saying thank you to this Gator Nursing legend!

About Professor David Derrico

For more than 30 years, Professor David Derrico has energetically and passionately educated thousands of Gator Nurses. As a clinical assistant professor, Derrico’s experience at the University of Florida College of Nursing has been vast — classroom lecturer for pathophysiology, clinical instructor at the hospital bedside and health assessment educator in the skills lab. He has received numerous teaching awards throughout the years, including being named Teacher of the Year every year from 2009-2015 and receiving the college’s inaugural DAISY Award for Outstanding and Compassionate Clinical Teaching in 2020.

Generations of former students still recite his lessons in their own clinical practice and credit their success to his instruction. We are grateful for the contributions Professor Derrico has made to the College of Nursing and the impact his teaching and service have had on students and patients throughout the years.

Support Gator Nursing

Make a Gift!

Make a gift in David Derrico’s honor to the college’s Dean's Educational Fund to support undergraduate nursing students in areas Professor Derrico is most passionate. Support student’s professional development, tutoring, white coats and educational support.

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Honor A Gator Nursing Great

Share your Memories

Share how Professor Derrico’s teaching has impacted you, say thank you, tell us your favorite memory or share a photo of Professor Derrico! Upload a message (max 500 words), photo or video (under 2 mins) by May 19. These messages, photos and videos will be compiled and shared with Professor Derrico as he embarks on a new adventure through retirement.

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Professor Derrico’s Legacy

Through this five-part video series, learn how Professor Derrico embarked on his nursing journey and how he has been inspired by his students throughout the years.

Leaving a Legacy

Musician Turned Gator Nursing Faculty

Learn how Professor Derrico began his nursing journey.

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Finding His Path in Nursing

Learn how Professor Derrico made his way into the world of academia, clinical education and the UF College of Nursing.

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Guiding Light for Gator Nursing Students

Learn how Professor Derrico has helped generations of Gator Nursing students unlock their full potential.

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Leaving a Legacy

“Cancer Patients Clot, and Liver Patients Bleed!”

Learn the meaning behind one of Professor Derrico’s trademark phrases.

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“Communication is at the Heart of Everything We Do”

Learn about Professor Derrico’s words of wisdom for nurses to carry forward into their careers.

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Moments Across the Years