Biography

Eugenia Millender graduated with a Master of Science degree in nursing education from FAU. She earned a post-graduate certificate in psychiatry and mental health from Rush University and is currently working on her Ph.D. in nursing from FAU. Eugenia's research focus is on the impact of social determinants of health on the mental and physical well-being of vulnerable populations. In addition, she has a joint appointment with FAU's Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing. Her prior experience includes over 10 years as a critical care nurse and six years in the Army. Eugenia is fluent in English and Spanish.

Teaching

Teaching Experience (Florida Atlantic University):
  • NUR 4046 Transcultural Caring in Nursing (undergraduate) Fall 2011
  • NUR 4836 Nursing Practice Leadership (undergraduate) Spring 2012

Clinical Instructor Experience (Palm Beach Atlantic University)

  • NUR 4312 Nursing of Families & Communities Practicum Spring 2007
  • NUR 4133 Complex & Critical Care Nursing Practicum Fall 2007
  • NUR 4133 Complex & Critical Care Nursing Practicum Fall 2006

Grants Awarded

  • 2015: Millender, E. Increasing Community Partnership and Collaboration. Quantum Foundation; 7/1/14- 6/30/2016; (funded). Role: Program Director
  • 2015: Millender, E. Increasing Access to Diabetes and Cardiovascular Care with Early Screening and Community Collaboration. Florida Department of Health Office of Minority Health; 7/1/15 – 6/30/16; (funded). Role: Program Director
  • 2015: Millender, E. FAU Community Health Center grant, 1/1/15-12/30/16; from Allegany Foundation; Role: Program Director (funded)
  • 2014: Millender, E. FAU Community Health Center grant, 7/1/14-1/30/16; (funded) by Quantum Foundation; Role: Program Director
  • 2014-2017: Millender, E. Innovation in Access to Diabetes Care Through Interprofessional Collaborative Practice. 7/1/14 – 6/30/17; Health Resources and Services Administration (funded) Role: Program Director
  • 2014: Millender, E. Increasing Access to Diabetes and Cardiovascular Care with Early Screening and Community Collaboration. Florida Department of Health Office of Minority Health; 7/1/14 – 6/30/15; (funded). Role: Program Director
  • 2013: Millender, E., & Hutton, T., Identifying zip codes in Palm Beach County with populations most at risk for diabetes. FAU Undergraduate Research Grant; (funded). Role: PI
  • 2012: Valentine, K. & Millender, E. Diabetes Education and Research Center continuation grant, 10/1/12-9/30/12; from Palm Healthcare Foundation; PI: Kathleen Valentine, PhD, RN; Role: Project Manager (funded)
  • 2012: Valentine, K.V. & Millender, E. Florida Atlantic University Diabetes Education and Research center Telemedicine Equipment; amount: from The B.J. and Paula Harris Fund. PI: Kathleen Valentine, PhD, RN; Role: Program Manager (funded)
  • 2012: Valentine, K.V. & Millender, E. Embracing a Healthy Tomorrow: Empowering Communities to Overcome Childhood Obesity Blue Cross/Blue Shield Foundation of Florida. 3/16/12 – 3/16/14. [with FAU Diabetes Education and Research Center]; PI: Kathleen Valentine, PhD, RN; Role: Project Manager (funded)
  • 2012: Millender, E., The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration/America Nurses Association Minority fellowship Program – Dissertation Support Grant Role: PI (funded)
  • 2009-2012: Delores A. Auzenne Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, FAU College of Graduate Studies, Role: PI (funded)
  • 2008-2013: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration/ANA Minority Pre-Doctoral Fellowship; Role: PI (funded)

Recent Publications

  • Millender, E., Lowe, J. & Liehr, P. (2015). What's in a Name? Hispanic Immigrant - Refugee Identity Crisis: Focus on Mayas. AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples, 11(2), 191-198.
  • Valentine, K, Ordonez, M & Millender, E. (2014). Transforming Practice through Embracing Caring In Nurse-Managed Centers. International Association of Human Caring Journal, 18(3), 52-64.
  • Millender, E. (2012). Acculturation stress among Guatemalan Maya in United States. Journal of Cultural Diversity, 19(2).
  • Millender, E. (2011). Using Stories to Bridge Cultural Disparities, One Culture at a Time. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 42(1).
  • Millender, E. (2010). Haiti: A firsthand view. American Journal of Nursing, 110(4), 22. doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000370152.02729.60
  • Millender, E. (2010). Stress Experienced by Guatemala-Mayan Immigrants. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 24(3), 212-214. doi:10.1016/j.apnu.2009.04.001
  • Millender, E. (2009). Bridging Cultural Disparities: From Practice to Research [Abstract]. Southern Online Journal of Nursing Research, 9(2).

Conference Papers

  • *Millender, E. (2015, February). Cumulative Trauma among adults Mayas living in Southeast Florida. Invited poster presentation at the 29th Southern Nursing Research Society Conference, Tampa, FL.
  • Millender, E. (2015, January). Bridging Cultural Disparities: A Community Nurse Led Center Model. Invited poster presentation for the Florida Health Disparities Summit/Florida Health Equity Research institute, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL
  • Gibson, S. & Millender, E. (2010, February). Exploring Interpersonal Violence among African American Male. Accepted paper presentation for the National Summit on Interpersonal Violence and Abuse across the Lifespan: Forging a Shared Agenda presented by the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma at Alliant International University.
  • Conference Podium Presentations:
  • Millender, E. (2011, October). What influences the mental and physical health of Palm Beach County residents. Accepted podium presentation for the 8th annual West Palm Nurse Practitioner Clinical Conference, Palm Beach Gardens, FL.
  • Medina-Shepherd, R., & Millender, E. (2010, July). Beliefs and Values that Influence Mammography Screening Behaviors in Spanish Speaking Hispanic Women in Southeast Florida: A Transcultural Caring Study. Accepted podium presentation for the 35th Annual National Hispanic Nurses Conference, Washington, DC.
  • Millender, E. (2008, October). Stories to Guide Research Development: Bridging Cultural Disparities: From Practice to Research. Accepted podium presentation for the South Florida Research Consortium, Boca Raton, FL.

Poster Presentation

  • * King, B., Millender, E. & Newman, D. (2015, March). Usefulness of Screening for Depression at Nurse-Managed Diabetic Community Health Centers. Invted poster presenation at the APNA Florida State Conference: "Changes and Challenges in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing". West Palm Beach, FL.
  • *Millender, E. (2015, February). Cumulative Trauma among adults Mayas living in Southeast Florida. Invited poster presentation at the 29th Southern Nursing Research Society Conference, Tampa, FL.
  • Millender, E. (2015, January). Bridging Cultural Disparities: A Community Nurse Led Center Model. Invited poster presentation for the Florida Health Disparities Summit/Florida Health Equity Research institute, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL
  • Gibson, S., & Millender, E. (2010, October). Exploring Interpersonal Violence Among African American Males. Invited poster presentation for the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, Louisville, Kentucky.
  • Millender, E. (2009, November). Using Stories to Bridge Cultural Disparities: Stress Experience of Guatemalan Maya Immigrants. Invited poster presentation for the Sigma Theta Tau International Biennial Convention, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Millender, E. (2009, March). Guatemalan Mayan Stories of Stressors: Bridging Cultural Disparities One Subculture at a Time. Poster presentation at the 5th National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Association Conference, Albuquerque, NM.
  • Millender, E. (2009, February). Using Stories to Guide Research: Bridging Cultural Disparities. Poster presentation at the 23rd Southern Nursing Research Society Conference, Baltimore, MA.

Honors/Awards

  • Hispanic Women of Distinction, 14th Annual Awards Luncheon – Excellence in Community Service, Presented by Bank of America and Latina Style Magazine
  • 2015: Association of Black Nursing Faculty, Inc., 28th Annual Meeting and Scientific Conference – Excellence in Community Service and Engagement Award
  • 2015: Palm Beach County Alumni Chapter Bethune-Cookman University, 11th Annual HBCU Scholarship Luncheon - Honoree
  • 2015: National Coalition of 100 Black Women – West Palm Beach Chapter, 2015 HERStory Award Honoree
  • 2013: Selected one of the Most Powerful and Influential Black Professionals in Business and Industry for 2013 by Legacy Palm Beach, Palm Beach Post
  • 2013: Heroes in Medicine, Health Care Provider Hero Category Finalist, Palm Beach County Medical Society
  • 2013: Women of Excellence Award Winner, Health and Wellness Category, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, West Palm Beach Alumnae Chapter
  • 2008-2013: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration/ANA Minority
  • Pre-Doctoral Fellowship
  • 2012: Featured in Minority Nurse Magazine for volunteer as a nurse in Haiti during the 2010 earthquake efforts, http://www.minoritynurse.com/article/nursing-volunteer-efforts
  • 2009-2012: Delores A. Auzenne Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, FAU College of Graduate Studies
  • 2011-2012: Meritorious Achievement Scholarship from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated
  • 2011: Selected News Maker of the Week by the Palm Beach Post Newspaper; http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/fight-against-diabetes-drives-fau-research-centers/nLz2t/
  • 2011: The Health/Science Professional of the Year finalists for the Palm Beaches Chamber of Commerce
  • 2011: Palm Beach County Nurse of the Year & Extra Mile Award winner
  • 2011: Dr. Lauranne Sams Scholarship recipient - National Black Nurses Association
  • 2009: Selected National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurses Association Mentee
  • 2009: Doctoral Student Rising Star of Research and Scholarship for the College of Nursing of Florida Atlantic University

Education


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Nursing), 2013: Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
  • Post-Graduate certificate, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, 2011: Rush University, Chicago, IL
  • Master of Science, focus in Nursing Education, 2006: Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 1999: Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

Certifications

  • 2015: Certified Share Decision Model – AHRQ Master Trainer
  • 2015: Certified TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer for Primary Care
  • 2013- Present: Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)
  • 2008-2013: Certified Critical Registered Nurse (CCRN)