Focusing on the Health
G Care of our Communities
Hands-on experience: Senior nursing student Jessica Golden tends to a young community member during a rotation
for her community health nursing class.
Over the past quarter-century, nurse practitioners have emerged as a driving force in
meeting the nation's need for access-to-care. Faculty members and students from the
College of Nursing are working to fill this void by providing quality primary care for
north central Florida's rural, underserved populations.
Through clinical affiliations, partnerships and the College's faculty practice initiatives,
faculty members and students provide services to underserved patients and model
the most current practice approaches. The College of Nursing recently dedicated a
new facility for Archer Family Health Care, a College-owned comprehensive nurse-
managed health center in Archer, Fla. The practice moved to an expanded facility in
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downtown Archer that triples its patient-care space.
continued on page 2
Leaving a Lasting Mark on the Archer Community
What is now a nationally recognized nurse-managed health
center began in a small renovated house in rural Archer in 2001.
The Archer Family Health Care clinic, operated by students and
faculty members from the College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy
and College of Medicine, now provides more than 3,000 visits per
year to underserved patients.
Featured speakers at
the dedication included
Paula DeLaney, chair
of the Alachua County w
Board of Commissioners;
Sam Clarke, vice mayor
of the city of Archer;
Kathleen Long, dean of
UF's College of Nursing; _
and Russ Armistead from I
the Office of the UF Senior
Affairs. An open house and ,
tours followed the dedica- p
About 85 percent of
the clinic's patient population earns below 200 percent
of the federal poverty level, and more than half do not
have health insurance, said M. Dee Williams, PhD,
RN, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs in the College
of Nursing. Patients travel from all corners of Alachua
County and six surrounding counties for treatment.
"As part of the University of Florida, we have ,
three missions: education, service and research," Dr.
Williams said. "Here we are combining two educa-
tion and service."
The clinic also serves as a clinical teaching site for more than
75 nursing and pharmacy students each year.
"Archer Family Health Care demonstrates the effectiveness of
nurse-managed health care, teaches students about interdisciplinary
care delivery, and makes real our commitment to assist underserved
families and individuals."
Dr. Williams said she hopes more students will choose careers
working in rural areas or with indigent patients.
"It is our hope and belief that we have worked with the Archer
area community to improve the quality of life for the citizens we
touch. And our patients oh, they're so grateful"
The work of the clinic is made possible by funding through
state and local sources such as the Florida Legislature, the Alachua
County and Archer City Commissions and Area Health Education
Center (AHEC). Private donors also have been an instrumental
part of Archer Family Health Care. Gifts from John Pettengill, the
Maren Foundation and from Archer native, Melvin Lauderdale,
will be critically important in ensuring that the clinic can continue
its service and education missions far into the future.
Real Life Classrooms Meet Needs
Faculty members provide health care services to a variety of
patients, from neonates to elders, through faculty practice. In 1998,
the College became the first Florida college of nursing to incorpo-
rate as a nonprofit Faculty Practice Association. The Association
provides structure to the College's service mission and education
and research missions as well.
Most of the settings in which
faculty members practice focus on rural
and underserved populations. Patients
include those with chronic illnesses such
as HIV/AIDS, pregnant women, cancer
patients, patients with chronic back
pain, families, children, psychiatric/
mental health patients, and pediatric
"Faculty members usually have
students with them at their practice
sites, and this provides the students
with valuable learning experiences," Dr.
Williams said. "Practicing
t- p faculty members are bet-
So a ter teachers because of the
currency of their practices
and they are able to main-
"" I tain national certification
Agencies with which
the College partners
include the Maternal-
Infant Care Clinic in
Reddick; the UF Shands
Eastside Community Practice in Gainesville, WellFlorida Council's
HIV/AIDS clinics throughout north central Florida; and the UF
College of Medicine's Division of Neonatology.
The College has maintained a mutually beneficial relationship
with the Alachua County Organization for Rural Needs (ACORN)
Clinic, a nationally recognized program that has provided low-cost
medical and dental care to residents of Alachua, Bradford and
Union counties in North Central Florida for more than 30 years. In
fact, it was College of Nursing faculty members and students who
participated in the initial development of the clinic.
For the Love of Community
Providing health care and partnering with the community
is emphasized in the College's community health courses. As a
community health nursing professor, Joan Castleman, MS, RN,
maintains connections and builds bridges between UF and the
surrounding community. She has established a network of relation-
ships with partners such as Alachua County Schools, Elder Care,
the Gainesville Housing Authority, and the Gainesville Black on
Black Crime Task Force.
Top Photo: Family nurse practitioner and Clinical Assistant Professor Susan Schaffer welcomes visitors to one of the new patient rooms at Archer Family
Health Care. Bottom Photo: Dean Kathleen Ann Long welcomes guests to the Archer Family Health Care dedication ceremony.
2 THE GATOR NURSE
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"It is our hope and belief that we have been able to
work with the Archer area community to improve
the quality of life for the citizens we touch. And our
patients oh, they're so grateful"
"Students are usually assigned a
community group, such as a school
or housing project, with whom they
will work throughout the semester,"
Castleman said. "They must assess
their assigned community and develop
appropriate health promotion or dis-
ease prevention activities."
These activities could range from
organizing a wellness program at a sub-
sidized housing facility for older adults
and people with disabilities to visiting
the St. Francis House for the home-
less to provide health care screenings
and health education. In 2006 alone, (L-R) Ms. Tillie Davis, Archer Family Health Care
Citizens Advisory Group; Dr. Dee Williams, Associate
Dean for Clinical Affairs; and Ms. Lucy Rim, Archer
provided more than 15,000 hours of Family Health Care Patient helped to cut the official rib-
service to the local community. bon for the new AFHC facility.
"We spend a great deal of time
developing and maintaining relationships with community partners," Castleman said.
"We are guests in these communities. There is always a tendency for outside profession-
als to tell communities what is wrong and offer solutions. Our goal is for students to
learn how to partner nonjudgmentally with community members and jointly identify
community strengths, weaknesses and possible solutions."
PRIVATE GIFTS MAKE A DIFFERENCE
John Pettengill's gift established the Health Care for All Fund to benefit faculty
practice endeavors and student experiences in rural and underserved communities.
including Archer Family Health Care. His mother. lona M. Pettengill. was a public
health nurse and College of Nursing alumna. John and his family felt it was important
to honor his mother's passion and work.
The Thomas H. Maren. MD Foundation honors the late Dr. Thomas H. Maren.
a founding faculty member of the UF College of Medicine. The Maren Foundation
endowed funds to support nursing education and health care for the Archer conm-
eunity. This endowment further enhances the Health Care for All Fund. Archer Family
Health Care's reception area was named the Thomas H. Maren MD Reception Area.
Melvin V. Lauderdale's family established roots in the Archer area in 1900. Melvin
worked closely with the College of Nursing to secure land for Archer Family Health
Care's new facility. His generous contributions of financial support and time were criti-
cal to the successful e,:pansion of health care services to Archer area residents. The
Rubve Venable McNair Conference Room is named in honor of Melvin's grandmother.
Recently I had one
of those privileged
moments that come
to fortunate deans
occasionally. I offici-
ated at the dedica-
tion of the College's
new, expanded Archer
Family Health Care.
This is our nurse-man- KATHLEEN ANN LONG
PHD, RN, FAAN
aged, interdisciplinary D, RN,
primary care clinic that offers exceptional learn-
ing experiences for our graduate and undergrad-
uate students while providing high quality health
care for an underserved rural community.
I noted at the dedication ceremony that the
College's faculty members and students have
actually been providing services in Archer,
Florida for over 35 years through community
health activities. When we dedicated Archer's
new primary care facility this past October, we
celebrated not only the growth of our practice,
but more importantly the strengthening of a
valued partnership with Archer area residents.
Most of the patients seen in Archer have limited
incomes and no health insurance-yet many
of them have been active partners with us in
securing the local, state, federal and private dol-
lars needed for services.
Our dedication ceremony included the rec-
ognition of donors who have envisioned with
us the future of Archer Family Health Care and
who through their generous gifts, helped to
make the expanded clinic a reality. Gifts from
John Pettengill, the Maren Foundation and from
Archer native, Melvin Lauderdale, will be criti-
cally important in ensuring that the clinic can
continue its service and education missions far
into the future.
Archer Family Health Care demonstrates the
effectiveness of nurse-managed health care,
and it teaches students about the value of
interdisciplinary care delivery. It also makes real
the commitment of our faculty to assist those
who need health care but cannot afford it. Being
at the dedication event made visible to me the
wisdom, energy, perseverance and compassion
of Gator Nurses!
FALL 2007 3
UF-VA Partnership Expands
Nursing Class Size, Adds Faculty
UF College of Nursing selected as one of four nationwide to participate in VA Nursing Academy
he University of Florida College
of Nursing has expanded its
class size and will add fac-
ulty members through a new part-
nership with the U.S. Department of
Veterans Affairs designed to address
the nation's severe nursing shortage.
UF was one of four universi-
ties the VA recently selected to form
the VA Nursing Academy, a five-
year, $40-million pilot initiative. The
VA-UF partnership which has allowed
UF to expand nursing enrollment in its
baccalaureate program by 28 students
this semester and to add 10 more nurs-
ing students in its accelerated bachelor's
degree program beginning next May -
links the College of Nursing with the
nursing service at the North Florida/
South Georgia Veterans Health System
to form the VA-UF Nursing Center of
The partnership also will fund new
faculty, who will give students more
opportunities to gain clinical experience
at the VA. In the first year of the partner-
ship, five new faculty members will come
system that we were chosen to be part of
a select group nationwide to take part in
this initiative. We are building on a long
and positive history of collaboration
across our institutions."
The new faculty members will be
embedded in four model nursing units
at local VA hospitals. The program
"It is our hope that through this partnership, we can not only increase the
number of baccalaureate-prepared nurses and enhance their educational
experiences but also improve nursing work environments as well as achieve the
ultimate goal of a higher level of patient care." -Maxine Hinze, PhD, RN
on board, two UF-based, two VA-based
and one who will serve as an evidence-
based practice nurse coordinator.
The program's goals include
increasing nursing educational oppor-
tunities, enhancing clinical activities,
promoting nurse recruitment and reten-
tion, improving nursing practice envi-
ronments and ultimately improving
"We are very excited to be able to
partner with a major health-care system
such as the VA to address vital nursing
and health-care issues," said Kathleen
Ann Long, PhD, RN, dean of the UF
College of Nursing. "It is a testament to
our College of Nursing and our local VA
will develop and evaluate these innova-
tive nursing units, which will provide
evidence-based nursing care for patients
while implementing clinical supervision
for nursing students and encouraging
staff development to boost recruitment
and retention of nurses.
"It is our hope that through this
partnership, we can not only increase
the number of baccalaureate-prepared
nurses and enhance their educational
experiences but also improve nursing
work environments as well as achieve
the ultimate goal of a higher level of
patient care," said Maxine Hinze, PhD,
RN, co-director of the VA-UF Nursing
Center of Excellence who is an assistant
professor and department chair in the
College of Nursing.
Data will be collected before and
after these model units are implemented
to measure patient and nurse satis-
faction, educational outcomes, student
and faculty satisfaction, and other fac-
tors. Increases in recruitment and reten-
tion of baccalaureate-prepared nurses in
North Florida's VA health system will
also be evaluated.
The partnership also will create an
advanced residency program to support
new graduates during the transition to
professional practice and an internship
program aimed at improving recruit-
ment and retention of new graduates.
In addition, UF faculty members
and their VA counterparts will imple-
ment a skin and wound healing educa-
tion and research program and a peri-
operative and intensive care clinical and
"I believe the VA selected us based
on the comprehensiveness of our plan,
which included not only the VA-UF
partnership but also establishing the
first Nursing Center of Excellence in the
VA," said Maude Rittman, PhD, RN,
VA director and chief nurse for research
at the North Florida/South Georgia
Veterans Health System. "Our nurses
will definitely benefit from the expertise
of the UF faculty, and we anticipate that
the evidence-based practice projects will
greatly enhance our clinical practice and
To address the ever-growing
nursing faculty shortage, a faculty
development program will be provided
for those nurses hired to be joint UF
and VA faculty members. These faculty
members will be assigned a UF faculty
mentor. VA staff nurses also will have
the opportunity to participate in the
college's nursing resource center, assisting
with the teaching of clinical skills to
help meet the
of the additional 'A toi ,
4 THE GATOR NURSE
UF Administrator Named President of Florida Nurses Association
U university of Florida College of Nursing
administrator Andrea Gregg, DSN,
RN, has been elected president of the Florida
Nurses Association. Gregg, an associate pro-
fessor, is director of the College of Nursing's
The Florida Nurses Association
is a constituent of the American Nurses
Gregg Association and the only organization
representing more than 200,000 nurses in Florida regardless of
specialty or practice area.
Dr. Gregg, who has practiced as a registered nurse for 35
years both in clinical and administrative roles, has served as an
elected officer on numerous professional and community boards,
including the Florida Nurses Foundation, the Florida League for
Nursing and the Child Guidance Center. She is the past chair-
woman of the Florida Center for Nursing and continues to sit on
the center's board of directors. She has worked closely with other
state organizations to lobby the legislature for increased funding
for nursing workforce solutions and nursing education.
Dr. Gregg was appointed director of the college's Jacksonville
campus in 1995. She has worked collaboratively to establish and
maintain a distance-learning program, enabling graduate nurses to
attend classes and complete courses in Jacksonville.
accomplishments in brief
Clinical Assistant Professor Allison
McAlhany and Assistant Professor
Debbie Popovich recently had their article
"Hirschsprung disease" published in Newborn
& Infant Nursing Reviews. They were also
published in Pediatric Nursing for the article
tided "Accurately Diagnosing Commonly
Misdiagnosed Circular Rashes."
College of Nursing Librarian Pam Sherwill
has recently published her article "Magnet
Hospitals/Magnetic Libraries The Hospital
Medical Library: A Resource for Achieving
Magnet Status" in the Journal of Hospital
Clinical Assistant Professor Dr. Susan
Schaffer recently had her article, "Measuring
Asthma Self-Management Knowledge in
Adults," published in The Journal of the
American Academy ofNurse Practitioners.
Assistant Professor Dr. Dinah Welch's
abstract "Residential Inequalities Impact
Women's Health" was selected as one of the
eight plenary podium presentations for the
SNRS research conference in the spring.
Assistant Professor Dr. Jeanne-Marie R.
Stacciarini was recently appointed as Affiliate
Faculty of the Center for Latin American
Studies/UF. She has also been recommended
for Graduate Faculty Status in the Center.
Mollie O'Neil, a recent College of Nursing
CNL graduate, had her poster abstract
"Implementation of Innovative Staffing
Model to Incorporate the Clinical Nurse
Leader Role and Improve Patient Outcomes"
accepted by the American Nurses Association
Assistant Professor Dr. Charlene Krueger
recently had her grant funded by the
National Science Foundation. Her project,
"Learning and Memory Across the Fetal-to-
Early Newborn Period," was funded for over
$330,000 for 3 years.
Assistant Professor Dr. Alice Poe had her
paper, "Educating Midwives: Blending care
in Poland and the US," accepted for pre-
sentation at the International Congress of
Midwives in Glasgow in June 2008.
Associate Professor Dr. Sharleen Simpson
was recently appointed by the Provost to the
UF Graduate Council.
Clinical Assistant Professor Jane Gannon
and Department Chair Dr. Maxine Hinze
recently became nationally certified Clinical
Assistant Professor Linda Sigsby had her
newest publication, "Realistic use of the
Perioperative Nursing Data Set (PNDS)
in academic nursing," published in the
September issue of Perioperative Nursing
Clinics. She will also present her activities
with the AORN task force at the Annual
AORN Congress in March 2008.
Assistant Professor Dr. Lori Thomas recent-
ly had her work on caring for elderly patients
with COPD featured in the May Advance for
Nurses website and journal. Her manuscript
on "Effective dyspnea management strategies
identified by elders with end-stage COPD"
was accepted in AppliedNursing Research.
Associate Professor Dr. Meredeth Rowe
was invited to contribute her work with wan-
during and older adult to the series of papers in
The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing's
"Try This: Best Practices in Nursing Care to
Older Adults." Dr. Rowe will also be present-
ing at the "Assisted Cognition Workshop"
held at the University of Rochester.
Clinical Assistant Professor Sharon Bradley
recently had her manuscript, "Chronic
Obstructive Lung Disease: Guiding Patients
to Credible Internet Resources," accepted
to the MEDSURG Nursing, The Journal of
Assistant Professor Dr. Sunny Yoon pub-
lished her review article on complemen-
tary and alternative medicine among older
adults in the U.S. in the Korean Journal of
Perspectives in Nursing.
Assistant Professor Dr. Brian Weber had his
NIH protocol on "Dyadic Support for Men
with Prostate Cancer" included in the RTIPS
Annabel Davis Jenks Endowed Professor
Dr. Beverly Robert's research on low-impact
exercise (tai chi) with elders was discussed in
the Summer 2007 edition of The Continuum.
Drs. Jim Jessup and Lori Thomas also
worked on the project.
Drs. Carmen Rodriguez, Meredeth Rowe,
and Lori Thomas recently submitted STTR
proposal, "Technology to Assist Speechless
Patients' Communication with Hospital
Staff," to NIH and received a score of 172.
FALL 2007 5
Infection Control Nurse
Finds Public Health Nursing
Master's Degree the Right Fit
Joann Andrews is a true believer in education, which is
evident in her desire to go back to school after 17 years
in the nursing field, to obtain her master's degree in public
health nursing from the UF College of Nursing.
"I love the program; I get excited when they post a new assign-
ment," Andrews said.
Now serving as the Certified Infection Control Practitioner
in the Epidemiology and Infection Control department of Lee
Memorial Regional Health System, Andrews always knew she
wanted to pursue a master's degree. She earned her two-year nursing
degree from Edison Community College and her BSN from Florida
Gulf Coast University. When she heard about the UF public health
nursing master's degree, it seemed like the right fit.
"I think like a Public Health Nurse," said Andrews.
Andrew's career has taken her through various nursing roles all
within the same organization, Lee Memorial. She first worked as a
bedside nurse in a surgical progressive care unit. But it was work-
ing the night shift as a staff nurse in the emergency department that
taught her the most valuable lessons. Andrews believes that seeing the
life-changing events that take place within the emergency room has
shown her the importance of health prevention and promotion.
As an infection control practitioner she uses the guidelines
established by the Centers for Disease Control to work with patients,
families, and staff members and educate them on the importance of
keeping the environment clean and free of diseases. Her interest in
public health stemmed from her current position because infection
control is "the center of the universe and everyone relies on infection
control to keep them safe," Andrews said.
Andrews views her position as one in promoting public health
within the hospital community-vital to keeping both patients and
Public Health Nursing master's student Joann Andrews gives a flu shot to a
physician at Lee Memorial Health System, where she serves as the Certified
Infection Control Practitioner.
staff members healthy. Her initiatives can include surprise hand
washing screenings on all clinicians to ensure that proper hand
washing techniques are used or working on having at least 70 per
cent of Lee Memorial staff members vaccinated with the flu shot.
Since the public health nursing master's degree is offered pri-
marily online, it has allowed Andrews to continue to work and stay
at home while pursuing her degree.
Although she is not sure what the future will hold after gradu-
ating with her Public Health Nursing degree, Andrews is happy
to have the opportunity to learn and grow from the program and
apply her new knowledge to her career. She anticipates moving into
a higher management position as a result.
Andrews also is happy to have finally joined the Gator commu-
nity, as her son, Evan, graduated from UF with a history degree and
her daughter, Alana, is a sophomore working on her prerequisites to
apply to the College of Nursing. Not only does Andrews promote
and encourage health in her workplace, she also instills it within
herself, which is evident with her recent first place awards in three
body building competitions.
For more information on the UF Public Health Nursing Master's
degree, contact Barbara Battin Little at (941) 961-7042 or
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The College has formed the Gator Nurse
Ambassador Program (GNAP). GNAP
is comprised of student ambassadors whose
primary role will be to assist the College of
Nursing, the Office of Development and
Alumni Affairs, and the Office of Academic
and Student Affairs in the following tasks
* Participate in recruitment programs for
the College when needed
* Host current and potential donors and
prominent leaders in healthcare that visit
* Conduct College tours
* Work with the Office of Alumni
Affairs and the Office of Academic and
Student Affairs on special events, such as
Career Fair, Annual Pinning Ceremony,
Commencement, Reunion and the
Dorothy M. Smith Leadership Conference.
* Other areas as deemed necessary
Ambassadors will serve as the College's
premier student liaisons. They will inter-
face with students currently enrolled in
the College's programs as well as pro-
spective students. This will afford these
select students the opportunity to engage
in outreach activities sponsored by the
College, healthcare delivery partners, and
the local community at-large. All ambas-
sadors are advised by the Associate Dean
for Academic and Student Affairs and
coordinated by the Associate Director of
All students were encouraged to apply.
There will be another open application
period in the spring, and then on a yearly
basis in the fall.
If you have any questions about the
Gator Nurse Ambassador Program, please
feel free to contact Anna Miller at aemiller@
ufl.edu, or (352) 273-6360.
The students who were chosen went
through an application and interview
process before being selected as the first
members of the program. The students
who were selected are as follows:
Catrice Ackerman, Senior BSN student
Allison Cook, RN to BSN student
Courtney Flatau, Junior BSN student
Courtney Hart, Senior BSN student
Blair Hebner, Junior BSN student
Jillian Krickovich, Junior BSN student
Jenn Kuretski, Senior BSN student
Andrea Pe Benito, Senior BSN student
Katelyn Srnka, Junior BSN student
Jessica Wild, MSN student
Casey Vera, Junior BSN student
FALL 2007 7
College of Nursing Reunion Weekend Lets
(Clockwise from top left): Doris Harrigan (BSN 1982) and children
Peter, Meg and Carl; Karika Oden (BSN 2001) and friend James
White; BarBee Geiger (BSN 1974) and husband Chuck; Popular items
for bid at the silent auction; Amanda Daniels (BSN 2002, MSN 2003),
husband Toby and daughter Rae Lynn; Nancy Cross Hamilton (BSN
1964, MSN 1966); Associate Professor Dr. Jo Snider, Professor
Emeritus Dr. Myrna Courage and Dr. Linda Moody (BSN 1965, MSN
1969); Dr. Linda Aiken (BSN 1964, MSN 1966).
8 THE GATOR NURSE
College of Nursing Hosts
Gator Nurse Alums First Annual Rita Kobb
tG Lectureship in Honor of Alumna
& REIGN NITE-!
Kobb Lectureship in Nursing Informatics and Technology
Rita Kobb is pictured with her husband Steve at the FirstAnnual Rita
T1 Kobb Lectureship in Nursing Informatics and Technology.
In honor of a loyal and esteemed Gator Nurse alumna, the
first annual Rita Kobb Lectureship in Nursing Informatics
and Technology took place Friday, October 26.
This lectureship featured keynote speaker Susan Dimmick,
PhD, Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Tennessee
--i Health Science Center College
of Medicine, Department
of Preventive Medicine. Dr.
.i Dimmick's topic was "From
Patient to Partner: How
Technology is Transforming
Healthcare" and she discussed .
how current and future tech-
nologies are used to deliver
a continuum of care across
the entire life cycle, how a (L-R) Rita Kobb, Keynote lecturer
patient becomes a partner in Dr. Susan Dimmick, and Dean Kathleen
healthcare, and how technol- Ann Long.
ogy can help to connect care in a community. Dr. Dimmick is
the co-author of the book Home Telehealth: Connecting Care
.. .. .. ..... W within the Community.
The lectureship is named in honor of Kobb, Education
Program Specialist at the Veterans Health Administration
Office of Care Coordination and the Director of VISN 8
Sunshine Training Center of Care Coordination and Telehealth
with the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.
Ms. Kobb specializes in Care Coordination/Care Management,
Home Telehealth Consulting, and Gerontological Nursing
and has been involved in over 65 publications and creative
FALL 2007 9
I HE GA UK N UKSE
APITA CA MI
he University of Florida holds the promise of the future:
Florida Tomorrow-a place, a day, a belief. Florida
Tomorrow is filled with possibilities. The FloridaTomorrow
Campaign is to raise $1.5 billion for UF to shape the university,
but also to touch the state of Florida, the nation and the entire
world. Here at the College of Nursing, we believe Florida
Tomorrow is an opportunity, one filled with promise and hope.
In this time of severe and growing shortage of nurses and
nursing faculty, many believe the solution is to simply turn out
more nurses faster, maintaining the nursing status quo.
The alumni and faculty of the UF College of Nursing believe
we can never fix our broken
health care systems or pro-
vide high quality nursing
care for every patient by
embracing the status quo.
SWe view the current short-
age as a tremendous oppor-
tunity to improve the future
of health care a chance
(L-R) PhD Consortium studentAnn Huesinger, to better educate nurses and
recent Clinical Nurse Leader graduate Amanda
Brown and DNP student Berkley Olvera at the reform delivery models so
College of Nursing Campaign Kickoff Symposium that every professional nurse
in September. Huesinger, Brown and Olvera is utilized to the full extent
discussed their decision to pursue innovative and of her or his knowledge,
pioneering roles in nursing. skill and ability.
For these reasons, we are pioneering the Clinical Nurse
Leader and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree programs, and in
partnership with clinical care leaders, are exploring new and bet-
ter ways to shape health care so that interdisciplinary teamwork is
fostered and patients are the central focus of our efforts.
We are also preparing a new generation of nursing faculty
who will educate and inspire professional nurses to be risk-
takers and innovators, not satisfied with "good enough" nursing
Every College of Nursing graduate is prepared to "care,
lead, inspire"; every faculty member understands that teaching,
research and practice must move nursing to a new place. As our
alumni, friends and supporters, we hope you will join with us
as we advance the profession on behalf of those we serve. Your
encouragement, your gifts and your ideas are essential to move us
is a place where every
patient has access to
safe and high-quality
is a day when well-
educated nurses lead
in the transformation
is a belief that new
roles will save lives.
CAMPAIGN FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
THE CAMPAIGN FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
For more information about the UF College of Nursing's Capital Campaign, please visit www.floridatomorrow.ufl.edu/nursing
or contact Meg Hendryx, Development Officer, at (352) 273-6517; firstname.lastname@example.org
FALL 2007 11
COLLEGE CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF NURSE-MIDWIFERY EDUCATION
By Tracy Brown Wright
When Betty Hilliard came to Florida in 1960 to join the
UF College of Nursing's faculty, she was one of only
three nurse-midwives in the state. Now, almost 50 years
later and 25 years after she founded the first nurse-midwifery
program in Florida, there are more than 300 practicing nurse-
midwives in the state and many are alumni of the UF nurse-
Establishing the program was no easy feat, though. Dr.
Hilliard faced detractors who thought midwives might compete
with physicians and struggled to find qualified faculty and pre-
ceptors. It was a challenge but it's one that the students, lead-
ers and alumni who gathered Sept. 7 to celebrate the program's
25th anniversary are glad she tackled.
"We have nurse-midwifery graduates across the
state of Florida and the country who have made
an indelible mark on the health of women and
their families." Alice Poe
"Although encountering resistance to the nurse-midwifery
profession in much of her professional life, Betty persevered
and continued to dedicate herself to women's health," said Alice
Poe, Associate Professor and coordinator of the nurse-midwifery
program. "Betty doggedly pursued the establishment of the
nurse-midwifery program that we celebrate today. She was such
a wonderful mentor to me and so many others so kind and
giving and willing to share her knowledge."
After the initial struggles, the UF nurse-midwifery program
opened in 1982 in Gainesville. At the time it was one of two nurse-
midwifery programs in the state. The program, which seeks to pre-
pare students to be professional nurse-midwives who can meet the
health needs of childbearing women and their families, eventually
moved to the college's Jacksonville campus.
"The UF nurse-midwifery program was founded and contin-
ues today with the core mission that nurse-midwifery care focuses
on the care of both the individual and the family," Dr. Poe said.
"We are preparing nurse-midwives to provide the highest level of
care to childbearing women and their families based on a sound
curriculum of science and clinical care. UF nurse-midwives con-
sider themselves partners with physicians in ensuring that women
and families have a safe and satisfying childbirth experience."
After Dr. Hilliard retired in 1990, Dr. Poe took the reins of
the program and remains the coordinator today. Since 1990, Dr.
Poe has helped the program secure significant state and federal
funding and also has helped increase the nurse-midwifery work-
force by recruiting students from disadvantaged backgrounds,
medically underserved areas and underrepresented populations.
Top photo: Nurse midwifery graduates with founder Dr. Betty Hilliard (sec-
ond from left). (L-R) Lauri Ross-Berke, Dr. Hilliard, Shirley McCulloch, BJ
Chiota and Mary O'Meara. Bottom photo: (L-R) Dr. Alice Poe, Coordinator
of the Nurse-Midwifery program, Dr. Betty Hilliard, Professor Emeritus and
founding Coordinator, Dr. Charles Mahan, a friend and supporter of the
program and Ms. Eunice "Kitty" Ernst, president of the American College of
"I think what strikes me most from my 17 years as coordina-
tor of this program and 22 years as a faculty member has been our
graduates," Dr. Poe said. "We have nurse-midwifery graduates
across the state of Florida and the country who have made an
indelible mark on the health of women and their families."
During the celebratory luncheon, Eunice "Kitty" Ernst, presi-
dent of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, presented Dr.
Poe with a lifetime Gold Commendation award for the program's
25 years of innovative and compassionate midwifery care provided
to families in Florida and the education provided to midwifery
students. ACNM also gave a gift to benefit the Mary Elizabeth
Hilliard Professorship Fund. In fact, a number of alumni and
friends attending the luncheon also contributed to the fund, which
benefits a professorship in nurse midwifery paying tribute to Dr.
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Sandra (Shutts) Arthur, BSN 1963. Sandra
is currently semi-retired and working part-time
for Prevent Child Abuse, Pickens County, South
Carolina. She currently teaches positive parent-
ing skills and mentors teens and young adult
moms in their efforts to become good parents
and successful adults.
Shirley Bloodworth, BSN 1965, MSN 1966.
Shirley currently works as the Director of the
Primetime Institute at Santa Fe Community
College, Gainesville, Florida. Her daughter,
Beverly Alexander is also a UF College of
Mary E. Market, MSN 1968. Mary recent-
ly retired from St. Elizabeth's Hospital in
Washington, DC after 32 years in nursing as
a Geropsychiatric Clinical Administrator and
Quality Assurance Analyst, and has recently
returned to Florida.
Janis P Bellack, PhD, RN, FAAN, MSN 1971.
Janis is the President at MGH Institute of Health
Professions in Boston, Massachusetts.
Sandra (Hunt) Graham, BSN 1972. Sandra
currently works as a Family Nurse Practitioner in
an outpatient clinic at Grady Hospital in Atlanta
and has been there for 17 years. She became a
nurse practitioner in 1980.
Mary Shannahan, MSN 1972. Mary retired
as Associate Professor from the College of
Nursing at Florida State University. She is cur-
rently a Nursing Advisor to the Panhandle Fetal
and Infant Mortality Review Project under the
auspices of Capital Area Healthy Start.
Dr. Mary R. Lynn, BSN 1974, MSN 1975.
Mary was recently promoted to Full Professor
at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing and accepted the position of
UNCC Assistant Director for Operations, Office
of Human Research Ethics.
Mary Nelle Thomas, BSN 1975, MSN 1983.
Mary had taught Health Science courses in the
Hendry County Schools for 21 years and has
recently moved this year to the Reading Coach
position at Clewiston High School handling pro-
fessional development and coaching for staff.
Dr. Kathleen Jett, BSN 1976, MSN 1984, PhD,
1994. Kathleen was inducted into the National
Academy of Practitioners last winter. She has
just completed co-writing the latest edition of
Toward Healthy Aging (Ebersole, Hess, Touhy,
Jett & Luggan) which came out in October.
She is currently an Associate Professor at the
Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Florida
Susan (Kennedy) Hanson, BSN 1977. Susan
is also a graduate of UF law school, 1982. She
is currently the head of the public defender's
office in the city of Richmond, Virginia, which
is the largest office in the state. Her son was
born at Shands and is currently a pharmacy
student at UF (where her husband of 27 years
got his PhD).
Susan Sutterlin, BSN 1977. Susan worked in
hospital intensive care until her son Matthew
was born. He is now 23 and just graduated from
USF with a degree in Computer Engineering.
She keeps her Florida nursing license active, and
takes care of her 88 year old mother full-time in
the Tampa Bay area.
Carolyn Innis Steadham, MSN 1979. Carolyn
is the VP of Nursing and Patient Services
at Miller Children's Hospital in Long Beach,
California. Carolyn lives two blocks from the
water with her husband, Michael Remley, and
enjoys spending their spare time gathering
with friends, traveling, and spoiling their two
Terri (McGowan) Repasky, MSN, RN, CEN,
EMT-P, BSN 1979. Terri received her MSN in
California as an Emergency/Trauma Clinical
Nurse Specialist and is currently in that role in
Tallahassee, Florida. She had taught paramed-
ics and emergency nursing for 10 years in Los
Angeles before returning to her hometown of
Tallahassee in 1997. She is married to a Gator
Engineer, Mark who has his own business.
They have two boys; Dylan 15 and Tanner 13.
"Life in Tallahassee is great especially when
the Gators have a year like last year."
Terrie Jares McKelvie, RN, BSN 1981.
Terrie is working in Labor and Delivery at Lee
Memorial Health System in Ft Myers, Florida.
Daughter, Jessica, just started graduate school
at UF College of Nursing! "I'm doing my part to
keep Gator nursing going strong! Go Gators."
Lynn (Moore) Bennett, BSN 1981. Lynn
has worked at North Florida Regional Medical
Center in Gainesville, Florida for 27+ years.
She is currently the Orthopedics Case Manager
on the new 7th floor and assisted with the
development of the Ortho Camp and video
teaching tools. Married to John, she has two
daughters. The oldest, Brittany, just completed
four years in the Marine Corps as a rifle/
pistol range instructor and is now at Santa Fe
Community College to pursue a career in radi-
ography/sonography. The youngest, Stefanie, is
also at Santa Fe and plans to pursue a career
Holly (Galigani) Howard, BSN 1982. Holly is
currently a neonatal nurse practitioner in Miami
who commutes monthly from Georgia. She has
two children at UF this year. One is a sopho-
more education major and one is a freshman
Marjorie (Conner) Allen, BSN 1984. Marjorie
practiced pediatric nursing for 5 years (4
years at Shands in Gainesville and one year
in the bone marrow transplant unit at Emory
Children's Hospital) and went on to graduate
with a law degree from FSU in 1992. She is
currently working in-house counsel for Mayo
Clinic, Jacksonville representing physicians and
nurses for the past 8 years.
Tracy B. Lowrey, BSN 1987. Tracy is currently
working in a cardiac imaging research program
with clinical and administrative/research roles
at the NIH Suburban MRI Center in Bethesda,
Cathy Black Pank, BSN 1990. Cathy served in
the US Air Force from 1990-1993. Her husband
is still active duty with the Air Force at MacDill
AFB, Florida. She received her MSN as a Family
Nurse Practitioner and Nursing Education con-
centration in 2006 from the University of South
Florida. She is currently a dermatology nurse
practitioner in Brandon, Florida. Cathy has two
sons, Connor, 13, and Brendan, 11.
Darlene Edic Crawford, ARNP, MSN,
BSN 1990. Darlene is working as a Nurse
Practitioner with an Internal Medicine physi-
cian in Gainesville. She also works part-time
at Good Samaritan with the anesthesia depart-
ment doing pre-op assessments. She has 4
children (ages 10, 7, 5, and 1).
Danielle (Mazzola) Kistler, BSN 1991.
Danielle is currently a Leader Care Manager for
Healthways, a disease management company,
and handles disease management and patient
education for chronic conditions as well as
Julia Gamble, BSN 1992. Julia received her
MSN and ARNP from Florida Atlantic University
in Boca Raton in 1996. She currently lives in
Pepperell, Massachusetts and works at the
Veterans Administration in Bedford as a Clinical
Nurse Analyst for Design Support Systems. She
will be compiling reports from data received
from the National VA medical record and pre-
senting to various groups with hopes of chang-
ing legislation and the practice of medicine
through the VA.
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Seleeta Favara, BSN 1992. Seleeta is cur-
rently working as a Quality Clinical Reviewer
and Trainer in the Retrospective Review depart-
ment for AvMed Health Plans in Gainesville.
Her daughter, Christina, will graduate from
University of South Florida in August with her
master's degree in sociology and her son, T.J.,
is in the decision and information sciences pro-
gram at the UF Warrington College of Business
Administration. Her husband, Paul, is an envi-
ronmental engineer for CH2MHill.
Sylvia Worden, BSN 1991 MSN 1993. Sylvia
left UF in 2002 after 5 years as a women's
health ARNP in the UF Student Health Care
Center. Currently, she is the Associate Dean
of Student Health Services at Golden West
College, the community college of Huntington
Jamie Zoellner, BSN 1993. Jamie is currently
working as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
in the Cardiothoracic ICU at Duke University
Stephanie Weinseier, BSN 1993. Stephanie
is practicing as an ARNP in the Emergency
Department at Cleveland Clinic Florida, raising
3 kids ages 9, 6 and 2-"all are BIG GATOR
Ann Glasse, BSN 1993. Anne is a Region
Manager based in Ft. Lauderdale for a
Minneapolis based privately held company
called CVRx, Inc.
Jennifer (Fasenello) Rowland, BSN 1993.
Jennifer works for Pfizer in their clinical trials
research program as a Clinical Research Site
Manager and Territory Development Specialist
Denise Henning, BSN 1993, MSN 1997
in Nurse Midwifery. Denise is currently the
Director of Clinical Operations for Women's
Health at Family Health Centers in Fort Myers,
Florida. She is married with one son who is
attending college in Central Florida.
Susan Kohler, BSN 1994. Susan is currently
working at WellCare of Georgia, Inc. as the
Director of Health Service Operations.
Marcia J. Parker, MSN, ARNP, FNP-C, BSN
1995, MSN 2003. Marcia is a provider for an
OB/GYN who bought an internal medicine prac-
tice in Tallahassee, Florida.
Charlene Leonard, BSN 1996. Charlene is a
Pediatric Critical Care Nurse Practitioner for UF,
both in the PICU at Shands/AGH and at Wolfson
Children's Hospital in Jacksonville.
Ellen B. Prosser, MSN 1997. Ellen is Director
of Maternal Child Health at Munroe Regional
Medical Center in Ocala, Florida. "I must say
that the baby business is booming this sum-
mer. Munroe is especially challenged since we
are the only obstetrical business in town."
Brian Carman, BSN 1997. After graduation,
Brian rejoined the US Navy, commissioned as
an Ensign in the Navy Nurse Corps. Over the
last 10 years, he has traveled the world, while
practicing in a variety of nursing settings, from
Medical-Surgical and Labor and Delivery to
Combat Casualty Care while deployed with
the Marines in Kuwait and Iraq in 2003. Two
years ago, he was accepted to the Army-
Baylor Master's Program in health and business
Teresa (Teri) Montgomery-Hardy, BSN
1998. Teresa is in the last 2 semesters of a
master's degree in nurse anesthesia at Wolford
College in Naples and serves in the Army
Reserves as a Captain.
Angela White, BSN 1998, MSN 2003. Angela
is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Sarkis
Family Psychiatry in Gainesville.
Suzanne Maldarelli, BSN 1999. Suzanne is
currently stationed in Spain as a Navy nurse.
She has worked in many areas of nursing
including maternal child, med-surg, NICU, LSD
and now ER.
Gisell Gonzalvo, BSN 2001. Gisell is still work-
ing as a staff RN in the same Critical Care Unit
since graduation located in Miami. She is also
pursuing a Master's degree in an Acute Care
Sharon Balanis, BSN 2001. Sharon is
employed with LifeSouth Community Blood
Center as the Therapeutic Nurse Supervisor in
Amy Wada, BSN 2002. Amy graduated with
her MSN from Wake Forest University Baptist
Medical Center/University of North Carolina at
Greensboro in August 2006. She is currently
working as a staff nurse anesthetist at Rowan
Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, North
Amanda (Dupee) Daniels, BSN 2002,
MSN 2003. Amanda is currently working as
a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at All Children's
Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. She was
married in 2004 to fellow UF grad Toby Daniels,
and they had their first baby in February of this
year, a girl named Rae Lynn.
Nicole (Klesmit) Karcinski, BSN 2003.
Nicole is currently working at UNC Healthcare
in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with the Eating
Dear Gator Nurses,
I hope everyone
enjoyed this year's
reunion weekend. It was
great to see you there.
Our reunions are increas-
ing every year, so be
sure to mark your cal-
endars when next year's
date comes out so you MARYSE PARRINO
will be able to join in on
Guests were able to REDISCOVER the Gator
Nation by attending the cocktail reception at UF's
very own Florida Museum of Natural History,
and then shuttled up to Gator Growl where the
show was emceed by College of Nursing faculty
member Shelley Meyer, and was wrapped up
with a performance by Lynyrd Skynyrd and the
traditional fire works show at the end.
It was also a great weekend to RECONNECT
with former classmates and faculty, and meet
new friends. Some alums even reconnected with
the College by volunteering their time to serve on
the Alumni Council.
Finally, everyone REIGNITED their passion for
Gator Nursing by coming back to the College and
seeing the great things that we are doing. There
were tours of the College of Nursing building and
the lona M. Pettengill Nursing Resource Center,
where many alums were amazed at the technol-
ogy the College has now compared to when they
This has been a great year for me to serve
as President of the Alumni Council and I look
forward to the coming year. Have a happy and
safe holiday season.
Go Gator Nurses!
Maryse Parrino, BSN 1974
Nursing Alumni Council President
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