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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Page 1
    Leading the next generation of nursing
        Page 2
        Page 3
        Page 4
        Page 5
    College of Nursing 50th anniversary weekend celebration
        Page 6
        Page 7
    Reunion 2006
        Page 8
    UF awarded a SUCCEED continuation grant to further address nursing education issues
        Page 9
    College news
        Page 10
        Page 11
    Honor roll
        Page 12
        Page 13
        Page 14
    President's message
        Page 15
    Back Cover
        Page 16
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Celebrating
50 Years


1990s and 2000s:
Leading the Next Generation of Nursing


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1990s and 2000s at the UF College of Nursing



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After experiencing change and
growth during the 1970s and 1980s,
the College of Nursing would enter
the 1990s amidst new technology
and a changing face of nursing edu-
cation. During this decade, the
College would further expand its
research program, continue to build
its faculty practice efforts and
increase private funding to expand
opportunities for excellence. A new
Dean would lead the College into the
next millennium where innovative
educational programs would seek to
address complex health care issues
like the nursing and nursing faculty
shortages.

The events and leadership of the
1990s and 2000s have continued the
pioneering and courageous spirit of
the College's founding faculty mem-
bers and ensured an even brighter
future for Gator Nursing.


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Growth and Technology
During the 1990s, the College embraced new technology with state-
of-the-art computers and software that allowed students to learn how to
store and analyze patient care data. The College was an early pioneer in
simulated patient technology. The College's faculty continued to champi-
on simulated technology through the development of experiences for stu-
dents in the Nursing Resource Center.
The first Nursing Research Poster Day was hosted by honors students
with the consultation of research faculty members. More faculty members
were receiving NIH funding for research studies.
In addition, the Kirbo Endowed Chair in Oncology Nursing, whose
gift was given in 1986, was filled by
Carol Reed Ash, EdD, RN, an interna-
tionally known cancer nursing
researcher and educator. Ash, who
retired in 2005, developed
GatorSHADE a skin cancer education
program for elementary school children
and their parents in 1994. The program, L. X I
which included specially designed hats ,'
to protect children from the sun, recent- .i
ly made its way to Cyberspace with its '
own Web site. Ash also served as princi-
pal investigator on a 15-year National
Cancer Institute grant that built a cancer education program for nurses in
developing countries.
In 1995, Lois Malasanos, PhD, RN, stepped down as Dean and
returned to the faculty after a 16-year tenure. Under her leadership, the
College had strengthened its research program, expanded the master's
degree program and implemented the state's first doctoral program.


1990
> The Space Shuttle Discovery places
the Hubble Space Telescope into
orbit.
> Nelson Mandela is released near
Cape Town, South Africa, after 26
years behind bars.
1991
> Break up of the Soviet Union and
h nd ,:,f he Col,:,id ar
i Gull \llar The :Congress c: ihe
Unlied Sljles passes a resoi:lulionn
authoriIlng [he use ol n'mililary lCrci
1t lihb rate K'.m vjil


1992
> The Los Angeles Riots of 1992, the
worst civil unrest incident in US
history, result in 52 deaths and
5,500 property fires in a 100-
square-mile riot zone. The riots
broke out after the state court
acquittal of four white L.A. police
officers by an all-white jury in a
police brutality case involving
nmolrisi Rcdnev King

1993
, Federal ageni rjad Ihe Branch
Davidian compound in V\Aj.:c Te-.d
vilh a warrant to arries leader


David Koresh on federal firearms
violations. Four agents and five
Davidians die in the raid and a
51-day standoff begins.
> The World Wide Web is born.
> In New York City, a van bomb
parked below the North Tower of
the World Trade Center goes off,
killing six and injuring over 1,000.

1994
> Nicole E.rciwn Simpson and. Rcnald
Goldman are murdered oulSide her
home in Los Angeles 0 J Simpson
is later acquirei l ol ihe Iilllngs but
is held I jble n a ivil suit


1995
> January- Dr. Kathleen Ann Long
becomes the fourth dean of the
College of Nursing.
> March College of Nursing faculty
approves a faculty practice plan.
> The bombing of a federal building in
Oklahoma City, kills 68. Bombing
suspect Timothy McVeigh claimed
he bcmbn'-d Ihe- building in re.alaij lin
C:.l Ih- l' a: ,' n.ijSSa,: re

1996
> Mad ,:,c cv diSeas hits Britain
, Unabomn't.r arrested


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leration of Nursing


Satellite campuses in Orlando and Jacksonville were established,
the size of the faculty grew, and the College's endowment grew to
$10 million in private funding.

A New Road Ahead
In 1995, the College of Nursing's fourth and current dean,
Kathleen Ann Long, came on board. Dean Long was Dean of
Nursing at Montana State University and a national leader in child
psychiatric nursing.
Dean Long understood the remarkable heritage of the UF
College of Nursing and made it a priority to get to know Founding
Dean Smith when she arrived.
"One of the things I wanted to do, immediately upon landing
here, was to get to know Dorothy Smith-to find out what she was
really like. I was fortunate enough to have those opportunities to
know her and talk with her before she passed away," Dean Long
said. "Dorothy agreed with me that we needed to reach out, knock
down the walls and become a part of the marvelous opportunities
that the Health Center and the University, as a whole, held for us."
Although the College was growing in size and stature, Long
had the daunting task of reorganizing the College's administrative
structure and strengthening faculty governance, along with the
College's policies.
Within the first year, the College evolved from being divided
by educational divisions into departments and associate deanships,
more closely in line with most of the University's colleges. Three
departments were born: Adult and Elderly Nursing, Health Care
Environments and Systems and Women's, Children's and Family
Nursing. Associate Deans were assigned to academic and student
affairs, and clinical affairs.


The College also
strengthened its shared
governance by electing
the first president of the
Faculty Organization,
Dr. Ash, as well as by
formalizing faculty com-
mittees and decision-
making processes. Dean
Long sought to give fac- '
ulty members a strong
voice in College policies and procedures to provide strategic direc-
tions for the College. Thus, in 1995, the College approved a three-
year strategic plan as well as a mission and vision statement.
The baccalaureate curriculum was revised to keep pace with
changes in health care delivery, including an increased focus on
community-based experiences as well as health care policy and eco-
nomics. The master's degree program scaled back its tracks to five
specialties that emphasized more of the national trends in advanced
practice and primary care.
In 1995, the College also approved a Faculty Practice Plan the
first such practice plan for nursing in the state. It allowed faculty
members to provide high quality health care for otherwise under-
served populations while generating income to support education
and research.
Further, the College also was able to build upon its diversity
outreach efforts. The UF-Bethune Cookman College Consortium
was developed as a bridge program for BCC students who are men-
tored, advised and supported for graduate study at the College of
Nursing.


1997
> January The University of Florida
football team wins the 1996 nation-
al championship, its first ever.
> Hong Kong returned to China.
> Princess Diana dies in car crash.
I ,cienhSIS clo:ne sheep

1998
I Tam. n'mosil suCCeiSlul n'lm'vie ever
> LI S Presidi-ni Clinio:n inimp,:e :hed

1999
SThe Euro beco'rms Ihe nvew
European currency


STwo high school students go on a
killing spree at Columbine High
School in Colorado.

2000
> Millennium celebrations take place
throughout the world and the "Y2K
:risis" pass5 5 ivilhouul 5sr;ius
%vid'e pr'ead c ',:,npuli-r lailures
FRepubl,:an Chjllenger i -e,:,rge V\
BuSh d:el'e3l Dem-cacrj VIC:
Presideni Al jore ul tIh iinal ':ul-
comii is not I nouvn Ior over a month
because ol dispute-d vaoes in
Fl,.ridj


2001
> January-Archer Family Health
Care, the College of Nursing's first
nurse-managed and owned health
care practice, opens its doors.
i The world's first self-contained
artificial heart is implanted in Robert


i Almn'osi 3 I)I)I) pe,,ple ar I idlled in
Ihe 5 ,pin-le r 1 I 21:101 lerrorisi
lCi.s at [hi WVorld Trade Cwnier in
I[HJ 'io:rl, C'iv The Peniagon in
Arlington Va and in rural
Shanl.sville Pa In Ociober [he
Deparimeni ol Home-land S'Curnly iS


created and the United States
invades Afghanistan.

2002
> April Dean Kathleen Ann Long
assumes role of American
Association of Colleges of Nursing
Presideni
I '\pJ l /liii ii ih- lirsi lilni Io gross
S10): + million on is lirsi iv, l-w end
> Ociober 2 The Belravy sniper
alljaI 5 begin vith Iiv\ shoojiings in
Mronlgomerv C',unlv Mraryland


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"Together we are committed to ensuring learning opportunities
for students from all backgrounds and to preparing nursing graduates
to care for an increasingly diverse society," Dean Long said in 1998.
The late 1990s saw the birth of The Gator Nurse alumni publi-
cation. This marked the beginning of a full-color publication devot-
ed to communicating with the College's many supporters.
New innovative educational initiatives such as the BSN to PhD
program and the North Florida PhD Consortium allowed the
College to address the growing nursing shortage, which was reaching
a crisis stage by the late 1990s. The shortage of nursing faculty,
which continues today, greatly hampers efforts nationwide to
increase and improve nursing care.
The BSN to PhD program was designed to allow nurses with
baccalaureate degrees in nursing to more quickly earn a PhD in
Nursing Science by combining enrollment in the MSN and PhD
degree programs.
"In the fast track program, I was introduced to doctoral study,
research and teaching during my first semester of graduate work," said
Melissa Dodd, who received her BSN in 2001 and her MSN in 2002.
At, 26, she is currently finishing up her dissertation and anticipates
graduating by fall 2006. She plans a career in academic nursing.
The North Florida PhD Consortium, begun in 2002, links UF's
PhD in Nursing Science program to students at sites located at that
serve Florida A&M University, Florida State University, the
University of North Florida and the University of West Florida.
Student enrollment has doubled since the program's inception.


The late 1990s saw further strengthening of the College's
research efforts. The Office for Research Support was established,
offering a variety of services to the faculty. More faculty members
secured federal funding, and the College pursued its target areas of
aging, biobehavioral interventions, women's and children's health
and health policy.
The College would also bring on a full-time development officer
devoted to fundraising for the College as well as a public relations
director who would handle marketing and communications activities.

A New Home and Exciting Future
By 2000, the College of Nursing was planning for its new home.
After more than 40 years of insufficient space, the College would final-
ly have a building befitting its rich heritage. The College would share
a 155,000-square-foot five story complex with the Colleges of Health
Professions and Pharmacy. Classrooms, lecture halls and a student
services center would be in common while each college would have its
own administrative and faculty office space, research facilities and
learning labs.
In 2003, the College of Nursing dedicated its new building,
with many joyful faculty, students, staff and in attendance. Dean
Long enthusiastically welcomed home those who had given so much
to the College over the years-those faculty, alumni, staff and friends
who had played a large part in moving the College forward. She
noted that Founding Dean Smith's College finally had a real home.
The College recently introduced two innovative educational pro-
grams in keeping with national trends in nursing education. The Clinical
Nurse Leader Master's degree track and the Doctor of Nursing Practice
program bring reflect College's pioneering spirit.
The College accepted a first group of students into the Clinical
Nurse Leader track in Fall 2005. This national pilot program prepares
a master's level nursing generalist to provide expert nursing care. The
CNL program has five practice partners: Shands at UF, the Malcom
Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Shands Jacksonville, Baptist
Medical Center and Wolfson Children's Hospital.
Graduates will be eligible to sit for the CNL national certifica-
tion examination. Future plans for the CNL include possibilities for
a new legal scope of practice and expanded role.
In line with other national trends, the College has begun a
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree for post-master's students.
The College of Nursing aims to begin transitioning most of the


2003
> January-The Health Professions/
Nursing/ Pharmacy Complex opens.
The College of Nursing's new build-
ing provides much-expanded educa-
tional, administrative and research
space for the College.
> March 20 Land troops from
United States, United Kingdom,
Australia and Poland invade Iraq.
> April HPiJP I:,onple- is d-dicji-ed
E> S Thp Collrege A,:,:elerad
BSrJ program begins


SAugust Dean Long is named one
of Modern Healthcare's 100 Most
Powerful People in Healthcare.
> December 12 Saddam Hussein,
former President of Iraq, is captured
in Tikrit by the U.S. 4th Infantry
Division.

2004
> January Thi firsi DJI'rlhV M.
Sniilh ilursing Lejdership
Inle isren': la e-s plaC e Th I-
Dor,',lhy FJl Snmilh C'jn'in'in'iorahin-
VWall is dedi, aled.


SHurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan
and Jeanne all strike the Florida
Peninsula between the months of
August and October. The 2004
Atlantic hurricane season was one
of the deadliest and most costly
seasons on record, with at least
3,132 deaths and roughly $42 billion
in damage.
, Ken Je-nnings' 7 7 -gajni-, reign j
*I,. ,i-r l ,l chanipio'n ends His linal
vuiinS loll C'ver 1"2 million
SPresi.Jenni i.-erge VV BuSh is
reellecled


SThe 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake
triggers a series of lethal tsunamis
that kill approximately 230,000
people, making it the deadliest
tsunami as well as one of the
worst natural disasters in recorded
history.

2005
> August The College's Clinical
I[urSe Leader ,15J prigran'm tegins
AuguSI 29 Al le i I I '36 are
killed fnd severe- damnage- i caused
along [he U S GIull CoasI ajs
Hurricane alrina Girll, s ihe


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MSN tracks to the DNP program soon. Initially, this program
will be for advanced practice nurses who already have a master's
degree. However, there are plans in place to transition all educa-
tion for advanced practice to this new professional doctorate in
keeping with the need for better educated nurses to meet chang-
ing health care needs.

The Next 50 Years....
One dream and fifty years of caring, leadership and inspira-
tion...certainly Dorothy Smith and the founding faculty could
not have dreamt the College of Nursing's impact today and the
accomplishments of its faculty, students and alumni.
"I think that our graduates and our faculty will play a major
role in nursing becoming a key player in designing health care
and reforming a system that isn't working well," said Dean
Kathleen Ann Long. "I think we also recognize that our college
of nursing is exceedingly fortunate to be part of a great
health/science center and a great American university. And so
we are positioned with tremendous potential to build on inter-
disciplinary linkages across the health science center and across
the broader university, I believe we can attract even more out-
standing faculty members and students as we move forward into
our next fifty years."


-~si


Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama
coastal areas.
> Star Wars Episode II: Revenge of the
Sith is released, effectively completing
the Star Wars movie saga begun by
George Lucas in 1977.

2006
I Jjnuary Th CoI.ll~g c:wt-lbrajls
511i y-ears C nursing ei- uc:ji:'n
i Ma' I The Gir-jl An-iricn Bovcott
Ij.les place across the Unitid JSlIes
as marrcheri prolist for immigration
right


> U.S. Midterm elections: Democrats win
control of both houses of Congress for
the first time since 1994.
> August College implements Doctor
of Nursing Practice degree for post
master's students. DNP degree
expected to phase out MSN program
in 2:I I::;


What will nursing


education be like


in 50 years?



"In 50 years, professors will seek
more education from their stu-
dents. There will be more time
and involvement requested on the
part of students, and as a result
it will take longer to complete
your degree. Education will have to pre-
pare students for issues like bioterror-
ism and natural disasters."
Carissa Stanley, Senior BSN Student



"I am hopeful in the next 50 years
the Doctoral Nursing Program
(DNP) will have taken hold and will
be the entry model for practice.
The key thing that needs to
remain the focus 50 years from
now is that nursing cannot lose its
humanity with all of the advancements,
and building relationships must remain
paramount in the profession."
Jodi Irving, Assistant Professor



"As the population grows, health-
care becomes more technological-
ly advanced, and the nursing
shortage continues, I think that
nurses will take on even more
leadership and managerial roles in
providing patient care. This will not only
require basic nursing knowledge and
skills but advanced training beyond the
bachelor's degree to work in a highly
complex healthcare system."
Eileen Tongson,
Clinical Assistant Professor


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College of

Nursing


th

Anniversary


Weekend Celebration


T he UF College of Nursing recently
capped off its 50th anniversary cel-
ebration with a Gala and Reunion
Weekend.
Alumni and friends set off on student-
led tours featuring demonstrations of the
Nursing Resource Center, a trip to the
College's history alcove and a chance to
view historical displays throughout the
building.
Jodi Irving, an assistant professor and
co-chair of the 50th Anniversary
Committee who dedicated her time to pre-
serving the College's heritage during its
50th year, led a "Remember When" ses-
sion, and alumni and friends recounted
memories of their time in
school.
At the 50th Anniversary
Gala, held in Emerson
Alumni Hall's Presidential
Ballroom, Dean Kathleen
Ann Long spoke about the
College's heritage, citing its
long tradition of nursing lead-
ership and pioneering spirit.
Attendees also were able to
view the premiere of the 50th
anniversary video.
The next morning, Gator
Nurses were up early for a tail-
gate brunch that helped every-
one get ready to cheer on the Gators! Alberta the Alligator entertained the
crowd, and guests bid on silent auction items, raising more than $1,700 to
benefit the Alumni Council Book Awards. Alumni Council Board
President, BarBee Geiger, presented the following 2006 awardees with cer-
tificates: Katharine Book, Larissa Galante, Christy Givens, Jocelyn Kirk,
Arminda Mathews, Mihn-Nguyet Nguyen, Nicholas Rodgers, Danielle
Secor, Jacqueline Urquiaga and Megan Wester.


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Mother and Daughter

Legacy Honored


(Clockwise from top left): 1-Murray Jenks and Margo Powers
dance the night away during the gala. 2-Clinical Associate
Professor Joan Castleman with BSN students. 3-Alumna Carol
Cummings Marks, Kaye Kernodle and Linda Aiken, all BSN '64,
reunite. 4-Dean Kathleen Ann Long with Senior Vice President-
Health Affairs Doug Barrett. 5-Dr David Challoner, Vice President
for Health Affairs Emeritus, and his wife, Jacki, with Dr Andrea
Gregg, Jacksonville Campus Director and her husband John
Gregg. 6-Dean Long and Dr. Aiken with Senior Vice President for
Public Affairs Cyrus Jollivette and Vice President for Public Affairs
Catherine Kelly of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida. 7-Dean Long
and her husband David Soloman dance with special guests Albert
and Alberta, decked out in their finest. 8-Office Manager Cornelia
Frazier and her husband, Henry.


Bill and Patr, Allcorn made a significant contribution to
honor FPant' si .tei Rita Kobb an alumna and great
iriend of the College and e\perr in nurse niorinatics
Rita and Patrt1 rjmothei Annette Argenti t ho passed
anl.a in late suirmier and also al as a gieat friend of
the College. It as alo icognized at the Alumni
Council Boaid luncheon Shotr n here iL-RI Dean Long.
Rita and Stei e Kobh. Parti and Bill Alcorn


The College of Nursing was able to honor a
dedicated alumna and her mother at the Alumni
Council Board meeting held during Reunion
Weekend.
Rita Kobb also was recognized for her dedica-
tion to the College and to the profession of nurs-
ing through her work in informatics and technol-
ogy for the Veterans Affairs system and beyond.
Her sister and brother-in-law, Patti and Bill
Alcorn. made a tribute gift in her honor, estab-
lishing the Rita Kobb Nursing Informatics and
Technology Lectureship. The lectureship is
designed to attract visiting experts in nursing
informatics and technology who will help UF fac-
ulty continue to explore and educate others on
this very critical topic.
"Rita is a Gator Nurse in the truest sense of
the word," said Dean Kathleen Ann Long. She is
a stellar example of the type of Gator Nurse that
we hope each of our students will emulate."
Annette Argenti, Rita's mother, was a dear
friend of the college who passed away in
August. Argenti spent countless hours hand-
crafing favors and gifts for alumni events.
Donations to the Alumni Council Fund totaling
$5.500 were made on her behalf. A portion of
these proceeds was designated for two
students to receive the Annette Argenti Alumni
Council Book Awards.


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College Seals 2006 Time Capsule
During Saturday's Reunion festivities, the College of Nursing sealed a commemo-
rative time capsule. The capsule was put together by Jodi Irving, who also undertook
the tremendous task of developing and completing the College's History Alcove, ded-
icated earlier this year, a beautiful series of displays and photos housed in the
College's building. The alcove was dedicated earlier this year. Shown in the photo are
Irving sealing the capsule with the assistance of Professor Emeritus and 50th
Anniversary Committee Co-Chair Myrna Courage and Dean Kathleen Ann Long.
"The history of this College tells much about our contributions to the profession.
We have much to be proud of. I love this College, and it's a privilege to teach here.
I hope I've made some contribution to its history," Irving said. "So whether you have
been here a few years or many, it's important to be mindful that we are all part of
our college's history and are contributing to it each day."
The capsule will be kept in a wooden case on the fourth floor. The hope is to open
it on the college's 100th anniversary.


EXRmCPLES OF ITEmS f(
THE 2e006 T0 E RPS ULE
[ TO BE OPEED iO n 20556

II Recruitment "flyers" for the College's pro-
grams/tracks.
II College of Nursing Strategic Plan 2006-
2009 and Bylaws 2006.
II A copy of a publication from each Dean of
the College of Nursing.


The College's time lines with pictures of
the College of Nursing's History Alcove.
Copy of the Quonset Hut Dream: this
publication was completed after the first
decade of the college's inception.
Selection of past Gator Nurse
Publications.
A copy of the College's 50th Anniversary
DVD plus DVD player.
An array of College's 50th Anniversary
documents, materials etc.


Copy of the Sports Illustrated that high-
lights the University of Florida's Men's
Basketball team's 2006 National
Championship.
Copy of the speech given by Dean Long at
the building dedication.
Brochure of Archer Family Health Care.
A proposal for the campaign for the
Dorothy M. Smith Chair Smith
Professorship, College of Nursing.
College of Nursing's Oral History Project.


UF Awarded a SUCCEED Continuation

Grant to Further Address Nursing

Education Issues
In late summer, the College of Nursing was granted a SUC- collaboration
CEED Florida Continuation grant to continue funding for the to an endowr
original $1.2 million Nursing Education grant given last year. by Blue C
The 2005-2006 SUCCEED Florida Nursing Education Grant Blue Shield
allowed the University of Florida and the University of North Florida that v
Florida to increase the enrollment of accelerated baccalaureate The cont
nursing students and to enroll 30 master's degree students in the education pr(
new Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) specialty track. It also helped to opment of a
establish a computerized clinical site placement system tion for nurse
(StudentMax) to maximize the use of Jacksonville area health care the resource/
settings for student clinical experiences. A state-of-the art clinical career advice,
simulation laboratory was established, fully equipped and housed tutoring and
in space contributed by Shands Jacksonville Medical Center. This comprehensic


uI


led '
nent ,
2ross
of
Jill help sustain these programs in the future.
inuation grant will substantially enhance the nursing
)jects funded in the previous year and enable devel-
mentoring program to enhance learning and reten-
ing students. Designed to ensure academic success,
mentoring program will include a combination of
English as a Second Language support, subject area
assistance with editing, written work, and reading
n.


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Dean Long Chosen to Serve in National Group

Addressing Nurse, Physician Shortages


Dean Kathleen Ann Long is
among a select group of national health
care leaders chosen to address the grow-
ing problem of nurse and physician
shortages. The newly created Council
on Physician and Nurse Supply will
monitor data and act as an advocate for
change, advising legislators and others
Son ways to increase the supply of nurs-
es and physicians to meet the public's
Dean Long needs.
The co-chairs of the council are Richard "Buz" Cooper, MD
and UF nursing alumna Linda Aiken, PhD, RN, both professors


at the University of Pennsylvania. The Council is based in the
University of Pennsylvania's Consortium for Health Workforce
Research andPolicy, a joint program of the Schools of Nursing and
Medicine and the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.
The Council's goals are to bring objectivity to the study of
physician and nurse supply and to shape public policy. The
Council will examine a range of domestic and international issues
that must be addressed as the U.S. attempts to better align its
health care workforce with its future health care needs. It is the
only multidisciplinary organization in the nation dedicated exclu-
sively to addressing issues of nurse and physician supply.
Council members represent universities across the country as
well as major hospitals and health care organizations.


Horgas Honored for Excellence in Nursing Education


Associate Dean for Research Ann Horgas, PhD, RN, has
received the Rose and George Doval Award for Excellence in
Nursing Education.
Dr. Horgas was recognized by New York University
College of Nursing for her progressive efforts in nursing edu-
cation. Horgas received the award in December at the 19th
Annual Celebration for Nursing Excellence in New York
City.
An Associate Professor who has been at UF since 2000,
Horgas is one of the country's leading nurse researchers on pain


Endowed Professor Beverly Roberts was one of several nomi-
nees for the CANS Outstanding Nurse Scientist Award. She
also has joined the editorial board of the Journal of Korean
Nursing Science and was a reviewer for the GSA ESPO Poster
Committee.
Clinical Assistant Professor Cyndi Figueroa-Haas's article on
"The Effect of Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty on Self
Esteem and Sexuality" will be published as the CE feature article
in the Plastic SurgicalNursing journal in early 2007. She also
received the Graduate Research Award for her PhD work at Barry
University.
Assistant Professor Lori Thomas recently spoke at the Joint
Cancer Conference of Florida Universities in West Palm Beach.
She was an invited speaker based upon her ACNP expertise. The
topic was Oncological Emergencies: SVC Syndrome and Cardiac
Tamponade.
Assistant Professor Saun-Joo Yoon has achieved multiple
recent accomplishments. Her manuscript regarding sickle cell
anemia and massage was accepted for publication in Pediatric
Nursing with a potential publish date of January/February
2007. Another manuscript "Comprehensive, Integrative
Management of Pain for Patients with Sickle Cell Disease" will
be published in the December 2006 issue of the Journal of
Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Dr. Yoon also was


and aging. She is currently conducting a National Institutes of
Health-funded study on methods to assess pain in nursing
home residents with dementia.
Horgas is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of
America and has been awarded the Nightingale Award for
Excellence in Nursing Research and the Springer Award in
Geriatric/Gerontologic Nursing. She has also co-authored a
book on dealing with behavioral problems in nursing homes
and has written numerous publications on topics such as pain,
everyday competence in old age and mental health in aging.


accomplishments in brief


appointed Chair of the Research Committee of Sigma Theta
Tau, Alpha Theta Chapter. In addition, she attended the
Hartford Geriatric Nursing Initiative entitled Clinical
Research: Trials and Interventions Pre-conference Workshop
and the Summer Institute on Aging Research as one of only 35
selected participants in attendance.
Many faculty members gave presentations at the 59th
Gerontological Society of America Conference in November.
Assistant Professor Donna Neff "Accessing Health Care:
Perceptions of Aging Women with Type 2 Diabetes";
Dr. Roberts "Predictors of Adverse Hospital Outcomes
Following Intensive Care"; Assistant Professor Joyce
Stechmiller "Novel Approach to Chronic Wound Care in
Older Adults"; Dr. Thomas "Voices of Elderly Women with
End-Stage COPD Living Alone"; Dr. Yoon -"Effect of
Glucosamine with Chondrotin Sulfate for Persons with Knee
Osteoarthritis" and "Practice of Self-care to Prevent Chronic
health Problems Among Elders."
Dr. Joyce Stechmiller provided a written grant review for NIH
Diabetic Wounds.
Dr. Shawn Kneipp and colleagues recently published "Academic
Freedom and Duty to Teach Social Justice: A Perspective and
Pedagogy for Public Health Nursing Faculty in Public Health
Nursing."


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Faculty members Carmen
Faculty Rodriguez, PhD, ARNP
Rm Assistant Professor, and

M em bers Visit Sharleen Simpson, PhD,
ARNP Associate Professor,
Nursing School visited the Universidad
Autonoma de Yucatan during
in Yucatan the summer to explore further
collaboration with their nurs-

College's overall international
outreach efforts and an out-
growth of work from the
College's International Affairs
Committee. The College
hopes to begin faculty and
student exchanges between
the Universidad and UF


Keeping Her Eye on the Goal:

Accelerated BSN student and UF goalie balances soccer balls with studies
by Lori Spicer


As a goalkeeper on Florida's 15th-
ranked soccer team and a UF
College of Nursing BSN student,
Brittni Goodwin juggles more than soccer
balls in her very busy life.
Goodwin began her soccer and academ-
ic career at the University of Washington.
Because she was so far from her family, the
Fort Lauderdale native decided to move clos-
er to home. In May, she received her
Bachelor of Science in psychology from UF
In her pursuit to gain clinical experi-
ence and prepare for graduate school in
psychology, Goodwin worked at Shands
VISTA alongside the nurses. During her
experience at Shands, Goodwin realized
she was pursuing the wrong profession. She
admired the dedication of the nursing staff
so much that it inspired her to go into
nursing.
"I fell in love with what they do because
there was so much compassion behind it,"
Goodwin said.
Goodwin enrolled in the prerequisites
for the nursing program, and was accepted
into the Accelerated BSN program. She
admits a large factor in her decision to attend
UF was the soccer team, but she was also
very impressed with what the nursing pro-
gram has to offer.


Goodwin confessed that her experi-
ence at the College has been difficult. The
accelerated program requires her to learn a
great deal of information in a short time,
along with a rigorous soccer training
schedule.
"I know that I have to make a tempo-
rary sacrifice for now, but in the end the
payoff will be rewarding," Goodwin said.
"I have learned a lot about myself
while being here, and I never cease
to amaze myself in my capabilities,"
she added.
Goodwin credits the faculty for her
academic achievement and for giving her
the opportunity to pursue nursing.
Goodwin's classmates have also been a
great help, as she has to miss a lot of class
time due to her demanding schedule.
"My adviser, Sharon Bradley, has
worked extremely hard to enable me to
complete this journey," Goodwin said.
"She is also an excellent professor and I
enjoy her teaching style."
Additionally, her family also has been
a big inspiration in her success, she said.
"My family places value on academics,
but they never pressure me," Goodwin
said. "They honor my efforts and are satis-
fied as long as I do the best that I can."


After graduation, Goodwin plans to
work a year to develop a good platform in
her field, hopefully enter a certified regis-
tered nurse anesthetist program and then
work as a CRNA in a critical care unit. In
addition, Goodwin said she would also love
to coach soccer someday.
"Being a Gator nurse encompasses pos-
sibility, potential and growth," said
Goodwin. "The nursing profession in itself
is rewarding. It is a selfless profession."


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Ensuring a Tradition of Excellence
The UF College of Nursing is grateful for recent gifts of generous individuals and organizations from July 2005 to June 2006. These contributions are
the patients for whom we care and are indicative of the continuing enthusiasm for our college. A tradition of excellence in education, research and pi
of these philanthropic individuals.


$500,000 and Above
Blue Cross Blue Shield of
Florida

$100,000 to $499,999
Nancy and Jerry Hamilton

$50,000 to $99,999
Thomas M. & Irene B. Kirbo
Charitable Trust
North Florida Regional Medical
Center
Matthew A. Obinger
John R. Pettengill
Linda H. Aiken

$10,000 to $24,999
Florida Hospital Medical
Center
Prof. Ernest H. Jernigan
Shands at UF
Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Theta
Chapter
Tenet Healthcare Foundation/
Florida Medical Center
Michael E. Tubbs

$5,000 to $9,999
The Hon. Warren S. & Polly S.
Henderson
Betty P Warner

$1,000 to $4,999
Jerome L. & Evelyne H.
Bronikowski
Joan S. & John L. Clark
Trafton M. & Maude W.
Crandall Fdtn.
William J. & Ellen G. Eells
Karen Lee Hanson
Jo A. Irving
Kathleen Ann Long
Joan E. Lynaugh
Mary R. Lynn
Malcom Randall VAMC
Marian 0. Newton
North Broward Hospital
District
The Poseidon Group
Prudential Foundation
June A. Rose
Ann P Smith
M. Josephine Snider
The Chubb Corp.
I. J. Van Huffel Foundation
Glenn H. Williams

$100 to $999
Mr. and Mrs. Walter I. Adams
Carol Ann Adcock
Rebecca B. & Andrew Z.
Adkins III
Mr. & Mrs. Alan Aiken
Patricia Alcorn
Patricia Barbarowicz
Amy J. Barton


Geremy G. Beasley, R.N.,
L.M.T.
Debra 0. Bell
Janis P Bellack
Jose A. & Mary S. Betancourt
Courtney N. Bolick
Sheryl 0. Buchanan
Julie Klink Callebert
Erika A. Cilurso
Daniel B. Coble
Holly M. Colavin
Bryan P. Suzanne S. Conrad
Alice J. Cook
Mona M. Counts
Lawrence J. & Margaret E.
Davis
Carrie B. DeLeary
Bonnie B. Dixon
Sharon L. Dormire
Janis D. Duncan
Donna M. Dunn
Beth S. East
R Maurice F. Faulk, Jr.
Tracia A. & D. Michael
Forman, Jr.
Carol A. Fredericks-Schrader
Mrs. BarBee & Charles K.
Geiger, Sr.
Jeanette A. Gelin
Valerie J. Ginn
Stacy A. Glynn
Susie Goren
Lt. Col. Thomas M. Gormley
Jennifer M. & Marcus W.
Greene
Paulette C. Hahn
Holli A. Hallmark
Sarah W. Hand
Dave Heitman
Pamela Hermansdorfer
Janice B. Hess
Maxine M. Hinze
Claydell H. Horne
Catherine Howard
Deborah R. Hughes Nuessly
Melanie N. Jescavage
Johnson & Johnson
Carolyn U. & William R.
Johnson
Mary L. Jordan
William C. Kennedy & Sandra
C. Sasso
Kathleen M. Kent
Katrina L. Kingcade
Maryann Kulpa
Mrs. Alaro T Lawson
Cheryl L. & Lawrence N. Legg
Winfield M. & Janet A.
Lindeman
Carol A. Lombardo
David A. & Christine M.
Loucks
Suzanne F. Maldarelli
Mayo Clinic of Jacksonville


Lt. Col. Carla Biehl McCurry
Suzanne D. Metz
Margaret M. Miller
Martha C. Miller
Marcia E. Milton
Edna L. Nastasy
National Philanthropic Trust
Janine A. Neiswender
Audrey L. Nelson
Susan H. Nevel
Joan T. Newman
Brett C. & Mrs. Corie L.
Opdyke
Daniel D. Ott
David H. Penoyer, Jr.
Bonnie S. & Steven A. Pepper
Susan M. Pfister
Mrs. Le Trinh Phillips
Procter & Gamble Co.
Roberta A. Reed
Melanie D. Register
Kimberly A. Rice
Patricia I. Rider-Lane
Margaret A. Roca
June C. Ronga
S. E. Rose
Kathryn K. & Kenneth S. Ross
Nancy A. Ruppert
Betty J. Severyn
Rita M. Sewell
Patricia 0. Sieffert
Emma W. Smith
Sabrina S. & Peter C. Smith
Mr. & Mrs. Bernard E. Snyder
Debbie J. Spamer
Lenora Stanley
Brian R. & Jennifer H.
Stenberg
Susan M. Stone
Mary E. Strohbach
Mary J. Talbird
Sandra L. Taylor
Mr. & Mrs. James C. Thomas
Ann M. Thrailkill
Paula M. Timoney
Lisa W. Tosch
Kenneth A. & Cynthia U.
Treadwell
Donna M. Treloar
Linda S. Tyler
Maria B. Verma
William G. Warrington
Deborah A. White
Judith L. & William P White III
Mrs. Shannon M. Whitson
Kerri B. Whittaker
M. Dee Williams
Susan L. Young

$100 or less
Captain Christine L. Abelein
Patricia A. Adams
Trudy G. Adams
Sandra H. Aguinaga
Carolyn Albrycht



Beverly A. & Mark G.
Alexander
Robert W. Allison
Ana E. Alvarez
Susan 0. Anolik
Richard J. Anthony
Anna Argenti (d)
Sandra H. Arpen
Sandra S. Arthur
Susan E. Aspinwall
Amber R. Atkinson
Sally S. Austin
Laura H. Bailey
Patricia M. Bailey
Gracemarie A. Bartley
Priscilla A. Bartolone
Carol A. Batchelder
Mary J. Bernier
Joseph P. & Tara F Bertulfo
Karen H. Bisogno
Linda S. Bittner
Claire C. Blackmon
Mary L. Blade
Elizabeth D. Blossey
Mrs. Parnun Boon-Long
Mr. & Mrs. Michael S.
Bordenaro
Rosalyn R. Brackett
Juanita S. Bradley
Linda J. Brandt-Comer
Mr. & Mrs. Paul J. Brennan III
Christine F. Brinza
Benny S. Cadiz, Jr.
Susan A. Cahoon
Gloria W. Calhoun
Mr. & Mrs. Robert J. Calvert
Thomas B. & Heather L.
Cannon
Cynthia D. Capehart
Camie Carson & Keith L.
Groninger
Ruth K. Castiello
Stacey A. Cipes
Rebecca J. Clancy
Leslie A. L. Coleman
Carla L. Collins
Sandra M. Colwell
Shirley A. Corbett
Pat M. Corkery
Eileen M. Cormier
Joy L. Covelli
Colonel Barbara G. Covington
Carla C. Cozart
Dolores 0. Craig
Ruth A. Craigmiles
Judy A. Crown
Kim Curry
Yaara Z. Dagan-Colmenero
Tina M. D'Alessandro
Geraldine E. Daube
Shirley Davis-Martin
Janene B. Dawson
Wendi R. Dees
Mrs. Terry A. Defilippo
Richard Delauter


Esther A. Denker
Edie L. Devers
Laura A. Dmytrenko
Susan M. Douglas
Renee A. Eaton
Jennifer A. Elder
Mark D. Ellis
Robert M. Esposito
Christina A. J. Feely
Monique L. Fleurant-Cooper
Richard A. & Barbara G.
Fortunati
Steve Fox
Francesca Francese
Stephen G. & Kathryn B. Frank
Susan W. Freedman
Crystal R. Frye
Kathryn Gamble
Genevieve A. Gans
Roberta K. Garrett
Rosemary R. Gavan
Austin A. Geiger
Lisa C. Gelmine
Judith C. Geroni
Heather M. Giard
Julia M. Gillenwaters
Norman P. & Amanda H.
Gilliland
Frieda B. Goldstucker
Martin D. Goode
Ruth I. Gorman
Roy D. Graham
Anne S. & Steven W. Green
Tiffany D. Green
Cheryl A. Greenberg
John F. Gregg
Jennifer L. Griffin
James H. Guth
Martha Halsey-Lyda &
Reverend R. Clifford Lyda
Carol N. & Ernest P
Hanewinckel II
Sandra K. Hanneman
Kimberly A. Harber
Mary R. Harden
Catherine S. Harlan
Geri C. Harms
Bonnie S. Harris
Amy B. Hartman
Patricia L. & James S.
Hasbrouck
Kristi T. Hatfield
Christine I. Hatker
Mrs. Randy W. Hausmann
Patricia A. Hayes
Deborah L. Healy
Mary L. Helfrich Jones, Ph.D.
Marci J. Herman
Vicki C. Herridge
Dawn C. Hill
Melanie B. Hoerner
Captain Diane M. Holman
Linda R. Holmes
Ann L. Horgas-Marsiske
Maryann House-Fancher


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helping to change the lives of students, faculty members and
actice continues to thrive, due in large part to the generosity


Jane F. Houston
Ann M. lannantuoni
Augusto R. Infante
Christine L. M. Irwin
Mrs. Farrah P Jenkins
Kathleen A. Jones
Linda T. Kane
Dianne F. Kaseman
Marie E. Kasprow
Margaret L. Kayhani
Brenda Kelley
Kaye D. Kernodle
Rita F Kobb
Kathleen M. Koechlin
Diana Kovac
Allison W. Krantz
Jacqueline N. La Manna
Diane P Laflam
Patricia A. Landry
Tamara P Lane
Stacie S. Laviano
Patricia D. Lazarus
Helen T. LeClair
Leesburg Florida High Twelve Club
Cmdr. Susanne E. LeMaire
Sara A. Lewis
Lorraine E. & Charles H.
Livingston
Deborah L. Lombard
Melissa J. Lowry
Jennifer L. Macchio
Neil A. MacLeod
June A. Mair
Kathryn M. Marcet
Colonel Martha J. Maron
Linda A. Mason
Allison N. Mazur
Connie A. McCraw
Liza McCrory
Laura C. McFeely
Elizabeth H. McHargue
Lauren J. & Kevin S. McKyton
Mr. & Mrs. Duane E. Mealy
Jean M. Melby
Amy P Mesnick
Microsoft Corp.
Lynne S. Miner-Hasler
Paula A. Mix
Denise K. Mollenkopf
Christine P Monday
Janet R. Moore
Teresa S. Munn
Tracey L. Murray
Karen A. Myers
Jean M. Nagelkerk
Donna A. Neilson
Margaret J. Newton
Barbara A. Nickel
Mrs. Ruena W. Norman
OfficeMax
Mr. & Mrs. Stephen T. Owen
Douglas W. Palmer
Karen S. & Matthew A. Palmer
Maryse G. Parrino
Vivian B. Pearson


Nancy M. Pontes
Regina W. Pool
Rebecca Z. Pridgen
Niki L. Pruitt
Janet W. Radford
Hester E. Raiford
Mr. & Mrs. Roger Rayner
Kelly A. Reid
David E. Roesler, Sr.
Nancy M. Rogers
Sandra L. Roscow
Margaret G. Royce
Mary S. Ruzycki
Susan B. Ryals
Gary L. & Sandra S. Sanders
Mr. & Mrs. David S. Schenerman
Jeanette D. Schimmelbusch
Aleta J. & Terry A. Schmidt
Mona C. Schultz
Mary E. Schwartz
Laura F. & Alvis I. Searcy
Sandra M. Seeger
Ann S. Silcox
Ellen F Simmons
Roy L. Simpson
Dawn M. & Thomas D. Sims
Sally L. Sinclair
Nancy J. Smith-Haugen
Robert P. & Christie A. Snively
Elizabeth B. Spangle
Frances B. Stanley
Carol C. Bogan Steiner
Bonnie Lea W. Stephens
Marguerite N. Stevens
Virginia R. Strozier
Leigh-Ann Sullivan
Mary E. Tiedeman
Lynne L. Tier
Tracey E. Tordella
Jacqueline L. Tornoe
Mr. & Mrs. Kevin D. Transue
Cherish L. Trautman
Melanie C. Turco
UF Bookstores
University Athletic Assn., Inc.
Audrey L. Urquhart
Carol S. Van Horn
Justin R. Vaske
Celeste M. Vigneau
Cynthia A. Vista
Mr. & Mrs. James F Wagar
Kathleen E. Wallace
Esther D. Weaver
Ruth H. Webb
Dawn C. Wekenmann
Bruce K. Williams
Linda S. Winter
Angela M. Wolfe
Vivian K. Wong
Carol C. Wyatt
Mrs. Cheyanne W. Wyatt
Keesha J. Wynn
Julie F. Youngberg-Haught
Jeffery D. & Roberta M. Zbar
Jamie L. Zoellner


ionor a JVurse


On the occasion of our 50th anniversary, we celebrate nurses.
Many of our alumni, faculty members and friends recognized special
nurses who have made a difference in their lives by making a gift to
support the Dorothy M. Smith Chair. Below are those special tributes.


$5000 Gift
Large Brick in College Courtyard
In Memory of Rita P Long
Devoted Nurse, Loving Wife
and Mother
Mr David Soloman and
Dr. Kathleen Long
Dr. 8 Mrs. Edward D. Long
Mr. 8 Mrs. Joseph Kurtz

$1000 Gift
Small Brick in College Courtyard

Ellen Eells, RN
Dr. & Mrs. Eells
Class of 1963
Ellen 8 William Eells

Dean Long
Well Done
Fred and Aleta Fisher

In Honor of BarBee Geiger,
BSN 1974
You exemplify the caring spirit of
nursing in all areas of your life. Your
family is extremely proud of you.
Charles Geiger

Thanks, Linda Aiken, for your com-
mitment to the College of Nursing
Carol Hayes-Christiansen

Dean Long
Ultimate Visionary
Jodi Irving

Gretta Styles
From Belief to Distinction
Jodi Irving

Born at Shands
Rebecca & Bart Forsythe
Kaye Kernodle

Carol (Cummings) Marks '64
Carol (Cummings) Marks

In Memory of Lindsay, Jewel,
& Joseph Moody
Linda Moody
lona M. Pettengill
Many Thanks
John Pettengill


Dean Smith and M. Kozma
My mentors
Ann P Smith

Dean Long
Integrity and Vision
Jo Snider

Thank You Dean Smith
Cleo Stern '65
Cleo Constant Stern

MN'66
Psych NSG
Joan Meredith Waugh

Megan R. Weigel, MSN, ARNP
A True Gator Nurse (DNP Pending)
We are so proud!
Much Love from your family
Margaret & James Nist and Dennis,
Jackie, Katie & McKenzie Weigel


$250 Gift

Jodi Irving
Always striving to expand
her knowledge base
and grow personally.
She has contributed to [my]
excellence as an educator, nurse,
therapist, and friend.
Julie Callebert

In memory and honor of Dean
Dorothy M. Smith
Mary Beck Clayton

To my Classmates of '64
who are still going strong
and keeping Dorothy Smith's
vision alive
Marian Slater
Carol C. Bogan Steiner
In honor of a Georgia Public Health
Nurse Leader 1970-2005

Christine Shiver Bogan
In memory of my mother and
my nurse role model
Carol C. Bogan Steiner

Susan Stewart MSN '97
Susan Stewart


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Lifelong Educator

Ernest Jernigan

Gives Back

Ernest Jernigan has experienced first-
hand the impact that nurses have on patient
care. When Jernigan's wife Fay was admit-
ted to Shands at UF to have a brain tumor
removed, he was extremely impressed and
encouraged by the nurses who cared for
Fay, who sadly passed away. And when
Jernigan, himself, had quintuple bypass sur-
gery, he felt it was the nurses that really
pulled him through that experience. After
witnessing the role that nurses play in
health care, he decided to give back by sup-
porting nursing education. Jernigan recently
made a gift to the UF College of Nursing to
establish the Ernest and Fay Jernigan
Scholarship for Academic Excellence.
Jernigan is a lover of history, and his own
life has been quite a journey as well. He
graduated from a Tampa high school in 1944
and enlisted in the U.S. Army where he
served in Europe with the Third Army. There,
he found time to study history and political
science at the Biarritz American University
in France. After his military service, he went
on to receive his bachelor's degree in histo-
ry from Stetson University and his master's
degree from the University of North Carolina
- Chapel Hill.
Jernigan taught history and political sci-
ence in Florida, West Virginia and Georgia.
In 1958, Jernigan began teaching at Central
Florida Community College and served as
first acting chair of the Social Sciences
Division. His career in higher education
spanned 37 years.
"Teaching meant a great deal to me and
I love people who like to learn," Jernigan
said. "Learning helps us determine a better
quality of life and become a better citizen
and American."
"Over the years I hopes to keep making
contributions to nursing education,"
Jernigan said. "I see it as an investment in
mine and everybody's future."


UF Begins Master's Program in

Public Health Nursing

he University of Florida College
of Nursing has been awarded a
three-year grant from the Health
Resources and Services Administration to
offer a Master of Science in Nursing
(HRSA) degree with a public health
specialty.
The program is one of two public
health nursing master's programs in ip
Florida, and the College began admitting students during the fall semester.
"We are excited to be able to offer this program in Florida, where public health
nursing is an integral part of the health of our communities and our citizens," said
Nancy Tigar, DrPH, RN, a Clinical Assistant Professor who will serve as coordinator
of the program.
The HRSA will provide $270,000 in the first year, with similar funding levels expect-
ed for the second and third year, bringing the expected total to more than $800,000.
Graduates of this program will be prepared to work in a variety of public and pri-
vate settings. They will be well-versed in the core functions of public health and able
to participate in assessment, policy development and assurance as needed. The pro-
gram will focus primarily on the health of populations and on community-oriented
nursing practice.
"Public health nurses often work at the grassroots level, helping to plan and
implement programs, and also work toward policy change," Tigar said. "Their careers
are exciting and very gratifying. They are able to be involved at so many levels in our
health-care system."
Students may enroll in part- or full-time study. Approximately 80 percent of the
classes will be taught online, and clinical rotations will be arranged with practice
partners in the students' local areas. Program graduates will be qualified to take the
national Community Health Nursing certification examination.
It is anticipated that in the second year, the College of Nursing may develop a joint
MSN and Master of Public Health degree in conjunction with the UF College of Public
Health and Health Professions.


Alumna Dougherty
Visits College as Special
Research Lecturer


In early September, the College of J .
Nursing's Office for Research Support .
was happy to welcome Dr. Molly
"Mickey" Dougherty as a special Research" : .
Colloquium speaker. Dr. Dougherty is
an alumna of the College who also served on the faculty for many years. She is cur-
rently a professor at the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina-
Chapel Hill and editor of the prestigious journal Nursing Research. Dr. Dougherty
is shown here with Associate Dean for Research Ann Horgas. Faculty members
enjoyed reuniting with Dr. Dougherty, who made outstanding contributions to the
UF College of Nursing and mentored many who were "junior" faculty or students
during her tenure at UF


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Nursing Students Excel in the


Community and Profession


U F nursing students brought home their own championship in late October.
The UF chapter of the Florida Nursing Students Association (FNSA) was
named Chapter of the Year at the organization's state convention. This award is the
highest honor given at the convention and recognizes the chapter with the highest
level of accomplishments and community service.
It is no surprise that UF students were recognized given their high level of com-
munity service. The UF chapter was the top fundraisers for the March of Dimes walk,
raising $3,040. They also were named the most spirited team and received a Billy
Donovan-signed basketball.
The nursing student team swept the awards at the 2006 Alzheimer's Association
Memory Walk and received the Grand Achiever's Award, the Most Walkers Award
(five years straight with more than 60 walkers) and Top Fundraiser in their category,
raising more than $2,500.
Two UF nursing students recently were elected to the FNSA State Board.
Meghan Bullard, president of the UF FNSA, was elected Region 2 Director and
Community Health Chair, and Camille Hanson was elected Region 1 Director and
Nominations and Elections Chair.
Faculty adviser Joan Castleman, a Clinical Associate Professor, was given
the Community Health Faculty Award at the convention. She was nominated by her
students.



UF Nursing Career Fair

February 2, 2007

With Gator Nurses in high demand, the Nursing Alumni Council and Office of
Alumni Affairs are bringing the best hospitals and health care companies in the
southeast to Gainesville to meet our students and graduates.

Help us network! Do you know someone who should be hiring our graduates -
or maybe you'd like to come and explore a new professional direction?

Please contact Anna Miller at aemiller@nursing.ufl.edu or 352-273-6360 in the
Office of Alumni Affairs for more information.


president's
Dear Gator Nurses,
We have had a great year celebrating our 50th
Anniversary! The reunion weekend was packed with
events and everyone had a great time celebrating 50
years of Gator Nurses and
catching up with old
friends and meeting new
ones. Many of you attend-
ed the Remember When
event in the Nursing
Resource Center. Thank
you for sharing your mem-
ories, both old and new.
We look forward to many
more years of memories. BARBEE GEIGER
The Gala was a big hit
with Albert and Alberta dancing to tunes from the past
five decades, and the weekend wrapped up with a tail-
gate feast where we recognized the Alumni Council
Book award winners, and happily they weren't the only
winners with the Gators stomping Western Carolinal
I would also like to take this time to introduce our
new President of the Alumni Council, Maryse Parrino.
Maryse graduated from the College of Nursing with a
BSN in 1974. She is very excited to become the next
President of the Alumni Council. You will be hearing
from her in the next issue.
Just because the year has ended doesn't mean you
have to stop celebrating or getting involved. Please let
us know if you are interested in becoming a class rep.
Gator Nurses are an amazing group of individuals and
should be celebrated year round.
The Nursing Alumni Council appreciates your con-
tinued support. Without each of you, we would not be
where we are today, and we hope to be in the next 50
years! Happy New Year and GO GATORS!

BarBee Geiger,
BSN 1974
Nursing Alumni Council President


Welcome
The College of Nursing would like to
welcome Anna Miller and Aimee Camp
to the College's Development office.
Anna Miller came on board in October
as the new Associate Director of Alumni
Affairs. Miller is a 2002 UF graduate in
recreation and served as an events coordi-
nator with the UF Foundation for four
years. Aimee Camp began as the office's
program assistant in July and is a gradu-
ate of the University of Toledo. The
College of Nursing is happy to have both
Anna and Aimee on board.


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FALL 2006/WINTER 2007 1 Vol. IX, No. 3

The Gator Nurse is produced three times a
year for the alumni, friends, faculty and
staff of the University of Florida College of
Nursing.



Dean
Kathleen Ann Long,
PhD, APRN, FAAN

Associate Director
of Alumni Affairs
Anna Miller

Editor/Writer
Tracy Brown Wright, MAMC
Director, Public Relations E
Communications
tracyb@nursing.ufl.edu

Contributors
Meg Hendryx
Anna Miller
Pamela Selby
Lori Spicer

Design
JS Design Studio

Printer
StorterChilds Printing Company Inc.


The College of Nursing would like to thank everyone who partici-
pated in our 50th Anniversary and made it so memorable.
Special thanks to the members of our 50th Anniversary
Committee. We wouldn't have done it without you!


- --50th Anniversary
Committee Co-Chairs
Dr. Myrna Courage
Jodi Irving
Honorary Co-Chairs
Chris Machen
Shelley Meyer
Committee
BarBee Geiger
Carol Hayes Christiansen
Dr. Mary Elizabeth Hilliard
Anna Miller
Harriett Miller
Bonnie Pepper
Anna Schwait
Sandra Seymour
Pamela Sherwill
Ann Smith
Brenda Stevens
Ginger Pesata
Jessica Wild
Meg Hendryx
Tracy Wright


SPECIAL THANKS TO
OUR 50TH ANNIVERSARY
SPONSORS
FLORIDA
HOSPITAL


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