Alumni Spotlight: Riana Leonhardt

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Our weekly Alumni Spotlight series features updates on the outstanding graduates of the UCI Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing. Riana Leonhardt, class of ’13, shares what it was like to be a nurse working in a pandemic.

Where do you work? 

Not currently employed. After the birth of my last baby I decided to stay home and care for my children full time. I am also in the process of launching a telemedicine practice.

What is your title?

Family Nurse Practitioner

What drew you to the nursing profession?

When I was a teenager I met a wonderful nurse practitioner and I wanted to be like her. I had never met such a kind, caring and compassionate healthcare provider.  I also love the flexibility of nursing and the ability to care for others.

What do you love most about being a nurse?

I absolutely love being a nurse. I love the hands on work with people in the community and I am especially passionate about working with medically underserved communities.

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2021-08-18T09:39:14-07:00August 18th, 2021|Featured Alumni|

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