Dr. Mendez has 25 years of experience in the acute-care setting and is passionate about inspiring excellence in the nursing profession. She has a diverse critical care background, which includes trauma, neurological and surgical ICUs as well as rapid response teams. Her professional interests consist of innovation, professional practice, education and communication. She is certified in critical care as a clinical nurse specialist. Dr. Mendez lectures frequently on a variety of professional practice topics and is passionate about supporting efforts to strengthen and improve resiliency. She serves as an adjunct faculty member at Grand Canyon University. She believes that successful education begins with a positive attitude and challenges her audiences to share that mindset through the use of humor and by ensuring that her lectures remain interactive and relatable to practice.