Martha DeCesere, PhD(c), MSN, RN
Martha DeCesere, PhD(c), MSN, RNAssistant Professor, Nursing
PhD(c), University of Central Florida
MSN, University of Southern Maine
BSN, Saint Joseph’s College of Maine

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Nursing has been an incredible journey for Martha. She has been involved in many areas of specialty practice and fulfilled many roles both in and out of the hospital. Each of these opportunities have led to personal and professional growth.

Martha brings a wide range of nursing experience to the College. Former positions have included: Cardiac Intermediate Care, Post-cardiothoracic surgery, Medical Telemetry, Medical-Surgical Nursing, Float pool, Oncology, Orthopedics/Trauma nursing. She’s also served three year’s as an Adult Nurse Practitioner in Maine (Norway and Auburn), and as a Relief Charge Nurse. She started doing clinical rotations at SJC in 2000 and in 2002 taught freshman and sophomore level students in the on-campus program until 2011, and Family Nurse Practitioner students in the distance education program until 2012. Most recently, Martha returned back to the acute care setting as a clinical educator and Clinical Resource Nurse, working closely with the administration, physicians, staff, and patient/families to initiate evidence-based practice and improve patient outcomes.

In her spare time Martha enjoys all things Disney! She spends time cruising, fishing, especially ocean/deep sea, snorkeling, going to the beach. And, of course, doing research.


American Heart Association Instructor
Florida Nurses Foundation


2019 – Recipient of Edna Hicks Research Fund research grant – Florida Nurses Foundation

2016 – Excellence in Nursing Award – Orlando Health Corporate Recognition Program, Orlando Health, Orlando, FL

2016 – Excellence in Nursing Award – South Lake Hospital, Clermont, FL

2015 – Excellence in Nursing Award – South Lake Hospital, Clermont, FL

Poster presentations

DeCesere, M.J. Complete Joint Replacement: What is the Impact of pre-operative Education on Length of Stay? 27th Annual Academy of Medical Surgical Nursing Convention (Sept. 2018) – Lake Buena Vista, FL

DeCesere, M.J. & Kyle, S. Reducing hospital-acquired harm: Preventing injury related to falls. Orlando Health Nursing Excellence Conference (May 2019). Orlando, FL.

DeCesere, M.J., Nyhuis, H., Mohr, A., & Bhacka-Patel, H. What is the impact of pre-operative teaching on length of stay? Orlando Health Nursing Excellence Conference (April 2018). Orlando, FL.

DeCesere, M.J. & Pachay, B. CAUTI Prevention Story Board. Florida Hospital Association HEN Quality and Patient Safety Summit (September 2015). Orlando, FL.


DeCesere, M.J. Some things just shouldn’t be missed: A patient story. Orlando Health Nursing Excellence Conference (May 2016). Orlando, FL.

Taggart, H. and DeCesere, M.J. Our journey to zero. Presented at the FHA-HRET Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) Quality and Patient Safety Summit, (2014, November 5). Lake Mary, FL

Innovative Pedagogical Methods

Story-telling, Simulation, unfolding case studies.

Trips with Students

When she was at Saint Joseph’s College from 2000-2011, she accompanied members of the SJC Student Nurses Association to National Student Nurses’ Association Conventions in Baltimore (MD), Salt Lake City (UT), Grapevine (TX), Anaheim (CA), Nashville (TN), and Orlando (FL).