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The year was 1956. The war had been over for a decade and its refuse
of temporary huts dotted the University of Florida campus. The found-
ers of the J. Hillis Miller Health Center were assembling in those huts
to lay the foundation for what would be the state's first interdisciplin-
ary health center.
The quarters were ramshackle, the beginnings humble, and yet the
promise of what was to come was there-the Quonset Hut dream- the
philosophy of the College of Nursing, one of the first two colleges at
the University's brand new J. Hillis Miller Health Center.
by Tracy Brown Wright
A UF health center had been
contemplated since at least the
early 1940s, when the university's
third president, John J. Tigert,
MA, began discussing the idea
A 1947 study recommended
establishing schools of medicine,
nursing and dentistry at UF. In
April 1949, the Legislature
authorized creation of medical
and nursing schools, but offered
Newly arrived UF President
J. Hillis Miller, PhD was intent on
establishing the schools. The turn-
ing point came in April 1953
when the Legislature appropriated
$5 million to the building project.
Then, in early 1955 the
Legislature appropriated $8.6 mil-
lion for construction of a teaching
As construction progressed,
the College of Nursing took
shape. In November 1955,
Dorothy M. Smith, MEd, a pro-
fessor at Duke University, was
hired to serve as the college's first
THE TEACHIM; OF A NIRSINNG S' DENT
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A 1960s Health Science Center newsletter article highlights
a day in the life of a student nurse.
But those were not the only
reasons Smith was an ideal dean,
added Jodi Irving, MS, ARNP, a
UF Assistant Professor of
S Nursing who arrived at the
College in 1970.
"She already had the clinical
perspective from her previous
work, plus she had administra-
- tive talent," Irving said. "Her
. association with the National
League for Nursing gave her a
national view of nursing and the
state of nursing education for the
times. Additionally, she had the
right mix of intellect, courage,
assertiveness and 'brashness' to
move nursing education into
In the 1950s, nursing had
reached a critical point with the
rapid advance of medicine and
technology and countless num-
bers of new health professions
that had evolved to help deal
with the shortage of nurses dur-
ing World War II. Salaries were
similar for nurses from any pro-
gram whether baccalaureate, associ-
dean. Much like the College of Medicine Dean George T.
Harrell, Dean Smith was an idealist, with progressive notions on
how best to educate students.
ate degree and diploma nurses. Few baccalaureate nursing pro-
grams were fortunate enough to have all the needed clinical
facilities co-located in the university campus.
2 THE GATOR NURSE
Many programs offered the BSN degree without having a
nursing major in the upper division. Many were longer than four
years, and most hung onto the antiquated apprenticeship model.
The UF College of Nursing founders possessed a different, exuber-
Dorothy Smith envisioned the University of Florida College of
Nursing offering a new kind of nursing program-where nursing
education, research and practice were fully integrated, so that nurs-
ing would assume its responsibilities of meeting the health needs of
society. Dean Smith's philosophy was that nursing was an intellec-
tual, scientific process designed to humanistically care for people.
She also believed that those who teach nursing should be
directly involved in it. While Dean of the College, she served as
chief of nursing practice at Shands Hospital and staff nurses there
became able role models for students. Smith was a leader in launch-
ing a huge effort focused on nursing assessment and worked to
develop a new technology known as the clinical assessment
The inauguration of the Unit Manager System in the Teaching
Hospital and Clinics drew the attention of the hospital and the
entire nursing profession allowing the nurses to give more time to
The legacy of the College of Nursing laid the groundwork for
advanced nursing practice and the shift in nursing research to clin-
ical effectiveness and outcomes.
"This quiet, unassuming woman demonstrated great courage
and the ability to change the outdated traditions of professional
nursing," said Gloria Weber Calhoun, DSN, APRN, a graduate of
the College of Nursing's first class and now a clinical associate pro-
fessor of nursing at Vanderbilt University.
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"Our unspoken curriculum encouraged the attitudes and val-
ues of personal power, especially for women. Dean Smith demon-
strated this through her behaviors and ability to think outside the
Groundbreaking for the Teaching Hospital took place in April
1956, as the opening date for the Health Center approached.
Twenty-five applicants were accepted to the College of Nursing's
"The J. Hillis Miller Medical Center was built while we were
students and much of our 'practical' learning took place at Alachua
County Hospital," said Liz Segal Williams, a member of the first
class. "I remember choosing our uniforms and caps with pins and
SFebruary Dorolhy Mr1 Smih
appoinled Dean ci Ihe Co:llege ci
SSeptember Lois Kno vle.s hrsi
faculty member appolinled
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Dire-:cor Ci [JurSing S-erv.i:i
First students reg;siered in nurs.
SNovember Firsi siaellIe Spulnil
launched inti spjpea.: b F;ussijns
i October Tea.hing h,:spiljl jnd
i ni.n:s i:p-en-
Dean Smnih appinli-d j hih-l d
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Dean ic:r ilurSng PrjcaliC
> October Inlr:idu:li:n cii Pan An'
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[JIm lv 'i:ir
> July Li:.s .,no:iles appoinlted
Assisianl Dean oC LIndergraduale
> January Alas, a is ajdmiill tc
> August Hjiva;; ;s also admi;lle,-
> January rajni jppro:ived lo inii.
ale a grajduae progran', in nursing
al Ihe LIniversily Oi Florida
, June First undergradulae Class ol
C'ollege- :! [Jursing graduales
SJuly First grajdudies pass Sial
Board E -amn'noiun
> May Colliege of nursing granie.d
full accredilalioin by [Janonal
League Ior i[ursing ICr is1 b ,:C:jlu-
D August Berlin WVall goes up
,idJ',jing Easi and V\esl Berlin and
lending Iloiv oi relugees o:ul ol East
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designing our University of Florida College of Nursing Pin. The caps
were actually detachable collars from another uniform we rejected."
The College of Nursing graduated its first class on June 5, 1960,
awarding Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees to 25 students.
"Our graduates were strong women who did not let people walk
all over them," said Carol Hayes-Christiansen, MSN, a Professor
Emeritus who served on 1
faculty from 1957 to 1987,
in her oral history. "They
did not go into any institu- '
tion or agency with the idea
that they were going to just
do what everybody had v
always done before."
Early in 1959, plan-
ning was begun for the
development of a graduate
program in nursing. The
program was first located in -
the College of Education, leading to a Master's of Education degree.
In May 1964, the College received approval to offer a program of
graduate study leading to the Master of Nursing degree. Students
were admitted to this program in fall 1964. By 1967, the program
had grown from 1 graduate to 30.
In the 1960s, the Joint Appointment/Unification model evolved
as the Director of Nursing for Shands Teaching Hospital was
appointed as the Assistant Dean for the College of Nursing.
By 1967 the College of Nursing's budget had grown from
$160,000 (with $1 of each $30 coming from federal grant funds) to
SSeptember- DevelopeJ Grjdujlae
Program with College of Education
> October Cuban Missile Crisis
A U-2 flight over Cuba takes photos
of Soviet nuclear weapons being
installed. A stand-off then ensues
the next day between the United
States and the Soviet Union, putting
the entire world under threat of a
> April Feminine Mystique
Published Called to modern women
to throw off their traditional roles,
which were dependent on men, and
establish independent ideniiiies
> July Grant approved for graduate
training in psychiatric nursing
SFirst baccalaureate graduate to
complete Master of Nursing
Degree, Sally Reynolds from the
University of California, Berkeley
August March on Washington -
Two hundred thousand people
participate in the largest non-violent
demonstration ever held to support
the passage of civil rights legisla-
SNovember Presi;dni Ke'-nnedy
Assassinated \Whi.l visiting DjUaas,
Texas, President Kennedy assassi-
nated by Lee Harvey Oswald
> January A project approved to
improve research competency in
faculty: Dean Dorothy Smith and
Dr. Willamay Whitner (Public Health
> February British rock group, The
Beatles, on the Ed Sullivan Show,
introducing their unique sound and
siyl;sh appearance to millions of
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almost $500,000, with approximate-
ly $1 in every $4 coming from feder-
al grant funds, for the primary sup-
port of research.
"I think one thing would be that
basically everybody who started here,
wanted this place to succeed. There
was nobody dragging their feet or
throwing stumbling blocks in the
way. I think one of the biggest things
we did was to work through things as
a group. Not everybody gets a chance
to start a new program. It really was
very exciting-to work with a group
of people that were interested in
what you had to say," said Professor
Emeritus Jennet Wilson, who served
on faculty from 1957 to 1981.
By the end of the 1960s, the
College of Nursing was well under-
way toward its ultimate goals. The
Quonset Hut dream had become a
reality, and was growing.
SMay- Master of Nursing degree
established at University of Florida
> November Alpha Theta Chapter of
Sigma Theta Tau established
> July Civil Right Act of 1964 After
long fight, Civil Rights legislation of
1964 was passed, giving federal gov-
ernment broad powers to fight dis-
crimination of all kinds
SAugust First candidate of graduate
program receives MN Degree.
SJanuary Grant approved to develop
programmed instruction in medical-
> February Grant approved for
exchange program of nurses and
doctors between the Universidad del
Valle Medical Center, Cali, Colombia,
and the University of Florida
SMarch Grant approved for a devel-
opment program for nursing leaders:
Lucille Mercandname (Pubic: H-jllh
Service). First research h jnrn:le pub-
lished: "The Measurement of Anxiety
in Sophomore Nursing Students
Using Zuckerman's AACL" by Carol
Hayes in Nursing Research
SMay- Continued accreditation grant-
ed by the National League of Nursing
for the baccalaureate program and
initial a.: :red;iji;:on for the master's
SJuly Dr. Joan O'Brien appointed
Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs
SApril Martin Luther King, Jr.
Assassinated A lone assassin,
James Earl Ray, kills Dr. Martin
Luther King, America's leading civil
SAugust Woodstock Over 400,000
people attend the Woodstock Music
and Art Festival with performances
by Jimi Hendrix, Joan Baez, Joe
Cocker, The Who and the Grateful
Dead. Woodstock represented the
culmination of the counterculture of
the 1960s and the high point of the
SPRING 2006 5
Event kicks off College of Nursing's
50th anniversary celebration
C The University of Florida College of Nursing officially
m kicked off its 50th anniversary celebration with the sec-
Sond biennial Dorothy M. Smith Nursing Leadership
Conference. The conference addressed a growing con-
cern1 for many Americans: the quality of health care.
A s our country's population continues to age, so grow the worries of many who lack faith in the qual-
ity and safety of the U.S. health care system. This year's conference theme, "Quality: the Critical
Variable in Health Care," attracted national experts and leaders in nursing and health-care adminis-
tration who discussed issues affecting quality in patient care, including the nursing shortage and quality
patient outcomes. The conference took place January 19-20, 2006 and was presented by the College of
Nursing and the Thomas M. and Irene B. Kirbo Charitable Trust (co-sponsored by Florida Hospital and
Shands at the University of Florida, Golden Anniversary
The keynote speaker was Linda H. Aiken, PhD, RN, a UF
College of Nursing alumna and Director of the Center for Health
Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania.
*. Dr. Aiken spoke on saving lives through investments in nursing
and reflected upon the history of patient safety and quality in
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Also speaking at the conference were Audrey Nelson, PhD, RN, Director
of Patient Safety Center of Inquiry and Associate Director of Nursing Service
for Research at the James A. Haley Veterans Administration Medical Center in
Tampa. She spoke about how nursing research can promote quality outcomes
for patients. Dr. Nelson specifically discussed research at the point of care in
hospitals and health care settings.
Polly Bednash, PhD, RN, Executive Director of the American Association Dr. Suzie White speaks
movement in quality pa
of Colleges of Nursing, explored how nursing education will shape the future of i
our health care system. She challenged the students, faculty, alumni and practic-
ing nurses in the audience to improve the quality of our health care system and
stressed the important link between quality and health professions education.
Susan V White, PhD, RN, the associate chief for nursing services and
quality improvement at the James A. Haley Tampa VA Medical Center, gave a
comprehensive view of the magnet movement and its role in improving the
quality of patient care, a position echoed by Dr. Aiken.
A panel discussion with nursing leaders Rose Rivers, PhD, RN, CNAA,
the Vice President for Nursing and Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing
Officer from Shands at UF, Sharon Mawby, MSN, RN, Clinical Nurse
Specialist from Shands Jacksonville and Joan Shinkus Clark, CNAA, MSN,
RN, Chief Nursing Officer at Baptist Health in Miami, featured an interactive
dialogue on outcomes from the magnet status process, an award given to hos-
pitals that satisfy a rigorous set of criteria designed to measure the strength and Friens ad
Friends and colleagues
quality of their nursing. break.
Dr. Doug Barrett and Dean Kathleen Ann Long officially kicked off the
College of Nursing's 50th anniversary with a special ceremony where the com-
memorative anniversary banner was celebrated and the College's heritage was
"We owe a debt of gratitude to those who have led this College of Nursing
through the past 50 years and who have educated a generation of nursing pro-
fessionals," said Dean Kathleen Ann Long. "These graduates have gone on to
lead nursing in many settings and locations. Dean Smith, Dean Blanche Urey,
Dean Lois Malasanos, and hundreds of faculty members have dedicated them-
selves to their students. In our 50th year, we celebrate these faculty as well as
students, alumni, and staff of the College of Nursing."
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visit www.nursina.ufl.edu/50. Rirs ofands at U
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During the conference, the College recognized five
extraordinary alumni with Dorothy M. Smith Nursing
Leadership Awards in honor of the five areas of nursing
that Dean Smith helped to unite: education, practice,
research, health policy and community outreach.
EDUCATION I Amy Barton, PhD, RN
Dr. Amy Barton is currently the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and
Professor at the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences
Center School of Nursing, where she has been teaching since 1997.
Dr. Barton's work has appeared in national and international nursing jour-
nals and academic textbooks. In addition to being selected for the 2005
Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellowship Program, Dr. Barton will
participate in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing 2005
Leadership for Academic Nursing Program.
Dr. Barton is a member of the Denver School Based Health Centers
Management Team and has been a professional reviewer for the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services. She is a member of the
National Nursing Centers Consortium, serving as secretary on its board of
Dr. Barton obtained her PhD in nursing at the University of Florida College
of Nursing, and her BSN and MSN from the Medical College of Ohio.
RESEARCH I Kristy Kiel Martyn, PhD, RN
Dr. Kristy Kiel Martyn is the Family Nurse Practitioner & Pediatric Nurse
Practition:ier Program Co-Coordinator and an Assistant Professor at the
Llniv ersiy cd MIchiga, Sch:o l -:dI Jursing
Dr Marlyn s current research ii[teres t include ado:llecen[ leminal
health promotion and risl. reduction se5 ual ris. avoidance and health.
risl assessment Through her research she has authored over 10 publi-
cations presented more than 50 presentations and has received over
$900 000 in lunding She is a reviewer lor IVui'ing Research and
Oualitarn Health Research Jouinal
Recently Dr Martyn received the 2004 Midwest rJursing Research
Society Women s Health Research New Investigator Award She is current-
ly a member of the rJational Association ol Pediatric rJurse Practitioners
Midwesi tJursing Research Society and the [Jauonal Organization of fJurse
Dr Martyn received her BSIJ from Florida State Uniiversity She received
her MSrJ and PhD in nursing science from the University of Florida College
PRACTICE I Rila Frances Kobb, MS MIJ BSrJ
Rita Frarices Kobb currently servesas the Education' Program Specialist for
the VHA Office of Care Coordination She is also the Director of VISH 83
Sunishire Training Center of Care Coordination 8 Telehealth w[ih the lJorth
Florida South Georgia Veterans Health System In these Mwo positions she has
(L-R) Dean Kathleen Ann Long, Dr. Amy Barton, Dr. Kristy Kiel Martyn, Ms.
Rita Kobb, Dr Mary Kay Habgood, Ms. Vivian Filer, Ms. BarBee Geiger and
UF First Lady Mrs. Chris Machen.
acquired specializations in Care Coordination/Care Management, Home
Telehealth Consulting, and Gerontological Nursing.
Ms. Kobb is currently a member of American Telemedicine Association,
Association of Telemedicine Service Providers, the Gainesville and Lake City
Nurse Practitioner Networks, Lake City Nurse Practitioner Network and Sigma
Theta Tau, Alpha Theta Chapter.
Ms. Kobb received her BSN and MN in Gerontological Nursing, both from the
University of Florida College of Nursing. In 1991, she received her MS from
Columbia Pacific University in Health & Human Services in Gerontology.
POLICY I Mary Kay Habgood, PhD, RN
Dr. Mary Kay Habgood is a retired professor of the UF College of Nursing
and also served as an Educational Researcher and Instructor of the nursing
program at St. Petersburg College. She currently holds the position of Vice
Chair for the Florida Board of Nursing.
Dr. Habgood is a fellow of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing
Institute of Regulatory Excellence, the research liaison for the Florida Center
for Nursing, a member of the examination committee for the National
Council of State Boards of Nursing and an active member of the American
Nurses Association She previously served as director and past president
lC'r [he FIlrida Leagute lI r Jursing
,She received her ESIJ aid her [SIJ lr.:. [he I.lniversity :I I Fl.:rda ,She
received her PhD Ir.:.nm he Ih diversity :1 So,:utlh Flo:rida
COMMUNITY OUTREACH I Vivian Washington Filer MS MSIJ ARIjP
Vivian Washington Filer is a career nurse who: passed her concern iI:.r
patients and health care It generations of nursing students for 30 years at
Sarna Fe Comnmunity College
With the Greater Gainesville Blacl. Jurses Association an organization she
co-lounded Ms Filer has helped organize health lairs that offer health screen-
ings at churches and small [owIis all over IJorih Central Florida She currently
hosts the Community Talk program on Magic 101 3 radio
Ms Filer has been a storyteller for more than fifty years and has entertained
audiences of all ges in many cities all over Florida
In the community. Ms Filer has served as a member or leader of more than
35 organizations and councils She has received the Vomen oi Distinction of
Alachua County award and the Rotary Club s Volunteer of the 'iear Award She
recently was part of a select group to be inducted into the Martin Luther King.
Jr Hall of Fame in Gainesville Ms Filer received her ESfI from the University
of Florida She earned a master s degree in education from Nrova University
and her MSrJ from the Iniversity of South Florida
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recruit a premier faculty member to focus on Dean Smith's legacy.
The conference's keynote speaker, Dr. Linda Aiken, who was closely mentored by
Dean Smith as a student, is a lead donor to the professorship and the co-chair of the
"The establishment of the Dorothy Smith Professorship will not
only honor Dorothy Smith's legacy but will allow the College to take
credit for the innovations that have revolutionized nursing and health
care," Dr. Aiken said. "I hope I can count on all Gator nurses to
Dr. Mary Kay Habgood and Dr. Linda Aiken, co-chairs contribute as much as they can to enable us to announce the comple-
of the fundraising committee for the Dorothy M Smith tion of the funding of the professorship at the 50th anniversary
Endowed Chair. closing celebration this fall."
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College of Nursing to Celebrate a Heritage of Research
at the Malasanos Lectureship and Research Day
In March, the College will honor its heritage of nursing
research with its 50th anniversary commemorative Malasanos
Distinguished Lectureship and Research Day. Events will run
from 9 am to 12:15 pm, on Friday, March 31.
Lectureship keynote speaker and College of Nursing
2005 Alumna of the Year, Anna Schwartz, PhD, ARNP,
FAAN, a noted researcher on cancer management through
physical activity, will be speaking to faculty, students and
other health professionals on "Physical Activity in the Care of
Cancer Patients and Survivors: Exercise Prescription and
The Malasanos Distinguished Lectureship brings distin-
guished speakers to the university every two years to discuss a
wide variety of health topics. It was endowed in 1992 in
honor of John Malasanos, husband of former College of
Nursing Dean Lois Malasanos. This year's lectureship will also
honor Dean Malasanos' contributions to the College of
Nursing, notably her significant role in developing the
College's research program and founding UF's PhD in nurs-
ing science degree, the first in Florida.
The College of Nursing Research Day, held in conjunc-
tion with the lectureship, will feature more than 40 faculty
and student research poster presentations. Student posters will
be judged and prizes awarded. For more information on the
Malasanos Distinguished Lectureship and Research Day, or
visit the College of Nursing's 50th anniversary Web site at
www.nursing.ufl.edu/50 and click on the event title.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Gift Aids Universities in
Addressing Nursing Education Critical Issues
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida have donated
$600,000 each to the University of North Florida and the
University of Florida in an effort to address critical issues in
nursing education. The State of Florida will match each gift at
$420,000. UNF and UF were also awarded a $1.2 million
SUCCEED grant from the state to increase the number of
nurses who enter Florida's workforce.
The nursing shortage in Florida, currently estimated at
34,000 and projected to hit 61,000 by the year 2020, has a
negative impact on the quality and availability of health care.
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida gift, combined with
matching dollars from the state legislature, is a significant step
toward expanding the education system, and generating more
nurses to meet the increasing demand.
"The University of Florida is grateful for the generosity of
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida and their dedication to
improving nursing education," said Bernard Machen, UF pres-
ident. "UF has been a leader in advocating better education for
nurses, and this gift to UF will enable us to address the critical
need for new nursing faculty. We are happy to be able to col-
laborate with the University of North Florida and Blue Cross
and Blue Shield of Florida to increase the number of well-edu-
cated nurses and ultimately improve health care for all
Blue Cross Blue Shield's gift to UF will help expand and
enhance the North Florida PhD Consortium, which links UF's
PhD in Nursing Science Program to students at sites located at
UNF, Florida A&M University, Florida State University and
the University of West Florida through a cooperative degree
approach. This innovative approach provides access to doctor-
al-level nursing education in an efficient and cost-effective way
through the use of sophisticated distance technology. Funds
will also help maintain and improve distance delivery technol-
University of Florida master's nursing student Cynthia Trainer
(seated) supervises University of North Florida nursing student
Mary Freeman while she takes a patient's vital signs at UFtShands
ogy, add a Web-based component, and fund scholarships for
selected students as well as travel costs for students and faculty.
UNF will use the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida
gift to hire a professor to work with a database, which is the
first of its kind in Jacksonville, allowing the School of Nursing
to more efficiently schedule clinical rotations for all schools
and health care organizations in the Jacksonville area. The pro-
fessor also will staff a patient simulation lab at Shands
Jacksonville for clinical education of UNF and UF nursing stu-
dents as well as Shands staff. Ultimately, all nursing programs
in the North Florida area will benefit from the ability to more
adeptly schedule clinical rotations for their students.
"We recognize how important collaboration is to achieve
meaningful progress in easing the nursing shortage," said Robert
I. Lufrano, MD, chairman and chief executive officer, Blue Cross
and Blue Shield of Florida. "Through our Generation RN pro-
gram, we are able to support nurse education plus address a crit-
ical workforce and health care need in Florida."
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College Welcomes New Department Chair
The College of Nursing recently welcomed Veronica Feeg, PhD, RN, FAAN, as the new Chair of
the Women's, Children's and Family Nursing Department.
Before coming to UF, Dr. Feeg was a professor and the coordinator of the PhD program at George
Mason University's College of Nursing and Health Science. She also served as a Scholar-in-Residence at
the Institute of Medicine, funded by the American Academy of Nursing and the American Nurse
Foundation. Currently, she is editor of the journal Pediatric Nursing.
Dr. Feeg's research focuses on palliative care for children and public policy's and the effects on chil-
dren's health care.
Dr. Feeg is also involved in a number of nursing organizations, which include Sigma Theta Tau
International, Southern Nursing Research Society, Supporters of Life Affirming Care at End-of-Life
Dr. Veronica Feeg (SOLACE) and the Society of Pediatric Nursing (SPN).
Dr. Feeg received her BSN (1971) in Nursing at Villanova University, her MA (1975) in Child and Family Nursing at New
York University, and her PhD (1979) in Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State University.
accomplishments in brief
PhD Student Robyn Gleason has accepted a position as an
Assistant Professor at Bethune Cookman College. Gleason is in the
final stages of her PhD coursework at UF
Clinical Assistant Professor Susan Schaffer has had a paper,
"Measuring Asthma Self-management Knowledge in Adults,"
accepted for presentation at the 32nd Annual Meeting of the
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties to be held at
Lake Buena Vista, Florida in April.
Associate Professor Sharleen Simpson has had a paper accepted for
presentation at the Meetings of the Society for Applied
Anthropology, to be held March 28- April 1, 2006 in Vancouver,
British Columbia. The title of her paper is "Gender and Power
Issues Among Male and Female Inner City Adolescents with
Repeated Sexually Transmitted Infections." She has also had an
abstract accepted for presentation at the 20th Annual Conference
of the Southern Nursing Research Society this February in
Memphis, Tennessee. The title of her presentation is "Narratives of
Male and Female Adolescents with Repeat Sexually Transmitted
Assistant Professor Shawn Kneipp, Assistant Professor Sunny Yoon,
Program Assistant Karen Bender, and Program Assistant Kenneth
Foote recently received the Division-level Superior
Assistant Professor Nancy Menzel recently had a manuscript enti-
tled, "Back Pain in Direct Patient Care Providers: Early
Intervention with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy" accepted in the
journal, Pain Management Nursing.
Clinical Assistant Professor Sandra Citty has been actively engaged
with the staff at North Florida Regional Medical Center in helping
them develop and implement an ongoing evidence-based journal
club. She also participates as a liaison to their Policy and Procedure
Assistant Professor Sunny Yoon will have her manuscript
"Racial/Ethnic Differences in Self-Reported Health Problems and
Herbal Use among Older Women," published in the July issue of
Journal of the National Medical Association.
Retired Eminent Scholar Carol Reed Ash presented a review of the
fifteen-year NCI grant findings at the Yale University
Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Annabel Davis Jenks Endowed Professor Beverly Roberts traveled
to Seoul, Korea in October for the International Nursing Research
Conference, where she presented a pre-conference workshop on
"Experimental Studies." Dr. Roberts was involved in three different
presentations/posters at the Gerentological Society of America
(GSA) meeting in November.
Assistant Professor Bryan Weber presented a poster at the GSA
conference entitled "The impact of dyadic social support after radi-
cal prostatectomy." He has also been elected the Chair of the UF
Academic Infrastructure and Support Council for a 1-year term
beginning January 2006, which also means he serves as a member
of the Senate Steering Committee.
Clinical Assistant Professor Rosalyn Reischman successfully
renewed her Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certification in
December 2005 for five years.
Assistant Professor Donna Neff is serving as the President of the
Hartford Scholars and Alumni Organization for 2006.
Assistant Professor Mary Lane has had a number of articles accept-
ed recently as well as has having been quoted in several local and
national general publications. In March 2006, she will have an arti-
cle in the Journal ofHolistic Nursing.
Associate Professor Meredeth Rowe was invited to present her
research mechanism CareWatch at the White House Council on
Aging. She continues to disseminate of information about the Safe
Return program and frequently receives requests for consultation
and assistance in finding lost elders.
Associate Professor Joyce Stechmiller continues to be sought out for
her expertise in nutrition and wound healing. She participated as a
major contributor to the ASPEN Geriatric Core Curriculum, which
will be published in the near future. In addition she has been asked
to present at the 19th Annual Symposium on Advanced Wound
Care and Medical Research Forum on Wound Repair in May.
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A Fond Farewell to
Dr. Carol Reed Ash
In December, the College bid a fond farewell to an
esteemed longtime faculty member. College of Nursing
Professor and Eminent Scholar Carol Reed Ash, EdD, RN,
FAAN, the Kirbo Endowed Chair in Oncology Nursing, retired
after 14 years at the College of Nursing. She will remain on the
College's faculty as an adjunct professor and will continue her
work as editor of the journal Cancer Nursing, an International
Journal for Cancer Care.
Dr. Ash's "journey" has held a number of accomplishments
and accolades. She recently served as the Associate Director of
Cancer Control and Population Sciences for the UF Shands
Cancer Center and is the Founding Editor of Cancer Nursing.
Dr. Ash is co-founder of GatorSHADE, a skin cancer
education program for elementary school children and their
parents. The curriculum package includes games, a video, hat
and sunglasses. She is also a principal investigator on the 15-
year National Cancer Institute grant, "A Course for Nurse
Educators: Cancer Control," a cancer education program for
nurses in developing countries. Dr. Ash has presented the cur-
riculum, which includes instruction on cancer prevention and
symptom management, to 123 nurses from 77 countries.
Dr. Ash was celebrated at a special reception in December
where many of her colleagues as well as former students were in
attendance. Shown here are Dr. Ash and Kirbo trustee and
College supporter Murray Jenks.
Stechmiller Receives NIH Funding to
Assess Wound Healing in Diabetic Ulcers
bh Lot, Spicer
College of Nursing Associate Professor Joyce Stechmiller. PhD, ARNP has been awarded $200.000 from the National Institute
of Health (NIH) to lead a 3-year research study for determining whether the antibiotic do'ycycline can accelerate the healing of
diabetic foot ulcers, reducing the number of amputations, decreasing costly interventions and ultimately improving the quality of
life for these patients.
There are approximately 16 million people with diabetes in the U.S. Of these, 15 percent will develop lower-
exvtremity ulcers, and approximately 50.000 per year will need amputations due to ulcers.
Previous research performed by Dr. Stechmiller showed that biopsies and fluids collected from chronic
wounds demonstrated high levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines (proteins that can stimulate or inhibit the
growth and activity of various immune cells) and proteases (enzymes that aid in the breakdown of proteins in
the body). But fluids from a healing skin wound contained low concentrations of cytokines and proteases.
Dr. Stechmiller's current study will address the theory of whether diabetic foot ulcers often fail to heal
because persistently high levels of pro-inflammatory (cytokines present in the wound induce high levels of pro-
teases, which then destroy factors essential for wound healing. Researchers also will attempt to describe the
molecular changes that occur in diabetic foot ulcers as they heal and detect changes in the patterns of gene
expression in healing diabetic wounds treated with topical doxycycline.
Dr. Stechiniller and her research team will monitor four groups for 20 weeks, taking measurements every two
weeks. Group A will receive doxycycline and Group B will serve as a control group. Researchers will measure
the wound surface. cytokines. proteases and growth factor activities of both groups at specified times through-
out the 20 weeks.
Dr. Joyce Slechmiller
To assess molecular changes and gene expression, researchers will measure Groups C and D for changes in
the relative levels of over 12.000 mRNAs in sequential biopsies from doxycycline-treated and vehicle-treated diabetic foot ulcers
using Affymetrix GeneChip analysis.
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Margretta Madden S
College Says Goodbye to Alumna and Nui
by Lori Spicer
Nursing recently said goodbye to one of its modern pio-
neers. Margretta Madden Styles died on November 20, 2005
after a lengthy illness. Dr. Styles demonstrated a lifelong
commitment to leadership in nursing by transforming the
landscape of professional nursing practice and leaving behind
an esteemed legacy.
Dr. Styles graduated from the University of Florida in
1968 with her EdD, at that time a program in partnership with
the College of Nursing. She served as president of the American
Nurses Association (ANA), the International Council of
Nurses (ICN) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center
(ANCC). Dr. Styles served as professor and dean of the schools
of nursing at the University of California, San Francisco,
Wayne State University, and the University of Texas Health
Sciences at San Antonio.
In 2005, she was awarded Christiane Reimann Prize for
her remarkable achievements and contributions to the nursing
profession internationally. While her list of accolades is exten-
sive, she is known for her academic leadership in the establish-
ment of doctoral programs in nursing,
development of a center for health care "
policy, pioneering the standard for the
first comprehensive study of nursing
credentialing in the 1970s, and for her
advocacy for women's rights and for the
Dr. Styles was an innovator in defining the critical work
that recognizes and differentiates quality in all aspects of nurs-
"Dr. Styles was a role model and inspired so many in our
profession. Her legacy will live on in nursing," said Dean
Kathleen Ann Long. "We at the University of Florida are hon-
ored to have counted her as an alumna."
Dr. Styles received her MN at Yale University School of
Nursing and her BS in biology and chemistry at Juanita
College. Dr. Styles is the author of several books and book
chapters as well as numerous articles published in a wide
spectrum of national and international publications.
Kathleen (Freudenberger-Scott) Jett, BSN
1976, MSN 1984 & PhD 1994, has been recent-
ly promoted to Associate Professor at Florida
Atlantic University. She focuses on gerontology
research and cross-cultural communication.
Corrine La Mont, BSN 1976, is the Director of
Maternal Child Services at Maricopa Medical
Center in Phoenix, Arizona. She also serves as a
legal nurse consultant.
Diane (Widell) Ross, BSN 1976, is retired.
Before retiring, she worked as a critical care
staff nurse for 19 years. Her areas of interest
include mentoring nursing students, cardiovas-
cular nursing, critical care visiting hours for fam-
ilies and spinal cord injuries. In 1999, she was
presented with the First Coast Chapter AACN
Award for Pioneering Critical Care Spirit.
Kathy (Ford) Sharkey, BSN 1980, graduated in
December of 2005 from Florida Atlantic
University as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Prior
to graduating, she was a Sigma Theta Tau grad-
uate assistant and a FAU research assistant.
Steve Graham, BSN 1986, is married to Alice
and has two 15-year-old daughters, Charlotte
and Olivia. After serving 20 years in the Air
Force, he retired in May of 2001. Steve is cur-
rently the Director of Perioperative Services at
Methodist Children's Hospital in San Antonio,
Cathy Campbell, BSN 1986, MSN 2000 & PhD
2004 is currently employed at the University of
Virginia as an assistant professor in the depart-
ment of acute and specialty care. She graduat-
ed with her PhD from UF in 2004 and recently
became certified as an adult nurse practitioner.
Right now as a new faculty member Cathy does
not have time for many hobbies, but loves to
read, explore second hand bookstores and
watch the sun set over the Blue Ridge
Mountains from her window. Her favorite mem-
ories at the College of Nursing are her under-
graduate and graduate classes with Dr. Snider.
Erin Peterson, BSN 1990, is living in Illinois and
is on Active Duty for the Air Force. She is cur-
rently enrolled at Southern Illinois University
(Edwardsville) to earn her MSN with a dual spe-
cialization in nursing education and family nurse
Donald Connor, BSN 1993 & MSN/ARNP
2003, resides in Dunnellon, Florida and works in
the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Shands. He
also practices at a private pediatrician office and
is a clinical faculty member for Pediatrics at UF
Maureen (Moe) Golway-LaTour, BSN 1993,
currently lives in Gainesville and is the Research
Coordinator for the UF Department of Pediatrics.
Nancy (Wetterstand) Gwadry, BSN 1993, is
living in Calgary, in Alberta, Canada. She is a
nurse practitioner in cardiac surgery.
Kim (Clouse) Mulvihill, BSN 1996, lives in
Gainesville and is starting a position with Peds
GI at Shands. She has also worked for the UF
Child Protection Team. Kim just had her first
child, a baby girl.
Steven & Libby (Ithier) Scheffer, BSN 2002 &
BSN 2003, respec-
tively. Libby is cur-
rently attending Duke
University to earn a
recently graduated .
from the University of
North Carolina (Chapel
Hill) with his MSN ,
and is pursuing a job
in a family practice. Steven and Libby were mar-
ried on July 23, 2005 after first meeting at UF
College of Nursing at an Nursing Christian
Nancy Johnson, MSN 2005, is an Active Duty
Navy Nurse stationed at Naval Medical Center.
She and her husband Duane have four children:
Phillip, 22, Christopher, 9, Emma, 6, and Lauren,
21 months. Nancy loves to swim, jog, and lift
weights in her free time.
To reconnect with old friends, faculty and class-
mates, please contact the Alumni Office at
College of Nursing
Help us welcome our newest
members to our board!
Barbara Geiger, BSN 1974
Maryse Parrino, BSN 1974
Kelli McCall Crews, BSN 2001, MSN 2005
Patsy Love, BSN 1990
Member at Large
Dee Goff, BSN 1971
North Florida Representative
Greg Strandberg, BSN 1994
Central Florida Representative
Alicia Jackson, BSN 1977
South Florida Representative
Gus Infante, BSN 1987
Bonnie Pepper, BSN 1980
Karen Hanson, BSN 1966, MSN 1986
Ann-Lynn Denker, BSN 1973, MN 197.
Rita Kobb, BSN 1981, MN 1996
Pat Sassner, MSN 1997
50th Anniversary Event Preview
March 31, 2006 Malasanos Lectureship and Research Day
April 21-22, 2006 Spring Weekend
Concert & Pep Rally, April 21, 2006
Bring your chair and head to the lawn of the J. Wayne Reitz Union on Friday evening, April
21st for a concert and pep rally. The concert will feature "The Landsharks" a Jimmy
Buffet tribute band.
Orange & Blue Pre-game BBQ, Saturday Afternoon
Meet up with all your friends under the tent outside the stadium for BBQ two hours before
Silver Society Reunion & Dinner, Saturday Evening
Celebrating those who have graduated 25 years ago-calling all Class of 1981 alumni!!
Journey back to Gainesville as the UF Alumni Association holds a reception in your honor
on Saturday evening.
May 4-5, 2006 Commencement 2006 Festivities
Graduation BBQ & Birthday Bash, Thursday, May 4, 12:15 pm
The UF Nursing Alumni welcomes the Class of 2006 as Gator Nurses.
Graduates can attend the annual Graduation BBQ to celebrate their accom-
plishments. They will also receive 1 year free membership with the UF Alumni
Association and enjoy a College of Nursing birthday cake to celebrate the
College of Nursing Commencement Ceremony, Friday, May 5, 1 pm
All College of Nursing 2006 degree candidates are invited and encouraged
( to participate in commencement at 1 pm on May 5, 2006 at the Curtis M.
S Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Prior to commencement, the
College of Nursing will host an Open House Reception for nursing gradu-
ates and their families & friends from 10 am to noon.
We've Only Just Begun....
UF to Recognize College's Distinguished Young Alumni
Congratulations to Jessica (Roberts) Williams, BSN 2003, and Jennifer Dungan BSN 2001, MSN, 2003, PhDc
2006, who have been selected by the College of Nursing as 2006 University of Florida Outstanding Young Alumni.
The UF Alumni Association has established these awards for distinguished alumni who have graduated in the
last 10 years. Williams is currently in the MSN/PhD program at John Hopkins University. She was awarded the
Ellen Levi Zamoiski Doctoral Fellowship from JHUSON as well as a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research
Service Award from the National Institute of Nursing Research. Williams was an active member of her BSN
class, serving as vice-president of the Nursing College Council.
Dungan was one of the first students enrolled in the College's prestigious BSN to PhD program and recently
successfully defended her doctoral dissertation. She is now a Postdoctoral Fellow in Aging at the Duke University
Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development where she will focus on the impact of aging and genet-
ics on cardiovascular disease.
Williams and Dungan will be honored during the 2006 Spring Weekend at a breakfast at Emerson Alumni Hall
and will then have the opportunity to watch the Orange & Blue game from the President's Box.
14 THE GATOR NURSE
Yes, it is true! Our fabulous Gator Nurse has lost some weight. Wanting to get ready
for the 50th Anniversary of the College of Nursing, the Gator Nurse decided it was time
for a change. After dieting and exercising to feel healthier and look fitter, the new Gator
Nurse is sporting a positive self image. Check out our before and after pictures below.
After cutting back on its diet, the Gator Nurse is only eating Georgia Bulldogs, LSU
Tigers, and Florida State Seminoles. The Tennessee Volunteers and Auburn Tigers have
become too fatty and it was suggested by a health care provider to stop eating them
altogether. Dessert is the Sugar Bowl!
WHEN: April 28, 2006
Greetings from the UF Nursing Alumni Council! As we
embark upon a new year, allow me to recap on a major
accomplishment of the Alumni Council from this past year
and to tell you about the exciting celebratory events
planned for 2006.
Last year was a busy one
for the Council. We were
able to raise monies through
gifts, silent auctions and
Reunion to put towards
the Nursing Alumni Book
Awards. The book awards
were given to eight out-
standing and well-rounded
junior students to help with BARBEE GEIGER
the purchase of textbooks.
If you would like to learn more about donating to the book
award program, please contact the Alumni Affairs office
at (352) 273-6360.
Now, on to 2006! This year promises to be an exciting
one as well. On January 19 E 20, the College hosted the
Biennial Dorothy M. Smith Nursing Leadership
Conference. I would like to thank all of you who returned
to the College for what turned out to be an informative and
inspirational conference. Approximately 500 alumni,
faculty, students and friends gathered at the HPNP
Complex for two days to listen to leaders in research and
practice focusing on quality in health care. Not only did
we have the opportunity to hear some wonderful presen-
tations, we were able to officially kick off the College's
More recently, the College hosted a Nursing Career Fair
for students and alumni. Over 25 top health organizations
from Florida and Georgia participated. Gator Nurses are in
high demand! All monies raised from the Nursing Career
Fair are allotted for the Book Award program and alumni
Every year, the Alumni Council acknowledges the
accomplishments of our graduating students by hosting a
graduation barbecue. This year, the Alumni Council is also
hosting the College of Nursing Pinning Ceremony on April
28 at the HPNP Auditorium with a reception to follow. All
alumni, faculty and students are invited to attend. This
ceremony will represent the transition to alumni. It will
provide alumni the opportunity to congratulate the gradu-
ates, to wish them well in their nursing careers and to
inform them about the purpose and activities of the
The Nursing Alumni Council is looking forward to
celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the College. We look
forward to working with other alumni to help promote
nursing and the wonderful events planned throughout
this year. We need your help! Contact me at
email@example.com to find out how you can get
reconnected and become more involved!
Nursing Alumni Council President, BSN 1974
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