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.