Building a Life and Family at Jackson
My life at Jackson began in 1985 at the Jackson School of Nursing, where I received the very best
training. During my rotations, I fell in love with maternal/child nursing, and knew then there was only one
place for me to work upon graduation in 1987 – and that was at Jackson.
My career took off, and I eventually became a parent educator/lactation nurse. With the evolution of case
management in the early 1990s, my role changed to OB case manager, when my floor was chosen as
one of the pioneer pilot units. This change opened up an entirely new world, which eventually led me to
meet my husband, Ralph, also a Jackson “lifer.”
I was fortunate to work at Jackson when we started our family, as I was able to have my children at the
Debbie School daycare and visit them regularly. When my second pregnancy was deemed a high-risk
one, I knew Jackson was the only place for my baby and me. Imagine how advantageous it was to see
my OB/GYN every day at work!
When the opportunity arose, I jumped at the chance to transfer to Jackson South Medical Center, where I
remain today. By making this move, I was able to partake in many of my children’s school activities,
because of its close proximity to my home.
Today, it is amazing that I have just completed 30 years of service at Jackson. I have friends that say, “I
wish I would have stayed at Jackson.” I don’t have to say that because I chose to stay at Jackson, making
it one of the best decisions I have made as a Jackson “lifer.”
Laura Fuentes, RN
30 Years of Service
Jackson South Medical Center
Feb. 2018 Employee Stories
Fighting the Unknown. Link opens story page.
More than 30 years ago, Miami became the epicenter of the AIDS epidemic. When the first patients came to Jackson Memorial Hospital in the 1980s with this unnamed disease, I was a young doctor, fresh out of residency, at the beginning of my career.Explore in story page.
Feb. 2011 Miracle Stories
Paralyzed Gymnast Walks Again After Hypothermia Treatment. Link opens story page.
After fracturing and dislocating a vertebra in his neck, longtime gymnast Jorge Valdes’ chances of walking were slim. But a week after his fall, Jorge was discharged from Jackson Memorial Hospital – walking.Explore in story page.
Nov. 2003 Miracle Stories
Miss Florida Saved After Near Fatal Car Crash. Link opens story page.
After a truck swerved and toppled over onto the car Shauna Pender Vatrano was traveling in, paramedics turned to the Ryder Trauma Center team to save her life.Explore in story page.