“Adelphi set me on my career path.”

Member of Adelphi University’s 10 Under 10

Nurse Manager, South Nassau Communities Hospital, Long Island Medical Center

“Adelphi set me on my career path.”

It was while pursuing psychology at Queens College that Robert Davis ’09 discovered he wanted to do something even more “hands-on” to help others. Volunteering for the Oceanside Fire Department, he sought advice from one of his captains, who suggested he look into Adelphi’s nursing program.

Fast forward to today and you can find Davis at South Nassau Communities Hospital, Long Island Medical Center where he serves as the nurse manager of a joint commission certified heart failure unit—one of only two in New York with this designation.

Davis credits his Adelphi experience and his professors in the College of Nursing and Public Health with shaping him into the professional he is today. “Dr. Deborah Ambrosio has been my number one fan and mentor since nursing school,” he said. “I wasn’t an A+ student, but my professors at Adelphi supported me and taught me what it means to be a caring person.”

After graduating from Adelphi in 2009, he passed his boards and secured his first job. He spent his first year working as a telemetry nurse, before transferring to the emergency department. He went on to become an assistant nurse manager of a 41-bed telemetry unit at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens and then a nurse manager of a 38-bed heart failure telemetry unit at South Nassau Communities Hospital, which is where he has been employed for the last four years. During this time he has continued his education, earning his M.S.N. in Healthcare Administration and Informatics and an M.B.A. in Healthcare Finance.

For the past 15 years, Davis has volunteered for the Oceanside Fire Department and served as a lieutenant and a captain. Additionally, he volunteers for the Nassau County Medical Reserve Corps, Rescue Company of Oceanside, his local temple, and the chevra kadisha.

In addition to managing a successful career in the health care industry and being very involved in volunteer work, Davis has also returned to where his career began—Adelphi—to educate the next generation of nursing professionals as an adjunct professor. “All of my professors at Adelphi were amazing. Adelphi nurtured me and set me on my path,” he said. “Now I get the opportunity to teach for the University and provide the same nurturing care to my students.”

While he has much to celebrate professionally, Davis cites his family as what he is most grateful for; his grandfather and mother who supported him through college, and his wife and three children who make him “so proud every day.”

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