TH AT SUMME 200 1 VOUEXNME
TH ESLTE FRTE LM I O H CLEEO USN
A PIONEERING JOURNEY
CLINICAL NURSE LEADER GRADUATES TAKE THEIR
PLACE IN A LONG LINE OF NURSING TRAILBLAZERS
In the increasingly complicated world of patient care, a typical hospital stay might
include visits from several physicians, a rotating team of staff nurses, and input from
specialists, nutritionists, social workers, pharmacists and nursing administrators. The
bevy of new faces and new technologies can be bewildering for patients.
The "pioneering" graduates of UF's Clinical Nurse Leader program have learned
to make sure that this complicated system does not hinder the delivery of the best
possible patient care. UF's first cohort of CNL students graduated at the end of the
summer semester and are ready to blaze a trail in patient care.
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Class of 2007
Get to Know Your
College of Nursing
UF UNIVERSITY of
College of Nursing
leader ol Modem NIVrsing Movement
Dorothy M. Smith UF Clinical Nurse Leader Graduates
Founding Dean, UF College of Nursing Nursing Leaders who will
United Nursing Education and Practice Transform Patient Care
Sara Gravelle (center), a CNL student performing her residency at
Wolfson Children's Hospital, speaks with staff nurses (L) Marilyn
Espedido and Annie Inman (R) about the status of a patient.
WOLFSON CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL, 6TH FLOOR
The 6th floor staff is readying for a discharge planning meet-
ing. The many health care team members gather to discuss their
patients-in order to uncover and resolve medical conditions, confer
on patient status, and discuss an array of issues related to family
support, i..'i..'-' issues and plans for the patient after their
The group consists of young staff nurses, a physical therapist,
child life specialist, social worker, nutritionist, patient education
coordinator, and one member who acts as an important link
between the team members. Sara Gravelle is an acting Clinical
Nurse Leader who is immersed in the CNL role as part of a time
Throughout the meeting, Gravelle is constantly regarded as a
vital connection amongst the complex team-she mentors the young
staff nurses and advises the specialists on patient responses to treat-
ment. She speaks to the social worker about home care that may be
needed for a child and advises a nurse on how to counsel afirst-time
mother whose newborn is in the hospital.
Gravelle and her fellow CNL students know their patients
and coordinate an array of resources to ensure the best possible
outcome for each of them.
"Clinical nurse leaders (CNL's) were a missing piece in
patient care. There are so many technologies and services avail-
able to patients now, and the CNL will integrate care from all
of those resources," said Amanda Brown, a CNL graduate who,
like Gravelle, will continue in a permanent CNL position at
Wolfson Children's Hospital. "I follow each patient to personal-
ize and coordinate his or her care. Every patient I care for as a
CNL will see me every day. They and their families will know I
am their 'point person' in the maze of hospital personnel."
The Clinical Nurse Leader program at the University of
Florida is now at an exciting point on a long journey. Beginning
in 2000, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing began
a thorough study of education, regulation and practice issues.
The AACN Task Force on Education and Regulation for
Professional Nursing identified the need for a new kind of nurs-
ing professional, the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL), one who is
educationally prepared to effectively coordinate, manage and
evaluate care for groups of patients in complex health systems.
This CNL serves as a generalist clinician who manages a
health care unit and team, including licensed nurses, techni-
cians, and other health professionals. Master's degree level
education prepares the CNL to bring a high level of clinical
competence and knowledge to the point of care and to serve as
a resource for the nursing team.
"This is a role that was lacking before-leadership at the
bedside by an expert nurse who will focus on the patient. It
allows our highly educated nurses to stay in the forefront of
patient care," said Jane Gannon, MSN, CNM, coordinator of
the Clinical Nurse Leader program. "What we have found is
that this role improves communication greatly among the entire
health care staff, including fellow nurses as well as physicians
and other professionals, which we anticipate will impact the
quality of patient care delivery."
The UF College of Nursing was one of the original 77
schools nationwide who piloted the new CNL program.
The College was fortunate to have innovative practice part-
ners, which include Shands at UF, Shands at AGH, Shands
Jacksonville, Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center, Wolfson
Children's Hospital in Jacksonville and Baptist Medical Center
"I follow each patient to personalize
and coordinate his or her care. Every
patient I care for as a CNL will see me
every day. They and their families will
know I am their 'point person' in the
maze of hospital personnel."
"We were excited to be working with the University of
Florida, especially on the CNL program," said Carolyn Johnson,
Chief Nursing Officer of Wolfson's Children's Hospital. "At
the acute care hospital level, we found that deficits existed-
much of the master's level education had moved to specialized
primary care NP roles, and that caused graduates with a master's
degree to leave hospital-based practice. The CNL fills the gap
for master's prepared generalist nurses focused on direct care for
Wolfson embraced the role from the beginning. They pilot-
ed the role for 30 days before the program actually began to see
how it would fit within the spectrum of the hospital. The role
grew and was so successful that Wolfson changed their patient
care delivery model to facilitate the patient centered focus of the
CNL. The nursing unit changed their delivery of care model to
incorporate the CNL.
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Gravelle, who has worked as a staff nurse at Wolfson for the past 10 years, had not
considered returning to school for her graduate degree until she heard about the CNL pro-
gram. The program seemed like the perfect fit because of her desire to stay in direct patient
care-her true love.
"The facilitation of communication among the physicians, nurses and families has
contributed to the hospital's overall mission to be family centered in patient care. It seems as
if the CNL role has also boosted the professionalism amongst the nursing staff. Nurses take
more ownership of their practice. Since they can rely on me to work with them on issues or
problems occurring on the unit, it enables all of us to be proactive," Gravelle said.
SHANDS AT AGH, 6 EAST, CARDIAC UNIT
About 70 miles south, CNL student Rhea
Broyles transitions from her role as the director
of nursing support services at Shandsat A GH in
Gainesville to begin her CNL residency on the
42 bed cardiac unit of the hospital. Broyles has
been at the hospital for 36years, andshe decided
to pursue her master's degree when she heard
about the CNL program.
Broyles' residency has focused on congestive
heart failure and acute heart attack patients in
order to reduce readmission rates, address issues
that may arise with this cohort ofpatients and
e facilitate and collaborate with the nursing staff
CNL student Rhea Broyles (at right) mentors a Broyles greets everyone at the busy nurses
new graduate nurse at Shands atAGH. royle reet e the u ues
station and immediately pulls a census, which is
a review of the day patients. She speaks to the nurse on duty about the status of new and existing
rI focus a lot on educating patients on risk factors such as diet, smoking, weight gain and
other lifestyle habits, Broyles said. "Hopefully we can educate these patients and their families so
that we don't see them admitted for the same problems again."
A newly graduated nurse (referred to as a "GN") approaches the nurses'station, and Broyles
discusses the status ofseveral patients with her. A key role of the CNL on many units, including
at Shands at AGH and Wolfson, is mentoring GN's in order to ensure a smooth transition to
Broyles plans to act as apreceptorforfuture CNL students, help to promote the role in other
areas of the hospital and encourage others to pursue the degree.
The next steps for the CNL program at UF and nationally are to measure the outcomes
of the pilot program, including indicators of patient and nurse satisfaction, reduction of
medical errors, and nurse-sensitive patient outcomes. Graduates face one more challenge
before they begin their practice as CNLs, a national certification examination administered
Along with Brown, Broyles and Gravelle, students Charlotte Birkenfeld, Danita Burch,
Christine Cobb, Dana McCrone, Sharon Parrish, Vivian Pearson and Cindy Stuart make
up the first class of CNL "pioneers" at UF. (Birkenfeld, Brown, Burch, Cobb, Gravelle and
McCrone graduated at the end of the summer semester; Broyles, Parrish, Pearson and Stuart
will graduate in the fall). Although they may not consider themselves so, their colleagues and
faculty members believe that their courage and conviction to pursue this new role will not
only improve patient care, but also offer them challenging professional careers.
"Sara was always a fantastic nurse, but she is a better CNL," said Alice Bayne, clinical
nurse educator and Gravelle's preceptor at Wolfson. "This experience has allowed her to see
the whole picture, and that growth has resulted in active learning and discovery, which has
affected all those around her for the better."
And the journey is just beginning...
I recently had the
honor of being invited to
sit on a national council
charged with addressing
solutions for the grow-
ing nursing and physi-
cian shortages. The
Council on Physician
and Nurse Supply is
based in the University
of Pennsylvania's KATHLEEN ANN LONG
Consortium for Health PHD, RN, FAAN
Workforce Research and Policy, and is headed
by Dr. Richard Cooper and our esteemed
alumna, Dr. Linda Aiken.
Through my early work on this Council, it has
heartened me to know that many of the national
recommendations for addressing both the nurs-
ing shortage and problems in our health care
delivery system are in process at our own College
of Nursing. UF's education programs illustrate our
willingness to explore and evaluate innovations,
and our collective belief that better educated
nurses are essential for better patient outcomes
and improved health care delivery systems.
Most recently, the establishment of the
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida Center for
Health Care Access, Patient Safety and Quality
Outcomes at UF positions our College for a
leadership role in developing better care for all
of Florida's citizens as well as designing models
that can be used nationally.
The Center's inaugural project has begun
under the leadership of assistant professor
Donna Neff, PhD, RN. She is working with the
University of Pennsylvania's Center for Health
Outcomes and Policy Research to examine
nurse work environments. The Florida study will
survey 50,000 registered nurses to develop an
understanding of how staffing and practice envi-
ronments affect patient care. We believe that
the results of the study will ultimately improve
The faculty and students at the UF College of
Nursing know that we can never fix our broken
health care system or provide high quality nursing
care for every patient by embracing the status
quo. Rather, we view the current shortage as a
tremendous opportunity to improve the future of
health care-a chance to better educate nurses
and reform our delivery models so that every
professional nurse is utilized to the full extent of
her or his knowledge, skill and ability.
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Psychiatric Nursing Faculty Honored for Service
assistant Professor Jodi Irving and Associate Professor
Jo Snider were awarded Lifetime Achievement
Awards by the North Central Florida Journal
Club to acknowledge their lifelong professional contribu-
tions to psychiatric nursing at the College of Nursing and
the Gainesville community. Both Professor Irving, a nurse
practitioner, and Dr. Snider, a clinical specialist, have a long
history of teaching psychiatric-mental health content at both
the undergraduate and graduate level.
At the same recognition ceremony, the organization
awarded Clinical Assistant Professor Linda Gouthro a
Certificate of Merit in recognition and appreciation of her (L-R) Dr. Jo Snider, Prof. Jodi Irving and Prof. Linda Gouthro.
scholarly contributions to psychiatric nursing at UF and in the
accomplishments in brief
Assistant Professor Jeanna-Marie Stacciarini was recently approved
for graduate faculty status at UF. Her article "Group Therapy as
Treatment for Depressed Latino Women: A Review of the Literature"
was published in the journal Issues in Mental Health Nursing. Dr.
Stacciarini's poster, "Focus Group with Puerto Ricans: Adapting the
Language and the Culture of an Instrument" was accepted for presen-
tation at the 2007 APNA conference.
Assistant Professor Alice Poe, coordinator of the nurse midwifery
program, was notified that the program recently received a three year
Assistant Professor Dinah Welch's poster abstract "Residential
Inequalities Negatively Impact Women's Health" was accepted for the
Florida Association of Public Health Nursing Conference.
Associate Professor Jennifer Elder was recently promoted to Full
Professor and her article "Diet and Child Behavior Problems: Fact or
Fiction?" was published in the journal Pediatric Nursing.
Assistant Professor Barbara Lutz was invited to serve as a member of
the Stroke Nursing Committee of the American Heart Association's
Council on Cardiovascular Nursing, and she also was invited to
speak at the 2008 State-of-the-Art Stroke Nursing Symposium in
February. She had a paper accepted for the 8th Annual Qualitative
Methods Conference in Canada that will be held in September and
the 135th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association
in Washington, DC, which will be held in November. Dr. Lutz's
article, "Care Coordination/Home-telehealth for Veterans with Stroke
and their Caregivers: Addressing an Unmet Need" was published in
the journal Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation. She published a chapter,
Theory and Practice Models for Rehabilitation Nursing, in the 4th
edition of Rehabilitation Nursing: Prevention, Intervention, and
Many faculty members gave presentations at Sigma Theta Tau's 18th
International Nursing Research Conference in Vienna, Austria in July.
Assistant Professor Susan Donaldson "Fathers' Perspectives on
Interventions to Help Their Children with Autism.
Jenks Endowed Professor Beverly Roberts "Effects of Anemia
on Physical Function, Activities of Daily Living and Falls,";
"Co-Impairments of Dyspnea and Depression on Functional
Limitation," and "Disability in Instrumental Activities of Daily Living
Among Persons with Heart Failure."
Clinical Assistant Professor Susan Schaffer "Smoking Cessation:
Potentially Risky Effects on Prescribed Medications.
Professor Jennifer Elder "Novel Approaches and Technology in
Training for Fathers of Children with Autism."
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COLLEGE OF NURSING HONORS UF NURSING PIONEERS
eian (Cmerilus i s 1 o /la nos By Katie Phelan
Many family members, friends
and former colleagues came
together to honor the memory of
Dean Emeritus Lois Malasanos
at a remembrance service on
June 14. The remembrance
service honored Dr. Malasanos's
work and dedication to both the
College of Nursing and to the nursing field
as a whole.
Several key figures in Malasanos' life
and career spoke at the service. The speakers
included Vice President for Health Affairs
Emeritus Dr. David Challoner; Daughter
Dr. Toree Malasanos; Dean Kathleen Ann
Long; College of Nursing faculty members,
Ms. Jodi Irving and Dr. Sandra Seymour;
College of Medicine Professor Dr. Kathleen
Shiverick; former student and professor
emeritus Dr. Claydell Horne and special
college friend Mr. Murray Jenks.
Attendees at the service also shared
their memories and stories of their time with
Malasanos. At the end of the service, a toast
was offered in honor of Malasanos.
Malasanos touched the lives of so many
during her time as dean and faculty member
at the College of Nursing. This was evident
through the memories described during the
"As current Dean of
the College of Nursing, r
I can say with assurance
that the contributions Dr.
Malasanos made to both
our college and the nurs-
ing profession in Florida,
nationally and internation-
ally, are innumerable...Dr.
Malasanos' accolades go on
and on. She truly was a
leader who was a force in
nursing education, science
and practice," said Dean
Dr. Sandra Seymour
noted how Dr. Malasanos
encouraged her to go back
to school to earn a doc-
toral degree and rejoin
the faculty. Although Dr.
Seymour was hesitant, Dr.
Malasanos did not give up
and later gave Dr. Seymour the support she
Others, including faculty members and
former students, noted in particular Dr.
Malasanos' devotion to teaching and her
students, as well as her extensive knowledge
and passion for nursing science.
(Above) Many of Dr.
and friends gathered
to remember her spirit
and lasting impact.
(Left) Dean Kathleen Ann
Long with Dean Emeritus
Dr. Toree Malasanos and
Malasanos was truly a leader in nursing
and achieved great things during her time as
dean. The memories that were shared during
the service were only a few of many that she
left behind. She will be greatly missed by her
students and colleagues.
]?ro/essor jennet 1i/2son
One of the College of
Nursing's founding faculty
members who helped pioneer
obstetrics and maternity nurs-
ing passed away May 9 at the
age of 88.
Professor Emeritus Jennet
Mae Wilson helped develop and
influence bold innovations in maternity
nursing when the UF Health Science Center
was in its infancy.
In memory of Professor Wilson, the
College of Nursing held a remembrance
service on June 18. The service took place
following the Heritage Faculty tea. Several
of Professor Wilson's colleagues, friends and
former students spoke in her honor includ-
ing Dean Long, Dr. Betty Hilliard and Dr.
"Truly she was a great influence in the
personal and professional development of
many students and her fellow colleagues,"
Dean Long said.
Wilson served as a U.S. Navy nurse
during World War II. She subsequently
received a bachelor's degree in nursing at
After receiving her master's degree in
nursing from Teachers College at Columbia
University, Wilson was asked by Founding
Dean Dorothy Smith to help establish the
College of Nursing at UF. At UF, Wilson
taught maternal-infant nursing and prac-
ticed at Shands at UF, where she intro-
duced new concepts such as instructing
new mothers on infant care and keeping
newborns in the same rooms as their moth-
ers. Wilson also managed the Carver Clinic
Colleagues gathered to remember Jennet Wilson.
(L-R) Seated: Polly Barton, Ann Smith and Dr.
Betty Hilliard. Standing: Virginia Strozier, Dr. David
Williams and Dr. Gene Anderson.
for expectant mothers where she and her
students managed the care of underserved
SUMMER 2007 5
Polish colleagues and one of the largest numbers of
graduates in the College of Nursing's history have in
common? They all helped commemorate the College
of Nursing's Class of 2007 as the members took their place in a
long line of Gator Nurse graduates.
This year's College of Nursing commencement ceremony,
which took place May 4, 2007, was held once again at the Curtis
M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
Serving as keynote speaker was
Dr. Loretta C. Ford, the founder
of the nurse practitioner movement.
Now retired and living in Florida, Dr.
Ford, along with pediatrician Henry
Silver, developed the first nurse prac-
titioner program based on a model
for health promotion and disease pre-
vention in the pediatric population.
Dr. Ford also served as the Founding
Dean of the University of Rochester
School of Nursing and Director of the
University Hospital's Nursing Service.
Dr. Ford inspired the graduates with thoughts about her
own experiences and reflected on how the students had a unique
opportunity to shape and influence the future of nursing and
health care. After her speech, Dr. Ford unveiled her secret
weapon-her "Supernurse" persona!
The College had the special honor of welcoming
President Bernie Machen to the ceremony. He offered congratu-
lations to the Class of 2007. In addition, the College was proud
to host special guests from the Medical University of Gdansk.
(For more on the dignitaries from Poland, see page 11).
Preceding the ceremony on Thursday afternoon, the College
hosted a festive commencement barbecue to honor the graduates
where Albert and Alberta, UF's alligator mascots, greeted both
students and faculty members.
The following day, at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the
Performing Arts, 288 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree
graduates walked across the stage to enter into the next stage
of their nursing careers. Of particular significance was the first
cohort of Clinical Nurse Leader graduates who commemorated
their Summer 2007 graduation during the spring ceremony.
A number of other retired and emeritus faculty as well as
friends of the College were also in the audience.
The Alumnus of the Year award was given to Dr. Amy
Barton (PhD 1990), a "rising star"
A 1 in nursing education and leadership.
S Dr. Barton is currently the Associate
re ^ Dean for Clinical Affairs and Professor
at the University of Colorado at
Denver Health Sciences Center School
of Nursing. She was named a 2005
Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse
Fellow. This program is designed to
prepare leaders for the nation's health
care system. She also was selected to
participate in the American Association
of Colleges of Nursing 2005 Leadership for Academic Nursing
Program. Dr. Barton had the special honor of having her
Alumnus award presented to her by President Machen, who also
serves as her professional mentor.
The College honored outstanding students with College of
Nursing Excellence Awards, chosen by faculty members based
upon students' performance in the care of particular patient
populations. In addition, awards were given by Sigma Theta
Tau, Alpha Theta Chapter and the class of 2007. The Academic
Excellence awards were given to the top scholars from the
Generic, Accelerated and RN to BSN tracks, as well as the MSN
and PhD programs.
Students from the graduating class gave out the outstanding
faculty award to Joan Castleman, Clinical Assistant Professor in
community health nursing.
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College Hosts 2nd Annual Pinning Ceremony
By Katie Phelan
Family, friends, faculty and alumni gathered to honor graduating baccalaureate
students at the UF College of Nursing Pinning Ceremony on May 3. Hosted by the
Nursing Alumni Council, the event was held at the historic University Auditorium.
One hundred and thirty seven graduating students from the BSN nursing program
were presented with their College of Nursing pins to signify their passage from stu-
dent to alumnus and professional nurse.
The UF College of Nursing pinning ceremony signifies the end of the gradu-
ates' time as students as they embark on their careers as alumni of the University
of Florida. Nurses often wear their school pin during
their career activities to show pride in their achieve-
ment and their alma mater.
Bonnie Pepper, UF College of Nursing Alumni
Council President-Elect and Dean Kathleen Ann Long
welcomed the students and spoke of the importance
and significance of the event. The ceremony contin-
ued with the recognition of each student and later the
pin presentations by Dr. Karen E. Miles, Associate
Dean of Academic and Student Affairs. The students,
pinned by faculty members and members of the
Alumni Council, received their pins placed on orange
and blue ribbons.
Meghan Bullard, graduating senior and President
of the UF Nursing Student Association, spoke on
behalf of the class. She talked about the significance
of the pinning, and Jessica Wild, graduating senior
and President of the Nursing College Council, led the students
in the Pledge for Professional Nursing, a revised form of the
original Florence Nightingale Pledge.
COLLEGE OF NURSING '0
SPRING COMMENCEMENT U0
201 Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduates
(includes accelerated degree students)
81 Master of Science in Nursing graduates
6 PhD of Nursing Science graduates
288 Total Graduates
(includes Fall 2006 Spring and Summer 2007)
GET TO KNOW YOUR AI
Maryse (dela Grana) Parrino, BSN
BSN 1974, President
Maryse currently works at her husband Jack's busy allergy practice in Tampa, Florida. Her daughter, Adriana, 24, is
presently in graduate school at UCF studying communication disorders. David, 20, is in his third year of pre-med at the
USF. Maryse volunteers with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the American Red Cross and the Boy Scouts of America.
Maryse can be reached at MaryseGP@aol.com
Bonnie (Snider) Pepper, MSN
BSN 1980, President Elect
Bonnie currently works at the Marcus Institute in Atlanta, Georgia as a pediatric nurse practitioner in the feeding disorder
program. She is single with three children, Suzi, 13, Scotty 21, who is a senior at UF, and Kenny, 23, who graduated
from UF in 2006 and is working for Marriott Golf in Phoenix, Arizona. Bonnie is a Board Member of the University of
Florida Alumni Association and Treasurer of the Atlanta Gator Club. Bonnie received her MSN in 1996 from Georgia State
PEPPER University. Bonnie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Patsy Love, MSN
BSN 1990, Treasurer
Patsy currently teaches health assessment at Bethune-Cookman University and does pediatric clinical in the ER for
senior nursing students. Patsy is also attending USF in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Her oldest daughter is an
RN with a master's degree in counseling and lives in Orlando where she is opening her own practice specializing in play
therapy. Her youngest daughter is a UF graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in marketing and lives in North
LOVE Carolina. Patsy has five grandchildren that love coming to the beach and going to Gator games with Grandma. Patsy can
be reached at email@example.com.
Patricia Sassner, MSN
MSN 1997, Secretary
Pat Sassner is currently working at the NF/SG Veterans Health System as an NP in a Primary Care clinic. She has been an
active member of the UF Board of Nursing Alumni Council since her graduation in 1997. Pat is also an associate professor
SASSNER at the College of Nursing, handling clinic rotations for the UF undergraduate nursing program and acting as a preceptor for
the MSN program. She is married with one child. Pat can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Barbara "BarBee" (Emmel) Geiger, MBA
BSN 1974, Past President
BarBee currently works for the NF/SG Veterans Health System in Gainesville, Florida as the Chest Pain Center Coordinator/
Systems Redesign Coordinator. She has been married to Chuck for 33 years. She has three grown children, Macy, Austin
and Kent, and a 2-year-old grandson, Max. Her hobbies include reading, golf, sewing, cooking and gardening. BarBee
GEIGER would love to hear from her 1974 classmates. BarBee can be reached at email@example.com
Kelli McCall Crews, MSN
BSN 2001, MSN 2005, Regional Representative
Kelli is board certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner by the ANCC. She is currently employed by the VAMC in Lake City,
FL and works as a nurse practitioner on the telemetry and ICU units. Kelli enjoys tennis and is a competitive player on the
Lake City/Gainesville team. Kelli is married to Chad and they have one son, Gavin. Kelli can be reached at
If you would like more information on joining the Alumni Council Board, or serving on
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.UMNI COUNCIL BOARD
Dee Goff, BSN
BSN 1971, Regional Representative
Upon graduation, Dee spent 15 years as a critical care nurse at hospitals in Florida and Washington. She then moved
away from the bedside and spent 14 years in various positions at a large durable medical equipment company. Since
December 1999 Dee has been the national director of Quality Assurance & Risk Management for Kforce HealthCare. She
has two grown children and both of them are Gators! Her daughter is also a Gator Nurse. Dee resides in Clearwater. Dee
can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. GOFF
Karen Hanson, MSN
BSN 1966, MSN 1986, Regional Representative
Karen enjoys working with the alumni council and has been very connected with the college since graduating. In the late
1970s, she worked with other Central Florida nurses to bring graduate nursing education to Orlando. She currently works
at Florida Hospital in Orlando as a Process Architect with the MIS department. She has three children. Scott, 38, is a
high school administrator and has two children. Brett, 35, works as a government contractor in computer security and
has three children. Michelle, 26, is an environmental engineer living in Los Angeles. Karen is an avid Gator fan, having HANSON
had season football tickets for 30 years. Karen can be reached at email@example.com
Russell Jacobitz, BSN
BSN 1994, Regional Representative
Russell is current the Chief of the Clinical Informatics Service for the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health
System. Russell enjoys golf, men's softball, and ultimate frisbee. He is married to Kelly, CON class of 98, and they
recently welcomed their first child, Nicholas. JACOBITZ
Alice Jackson, BSN
BSN 1977, Member-at-Large
Alice currently works at Florida Hospital in Orlando, Florida as the Administrative Assistant Director for Emergency Services.
Ann Smith, MSN
MSN 1967, Member-at-Large
Ann is currently retired and residing in Gainesville, Florida. She joined the Alumni Council during the Spring of 2007. Her SMITH
other activities include the board of the University of Florida Retired Faculty, board of the Matheson Museum of Alachua
County, and the Gainesville Civic Chorus. Ann can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jodi Irving, MS, ARNP, CS
Professor Irving is advisor and coordinator of the RN/BSN track. She teaches Professional Socialization, therapeutic
communication and psychiatric-mental health clinical nursing at the undergraduate level as well as family theory/
therapy and family therapy clinical experiences at the graduate level. In addition, she engages in a private practice that IRVING
she established in 1973. She joined the Alumni Council in April 2007 and serves as the Philanthropy Committee Chair.
We are happy to welcome Jodi as a new member. Jodi can be reached at email@example.com
Ann-Lynn Denker, ARNP, PhD
BSN 1973, Ex-Officio Member
Ann-Lynn is the current Magnet Project Director/Nursing Research Coordinator at Jackson Health System in Miami
Florida. In addition Ann-Lynn has a faculty appointment at the University of Miami School of Nursing. Ann-Lynn also
serves on the Board of Directors of the Florida Nurses Association and is currently chair of the FNA Political Action DENKER
Committee. Ann-Lynn can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
one of our committees, please contact Anna Miller at email@example.com, or 352-273-6360.
SUMMER 2007 9
In her life and in her career, UF nursing alumna Tami After graduation, Jungklaus was offered a position
Jungklaus has always followed her heart. working in a cardiology private practice with Dr. James
Thirty years after her career began, she is at its most O'Meara at the Cardiology Associates in Gainesville.
rewarding point, serving as a nurse practitioner in cardiol- "It is difficult to obtain a position in nursing in the
ogy nursing and passing along her passion for nursing to field of cardiology so I consider myself lucky. I followed my
her daughter Elizabeth, who followed in her footsteps to heart, and this fell into place for me," said Jungklaus.
graduate with her BSN and MSN from UF. Jungklaus cares for patients in both the clinical and
Jungklaus credits her experience at the University of non-clinical settings. She visits patients at Shands at AGH.
Florida with preparing her for the opportunity to work in After providing clinical care, she educates her patients in
the field of cardiology nursing, her true love. an effort to reduce their risk of developing future heart
Jungklaus started her nursing career as an LPN in problems.
1978 after graduating from Mitchell Community College Jungklaus's desire to care for others continues beyond
in North Carolina. She worked in the cardiac care center at nursing. She recently started the organization "Dining for
a Cause," which consists of a group of women who meet
"I followed my heart, for dinner every fourth Thursday of the month. Instead
of spending money on a dinner out, the members make
and this fell into place for me." their own dishes and donate their saved money to local
-Jungklaus Gainesville charities. Although the organization was only
started a year ago, it has already raised several thousand
Iredell Memorial Hospital before deciding to continue her dollars.
education. After moving to Gainesville, Jungklaus received Along with being an active member of the com-
her associate's degree in nursing from Santa Fe Community munity, Jungklaus enjoys spending time with her fam-
College in 1995. ily including her two grandchildren, Jordan and Sarah.
Although she was working in the nursing field, Besides Elizabeth, she is also mother to son Jeremy and
Jungklaus wanted to pursue her education and become a daughter Amanda.
nurse practitioner. She received her BSN in 2001 and her "My children are the joy of my life! I am very proud
MSN in 2002 from UF. of their accomplishments and Elizabeth's desire to become
During her graduate study, Jungklaus served as a a Gator Nurse was very exciting. Her following in my
research assistant to Associate Professor Meredeth Rowe footsteps was the ultimate form of flattery. Her desire to
and also worked as clinical resource coordinator for the become a pediatric nurse practitioner grew out of a deep
Senior Health Center in Gainesville. She found her experi- love for children and compassion to serve the community.
ences with research very rewarding as it allowed her to learn I am proud to be working as a professional colleague with
about evidenced-based practice. her," Jungklaus said.
10 THE GATOR NURSE
College Hosts Polish Visitors from
Medical University of Gdansk
(L-R) Dean Kathleen Ann Long is pictured with Dr. Janusz Morys, Dr. Aleksandra
Gaworska-Krzeminska, Dr. Piotr Lass and Dr. Roman Kaliszan.
As part of an ongoing collaboration between the UF College of Nursing and
the Medical University of Gdansk (MUG) in Poland, four leaders from
MUG visited the College in May. These included Roman Kaliszan, D.Sc., PhD,
Rector of MUG, Janusz Morys, MD, PhD, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Piotr
Lass, MD, PhD, Dean of Faculty of Health Sciences and Aleksandra Gaworska-
Krzeminska, N.Med, PhD, Head of the Department of Nursing.
The College hosted these individuals as honored guests at the College's
Commencement ceremony, and they toured many areas of UF and met with
faculty members from across the Health Science Center. Rektor Kaliszan provided
a presentation about the Medical University and health professions education
CAMPUSWIDE SYMPOSIA AND EVENTS
SEPTEMBER 28, 2007
"Pioneering New Roles in Nursing
and Nursing Education"
10:30 am with a luncheon to follow
Health Professions/Nursing/Pharmacy Complex
Featuring students currently enrolled in the Clinical Nurse
Leader master's degree program, the Doctor of Nursing
practice program and the North Florida PhD Consortium.
To register or for more information, please call Aimee Camp
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THE CAMPAIGN FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
Dear Gator Nurses!
We had a busy weekin
May with our Graduation
BBQ, Pinning Ceremony
The BBQ sponsored by
Florida Hospital was
attended by graduat-
ing seniors, faculty and
staff of the College and a MARYSE PARRINO
good time was had by all,
including Albert and Alberta who took pictures
with each student.
The Alumni Council sponsored the Pinning
Ceremony on the evening of May 3rd at the
University Auditorium with a full house. It was
a special evening for the seniors who attended
and were pinned by fellow Alumni Council
members, Bonnie Pepper, Karen Hanson and
Patricia Sassner, as well as faculty members and
alumnae Debbie Popovich and Faye Medley. The
Alumni Council truly appreciates the support of
the College and its faculty.
We have reviewed applications for our Book
Awards and appreciate all of the support that
each of you has given to this wonderful program.
We were able to increase the amount that each
student receives, and with your continued sup-
port we will be able to do so year after year.
Finally, please be sure to save the date for
the College of Nursing's Reunion Weekend on
November 2-3, 2007. This is a great time to
catch up with former classmates, faculty and to
make new friends.
We hope to see at you Reunion Weekend!
Go Gator Nurses!
Nursing Alumni Council President
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Reonnect with classmates, family and friends!
Reiigip your passion for Gator Nursing!
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 2
Alumni Council Meeting & Open House
11:30 am to 4 pm
5 pm to 7 pm
Florida Museum of Natural History
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Mail in your registration brochure form or
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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3
Pre-Game Tailgate Party
3 hours before kickoff
Featuring great food, entertainment
and silent auction at the HPNP Complex
UF vs. Vandy
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