Professor at the Faculty of Nursing at the University of the Republic of Uruguay, holding the position of Full Professor of the Maternal and Child Department, Mercedes has been the dean of the Faculty of Nursing since 2013. She has a degree in nursing, specializing in Maternal and Child Nursing and in health service management. Member of the Board of Directors of the Latin American Association of Colleges and Schools of Nursing (UDUAL, from 2013 to today). Member of the Nursing Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Health and of the Advisory Group of the Honorary Presidency of Covid. She participated in technical meetings on interprofessional education (IPE) organized by PAHO / WHO in Bogotá, Brasília and Buenos Aires. She Implemented activities to promote IPE in Uruguay, according to the Plan presented at the First Technical Meeting of IPE in Bogotá (2016), with activities to raise awareness about the theme and initiatives for faculty development. Mercedes also promoted in the health area of the University of the Republic the formulation of interprofessional elective courses and publicized in several events the importance of IPE, as well as the normative conditions of the University of the Republic for its implementation.
She published an editorial for the Journal of the Association of Colleges and Schools of Nursing in Latin America and the Caribbean (UDUAL), with an approach on the value of IPE, also participating in round tables and presentations at various international conferences on the same theme. She is a member of UNIREDEIP.