Posted on Nov 27, 2021

Trailblazer Spotlight: Jennifer Cardenas, Moffitt Cancer Center Fellow

Trailblazer Spotlight: Jennifer Cardenas, Moffitt Cancer Center Fellow

“To be a part of the fight to cure cancer is a privilege.”

Jennifer Cardenas is currently a fellow at Moffitt Cancer Center, focusing on malignant hematology and BMT-CI. The College of Nursing assists with providing accreditation to our clinical partners for Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Fellowships. The USF APP Office develops and evaluates fellowship programs.

Each fellowship is created to ensure new nurse practitioners and physician assistants have the necessary training and education to successfully transition from academic to clinical practice.

Community partners work with the College of Nursing to align each program with American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) requirements. In addition to preparing the fellows, the goal is strengthen the nursing workforce and improve patient care.

Cardenas says she has always been interested in the hematology world, ever since learning about it as an undergraduate student at the University of West Florida. There, Cardenas completed her bachelor of science in clinical laboratory sciences in 2012.

After graduating, Cardenas worked as a ASCP certified Medical Laboratory Scientist at UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. In 2017, she received her master’s degree from Nova Southeastern Orlando campus and passed her Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination.

From there, she worked the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic as a new grad in the Emergency Department in New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital in Park Slope Brooklyn.

“After three years, I felt like the emergency room wasn’t my true calling,” Cardenas said. “Thankfully, a random search on Indeed brought me to see a job posting in my hometown of Tampa!”

Cardenas says she is looking forward to gaining knowledge and expertise from Moffitt Cancer Center, “My goal with this fellowship is to develop a foundation that will allow me to strengthen my clinical practice and expertise in the oncology world.”

“Being able to collaborate with members of a world-class interdisciplinary team available with this fellowship will allow me to deliver the best clinical and disease management outcomes to my future patients,” she said.

Cardenas confidently says she looks forward to spending the rest of her career in this specialty, and this fellowship is helping her achieve that.

Story by Cassidy Delamarter