Through Great Dedication, FNU Nursing Student Becomes Professor

Woman wearing blue scrubs poses next to FNU logoHIALEAH, FL – For Leticia Perez, success was not something that came easily. After a countless number of sleepless nights, through great sacrifice and dedication, Leticia has found a home for her career in the same place where it all started, Florida National University (FNU).
Leticia Perez came to this country illegally from Cuba in 2005 in search of greener horizons for opportunity. After becoming an American citizen shortly after, and getting herself situated in her new surroundings, Leticia began her journey down an academic path that would immediately prove worthwhile. Simply put, Leticia’s hustle was relentless.
The first step towards fulfilling her dreams began in 2010, when Leticia decided to enroll at FNU. Just one year later, she graduated as an LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse.) Proving that there is truly no rest for the weary, she did not stop there. Leticia received her Associate’s Degree in Nursing in 2012 and her BSN (Bachelors of Science in Nursing) in 2013. In 2014, Leticia enrolled in South University in Savannah, Georgia to obtain a Master’s degree in Advanced Registered Nursing (Adult Gerontology), which she completed in March of 2016. To get a better idea of Leticia’s work ethic, it should also be noted that she worked full-time throughout her entire academic career.
With an impressive arsenal of academic titles by her name, Leticia has found herself back home at FNU, but this time as a professor. Needless to say, Leticia is excited for the opportunity to work in the same school where it all started: “I was very excited when parking in the Hialeah Campus. I was reminded of all the long nights of studying and sacrifice. Now, I can take all my lessons and give them to the next generation of nursing students. I want them to know that anything is possible.”
When asked what message she wanted to pass to her students, Leticia promoted the same values that got her to where she is today: “No matter the difficulties or adversities life throws at you, if you want to make it to the highest level, all you need is hard work and sacrifice.” Leticia stated that her idea of success is “feeling the satisfaction of making a life goal and actually achieving it, as well as doing things to better yourself, not to please others.”
Leticia also took the time to show her appreciation to Dr. Ruben Coll, Dr. Maida Burgos and all her professors for their support and guidance throughout her nursing career at FNU.