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
Jan. 1976 Jackson History
Jackson Evolves to Support the Immigrant Community. Link opens story page.
The 1960s through the 1980s was a crucial period in Miami’s history. With an influx of immigrants from Latin America coming to South Florida, they shaped Jackson.Explore in story page.
Oct. 2010 Medical Firsts
Tennis-Ball-Sized Tumor Removed While Still in the Womb. Link opens story page.
In 2010, a tennis-ball-sized tumor was removed while the patient was still in the womb.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.