Ministering to others is second nature to Lauro Rocha, DNP, adult medicine nurse practitioner at Broadway House for Continuing Care. Dr. Lauro grew up in Brazil and is the first in his family to obtain a doctorate. A deeply spiritual man, he provides expert medical care and emotional support to the people in our community who need it most.
How did you get your start in medicine?
When I was a 16-year-old in Brazil, I had to help a woman give birth. I always wanted a career in medicine, but even after that experience, I just wasn’t ready. So, I went to a seminary and earned a theology degree, intending to become a missionary in Nigeria. Later, I came to the United States to learn English. Here, I owned a cleaning business, plus worked in a church and did side jobs. At age 35, I began attending Rutgers University, where I went on to earn a bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate in nursing.