Faculty Focus: Dr. Rhone D’Errico, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

Growing up as the son of a Maître D’, Dr. Rhone D’Errico spent his formative years in Las Vegas working in the city’s bustling food and beverage industry. 

“My father worked at The Mint, and we’d always see people we knew whenever we’d go out to dinner,” he recalled.

D’Errico has worked full time since he was 15. After graduating from Clark High School in 1993, he continued his work in food and beverage while contemplating a different career path. 

“College was always something I did along with my work,” he said. “I didn’t want to go into the management side of food and beverage, so I knew I needed to finish school. When I graduated with my Psychology degree in 2004, I went from being a waiter to being a waiter with a bachelor’s.”

D’Errico didn’t have any connections to the healthcare industry. While he pondered a new career outside of the food and beverage world, he discovered that nursing was the best new adventure for him.

“Nursing met my desire to be of service and to work in a field that was science-based. It seemed like a really good fit for me,” he said. “It’s the best decision I could have made for my career.”

D’Errico utilized the customer service skills he developed while working in food and beverage to strengthen his patient skills as a nurse.

“Working with people from such a young age translated well for me as a nurse,” he said. “Those skills served me well, even though the subject matter was completely different. Being able to work with the public is a fundamental skillset.”

During his first Family Nurse Practitioner class, D’Errico met Patricia Strobehn, who later became an Assistant Professor in Touro’s School of Nursing. Their paths continued to cross throughout the years, most recently in 2018 when Strobehn approached D’Errico about an adjunct position for a primary care mental health course within the School of Nursing.

After working as a full-time healthcare executive as well as a part-time clinician, D’Errico recently accepted a full-time faculty position in Touro’s School of Nursing.

He said the faculty possess a high level of professionalism and a desire to grow academically, two things that made it easier for him to transition to a full-time position in academia.

“There is a ton of potential here, including being able to expand the research we are doing,” D’Errico said. “Our profession works best when there is a strong synergy between evidence-based practice and its implementation to our patients. The resources available at Touro and the interprofessional educational opportunities lend the university the ability to develop something truly incredible.”

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