The School of Nursing
Full Name: Racquel Vera-McLean
Associate Professor of Nursing
B.S., United Doctors Medical Center (Philippines); M.S.N., Ph.D., Florida International University.
Dr. Vera-McLean is a certified primary care pediatric nurse practitioner. She spent over 11 years as an assistant professor at South University (West Palm Beach, FL), and served in a leadership role there as the RN-BSN program director. Prior to that, Dr. Vera-McLean was a nursing and clinical educator who served in the leadership role of advanced child health nursing track leader and assistant clinical professor of the nursing graduate program in the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Florida International University. She was also the project director and principal investigator for two funded grants: the John H. Peavy Health Center in Liberty City (Miami), a school-based, family-centered, nurse-managed interprofessional care practice (IPCP) clinic, and the Linkage to Primary Health Care-CO-REACH initiative. As a nurse scholar, Dr. Vera-McLean’s area of research encompasses child, adolescent, and community health, advocating for narrowing gaps in healthcare, increasing the quality of life through the lifespan, and spotlighting the health and social needs of the vulnerable and diverse populations in the urban setting. She had the opportunity to present her expertise and findings to both local and international audiences of healthcare providers. As a nurse-practitioner, Dr. Vera-McLean believes that both Christ-centered and student-centered learning are integral components in nursing education, that each student’s life experience is a treasure of tools for nurse educators.