Glenn and Rita Duggins have many things in common. They are both in the
nursing profession. They love their jobs. They thank UNF for making their
Rita received her UNF degree in nursing first, graduating in 1989. She went
on to become a nurse practitioner based at Shands Hospital specializing in
neonatology. She provides nursery coverage at Shands as well as at Orange Park
Medical Center and Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville.
She was followed by her husband Glenn who received his nursing degree in
1994. He is a nurse anesthetist on the transplant team at the Mayo Clinic. Glenn
says he followed Rita at UNF because his wife had such a good experience. "It
was definitely a stepping stone in both of our careers."
It's not surprising that both Glenn and Rita derive a great sense of
accomplishment from their jobs.
Rita's previous experiences in intensive and cardiac care were rewarding but
caring for infants she said "opened a whole new world for me." Now she trains
other nurses in handling emergencies and stabilizing infants enabling them to be
transported to Level III centers.
Glenn was one of the first nurse anesthetists to be placed on the Mayo
Clinic's transplant team. "Being part of a team that handles the life and death
challenges of transplants is the greatest reward," Glenn said.
When the two are not working they have been involved in scouting and
following their daughters' soccer careers. Rita is a photographer who enjoys
assembling soccer video projects for the team. Glenn recalls times he used the
UNF Nature Trails for a scout scavenger hunt to test their map and compass
The Duggins love to travel. They usually schedule one European trip and one
cruise each year as well as traveling throughout the U.S. in their motor
Both acknowledge UNF faculty had a profound influence on their lives. Glenn
said a music teacher at UNF turned him on to a life-long interest in classical
music as well. "We pretty much had the same nursing faculty and they had a huge
impact on us," Rita noted.
In an effort to give back to UNF, Glenn said he has mentored UNF nursing
students to give them an opportunity to see what day-to-day advanced nursing
practice is actually like.
Both Glenn and Rita are unequivocal in their assessment of UNF. "The
University and the Brooks College of Health are the prime reason for our success
today," he said.
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