As the U.S. population continues to age, worries increase among those who lack faith
in the quality and safety of the country's health care system. By the year 2020, will
this system be irrevocably broken, or can changes be made today to prepare us for the
Some 400 nurses and nursing educators gathered at the University of Florida College
of Nursing to consider just that issue as part of the Dorothy M. Smith Nursing
Leadership Conference, which took place January 17 and 18 in Gainesville.
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College Honors Alumni with
Dorothy M. Smith Nursing
Nursing Researcher Studies
Side Effects in Prostate
Saying Goodbye to a 10
Recognizing Our Friends
Alumni Updates 14
UF UNIVERSITY of
"There's no room at the inn:
fewer faculty members to teach,
less classroom space and fewer
practice sites for learning."
Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN,
Dorothy M. Smith Conference Keynote Speaker
Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN, Director of the Densford
International Center for Nursing Leadership at the University of
Minnesota, presented the conference's keynote address Thursday.
"Things are getting a little different out there," Dr. Disch told
the group. Trends "are moving us inexorably toward a whole new
health care system."
Examples of new trends included the fact that women are
now outpacing men in income growth (although not necessarily
in income), that mini-clinics now offer "mall medicine" in many
parts of the country, and that some states now offer compensation
S to relatives who serve as caregivers for family members.
Dr. Disch, who chairs the National Board of AARP, said
health care and financial security are the most pressing domestic
issues facing the nation. Unless consumers make their wishes
known, she warned, health care reforms that presidential candi-
dates are touting in an election year will "go to the bottom of the
pile after the election."
Focusing specifically on changes in the field of nursing, Dr.
Disch emphasized that the numbers of people being turned away
from nursing programs is going up, despite a continuing shortage
"There's no room at the inn: fewer faculty members to
teach, less classroom space and fewer practice sites for learning,"
Thursday's panel discussion, "Nurse Work Environments:
Strategies to Improve Patient Outcomes," featured Linda H.
Aiken, PhD, RN, FAAN, FRCN, Director of the Center for
Health Outcomes and Policy Research and the Claire M. Fagin
Leadership Professor of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania;
Christopher Friese, PhD, RN, Research Fellow, Center for
Outcomes and Policy Research, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute;
and Donna Neff, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, UF College of
Aiken presented a national review of research findings by
discussing the "Multi-State Nursing Care and Patient Safety
Study: Identifying Solutions to the Nurse Shortage." Dr. Aiken's
study examines nurse workforce and patient outcomes data in
California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and now Florida.
 Keynote Speaker Dr. Joanne Disch discusses the changing face of health care;  Conference speaker and awardee Bobbi Kimball interacts with
Debbie Pusateri, Alice Jackson and Diane Andrews; Attendees included health care and nursing professionals, faculty and students.
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Dr. Friese's presentation
illustrated in depth how the
multi-state study can answer
important clinical questions in
nurse practice environments
and cancer patient outcomes.
Finally, Dr. Neff discussed how
the Florida study will contribute
to addressing the nurse shortage
in the state and nationally. Her .......
study is one of the first major
initiatives of the new UF-Blue Dr. Bruce Kone, College of Medicine Dean and College of
Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Nursing Dean Kathleen Long jointly present on challenging
the status quo in health professions education.
Center for Health Care Access,
Patient Safety and Quality
On Friday morning, Bruce
Kone, MD, Dean of the UF qI
College of Medicine, and
Kathleen Long, PhD, RN,
FAAN, Dean of the UF College
of Nursing, jointly presented on
challenging the status quo in
health professions education, and
introducing ideas for innovation
in education that will prepare the The panel on nurse work environments sparked discussion
next generation of physicians and amongst the audience. Seated are panelists Dr. Linda Aike
nurses to address our growing Dr. Chris Friese and Dr. Donna Neff.
nurses to address our growing
health care problems.
Dean Long stressed new options to embrace in a time of shortage, including
more education for every nurse, expansion of interdisciplinary practices, and teams for
"Change will demand strong nursing leaders," Dean Long said, "who are willing
to speak out about the need for new models of health care delivery."
Dr. Kone echoed Dean Long's call for more collaboration and teamwork to shape
health care in 2020.
"Education systems in general breed the creativity out of us," Dr. Kone said.
"Standardization does not raise standards."
Under the current system of medical education, Dr. Kone added, "We don't teach
collaboration well, or communication about problem solving."
Continuing the discussion on education were Melanie C. Dreher, PhD, RN,
FAAN, John L. and Helen Kellogg Dean, College of Nursing, Rush University and
C. Fay Raines, PhD, RN, Dean, College of Nursing, the University of Alabama
in Huntsville and President-elect, American Association of Colleges of Nursing,
who jointly presented on the Clinical Nurse Leader and Doctor of Nursing
The nursing shortage is a quality problem, not just a quantity problem, Dr. Dreher
"There is a need to truly distinguish technical from professional nursing responsi-
bilities and re-credential accordingly, as well as a need for consistency with other health
professionals," Dr. Dreher said while discussing the Clinical Nurse Leader movement.
The Clinical Nurse Leader role is a master's level nursing generalist prepared to
provide the best possible client care in all settings. CNLs collaborate with the client's
family members, seek consultation with other members of the health care team and
serve as the client's advocate in the health care system.
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The Gator Nurse provides
information about our
Dorothy Smith Leadership
Conference. Dr. Bruce
Kone, the new dean of
our College of Medicine,
and I had the opportunity
to share a presentation
at that conference. Our KATHLEEN ANN LONG
PHD, RN, FAAN
message was the same: PHD, RN, FAAN
the status quo is not good enough-either in
patient care or in the health professions education
programs that are preparing our future clinicians.
Reports from the Institute of Medicine indicate
that 50 to 100,000 persons are harmed in our
health care systems, and thousands killed by error,
With almost 2.5 million registered nurses in the
U.S. workforce, one wonders what prevents nurses
from simply changing the status quo and insuring
safe care for patients across this country. I believe
there are two major barriers: education and courage.
Our U.S. nursing workforce overall remains undered-
ucated for the critically important roles nurses hold
in today's complex care systems. At the UF College
of Nursing, we espouse the philosophy that every
nurse needs more education-whether this is an
RN pursuing a BSN, a new BSN graduate going on
for graduate education, a seasoned faculty member
seeking a DNP or PhD, or a nursing leader attending
continuing education sessions. The rate of change in
today's and tomorrow's health care settings insures
that no one is well prepared for very long. Never has
life-long learning been more essential.
I believe that the kind of education we provide at
the UF College of Nursing instills courage as well
as knowledge. Today's nursing graduates need
courage to assume leadership in preventing patient
care errors, changing the systems that cause them
and developing the teams that make lasting change.
The faculty members and alumni whom I encounter
everyday are role models for courageous actions
that improve patient care. I hope that when I am a
patient, well-educated and courageous nurses will
keep me safe. I invite you to share that hope and
join me in supporting the UF College of Nursing in
providing the kind of education that instills courage
while imparting knowledge.
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"Today's patient-care delivery model
has not kept up with reality, and
expanding the supply of workers is
not sufficient to address changing
health care needs."
-Bobbi Kimball, MBA, RN
Dorothy M. Smith Conference speaker and awardee
Dr. Dreher emphasized optimizing competencies with new
models of patient care that leverage educated nurses as a scarce
Dr. Raines presented an overview of the Doctor of Nursing
Practice movement. She discussed how changes in nursing education
and practice are a response to the dramatic changes in health care,
changes requiring more knowledge on the part of nurses.
The need to develop advanced competencies for increasingly
complex clinical and leadership roles is coupled with the fact that
credits and time invested in master's programs are not congruent
with the credential earned, thereby spurring the DNP movement,
Dr. Raines outlined.
Both movements in nursing education are poised to change the
face of nursing education, and the presentation prompted a flurry of
questions and discussion among the audience.
Also presenting on Friday was Bobbi Kimball, MBA, RN,
Healthcare Management Consultant and Executive Coach, and
Senior Fellow at the Center for the Health Professions at the
University of California San Francisco, who said the key to resolving
health care issues lies in innovative approaches to delivering care.
"Today's patient-care delivery model has not kept up with real-
ity," she said, "and expanding the supply of workers is not sufficient
to address changing health care needs."
Kimball foresees an elevated role for nurses (who will serve to
integrate care), a team approach to that care, and care that will con-
tinue from the hospital to the home.
Successful strategies will target the growing number of elderly,
who will be "high users" of health care.
Note: The conference also featured the Dorothy M. Smith
Nursing Leadership Awards. For more on the awardees, see page 5.
 Administrative Director of Profession Practice Ginger Pesata and Dr. Rose
Rivers, Chief Nursing Officer of the Shands Healthcare System;  Senior
Vice President Health Affairs Dr. Doug Barrett and College of Nursing
Executive Associate Dean Dr. Dee Williams talk with Dr. Paul Duncan of the
College of Public Health and Health Professions;  Conference attendee
Dr. Karla Schmitt chats with Catherine Kelly, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of
Florida Vice President of Public Affairs, and conference speaker Dr. Linda
Aiken;  Dr. Aiken, conference speaker Dr. Melanie Dreher, Dean Long and
conference speaker Dr. Fay Raines.
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College Honors Alumni
Who Embody Dorothy
Smith's Visionary Spirit
The University of Florida College of Nursing honors those out-
standing alumni who continue to uphold Dean Smith's vision
for nursing and health care. These awards are given during the
Dorothy M. Smith Conference to those who exemplify four diverse
areas of nursing achievement Dean Smith helped to unite.
LINDA MOODY [ PHD, MSN, MPH, FAAN, BC ]
Linda Moody retired in 2007 as a distinguished professor emeritus
from the University of South Florida. She previously served as a
faculty member and co-director of the PhD program at the UF
College of Nursing. While at UF, she started the first computer lab
for faculty and graduate students and was one of two faculty to first
receive NIH research funding in 1984.
At USF, Dr. Moody served as Director of Research and Associate
Dean of Graduate Studies. In 1997, she was instrumental in devel-
oping the school's PhD nursing program after receiving a federal
grant from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
Dr. Moody's research interests have long been focused in the areas
of palliative care and end of life, especially aging issues. She is also
interested in the development and testing of clinical informatics appli-
cations to improve patient care and patient safety. Having received
numerous state and national awards, including the Florida Nurses
Association Researcher Award and the University of South Florida
Distinguished Scholar Award, Dr. Moody remains active in research
and consulting and serves as an editorial board member of Holistic
Nursing Practice, Nursing Science Quarterly, and Healthcare Quality of
Life International. She received her BSN, MN and PhD from the UF
College of Nursing.
BOBBI KIMBALL [ MBA, RN ]
Bobbi Kimball is a health care management consultant and execu-
tive coach with 25 years of experience designing, implementing and
promoting innovative change across the healthcare spectrum. An
experienced public speaker and writer, Ms. Kimball co-authored a
prominent intensive national study on the American nursing shortage
published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Prior to starting her own business, Ms. Kimball served as a vice
president and chief nursing officer at California Pacific Medical Center
in San Francisco, where she was formally recognized as a visionary and
advocate for the nursing profession.
Her progressive management career includes leadership roles in
clinical, educational, research and administrative services that span the
continuum of care including acute, tertiary, ambulatory, hospice and
a major health plan. Known as an innovative leader and implementer
of new consumer-driven services, Ms. Kimball was active in early
hospice program development and implemented the first Planetree
(L-R) Carolyn Steadham, Linda Jenkins, Dean Kathleen Long, Bobbi Kimball
and Dr. Linda Moody.
Model Hospital Unit, a humanistic, patient and family-driven model
of health care delivery and patient education.
She currently serves as a Senior Fellow at the Center for the
Health Professions at the University of California San Francisco.
Ms. Kimball received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the
University of Florida and a Master's in Business Administration from
the University of San Francisco.
CAROLYN STEADHAM [ MSN, RN ]
Carolyn Steadham is currently the Vice President of Pediatric Nursing
and Patient Services at Miller Children's Hospital in Long Beach, CA.
In this role, she has directed the growth of this hospital from 198 beds
to 308 beds, including the addition of 83 beds dedicated to the care of
women and newborns.
Ms. Steadham taught pediatrics at UF for a year before becoming
the Nursing Director at Sunland Center in Gainesville (now named
Tacachale). During this time, she provided administrative leadership
for the opening of community residences for children with develop-
mental disabilities as well as complex medical problems. Ms. Steadham
also taught both undergraduate and graduate students at the College
She moved to Southern California in 1989, where she was
a Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Los Angeles County
Department of Health Services and participated in the development
of standards of care for hospitalized pediatric patients.
Ms. Steadham received her MSN at the UF College of Nursing
LINDA JENKINS [ BSN ]
Linda Jenkins teaches prepared childbirth classes using a pragmatic,
modified Lamaze method and has done so since the birth of her second
child in 1967. Director of BirthPrep.com, which provides training and
preparation to health care providers in this method, she is author of the
book Pregnancy, Birth & You, and has been intimately involved in the
translation of this book into Spanish.
Ms. Jenkins has researched and filmed births in the United States,
South and Central America, Europe and Japan. Her professional
background includes eight years on the faculty of the University of
California at San Francisco.
Ms. Jenkins received her BSN from the University of Florida.
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Poe Receives 2007 International Educator Award
By Katie Phelan
A lice Poe, DSN, CNM, Associate Professor, was chosen as a 2007 recipient of
Sthe UF International Educator Award. The University of Florida International
l Center recognizes professors from each College who have shown exceptional
iA. I international contributions to their respective fields for the year.
S .. Eligible awardees must have demonstrated excellence in at least two of the fol-
lowing factors: research, teaching, and service. Each awardee received $1,000.
Dr. Poe serves as coordinator of the nurse midwifery master's degree track. She
teaches nurse-midwifery and research with graduate students and offers a maternity
care practicum for undergraduate students at the College's Jacksonville campus.
Dr. Poe's research focuses on predictors of spontaneous lacerations during
childbirth among women having their first child. Her primary goals include greatly
improved health outcomes for new mothers and decreased cost for their health care. She has presented her find-
ings at international conferences in six countries, and her research is easily translated to various international
health care systems.
During the past two years, Dr. Poe has been collaborating with nurse midwifery professor Ania Michalik,
from the Medical University of Gdansk, Poland on international nurse midwifery. They will present their find-
ings at the International Confederation of Midwives in Scotland in the summer of 2008.
Dr. Poe was honored to have received the award and believes that international collaboration is healthy for
"I benefited a lot from working internationally-the more we collaborate, the stronger we all will be in our
research and skills," she said.
Honor Students Find Hard Work
and Dedication Pays Off
By Christa Wagers
Exceeding the required 40 hours to spend on a class research project
has paid off.
Claire Lewis and Elida Benitez are two of 12 UF undergraduate
nursing students who presented their findings at the Southern Nurse
Research Society conference in Alabama in February.
"It was great exposure and a wonderful experience," Lewis said. Senior BSN students Elida Benitez and Claire Lewis.
When the pair was looking for a topic, Lewis's adviser introduced her
to Maude Rittman, PhD, RN, chief nurse for research at the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Affairs
Health System. Dr. Rittman allowed the UF students to analyze some of her survey data about caregiving of
post-stroke veterans. Lewis and Benitez chose to focus on the relationship between the amount of time a care-
giver spends with a patient and how that patient views the caregiving experience.
The regional conference is primarily an opportunity for nurses in academic and clinical settings to pres-
ent their research and network, said David Stumph, Executive Director of the Southern Nursing Research
Society. Undergraduate participation in research presentations is unusual, but Stumph said he hopes it becomes
The project Lewis and Benitez are presenting will fulfill a requirement for an honors nursing course.
"[The research project] really lets them know the kinds of things beyond what you learn in the classroom,"
said Josephine Snider, EdD, coordinator of the Honors Program for 35 years.
However, attending and presenting at conferences are not required.
"It is a little bit nerve-wracking, but at the same time it's an honor," Benitez said.
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Clinical Laboratory Coordinator Donna
Jeanne Pugh completed the 3rd edition text,
Medical Assisting-Administrative and Clinical
Assistant Professor Dr. Bryan Weber has
three manuscripts in press or published on
men's health issues in American Journal of
Men's Health, Urologic Nursing and journal of
Aging & Health.
Associate Professor Dr. Joyce Stechmiller
was awarded one of the highly competitive
VA Employee Education System Innovation
Grants. She will be developing a Skin and
Wound Healing Clinical, Education and
Research Program. The award is one of two
in the "Innovation in Instructional Design"
category and a related manuscript was recently
accepted for publication in Wound Repair
and Regeneration. She has also been invited
to review for the NIH Behavioral Medicine:
Interventions & Outcomes Study section.
Annabel Davis Jenks Endowed Professor
Dr. Beverly Roberts currently has two articles
in press: "Feeding Difficulties among Persons
with Dementia" in Journal of Clinical Nursing
and "Predictors of Modification in Instrumental
Activities of Daily Living in Persons with
Heart Failure" in the Journal of Heart Failure.
Dr. Roberts will also be working with visiting
faculty member from University of Korea,
Dr. Rhayun Song, on new studies of tai chi.
Dr. Maude Rittman will be presenting a post-
er at the VA Health Services Research &
Development Conference in Baltimore, MD,
on "Subjective Sleep, Burden, Depression and
Health among Caregivers of Veterans Post
Stroke," for her work at the NFSGVA.
Associate Professor and Associate Dean
for Research Dr. Ann Horgas and Assistant
Professor Dr. Sunny Yoon, and two other
co-authors, recently had their manuscript,
"Relationship Between Pain and Functional
Disability in Black and White Older Adults,"
accepted for publication by Research in Nursing
Clinical Assistant Professor Dr. Laura Sutton
chairs the Fall Prevention Task Force at Shands
at UF. They are currently negotiating use of
copyrighted fall assessment tools and educa-
Courtesy Assistant Clinical Professor
Professors Carla Anderson, Courtesy
Assistant Clinical Professor Dr. Beverly
Childress and Adjunct Clinical Assistant
Professor Dr. Deborah Ingram will be present-
ing a poster at the VHA Nursing Leadership
Conference in Seattle, WA. Their poster is
on "Innovative Approaches to Promoting
Recruitment and Retention of Nurses and
Associate Professor Dr. Andrea Gregg was
elected chair of AACN OLN steering com-
accomplishments in brief
A number of faculty members presented at
the Southern Nursing Research Society con-
ference in February 2008. Clinical Assistant
Professor Dr. Lori Thomas presented her work
on "Dyspnea Assessment by Family Caregivers
of Elders with COPD."
Assistant Professor Dr. Sunny Yoon with
Clinical Assistant Professor Dr. Susan
Schaffer presented on "Dose Adjustment of
Prescribed Medications Related to Smoking
Cessation: Is it Necessary?"
Several of the College's faculty members
recently renewed or obtained certification.
Clinical Assistant Professor Dr. Laura Sutton
recently renewed her certification as an Adult
Clinical Assistant Professor Sharon Bradley
and Clinical Assistant Professor and
Department Chair Dr. Maxine Hinze success-
fully completed the CNL certification exam.
Visiting Assistant Professor Dr. Sandra Citty
recently became ANCC certified as an FNP.
Clinical Assistant Professor Dr. Denise
Schentrup and Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Jane Gannon recently received their Doctor
of Nursing Practice degrees.
Visiting Assistant Professor Bonnie Carlin
presented a poster at the Fifth Annual Magnet
Conference in Clearwater, FL in February
2008. The poster is based on her research proj-
ect in her "home unit" at Shands at UF.
SPRING 2008 7
UF Faculty Member Named to
Nurse Association Board of Directors
Gloria McWhirter, MSN, RN, Clinical Assistant Professor, was recently elected to the National
Black Nurses Association Board of Directors. McWhirter teaches nursing courses to undergraduate
Students and also coordinates academic student services in the College. She developed and con-
tinues to implement a preparation program for the National Council Licensure Examination for
McWhirter devotes much of her time to the recruitment, mentoring and retention of students
from minority groups or disadvantaged backgrounds. She also serves as the liaison between the
College and the Bethune-Cookman College of Nursing in a pipeline program focused on develop-
ing opportunities for nursing students from BCC to pursue graduate study at UF.
The National Black Nurses Association represents more than 150,000 black nurses in the
United States, Eastern Caribbean and Africa. It encourages members to learn about the health care needs of black people and
other minorities in an effort to reduce disparities.
Urinary Dysfunction Troubles Men
Who Undergo Prostate Removal
en with prostate cancer who have their prostate removed
cite sexual dysfunction as the most common side effect after
surgery, but urinary dysfunction troubles these patients most,
reports a University of Florida College of Nursing researcher. What's
more, many aren't emotionally prepared to face these complications.
The study findings, published in a recent issue of Urologic
Nursing, underscore the need for health-care practitioners to educate
their patients about the physical and psychological effects the surgery
will have on their everyday lives.
"The effects of this treatment are quite immediate and can lead
to depression and frustration," said Bryan Weber, PhD, ARNP, an
assistant professor in the UF College of Nursing and the study's lead
author. "After an initial diagnosis of prostate cancer, men may be so
focused on eradicating the disease that they don't realize the effects
the treatment will have on their quality of life, both for them and
Prostate cancer is the No. 1 cancer among men, excluding skin
cancer. With more baby boomers reaching their 50s and 60s, it is
expected to grow even more prevalent, with more than 200,000 cases
diagnosed in 2007. Given the various treatment options for prostate
cancer, men who undergo radical prostatectomy may initially decide
that the risk of physical dysfunction is worth the benefit of improved
likelihood of survival. But many don't know what to expect in the
months after surgery, Dr. Weber said.
Physical side effects of prostate cancer treatment limit daily
activities and may interfere with a man's sense of masculinity and
self-confidence. Urinary incontinence, for example, requires the
use of pads that add considerable bulkiness to clothing and create
concern about leakage and odor. Sexual dysfunction interferes with
a man's sense of self and may limit the relationship he has with his
significant other, Dr. Weber said.
In the study, UF researchers evaluated 72 men six weeks after
undergoing prostatectomy. In addition to measuring participants'
physical function and assessing for urinary/bowel symptoms and
sexual dysfunction, the researchers also evaluated measures of self-
confidence, social support and uncertainty about the disease and
Fifty-seven percent of the men reported low to moderate social
support, indicating that many of the topics proved embarrassing
for them to discuss with others, Dr. Weber said. The level of social
support was significantly related to urinary problems, revealing that
men with urinary incontinence may need more support than those
with more control.
"Within the first 100 days of diagnosis, men may be so distressed
and so focused on curing their cancer that they don't focus on these
side effects, which is what makes it imperative for health care profes-
sionals to educate them about ways in which their lives will change
and how they can cope," Dr. Weber said. "Almost immediately after
treatment, men may experience depression, awkwardness and emas-
culation, which greatly affect on their quality of life."
Dr. Weber suggests that clinicians assess men and their sup-
port systems, identify changes in physical function that may occur
as a result of treatment, and direct them to products and services
designed to help them cope with the immediate effects of sexual
dysfunction and urinary and bowel incontinence.
For example, Dr. Weber said numerous medications aim to
ease sexual dysfunction, but men may not realize how expensive
these drugs are or be aware of their potential side effects. Similarly,
a number of options for urinary incontinence exists, such as boxer
shorts designed to hold urinary pads, lessening the embarrassment of
having to wear such items.
"Education and counseling should be provided to these men to
better inform and prepare patients for the physical side effects they
are likely to experience postoperatively," Dr. Weber said. "Since we
know that men are less likely to rely on support groups or be more
embarrassed to discuss these items with family and friends, it's even
more vital for health-care professionals to stress these issues and
include options for patients. Men need to be introduced to different
options, make choices and regain control over their lives."
"Men need to be introduced to
different options, make choices
and regain control over their lives."
Bryan Weber, PhD, ARNP, Assistant Professor
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In the Womb:
UF Nursing Researcher Awarded Grant to
Study Fetuses' Ability to Learn and Remember
Can fetuses learn and remem-
ber what they hear while in
the womb? College of Nursing
Assistant Professor Charlene Krueger,
PhD, ARNP, was awarded a three year
grant for $330,000 by the National
Science Foundation to support her pro-
gram of research directed at answering
this question. Dr. Krueger's study seeks
to describe the development of fetal
ability to learn and remember while in
the developmentally appropriate uter-
ine environment. Findings will be com-
pared with results from her previous
study of preterm infants in the altered
hospital environment of the neonatal
intensive care unit (NICU).
Previous research in this area shows
that the fetus responds to auditory stim-
ulation around 20 weeks. The mother's
voice is a unique auditory stimulus
because the fetus experiences
her speech in multiple ways.
Not only does the fetus
hear the mother's speech,
but as she speaks, her ver-
tebral column vibrates and re
her diaphragm gently rocks
her baby in sync with her i
The study will use a
sample of 40 women, with
20 in the experimental group
and 20 in the control group.
Fetuses of the 40 women re
will be tracked from 28
weeks' fetal gestational age
to 24-48 hours after birth.
Can fetuses learn and
member what they hear w[
the womb? Dr. Krueger's stL
uill try to shed light on fet
Cognition of maternal voice
group) or an unfamiliar rhyme (control
group) in an effort to describe how the
fetus learns and remembers a passage of
speech. The primary outcome measures
are heart rate, heart rate variability, and
movement. Pilot findings suggest that
the fetus will respond with a heart rate
change or cardiac orienting response
by 34 weeks of age (primary measure
of learning). So at 34 weeks of age, the
researchers will ask mothers to discon-
tinue reciting the nursery rhyme and
continue testing at 36 and 38 weeks,
and at 24-48 hours after birth. This will
test the ability of the fetus and infant to
remember the nursery rhyme.
Study objectives are to record
fetuses' heart rate responses to the CD
recording of an unfamiliar female recit-
ing a rhyme, and to determine if a
change in heart rate or cardiac orienting
response will be detected by
34 weeks in the experimental
group (but not detected in the
control group). Relationships
between heart rate, heart rate
i Ie variability and movement
from 28 weeks' gestation to
dy, 24-48 hours after birth will
S be examined, and whether
fetuses are capable ofremem-
a being the rhyme weeks after
mothers stop recitation will
also be tested.
e. Dr. Krueger's study
aims to provide a basic
description of the emergence
of learning and memory in
The mothers will be randomly assigned to one of two groups
and will recite a rhyme to their unborn babies from 28 to 34
Fetuses will be tested with a CD recording of a female
stranger reciting either the familiar rhyme (experimental
the fetus. She believes that a comparison of data generated
from this study and findings from her earlier studies in the
preterm infant will help researchers design interventions that
incorporate exposure to maternal voice for preterm infants at
risk for learning disabilities.
SPRING 2008 9
COLLEGE SAYS GOODBYE TO DEAR FRIEND BETTY WARNER
dear friend of the College of Nursing, Betty
Warner, retired educator, wife and mother of
four children, passed away on December 19,
2007 at the age of 92. Betty's daughter, Linda
Aiken, is a distinguished alumna of the University of Florida and
the College of Nursing.
Betty was a teacher and a pioneer in her field of remedial read-
ing. She had a passion for teaching that was evident throughout
"My mother graduated from the College of William and
Mary at a time when only four percent of American women
held college degrees. Just like College of Nursing founding Dean
Dorothy M. Smith, she was a woman ahead of her time. And also
like Dean Smith, she literally changed the life course of many of
her students," Dr. Aiken said.
Betty was committed to life-long learning and received her
master's degree from the University of Florida in 1966 at the same
graduation her daughter Linda received her master's degree from
the College of Nursing.
The College of Nursing named a classroom after Betty
Warner, in 2005, which was revealed to her as a 90h' birthday
surprise from her family. The Harman and Aiken families made a
substantial gift to the College to support the Dorothy M. Smith
The family decided to give back to UF in honor of both their
mother and her devotion to education and teaching and in support of
Dean Smith who was a close mentor to Dr. Aiken.
"My mother and Dorothy Smith were so much alike. I was so
fortunate to have them both contribute to shaping my life," Dr.
Betty was a devoted Gator fan since moving to Gainesville
in the 1940s. One could often find her decked out in orange and
blue cheering the Gators on at football games, Gator Growls,
and Homecoming parades. She was active in Alpha Chi Omega
sorority and worked to get the current sorority house built some
years ago. Betty truly loved Gainesville and the University.
Although Betty moved from Gainesville to Stuart in later life, she
continued to support the Gators.
Betty was loved by many, including her large family of 4
children, 6 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren.
"It was a privilege to know Betty Warner. Her accomplish-
ments, and those of her children, are an inspiration for others,
and we are honored to have a classroom in the College that bears
Betty's name. It is a lasting reminder of what determined, commit-
ted women contribute to our world," Dean Long said.
She will be greatly missed by all.
Betty Warner, MEd
(born Grace Elizabeth Philips)
OCTOBER 6, 1915 DECEMBER 19, 2007
Ms. Warner and her family with first lady Chris Machen
and Dean Kathleen Long after the classroom dedication
ceremony in Betty's honor. (L-R) Mr. Will Harman, Ms.
Warner's son, and his wife, Cheryl; Dean Long; Mrs. Chris
Machen; Ms. Betty Warner; Dr. Linda Aiken, Ms. Warner's
daughter; Ms. Judy Ware, Ms. Warner's daughter; and Mr.
Rob Harman, Ms. Warner's son, and his wife, Linda.
10 THE GATOR NURSE
Alumna Honors Her Mother with
Bequest to College of Nursing
Gift will Benefit Graduate Scholarships
By Katie Phelan
A lumna Gayle Boyer Olson and
husband Dr. Gary Olson are
honoring Gayle's mother,
Margaret Giles Boyer Housel, with a
bequest that half of their estate go to
the College of Nursing. An endowment
fund will be established to provide
scholarships and fellowships for gradu-
ate nursing students. It is the Olson's
wish that the UF Foundation will apply "
for matching funds from the State of
Florida Trust fund. Margaret Giles Boyer Housel
The endowment is named for Gayle's
mother to honor her work in nursing and her commitment to advanced
nursing education. Mrs. Housel graduated from the Kahler School of
Nursing in Rochester, Minnesota, and worked in nursing throughout
her life, including many years at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater
and as a public health nurse for Pinellas County. After retiring, she
worked as a volunteer at ChannelMarkers, an agency that assists people
with visual impairment. Dedicated to nursing and to public health,
Mrs. Housel's belief in the importance of advanced education for
nurses was forged over a long and highly service-oriented career.
The Olson's desire to contribute to the UF capital campaign has
been influenced by Dean Kathleen Long's vision and dedication to
the advancement of nursing education and the exciting educational
opportunities the College offers.
"We have been impressed with the knowledge and leadership
of Dean Long She has imparted to us the great need for nurses with
graduate degrees to help alleviate the severe and worsening nursing
faculty shortages in Florida and across the country. It is our desire that
the College of Nursing have funds available to attract and retain top
students who will go on to make significant contributions in research
and teaching. We are privileged to be part of the Florida Tomorrow
Campaign," Mrs. Olson said. "It is our belief that UF contributes
greatly to the economic livelihood of Florida and to the overall health
and well-being of Florida's citizens. The College of Nursing is a vitally
important component of the University."
Dr. and Mrs. Olson currently live in Palo Alto, CA. Dr. Olson is
a psychologist in private practice, and Mrs. Olson works as a residential
real estate agent. Mrs. Olson graduated from the College of Nursing's
second graduating class and worked as a psychiatric nurse at Shands
and later at psychiatric hospitals in the West.
The Olson's are avid Gator fans and continue to be involved with
the University of Florida.
Chamings' Experiences as a
Faculty Member and Student
Inspires Her to Give Back
Inspired by her experiences as both a student and a fac-
ulty member at the University of Florida College of Nursing,
Patricia Chamings, PhD, RN, FAAN, and her family recently
gave a gift to establish a nursing scholarship.
Dr. Chamings and family gave an initial donation of
$25,000 to the College, which she plans to supplement
with an annual gift of $20,000 for the next four years a
gift totalling $105,000. The Chamings Family Nursing
Scholarship will benefit UF nursing students.
Dr. Chamings currently serves as Dean of Nursing
at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State
She received her diploma in nursing from Orange
Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Orlando. She
wanted to continue her nursing education but was not sure
where to attend. That was made easy after founding Dean
Dorothy Smith visited her diploma class and cemented her
Dr. Chamings earned her BSN from UF in 1964 and
began working in the surgical specialties unit at Shands.
However, after a summer of working she returned to the
College and joined the first class to graduate with their
master's degree in nursing from UF in 1965. Dr. Chamings
remained in Gainesville working in a Nurse III position
in General Surgery at Shands. It was not long until Dr.
Chamings returned to the College for a third time; however,
this time not as a student, but as a full time member of the
faculty. She remained at UF until 1969.
Dr. Chamings has continued to work in various facets
of nursing for the past 50 years. Along with working in clini-
cal settings, she has served as a faculty member at five differ-
ent universities in teaching and administrative roles, includ-
ing Dean of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at
Greensboro. Dr. Chamings also has held faculty positions at
Vanderbilt University and Emory University and served in
the US Air Force Reserve Nurse Corps officer for 30 years.
She retired at the rank of Colonel.
The gift Dr. Chamings and her family bestowed upon
the College was in honor of both her and her mother's com-
mitment and dedication to the field of nursing.
"I have had a very fulfilling and rewarding career and
would not change any part of it. The University of Florida
College of Nursing has been very meaningful to me, and I
believe it is important to give back. I never really thought
I would have the means to provide an endowment, but
since I do it is a pleasure to give back to UF nursing," Dr.
SPRING 2008 11
Ensuring a Tradition of Excellence
$500,000 and Above
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of
Thomas H. Maren Foundation
Gayle G. & Gary M. Olson
$100,000 to $499,999
Thomas M. & Irene B. Kirbo
Linda E. Moody
North Florida Regional Medical
Matthew A. Obinger
Jennet M. Wilson
$50,000 to $99,999
Linda H. Aiken
William J. & Patricia M. Alcorn
Patricia A. Chamings
John F. & Mary K. Habgood
Stumpy & Dorothy L. Harris
$25,000 to $49,999
$10,000 to $24,999
Joshua C. Chase
Florida Hospital Medical Center
The Hon. Warren S. & Polly S.
$5,000 to $9,999
Kaye D. Kernodle
John F. Moore
Shands at the University of
$1,000 to $4,999
Jerome L. & Evelyne H.
Hubert W. Collins, Jr.
Cornell University Foundation
Trafton M. & Maude W.
William J. & Ellen G. Eells
Beverly H. Etheredge
Florida Clinical Practice
Richard W. & Elizabeth
BarBee & Charles K. Geiger, Sr.
Joseph Handleman Charitable
Carol V. Hayes-Christiansen
Jo Annalee Irving
Prof. Ernest H. Jernigan
Edward D. & Suzanne M. Long
Kathleen Ann Long
David A. & Christine M. Loucks
Mary R. Lynn
Carol C. Marks
Clair E. Martin
Mitchell L. McElroy
Marian 0. & David W. Newton
Margaret J. Nist
Carole H. Patterson
Procter & Gamble Co.
Sabrina S. 8 Peter C. Smith
M. Josephine Snider
I. J. Van Huffel Foundation
Glenn H. Williams
M. Dee Williams & Joseph B.
$100 to $999
Captain Christine L. Abelein
Carol A. & Eugene W. Adcock
Sharon A. Akes-Caves
Barbara J. Allgood
American College of Nurses-
Gene C. Anderson & Richard
Kimberlly M. Araguez
David J. & Rebecca Argenti
Patricia G. Austin
Anita K. Bainum
Sandy & Jeffrey D. Baiocco
Robert P. & Phyllis A. Baker
Amy J. Barton
Curtis S. Basso
Geremy G. Beasley, R.N.,
Margaret M. & Richard J.
Judith L. Beikman
Denise A. Benbow
Susan S. Bengtsson
Mary J. Bernier
Michael E. & Maryann P.
Grace M. Bielkiewicz
Janice G. & Thomas G. Bird
Brant S. & Linda S. Bittner
Patrick D. Brackett
Maj. Elizabeth A. Bradley
Janice L. Bradley
James M. & Juanita S. Bradley
Sheryl 0. Buchanan
Kimberly K. Burns
Julie Klink Callebert
Colleen A. Campbell
Barbara A. Cappabianco
Janet C. Carroll
Ruth Kallai Castiello
Robert B. & Teresa A.
Kerry H. & James R. Cheever
Anthony J. & Betty J. Chiota
Erika A. Cilurso
Mary J. Clayton
Rodney G. B. Clements
Kathryn I. Clinefelter
Faye S. Coe
Holly M. Colavin
Deborah L. Colehower
Suzanne S. Conrad
Alice J. Cook
Mary M. Cook
Shirley A. Corbett
Mona M. Counts
Myrna S. & Kenneth G.
Natalia N. Cruz
Jane C. & Richard E. Cullen
Kim Curry & Kenneth W.
Margaret E. Davis
Karen A. Dawes
Nancy V. Dickson
Bonnie A. Dixon
Emily E. Donelson
Sharon L. Dormire
Molly C. Dougherty
Rachael M. Drayton
Janis D. Duncan
Beth S. East
Clare B. Edelen
Jennifer A. & Stephen C. Elder
Linda L. Erskine-Bauer
R Maurice F. Faulk, Jr., USN
J. Seleeta Favara
John E. Fesperman
Vivian W. Filer
Frederick E. Fisher
Pamela L. Flaherty
John Michael Flaitz
Kristin Stich Foerster
Loretta C. Ford
Tracia A. & D. Michael
Susan W. Freedman
Judith S. Freeland
Christopher R. Friese
Crystal R. Frye
Kathlyn A. Gaines, DSN,
Barbara A. Galvin
Richard B. Gibbons
Valerie J. Ginn
Stacy A. Glynn
Lori K. Golden
Deborah L. Gonynor
Arnold B. Grobman
Divina Gracia Grossman, Ph.D.
Holli A. Hallmark
Ruth K. Hallmark
Bonnie L. Hammack
Karen Lee Hanson
Kimberly A. Harber
Joan L. Harmon
Joanne S. Harrell
Debra C. & George H. Harriman
Sandra A. Hasse
Joyce L. Hayman
James W. & Delma Hendrix
Denise J. Henning
Janice B. Hess
Ken C. & Lucile C. Hicks
Edwin L. & Jennifer M. Hill
Maxine M. & Jimmie Wayne
Charlie E. Hogan, Jr.
Lisa R. Holland
Linda R. Holmes
Claydell H. Horne
Jane F. Houston
Deborah R. Hughes Nuessly
Margaret H. Hughes
Elizabeth F. Hunter
Augusto R. & Grace M. Infante
Linda L. Ingram
J.C. Penney Co., Inc.
Alice B. & Billy E. Jackson
Kunda P. Jagtap
James E. Davis Family
R. Murray Jenks
Jill A. Jernigan
Melanie N. Jescavage
Carol S. Junnier
Kathleen M. Kent
Captain David L. Kerschner
Katrina L. Kingcade
Rita F. & Steven M. Kobb
Kathleen M. Koechlin, Ph.D.,
Susan R. Kohler
Sharon M. Koons
Karen A. Kovaz
Joseph C. Kurtz, Jr.
Patricia A. Kurtz
Helen T. LeClair, R.N.
Shih-Yu S. Lee
Candance J. Levy, R.N., BSN,
Patricia A. Liebhauser
Janet A. & Winfield M.
Susan L. Lloyd
Lode Star Enterprises, Inc.
Robert M. & Joyce A. Lodge
Kathy J. Louvaris
Christine A. Machen
Neil A. MacLeod
Martha S. Maddox
Charles S. & Carolyn L. Mahan
June A. Mair
Carol L. Marden
Alina C. Martin
Linda A. Mason Barber
Susan N. McCabe
Jane E. McCormack
Martha L. McCormick
Gregory J. McCracken
Peter G. McGuire
Leslie W. McMahon
Michael L. Meadows
Suzanne J. Means
Suzanne D. Metz
David J. & Sheila R.
Dennis P. & Carol L. Miller
Harriet D. Miller
Martha R. Miller
Marcia E. Milton
Fatima C. & John P. Mitch
Thomas R. 8 Anna Marie
Sharon E. Muley
Cara W. Myers
Jean M. Nagelkerk
Mary M. Nason
Edna Lou Nastasy
National Heritage Foundation
National Philanthropic Trust
Rose M. Nealis
Janine A. Neiswender
Elizabeth A. Nelson
Susan P. Nevel
Joan T. Newman
Regina Roth Nolting
Robert E. & Barbara A.
Patricia J. & William L. Oriet
Daniel D. Ott
Linda L. Owens
Zoe E. Paiva
Marcia J. & Joe A. Parker
Maryse G. & Jack Parrino
Karen M. Patee
David H. Penoyer, Jr.
Bonnie S. Pepper
Linda K. Perkel
Bonita A. Pilon & Richard H.
Judith S. Pomeroy
Luz S. Porter
Michael J. & Bonnie K. Poston
Gail M. Powell-Cope & Terry
PRG Schultz USA, Inc.
Karin A. Prussak
Patricia A. Quigley
Patricia K. Rackstein
Analie J. Rademaker
Deborah S. Ray
Carol L. Recio
Roberta L. Reed
Melanie D. Register
Anne M. Richter
Arlan L. & Edith K. Rosenbloom
Thomas L. 8 Anne Marie
Santa Fe Community CIg.
Patricia D. Sassner
Martha J. & Thomas M.
Gerold L. Schiebler
Aleta J. Schmidt
Marty & Phyllis Schuler
Ilene D. Schwartz
Mary Elizabeth Schwartz
Betty J. Severyn
Rita M. Sewell
Sandra E. Seymour
Anna M. Shannon
Toni B. Shannon
Julie A. Shapiro
Mary M. Sherman
Kathleen Shiverick & William
F. C. Wrighton
Karen A. Silver
Sharleen H. Simpson
Dawn M. Sims
Mary B. Slack
Marian C. Slater
Octavia T. Slevinski
Emma W. Smith
Bernard E. & Sandra E. Snyder
Melanie J. Sorensen
Deborah K. Spamer
Lois J. Stauffer
Lisa R. Stein
Carol C. Bogan & James B.
Jennifer H. Stenberg
Cleopatra M. Stern
Marguerite N. Stevens
Susan W. Stewart
Susan M. Stone
Katherine Subhani, ARNP
Douglas H. Sutton
Deborah H. Sweet
Mary J. Talbird
Philip M. & Donna L.
Ann M. Thrailkill
Linda A. Tieman
Paula M. Timoney
12 THE GATOR NURSE
The UF College of Nursing is grateful for recent gifts of generous individuals and organizations from July 2006 to December 2007 to benefit our Florida
Tomorrow Campaign. These contributions are helping to change the lives of students, faculty members and the patients for whom we care and are
indicative of the continuing enthusiasm for our college. A tradition of excellence in education, research and practice continues to thrive, due in large part to
the generosity of these philanthropic individuals and organizations.
Kathleen C. & Daniel Clifton
Jacqueline L. Tornoe
Donna M. Treloar
Melanie L. Turco
Constance R. Uphold &
William A. Dunn, Jr.
Audrey L. Urquhart
Carol J. Van Horn
Katherine E. Vandelly
Maria B. Verma
Karen R. & Erik C. Walker
Cathie L. Wallace
Dawn C. Wekenmann
Susan R. Welch
Judith L. White
Susan V. White
Allison S. Whitlock
Kerri B. Whittaker
Carol A. Williams
Kathleen T. Young
E. Ellis & Donna C. Zahra
Sherri Walker Zucker
Marcia A. Zuzul
$100 or less
Patricia A. Adams
Phyllis G. Adams
Carolyn D. Albrycht
Carol M. Allen & Richard J.
Ana E. Alvarez
Barbara S. Anderson
James S. Ansoanuur
Sandra S. Arthur
Sheila R. Barnette
Gracemarie A. Bartley
Carol A. Batchelder
Michele A. Bauman
Larrianne T. Beckwith
Elizabeth Ann Begendorf
Monica L. Belisle
Julie A. Bell
Dennis & Jewel Beran
Richard J. & Carol J. Berge
Eugenia L. Bernard
Caryn Cohen Bernstein
Karen H. Bisogno
Claire C. Blackmon
Sheryl P. Blake-Robinson
Nora C. Blankenship
Elizabeth D. Blossey
Belinda H. & R. Frederick
Janice B. Botwin
Alice R. Boyington
David A. Bradfield
Sherry M. Bramblett
Terry Fay Braun
Amy E. Broeseker
Elizabeth Ann Brooks Spangle
Isabel H. Brooks
Ruby M. Browskowski-
Richardean F. Bruce
Teena M. Burchianti
Thomas S. Burrell
Michelle R. Buth
Gloria W. Calhoun
Wendy D. Camp
Cathy L. Campbell, Ph.D.
Judy B. Campbell
Grace V. Canan-Hemmes
Heather L. Cannon
Betty Lou Carlisle
Veronica A. Carr
Grace S. Carter, R.N.
Marian C. Chase
Leslie R. Cheney
Rebecca J. Clancy
Audrey E. Clark
Kristina E. Clark
Daniel B. Coble
Joan G. Cole
Leslie Lowe Coleman
Susan E. Coleman
Carla L. Collins
Mary K. & Evan M. Collins
Lynne A. & Philip S. Collis
Amy F. Cooley
Mary P. Coons
Clifton J. Cormier
Kathy A. Counts
Michelle A. Covell
Joy L. Covelli
Steven B. Cox
Carla Cone Cozart
Ruth A. Craigmiles
Doris W. Crews
Thomas J. Croasmun
Judy A. Crown
Roy E. Crumley-Forest
Terrence M. Cuellar
Camille A. Culver
Ruthanne L. Curry
Tina M. D'Alessandro
Geraldine C. Daube
Janene B. Dawson
Amy L. De Vore
Susan D. Defilippo
Terry A. Defilippo
Nancy E. DeMaio
Esther A. Denker
Catherine C. DeNobile
Mary J. Distel
Tyronica L. Divine
Kathleen A. & Jeffrey D.
Mary E. Dougherty
Susan M. Douglas
Erica L. Dutton
Renee A. Eaton
Debra R. Eckert
Lois R. & John A. Ellis
Linda K. Etheridge
Trisha L. Evans
Sandra C. T. Everett
Veronica D. Feeg
Julia J. Fesperman
Robert L. & Darlene Fleming
Monique L. Fleurant-Cooper
Melissa R. Fontaine
Richard S. & Monica J. Forth
Barbara G. S. Fortunati
Julie A. Fowler
Kathryn B. Frank
Genevieve A. Gans
Kennedy R. Garcia
Roberta K. Garrett
Marjorie L. Gibson
Deanna C. Goff
Martin D. & Brenda 0. Goode
Heidi M. Graf
Edna & Reid Granger
Cheryl A. Greenberg
Andrea C. & John F. Gregg
Jane P. Griner
Lise D. Gurian
Cathleen A. Hacker
Debbie S. Hall
Sharon A. Halverson
Sarah W. Hand
Anna M. Harper
Doris J. & Peter A. Harrigan
Bonnie S. Harris
Michel R. Hartley
Cynthia W. Hartmann
Patricia L. Hasbrouck
Nancy J. Smith-Haugen
Debra G. & Richard E. Hawkins
John E. Hawkins
Deborah L. Healy
Mary L. Helfrich Jones, Ph.D.
Vicki C. Herridge
Mary K. Hilbert
Christina E. Hill
Debra A. Hill
Vincent J. & Patricia A. Hilsen
Lyndsay N. Holmes
Ann L. Horgas-Marsiske
Amanda M. Hyde
Christine Miller Irwin
Bard C. & Susan S. Jackson
Kimberly S. Jarczyk
Betty D. Jax
Farrah P. Jenkins
Kathleen M. & Steven W. Jett
Cecilia M. Jevitt
Alison Ann John
Anne M. Johnson
Carolyn U. Johnson
Phyllis L. Johnson
Audrey C. Joiner
Cherity L. & Conrad S.
Linda T. Kane
Dianne Fisher Kaseman
Margaret G. Kayhani
Eleanore Smith Kellicutt
Melissa E. Kenny
Ermalynn M. Kiehl
Sally N. Kimbrell
Sandra A. & Colonel Joseph
Diana S. Kizer
Ellen C. Knudsen
Barrie B. & Lawrence Kobb
Diana & Donald L. Kovac
James & Ruth P. Kovach
Paula H. Krueger
Corlean M. Kuhl
Deanna M. LaCasse
Terri L. Lachman
Diane P. Laflam
Tamara P. & Jonathan C. Lane
James H. & Elizabeth P.
Aniela L. Ledon
Cheryl L. Legg
Cmdr. Susanne M. LeMaire
Daniel M. & Beverly K. Lewis
Trenese L. Lightfoot
Janice G. Lipsky
Lorraine E. & Charles H.
Lynn B. Lloyd
Diane M. Loffredo
Loretta C. & Anthony W. Lopez
Carol K. Love
Diane E. Luke
Elizabeth Monti MacDermott
Maureen E. Macke
Patricia L. Malone
Kathryn M. Marcet
Deborah L. Marino
Deborah G. Martin
Diane S. Masin
Melinda L. Masterson
Cheryl L. & J. David Mathews
Sharon R. Mayes
Joan F. McCarthy, C.N.M.
Julie W. McCarty
Shirley N. McCulloch
Terrie J. McKelvie
Kimberly H. McKinnon
Susan C. McMillan
Jean M. Melby
Amy P. Mesnick
Jane E. Meyer
Wayne A. Mikell
Karen E. & Philip R. Miles
Anne M. Mitchel
Sherri L. Mizrahy
Christine P. Monday
Janell M. Monetti
Greta V. Montes
Jill E. Morgan
Linda A. Morris
Teresa S. Munn
Cecil & Cathy Mills Naftel
Shari K. & Brian C. Nederhoff
Donna A. Neilson
Leilani D. Nettleship
Margaret J. Newton
Captain Chad R. Nichols
Donna B. O'Brien
Jack J. & Ruth Occhiogrosso
Donald H. & Barbara B. Odell
Alice P. Ohmstede
Laural A. Opalinski
Margery S. Pacchetti
Douglas W. Palmer
Nancy L. Parrish
Pasco Regional Medical Center
Vivian B. Pearson
Lorraine M. Pedecone
Sharon Sites Pesek
Jan P. Pinkston, R.N., B.S.N.
Kathryn A. & Dominic A.
Barbara Prior Pitts
Cheryl V. & Jeffrey L. Player
Trudy Porter Adams & Gary
Carol F. Publicover
Debra M. Pusateri
Sandra S. Raab
Janet Worrell Radford
Angela J. & James E.
Mike & Marlyn Reardon
Stasha-Gae A. Roberts
Nancy M. Rogers
Beth Anne Roy
Marcia L. Roy
Susan B. Ryals
Carolyn L. Sadowsky
Helen R. Sailer
Sandra S. Sanders
Christine M. Scheible
Virginia S. Schenzinger
Jeanette D. Schimmelbusch
Carla A. Schlenke
Amanda M. Schmidtmann
Mona C. Schultz
Anna B. Schwait
Laura F. Searcy
Bonnie L. Seymour
Leanne S. Skinner
Crystal J. Smith
Elena M. Smith
Mr. & Mrs. Ted L. Spurlock
Barbara J. Stein
Laura M. Stevenson
Hilary G. Straub
Barbara G. Stricsek
William F. Taft & Suzan C.
Dianne L. Tao
Donna L. Teachey
Karen M. Terpko
Tami L. Thomas
Lynn 0. Thompson
Del R. & Lane Threadgill
Mary E. Tiedeman
Lynne L. Tier
Michele T. & Andrew J.
Julie A. Townsend
Michelle M. Turba
Michelle A. Urlaub
Mary Lou VanCott
Cynthia A. Vista
Kathleen E. & Keith Wallace
Janis M. Walter
Linda K. Ward
Gloria K. Washington
Jennifer G. Waterworth
Helen A. Wathen
LTC (RET) Esther D. Weaver
Megan R. Weigel
Ervena L. Weingartner
Iris J. West
Mary C. Whillock
Bruce K. Williams
Mr. & Mrs. Don E. Williamson
Dorothy H. B. Wilson
Julie M. Wilson
Susan E. Wilson-Stern
Judith M. Wishin
Vivian K. Wong
Linda B. Word
Elizabeth A. & Mark S. Wrigley
Cheyanne W. & Benjamin C.
Keesha J. Wynn
Linda Bellini Wynn
Diana L. & Joseph A. Yates
Julie F. Youngberg-Haught
Anthony M. & Eri K. Zanni
Jamie L. Zoellner
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Janice Botwin, BSN 1964. Janice will
retire after 28 years of working as a Staff
Development Specialist in the Department of
Clinical Education and Research at Virtua Health
System in southern New Jersey. She was
hired as the first full time in-service education
coordinator at a large hospital in northern New
Jersey one year out of school. She remained in
that position for 5 years until her husband was
transferred to Philadelphia. She stayed home for
10 years with her two daughters, one of whom
is now a UF graduate. Janice took a refresher
course and returned to nursing as a unit based
educator in 1978 and has since worked full
time. Janice says she is moving into a new
period of her life but may someday find herself
living in Florida once again.
Robert O'Byrne, BSN 1992. Robert is a
Commander in the US Navy Nurse Corps.
He received his MSN in 2004 from the
University of Virginia. Robert is an Adult
Mental Health Nurse Practitioner/Clinical
Nurse Specialist. He was recently assigned
as Director of Mental Health at the Naval
Hospital Camp Lejeune in Camp Lejeune,
North Carolina serving the Second Marine
Expeditionary Force. Robert can be reached at
Shawna (Mills) Greiner, BSN 1992. Shawna
is an active duty major in the U.S. Air Force
and has received her MSN in Nurse Anesthesia
through the US Army Graduate Program at the
University of Texas Health Science Center.
She has two children and her husband is an
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She is also a mom and wife, with a 2-year-old
son Talan, a 6-month-old son Noah and another
baby due in August 2008. She is married to a
pediatrician who keeps her extremely updated
in the pediatrics field.
Nicole Klesmit Karcinski, BSN 2003. Nicole
recently graduated with a Master of Science in
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing from UNC-
Chapel Hill. Once she passes her boards she
will be a Family Psychiatric-Mental Health
Nurse Practitioner and a Child and Adolescent
Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse
Specialist. She has just accepted a position
at North Carolina Neuropsychiatry which is a
private practice in Chapel Hill.
Jennifer Brown, BSN 2005. Jennifer has
recently taken a position at Duke Children's
Hospital in the PICU. Previously, she was
employed in Tampa at St. Joseph's Children's
Hospital in the PICU.
Sandra (Briggs) Raab, BSN 2003. Sandra is
working as a Labor and Delivery Nurse at St.
Joseph's Women's Hospital in Tampa.
Kay M. Hood, PhD, ARNP, PhD 2003. Kay was
appointed Director of Graduate Nursing Programs
at Jacksonville University in May 2007. She
serves on the Board of Directors of Northeast
Florida Planned Parenthood and the Board of
Directors of US, furthering the health care needs
of women and girls in Northeast Florida.
Deana (Guido) Angel, ARNP, BSN 2003, MSN
2004. Deana has worked as a full-time Pediatric
Nurse Practitioner in Stuart for the last 2 and a
half years. She and her husband are expecting
their first child in November.
Alexandra Quispe, BSN 2004. Alexandra is
currently in the Nurse Anesthesia program at
Barry University in Miami Shores and expects
to graduate in May 2009.
Ruth Yohana (Payes) Moore, BSN 2004.
Ruth is currently a critical care nurse at Broward
General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, a
Level I Trauma Center Facility.
Erica (Norton) Francois, BSN 2005. Erica has
been working in the Intensive care unit since
graduation at Memorial Hospital in South Bend,
Indiana. She was chosen as Nurse of the Year
in her unit last year.
Nancy Johnson, MSN 2005. Nancy is a Navy
Nurse deployed to the Detention Hospital in
GTMO, Cuba. Her primary job is part of the
Joint Task Force, Joint Medical Group providing
Jamie (Short) Lisak, BSN 2005, MSN 2006.
Jamie is currently working with two other doc-
tors in Oviedo, Florida at Alafaya Woods Family
Medical center. She is board certified as a
Family Nurse Practitioner.
Lindsay Sherrill, BSN 2005. Lindsay started
a company called Atlanta Family Coaching
and is working at a pediatric GI office in
Atlanta, Georgia. Lindsay is also the Class
Representative for 2005. She can be reached at
Christina (DeMarco) Curran, BSN 2006.
Christina is currently working in labor and deliv-
ery at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater.
Michele (Dees) Masson, BSN 2006. Michele
is currently working at Shands at UF in the
Neonatal ICU in Gainesville.
Stefanie Smith, BSN 2006. Stefanie is
currently working in Labor and Delivery at
St. Joseph's Women's Hospital in Tampa.
Stefanie was also born at St. Joseph's.
Meghan Bullard, BSN 2007. Since graduation
Meghan has been working in the Pediatric ICU
at Florida Hospital in Orlando.
Melanie White, BSN 2007. Melanie is cur-
rently working at Mayo Clinic in the Department
of Neurology working with patients who have
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14 THE GATOR NURSE
) Griffen, BSN 2003. Leslie is
king as a PRN at Shands at UF.
Alumni Council Board Adds
New Officers, Members
The Nursing Alumni Council Board held elections this past November, and
elected Karen Hanson (BSN 1966, MSN 1986) as secretary, and Ann P. Smith
(MSN 1967) as treasurer.
Patricia Sassner (BSN 1997) will serve as the Nominating Committee
Chair, Dee Goff (BSN 1971) is the new Membership Committee chair and
Bonnie Pepper (BSN 1980) will be the Reunion Committee chair. Rita Kobb
(BSN 1981, MSN 1996), returns to the board as chair of the Silent Auction
If you are interested in joining any of these committees, please contact the
Nominating Committee: Pat Sassner, email@example.com
Membership Committee: Dee Goff, dgoffl firstname.lastname@example.org
Reunion Committee: Bonnie Pepper, email@example.com
Silent Auction Committee: Rita Kobb, firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to the two newest members of the Nursing Alumni Council:
Cleo Stern (BSN 1965), and Debbie Pusateri (MSN 1996).
Cleo Stern [BSN 1965 ]
Since graduation, Cleo has held nursing management positions
at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Mt. Sinai, Miami Beach,
University Hospital, Oklahoma City and Lawnwood Regional
Med Center, Fort Pierce.
Cleo serves on the boards of St. Lucie County Chamber
of Commerce, St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity, St. Andrew's
Episcopal School, and University of Miami Organ Procurement Team.
Cleo recently retired from acute hospital practice, and is pursuing a faculty
position at her local community college. Her husband, Richard, is a UF College
of Medicine grad and daughters Sheryl and Ellen are also UF alumni. Cleo
resides in Ft. Pierce and can be reached at: email@example.com
Debbie Pusateri [ MSN 1996 ]
A Debbie has worked at Florida Hospital in Orlando Florida since
1990. Her current role is as Nursing People Officer/Assistant
Vice President of Critical Care Services. She is responsible for
developing critical care services to meet a safety agenda by
implementing evidenced based practice, rapid response teams
and the intensivist model. She is also responsible for nurse
recruitment, development and retention. Her scope includes
11 ICUs, a $143 million budget and 547 FTEs. Debbie is very passion-
ate about being a Gator Nurse and is very excited to be joining the Alumni
Council. Debbie can be reached at Debbie.Pusateri@FLHOSP.org.
Join the UF Nursing Alumni Council!
The Alumni Council will be holding their Spring Board Meeting during
UF's Spring Weekend on April 12th. Anyone interested in attending the meet-
ing who would like more information about becoming a member of the Alumni
Council, please contact Anna Harper at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 352-273-6360 by
March 28, 2008. The council also meets monthly via conference call, and those
who are interested in sitting in on one of our calls should contact Anna.
Dear Gator Nurses!
The Dorothy M. Smith
Conference was a huge
success. Although I was
unable to attend the
conference in person, I
have heard great things
about the two-day event.
I want to thank Bonnie MARYSE PARRINO
Pepper, President-elect of
the Nursing Alumni Council, for stepping in for
me to introduce our fellow Gator Nurse and guest
speaker, Ms. Bobbi Kimball, and for Bonnie's
outstanding job in introducing and handing out
the Leadership Awards with Dean Kathy Long.
The four recipients, Linda Jenkins, Bobbi Kimball,
Carolyn Steadham and Dr. Linda Moody, are all
great representatives of what it truly means to
be a Gator Nurse. Their acceptance speeches
were truly inspirational.
The Alumni Council is happy to have new
members Cleo Stern and Debbie Pusateri join us,
as well as Rita Kobb return to the Council. Rita
has already begun collecting donations for the
silent auction held during Reunion Weekend. Her
efforts are appreciated, and show just how pas-
sionate she is about the College of Nursing.
Our entire group works hard to reconnect
Gator Nurses and reignite their passion for
the College. We hope to see you at some of
the College events throughout the year and
especially at our Reunion which will be held on
September 27, 2008. Look for a save the date
card to come this summer!
Remember, we can always use Gator Nurse
volunteers to help us reconnect our alumni and
bring them back to campus. If you are interested
in joining one of our committees, the Alumni
Council, or becoming a class representative for
your graduation year, please contact Anna Miller
Harper at email@example.com or 352-273-6360.
We hope to hear from you!
GO GATOR NURSES.
Maryse Parrino (BSN 1974)
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