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 The times they are a changin'
 The UF College of Nursing honors...
 College news
 Alumni news
 President's message
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    Front Cover
        Page 1
    The times they are a changin'
        Page 2
        Page 3
        Page 4
        Page 5
    The UF College of Nursing honors the class of 2006
        Page 6
        Page 7
        Page 8
    College news
        Page 9
        Page 10
        Page 11
    Alumni news
        Page 12
        Page 13
        Page 14
    President's message
        Page 15
    Back Cover
        Page 16
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College into the 1980s, where its '
leaders would learn from the chal-
lenges in the previous decade and
begin to build upon its very solid .
roots. Expansion in graduate educa-
tion, the foundation of a nursing
research program and the addition of
satellite campuses helped the College
of Nursing establish itself as the flag-
ship nursing school in the state.

Change and Uncertainty
In 1972, founding Dean
Dorothy Smith stepped down but Dr Lois Malasanos, Dean of the
remained as faculty. This shift in lead- a student taking a patient's bloo
ership caused a lot of strife in the College's faculty. A driven and
courageous leader, Dean Smith had inspired her faculty and stu-
dents. Following her would be no easy task, said M. Jo Snider, a
young faculty member at the time who has since served at the
College for more than 30 years.
"Dean Smith was a legend even then," Dr. Snider said. "It was
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was a matter of us redefining our-
selves, so to speak."
As ideal as life on the campus
may appear, sometimes the insti-
tution does not exist in a bubble.
Rarely was this more evident than
in the 1970s, when Vietnam War
protests, civil rights sit-ins and the
feminist movement deeply affect-
.: ed student life. Many of the
"e radical" ideas of the 60s gained
allege from 1980to 1995, supervises wider acceptance in the new
resse. decade, and were mainstreamed
into American life and culture.
Major trends included a growing disillusionment of govern-
ment, advances in civil rights, increased influence of the women's
movement and a heightened concern for the environment.
The struggle for meaningful racial integration at the University
of Florida peaked in April 1971, when black students occupied
President O'Connell's office, demanding significant changes in

E egun in 19.,' i:ocll-ege- ::n nue- use
of quarter system instead of
trimester schedule.
> April 10 Paul McCartney announces
that the Beatles have disbanded.
> April 11 US spaceflight Apollo 13
launches for the moon. On April 13,
an oxygen tank in the spacecraft
explodes, forcing the crew to abort
the mission. The crew returns to
earth safely on April 17.
> May 4 The Kent State shootings:
Four students at Kent State

inversilv n Chi:, jare killed and nine
wounded bt.v l[Janal Guardsmen at
a demnnslrajlon proliesling against
the incursion in., i. mn'itb'od
SThe Co:lle-ge c1 I]ursing summer
master s progran'i dIjeelo:ped In 1968,
will be offered until 1972.

> The Federal Nurse Training Act
provides funding source for Nurse
Practitioner programs.
> April Black Thursday- A sit-in at
the UF president's office in protest of
the low numbers and treatment of

African-American students culmi-
nates in the arrest of 66 students.
> June -The New York Times begins to
publish the Pentagon Papers, a 47
volume, 7,000-page, top-secret
United States Department of Defense
history of the United States' political
and military involvement in the
Vietnam War from 1945 to 1971.
> July The voting age in the United
States is reduced from 21 to 18.
> October 1 -Walt Disney World

SThe College of Nursing uniform is
replaced with an all-white uniform
(with cap optional).
> June College of Nursing faculty
contribute to the start up of the
ACORN clinic which continues to
serve clients to this day.
> September Munich Massacre:
Eleven Israeli athletes at the 1972
Summer Olympics in Munich are
killed after eight members of the
Arab terrorist group Black September
invade the Olympic Village; five guer-


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While the College of Nursing searched for a new dean, Judy
Moore served as Acting Dean from 1972 to 1973. Meanwhile,
major changes in the College had already been implemented. The
College changed from the trimester system to the quarter system,
graduating a class each quarter. This shift meant a truly different
experience for the students.
"Since we were such a small group, I
felt like the program had a larger impact
on our lives," said Bonnie Pepper, who
received her BSN in 1980 and is now an
active member of the UF Nursing Alumni
Council. Her class consisted of only 42
students. "We thought we were a subcul-
ture of the College of Nursing; we even did
our social activities together."

The Evolving Profession
In 1973, Blanche Urey, EdD, RN,
was named the College of Nursing's sec-
ond dean. Dean Urey was a nursing profes-
sor from the Medical University of South

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One of the first changes Urey made was reorganizing the bac-
calaureate curriculum into an integrated one. The integrated cur-
riculum did not have defined specialties and tried to follow a more
holistic model. Instead of learning about nursing, students learned
nursing more as processes. Urey also divided faculty into under-
graduate and graduate levels.
At the time, major changes were occurring in nursing and
health care. Nursing professionals who had served in the Vietnam
War were returning with a much wider scope of knowledge and
experience, and desiring more out of their nursing careers. This and
other factors helped to accelerate the nurse practitioner program,
which had begun at the University of Colorado in 1965.
There was resistance to the nurse practitioner movement in the
health care system because of the fear that they would be replicat-
ing physicians, Irving said.
Beginning in the mid 1970s, the College followed the trend
and began to expand its master's program with more nurse practi-
tioner specialties, providing leadership for the state. By 1989, the
College had expanded to 12 nurse practitioner clinical tracks.
One of these was the nurse midwifery track. Considered one
of the pioneers of Florida nurse-midwifery, Dr. Betty Elizabeth
Hilliard founded the midwifery track at UF in 1982 after spending

rillas and one policeman are also
killed in a failed hostage rescue.
> September- Dean Dorothy Smith
steps down as Dean and remains as
faculty. Judy Moore serves as acting
Dean from 1972 to 1973.

> College reorganizes and plans for
integrated baccalaureate curriculum.
> January Supreme Court of the
United States rules on Roe v. Wade.
> U.S. involvement in Vietnam War
ends with the signing of peace pacts.

SAugust Blanche Urey becomes the
College of Nursing's second dean.
> October Arab Oil Embargo against
several countries which gave support
to Israel, triggering the 1973 energy
crisis. The effects of the crisis would
linger through the 1970s, in which a
rationing of gasoline caused long
lines at gas stations nationwide.

> August Richard Nixon becomes the
first President of the United States to
resign from office, an action taken to
avoid being impeached in response
to his role in the Watergate scandal.

> July 4 United States Bicentennial

> May Star Wars opens in cinemas.
> June The first Apple II computers
go on sale.
> August The UF Registered Nurse to
Bachelor's Degree program (RN to
BSN) is established.
SThe College of Nursing graduate pro-
gram begins to grow. By 1989, the
master's clinical specialties will
include 12 options: adult critical care,

adult health, child health, community
health, family health, gerontological
health, neonatal intensive care, nurse-
midwifery, nursing administration,
pediatric primary care, psychiatric
and mental health nursing, and
women and newborn infants' nursing.

> July- First human birth from in vitro
fertilization (test tube baby).
SDecember Dr. Amanda Baker
becomes Acting Dean due to the
death of Dean Urey.

SUMMER 2006 3

two decades laying the foundation for the program. Dr. Hilliard
directed it until she retired in 1990.
In the early 1970s, the College's faculty was also instrumental in
the founding of the ACORN (Alachua County Organization for Rural
Needs) Clinic, which for hundreds of nearby low-income residents still
offers the area's only accessible, primary health care services. The clinic
was one of several community clinics staffed by faculty of the College
through the 70s and 80s, giving faculty a chance to expose their stu-
dents to real world experience in
grassroots nursing.
"My experience at UF
showed me that education pro-
motes quality health care and that
.nursing faculty can have a broad
impact on their students' careers,"
'Isaid Kristy Kiel Martyn, who
received her MSN in pediatric
nursing in 1981 And her PhD in
1998. "I saw how excellent faculty
Members can help produce quality
Dr Blanche Urey, Dean of the College from nurse practitioners."
1973 to 1978. Sadly, in 1978, Dean Urey
unexpectedly passed away.
Professor Amanda Baker became Interim Dean until 1980, when Dr.
Lois Malasanos was named Dean. She was a professor and associate
head at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

A New Energy
A new decade and a new dean brought energy and promise to
the College. Dean Malasanos was an administrator who brought
great strength in nursing research. During Dr. her tenure as Dean,
the College strengthened its research mission and implemented
Florida's first doctoral program in 1984. At the time, nursing doctor-
al programs were still very new, with only 24 in the country.
Dean Malasanos was instrumental in making the case for a doc-
toral degree in nursing at UF, due to dynamic changes in health care
practice and service, and the need for theories and methodologies in
nursing science.
Since its inception, the doctoral program has produced 109 grad-
uates, many of whom have gone on to become major leaders across the
state and nation. The doctoral program allowed the College to grow in
stature and expand the curriculum on all levels.

"Each year the
number of doctorally
prepared faculty mem-
bers in the College
increases as well as the
number approved by
the Graduate College
to supervise disserta-
tion research. I'm cer-
tain the doctoral pro-
gram has influenced .- -
this trend," Dean Malasanos said in a 1988 newsletter. "The quality
of the students is commendable. These are exciting people who give
me courage that the nursing profession will be better for their being
part of it. The students are determined to learn the skills that will
improve the care of patients."
Along with the expansion of graduate programs came a major
strengthening of the research arm of the College. In 1985, the
College was awarded a biomedical research grant from the National
Institutes of Health. To qualify, a school must receive at least
$200,000 in annual grant support. Graduate students enhanced
research productivity as well.

Leading the Way
The College of Nursing was embracing new technologies with
the development of a simulation laboratory and enhanced learning
with computers and audiovisual equipment. Dean Malasanos also
oversaw the expansion of the College with satellite campuses in
Jacksonville and Orlando.
The 1980s saw UF grow in size and in stature. UF was attract-
ing better students and breaking down boundaries-the student

I [j,:c,-nib r 4 Iran H:slage I.'riSi
begins: 3000 Iranian radicals, mostly
students, invade the United States
embassy in Tehran and take 90
hostages (53 of whom are
American). They will be released
after being held captive for 444 days.

SFebruary The United States
Olympic Hockey Team defeats the
Soviet Union in the semifinals of the
winter olympics in the Miracle on Ice.

> April The Ijriel boatlift, mass
'.'.dus c: relugi-s who departed for
the United Siales Iron Cubtj's Mariel
Harbor, begins
> August Cr Lc'is rjalasanjos
becomes the third dean of the UF
College of Nursing.
SSeptember- College of Nursing
establishes satellite campus for the
graduate program; the Jacksonville
Health Education Program/University
of Florida Health Science Center.

SDecember- John Lennon is shot
outside his New York apartment, by
Mark Chapman.

SAugust MTV (Music Television) is
SUS President Ronald Reagan appoints
the first female US Supreme Court
Justice, Sandra Day O'Connor.
SSeptember- Established satellite
campus for the graduate program in
Orlando, Florida.

SSeptember- The graduate program
expanded with the Nurse Midwifery
> December Time Magazine's Man of
the Year was for the first time given
to a non-human, a computer.
> Honors program established for bac-
calaureate students.

SSeptember- The graduate program
expanded with the Pediatric Nurse
Practitioner program.



body elected its first female president and female black president, in 1983
and 1986, respectively. UF had a major capital campaign during the
decade. Increased funding allowed the university to hire more faculty and
construct new buildings.
The College increased its private funding when it secured several
large endowments from donors such as Earl and Margo Powers and the
Thomas M. and Irene B. Kirbo Foundation, the latter funding the
College's first Endowed Chair, focusing on Oncology Nursing.
The College had weathered through the rocky times to enter into the
next decade with a renewed strength and purpose as the flagship program
in the state, producing many of the next generation of leaders, those who
are leading students today.

1970s: Bell bottoms, war protests and streaking...
The Times Amid war, social realignment and presidential impeach-
ment proceedings, American culture in the 1970s flourished. Indeed, .
the events of the times were reflected in and became the inspiration '
for much of the music, literature, entertainment, and even fashion of
the decade.
The Fashions -The fashion influence of 60s hippies was mainstreamed in the
70s, as men sported shoulder length hair and non-traditional clothing became
the rage, including bellbottom pants, leisure suits, hip huggers, hot pants, plat-
form shoes, clogs and gypsy dresses. Knits and denims were the fabrics of
choice. The movieAnnie Hall inspired a fashion trend with women sporting tra-
ditional men's clothing.
The Technology The floppy disc appeared in 1970, and the next year Intel
introduced the microprocessor, the "computer on a chip." Atari produced the
first low-priced integrated circuit TV games, and the videocassette recorder
(VCR) changed home entertainment forever.
The Fads Mood rings, lava lamps, Sea Monkeys, smiley face stickers, and
pet rocks all captured the imagination of Americans during this decade.

The wildest fad was streaking nude in public. Even the College of
Nursing was not immune to this outrageous event. In 1972, an
anonymous nursing student streaked through the College's pin-
ning ceremony at the Medical Science Building Auditorium. All
we know about the identity of the streaker was that she was a
female student wearing a nude body stocking who flung aspirin
into the crowd and shouted something unintelligible, according to
S witnesses. To this day, only a handful of people know the true identi-
ty of this streaker. Will the College of Nursing streaker please stand up? ,

Dr David Williams, Professor of Family Nursing, gets a heart check from
a young patient at the ACORN clinic.

1980s: Yuppies, spandex and the computer
The Times Referred by many as the "me decade,"1980s cul-
ture celebrated opulence, as yuppies-coined for young urban
professionals- burst onto the scene. Video games, aerobics,
"lite" foods, minivans, camcorders, and talk shows became part
of everyday life. The country declared a war on drugs, E.T.
phoned home, and at the very end of the decade the Berlin Wall
was completely torn down. At the turn of the decade, many
agreed the eighties were "totally awesome.
The Technology Large numbers of Americans began using
personal computers in their homes, offices, and schools. By
1989, 60 percent of American households with televisions
received cable service. Major advances in genetics
research led to the 1988 funding of the Human
Genome Project.
The Fads Collectibles were big in the 80s.
Smurf and E.T. paraphernalia, Cabbage Patch
dolls, camcorders, video games and Rubik's
Cubes were popular.
The Fashion The miniskirt made a major revival. The
Flashdance look had young and old in tank tops, tight-fitting
pants or torn jeans, and leg-warmers. Teens not wearing design-
er clothes opted for Michael Jackson's glove or Madonna's fish-
net stockings. Big hair was back and many young women could
be seen teasing their bangs to high levels and making out their
hairspray supply.

SAugust The College of Nursing doc-
toral program is established, the first in

SThe University of Florida becomes a
member of The Association of
American Universities, a prestigious
higher-education organization compris-
ing the top 63 public and private insti-
tutions in North America. UF's place-
ment serves as recognition for an out-
standing research university.

The College of Nursing receives its
first ever biomedical research grant
from the National Institutes of Health.
> The Thomas M. and Irene B. Kirbo
Charitable Trust commits $600,000 to
the UF College of Nursing to support
education of nurses and research in
the care of cancer patients. The gift
will fund the College's first endowed
chair, the Kirbo Chair in Oncology
> The College celebrates its 30th

SJanuary 20 The first federal Martin
Luther King Day, honoring Martin
Luther King Jr.
> January 28 Space shuttle Challenger
disintegrates 73 seconds after launch.

> October 19 Black Monday: stock
market levels fall sharply on Wall
Street and around the world.
> First doctoral degree recipient, Rose
Kearney, graduates.

> March Exxon Valdez oil spill: In
Alaska's Prince William Sound the
Exxon Valdez spills 240,000 barrels
(11 million gallons) of oil after running
> November- East Germany opens
checkpoints in the Berlin Wall, allow-
ing its citizens to freely travel to West
Germany for the first time in decades
(the next day celebrating Germans
began to tear the wall down).

SUMMER 2006 5


A College, regardless of the expertise of its faculty or the competence of its staff in the final analysis -
is ultimately judged by its graduates. You are the future of professional nursing and the future of our College.

Dean Kathleen Ann Long left the Class of 2006 with those
words as students took their place in a line that spanned
50 years of College of Nursing graduates. This year's
College of Nursing commencement ceremony, which took place
May 5, 2006, was particularly special because it celebrated the
50th anniversary of the College. To mark the event, a number of
special guests were in attendance, and significant events highlight-
ed the ceremony.
Serving as keynote speaker was Dr. Clair Martin, a notable
College of Nursing alumnus who has held a number of esteemed
academic positions, including President of Cumberland
University and Dean of Nursing at Emory University, the
University of Colorado and the University of Alaska. During his
time as a student at the College, he worked closely with many of
the founding faculty, including Dean Dorothy Smith.
The College had the privilege of presenting an honorary doc-
torate to Dr. Linda Aiken, one of the most successful and
f best-known alumna of the College of Nursing. UF
Provost, Dr. Janie Fouke, conferred the honorary
doctorate. [For more on the
doctorate, see inset.]

Preceding the ceremony on Thursday afternoon, the College
hosted a festive commencement barbecue to honor the graduates.
Albert and Alberta, UF mascots, greeted both students and facul-
ty and helped cut the College's official 50th birthday cake, with a
little help from Alberta.
The following day, at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the
Performing Arts, 244 bachelor's,
master's and doctoral degree
graduates walked across the
stage to enter the next stage of
their nursing careers. Platform
guests included Mr. Russell
Armistead, UF Associate Vice
President for Health Affairs and ;
Carol Reed Ash, EdD, RN,
FAAN, retired Eminent Scholar,
who received faculty emeritus
status at the ceremony. Dr.
Karolyn Godbey also was conferred emeritus status.
Other special guests included Dr. Anna Shannon, Dean
Emeritus of Montana State University School of Nursing and
Dean Long's professional mentor, and Judy Wyatt, a graduate of
the first class of the College of Nursing. A number of other
retired and emeritus faculty as well as friends of the College were
also in the audience.
The Alumnus of the Year award was given to Dr. Audrey
Nelson (PhD 1990) a nationally recognized leader in clinical
practice and research who has magnified the scope of practice
For patient safety and is a tireless advocate for those with dis-
abilities. (For more on Dr. Nelson, see page 12).
The College honored outstanding students with
College of Nursing Excellence Awards, chosen by facul-


UF Awards Prestigious

Honorary Doctorate to

Esteemed Alumna
The University of Florida awards an hon-
orary degree as a recognition of eminent
achievement in scholarship or high distinction
in public service exemplifying the purposes
and ideals of the University. The College of
Nursing had the distinct pleasure of hosting
the awarding of a Doctor of Science, Honoris Honorary Doctorate recipient Dr. LindaAiken
Causa, to Linda Aiken, PhD, RN, FAAN, FRCN, (left) and UF Provost Dr Janie Fouke.
one of the College's most renowned alumna.
Dr. Aiken received both her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in
Nursing from UF and is now the Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy
Research and the Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor of Nursing and Professor of
Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Aiken is known worldwide for advancing quality patient care through research and
health policy work. She has been a dominant and influential leader and researcher in the
field of nursing outcomes research for the past two decades. She has been awarded more
than $12 million in extramural funding for her research programs, and results of her ground-
breaking studies have been reported nationally and internationally.
Dr. Aiken proudly proclaims herself a Gator Nurse and is an outstanding representative
of the accomplishments that are possible with a UF education.

ty members based on students' perform-
ance in caring for particular patient pop-
ulations as well as research. In addition,
awards were given by Sigma Theta Tau,
Alpha Theta Chapter and the class of
2006. The Academic Excellence awards
were given to the top scholars from the
Generic, Accelerated and RN to BSN
tracks, as well as the MSN and PhD
In addition, students from the grad-
uating class gave out outstanding faculty
awards to Anna Kelley, Clinical Assistant
Professor in Women's, Children's and
Family Nursing and David Derrico,
Clinical Assistant Professor of Adult




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IvP~dI ;,-] -'-I 0 i ED YOUR LIFE

Maybe it was a parent or grandparent, a friend or fac-
Sulty member, or a nurse who helped you or your family
while you were sick. If you are a nurse, it may be that per-
S. son who inspired you to become one. Or perhaps you are
-. married to an incredible nurse. Now is the time to recog-
nize these special people who have made such a difference
in our lives and touched countless others.
During this special occasion of our 50th anniversary, we encourage you to honor someone who
exemplifies the spirit of nursing, one who upholds the characteristics that embody a Gator
Nurse...one who cares, leads and inspires.
Your gift of $1000 will allow you to honor a nurse with his/her name on a 4 x 8 brick in the
courtyard in front of the college. Their name and a special message from you will also be placed
in the 50th Anniversary Gala program and the final commemorative issue of The Gator Nurse.
A gift of $250 will allow your honoree's name to be recognized in the 50th Anniversary Gala
In addition, the College will notify the honoree of your tribute.
All proceeds go directly to the Dorothy M. Smith Chair. Dorothy Smith, the founding dean of
the College of Nursing, brought national and international attention to the University of Florida for
her pioneering ideas that served as the basis for the development of advanced practice nursing and
evidence-based nursing practice.
Bringing the Dorothy Smith Professorship to Chair status 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. Truly, her work established the characteristics for all Gator Nurses to Care,
Lead and Inspire.

I would like to make my gift:
7 In Honor of... 7 In Memory of...
Name of Nurse:

Name/Address to send acknowledgement card:

Personalize your honorary or memorial
message here (Limit to 20 words):

*If making a $1000 gift, pledge cards must be received
by September 15, 2006 to ensure installation of brick
for the 50th Anniversary Gala.


Please send this pledge form to: UF College of Nursing, Austin Geiger, PO Box 100197, Gainesville, FL 32610-0197



College of Nursing Honors its Heritage at

Malasanos Lectureship and Research Day

T he University of Florida College of Nursing's Second Annual Research Day, held

recently in conjunction with its Distinguished Malasanos Lectureship, honored
the college's 50th anniversary by celebrating a heritage of nursing science at UE
The Malasanos Lectureship featured Anna Schwartz, PhD, RN, FAAN, noted
researcher in exercise and cancer treatment and faculty member at the Arizona State ULin, Ir-I
School of Nursing. Schwartz spoke to faculty, students, consumers and other health prot I...i. "in J
about her scientifically based program for physical activity and symptom management 1 ,. ii,.,
patients and implications on nursing research and practice. She recently published "Cance r I r..
Exercise Program for Patients and Survivors," a culmination of years of research.
Top honors for graduate research went to doctoral student Melissa Dodd Inglese, MSN A I N i
for her poster "The Pain Experience in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: New i> r ,-
Insights." Inglese's faculty mentor was Associate Professor Jennifer Elder, PhD, RN, FAAN.
Top honors for undergraduate research went to two students. The first was senior nursing stu- Top: (L-R) Dean Kathleen Ann Long Malasanos
Distinguished Lecturer Dr. Anna Schwartz, Dean
dents Meghan Bullard for her poster "A Secondary Analysis of Parent-Child Play Behaviors in Emeritus Lois Malasanos and UF First Lady Chris
Children with Autism." Bullhard's faculty mentor also was Elder. The second undergraduate Machen, a retired nurse. Bottom: (L-R) Jennifer
research poster winner was Jessica Casselberry whose poster was titled "Facial Expressions of Pain." Elder, Associate Professor and Department Chair,
Her faculty mentor was Associate Dean for Research Ann Horgas, PhD, RN, FAAN. and Melissa Dodd Inglese, doctoral student and
poster winner for the College's Research Day.

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SUMMER 2006 9

Don't Ask, Might Not Think to Tell:

Communication Key to Preventing Risky Drug Interactions

Older women who regularly mix prescription, over-the-
counter and herbal medications are risking their health,
University of Florida nursing researchers warn. Many
also don't think to tell their health care providers about the non-
prescription medicines they are taking -
and too often practitioners fail to ask.
That lack of communication is espe-
cially alarming, researchers wrote in the cur-
rent issue of Geriatric Nursing.
"Many of these older women do not
consider over-the-counter and herbal med-
ications 'real drugs' and therefore don't
report them," said Saunjoo Yoon, PhD,
RN, Assistant Professor and the study's
principal investigator. "However, it is clear
that many health-care providers are not fol-
lowing through to learn their patients' com- ..
plete medication histories."
Recent research has shown that nearly
half of people aged 65 years or older take a
total of five or more prescribed, over-the-
counter and herbal medications, while 12 ,
percent take a combination of at least 10
medications. Yet little research has focused
on drug-drug interactions among these
three types of medications in elderly people,
who are more susceptible to their harmful
Using a Web-based pharmaceutical program, Dr. Yoon and
co-investigator Susan Schaffer, PhD, ARNP, a Clinical Assistant
Professor, studied 58 older women who had reported taking at
least one herbal product while using at least one over-the-count-
er or prescribed drug. The study's participants were a subsample
of 143 women from previous published studies. Seventy-four
percent of the study's participants were in danger of experiencing
adverse effects from a moderate- or high-risk drug interaction.
Common over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen or calci-
um supplements, when taken in combination with certain pre-
scription medications, were among the most common culprits.

The researchers used Gold Standard Multimedia's Clinical
Pharmacology Drug Interactions program, which defines a drug
interaction as an altered drug effect occurring when one drug is
taken with another drug or herb. An interaction is considered
high risk if it has the potential for harm in
most cases. A moderate risk requires careful
monitoring and possible dose adjustment.
Of the 136 drug interactions detected,
41 percent were deemed high risk and 58 per-
cent were moderate risk.
The greatest number of high-risk inter-
actions occurred among participants who
took two or more nonsteroidal anti-inflam-
matory drugs (NSAIDS) to treat muscle pain
and arthritis, or who combined them with
the herbal drug ginkgo. NSAIDS are offered
by prescription or in over-the-counter formu-
las, such as ibuprofen.
"It is commonly known that nons-
teroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can cause
gastrointestinal bleeding, and many women
are combining these drugs, which increases
that risk significantly," said Dr. Schaffer.
"Older adults are at a higher risk for GI
bleeding even when the drugs are taken
appropriately. There is a lack of understand-
ing about these drugs and their effects when
mixed together, especially when so many of
them are offered over the counter.
Mixing standard doses of acetaminophen with a narcotic
pain medication that also contains acetaminophen in combina-
tion with propoxyphene can damage the liver. Some drug com-
binations, meanwhile, dilute the effects of prescription medica-
tions. UF researchers found that calcium supplements, routinely
recommended to older women for prevention and treatment of
osteoporosis, interacted with many drugs, causing them to lose
their effectiveness. That proved true for study participants taking
calcium in conjunction with high blood pressure, thyroid med-
ications, or antacids.

... continued on page 15

Rowe Named a UF Research Foundation Professor

l College of Nursing Researcher Meredeth
Rowe, PhD, RN, Associate Professor, has been
named a University of Florida Research
Foundation Professor for 2006-2009. Rowe
was one of 33 faculty members University-
wide recognized for having a distinguished
record of research and a strong research agen-
da that is likely to lead to continuing distinction in her field.
The selection is based on recommendations from deans and
department chairs, as well as evaluation of recent research accom-
plishments as evidenced by publications in scholarly journals,

external funding, honors and awards, and other measures appro-
priate to the researcher's field of expertise.
Dr. Rowe is committed to finding strategies to lessen the
inherent dangers associated with Alzheimer's and dementia
patients who frequently wander away from home. She has been
funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research to study a
Night Alert Prompting System, designed by Dr. Rowe to identify
and alert caregivers to unsafe nighttime activity in home-dwelling
individuals with dementia.
The three-year award carries with it a $5,000 annual salary
supplement and a $3,000 grant.


UF Nursing Student Chosen as National Geriatric Scholar

by Lori M. Spicer
Doctoral student Judy Campbell, MSN,
ARNP, received the "Building Academic Geriatric
Nursing Capacity" pre-doctoral scholarship,
funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation and
administered by the American Academy of
Nursing. The scholarship, which provides
S$40,000 a year for two years, will enable her to
concentrate on her research full-time. She was one of a selective
group of 18 recipients nationwide to receive the scholarship.
Her research goal is to study interventions that can possibly
delay placement of those with dementia in long term care.
Campbell's primary mentor is Associate Professor Meredeth
Rowe, PhD, RN, who has guided Campbell in her research track.

Associate Professor Sandy Seymour was elected chairperson of the
Shands/UF Allied Health Professionals Credentials Subcommittee.
Dr. Seymour was also invited to speak at the 14th annual Congress
on Women's Health in June 2006.
Associate Professor Sharleen Simpson had her symposium accepted
for the 2006 National STD Prevention Conference where she served
as moderator and presenter with Dr. Kay Hood, Rachel McMahan
(PhD candidate), Paula Warrington (PhD candidate) and Research
Associate Professor Karla Schmitt. She also gave a presentation at the
Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS) meeting on "Narratives
of Male and Female Adolescents with Repeat Sexually Transmitted
Infections." Her recent abstract was accepted on "Gender Issues in
the Delivery of Sexually Transmitted Disease Services in Three
Florida Counties," for an oral presentation at the International
Nursing Midwifery Research Conference.
Clinical Assistant Professor Leslie Parker will be presenting on
"Review of Metabolic Function in the Newborn: Part I and Part II"
at an upcoming neonatal conference. Her abstract submission enti-
tled "Birth Trauma" was selected for a concurrent track session pres-
entation at the National Association of Neonatal Nurses 22nd
Annual Conference.
Clinical Assistant Professor Susan Schaffer and Assistant Professor
Sunny Yoon gave a presentation at the Southern Nursing Research
Society (SNRS) on "Assessing Drug-Herb Interaction Risks in Older
Women: Results of a Secondary Analysis."
Assistant Professor Charlene Krueger gave a presentation at the
Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS) on "Normative
Changes in Heart Rate Variability in the 28-34 Week Old Preterm
Visiting Assistant Professor Susan Salazar is publishing a feature
article in the May edition of the professional journal, journal of
Midwifery and Women's Health, entitled "Assessment and
Management of the Obese Adult Female."
Assistant Professor Deborah Popovich and Allison McAlhany recent-
ly produced their Grand Rounds article that is in the final editorial
process of Clinician Reviews: "Girl, 13, with Swollen Uterus and
Pelvic Pain."
Associate Professor and Department Chair Veronica Feeg recently
wrote the Foreword for the new Springer book from the American
Academy of Nursing (AAN) Expert Panel on Children and Families.
Her abstract was accepted for a poster presentation at Academy

"Judy has great potential to conduct research that will
improve the lives of persons with dementia, such as Alzheimer's
disease," Rowe said. "She has learned many aspects of the
researcher's role by working with me on our Night Alert
Prompting study in which we developed a home monitoring sys-
tem, called CareWatch."
Campbell will be using data from the Dr. Rowe's study, as
well as her own data, for her dissertation research.
Founded in 2000, the Hartford Scholar program seeks to
produce gerontological leaders in the areas of research, academics
and practice who will ultimately improve elder care. Campbell is
one of four UF students and faculty members who have been
awarded a pre-doctoral or post-doctoral award since 2002.

accomplishments in brief
Health, a large interdisciplinary health services research association
annual meeting.
Visiting Assistant Professor Norma Cooper's project abstract,
"Future Gator Project," was selected for a paper presentation at the
2006 annual meeting of the SREB Council on Collegiate Education
for Nursing.
Assistant Professor Linda Sigsby was appointed by the Perioperative
Nurse's Association to the Perioperative Academic Curriculum
Development National Task Force. She also was notified that their
manuscript entitled "Practicum in an ambulatory surgical center"
was accepted for publication in the AORNJournal. Sigsby published
two book chapters, one in Perioperative Nursing Data Set and the
other in Concepts ofa Profession.
Annabel Davis Jenks Endowed Professor Beverly Roberts was noti-
fied that she was the recipient of one of the Opportunity Fund
grants. This interdisciplinary proposal entitled "Effects ofTai Chi
on Physical Performance, Functional Limitation and Disability" also
involves Dr. James Jessup. Dr. Roberts was also elected to serve a
3-year term on the Academic Freedom, Tenure, Professional
Relations and Standards Committee by the Faculty Senate
Nominating Committee.
Associate Professor Joyce Stechmiller has been asked to be a review-
er for Geriatric Nursing.
Clinical Assistant Professor Lori Thomas was recently recredentialed
with the ANCC as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and an Adult
Nurse Practitioner.
Clinical Assistant Professor Laura Sutton has been notified by
Cancer Nursing that her manuscripts "Effects of mutual dyad sup-
port on quality of life in women with breast cancer" has been
accepted for publication.
Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor Mary Rockwood Lane will be
speaking at the Women's Health Conference, Religion and Nature
Conference, and working with Jean Watson in Boulder, Colorado
on the "Art of Caring".
Associate Professor Meredeth Rowe traveled to Huntsville, Alabama
to present at two conferences that assist in providing law enforce-
ment training for working with persons with dementia and finding
individuals who are lost.
Assistant Professor Dr. Bryan Weber recently presented at the
American Psychosocial Oncology Society's annual scientific conference.

SUMMER 2006 11


Nelson's Passion for Nursing Research

in Clinical Care Improves Patient Lives

by Lori Spicer

Audrey Nelson loves her job.
As the Director of the Patient Safety Center and Associate
Director of Nursing Service for Research at the James A. Haley
Veteran's Hospital in Tampa, FL, Dr. Nelson (PhD 1990) is able to
pair her two loves: nursing research and clinical service. Her work
to improve the quality of care delivered to people with disabilities
has led to a number of clinical, educational and policy tools which
have had a profound effect nationally.
Dr. Nelson had the special distinction of being chosen the 2006
UF College of Nursing Alumnus of the Year.
By serving as a researcher at the point of care, Dr. Nelson's posi-
tion is unique but one that she hopes will continue to multiply at
hospitals across the country. Dr. Nelson also holds the position of
Associate Director for Research in the University of South Florida
College of Nursing, and Research Professor in the USF Colleges of
Engineering and Public Health and Aging Studies.
Dr. Nelson got her first taste of nursing research when she complet-
ed a small funded project during her undergraduate program at USF
Eventually she decided to further her education by pursuing her
PhD in Nursing Science at UF, which proved to be,
literally, a challenging road. Every day she made a 2 hour and 20
minute commute with fellow alumna Dr. Pat Quigley, who she
now works with at the James A. Haley Veteran's Hospital.

But her commitment
paid off. The College had
faculty who matched her
research interests, particu-
larly her mentor, Dr. Sally
Hutchinson, a qualitative
researcher who studied

Alumnus of the Year Audrey Nelson
with Imogene King, a pioneer of
nursing theory.

spinal cord injury.
"The UF College of Nursing was a wonderful foundation for
research," Dr. Nelson said. "My experiences there prepared me for
my position at the James A. Haley Veteran's Hospital. I felt
extremely fortunate to take on a position following my program,
because during that time it was rare for a student to instantly
matriculate into the working world."
Dr. Nelson has received funding for over 45 research projects.
She was awarded the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety
and the Bernice Owen Award for Research in Patient Care
Outside her work, Dr. Nelson loves to travel and learn new lan-
guages. In a few months she will be traveling to England, and she
hopes to also visit the Picasso Museum in Spain and the Costa
Rican Rainforest.

College Honors Couple Devoted to Supporting Nursing

T his spring, the College.
dedicated a classroom in
honor of a couple devot-
ed to supporting nursing educa-
tion and health care, Jerry and
Nancy Cross Hamilton. The
naming of this classroom is
spurred by a generous gift from
the Hamiltons to support the
Brightest Students to Faculty
Fund, which assists highly capa-
ble and motivated BSN students Dean Kathleen Ann Long with Jerry and Nancy
in oral education. Cross Hamilton during the classroom dedication
in pursuing doctoral education.
Alumna Mrs. Hamilton is one
of the founding members of the UF chapter of Sigma Theta Electric under c
Tau International, the nursing honor society. She graduated (DOE) and retire
with her BSN in 1964 and received her Master of Nursing Both Mr. an
in 1966 as a Pediatric Clinical Specialist from what, at that extend the legacy
time, was its newly established program. Mrs. Hamilton emphasis on qu
attributes much of the success of her nursing career to the Florida.

opportunities she received at UF
College of Nursing.
For 30 years, Mrs. Hamilton
taught the nursing care of children to
students at St. Petersburg College,
until she retired in 2000. Both Mr. and
Mrs. Hamilton have been close sup-
porters of the Seminole Largo Branch
of the Guild of All Children's Hospital,
the clinical partner of St. Petersburg
College. Mrs. Hamilton is also an
active supporter and participant of the
Ronald McDonald House.
Mr. Hamilton worked for General
contract for the Department of Energy
d after 35 years of service.
d Mrs. Hamilton hope that their gift will
y of excellent nursing education, with
ality patient care, at the University of


A "New" Rite of Passage: Alumni Hosts Pinning Ceremony

raduating BSN students were able to celebrate a new rite of pas-
sage with a modernized version of a storied tradition in the
nursing profession. The UF College of Nursing Alumni
Council hosted a Pinning Ceremony for the BSN Class of 2006, the
first such ceremony in over two decades. Eighty-two BSN students
The Pinning Ceremony is a time-honored nursing school tradi-
tion that dates back to the nineteenth century. The Nursing Alumni
Council chose to reintroduce the ceremony to graduates, not only as
a way to mark the completion of their BSN program, but more
importantly, to signify their entrance as alumni of the College of
"Our pinning ceremony is unique in that it has become a way to
formally welcome new graduates as alumni of the UF College of
Nursing," said BarBee Geiger, UF Nursing Alumni Council
President. "Regardless of where the new graduates' nursing careers
take them, their pin will always represent their steps from student to
professional nurse.
Dean Kathleen Ann Long welcomed the students and detailed
the significance of the ceremony. Recognition of students was led by

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We had a "contest" and all selected the College pin. Only 12 of the orig-
inal 50 nursing students actually graduated. There were 13 transfer stu-
dents that graduated in the first class with the original 12. There were also
50 medical students and 48 of them graduated. My psychiatric instructor
was Vergie Pafford. She started me off in the right direction as did our dean
Dorothy Smith. We corresponded for years.
Portia Elizabeth Williams, BSN '60
Three of my clearest memories were of Dr. Willa May Whitner, who
taught us all a basic course in research and statistics. I still remember her
patience in trying to explain a three dimensional 'normal curve.
I also remember Carol Taylor who was half-time faculty for the College
of Nursing and half-time for the Department of Anthropology. She would
have fascinating dialogues with the students in class about organizational
strategies to get things accomplished for their patients. Her book In
Horizontal Orbit still appears on reading lists as a classic.
Lastly, I remember Dr. Joan O'Brien who would challenge us to research
the literature to justify what we would believe.
Ann Smith, MN '67
I remember how helpful & friendly all the faculty were to me as a brand
new and nervous faculty member in 1987. What memories I have of work-
ing on course materials with Gloria Chiras and Audrey Field piles stacked
everywhere. Team Teaching Nur 3255L lectures with Joe Burley also makes
the list.
I share fond memories with the following nursing faculty: Arlene Nichols,
Gloria Chiras, Linnea Schramm, Audrey Field, Barbara Ogden and Julie
Faye Medley, MSN '87

the Associate Dean for
Academic and Student
Affairs Dr. Joanne
Richard. The presenta-
tion of pins was led by
Geiger and a revised ver-
sion of the Nightingale
pledge was given by
Cassidy Bell, one of the
graduating seniors.
The tradition of the
nursing pin and the cere-
monial pinning originat-
ed in the 1860's at the
ed in the 1860's at the Alumna Alice Jackson pins a student during the
Nightingale School of ceremony
Nursing at St. Thomas
Hospital in London. As the profession developed, individual institu-
tions chose a unique pin to be awarded to students completing their
programs, and the pin became a public symbol of pride in various
schools, worn by nursing graduates.

When the government funded Medicare
in 1964, Dean Knowles became a celebrity
an "expert" in care of the elderly and in
great demand. Dean Knowles' Geriatrics
rotation ranked somewhere near LAST in
popularity with my classmates. She realized
this, and I felt bad about it! I feigned intense
interest when I noticed someone falling
asleep in her lecture.
When we did our turn at an old run-down "nursing home," I hap-
pened to draw a patient whose care resulted in an extremely suc-
cessful and amusing little story. Dean Knowles seized the opportu-
nity, and until I graduated, I accompanied her on all her speaking
engagements, warming up the crowd with my tale of Mr. Hollister.
We spoke at colleges, developer's conventions, and government
Dean Smith and Dean Knowles did it the hard way. I love them
still, and they are HEROES never to be forgotten!
DeLena May BSN'66

I still remember Dr. Jo Snider telling me during my BSN years, "If you
want to make a difference, then you will." Ever since I graduated from my
BSN program, I have worked to make a substantial contribution, to truly
make a difference to patients and their families.
- Rita Kobb, BSN '81 and MN '96
I always appreciated Dr. Snider's response when we were all complain-
ing about having to take the required undergraduate research course...
"Quite frankly, the only reason you need to have a basic understanding of
research is so that when you start working, you do not 'screw' up some-
one else's study." This was so inspiring I went on to become a research
nurse after graduation.
- Mitzi Tucker, BSN '94 and MSN '02

SUMMER 2006 13

Nursing Students Break New Ground in Poland

ach spring semester, College of Nursing BSN seniors complete an
intensive clinical practicum as the culmination of their studies. This
past spring, for the first time, a group of students had the chance to
complete their practicum in a different country.
Senior students Rani Ridenour, Laura Chime Swetland, Sara Wilson and
Lori Yontz traveled to Gdansk, Poland as part of a formal exchange between
UF and the Medical University of Gdansk. They completed a six-week
practicum in March and April. Two faculty members, Joan Castleman, MS,
RN, Clinical Associate Professor, and Veronica Feeg, PhD, RN, FAAN,
Professor and Department Chair of Women's, Children's and Family
Nursing, accompanied the students.
College of Nursing students and faculty were engaged in a number of
activities, most notably sharing nursing experiences with their Polish peers.
The students underwent extensive preparation in Gainesville before they
left, spending time in the Alachua County Health Department, in order to
observe how services were provided locally and compare them to servic-
es they would observe in Poland.
Once in Poland, students collaborated with health professionals in
Gdansk on a variety of health promotion/disease prevention and communi-
ty assessment activities.
"It was an amazing experience for our students to be able to connect with
other nursing students and learn both similarities and differences in nursing
and health care," Castleman said. "They met with not only faculty and stu-
dents, but patients and their families, to gain a better understanding of the
Polish culture and health care system."

The Polish health care system has undergone major
changes in the past 50 years. A national physician's
strike was actually occurring while the group was in
Poland. The transition from communist rule and a state-
provided system to a combination of public and private
services in health care has impacted nursing education
as well.
"Our students had the opportunity to observe and fully
appreciate how the context of the health care system
drives the services that are provided and how nurses and
physicians are challenged when the political structure shifts,"
Dr. Feeg said.
The students and faculty were able to share insights with
the Polish faculty and students in nursing education at the
baccalaureate and graduate levels.
While language barriers certainly existed, UF faculty and
students found ways to communicate with their counterparts. Observing
clinical situations also provided a common language for both the Polish and
UF students who found that the language of nursing was universal, Dr.
Feeg said.

(Above and left): UF nursing students and faculty see the sights in Gdansk,
Poland and interact with their peers from the Medical University of Gdansk.


Sea of Gators Shamu invites Gators from across Florida to
invade Sea World for an evening of fun and
adventure. As part of its 100 year celebration, the
University of Florida Alumni Association will host
"For Gators Only," an after-hours party at Sea
World Orlando on Saturday evening, July 15.
Kraken, Journey to Atlantis and the Penguin
Encounter will be open during the event.
Attendance is free for UF Alumni Association
members. If you are not already a member, mem-
bership applications will be accepted at the door.
For more information on the event, visit

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Drug Interactions.. continued fom page 10

The herbal medication St. John's wort reduces the effectiveness of hormone replace-
ment therapy and contraceptive medication as well as albuterol, an asthma medication,
and fentanyl, a narcotic pain medication.
Carefully timing when these drugs are taken can prevent these effects. For instance,
patients should take calcium at least one to two hours before taking high blood pressure
medication, Dr. Schaffer said.
"It's so important for health-care providers to take a careful medication history to
evaluate all prescribed, over-the-counter and herbal drugs to monitor interactions in older
women, particularly because these women have been shown to take a number of different
types of medications," Dr. Yoon said. "Although it is difficult to determine the impact of
the drug interactions for any given individual, prevention of possible interaction is the
safest practice."


Dear Gator Nurses,
As you can see in this publication of The Gator
Nurse, we are very busy recognizing students as they
leave the educational program here at the UF College
of Nursing. By hosting
both the College of
Nursing Pinning Ceremony
and Graduation BBQ, the
Nursing Alumni Council
has generated excitement
about being a proud Gator
What you might not
know is that it is the
Nursing Alumni Council's BARBEE GEIGER
goal to connect with all
graduates, young and old. And, we have many won-
derful events happening this year to help us reconnect
with others while commemorating our 50th
Speaking of events, do not be surprised if you get a
letter or phone call from your class representative invit-
ing you back to campus for the 50th Anniversary Gala
and Reunion on November 17 8 18, 2006. There are
many great activities planned throughout the week-
end, including the Fall Alumni Council Board Meeting;
College of Nursing Tours; "Celebrating a Heritage of
Inspiration" Gala; Saturday Pre-game Tailgate Party
and many more. This is a wonderful opportunity to
catch up with fellow classmates and to help us cele-
brate a history of caring, leading and inspiring.
Act now to make sure you can enjoy all of the fes-
tivities. Be sure to block off Friday, November 17th
through Saturday afternoon, November 18th on your
calendar. Look out for your Gala 8 Reunion registration
form from the alumni office this summer and be sure
to sign up. Prepare to have an amazing time!
The Nursing Alumni Council invites you to share
with us how we can help keep you connected with the
College of Nursing. We aspire to continue our strong
association with the College and to help make your
interactions with the Nursing Alumni Association
meaningful. I look forward to seeing you during
Reunion Weekend in November.

BarBee Geiger,
BSN 1974
Nursing Alumni
Council President

SUMMER 2006 15


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