Dr. María Ordóñez was appointed interim director of the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center (MWC) in 2013 and became the MWC’s director in January, 2014. Dr. Ordonez’s position at the MWC began in 2011 as a board certified Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (GNP-BC). In 2012 she was selected as the clinical director, a role she still maintains while leading the clinical practice and financial operation of the Center. Dr. Ordóñez continues her practice as a clinician (GNP) who specializes in caring for the older adult through the diagnosis, treatment, and management of acute and chronic conditions that are generally associated with aging. Her practice experience encompasses nursing rehabilitation facilities (skilled nursing, post-acute, and long term care) and memory disorder clinic. Dr. Ordonez’s scholarly accomplishments have focused on improving health outcomes of older adults transitioning from the hospital to the skilled nursing facilities post open heart surgery and with cognitive impairment. Enhancing care in the skilled nursing facilities through excellence in clinical practice and care coordination has been the focus of Dr. Ordonez’s doctoral work.


Dr. Ordóñez facilitates and leads various clinical practicum experiences at the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center for RN-BSN students and Graduate students from Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. 

2014 - Present - Assistant Professor of Clinical Biomedical Science (Secondary)

2013 – Present - Assistant Professor of Nursing Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing

2012 – 2013 - Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing Faculty Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing

2011 – Present - Full Time Faculty: Assistant Professor in Advanced Practice Nursing Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing

2006 – 2011 - Adjunct Clinical Faculty Florida Atlantic University Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing

Grants Awarded

2015: Alzheimer's Disease Initiative - Specialized Supportive Services (ADI-SSS) Project Awarded on August 31, 2015 for 3 year time period (September 1, 2015 – August 31, 2018), Project Title: Bridging the Gap: Providing Specialized Dementia Care and Supportive Services through Community Partnerships; Role: Principal Investigator (BGDCS-CP)($1,327,853.00 including Federal + Non-Federal share)

2013, 2014, 2015: Florida Department of Elder Affairs Alzheimer’s Disease (FLDEA); Alzheimer’s disease Initiative- Memory Disorder Clinic; Florida Department of Elder Affairs-State; Role: Project Director ($213,904.94 annually)

2013, 2014, 2015, 2016: Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation; Role: Project Director (2013, 2014, 2015: $9,860; 2016: $20,000)

Hain, D., Ordóñez, M. & Valentine, K. (2012). Fall prevention program for Community Residing Older Adults.

Recent Publications

Chapters in books:

2016: Hain, Ordóñez, & Touhy: Chapter: 29: Care of Individuals with Neurocognitive Disorders; in Ebersole & Hess’s Toward Healthy Aging: Human Needs & Nursing Response. Touhy/Jett; Ninth Edition.


2015, February: Clues to Successful Recruitment and Implementation of Falls Study Involving Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment. Southern Nursing Research Society Conference, February 26-28, Tampa, FL

2015: MAGEC IGT Module: FAU

2015: Geriatric Training Institute: Collaborating for Quality Care; April 30th; Shaping Perceptions of Biopsychosocial Dementia Care with Interprofessional Collaboration. Nova Southeastern University, Eight Annual Interprofessional Conference. Fort Lauderdale, FL

2015: American Geriatric Society/AGS: Uncovering and Exploring Learners’ Views of Biopsychosocial Dementia Care. Baltimore

2015: National Association of Hispanic Nursing (NAHN): Design and Implementation of a Hispanic Day Center Program in an Academic Nurse Managed Center (July): Anaheim, California

2015: Gerontological Society of America: GSA: PCORI: Resident and Family Evaluation of the Decision Aid, “Go to the Hospital or Stay Here? A Decision Guide for Patients and Families”. Orlando, FL

2014, May: Ordóñez, M., Hain, D. Best Practices for Transitions of Care - Leading the Way Caring for Older Adults. Florida Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association CEU Symposium, Orlando, Florida

2013: MAGEC conference: April. Transitions in Care

2013: September: Elder Concert Seminar: FAU Memory and Wellness Center

2013: Medication Issues for the Older Adult with Dementia: Self Preservation Activities: Caregiver Support Services

2012: Transitions in Care. Intensive Geriatric Training: Nursing Module April 27. Florida Atlantic University. Louis & Anne Green Memory & Wellness Center


2016-2018: Board of Directors (2-year-term)National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN)

2015: Nurse of the Year – Palm Healthcare – Heart of Gold Nursing Celebration

2011: Omicron Delta Kappa Society/ National Leadership Honor Society; FAU

2006: Clinical Excellence Award; Sigma Theta Tau International; FAU

2000-2001: Academic Year: Brotherhood of Ten Scholarship Award; FAU

2000: Certificate of Academic Excellence; presented by IMPAC (Individuals Making Personal and Academic Contributions); FAU

2000: Senior Scholarship Award Recipient; in recognition of “superior scholastic attainments and outstanding academic merit,” presented by Golden Key National Honor Society (FAU)


DNP: 2011: FAU Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP); 

Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL


MS: 2006: Master of Science/Major: Nursing; 

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP-BC), Gerontological Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified (GNP-BC), Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL


BSN: 2000: Bachelor in Science/ Major: Nursing; 

Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL


ADN: 1989: Associate Degree Nursing; 

Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL


Postdoctoral Training: 

2015: Facilitated Learning to Advance Geriatrics (FLAG); National Hartford Centers of    Gerontological Nursing Excellence

2015: Population Management Executive Development Program; Institute for Healthcare Improvement

2014-15: AGE Scholar; University of Miami

2014: Interprofessional Leadership; Nova Southeastern University