LTJG (Lieutenant junior grade) Maria R. Delossantos' nursing education began with an Associate Degree in Nursing at Southside Virginia Community College and progressed through to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix.
LTJG Delossantos has been a nurse for seven years in community and correctional settings. She has worked at hospitals in Virginia and North Carolina and is currently working as a Utilization Review - Nurse Consultant at the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) in Butner, North Carolina. She is enlisted with the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) and is a Basic Life Support/CPR, Automated External Defibrillator(AED) and First Aide instructor for the BOP. She also volunteers at community schools, teaching teachers and students the importance of knowing and applying CPR and AED skills. In addition, LTJG Delossantos is a nursing recruiter for the Federal Bureau of Prisons and USPHS Black Commission Officers Advisory Group.
Delossantos, who has earned numerous uniform service awards, plans to pursue a Family Nurse Practitioner degree/licensure in the near future. Always an educator at heart, she comments, "that is what I want to return to. I want to give up and coming nursing students the opportunities that were awarded to me by SVCC. I want to be a Mrs. Moore or Mrs. Omick (SVCC Nursing Instructors). As my career progresses I want to be able to look back and take pride in knowing that I helped nursing students to be advocates for patients and families."