Phillip Fiorello, PhD., RN, CNE

Assistant Professor of Nursing

My teaching philosophy is my doctrine, my set of guiding principles, and my mission statement to my audience; the student’s I will assist in teaching the skills necessary to make them successful and safe nurses. I believe in developing a student-teacher relationship with students that fosters a true understanding of how they learn and what is important to them. Using a narrative pedagogical approach, I share my experiences as a nurse to bring content to life for students helping them to contextualize and co-construct their own learning. I aim to create an environment where students do not just recall information but can apply the concepts to inform clinical judgment and clinical decision-making. Finally, through my own enthusiasm, it is my goal to instill the belief in my students that education is a lifelong endeavor in the field of nursing.

- Phillip Fiorello

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Dr. Fiorello is originally from Western New York near Buffalo and has always been passionate about healthcare and education. His nursing experience includes critical care areas such as progressive care, intensive care, and emergency department. Dr. Fiorello began educating nursing students since 2013 serving in both faculty and academic administration roles. He is also a certified nurse educator through the National League for Nursing. At Florida Southern College, Dr. Fiorello teaches Nursing Fundamentals, Adult Health I, and Nursing Practicum. During his teaching tenure, he has also taught Health Assessment, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Medical-Surgical Nursing III, Senior Seminar, Professional Issues in Nursing, Research for Nurses, and Nursing Theory. He is a board member of the Upsilon Omega Chapter of SIGMA Theta Tau where he is Treasurer-Elect. Dr. Fiorello also serves as a member of the Association for Nurses in AIDS Care, the Florida Nurses Association, and the Association for Men in Nursing. His primary research interests include infection, the infectious disease process, HIV prophylaxis therapy, HIV prevention in the MSM population, nursing student success on NCLEX, and men in nursing. Dr. Fiorello resides near Tampa and has two grown daughters. He has two cats named Ash and Blaze who get along amazingly well with his two chihuahuas, Buddy and Tucker. Dr. Fiorello is an avid Buffalo Bills fan.


Travel, bowling, horticulture, reading, and everything health care.


PhD. Nursing, Barry University
MSN. Nursing Leadership, Walden University
MS. Education, Canisius College
BS. CIS, Saint Leo University
AS. Nursing, Crouse Hospital School of Nursing