Holding considerable expertise in primary care nursing, Dr. Rose Brault began her career as a nurse at Boston City Hospital in 1964 and earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Boston College in 1966. She initially wanted to be a physician, but at the time she was attending college it was very difficult for women to get into medical school, so she changed her trajectory to nursing. She worked as a nurse at the Boston Floating Hospital from 1967 to 1968 and as a nursing instructor at Whidden Memorial Hospital from 1968 to 1971. She then joined University Hospital in Boston as a nursing instructor in 1971, becoming the staffing coordinator in 1972 and the medical clinical coordinator in 1973.
Following these positions, Dr. Brault continued her education at Boston University, where she obtained a Master of Science in nursing in 1977 and a Doctor of Education in 1985. She notes that achieving her Doctor of Education after seven years of study is a moment she is incredibly proud of. As she worked toward her doctoral degree, she served St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center as the director of quality assurance from 1979 to 1981, and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary as the director of professional services review from 1981 to 1988, where she also spent time as the chair of annual fundraising in 1987. Between 1979 and 1988, she was additionally active as adjunct faculty for Boston College, Curry College, the University of Massachusetts, Simmons University and Northeastern University.
In 1990, Dr. Brault embarked on her career in nursing education as an instructor of pediatric nursing and medical-surgical nursing at College of Central Florida where she remained until 1994 while also serving as a quality assurance consultant with the HCA Grant Center Hospital of Northern Florida and Charter Springs Hospital in 1991. She went on to work as an instructor at the University of Central Florida from 1994 to 1995, a quality improvement practitioner with the Volusia County Health Department from 1995 to 1996, and the director of health education services with the Florida Institute for Neurologic Rehabilitation from 1996 to 1997.
Becoming certified as an adult nurse practitioner at the University of Florida in 1996, Dr. Brault worked as a nurse practitioner for the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, from 1997 to 1998, the Florida Physicians Medical Group from 1998 to 2000, the Heartland Physicians Corporation from 2000 to 2002, Health Essentials Inc. from 2002 to 2004 and Good Shepherd Hospice from 2002 to 2004. In 2004, she became an assistant professor at Florida Southern College and achieved the post of associate professor of nursing at South University, Tampa in 2007, where she remained until 2015. She concurrently served as an adjunct associate professor at American Sentinel University from 2012 to 2015 and has worked part time with Ray H. Tangunan, MD, since 2008.
While she is looking toward retirement, and retired from full-time work in 2015, Dr. Brault has volunteered her time as an advanced nurse practitioner with the Samaritan Touch Care Center since 2015, and she hopes to continue volunteering there once she completes recertification with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Having been active in nursing for over 50 years, she has contributed a number of articles to professional journals and maintains professional affiliation with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the Florida Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association. She also spent time as the founding president of the Phi Beta chapter for the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing in 2012.
For excellence in her career, Dr. Brault has been the recipient of a number of honors and accolades. In 2009, she was elected as a fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and was also named Outstanding Professor of the Quarter at South University. She has been named a Marquis Who’s Who Top Professional and presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. In light of all her accomplishments, she has previously been featured in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Nursing, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who of American Women.
Born in Gadsden, Alabama, to father Clement Edmond Brault and mother Elizabeth Mary McGuinn, Dr. Brault is the proud mother of one son, David N., and her family also presently includes two African grey parrots. In her local community she is active on the board of directors of the Avon Park Lakes Association and was a choir member for the Lady of Grace Catholic Church for 15 years. In her free time, she enjoys gardening and birdwatching.