Zacnite Vargas
BSN, RN, Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Zacnite Vargas is a proud immigrant Latina living in the South. Originally from Mexico, her family immigrated to Nashville in the pursuit of the American Dream. From a very young age, Zacnite has been an advocate for immigrant rights. She is a leader in the immigrant community by organizing undocumented youth in support of immigrant rights and participates in broader movements for justice including health equity for all. She has been a leader in fighting for immigration reform, – including defending DACA at the U.S. Supreme Court – has led the fight for tuition equality for Tennessee’s undocumented youth, and has been an active member of the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) since a sophomore in high school. Zacnite received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Trevecca Nazarene University in 2018, graduating with recognition for her clinical and academic excellence. As an immigrant, she has personally witnessed the barriers there are to equitable healthcare access and therefore made it her mission to provide culturally competent care. During her free time, she helps newly arrived immigrant families navigate the healthcare system by providing translation services and education on healthcare access. She is currently a full time pediatric nurse at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, where her passion is seen by the dedication she gives to each and every one of her patients and families. Aside from her advocacy work and career, Zacnite enjoys going on hikes and spending time outdoors. She enjoys trying new foods and visiting different coffee shops around town