The nation faces serious problems related to health care access, safety, quality
and cost. Recent reports by several national study groups, including the National Academy
of Sciences Institute on Medicine, have documented problems with safety and the quality
of care received by patients in the nation's hospitals. Florida faces the same challenges,
and initiatives are underway to evaluate and improve the quality of care provided to
patients in Florida hospitals.
To address these issues, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida has established a
$3.5 million endowment at the University of Florida to open the BCBSF Center for
Health Care Access, Patient Safety and Quality Outcomes. The new center will be
housed in the colleges of Nursing and Public Health & Health Professions and will
work to significantly improve the health of Florida's citizens. The endowment will total
$6.7 million with state matching funds. continued on page 2
UF College of Nursing
and the U.S. News
graduate school rankings
Doctor of Nursing
Students spend spring 10
break helping others
show Gator spirit
College of Nursing
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According to studies conducted by Dr. Linda Aiken and published
in the Journal of American Medical Association (2002, 2003),
redesigning care systems, adding qualified providers and enhancing the
educational level of providers can reduce errors and improve quality of
care. These steps, and others, prevent patient deaths and reduce suffer-
ing while also saving hundreds of thousands of dollars in unnecessary
health care costs.
"The University of Florida is grateful for the generosity of Blue
Cross and Blue Shield of Florida and its dedication to improving
Florida's health care," said UF President Bernie Machen.
Through this center, UF leaders and BCBSF hope to address the
unique health-care issues that affect Florida's quality
T of life and economic viability. Critical issues
Include access, the nursing shortage, patient safe-
S. e health-care is e ty and medical errors. Florida also faces unique
affect Florida's quality of life challenges due to rapid growth, the large elderly
and economic viability." population and the diverse and international com-
position of its residents.
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida
Center for Health Care Access, Safety and Quality Outcomes at the University of Florida will work to sig-
nificantly improve the health of Florida's citizens by designing new care delivery models and evaluating their
There will be a particular focus on developing approaches that
help address the current nursing and overall health profession work-
force shortages. Strategies that attract and retain well educated nurs-
es, and use them efficiently in Florida's hospitals will be developed
"This initiative highlights the positive impact that we can make
when business and government work together to benefit the resi-
dents of our state. With this new Center, the state is positioned to
become a national leader in health care delivery, demonstrating that
safe, high quality care can be provided, and that health care costs
can be reduced by preventing medical errors, complications and
unnecessary hospitalization or re-hospitalization," said Dean
Kathleen Ann Long, Dean of the UF College of Nursing.
The center will support evidence-based research on topics
such as attracting and retaining well-prepared nurses to maxi-
mize patient safety and quality care outcomes, and financing "Safe, high quality care can
and delivering health care in a fiscally responsible manner to
people who are underserved. These steps, and others, can help be provided, and health care
to prevent patient deaths and reduce suffering while also saving hun- costs can be reduced by
dreds of thousands of dollars in unnecessary health-care costs. preventing medical errors,
"Florida is facing many challenges in the effort to provide safe, high-
quality health care for all of our citizens," said Robert Lufrano, MD, chair- plications and
man and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida. unnecessary hospitalization
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(L-R) CON Jacksonville Campus Director Andrea
Gregg, BCBSF Sr. VP of Public Affairs Russ Jollivette,
UF VP for Research Win Phillips, BCBSF VP of Public
Affairs Catherine Kelly and PHHP's Department Chair
Paul Duncan at Enterprise Florida meeting where the
creation of the center was announced in January.
"The BCBSF-UF Center will
bring together experts from a variety of
disciplines at UF, including health
services administration, nursing, health
policy, medicine, pharmacy and sociol-
ogy, to design and evaluate improved
approaches to health-care access and
In addition to establishing the
BCBSF Center, the endowment brings
both the Dorothy M. Smith
Professorship in the College of Nursing
and the BCBSF Professorship in Health
Services Administration in the College
of Public Health and Health
Professions to full chair status. These
positions allow for the recruitment of
premier faculty members in the fields of
health services administration and
nursing health policy to conduct
research focusing on the nursing work-
force, patient safety, and health-care
delivery and access.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Receives
AACN Corporate Citizen Award
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing recently awarded Blue
Cross and Blue Shield of Florida their Corporate Citizen Award.
BCBSF was nominated by Dean Long on behalf of the Florida Association
of Colleges of Nursing. The award was presented at the AACN Spring
Annual Dean's meeting.
"Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida has recognized the important role
that nurses play in improving health care for our communities, and has creat-
ed Generation RN (SM), a program focused on Florida's critical workforce
shortage of nurses," Dean Long said. "This program is the umbrella for pub-
lic-private partnerships that has focused on building an expanded, stable and
culturally diverse nursing workforce in Florida."
This award, created in 2003, recognizes outstanding contributions made
by a private company to support professional nursing education, practice, and
Philanthropic endowments have provided funding for recruitment,
scholarships, professorships, clinical facilities and special projects at 17 public
and private baccalaureate and higher degree nursing programs/colleges in
Florida with direct BCBSF gifts totaling $12 million. With matches or other
leveraged grant funds, over $24 million has been added for baccalaureate and
higher degree nursing in Florida between 2003 and 2006.
Shown here are some deans and directors of Florida nursing schools who
have benefited from BCBSF's generosity. They are pictured with Geraldine
"Polly" Bednash, Executive Director of AACN and Catherine Kelly, Vice
President of Public Affairs, who played an instrumental role in Generation
RN and its support of nursing education.
(L-R) Mavra Kear, Florida Memorial College; Alma Dixon, Bethune-Cookman College;
Pegge Bell, Barry University; Jean Wortock, St. Petersburg College; Jean Leuner,
University of Central Florida; Catherine Kelly, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida; Pat
Burns, University of South Florida; Kathleen Long, University of Florida; and Geraldine
"Polly" Bednash, American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
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2006-2056: The Next Fifty Years
Thank you for celebrating our 50th Anniversary Year with us in 2006. As a part of that celebration, I had a
unique opportunity to look forward to the College's and the profession's next 50 years. As many of you
know, with the leadership of Professor Jodi Irving we have created a "time capsule" in fact a beautiful
wooden box- to be opened at the time of the College's 100th Anniversary. I had the eerie and challenging task
of writing to the dean who will be serving as the College's leader at that time. Here are some of the thoughts
and hopes I shared regarding our College and the nursing profession now and in the next 50 years.
The UF College of Nursing recently became one of approx-
imately 80 schools to begin piloting the new Clinical Nurse
Leader program to prepare a master's level nursing generalist.
This Clinical Nurse Leader is a new kind of nursing profession-
al who will be prepared to effectively coordinate, manage and
evaluate care for groups of patients at the point of care in com-
plex health care systems. It is my fondest hope that the vast
majority of direct care nurses will hold at least a master's degree
or its equivalent long before 2056.
We have also initiated the Doctor of Nursing Practice
degree program, a practice doctorate that we expect will even-
tually replace the master's degree as the appropriate credential
for specialized advanced practice nurses, including nurse
practitioners, nurse midwives, and clinical nurse specialists.
These changes in education have been met with resistance
from several groups; however, our national nursing leaders
have been persistent and successful in moving forward with
these programs. I hope that DNP programs become the stan-
dard for advanced practice in nursing, just as professional
doctoral degrees have become the accepted degree in other
professions such as pharmacy and audiology.
A special challenge we face is meeting the need for culturally
competent nursing workforce. Our current undergraduate and
graduate classes at UF are more diverse than the U.S. nursing
workforce (including males) however, there is more to be done.
As our nation grows and changes, our workforce must continue
to evolve and adapt to meet those needs. We look forward to a
time when we do a much better job of integrating persons from
all ethnic and racial groups into the mainstream of the nursing
Nursing research is still rela- KATHLEEN ANN LONG
tively "young" in 2006, but con- PHD, RN, FAAN
tinues to grow and gain respect.
Several of our faculty members have significant grants from
the National Institute of Nursing Research and other feder-
al, state and private agencies. By 2056, I expect that nurs-
ing research will be a mainstay of national health-related
research, serving to advance patient care and inform public
UF is the first Florida College of Nursing to have incorpo-
rated a nonprofit Faculty Practice Association to support our
educational and research missions. Many of the patients with
whom we work are underserved, and many of them would
otherwise have no access to care. I hope that active faculty
practice continues in the future, most especially with a com-
mitment to individuals, families and communities in greatest
need of health care.
While it is hard to imagine what the future will hold and
what may be happening at the College of Nursing in 50
years, I believe that our current challenges are the harbin-
gers of significant change and opportunity to advance our
profession and improve patient care. I have the utmost con-
fidence that the UF College of Nursing will continue to be
a home for risk-takers who push boundaries in pursuit of
excellence in nursing education, research and practice. That
is the heritage of our College and reflects the spirit and
aspirations of our founding Dean, Dorothy M. Smith, who
began these traditions 40 years before me.
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Elder Receives Distinguished Mentor Award
College of Nursing faculty member Jennifer Elder, PhD, RN, FAAN has been named a recipient of the Spring 2007
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Distinguished Mentor award, recognizing excellence in undergraduate mentoring.
Dr. Elder, an associate professor and chair in the department of Health Care Environments and Systems, was one of
six awardees at UF and will receive $10,000 over two years.
Dr. Elder teaches mental health nursing and research at the undergraduate and graduate levels and has spent the
last 25 years studying autism and related child neuropsychiatric disorders. With an interdisciplinary team of
researchers and clinicians, she has developed and tested a variety of interventions for children with autism.
Dr. Elder has employed and mentored 16 undergraduate students in her research projects. She has also provid-
ed research experiences for five undergraduate research scholars and 44 honors students. Dr. Elder's students frequent-
ly co-author and present with her at local, state, and national research conferences. Four students have presented internationally.
Her family-focused research program has been funded by four grants from National Institute of Health/National Institute of
Nursing Research and examines methods of educating families, enhancing family cohesion, and reducing caregiver stress.
Dr. Elder is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and serves as a frequent reviewer for several NIH study sections
and three refereed journals.
accomplishments in brief
Associate Professor Shawn Kneipp was invited to join the Editorial
Board of the journal Nursing Research.
Associate Professor and Department Chair Jennifer Elder and her
team, which includes two students, recently had their article, "The
Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diet in Autism: Results of a Double Blind
Clinical Trial" accepted for publication in the Journal of Autism and
Related Disorders. Dr. Elder also was invited to join the Editorial
Board of the journal Nursing Research.
Assistant Professor Barbara Lutz was awarded a R15 grant from the
National Institute of Nursing Research. The grant will fund a study on
matching needs of stroke patients with caregiving resources to improve
outcomes. The award amount is $218, 250 for the next two years.
Students Susan Donaldson, Meghan Bullard, and Erica Hilliard
had a poster abstract selected for Sigma Theta Tau's 18th
International Nursing Research Congress Focusing on Evidence-
Based Practice, which will be held July 11-14 in Vienna, Austria.
The title is "Fathers' Perspectives on Interventions to Help Their
Children with Autism." This is a report of a qualitative research
project that Susan worked with Meghan and Erica to complete as
part of their honors research. Dr. Sharleen Simpson graciously pro-
vided the group with qualitative methodology consultation. Dr.
Elder's autism team also had a paper abstract selected for the same
conference. The title is "Novel Approaches and Technology in
Training Fathers of Children with Autism.
Executive Associate Dean/Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs Dee
Williams and Associate Dean for Research Ann Horgas were select-
ed as Faculty Achievement Recognition honorees. They were among
only 51 faculty members at UF to be recognized this year.
Doctoral student Susan Wall has been awarded a 2006 Florida Nurses
Foundation (FNA) Imogene King Research Grant with the Blanche
Case Research Fund for her research study, "Evaluating a Children's
Medical Services Program for Overweight Children and Adolescents
with Hyperinsulinemia or Type II Diabetes."
Assistant Professor Charlene Krueger has been invited to review for
the journal Developmental Science.
Clinical Assistant Professors Susan Schaffer and Jane Gannon were
speaker representatives at a recent state meeting on the Clinical Nurse
Leader (CNL) and Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) programs.
Gannon is also serving on the national committee developing a certi-
fication exam process for the CNLs.
Clinical Assistant Professor Allison McAlhany was a speaker at a
AHEC Healthy Students Healthy Schools conference on
"Rash Assessments." This was a conference for school nurses from
Clinical Assistant Professor Joanne Orrick has been selected to par-
ticipate in "Leadership Gainesville" a nine month program to identify,
educate and develop community leaders. She also was selected with
five other faculty members from UF and Shands to participate in
Austria Pharmacy Week, which is a program designed to provide clin-
ical training to pharmacists practicing in Austria.
Senior nursing student Jill Jurkiewicz,who has been supervised
by Clinical Assistant Professor Nancy Young, has been awarded the
Key Award from Shands at AGH. A parent whose child was a patient
at the hospital wrote comments about this student and the excellent
care she provided to the child and her family. Missy Reynolds, Director
of the Children's Hospital at Shands AGH personally presented the
award to Jill during her class. She is the first student to ever receive a
Clinical Assistant Professor Anna Kelley's clinical group-
Stefanie Resch, Elizabeth Reagan Treece, Jenna Lutz, Abigail
Plum, Tammy Melton, Amanda Phillips, Elizabeth Cedeno and
Desiree Panganiban-were nominated for the Key Award at
Shands at AGH Hospital. They were nominated by the nursing staff
from Labor and Delivery based on "their exceptional care of clients
and their ability to make a difference in nursing care on the unit.
Professor and Department Chair Veronica Feeg had a paper she
co-authored, "Clinical Care Classification (CCC) System Charting
Model," presented at the International Congress on Informatics meet-
ing in Korea. Dr. Feeg's chapter ("Approaches to Implementing the
CCC: Educating Nurses in Electronic Documentation") in the manu-
al the "Clinical Care Classification (CCC) System" is due out any day.
SDoctor of Nursing Practice degree
set to change nursing education:
Fi HOW IS UF
QE&A with Dr. Karen Miles, Associate Dean for
Academic and Student Affairs
he University of Florida is at the forefront of the changing paradigm of nursing education, with its pioneering of the
Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) and most recently, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs. The College of Nursing
implemented its postmaster's DNP program in Fall 2006 with 17 enrollees. The American Association of Colleges of
Nursing recently released its Essentials of the Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice document-a big step toward
the accreditation process of DNP programs nationwide. AACN has also instituted a cutoff date of 2015 for the DNP being the
entry level to practice for advanced nursing practice.
As the College of Nursing further develops its postmaster's DNP program and transitions to its postbaccalaureate DNP pro-
gram (slated to start in Fall 2009), Karen Miles, EdD, RN, Associate Dean in Academic and Student Affairs discussed the DNP
and UF's role in this exciting program.
SWhy did the nursing profession and AACN pursue the
development of the Doctor of Nursing Practice?
5 The AACN 2005 Position Statement on the
Practice Doctorate in Nursing called for a transfor-
mational change in the education for professional
nurses who practice at the most advanced level of
nursing. This recommendation emerged from mul-
tiple factors including the rapid expansion of scien-
Dr. Karen Miles tific knowledge required for safe nursing practice;
growing concerns regarding the quality of patient
care delivery and outcomes; shortages of nursing personnel
which demands a higher level of preparation for leaders who can
design and access care; shortages of doctorally prepared nursing
faculty; and increasing educational expectations for the prepara-
tion of other health professionals.
Was there a need for nursing to be on pace with other professions
with regards to educational preparation?
Absolutely. If you look at other health care fields like medicine,
dentistry and veterinary medicine, and beyond that to physical
therapy, occupational therapy and pharmacy-all of these pro-
fessions have doctorates as entry level to practice. Health care
practitioners-including advanced practice nurses-work as a
team, and a nursing doctorate will equalize the profession with
the rest of these health care fields. Nationwide, employers are
clamoring for nurse practitioners with PhDs in nursing, which
shows us the hunger for advanced practice nurses with a greater
depth of knowledge and critical thinking.
Explain the importance of the cutoff date of 2015 recommended by
It is anticipated and expected that 2015 will mark the year that
a Doctor of Nursing Practice will be required for all new
advanced practice nurses as entry level to practice. The Clinical
Nurse Leader, which is advanced generalist preparation, will
continue as a master's degree program.
What are we seeing across the country in terms of implementa-
tion of the DNP?
Well we are hearing good things across the country. AACN just
released the DNP Essentials, which is a wonderful guide for
nursing schools. The implementation of this program is grow-
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ing and there are a variety of program options. Currently 31
DNP programs are enrolling students nationwide, and more
than 140 are under development.
What are UF's plans for the DNP and its implementation?
Right now, we are offering a postmaster's program for those
who already have a master's degree. That program is in full
swing; it's 48 credits and lasts approximately 2 1/2 to 3 years
for part-time students. I anticipate having a postmaster's pro-
gram for a while because many master's prepared advanced
practice nurses will want to access the program. Beginning in
Fall 2007, all of the courses will be offered online, hopefully
increasing access to those who cannot come to our Gainesville
What about for those students who want to go right into the
DNP program directly after receiving their BSN?
We are planning to begin offering a postbaccalaureate DNP
beginning in Fall 2009. This program will be 93 credits and
last 4 1/2 to 5 years for part-time students and 2 1/2 years for
full-time students. As of Fall 2009, we anticipate there will be
no master's degree offerings beyond the Clinical Nurse Leader
and Public Health Nursing (currently funded through a
grant). However, we have a unique option for those who want
to "stop-out" and receive their master's degree. They can stop
out after the 5th semester for full-time students or the 8th
semester for part-time students and receive their master's
degree should they wish to enter practice and hopefully return
later to complete the DNP.
Finally, why has UF become a leader in the DNP program? What
do we want our alumni and students to know about how this
program can help to change and improve nursing education and
Well, there are so many ways that the DNP can impact edu-
cation and practice. The DNP can help to prepare future fac-
ulty members, who are needed desperately in light of our
growing faculty shortage. In addition, the DNP offers the
opportunity for those nurses who desire to be expert clini-
cians, to be educated and recognized as such, on par with our
fellow health professions. Nursing is a vital part of our grow-
ing and changing health care system, and these highly educat-
ed advanced practice nurses, at the doctoral level, will be pre-
pared to improve practice, educate new clinicians, and elevate
We want our students to understand how UF prepares lead-
ers. From the minute they become Gator Nurses, they need to
understand this wonderful opportunity. A Gator Nurse is not
expected to simply practice, but to lead in improving nursing
and health care.
QfEA with two current DNP students
Nurse Midwife at North Florida
Regional Medical Center
BNA Glasgow Caledonian
University in Scotland, 1988
MSN University of Florida, 2001
Family Nurse Practitioner
at a Neurology office
BSN University of Florida, 1998
MSN University of Florida, 2000
Why did you decide to enter the postmaster's DNP program?
What about getting your DNP intrigued you?
Jane: I want to be able to teach students more effectively in
a clinical setting and I believe the DNP program will give me
this opportunity. The DNP program intrigued me because it
was new and I like to stay ahead of the game.
Megan: I thought about entering the PhD program, but was
more interested in focusing on the clinical aspect of nursing.
How has the experience been thus far? Share a little about
how you think this will enhance your career and professional
Jane: It was stressful at first trying to get back into school,
but I am enjoying both the program and my colleagues. I
have been a nurse for many years and receiving my DNP will
give me the opportunity to reach the next step in my career.
Megan: Although my experience has been stressful, overall,
it has been a positive one. The faculty offers support and
encouragement to the students. I believe the program will
enhance my career goals by helping me to learn more about
neurology in order for me to enhance the scientific base of
my practice and improve care for patients.
What would you say to someone thinking about getting their
Jane: Nurses should definitely consider the program.
Although it is hard work, it is worth it!
Megan: I would tell future students that the DNP program
is new and will continue to change and evolve, but is some-
thing that one should seriously consider if seeking a higher
degree in the nursing field.
Breast Surgery May Be Linked to
Boost in Self-esteem and Sexuality
S ..r., who undergo breast American women will undergo breast augmentation.
Sr l cement often see a sizable Dr. Figueroa-Haas studied 84 women who were 21 to 57
boost in self-esteem and positive years old, assessing their perceptions of self-esteem and sexuali-
feelings about their sexuality, a University of ty before and after cosmetic breast augmentation. Study partic-
Florida nurse researcher reports. ipants had been previously scheduled for breast augmentation
Although plastic surgery should not be and were undergoing the procedure solely for cosmetic purpos-
seen as a panacea for feelings of low self- es. Eligible candidates were mailed a consent form, a demo-
worth or sexual attractiveness, it is impor- graphic questionnaire and pre-tests asking them to rate their
tant for health-care practitioners to under- self-esteem and sexuality. They were then mailed a similar post-
stand the psychological benefits of these test two to three months after the surgery.
DR. FIGUEROA-HAAs procedures, says Dr. Cynthia Figueroa-Haas, Improvements in the women's self-esteem and sexual satis-
a clinical assistant professor at UF's College of Nursing who faction were directly correlated with having undergone breast
conducted the study. The findings which revealed that for augmentation. Dr. Figueroa-Haas used two widely accepted sci-
many women, going bigger is better appear in the current entific scales to measure self-esteem and sexuality, the Rosenberg
issue of Plastic Surgical Nursing. Self-Esteem Scale and the Female Sexual Function Index, which
"Many individuals, including health-care providers, have assesses domains of sexual function, such as sexual arousal, sat-
isfaction, experience and attitudes.
The participants' average self-esteem
"Since plastic surgery is increasing dramatically, my score increased from 20.7 to 24.9 on the
30-point Rosenberg scale, and their average
intention for researching this topic was to evaluate nurses' female sexual function score increased from
27.2 to 31.4 on the 36-point index. Of
attitudes toward cosmetic surgery patients and make note, after the procedure, there were sub-
recommendations for increasing awareness
surrounding these patients."
preconceived negative ideas about those who elect to have plas-
tic surgery, without fully understanding the benefits that may
occur from these procedures," said Dr. Figueroa-Haas, who con-
ducted the study for her doctoral thesis at Barry University in
Miami Shores before joining the UF faculty. "This study pro-
vides the impetus for future studies related to self-esteem,
human sexuality and cosmetic surgery."
In 2005, 2.1 million cosmetic surgical procedures were per-
formed, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic
Surgery. That figure is expected to grow. Consider that the num-
ber of breast augmentation procedures alone increased a stagger-
ing 476 percent since 2000, according to the American Society
of Plastic Surgeons. More than 2 million women in the United
States have breast implants, and this year more than 360,000
Factors stantial increases in ratings of sexual desire
of the factors
(a 78.6 percent increase from initial scores),
- Dr. Figueroa-Haas arousal (81 percent increase) and satisfac-
tion (57 percent increase). Dr. Figueroa-
Haas did point out that a small number of
participants showed no change in their levels of self-esteem or
sexuality after surgery.
With a heightened interest in men's sexuality issues in
recent years, the research sheds light on women's sexuality, and
how plastic surgery can improve and enhance this important
area of life, Dr. Figueroa-Haas said.
"So much attention is directed to men's sexuality issues; we
have all seen countless commercials on drugs and therapy devot-
ed to improving men's sexuality. Unfortunately, very little is dis-
cussed regarding women's sexuality issues," Dr. Figueroa-Haas
said. "I strongly believe that my research shows that interven-
tions such as cosmetic plastic surgery can address these sorts of
issues for some women. For example, those women who may
have breast changes due to nursing or from the inevitable natu-
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ral aging process. These women may not feel as
attractive, which could ultimately negatively
impact their levels of self-esteem and sexuality."
Dr. Figueroa-Haas warned that women
should not view plastic surgery as a cure-all for
any self-esteem and sexuality woes. In fact, eth-
ical plastic surgeons should screen for this type
of behavior and rule out potential patients who
may have more serious psychological issues, she
"There may be patients who will never be
satisfied with their bodies no matter how much
surgery they receive or feel that their life will
completely change after plastic surgery," Dr.
Figueroa-Haas said. "These are not ideal candi-
dates for surgery and should seek further coun-
seling to address their underlying psychological
issues. But for women who seek improvements
in certain physical areas, plastic surgery can be a
very positive experience."
Further research should be conducted to
assess significant psychosocial issues that may
arise after plastic surgery, said Dr. Figueroa-
Haas, adding that her study helps call attention
to the need for health-care providers to be able
to predict outcomes in this specialized popula-
"Since plastic surgery is increasing dramat-
ically, my intention for researching this topic
was to evaluate nurses' attitudes toward cosmet-
ic surgery patients and make recommendations
for increasing awareness of the factors surround-
ing these patients," Dr. Figueroa-Haas said.
"Nurses should display compassion and under-
stand an individual's reason for seeking cosmet-
ic surgery instead of dismissing or stereotyping
these patients. This study shows that there are
genuine psychological improvements that fol-
low plastic surgery, and these issues must be
understood and respected."
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Maren Foundation Gift Supports
Nursing Education and Practice
Foundation to the UF College of
L Nursing will support the educa-
tion of graduate level nursing students and
provide care for the underserved patients
in North Central Florida.
The gift, which is eligible to be
matched dollar-for-dollar by the state of
Florida, is for two major endowments, one
which will support doctoral student fel-
lowships and the other will provide fund-
ing to Archer Family Health Care, the col-
lege's nurse-managed practice in Archer,
"The University of Florida nurtured Thomas H. IV
my husband and allowed him the freedom to
pursue his research," said Emily Maren, Thomas Maren's widow and a retired
nurse. "Through this gift, we can support nursing education at the University of
Florida, and the Maren Foundation believes in nursing and sees the need for it to
progress and grow."
Thomas Maren spent most of his career, much of it in basic scientific research,
at UF's College of Medicine. He was a founding faculty member of the College of
Medicine and a chairman of UF's Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics
for 22 years. He gained international recognition for his pioneering investigation
of an enzyme called carbonic anhydrase and its role in fluid production and flow
in the eyes, brain, spinal cord and lymph system. His research led to the develop-
ment of Trusopt, an important drug for the treatment of glaucoma.
"The University of Florida was always an interest to our family and health care
has always been an important aspect to our family," said Peter Maren, Thomas
Maren's son and a longtime member of the Gainesville community. "In the past
the Maren foundation had given gifts to other areas of health care and we recent-
ly decided to give to the College of Nursing because we felt it was necessary to help
grow the education program due to the shortage of nurses throughout the United
For Emily, nursing captured her later on in life. She decided to go back to
school at 39 to pursue her nursing degree and loved the patient care aspect of the
profession. After she married Thomas Maren, she began to pursue nursing
research, which she found equally compelling.
"This is such a special gift because it helps to benefit future nursing
researchers and educators," Emily Maren said. "And because my husband recog-
nized the value of giving back, we hope that these nurses who benefit from these
fellowships choose to give back too, not just with money, but through encourage-
ment and lifelong learning."
Dean Kathleen Ann Long's leadership and the College's work at Archer Family
Health Care inspired the Foundation to expand their gift to support the nursing
practice, said Peter Maren.
"We are excited about the gift and interested in its progress and the impact it
will have on nursing education at the University of Florida," Peter Maren said.
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while most students spend spring break relaxing and hanging out with friends, three College of Nursing students
decided to learn about the health care system in another culture. Senior BSN students Teneisha Williams,
Ashley Raum, and Alexandra Giralt spent a week in the Yucatan Peninsula participating in an international inde-
pendent study with professors Dr. Carmen Rodriguez and Dr. Sharleen Simpson.
"The students and profes-
i sors visited nursing students at
the Universidad Autonoma de
Yucatan (UADY), toured local
hospitals and participated in
H community activities. The stu-
dents were given the opportuni-
ty to learn about the local nurs-
Sing program by watching pre-
sentations and touring the two
campuses: Merida, the larger
Campus, and Tizimin, the small-
er campus. The students
observed how the program at
Tizimin is focused more on the
community, working closely
with the Mayan population.
Assistant Professor Carmen Rodriguez Although the UF and
holds a young patient. UADY nursing programs are
similar in some ways, the stu-
dents saw several differences. One of the main differences the
students noted was the length and compensation of the "serv-
ice year" UADY nursing students must complete upon grad-
"The service year is similar to our practicum rotation,
only it lasts one year and they are paid a small amount for
transportation and living arrangements," said Raum.
Along with learning about health care, the stu-
dents were immersed in the Mayan culture.
S tThroughout the week, they enjoyed traditional
Mayan music, dancing, food, and activities.
They learned a lot about the Hispanic culture
R and their health care system. Students were also given the
chance to teach the UADY nursing students about UF's
Students attended a traditional Mayan dance performance.
"I am very interested in other cultures and was happy to
have the opportunity to learn about the health care system
and nursing school of another country. I think that there are
so many possibilities for improving our nursing school and
the way we practice health care in the U.S. when we look out-
side the confines of our own system to learn about the
strengths and weaknesses of another," explained Raum.
"I wanted the opportunity to do something different,
something exciting. It was
a great experience. I really
feel like I experienced a lit-
tle bit of all of the Yucatan A
in that jam-packed week. I
have learned to be thank-
ful for all the things we
have in our country,
including the basics such
as air conditioning and
having gloves readily avail-
able," said Giralt.
"Visiting UADY on
the Yucatan Peninsula was
an opportunity I may
never experience again and
I am glad I spent spring
break exploring another
culture. We read in our
textbooks about how we
should approach people
from different countries. I
thought that having the
chance to observe would [top] UF and UADY students and faculty.
teach me a lot more than a Teneisha Williams (second from left),
textbook ever could," said Alexandra Girault (second from right and
Williams. Ashley Raum (right) with UADY students.
THE GATOR NURSE
PATIENT CARE SPOTLIGHT:
Faculty Reach Out to HIV and AIDS Patients in Rural Florida
by Katie Phelan
This is the first in a series focusing on the ways that the College ofNursing provides clinical and outreach services to our communities.
Although treatments for HIV/AIDS patients have
greatly improved in recent years, underserved
patients may not always see the benefits due to a
lack of primary or specialty health care available in their areas.
College of Nursing faculty members are helping to
improve health care for HIV-infected patients by offering
their professional services to the rural HIV/AIDS clinics
throughout the North Central Florida area.
Among these faculty members are Dr. Joanne Orrick,
a clinical pharmacist, and Angela Martin, a family nurse
practitioner. Dr. Orrick and Martin are funded through
the Ryan White Care Act, a federal program that provides
funding to the rural HIV/AIDS clinics. The act was
passed on August 18, 1990 to provide patients with
HIV/AIDS living in Florida the means to receive
improved health care. The clinics are located both within
and outside of Gainesville. The counties within the
Gainesville area include Alachua, Sumter, Putnam and
The Ryan White rural health clinics serve all levels of
patients diagnosed with HIV They also offer financial
funding for those patients unable to pay for their medica-
tion which provides the opportunity for an improved qual-
ity of life. The clinics throughout Gainesville are open six
times a month; the other locations throughout North
Central Florida are open three days a week, with reduced
hours. While at the clinics, patients seek care from both the
clinical pharmacist and the nurse practitioner.
The clinics provide specialized care to HIV-infected
patients through the support and services they offer. They
initiate and manage highly active antiretroviral therapy
(HAART), treat opportunistic infections, and manage pri-
mary care issues because some patients are unable to afford
primary care. Many of the patients face challenges of
poverty and diabetes, said Martin.
Martin has always been interested in HIV/AIDS and
has been working at the clinics since she was an MSN stu-
dent at the University of Florida. Martin replaced her former
preceptor Dr. Dina Trelor as the clinics' nurse practitioner.
"These patients face so many challenges including the
social stigma of the disease. Many advances in HIV treat-
ment are being made; patients are living longer and health-
ier lives. In a way this makes working in HIV care exciting
and very fulfilling personally," said Martin.
Dr. Orrick has been working at the clinics for over
four years, providing her clinical expertise at the
Gainesville clinics five days a month and four days a
month for those sites outside of the area. She initially
became interested in infectious diseases while completing
a clinical rotation at the Florida Curriculum Aids
Education and Training Center. This post graduate clinical
experience increased her desire to help patients with HIV.
After approaching the Well Florida Council, Dr. Orrick
began working at the HIV/AIDS rural practice sites as the
on site clinical pharmacist.
Dr. Orrick helps HIV-infected patients learn more
about their disease and the medications they are taking.
While working at the clinic, she provides patients with
personalized regimens that fit their medical needs and
helps patients obtain refill authorizations from their doc-
tors in order for them to continue to receive their medica-
tions. Along with helping patients, she occasionally takes
her students to the practice sites enabling them to com-
plete their rotations.
"I hope that with better understanding of both the
disease and the available medications, patients treated at
the sites will have successful outcomes which will ultimate-
ly lead to longer happier lives," Dr. Orrick said.
THE GATOR NURSE
Alumni Council Board
Welcomes New Faces
The Alumni Council Board held elections this past November, and elected Maryse Parrino (BSN 1974) as President,
and Bonnie Pepper (BSN 1980) as President Elect. Below is a listing of the new slate of officers:
President: Maryse Parrino (BSN 1974)
President-elect: Bonnie Pepper (BSN 1980)
Secretary: Patricia Sassner (BSN 1997)
Treasurer: Patsy Love (BSN 1990)
Ex-officio: Dr. Ann Lynn Denker (BSN 1973)
Member-at-large: Alice Jackson (BSN 1977)
Dee Goff (BSN 1971) Pinellas County Region
Kelli McCall Crews (BSN 2001, MSN 2005) North Central Florida region
Karen Hanson (BSN 1966, MSN 1986) Orlando area region
Russell Jacobitz (BSN 1994) Gainesville area
Barbee Geiger (BSN 1974) served as President for the past two years and did an outstanding job of guiding the
Alumni Council Board. Her efforts were tremendous with all aspects of the Council including the Book Awards
Scholarship, Silent Auction, and wrapping up last year with the 50th Anniversary. It has been a pleasure to work
with Barbee, and she still remains involved with the Council as an ex-officio member. Thank you Barbee for all of
your continued hard work and dedication to the CON Alumni Council!
It is with great sadness that we say farewell to Gus Infante (BSN 1987) who has served on the Alumni Council
Board for several years. Gus and his family are relocating to North Carolina, and with the move and new responsibili-
ties he has stepped down as the South Florida regional representative. We appreciate all of the hard work Gus has
given to the Alumni Council and wish him and his family all of the best.
The College of Nursing recently bid a sad goodbye to two members of our Gator Nurse family-a veteran faculty member and
alumna who both made a tremendous impact both personally and professionally. Our thoughts are with their families and loved
ones. They will be missed by all of us.
Willamay Whitner (died in late 2006; birthdate unknown)
Willamay was one of the founding research faculty at the
College of Nursing. She was doctorally prepared at Teacher's
College in Columbia and came to UF in the early 1960s to help
lead the new graduate program and coordinate the beginning
efforts of nursing research. Willamay had a continuing career
in nursing education and retired as a faculty member at the
University of Mississippi. She moved to North Carolina follow-
ing her retirement, where she lived until she passed away.
As a testament of her impact on students, below is a memo-
ry from alumna and College historian Ann Smith (MN 1967)
When insecure graduate students learned we had to take
"statistics" as a required course in 1966, it made the entire
class insecure at the word alone. Willamay reassured us with
the instruction that we would learn enough at the master's
level to be intelligent consumers of research. She told us that
a normal curve was three-dimensional like a mound of sand.
When I knew her better and was involved in doing a study, I
shared with her that I had been teased about working all
weekend on the project in which I was so involved. She told
me that if I loved doing it-or anything, for that matter-it
was not work. I took that beyond my project and have applied
it many times to things that I love doing, regardless of the per-
ception of others.
I thank her for demystifying research and statistics for us. She
helped us gently wade into foreign waters.
Christina M. "Tina" Link (1951-2007)
Christine M. "Tina" Link, RN, BSN, 55,
passed away on Sunday, January 7th after a
courageous battle against cancer. She was
originally from Massapequa, Long Island in
New York and moved to Florida in 1977. Tina
graduated from the UF College of Nursing with her BSN in
1993. and served as President of the UF Nursing Alumni
Council shortly after. She was extremely proud of her years of
service to the College. She worked at Shands Hospital in the
Emergency Department. She loved gardening, cooking and
nursing. She leaves behind her husband Art; her sisters
Louise, Kathy and Elizabeth; her children Chuck 34, Art 30 and
Jimmy 26 and her grandchildren David, Chrissy and Kody.
Tina's family asked those who wish may send memorial gifts
to the University of Florida College of Nursing.
College Hosts Career
Fair with Record
Number of Recruiters
The College of Nursing Alumni Affairs office hosted its
annual Career Fair on February 2, 2007. Health care agen-
cies from all Florida and as far as Reno, Nevada partici-
pated in the event. The agencies were very impressed
with our students and commented on how professional,
articulate and prepared they were. The Career Fair is held
every spring, and is a great networking opportunity for
both students and health care agencies. Stay tuned for
next year's date.
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Seen here are Gator Nurse students showing their Gator spirit during the "Year of the
Gator!" Of course we know it's always the year of the Gator Nurse...
photos clockwise from top left...
1 Anne Svercek does the Gator Chomp, i: :., r ir.:,i,: ril,,
football championship in the O'Conr.,, ii .:,rf
2 (L) Tara Slominski and Jamie Howa, ,i:i ,i r, n r.i.
in the Nursing block at a football gair.
3 (L-R) Traci Rae, Tara Slominski, Jamn;e, H.,i ii i,,,I
Cassidy Murray celebrate the 2006 UF i :1.,rtr i
4 (L) Kathalina Fabian and Camille Haii,:', ir
the O'Connell Center for the BCS
National Championship Game.
5 (L-R) Sue Reiber, Tricia Datinguinoo,
Stevie Maher and Kristen Guess at
Stevie's family's tailtgate before
the UF-Alabama game in 2006.
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Gator Nurse alumni and friends...if you have memorable photos of your Gator spirit, please send to Tracy Brown Wright, Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org
THE GATOR NURSE
Dear Gator Nurses!
I am excited to take on
the role of President for
the College of Nursing
Alumni Council. By serv-
ing as President Elect this
past year, I had the oppor-
tunity to reconnect with
fellow Gator Nurses and
meet new ones. It was a
great year getting to know MARYSE PARRINO
everyone and participating in all that the Alumni
Council does for the College.
My goals and vision for the next two years of my
term include increasing funds for student scholar-
ships, engaging alumni in fundraising opportunities
and increasing attendance at alumni events and
participation on the Alumni Council. To accomplish
this, we need your help as Gator Nurses.
Because of BarBee Geiger's excellent leadership
over the past two years, I have big shoes to fill.
With her help my transition to President has been a
well informed one.
It all started with an invitation to participate in a
nursing reunion weekend personally signed by
Barbee, with an addendum stating "Hope to see
you there!" Though she was one of my best friends
in nursing school, we had lost touch in recent
years. I had previously ignored past invitations to
Gator Nursing events assuming that I would likely
not know anyone in attendance. Her personal invi-
tation prompted me to give her a call and here I am!
This type of personal touch is what it takes to build
alumni participation in the College of Nursing. If all
active alumni would take the time to contact a
nursing colleague from their student days and
encourage them to participate in the upcoming
alumni events, we could double our participation!!
If you are interested in learning more about the
Alumni Council, please contact Anna Miller,
Associate Director of Alumni Affairs at
email@example.com, or 352-273-6360 for more infor-
Don't forget that our College of Nursing Reunion
will be held November 2-3, 2007. This is a great
time to rediscover, reconnect and reunite! I look for-
ward to the opportunity to meet all Gator Nurses!
At this time above all others "It's Great To Be A
Florida Gator!!" Go Gators.
Nursing Alumni Council President
Spring 2007 | Vol. X, No. 1
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