UF and VA partner to address nursing
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UF College of Nursing and Veterans Affairs faculty member Carla Anderson supervises nursing students Melissa
Shepard (left) and Megan Cutter (right) while they examine James R. Pendlebury, a patient at the Malcom Randall
Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
"Old friends are the best friends." A truer adage could not be found when
it comes to the partnership of the UF College of Nursing and the North Florida/South
Georgia Veterans Health System (NF/SGVHS).
A shortage of nurse educators hampers efforts to address the nursing shortage
contributing to the overall health care crisis. In addition, a souring economy in the
state and nation could not come at a worse time to tackle these issues.
Fortunately, a longstanding partnership with the NF/SGVHS has enabled the
College of Nursing to continue its mission of improving the future of health care
through better education of nurses and reforming care delivery models.
continued on page 2
UF Nursing Research
Takes Center Stage
College of Nursing
Meet the College's
UF UNIVERSITY of
College of Nursing
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(L-R) VA residents Louisa Chen, Rachel Villicana, Andrea Pe Benito and
Shea French review a patient's charts. Chen, Villicana and Pe Benito
are UF BSN graduates.
That history of collaboration was strengthened when UF and
the NF/SGVHS were selected as one of four partnerships
nationwide to form the VA Nursing Academy, a five-
year, $4 million pilot initiative. The partnership has just
wrapped its first year.
The partnership forms the VA-UF Nursing Center of
Excellence under the direction of co-directors, Maude Rittman,
PhD, RN, NF/SGVHS and Maxine Hinze, PhD, RN, UF College
of Nursing. It has allowed UF to expand nursing enrollment in its
baccalaureate program by 28 students the past fall semester and to
add 10 more nursing students in its accelerated bachelor's degree
program which began in the summer semester. The partnership
has funded new faculty who have given students more opportuni-
ties to gain clinical experiences at the VA.
More Faculty, More Clinical Experiences, More Students
"A unique feature of our program is that we hired dedicated
faculty to the partnership instead of assigning existing faculty or
adding another assignment to their workload," said Maxine Hinze,
PhD, RN, co-director of the center and an assistant professor and
department chair in the College of Nursing. "In this way we are
really adding to our faculty pool which helps us to more effectively
educate more students and addresses the faculty shortage."
This includes three faculty members embedded on three
nursing model units at the NF/SGVHS (two medical and one
surgical with an additional planned for the community/psychiatric
program). The goal of the faculty on the model units is to pro-
mote evidence-based nursing care for patients while implementing
clinical supervision for nursing students and encouraging staff
development to boost recruitment and retention of nurses. These
faculty members are Carla Anderson, Tom Bedard, and Julia
Tortorice. The fourth faculty member, Beverly Childress, BSN to
PhD alumna of the College, serves as the evidence-based practice
Recruitment is underway for a psychiatric nurse faculty mem-
ber as well as five additional faculty for the second year of the pro-
gram. Three additional faculty members have already been hired
to be embedded on medical units. Three more faculty members
will be added prior to the beginning of the fall semester.
The national VA reports that the VA Academy has helped these
four schools increase their numbers of nursing student experiences
by 534 nationally. Of these, 225 come from the VA-UF partnership.
In addition to the increase in students and faculty, the VA-UF
center also implemented a BSN internship program, a graduate
nurse residency program, education via clinical simulation for VA
nurses, an evidence-based nursing program, a perioperative clini-
cal preparation program and a skin and wound healing research
"Of the four partnerships funded the first year, the VA-UF
partnership is among the most innovative and comprehensive. The
VA-UF nursing center of excellence not only addresses expanded
enrollment of nursing students and increasing faculty but also
focuses on enhancing nursing practice through the model units as
well as increased preparation for staff nurses," Hinze said.
Unique Residency Addresses Retention
The graduate nurse residency is a yearlong program that
pairs new graduates with a preceptor and exposes the residents
to different nursing units at NF/SGVHS so that by the end of
nine months they will have identified a unit they would like to be
placed in after the residency. They also have an orientation period,
a core curriculum and ongoing support group assistance.
"It is estimated that 35 to 60 percent of new graduate nurses
quit within one year of graduation. They do not feel supported
or clinically confident of their ability to do their work," said
Tortorice, the VA-UF residency program coordinator. "This resi-
dency allows us to orient the nurses at a slower pace so that they
may gain the proper assessment and communication skills as well
as priority decision making."
Forty new graduates make up the first residency program,
which just began in the summer. Seventeen of these are BSN
graduates and 23 are associate degree graduates. Last year NF/
SGVHS hired only 16 new graduates. An important component
of the program is the RN to BSN to CNL program, where associ-
ate degree graduates who are part of the residency will complete
courses to receive their BSN degree at UF with the option to go on
to the Clinical Nurse Leader master's degree program. Currently
six of the residents are enrolled in this special program.
The academy will seek accreditation of the residency pro-
gram through the CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing
Students Add Energy to VA Nursing
The VALOR (VA Learning Opportunities Residency) pro-
gram also received a boost through the VA Nursing Academy. The
VALOR program gives outstanding BSN junior nursing students
an opportunity to develop competence in a clinical nursing specialty
while exploring the world of nursing at the VA. The program usu-
ally has about 8-10 VALOR students per year. This past year the
NF/SGVHS increased the number of VALOR students to 30.
"People are very excited to have the students and new
graduates on the units," said Maude Rittman, PhD, RN, Chief of
Nursing Research and co-director of the center. "The use of the
college's nursing resource center and simulation laboratory has
been very helpful in enhancing our staffs skills."
2 THE GATOR NURSE
Bedard has recently completed train- t
ing on the use of simulation equipment w-
and will be assisting the college and NF/
SGVHS nurses to use simulation education
to improve nursing practice.
Associate Professor Joyce Stechmiller,
PhD, ARNP, supported by local funds,
joined the initiative to improve educa-
tion on chronic wound healing and con-
duct research to improve wound healing. -
Stechmiller will complete a pilot project to Rittm
Dr. Maxine Hinze and Dr. Maude Rittman,
refine methods to use telehealth to manage co-directors of the VA-UF Center of Excellence.
chronic wounds for veterans with spinal cord
injuries who live in rural areas without easy access to health care.
She has also implemented a staff education program to decrease pressure ulcer inci-
dence at the VA. Through the acronym "R.I.S.E. above pressure ulcers-Risk Assessment,
Inspect Skin Daily, Support Surfaces, Eat Nutritionally"-Stechmiller and her team made
educational presentations to nursing staff which included handouts, buttons and placing
signs around the units to remind staff. This program will be implemented nationally to
improve wound healing education across the system.
The evidence based practice (EBP) program is spearheaded by Childress who provides
ongoing education on EBP and works with all existing staff as well as incoming nurses,
including the academy residents. Each resident will implement an EBP project prior to the
end of the residency program. Already Childress has seen a shift in interest; many nurses are
calling her about resources for EBP and applying it to their units.
Even with the multitude of programming and successes, the most beneficial part of the
VA-UF Center has been the strengthened collaboration of the UF College of Nursing and
the VA, both Hinze and Rittman agree.
by the NUMBERS
4 schools of nursing chosen nationally in the
academy grants' first year, including UF, San Diego
State University; University of Utah in Salt Lake City;
and Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn.
10 additional faculty members that will be added
by year two of the Academy, boosting nursing
education and clinical experiences.
30 BSN students enrolled in the VALOR (VA
U Learning Opportunities Residency) program
through the VA Academy. Normally the VA would enroll
8-10 VALOR students.
Snew graduates in the VA Academy residency
40 program; 6 of the associate degree graduate
residents are enrolled in the special UF RN to BSN to CNL
2 25 additional student experiences at the local VA
225 made possible through the academy; 44
additional UF nursing students were added in the first
year of the academy.
"It's sort of like a pebble in
the pool, where the pebble cre-
ates a ripple effect." Rittman said.
"So many positive things have
come out of the collaboration.
Our staff is better prepared to
work with students and it's been
wonderful to expose the students
to our services at the VA. I antici-
pate our partnership to grow even
The pilot phase is five years,
and Hinze and Rittman anticipate
that funding will continue beyond
that. A key piece that they expect
to implement next is a research
study to determine if simulation
education of staff nurses increases
nurses' ability to recognize early
warning signs of rapidly changing
patient conditions and decrease
failure to rescue, an increasingly
recognized quality of care indi-
cator. In addition, the partner-
ship will continue to participate in
the NF/SGVHS journey towards
obtaining the magnet status.
UF Budget Reduced
by $47 Million Due to
State Budget Cuts
College of Nursing
n response to the budget adopted by
the Florida Legislature, UF recently
announced cuts that correspond to
declining state revenues.
Each vice president, dean and direc-
tor was asked to reduce spending by 6
percent for the fiscal year that began July
1. Taken together, these cuts totaled $47
million. The cuts are the result of weeks of
very difficult discussions and decisions at
the college and administrative unit levels.
Unfortunately, the College of Nursing is
not immune to the budget crunch being
felt at the university and state levels.
A moratorium was placed on the RN to
BSN program, and some cuts to services
at Archer Family Health Care were among
the areas affected. In addition, the College
has had to reduce their numbers of tem-
porary clinical faculty, who play a vital
role in clinical education of undergraduate
The College will use alternate sources
of funding to maintain undergraduate
enrollment during this very difficult budget
year. Private funding and clinical partner-
ships are vital to ensuring the quality of
The College of Nursing will maintain
its focus on graduate enrollment and
research, with an emphasis on the new
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) pro-
gram. This is in keeping with UF's stand-
ing as an AAU (Association of American
Universities) research institution and with
UF's overall strategic plan. In addition, an
emphasis on graduate education will help
to prepare the new faculty members who
will serve the entire state, as well as the
clinical leaders greatly needed to reform
health care delivery.
SUMMER 2008 3
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A s the College ended another aca-
demic year and celebrated the
commencement of our nursing
graduates, we had much to be proud of,
in particular, a new class of nursing pro-
fessionals educated to compassionately
care for patients while at the same time
becoming leaders and change agents in
our health care system. We look to them
KATHLEEN ANN LONG to help reform our systems of care-en-
PHD, RN, FAAN couraging innovations that improve patient
safety and quality outcomes.
This year we have seen our fair share of challenges, and these will
continue into 2009. While the country faces a dire nursing shortage and
an even more critical shortage of nursing faculty, a faltering economy
in our state and our nation are forcing major budget cuts everywhere,
including in our universities. While we at the College of Nursing remain
committed to upholding the high quality of our educational programs,
some of our programs and services will have to be reduced.
It is at times like these, that we recognize more than ever the value of
our partners, donors and friends. An Academy grant with our local VA
health system is and will continue to be a major help in funding clinical
faculty lines-while strengthening our ties with nursing experts at our
local VA. Our cover story tells you about the VA Academy-we are one
of four colleges of nursing nationwide initially selected to work with a
Veterans Affairs system in a five-year, $40 million pilot initiative. We are
proud of our partnership with the VA and excited about the results of this
collaboration. The nursing leadership at Shands at UF has also commit-
ted to assist us by providing funds and expertise for clinical teaching.
Because of the generous private gifts we have received in the
UF Nursing Research Takes Center
"Stage" for Hartford Institute Film
Associate Professor Meredeth Rowe, PhD, RN, FAAN
recently was asked to participate in the How to Try This
series, a John A. Hartford Foundation-funded project pro-
vided to the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing in collabora-
tion with the American Journal of Nursing. This project trans-
lates the evidence-based geriatric assessment tools in the Try This
assessment series into cost-free, Web-based resources including
demonstration videos, and a corresponding print series featured
in the AJN, developed to build geriatric assessment skills.
Dr. Rowe has a federally funded program of research that
explores the causes of wandering in Alzheimer's and other demen-
tia patients, and strategies to lessen the inherent dangers associ-
ated with wandering.
Dr. Rowe's part of the series deals with persons with dementia
who wander away from care facilities and how the staff can work to
prevent these occurrences especially as many of those who become
lost may die before being found. The critical elements of preven-
tion and action are accurate assessment of at risk-individuals, provi-
sion of intensive supervision and implementation of a standardized
search plan if a person with dementia is missing.
past, we can provide supplemental support for our students at all
levels, and for our faculty members to ensure that they remain profes-
sionally active and engaged in scholarship and research to improve
care. Encouragement, ideas and suggestions from our friends are
appreciated. During these challenging times, it is critical that we find
the opportunities to work more efficiently and to partner in achieving
goals. As I interact with our faculty members, our College staff and our
students, I am struck by how fortunate we are. No one ever assumes
that we will do less for our students or our patients. Everyone is
creatively engaged in moving our education, research and practice
This Gator Nurse issue features some of the more innovative
ways we are addressing funding needs for our program. We have
also recently launched the public phase of our capital campaign. Our
College Campaign Advisory Board consists of outstanding College
friends and nursing leaders who are guiding and inspiring our fund-
raising efforts, and you can read about them in this issue as well.
Through our capital campaign we will garner the resources needed to
further our College goals. I am confident we will continue to develop
new generations of expert nurses who can provide the quality care so
desperately needed in our hospitals, clinics and communities. We will
continue to lead in improving health delivery systems and conducting
research that saves lives. We will produce the excellent future faculty
members needed to teach others to be caring professionals.
Budget cuts are a reality we must face. But through partnerships
and with the ongoing help of our friends, we will not change our
trajectory, nor slow it. Gator Nurses will continue to "Care, Lead,
Inspire"-and we thank you for your support.
-H^L 1% Av
As part of the Hartford project, Dr. Rowe worked in the
6500 Neuro unit of Shands at UF and collaborated with nursing
administration and staff to film the video as well as assess their
protocol and procedures for dealing with wandering and lost
patients with dementia.
She found that the unit was already using many of the best
practices recommended including having alarms on external
doors and excellent coordination between nursing staff, security
and the police department. Dr. Rowe will use the remainder of
the grant to stimulate further practice changes in the hospital.
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Joyce Stechmiller Named Fellow of American Academy of Nursing
U university of Florida College of Nursing associate professor Joyce Stechmiller, PhD, ARNP, has
been named a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.
The academy awards fellowships to individuals who have made outstanding contributions
to effective nursing through practice, research, creative projects, scholarly work, the influence of
public policy or a combination of these. Fellows must show the potential to continue making sig-
nificant contributions to the field of nursing.
Stechmiller, a national expert in wound care, teaches didactic and clinical courses to master's
degree students and mentors doctoral students. She also holds secondary appointments at the
North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System as director of skin and wound education and
research and as a member of the Rehabilitation Outcomes Research Center.
Stechmiller's translational research is focused on chronic wound healing, nutrition, immune function and the health
outcomes of older adults. She has worked with national organizations to develop evidence-based guidelines for example,
she chaired a task force of the international Wound Healing Society to develop prevention guidelines for pressure ulcers,
which were published in Wound Repair and Regeneration and she consults with industry in the development of wound
care therapies. Her work has been funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research, the U.S. Department of Veterans
Affairs and industry groups.
She also serves as an editorial consultant and peer reviewer for the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the
International Journal of Quality Health Care, Biological Research in Nursing, Clinical Nutrition and the American Journal
of Critical Care.
accomplishments in brief
Professor Jennifer Elder's abstract, "Novel Approaches and
Technology in Training for Fathers of Children with Autism: A
Summary of Year 3 Findings," has been accepted for presentation
by the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science Abstract
Review Committee. Her abstract will be presented at Congress in
Washington, D.C. on October 2-4, 2008. Dr. Elder's abstract, "In
Home Training for Fathers of Children with Autism: A Summary
of Year 3 Findings," has also been accepted for presentation. This
abstract will be presented at the International Meeting for Autism
Research. Dr. Elder also received the University of Florida Research
Foundation Professorship Award for her research and scholarly
Recent College of Nursing BSN graduate, Andrea Pe Benito, won
a campus wide competition for best paper on her paper titled "Sleep
Poverty in Caregivers of Individuals with Alzheimer's Disease." Her
paper was based on her work as a university scholar.
Clinical Assistant Professor Susan Donaldson and PhD student
Erica Hilliard Self, recently had their poster accepted for presenta-
tion at a conference in London. Their poster, "The Fathers' Role in
the Development of Children with Autism," was developed with the
guidance of Professors Sharleen Simpson and Barbara Lutz.
Assistant Professors Carmen Rodriguez and Lori Thomas and
Associate Professor Meredeth Rowe received funding for a grant
for their project tided "Technology to Assist Speechless Patients'
Communication with Hospital Staff."
Clinical Assistant Professor Jane Gannon was recently selected to
receive a Divisional Superior Accomplishment Award for 2007-2008
for the Health Science Center.
Clinical Assistant Professor Dr. Barbara Little, Clinical Associate
Professor Joan Castleman, Associate Professor Dr. Shawn Kneipp,
Assistant Professor Dr. Barbara Lutz, Clinical Associate Professor
Dr. Russ Metier, Clinical Assistant Professor Dr. Nancy Tigar, and
Assistant Professor Dr. Dinah Welch had their abstract accepted for
a paper presentation at the 136th American Public Health Association
Annual Meeting & Exposition in October. The paper is titled,
"Without Borders or Walls: Developing Online Master's Education
for Public Health Nurses".
Assistant Professor Dr. Lori Thomas and Clinical Assistant
Professor Cynthia Figueroa-Haas submitted an article to the spring
issue of House Call, a quarterly publication of the Alachua County
Medical Society. This issue was about "allied health" providers. Their
article is titled "Nurse Practitioners: Can They Contribute to Your
Practice?" They addressed the process of finding an "appropriate" NP
for a practice as well as the impact that NPs have on patient care.
Clinical Assistant Professor Dr. Karen Reed is working on a number
of articles related to her mission work and rehab nursing. "Teaching
Rehabilitation Nursing in Cambodia" by Dr. Karen Reed, was fea-
tured in the Florida Spinal Cord Injury Newsletter. Karen is a certi-
fied rehabilitation nurse and taught rehab nursing principles to the
nursing staff at Sihanouk Hospital of HOPE.
The Hartford Summer Series program will feature Associate
Professor Dr. Meredeth Rowe as one of the featured speakers and
mentors for aging research and education.
Clinical Assistant Professor Dr. Sandra Citty presented a poster at
the 5th Annual Nursing Magnet Research Conference in February.
"Exemplars of a Practice/Education Partnership: Assessing Pressure
Ulcer Prevalence and Improving Care at the Bedside" was the title of
the poster and was presented in conjunction with her North Florida
Regional Medical Center colleagues.
... accomplishments continued on page 15
SUMMER 2008 5
College of Nursing Excellence Awards
* Audrey Clarl Quarles Award I.:.r Clinical E cellence in Maternal-
iJewb..rn iutrsing Jenniler Kurelski
* Jennet VVMls.:.n Award for Academn c E.cellience in Ma[eriial-
iNewbc.rni nursing Sarah Godlrey Russell
* Excellence .ii Pediatric rJursing Award Kimberly N. Lakey
* Virgie Pallord Award for E.cellence in Community Health
Nursing Anastasia Albanese-O'Neill
* Catherine Bell Award for E cellence in Psychiatric [Jursing -
* E'.cellence in Community Service Award Catrice Ackerman
and Emily Ryan
* Excellence in Research Award Andrea Pe-Benilo and Judy
COLLEGE OF NURSING SF
The College of Nursing Class of 2008 cel-
ebrated in style as they commenced their
nursing education on May 2, 2008 at the
Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
And those presiding over the ceremony reminded
the students of their responsibilities as Gator Nurses.
Commencement Keynote Speaker Peggy Rodebush
challenged the Class of 2008 to be trailblazers to fix
the broken health care system, and Dean Kathleen
Long reminded the graduates that
they were expected to be leaders in
nursing and to stay connected to their
Rodebush is an MSN graduate
of the College of Nursing who is an
accomplished leader in both health
care administration and consulting.
Throughout her career, Rodebush has
designed and led highly successful
clinical teams in an effort to improve
the quality of care, safety of patients,
and operations of health care organi-
zations. She most recently served as
the Clinical Transformation COO
and Healthcare Chief Nursing Officer
(CNO) at Perot Healthcare.
The Alumnus of the Year award was given to
Dr. Elizabeth A. Nelson (MSN 1983) who has held
leadership positions in nursing and hospital admin-
istration, academia, research, policy analysis and
development and clinical practice. She is the founder
of Informed Practice International, a company that
provides comprehensive, innovative approaches to
incorporate research and state-of-the-art science evi-
dence into health care organizations and systems. Dr.
Nelson has served as the Chief Programs Officer for
* Dr Mary Elizabeth Hilliard Award ior Leadership and
Scholarship in Jutrse Mhdwifery Corinne Auderte
SE. cellence in Medical-Surgical iJursing Minh-Nguyel Nguyen
* Lois Knowles Award for Elcellence Iii Gerontological [Jirsing -
Brandy L. Lehman
Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society Excellence in
Clinical Practice Awards
* BSIJ Generic Leah Bridges
* RlJ BSIJ Jayne Hedrick
* BSIJ-Accelerated Failh Makka
* MsrJ Kathryn Evans
6 THE GATOR NURSE
the American Nurses Association, Director of Patient
Care Services, Chief Nurse and Interim Hospital
Administrator for Shriners Hospital for Children in
Philadelphia, founding Associate Dean for Clinical
Affairs at Yale University School of Nursing and
founding Director of the Research Center at the
American College of Physicians. She has held faculty
appointments and visiting lectureships at six uni-
versities. Dr. Nelson was a Robert Wood Johnson
Executive Nurse Fellow and
is a member of Phi Kappa
Phi and Sigma Theta Tau.
She received her BSN from
the University of Delaware
and PhD from the University
The College hon-
ored outstanding students
with College of Nursing
Excellence Awards, chosen by
faculty members based upon
students' performance in the
care of particular patient pop-
ulations as well as research. In
addition, awards were given
by Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha
Theta Chapter and the class of 2008. The Academic
Excellence awards were given to the top scholars
from the Generic, Accelerated and RN to BSN
tracks, as well as the MSN and PhD programs.
The College of Nursing Teacher of the Year,
Assistant Professor Linda Sigsby, was recognized at
the ceremony. In addition, students from the gradu-
ating class gave out the outstanding faculty awards
to Clinical Assistant Professor Sharon Bradley and
Associate Professor Dr. Jo Snider.
* Ecellence in Doctoral Research Awards -
Andrea Boyd, Melissa Dodd Inglese, Bill
* Outstanding Faculty Member Prof. Sharon
Bradley and Dr. Jo Snider
* Nursing College Council Recognition Award
* UFIJSA Recognition Award Emily Ryan
* Outstanding Senior Studient Award Andrea
* Outstanding Senior Mentor Krislen
MacConnell and Kaitlin McCann
Academic Excellence Awards
* BSrj Generic Track Leah Bridges
* RIJ to BSIJ Track Christy Wagner
* BSJ5 Accelerated Track Failh Makka
* MSiJ Kasey Brandl
* PhD Melissa Dodd Inglese
I' *r 'I U.S 'l~rr ~ J~l
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201 Baheo ofSiec n usiggadae
SUMMER 2008 7
One on One...
with Alumna Jessica Roberts Williams
The Gator Nurse profiles Jessica Roberts Williams, who graduated from the College of Nursing
with her BSN in 2003, and recently became the youngest PhD graduate in the history of Johns
Hopkins University School of Nursing when she graduated in May.
As an undergraduate, Williams pursued a dual degree of nursing and sociology. Her doctoral
dissertation dealt with identifying patterns in adolescent relational aggression and violence in dating.
Throughout her studies at Hopkins, Williams has helped adolescents to develop healthy relationships
and prevent violence. She has worked on an intervention program aimed at preventing bullying in
schools and has served as a health educator for Fellowship of Lights, an organization that provides
emergency shelter and services to youth who are runaways.
How did UF shape your future?
UF was instrumental in shaping my future and providing me with
the educational and personal support to be where I am today. It was
during my first semester in the nursing program that Dr. (Jo) Snider
introduced me to the possibility of pursuing doctoral education and
it was because of the continued encouragement and guidance of
many of the College of Nursing faculty throughout my baccalaureate
nursing education that gave me the confidence to obtain my PhD.
What were your most memorable experiences at the
College of Nursing?
There are so many, where do I begin! My most memorable experiences
all stem from the wonderful relationships I developed with both stu-
dents and faculty. I remember walking down the halls of the College
and seeing all of the faculty office doors open and always being able to
stop in for advice. Rarely was anyone too busy to help a student. I also
remember all of the great times I had with my classmates-from late
night study sessions, to the excitement of the state convention with so
many of my classmates there to support my resolution on differentia-
tion of practice, to all of the Nursing College Council social events, I
developed friendships that will last a lifetime.
Why did you want to become a nurse?
I've always had an interest in the health care field and helping people
when they are the most vulnerable. I specifically became interested
in public health nursing through my sociology education at UF.
My sociology education helped me to understand how societal and
structural determinants can influence the health and well-being of
individuals and communities and it was through nursing that I felt I
could best use this knowledge to change and improve health.
Describe your current research and future plans.
My research interests and experiences include identifying the causes
and consequences of risky health behaviors among children and ado-
lescents as well as the design and evaluation of school and commu-
nity based prevention and intervention programs aimed at eliminat-
ing risky health behaviors among youth. My doctoral dissertation is
entitled "Relational Aggression and Dating Violence among Young
Urban Adolescents" and it examines the relationship between rela-
tional aggression and dating violence among predominately African
American inner-city youth, as well as the psychosocial and physical
health symptoms associated with relational aggression.
What are your future plans?
My future plans include building upon this research by developing
clinical screening tools for relational aggression, examining the role
of coping as a mediator of the relationship between relational aggres-
sion and health outcomes, and developing interventions to prevent
relational aggression and its adverse outcomes.
Anything else you would like to be included?
I got married 2 1/2 years ago to a wonderful man, Weston, whom I
met my first semester at Hopkins. We now have a baby girl, Whitney
Olivia, who will be one year this July.
Graduating baccalaureate students once again took part in what
is becoming an honored tradition at the UF College of Nursing.
Hosted by the Nursing Alumni Council, the pinning ceremony was
held on campus at the historic University Auditorium. One hundred
and thirty seven graduating students from the BSN, RN to BSN
and accelerated BSN nursing programs were presented with their
College of Nursing pins to signify their passage from student to
alumnus and professional nurse.
The nursing pin is a tradition that dates back to 1880 when
Florence Nightingale chose the Maltese cross as the badge to be
worn by the first graduating students at her school of nursing. As
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DIRECT IMPACT: Maren Foundation
Gift Supports Nursing Education and Practice
W hen the Thomas H. Maren, MD Foundation decided to Fund will allo
make a gift to the UF College of Nursing, the members of to continue th
the foundation had a twofold desire: to both improve nursing tion and clin
education and enhance health care for the underserved of the local at Archer Fa
community. They found a perfect match in the College's Health Care when its
Care for All Fund, which benefits faculty practice endeavors and runs out in 2
student experiences in rural and underserved communities, includ- ognition of tl
ing Archer Family Health Care. Archer Family Health Care is the clinic's recepti
College of Nursing's comprehensive, nurse managed health center, named the Th
which provides primary care and psychiatric-mental health services Peter and
to underserved adults, children, and families in Alachua County and of their gift
surrounding areas. Family Healtl
In addition, their gift supports an endowment for doctoral clinic, which
student fellowships, which addresses the major shortage of nursing Archer, Florid
faculty hampering schools of nursing nationwide. space in order
The Maren foundation has been able to see the impact their gift limited income
has made and will continue to make in the education of students and Many of
the improvement of care for the underserved. the Marens h
Funds from the Maren gift allowed the College to award dedicated staff
a $25,000 fellowship to doctoral student Catherine Greenblum. health care fo
Greenblum, who had been
employed full-time as a fam-
ily practice nurse practitioner,
was able to reduce her hours to
pursue her dream of obtaining
a PhD in nursing and master's
degree in public health.
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enable Greenblum to defray the c
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Maren family, I have been able to
a 4.0 GPA."
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of meeting Greenblum at a special
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the nursing profession developed
pin unique to their school to be pi
The UF College of Nursing pinr
the graduate's time as students
alumni of the University of Florida
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importance and significance of the
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firsthand at the dedication of Archer Long at the A
h Care's new facility in October. The Family Health
had originated in a small house in dedication.
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to expand services to needy patients. Most patients have
e and no health insurance coverage.
these patients attended the facility's dedication where
ad an opportunity to speak to these patients and the
f who have done so much to improve the quality of
r many who cannot otherwise afford it. Since 2001,
"With the generous support of the Maren family, I have been
able to focus on my studies and maintain a 4.0 GPA."
-Catherine Greenblum, PhD student and Thomas H. Maren fellowship recipient
,books and software, the gift has Archer Family Health Care has seen almost 4000 different patients
:osts of travel from her home in and provides more than 3000 patient visits each year.
search. "We are excited about the gift and interested in its progress and
)ient of the Thomas H. Maren the impact it will have on nursing education at the University of
ith the generous support of the Florida," Peter Maren said.
Focus on my studies and maintain The Maren Foundation gift is just one example of the way that
private philanthropy can have a direct impact on education and prac-
d his wife Eileen, had the pleasure twice. To learn more about how you can support the UF College of
endowment luncheon in March. Nursing's programs, contact Anna Miller Harper at email@example.com
ibution to the Health Care for All or (352) 273-6360.
,each school of nursing developed a alumni council, donned their pins placed on orange and blue ribbons.
resented to the graduating students. In addition, Florida Hospital, a sponsor of the College of Nursing,
ning ceremony signifies the ending of gave an outstanding student award to accelerated BSN graduate Faith
as they embark on their careers as Makka. Betty Nelson, the College of Nursing's Alumna of the Year, also
dispensed some special words of wisdom to the graduates.
)f Nursing Alumni Council President Emily Ryan, graduating senior and President of the UF Nursing
comed the students and spoke of the Student Association, spoke on behalf of the student body on the
3 event. The ceremony continued with significance of the pinning and Christy Givens, graduating senior
and later the pin presentations, pre- and President of the Nursing College Council, let the students in the
ociate Dean of Academic and Student Pledge for Professional Nursing, a revised form of the original Florence
aculty members and members of the Nightingale Pledge.
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UF COLLEGE OF NURSING C
The College of Nursing Capital Campaign is in full swing and the College has
Enlisted the guidance and support of an advisory board of faculty, alumni,
friends and supporters to assist with campaign efforts. Recently members
of the board visited the College to tour facilities, learn more about recent
programs and initiatives and interact with faculty and students. The advisory
board will be a key part of our capital campaign.
Meet the members of our campaign advisory board, some of whom shared
personal thoughts about serving on the board. We are grateful to all of our
members for their support.
Dr. Carol Ash, EdD, RN, FAAN
Dr. Ash retired in 2006 and was a University of Florida eminent scholar and professor for 14 years. Dr. Ash served as Associate
Director of Cancer Control and Population Sciences for the University of Florida Shands Cancer Center. Dr. Ash has led the
development of a public awareness program to educate elementary school children and their parents about skin cancer
(GatorSHADEi) She also led a 15 year program to educate international nurses in cancer prevention and control.
Dr. Andrea Gregg, DSN, RN
Associate Professor and Jacksonville Campus Director
Dr. Gregg spent her first 20 years in hospital settings working in clinical and administrative roles. During the latter part of her
S career, she has served as a faculty member of the UF College of Nursing and as Director of the College's Jacksonville Campus.
Currently she is President of the Florida Nurses Association, Chair of the AACN Organization Leadership Network Steering
Committee, and a governor-appointed member of the Florida Center for Nursing Board of Directors.
Why am I a member of the College's Campaign Advisory Board?
"When asked why? My response is why not? As a faculty member, I want to spread the word about our wonderful college's contributions to nursing,
nurses and the Gator Nation."
Barbara "BarBee" (Emmel) Geiger, BSN, MBA, BSN 1974
BarBee currently works for the NF/SG Veterans Health System in Gainesville, Florida as the Chest Pain Center Coordinator/
Systems Redesign Coordinator. She is past president of the Nursing Alumni Council. She has been married 33 years to Chuck
and has three grown children, Macy, Austin and Kent, and a 2 year old grandson, Max. Her hobbies include reading, golf, sewing,
cooking and gardening.
Why am I a member of the College's Campaign Advisory Board?
"The current nursing shortage underscores the need for us to financially support in any way we can Dean Long's vision of nursing leaders improving the
future of the health care system. I choose to be a member of the campaign advisory board to promote this vision and to keep the UF College of Nursing at
the forefront of educating future nurse leaders."
Dr. Mary Kay Habgood, BSN 1967, MSN 1971
Dr. Mary Kay Habgood is a retired professor of the College of Nursing, where she was on faculty from 1998-2001. She also served
as an Educational Researcher and instructor of the nursing program at St. Petersburg College. She currently holds the position
of Vice Chair for the Florida Board of Nursing. She previously served as director and past president for the Florida League for
Nursing. Dr. Habgood is now retired and spending summers in North Carolina and winters in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Why am I a member of the College's Campaign Advisory Board?
"As a graduate of UF College of Nursing in the BSN and later the MSN program I have always valued the contributions that the university has made to
my life. My husband, John, and I feel that we would like to help other young people benefit from the great resources available at U of F."
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kMPAIGN ADVISORY BOARD
Nancy Cross Hamilton, BSN 1964, MSN, 1966
Nancy Cross Hamilton became one of the founding members of the UF chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the
nursing honor society. Nancy received her Master of Nursing in 1966 as a Pediatric Clinical Specialist at UF's newly
established program. For 30 years, she taught the nursing care of children to students at St. Petersburg College, until she
retired in 2000. Both Nancy and her husband have been close supporters of the Seminole Largo Branch of the Guild of All
Children's Hospital, the clinical partner of St. Petersburg College.
Karen Hanson, BSN 1966, MSN 1986
.Karen serves as a regional representative for the Nursing Alumni Council and has been very connected with the college
since graduating. In the late 1970s, she worked with other Central Florida nurses to bring graduate nursing education to
Orlando. She currently works at Florida Hospital in Orlando as a Process Architect with the MIS department. Karen is an
avid Gator fan, having had season football tickets for 30 years.
Jodi Irving, MS, ARNP, CS
Assistant Professor Jodi Irving is advisor and coordinator of the RN/BSN track. She teaches professional socialization,
therapeutic communication and psychiatric-mental health clinical nursing at the undergraduate level as well as family
theory/therapy and family therapy clinical experiences at the graduate level. In addition, she engages in a private practice
that she established in 1973. She joined the Nursing Alumni Council in April 2007 and serves as the Philanthropy
Why am I a member of the College's Campaign Advisory Board?
"As a faculty member, it's a privilege to contribute to the leaders for tomorrow. In addition, to assist with the visibility of the College of Nursing
and promote its missions and to help ensure the educational legacy seemed like a natural fit for me to be a part of the campaign advisory
Catherine Kelly previously served as the Vice President for Public Affairs at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, where
she was instrumental in spearheading the funding of nursing education through the Generation RN program. A great
supporter of the College of Nursing and the nursing profession, she played a key role in the establishment of UF-BCBSF
Center Health Care Access, Patient Safety and Quality Outcomes.
Peter and Eileen Maren
Peter Maren is the son of the late Dr. Thomas H. Maren, a founding faculty member of the UF College of Medicine whose
Research led to the development of Trusopt, an important drug for the treatment of glaucoma. Peter is a member of the
board of the Thomas H. Maren, MD Foundation, named in honor of Thomas Maren and his contributions to the medical
field. This foundation has generously donated millions of dollars to health care and education, recently to the UF College of
Nursing to support both education and practice. Peter's wife Eileen is a retired nurse.
Chair of the Campaign Advisory Board
Dr. Moody retired in 2007 as a distinguished professor emeritus from the University of South Florida. At USF, Dr. Moody
served as Director of Research and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies. She previously served as a faculty member at the
UF College of Nursing where she was co-director of the PhD program. While at UF, she was one of two faculty members to
receive the first NIH research funding in 1984. Dr. Moody remains active in research and consulting.
Why am I a member of the College's Campaign Advisory Board?
"I have a strong need and desire to give back to the University of Florida because of all the wonderful benefits I have reaped from having been a
student and a faculty member at the College of Nursing. I would like to help support the College's philosophy of 'care, lead, and inspire" in ways
that continue to benefit current and future students."
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Gayle Olson, BSN 1961
Gayle Olson graduated from the University of Florida College of Nursing's second graduating class and worked at Shands
Hospital as a psychiatric nurse after graduating. She relocated to the west coast and worked in psychiatric nursing in a state
and private psychiatric hospital. Gayle and her husband, Dr. Gary Olson live in Palo Alto, CA. She currently sells residential
real estate in Silicon Valley. The Olsons attend University of Florida events that are held in the San Francisco Bay Area
whenever possible and are avid Gator fans.
Why am I a member of the College's Campaign Advisory Board?
"I am very pleased to be part of the College of Nursing Campaign Advisory Committee and be assisting in building the Campaign Fund for the
College. The challenges faced by nursing and the opportunities for improving and expanding nursing education are very exciting. There is a great
need for more highly qualified nursing educators and the College of Nursing has the leadership and commitment to work to meet that need."
Maryse (dela GRANA) Parrino, BSN 1974
Maryse currently works at her husband Jack's busy allergy practice in Tampa, Florida. She has two children, Adriana,
24, who is presently in graduate school at UCF studying communication disorders. David, 20, is in his third year of
pre-med at the USF. She also volunteers with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the American Red Cross and the Boy
Scouts of America.
Marguerite Powers is known for her tireless work and support of the University of Florida, Shands HealthCare and the
Gainesville community. Both Margo and her husband Earl, now deceased, are synonymous with UF and Gainesville.
Margo is active in numerous local organizations. She has served on the Board of Directors of Shands Hospital and has been
active in organizations such as Alachua General Hospital Auxiliary, the Alachua County Medical Auxiliary and the Junior
Why am I a member of the College's Campaign Advisory Board?
"I am not a nurse, but being a member of a medical family I was aware very early that good nursing was necessary to good patient care. This
was also very evident when I have been the patient. Today the wonderful strides in research need nurses to deliver the benefits to the patients.
When my husband Earl planned to contribute to the University and asked me which college we should consider I didn't hesitate I said the
College of Nursing."
9 Ann Smith, MN (MN 1967)
As Director of Nursing Services and Health Care Risk Manager at North Florida Regional Medical Center for 23 years, Ann
is now retired from active nursing practice. She is an active historian for the UF Sam Proctor Oral History Program, Alachua
County Historic Matheson Museum, and private clients.
She serves on the Board of Retired Faculty, Matheson Board, and the College of Nursing Alumni Council.
We would like to bid a fond farewell to Meg Hendryx, who served
as the College of Nursing Director of Development since 2001. Meg has
moved onto the UF College of Engineering, where she serves as Senior
Director of Development. She made an indelible mark on the College's
advancement program and we wish her well in her new endeavors. All of
us at the College will miss Meg very much!
The College is currently searching for a new development officer. In
the interim, Anna Miller Harper, associate director of alumni affairs, will
assume all development activities for the College. She can be reached at
352-273-6360 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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llen Eells (BSN 1964) a
College of Nursing alum-
na and supporter, recently
passed away. We join Ellen's family
and friends in bidding a sad farewell
to this wonderful woman and nurse.
Ellen and her husband Bill had
a very special connection, which
began here at the UF Health Science
Center as students. Below, we have
included the eulogy that Bill read at
Ellen's funeral. A special thanks to
Bill for allowing us to reprint this.
Forty-four years ago there was a University ofFlorida nursing student dressed
in her light blue student nurses uniform. She was right at the top of the hill which
goes from the main campus down to the Health Center. It was obvious she was
late for class (she was always late) and "The Hill" was a major obstacle, coming
Just at that time, a dashing senior pharmacy student, with a car on campus,
pulled up and offered her a ride. She eagerly accepted the ride and checked out
the pharmacy student who was wearing a camel hair blazer, white shirt and tie,
and she approved.
After the short ride, names were exchanged and a ride back up the hill was
offered for later that day.
In mid-afternoon, the nursing student found the pharmacy student in one of
his labs and needed transportation back to her dorm. The pharmacy students said
"here's my keys, take my car. The little nurse was dumbfounded, but couldn't say
no to the offer. The pharmacy student knew how to impress!
When she returned the car and keys, a date was made.
The nursing student was Ellen Granberg and the pharmacy student was me.
From that chance meeting grew a deep relationship. Shortly after she gradu-
ated in 1964 we were married and in exchange for that ride down the hill, Ellen
helped put me through dental school, gave me three fine children and seven
In between there were the Air Force years, the Vietnam year, the Pensacola
years, the Gainesville and High Springs years, the Melbourne Beach and
Indiatlantic years and lastly the Merritt Island years.
At all these times and places, Ellen was a shining light and helper to all she
touched. Ellen was always therefore everyone.
I have told everyone that she was the most loyal and loving wife anyone could
I shall miss her forever.
COLLEGE SAYS GOODBYE TO ALUMNAE
LINDA RUTH CROSBY, (MSN 1985), 59, passed
away Saturday, March 29, 2008, at Forsyth Medical
Center in Winston-Salem, NC. Linda worked exten-
sively with chemically dependent nurses, and in the
early 1980's, she developed, directed and success-
fully implemented the first community-wide peer
assistance program for impaired nurses, in Tampa.
Linda went to nursing school at Our Lady of Mercy
Medical Center, New York, received her BA at St.
Leo's College in Florida and her MSN from the
University of Florida.
Linda was the senior author with Dr. LeClair
Bissell of "To Care Enough-Intervention with
Chemically Dependent Colleagues", and collaborat-
ed with colleagues on several journal publications.
More recently, Linda discovered a love for
nursing education. At the time of her death, she
was a nursing instructor at Winston-Salem State
VIVIAN JACELYN DININNY (Jacie) (MSN 1975)
passed away on April 13, 2008 in Albion, Michigan.
She was at home under the loving care of her fam-
ily and Great Lakes Hospice. She is survived by
her husband of 54 years, Robert, two sons, Robert
(Vicki) of Concord, Michigan and David (Nevia)
of Chagrin Falls, Ohio and one daughter Kathleen
(Tony) Hutchins of Albion. In addition she is sur-
vived by seven grandchildren, six step grandchildren
and two great grandchildren. Jacie was a Registered
Nurse who graduated from Frances Payne Bolton
School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University
in Cleveland, Ohio. She also held a Master's degree
in Maternal and Child Health from the University
of Florida. She finished her nursing career by open-
ing her own practice in Women's Health in Jackson,
Michigan. She was one of the first, if not the first,
nurse practitioners in the state of Michigan to open
her own practice. She was a great friend and nurse to
all who knew her and she will be sorely missed.
LESLIE STABLEIN (BSN 1968) passed away in
October 2007. Leslie began her nursing career as
head nurse on the neurology unit at Shands. After
receiving her MSN, she went on to be a profes-
sor of nursing at the University of Maryland and
University of Nevada-Reno. Leslie was a fantastic
nurse and always felt gratitude and pride when it
came to her education at the UF College of Nursing.
Leslie's sister Nancy Stablein Spring is also an
alumna of the College (BSN 1965).
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Erin L. Peterson, BSN 1990. Erin is an active
duty major in the U.S. Air Force currently
assigned to Aviano Air Base, Italy. She received
her MSN in 2006 from Southern Illinois University
Edwardsville with a dual degree in Nursing
Education and Family Nurse Practitioner. She is
currently the Flight Commander of Education and
Training for the 31st Medical Group at Aviano.
She has two children, Lydia, 8, and Noah, 6.
Alice P. Carlisle, BSN 1992, MSN 1995. Alice
received her PhD in nursing in May 2008 from
the University of Florida. Alice also received
a certificate in Midwifery through the MSN
program at UF.
Connie S. Chappelle, MSN 1995. Connie
spoke to 700 Certified Legal Nurse Consultants
(CLNC) at the 13th Annual National Alliance for
Certified Legal Nurse Consultants (NACLNC) in
Las Vegas NV March 17-18, 2008. Her presen-
tation was on how CLNCs can assist attorneys
to develop their bariatric surgery cases to win.
Connie is President of Medical-Legal Consulting
and works with attorney clients (plaintiff and
defense) on a variety of medical cases.
Melissa Brown Faciane, BSN 1999. Melissa
has been a cancer survivor for three years after
being diagnosed in December of 2004 with
breast cancer and going through chemotherapy
and radiation in 2005. She has been married
four years to a pediatric physician assistant,
Mekal, and they have a 5-month-old son, Evan
Christian. Melissa has been a pediatric nurse
at Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville,
Florida for seven years where she is now an
Assistant Clinical Nurse Leader.
Fatima has be
Mitch, BSN 2000, MSN 2004.
en working for almost three years
in the Hematology/Oncology Bone Marrow
Transplant Program at Shands at the University
of Florida as a Nurse Practitioner. She has
recently become certified as an Advanced
Oncology Nurse Practitioner by ONCC.
Luisa Rossa Valdez, Accelerated BSN class
of 2005. Luisa has been working in labor and
delivery for almost three years at Plantation
General Hospital in South Florida. She also
works with risk management and records the
monthly delivery statistics. Luisa married Raul
Valdez, a fraud investigator, in September 2006.
She is currently a student in Florida Atlantic
University's Master's Family Nurse Practitioner
program part-time, and is due to graduate in
May 2009. Luisa was also recently inducted into
Sigma Theta Tau in April.
Jillian Kolsky, BSN 2006. Jillian is a Pediatric
Nurse Practitioner for Children's Healthcare
of West Georgia in Carrollton, Ga., located
about an hour outside of Atlanta. She started
this past April and is very excited to be in
Georgia..."although it's tough being a Florida
Gator in bulldog country!"
Nicole Oostenbrink, BSN 2007. Nicole is cur-
erntly at Shands at the University of Florida, and
is on 94 ICU/IMC. She plans to move to the new
Neuro IMC/ICU that's opening up.
Becky St. George, BSN 2007. Becky is cur-
rently in the NICU at Georgetown University
Hospital in Washington, DC. Becky says "If any
Gator Nurses are ever interested in Georgetown,
tell them I'd love to answer questions because
there aren't many Florida nursing grads up here,
and it's a great hospital!"
Stevie Maher, BSN 2007. Stevie is still in
Gainesville and is working at Shands at UF in the
Cardiac Intensive Care Unit.
Amanda McCracken, BSN 2007. Amanda
is in the part time master's program at the UF
College of Nursing to become an Adult Nurse
Practitioner. She is also working full time on the
oncology floor at the Malcom Randall VA until
she finishes school in 2009.
Carissa Stanley, BSN 2007. Carissa is attend-
ing Emory University to obtain her Master's in
women's health to be a Women's Health Nurse
CLASS OF 2008!
Christine Grassel, BSN. Christine will be work-
ing at the Neuro ICU at Shands in starting in
July and plans on continuing to graduate school
David Robbins, Accelerated BSN. David will be
starting at the Malcom Randall VA in the nurse
residency program in July. He is also working
on facilitating healthier living, and plans to keep
in touch and work with the College of Nursing
in that regard.
Andrea Pe Benito, BSN. Andrea will be work-
ing for the Malcom Randall VA in Gainesville and
hopes to go to grad school in 1-2 years for a
master's and a doctoral degree.
Melissa Jacquelin, BSN. Melissa accepted
a position at All Children's Hospital in St.
Petersburg, Florida on the Med-Surg floor.
Erika Dmytryk, BSN. Erika will be working at
Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.
Tanaya Lindstrom, BSN. Tanaya will be work-
ing at the Malcom Randall VA in their residency
Christy Givens, BSN. Christy will be work-
ing for the pediatric unit of Shands Hospital in
Catrice Ackerman, BSN. Catrice will be work-
ing at St. Vincent's Medical Center on the
Orthopedics unit. She plans to attend graduate
school at UF in the Public Health Nursing MSN
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accomplishments in brief continued
Jenks Endowed Professor Dr. Beverly Roberts has had seven different collaborative
papers, posters and/or presentations that have been completed. All of these are with
either students, colleagues and/or international/ interdisciplinary faculty. The publica-
tions and/or presentations vary in scope and discipline ranging from Journal of Clinical
Nursing and Journal of Heart Failure to presentations at the Southeastern American
Society of Biomechanics and Society of the Cognitive Aging Conference.
Associate Professor Dr. Bryan Weber and Dr. Roberts published a manuscript in the
American Journal ofMens Health on "Physical and Emotional Predictors of Depression
after Radical Prostatectomy."
VA Faculty Liaisons Dr. Beverly Childress and Clinical Assistant Professors Julia
Tortorice and Carla Anderson had their presentation "Innovative Approaches to
Promote Recruitment and Retention of Nurses and Evidence-Based Practice" accepted
for the June FONE Conference in Tampa.
Associate Professor Dr. Sunny Yoon and a number of her students graduate and under-
graduate presented several posters at the Southern Nursing Research Society including
"Self-practiced CAM use in minority middle-age and older adults; Complementary or
alternative?" and "Mindfulness meditation for pain in older adults: A pilot study." Yoon
also has accepted an invitation to serve as a member of the review panel for the Journal
Additionally Dr. Yoon and Associate Professor and Department Chair Susan Schaffer
presented a paper at the SNRS conference on "Dose adjustment of prescribed medica-
tions related to smoking cessation: Is it necessary?"
Honors student Larissa Galante and Assistant Professor Linda Sigshy presented a co-
authored poster on "Perceptions of Perioperative Caring Behaviors" at the 55th Annual
AORN Congress in Anaheim, CA. The poster won an Award of Merit. Sigsby recently
had a manuscript accepted byAORNJournalon "Teaching for the Love of Perioperative
Dr. Sheau Huey had her first-authored manuscript titled "Skin-to-skin Contact for
Culturally Diverse Women having Breastfeeding Difficulties during early Post-partum"
accepted for publication in Breastfeeding Medicine.
Assistant Professor Dr. Charlene Krueger has had her manuscript titled "Neonatal
heart-rate variability and intraventricular hemorrhage: A Case Study" accepted for pub-
lication in Pediatric Nursing.
Clinical Assistant Professors Charlotte Spellacy and Michele Brimeyer presented a
poster on timing of umbilical cord separation and the relationship to breastfeeding status
at the 26th Anniversary Research & Scholarship Day at Valdosta State University.
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Th laswthtemotatede wl eciespca
Congratulations to the
class of 2008! It was an
honor to be a part of this
year's Pinning Ceremony
sponsored by the Alumni
Council. It was great to
see the class of 2008 at
the open house prior to
pinning celebrating with
their family, friends and MARYSE PARRINO
I thoroughly enjoyed getting to see our Gator
Nurses go from students to professional nurses
as they were pinned by myself and other Alumni
Council members such as Jodi Irving, Rita Kobb,
Pat Sassner, Ann Smith, and alumna and faculty
member, Debbie Popovich. The Alumni Council
truly appreciates the support of the College and
Even though the University of Florida and more
specifically the College of Nursing are faced with
severe budget cuts this year, it is the support
received by alumni and friends such as you that
help keep the College thriving and equipped to
continue to provide the quality education that
the College is known for. If you are interested
in supporting the College through the Dean's
Excellence fund, please contact Anna Harper at
352-273-6360, or email@example.com. The Dean's
Excellence fund allows Dean Kathleen Long to use
funds at her discretion so that she may address
the emergent needs of the College now. You may
also make a gift online at https://www.uff.ufl.edu/
OnlineGiving/Nursing.asp. Please select Dean's
Excellence fund, or a funding priority of your
choice. Your support is greatly appreciated.
Finally, please be sure to save the date for
the College of Nursing's Reunion Weekend on
September 26-27, 2008. This year's theme is
"The Art and Science in Nursing." We have a fun
filled weekend planned and this is a great time
to catch up with former classmates, faculty and
to make new friends.
We hope to see you Reunion Weekend! Have
a happy and safe summer! Go Gator Nurses!
Maryse Parrino, BSN 1974
Nursing Alumni Council President
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