Maria Zaida, FNP-BC, Family Nurse Practitioner with Marco A. Garcia Medical Center

Get to know Family Nurse Practitioner, Maria Zaida, who serves patients in Elmhurst, New York.

Maria is a certified family nurse practitioner, who has more than three decades of experience in her field. She is currently serving patients at Marco A. Garcia Medical Center in Elmhurst, New York. Marco A. Garcia Medical Center is a state-of-the-art facility that offers a wide range of healthcare services and provides world-class leadership. It was founded in 2008 by Dr. Marco A. Garcia to support the culturally diverse communities most in need of medical assistance. 

In regards to her education, Maria earned her Associate’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Puerto Rico in 1984. Upon relocating to the United States, she went on to earn her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from York College in 2011, followed by her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Pace University in 2013. 

Attributing her success to her passion, she remains a member of several professional organizations, including the Student Nurses Association, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and the National Association of Hispanic Nurses New York Chapter. In doing so, she is able to stay up to date in her field. 

As for her accomplishments, she won a Scholarship Award from the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, as well as a Scholarship Award from Pace University. Additionally, she was awarded the Ildaura Caudillo Award for Academic Excellence and Leadership. 

A family nurse practitioner (FNP) is an advanced practice registered nurse who works autonomously or in collaboration with other healthcare professionals, to deliver family-focused care. Given the rather broad nature of the “family” patient population focus, FNPs offer a wide range of healthcare services that revolve around the family unit; from health promotion and disease prevention to direct care and counseling across the lifespan.

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