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Dan Hendrix is an alumnus of the College who also serves as a preceptor to Suzie Archer who is currently pursing her
master's degree as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.
For pediatric nurse practitioner Anne Perantoni's (MSN 1992) patients, it is not
unusual to see Anne with a young nursing student in tow, observing Perantoni's
patient assessments, reviewing charts and learning about her diagnoses.

Since Perantoni graduated from the UF College of Nursing with her master's
degree in 1992, she has precepted students while in practice. This includes a private
practice at Shands at Starke, where she has been for the past nine years.
"Yes, they hooked me early," Perantoni chuckles. "But it wasn't a hard sell.
I realize how important it is for these students to learn as much as they can in a
clinical setting while still being students. They get to be independent while still


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p erantoni is one of more than
400 preceptors who volunteer
time to mentor UF College
of Nursing students at the
undergraduate and gradu-
ate levels. One of countless
Gator Nurse preceptors, alumni of the
UF nursing programs, she stays continu-
ally connected to the College through
her service to students.
"I want these students to be pre-
pared as possible and that means me
educating them the correct way. They
will be my future colleagues," Perantoni
said. "The best reward is if I am able to
help the student and help to improve the
Perantoni is one of 12 providers at
her practice and one of three nurse practi-
tioners. Many of her loyal patients return
with children of their own to see her.

Sandra Milner, a pediatric nurse
practitioner student who also graduated
with her BSN from UF in 2008, is one
of the students Perantoni is precepting
this semester.
"Anne is someone to look up to,"
said Milner, who originally hails from
South Africa, where she says the nurse
practitioner role is foreign to many,
including members of her own family.
"Every day she practices she has students
with her. She has such a commitment
to continuing to educate those who will
become pediatric NP's who will hope-
fully improve care for patients."
When asked if she would precept
after she graduates, Milner smiled, and
said "Of course, because of the impact I
have seen Anne make on her students."

"Profound effect on our students..."
Preceptorship at the University of
Florida is a structured arrangement for
mentoring students to help ensure that each
student is prepared to enter the nursing pro-
fession. Preceptors and students are paired
in the clinical environments for which stu-
dents hope to prepare themselves.
The preceptor lays the groundwork
for that future by providing opportuni-
ties to learn with gradually diminishing
The College utilizes anywhere from
200 to 300 preceptors a semester. They
stretch from as far south as Miami to
Georgia, depending on where the stu-
dents complete their clinical experiences.
"The College of Nursing could sim-
ply not do what we do without our excel-
lent preceptors," said Kathleen Ann Long,
PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean of the College of

Nursing. "They have a profound effect
on our students and shape their clinical
experiences. It is not surprising then that
so many of them are our own graduates.
Having had an excellent experience here
inspires them to give back."
Perantoni admits that students have
changed since she first started precepting.
The age of the average student has crept
lower, which usually translates into very
bright and capable students who may not
have as much clinical experience. That is
why she is so passionate about the pre-
ceptorship experience and why she has
dedicated herself to it for 17 years.
"I tell my students that I want them
to have learned at least one new thing
every time they come out of their clinical

rotation. Whether it's how to do a stitch or
deal with a parent, they will only get out of
it what they put in," Perantoni said.

"I appreciate being able to be a part
of their future..."
"Being a preceptor is also a learn-
ing experience for me," observed Dan
Hendrix (BSN 1997, MSN 1999).
Hendrix graduated from the RN to
BSN program, went on to receive his
MSN as a Family Nurse Practitioner and
returned to UF to receive his post mas-
ter's certificate in acute care in 2008. He
currently works for the Department of
Surgery at Shands at UF in the Thoracic
and Cardiovascular unit.
For Hendrix, who has worked as a
preceptor for UF students for about nine
years, the opportunity to mentor future
nurses has kept him active in the role.
He hopes the knowledge he has gained
throughout his career will significantly
augment the educational experience his
students receive while working with him.
Hendrix has worked as a surgical nurse in
the surgical intensive care unit (SICU) at
Shands at AGH, as an emergency nurse at
Munroe Regional Medical Center, and as
a flight nurse at Shands.
"I appreciate being able to be a part
of their future," Hendrix said. "While I
was a nursing student at UF, my faculty
members provided me the opportunity
to excel, which I hope I can do for my
students. I hope that the knowledge I
gained throughout my career will help to
enhance their educational experience."
Hendrix focuses on critical care man-
agement for patients who have undergone
thoracic surgery. Early in the students'
clinical rotation, he provides opportuni-
ties for them to explore their own knowl-
edge and how they would react to specific
situations. Although he is available for
guidance, he often lets his students work
independently. He allows them to famil-
iarize themselves with the patients in the
Intensive Care Unit.
Following the students' independent
work, Hendrix discusses the treatment
plan with the students. Students also


6The College of Nursing could simply not do

what we do without our excellent preceptors.

It is not surprising then that so many of

them are our own graduates.

Dean Kathleen Ann Long, PhD, RN, FAAN

6While I was a nursing student at

UF, my faculty members provided

me the opportunity to excel as a

student, which I hope I can do

for my students. I hope that the

knowledge I gained throughout my

career will help to enhance their

educational experience.

-Dan Hendrix (BSN 1997, MSN 1999)

receive hands-on experience like learning
how to place a chest tube in a patient.
In addition to precepting UF nurs-
ing students, Hendrix volunteered his
time to mentor two Korean nursing
students who came to UF as part of
an exchange with Chungnam National
University. These students had the
opportunity to shadow him and learn
the workings of the U.S. health care sys-
tem, especially the role of the advanced
practice nurse, which is new in Korea.
"It is very much a reciprocal relation-
ship between the preceptors and their
students," said Maxine Hinze, Chair of
the Department of Adult and Elderly
Nursing. "I think preceptors choose to do
this because they can still keep in touch
with academia, especially for our alumni
who can connect with the College. The
students open their eyes to the latest in
education and they, in turn, of course lend
their clinical expertise and knowledge."

"A role model for students..."
From the hospital to a preceptor's
own practice, students learn in all patient
care settings. Preceptor Wanda Liddell
(MSN 1995) opened her own practice,
Tri-County Primary Care in Cross City
in 2001. Her practice cares for patients of
all ages, from newborns to elders.

"Currently our youngest patient is
six weeks old and our oldest is 97 years
old," Liddell said. "So as you can see the
students I precept get to observe a range
of patients and conditions."
After receiving her MSN as a Family
Nurse Practitioner, Liddell worked as
the nursing supervisor in the Emergency
Department at Shands at UF for several
years and later as a nurse practitioner for a
private practice in Dixie County. Liddell
then took the leap and opened her own
practice. Now, eight years later, she has
a bustling private practice with a variety
of providers.
Liddell's entrance into preceptor-
ship was a bit untraditional. In fact,
current students approached her to
become their preceptor. Besides being
flattered, Liddell recognized the impact
she might have on both the students
and the profession.
As a nurse practitioner with her own
private practice, Liddell has made the
most of her opportunity to mentor many
UF nursing students. Precepting since
she entered practice, Liddell credits each
student with bringing something new to
the practice.
Students not only assist with direct
patient care but with other parts of the
practice, including referrals to social work

services, for supplemental support which
benefits many low-income patients.
"I don't want them to do what they
have always done; I want them to learn,
Liddell said.
Liddell still keeps in contact with
many of her former students. She has
even hired several for part-time positions
in her practice.
"I hope I can be a role model to
students and show them that nurses can
work in a variety of settings and even own
their own practice!" Liddell said.

"...From preparation to profession..."
For Karin Prussak (MSN 1989),
it was an outstanding and memora-
ble experience with her preceptor that
inspired her to try and provide that for
other students.
"I had an excellent preceptor that
took me from preparation to profession,
and I wanted to offer that to students,"
said Prussak, who will be a part of the
first class of Doctor of Nursing Practice
(DNP) graduates this spring.
After completing her master's degree,
Prussak moved to Jacksonville to work
as procurement coordinator for the UF
Transplant Team. She then began work-
ing in the acute and long-term acute
setting where she remained for 10 years.

continued on page 4

SPRING 2009 3

"These students will be my

future colleagues. The best

reward is if I am able to

help the student and help

to improve the program."

Anne Perantoni (MSN 1992)

Anne Perantoni, MSN, ARNP, alumna and preceptor, talks to David Ross
about his granddaughter Rochelle's ear infection. Sandra Milner, MSN
student, looks on and will confer with Perantoni on her assessment.

After leaving acute care, she began work-
ing at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville first
as an ARNP in Radiation Oncology and
electrophysiology. Since beginning at the
Mayo Clinic in 2000, Prussak has precepted
Jacksonville-based UF MSN students during
their clinical rotation. Although she only
works with the nursing students for a short
time period, she takes her position as a pre-
ceptor very seriously and wants to develop a
good clinical experience for her students.
Prussak credits the excellence of her
MSN and DNP program to both faculty
members and her clinical rotation in the

ing, implementing a plan and researching
more information if needed on a diagno-
sis, medication or treatment guideline,"
Prussak said.
If possible, the student may be able to
see the patient back for a second visit dur-
ing the semester if scheduling allows.
By the end of the semester, the stu-
dents go from novice to experts in abnor-
mal heart rhythms such as atrial fibrilla-
tion, atrial flutter, (and) PVC's (premature
ventricular contractions).
Although Prussak will graduate in
May with her DNP, she is eager to con-

I had an excellent preceptor that

took me from preparation to

profession, and I wanted to offer

that to students.

cardiovascular program. She learned so
much from that rotation that she wants to
replicate that for her students.
Prussak has each new student she
mentors write goals and objectives at the
beginning of rotation based on the stu-
dent's interest. Throughout the rotation,
she checks to make sure they are meeting
both the students' objectives and desired
clinical experiences are being realized.
"The goal is for the student to be
comfortable with interviewing, diagnos-

9 Karin Prussak
(MSN 1989, DNP 2009)

tinue working as a preceptor in order to
mentor future nursing students.

"I hope I can make a difference..."
"I wanted to give back to the program
that gave me so much," said Rebecca
Parry (BSN 2000, MSN 2002). It was
this mindset and her love for teaching that
led Parry, a psychiatric nurse practitioner
at a private practice in Jacksonville, to
begin precepting nursing students.
Although the curriculum and faculty

members were both demanding and chal-
lenging, Parry believes that her time spent
as a student at the College fully prepared
her to enter the nursing field. In particu-
lar, one professor made a difference in the
direction of her career.
"Dr Jo Snider [Associate Professor]
was my professor both as a BSN and MSN
student," Parry said. "She inspired me to
become a psychiatric nurse practitioner
and I think it is her impact on me that
leads me to precept students and hope I
make that much of a difference in those
coming after me."
For the past four years, Parry has been
mentoring Jacksonville-based psychiatric
nurse practitioner students as a clinical
preceptor. The clinical rotation with stu-
dents usually last about a month; however,
students do have the option to stay longer.
One of her students decided to work with
her for an entire year.
Although Parry does not supply a spe-
cific curriculum for her students to follow,
they have to meet certain criteria during
the evaluation process. She prefers her
students to first shadow her while counsel-
ing patients. After the student feels more
comfortable, she will give her or him the
chance to work directly with patients.
"Our Gator Nurse preceptors exem-
plify that there are so many ways to give
back as an alumnus of the College," Dean
Long said. "In this case, it is their valuable
time and wealth of experience that they
share with our students. They complete
the Gator Nurse circle."



Uncertain Economic Times Strengthen the

Dedication and Passion of Gator Nursing

recently, I have had an unexpected opportunity to com-
municate with many of our remarkable and accomplished
alumni who have a deep passion for Gator Nursing.
Unfortunately, the occasion for our exchanges was the rumored
(but not accurate) decision to eliminate our baccalaureate degree
program. litems in our local newspaper indicate a possible end
to undergraduate programs at several colleges at UF, including
the College of Nursing. Specifically, an article appeared in The
Gainesville Sun in February citing possible plans for the UF
Colleges of Education and Nursing to eliminate their undergradu-
ate programs. When I spoke to
the paper's reporter on the topic, Following the le<
I indicated this was only one
of the many alternatives being Dean, Dorothy S
discussed in this time of severe community
community has i
budget cuts and an uncertain
economic climate, away from chall
I am happy to report that this
alternative is no longer being We have embrace
considered. We will continue found opportuni
to offer our excellent BSN
program at the University of better and stron
If we are forced to deal with that we will do t
additional substantial budget this difficult eco
cuts, we may need to decrease
our undergraduate enrollment
over time. This, unfortunately, is the same situation faced by
nursing education programs across Florida and the country.
However, we remain committed to providing the highest quality
BSN program for our students and for the nursing profession.
As we have reported in recent issues of The Gator Nurse,
the University of Florida, including our College of Nursing, has
faced several rounds of budget cuts in the past two years. More
cuts are likely given the state and national economy. These are
challenging times that have required difficult decisions and the
thoughtful engagement of our administration, faculty, students
and staff to determine the best ways to deal with current cir-
cumstances. Plans and time frames for how UF will deal with
impending budget cuts are still uncertain.






Perhaps it is heartening that even the men-
tion of reductions in nursing education at UF has
sparked great interest and concern. I have had
many alumni contact me offering support and
suggestions as well as recounting examples of
the ways in which their UF nursing education
shaped them. This is much appreciated.
As we have communicated to our alumni and
friends in the past, our College of Nursing has KATHLEEN AN
a strong and growing emphasis on graduate PHD, RN, FAAN
education and research, which is
I of our founding appropriate given the overall mis-
sion of the University of Florida
lith, our College and the College's nursing leader-

ever stepped ship role in Florida.
We, of course, remain extreme-
Iges or risks. ly proud of the quality of our
undergraduate program and the
d them and excellent alumni who graduate
es to become from it. Over 70 percent of our
BSN graduates do go on to gradu-
er. I am confident ate study, many of them here
at UF. Following the lead of our
e same during founding Dean, Dorothy Smith,

omic period. our College community has never
stepped away from challenges or
risks. We have embraced them
and found opportunities to become better and stronger. I am
confident that we will do the same during this difficult economic
period. We remain committed, first and foremost, to preparing
nurses at all degree levels who "Care, Lead, Inspire."
Please continue to send us your questions. Help us garner
private resources to supplement state dollars. More than ever
we rely on your advice, suggestions and support. And, stay
tuned-we are at an interesting place in our journey toward
nursing excellence.
Please contact me or Anna Harper, Development Officer (352-
273-6360 or aemiller@ufl.edu) with any questions or concerns.
Please also be assured of our ongoing commitment to excel-
lent nursing education at all levels.


SPRING 2009 5



College of Nursing Hosts Career

Fair for Students and Alumni

Articulate. Prepared. Professional.
UF Nursing students are all of the above, according
to employers who attended the College of Nursing's
Annual Career Fair during early spring semester.
The event was sponsored by Florida Hospital,
Shands Healthcare and the North Florida South/
Georgia Veterans Health System. More than 20 health .
care agencies from all over Florida and the Southeast
participated in the event. The Career Fair, held every
spring, is a great networking opportunity for both stu-
dents and health care agencies.

accomplishments in brief

Assistant Professor Sheau-Huey Chiu recently conducted a pilot
study comparing two developmental screening tools for use with
homeless children. The study was published in theJournal ofPediatric
Health Care. Dr. Chiu also presented her study, "Maternal Relation
Response During Skin-to-Skin Contact: A Feasibility Pilot Study."

Assistant Professor Debbie Popovich and Clinical Assistant
Professor Allison McAlhany's article, "Scurvy, Forgotten but
Definitely Not Gone," is in the process of being published in the
Journal ofPediatric Health Care.

Clinical Assistant Professor Jane Gannon recently had her article,
"The Clinical Nurse Leader: A Catalyst for Improving Quality and
Patient Safety," published in the Journal, ... Management.

Assistant Professor Charlene Krueger's article, "Exposure to
Maternal Voice in Preterm Infants: A Review," is currently in the
process of being published in Advances in Neonatal Care. Another
article, "A longitudinal description of heart rate variability in 28-34
week preterm infants," is also in the process of being published in
Biological Research for Nursing. Along with co-authors, Dr. Krueger
also presented posters titled "Variation in Care Practice and Discharge
Timing in Preterm Infants" and "Response to Recurrent Maternal
Speech: A Longitudinal View" at the Southern Nursing Research
Society in February 2009.

Clinical Associate Professor Pam Pieper presented her poster, "Early
Health-Related Quality of Life Outcomes After a Mild Traumatic
Brain Injury from Child and Proxy Perspectives," at the Southern
Nursing Research Society in February 2009. She has also success-

fully defended her dissertation tied "Early Outcomes from Mild
Traumatic Brain Injury from Child and Proxy Perspectives" at Barry

Clinical Assistant Professor Leslie Parker recently presented her
poster, "The 6 C's of Online Learning: Perspectives of a Doctoral
Cohort," at the Southern Nursing Research Society in February
2009. Dr. Parker also passed her written and oral PhD qualifying

Charlene Krueger, Sheau-Huey Chiu and Leslie Parker presented
their poster tied "Variations in Care Practice and Discharge Timing
in Preterm Infants," at the Southern Nursing Research Society in
February 2009.

Associate Professor and Department Chair Susan Schaffer had
her poster, "Clinical Trial of Topical Vicks Vaporub for Toenail
Onychomycosis," accepted for the 35' Annual Meeting of the
National Organization for Nurse Practitioner Faculties.

DNP student Megan Weigel Barrett recently had his article,
"Prescribing Generic Antiepileptic Drugs: Issues and Concerns for
the Nurse Practitioner," accepted for publication in the Journal of the
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

PhD student Kim Cox's article, "Healthcare Providers Decision-
Making about Mode of Delivery after Previous Cesarean," accepted
for presentation at the Normal Labor and Birth Research Conference.
The conference will take place on June 10-12, 2009 in Lancashire,


A Gator Nurse Journey:

Megan Weigel Barrett

As we get ready to celebrate another commencement in the College ofNursing, a very special milestone marks
the Class of 2009. This spring, we will graduate our inaugural class of Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
students. To commemorate this historic event, we want to illustrate some of our remarkable DNP graduates.
In our next issue, we willprominently feature some examples of this class.
In this issue, we will allow the words of one of its graduates, Megan Weigel Barrett, to tell the story. She I
will soon receive her 3" degree from the College of Nursing as a member ofthe first DNP class. Here, in her
own words, she discusses her journey at the College of Y:.\A 3. ,g...

My name is Megan Weigel Barrett-I am a nurse practitioner and a Gator Nurse who bleeds
orange and blue.
n 1993, my parents drove me to the University of Florida from Maryland to begin my career as a Gator. You may say,
"1993... that was quite a long time ago...have you i, .lI ur .J"' Indeed, I have. In fact, I am scheduled to graduate this spring,
as a part of the inaugural class of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. It will be my third degree earned through
the College of Nursing.
When I graduated from the BSN program in 1998 and headed to California for my first nursing job, one of my professors
Dr. Jennifer Elder said to me, "You'll be back!" Sure enough, a year and a month later, I was back to start the Master of Science in
Nursing program to become a family nurse practitioner. I graduated in 2000 knowing that I would eventually obtain a terminal
degree of some sort.
Four years ago, while considering DNP programs, I decided to trust my roots and return again to UF. Here's the thing
about the College of Nursing at UF that goes above and beyond its reputation as a top-ranked nursing program: it tends to
start to feel like home. Even though the building may be new, the faces are warm and familiar and enthusiasm for our profes-
sion is in the air.
Each time I travel to Gainesville, my heartbeat quickens when I enter the College of Nursing. I become excited to walk the
halls, look at old composite pictures, and find out which faculty members are available to chat. Many of them have known me
since I was 19. I like walking up to Dr. Jo Snider's door, seeing a young nursing student leave her office after a pep talk or an
idea-generating meeting, and being ushered in as if the ten years had not passed.
I owe my continued interest in the profession of nursing to my faculty's dedication to nursing education. In this complex
health care environment, we nurses know how important it is to continue to instill excitement for excellent patient care, leader-
ship, and research in each new generation of nurses. It is my sincere hope that I can emulate all Gator Nurses in what they do
best: Care, Lead, and Inspire!
S -'s inspiring story also appears in a letter that was sent to all College ... alumni as part of the Florida Fund Campaign.)

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SPRING 2009 7

Skin-to-Skin Contact is Beneficial for

Women with Breastfeeding Difficulties

A although previous research has shown race and ethnicity
may play a vital role in early breastfeeding cessation, a
recent study by a College of Nursing researcher shows that
regardless of racial or ethnic background, most mothers who expe-
rience breastfeeding difficulties in the early post-partum period
will continue to breastfeed when given effective skin-to-skin con-
tact intervention shortly after their child's birth.
It is well documented that breastfeeding is beneficial to moth-
ers and their infants. More and more government and advocacy
groups assert that outcomes are even more beneficial when infants
receive breast milk exclusively. In 2004, the breastfeeding rate was
72% for white and 50% for black infants upon hospital discharge;
54% of white and 43% of black infants were still being breastfed
at six months. These figures fall far short of the 2010 national goal
of 75% breastfeeding rate upon hospital discharge, 50% at six
months, and 25% at one year.

"We found that skin-to-skin contact (SSC) is an

important aspect of early postpartum care because it

promotes breastfeeding for mothers and their babies."

"Each hospital varies in how much emphasis is placed on
breastfeeding, especially beginning early in the first hour postbirth
and continuing for several hours thereafter. This is a critical time
to promote breastfeeding," said Sheau-Huey Chiu, PhD, RN,
Assistant Professor. "We found that skin-to-skin contact (SSC) is
an important aspect of early postpartum care because it promotes
breastfeeding for mothers and their babies."
The study, published in a recent issue of F. .- F.."
Medicine, was a secondary analysis of a study conducted in 2002
by College of Nursing Emeritus Professor, Dr. Gene Anderson, at
Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Chiu
was co-investigator of this study.
With a sample of 48 culturally diverse women who expe-
rienced difficulties breastfeeding their infants post-birth, Dr.
Chiu sought to examine the relationship between race/ethnic-
ity and breastfeeding difficulties. In the original study, an SSC
intervention (or "Kangaroo Care," as it is informally known) was
implemented to assist each mother as soon as she was identified as
having breastfeeding difficulties.
This intervention consisted of three consecutive skin-to-skin
breastfeeding sessions on Day 1 post-birth and a fourth session,
approximately 24 hours later, prior to hospital discharge. Two

follow-ups occurred at one week and one month post-discharge.
Breastfeeding results in this study compared favorably with
those reported in the literature. This was remarkable, given that
these 48 dyads were all having breastfeeding difficulties in early
postpartum and were thus at high risk for cessation. Twenty-
three of the mother-child pairs were at even greater risk because
they represented racial/ethnic minorities. Even so, their outcomes
exceeded those from national surveys which included all breast-
feeding mothers, whether or not they were having difficulties.
"I strongly advise physicians and health care providers to
encourage skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding opportunities
beginning immediately after birth and continuing for several hours
thereafter," Dr. Chiu said. "If mothers hear it from their health
care providers, they are more likely to initiate it and continue it. In
addition, hospitals need to be particularly sensitive to this."





the healing paw

Nursing Students Conduct Pet Therapy at Shands AGH
for Honors Project ByJessica Metzger

See Chelsea run.
See Chelsea play.
See Chelsea visit patients.
Chelsea, a 7-year-old corgi-sheltie
mix, is a therapy dog used in a nurs-
ing honors project, Healing Paws, by

Charlotte Simmons and
Ashley Hoover.
During the Fall
2008 semester, they
brought Chelsea to
Shands at AGH to visit
patients and their fami-
lies on the oncology and cardiac floors, in
the lobby, and in the family rooms.
The purpose of the project was to
gather observational data of how patients
reacted to the presence of a dog in
the hospital and how the animal visibly
affected their anxiety levels.
They spent two hours at the hospital
each week, visiting between 20 and 30
patients, family members and hospital
staff, Reinhold said. For some patients,
Chelsea would perform tricks, like wav-
ing good-bye, sneezing on command
or rolling over. With others, she would
sit patiently and be petted, sometimes
hop-upon invitation-into a patient's
hospital bed.
"A dog is a good icebreaker," said
Reinhold, Chelsea's owner. "It's some-
thing that really takes a patient's mind off
illness and gives them something warm
and comfortable."
Reinhold recalled one particular visit
with an elderly gentleman on the oncol-
ogy floor, who was missing a leg. He was
alone in the hospital room and appeared
However, he lit up when Chelsea
came into the room, immediately inviting
her up into the bed so he could pet her.
"He told us his life story," Reinhold
said. "And he looked less stressed."

Hoover, 22, said that for a lot of
people, having an animal in the room is
"It helps with homesickness and
relieves anxiety in a hospital," Hoover said.
"It took away the cold hospital setting."
Hoover said one of her best experi-
ences came from visiting a young African-
American family.
The father was ill, and he and his
wife were visibly stressed. Once Chelsea
was brought into the room, the children,
ages 2 and 4, immediately began to play
with the dog.
"The parents got a little time to
themselves," Hoover said. "And the father
was very thankful. He was stressed about
keeping the kids occupied (while he was
sick in the hospital)."
Simmons, 21, said an animal's pres-
ence also can help relieve the "white coat
syndrome," in which many patients asso-
ciate doctors in white coats with painful
procedures or unpleasant treatments.
Hoover, Reinhold and Simmons
designed Healing Paws because they
wanted to be able to interact with patients
as part of their honors' project. Because
Reinhold had a trained dog, they decided
to try dog therapy.
Chelsea was certified as a therapy
dog by Therapy Dogs Inc., Reinhold
said. Chelsea had to pass basic obedi-
ence tests and be observed four separate
times interacting with people. She also
had to be very calm and well-behaved at
all times.
Simmons said they were not allowed
to collect any numerical data for their
project, such as reading blood pressure or
monitoring heart rates. But, in the end,
they felt the project was successful.
"It helped patients' anxiety and relief,
things which can often be overlooked in
a hospital," Simmons said. "Therapeutic
tactics should be used more, especially by

(L-R) Ashley Hoover, Jessica Reinhold and Charlotte
Simmons with Chelsea, Reinhold's dog, who visited
patients as a part of the students'honors project.

This Year's Honors Program
Largest in its History

This was one of 21 honors projects con-
ducted by 58 students enrolled in the under-
graduate honors program, the largest group
ever to participate in its 28 year history.
The honors program provides opportuni-
ties for students to participate in faculty
research or develop and carry out service
Students need to meet a GPA to qualify for
the program and are expected to complete
an honors thesis and public presentation.
This year, three sets of students presented
posters on their projects at national conven-
tions, usually a rare feat for undergraduate
"We were one of the first colleges of nurs-
ing that had a structured honors program,
said Dr. Jo Snider, associate professor and
coordinator of the program.
"Our students are quite proud to have
graduated from a program with such a rigor-
ous curriculum."

SPRING 2009 9

Professor Emeritus Betty Hilliard's Memoirs Show Her

n honor of Dr. Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Hilliard, CNM, PhD,
founder of the College of Nursing's nurse midwifery program,
the UF College of Nursing hosted a book signing event in
January at the Oak Hammock retirement community.
The book depicts, through vivid recollections spanning her ear-
liest days as a nursing student to retirement from the University of
Florida, the struggles and accomplishments of one woman's color-
ful nursing career. Each chapter is a story told in a voice reminiscent
of a female Mark Twain, replete with detailed descriptions of the
events, discoveries, and evolution of the nursing profession through
the eyes of an accomplished historian and nursing pioneer.
The book signing event honored Dr. Hilliard's hard work and
dedication to her recently printed memoirs, A "Labor"ofLove. Many
nursing faculty members, current nursing students, colleagues and
residents of Oak Hammock attended the event to honor Dr. Hilliard
and to be the first to receive a signed copy of her book.
"'A Labor of Love' is a compilation of memoirs from a truly
accomplished and inspirational career and life. Dr. Hilliard was
one of the earliest faculty members at our College of Nursing-a
true leader and role model," said Dean Kathleen Ann Long at the
book signing.
Dean Long and the entire College are proud of Dr. Hilliard's
Accomplishments and wanted to personally rec-
ognize her lifelong dedication to the field and
to the College, by printing her manuscript.
Dean Long recognized many people who
W were in attendance, including Betty's sister

the Nurse-Midwifery program at the UF College of Nursing, and she
served as coordinator until she retired in 1990. Today it is recognized
as one of the best in the state and the nation.
Since its founding, the program has produced hundreds of new
nurse-midwives who have had a lasting impact on health care for
women in Florida and the nation.
After retirement, Dr. Hilliard chose to remain in Gainesville
and she continues to be an important part of the College.
The memories that were shared in this novel are truly inspi-

a tuh, acco lU and i tinional careen ULd tie."

rBnw Barbara and her friend Jim, and current
coordinator of the nurse midwifery program, Alice Poe. In
addition, Mary Hughes, Oak Hammock resident and dear friend
to Betty, made a few remarks.
Once the book signing began, attendees lined up to receive a
signed copy from the author. Dr. Hilliard enthusiastically signed
more than fifty books, writing a personal message in each.
Dr. Hilliard, now Professor Emeritus of the College, was one of
only three practicing nurse midwives in the state of Florida in 1960.
Through her work at the Reddick Clinic, the Maternal-Infant Care
project and various other ventures, she improved health care for a
largely underserved population of women and infants and served as a
role model for students. She doggedly pursued the establishment of

rational and this book is a remarkable story of one nurse's journey
through the field of nursing.
As part of Dr. Hilliard's dedication to the College of Nursing
and to nurse-midwifery, she has made a substantial bequest to the
UF College of Nursing to support the continuation of the nurse-
midwifery program. Her bequest establishes a professorship in
nurse midwifery, the first in the nation. Donations from alumni
and others will help fully endow the professorship. This profes-
sorship honors Dr. Hilliard and will help the College of Nursing
attract a premier faculty member in the field of nurse-midwifery.
If you are interested in contributing to the professorship or
obtaining a copy of Dr. Hilliard's memoirs, please contact Anna
Harper at 352-273-6360.


Loyal Alumna Gives Back to the College of Nursing

"During these challenging times, it is critical
for the College of Nursing to have the support
Sit needs to maintain the high quality of their
Alumna Karen Hanson MSN, RN (BSN 1966,
MSN 1986) recently gave a $30,000 gift to the
College which she wished to be unrestricted so funds could
be used to benefit priority areas. The Karen Hanson Dean's
Discretionary Fund is an unrestricted fund whereby the Dean
and the College can choose where funds may be most needed.
"Dean Long has shared with us that there is insufficient
funding for certain areas of the College, such as cancer nursing,"
Hanson said. "I decided to have my donation be applied to the
Dean's discretionary fund, so she can use it to support faculty or
other needs as they arise."
Hanson has remained very active in the College since gradu-
ating. She is currently President-Elect of the College of Nursing
Alumni Council and serves on the Campaign Advisory Board.

After graduating with her bachelor's degree, she continued her
education earning her MSN degree from the College's Orlando
campus (now closed).
Hanson credits her excellent nursing education to her
instructors; the vast impact the College has had on Hanson's
career inspired her to give back to the College.
"I hope in some small way, I can enable others to obtain an
excellent nursing or graduate education to continue to positively
impact quality patient care. In addition, I would really like to
challenge all alumni to support the College," stated Hanson.
Hanson recently retired from Florida Hospital but remains
active in the Florida Association for Healthcare Quality, serv-
ing as their Treasurer and Continuing Education Coordinator
for the state. Retirement has given her the opportunity to
spend more time with her family, which includes her three
children and five grandchildren. Hanson has held UF season
football tickets for over 30 years and continues to remain a
devoted fan!

Tough Economic Times Inspire Other Ways to Give Back

In this current economic downturn, many of our alumni
and friends would still like to support the College the best they
can. Some ways that you can help without cash out of pocket
now are through bequests and real estate gifts.

A bequest can be made to the UF College of Nursing through
legal documents, a will or a revocable living trust. Bequests may
be designated for the unrestricted use of the College or restricted
to a specific purpose of your choice. To be recognized as part of
the University of Florida Bequest society, please contact Anna
Harper at aemiller@ufl.edu or 352-273-6360.
Did you know that many alumni and friends leave gifts to
the College of Nursing in their wills, but do not document it
with us? If you have not done so, please contact Anna and she
will make sure the proper paperwork is completed so that you are
recognized appropriately.

Real Estate
Gifts of real estate including personal residences, vacation
homes, commercial buildings, farms, and parcels of land are
a generous and valued way to show your appreciation for the UF
College of Nursing. The following are ways you can give real
estate as a gift to the College:
Outright- You deed the property directly to the UF Foundation,
Inc./College of Nursing. You qualify for a charitable income tax
deduction (based on a qualified appraisal) and avoid all capital
gains tax that would have been due if you sold the property.
Retained Life Estate You deed your home, vacation home or
farm to the UF Foundation, Inc./College of Nursing but retain
the right to live in it for the rest of your life. You will be eligible


to receive a charitable income tax deduction based on your age
and the value of the property interest of UF Foundation, Inc.
Life Income Arrangement You deed the property to your
trustee through a charitable remainder trust. The trust will allow
your named beneficiary(ies) to receive income for life or for a cer-
tain number of years. At the end of the trust, the trust principal is
distributed to the UF Foundation, Inc./College of Nursing.
Bequest You complete a will directing your gift of real estate.
Your gift of real estate can be made as a specific gift, a percentage
of your estate, or as part of the residual of your estate being given
to the UF Foundation, Inc./College of Nursing.
Any and all ways our alumni and friends give back to the College
of Nursing benefits the future of our profession and upholds the
excellence of Gator Nursing. For more information about any of
the above ways to give, contact Anna Harper, Associate Director
of Development at aemiller@ufl.edu or 352-273-6360.

SPRING 2009 11

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$100,000 to $499,999
Melvin F. Eickhorst
Thomas M. & Irene B. Kirbo
Charitable Trust
Catherine A. Longstreth

$50,000 to $99,999
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of
Patricia A. Chamings
The Community Foundation,

$25,000 to $49,999
Elizabeth C. Delpit
Florida Hospital
Florida Hospital Medical Center
Karen L. Hanson
Stumpy & Dorothy L. Harris
Ginger & John F. Moore

$10,000 to $24,999
Linda H. Aiken
Prof. Ernest H. 8 Carol A.
Tenet Healthcare Foundation

$5,000 to $9,999
Florence R. Eickhorst
The Hon. Warren S. & Polly S.
Alice B. & Billy E. Jackson
Mary R. Lynn
Debra M. & John J. Pusateri

$1,000 to $4,999
Accent Jewelry
Janis P. Bellack
Mary N. 8 W. Preston Blake
Alice R. & Ronald E. Boyington
Cornell University Foundation
William J. Eells
Jo Annalee Irving
Sharon M. & Jay C. Koons
David & Alice Lane
Timothy T. & Mary R. Lane
Malcom Randall VAMC
Carol A. & Richard H. Marks
Gary M. & Gayle G. Olson
Maryse G. & Jack Parrino
Linda K. & Peter S. Perkel
Deborah S. & Scott L. Ray
Cheryle A. D. Remley
Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Theta
M. Josephine Snider
Daniel E. & Nancy A. Sorensen
Douglas P. & Melanie J.
Amy K. & Dennis L. Spangler
I. J. Van Huffel Foundation

$100 to $999
Captain Christine L. Abelein
Carol Ann & Eugene W.

Adcock Ill, M.D.
Sharon A. Akes-Caves & Gene
C. Caves
Patricia M. & William J. Alcorn
Carol R. Alderson
Linda C. 8 Adansi Amankwaa
Amy B. & K. C. Angert
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Anita K. & Tim E. Bainum
Geremy G. & Joseph W.
Denise A. Benbow
Mary J. Bernier
Michael E. & Maryann P.
Big Media Studios
Elizabeth D. Blossey
Patrick D. & Mrs. P. D.
Maj. Elizabeth A. & Franklyn E.
Paul J. & Patricia M. Brennan
Pamela E. & Larry W. Brown
Rhea D. Broyles
Sheryl 0. & Ernest D.
William J. Bulloch, Jr.
Gloria B. & Fern Callwood
Colleen S. 8 Keith B. Campbell
Barbara A. & Anthony D.
Janet C. & Richard M. Carroll,
Pamela L. & Bruce F. Carroll
Evelyn S. & Robert K. Casey
Leslie R. & Brian M. Cheney
Erika A. & Michael E. Cilurso
Audrey E. Clark & Richard C.
Rodney Clements
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Elizabeth D. & Dennis F.
Donna M. & Bruno R. Dunn
Beth S. East
Jennifer A. & Stephen C. Elder
Catherine L. & David M.
Linda L. Erskine-Bauer &

Michael Bauer
Beverly H. Etheredge
Farmers & Merchants Bank
R Maurice F. & Mrs. Dorota
E. Faulk
June S. & Paul J. Favara
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Kristin Stich & Ulrich Foerster
Debra L. & Santiago E.
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Kathryn B. & Stephen G. Frank
Judith S. & George T. Freeland
Crystal R. Frye
Kathlyn A. Gaines, DSN,
Barbara A. Galvin
Kathryn Gamble
Jane M. Gannon
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Roberta K. & Paul R. Garrett,
Janice J. Garry
Mrs. BarBee & Charles K.
Geiger, Sr.
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Agustin 8 Susana Gonzalez
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Jane F. Houston
Sharon R. Hudson
Deborah R. Hughes Nuessly &
Gregg S. Nuessly
Elizabeth F. & Joshua S.
Russell Jacobitz
Kunda P. Jagtap
James E. Davis Family
Melanie N. & Keith Jescavage
Don F. Joiner
Elizabeth P. & John C. Kagan
Dianne F. & Mansfield M.
Marie E. Kasprow
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Maryann Kulpa
Pamela S. & David H. Lee
Susan W. & Leslie A. Leonard
Barbara B. Little

Lorraine E. & Charles H.
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Col. Martha J. & Lt. Col. John
M. Maron
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Charles W. McDaniel
Captain Robin T. & Cmdr. Mark
F. McKenzie
Lucille Mercadante
Florida S. Merriex
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Martha R. 8 William C. Miller
Marcia E. Milton
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Cara W. & Robert M. Myers,
Janine A. Neiswender
Mrs. Zoe E. & Ralph Paiva
Douglas W. & Suzanna M.
Nancy L. & David 0. Parrish
Cdr. Karen M. & Captain Jerry
C. Patee
Carole H. Patterson
David H. & Margaret R.
Steven A. Pepper
Tara F. Pesek
Christina A. & Kenneth W.
Bonita A. Pilon & Richard H.
Richard E. & Linda R. Pratt
Analie J. & William J.
Maria E. & Maj. William J.
Roberts Home Furniture, Inc.
Faye M. Robinson
Mrs. Kim 8 Kenneth S. Ross
Susan B. & Jack C. Ryals
Thomas L. 8 Anne Marie
Carolyn L. Sadowsky
Shari L. 8 Alan Sandifer
Marge Sapp
Patricia D. & Norman M.
Susan D. Schaffer & George
W. Feamster
Gerold L. & Audrey L. Schiebler
Laura F. & Alvis I. Searcy
Mary M. & Roy W. Sherman
Marian C. & Robert Slater
Larry E. & Lynne S. Smith
Bernard E. & Sandra E. Snyder
Gemma D. & Reynaldo J.

Deborah K. Spamer
Barbara K. & Daniel L. Spiess
Elizabeth D. & James M.
Lisa R. Stein
Jennifer H. & Brian R.
Mrs. Cleopatra C. & Richard L.
Stern, M.D.
Marguerite N. & Chuck
Susan M. & Harry C. Stone
Katherine & Noman Subhani
Mingjuan Sun
Mary J. & Reverend John D.
Talbird, Jr.
Anita L. & Thomas H. Taylor
Sandra L. Taylor
Ann M. Thrailkill & Damian E.
Linda A. Tieman & William T.
Paula M. Timoney & Emile
Cynthia U. & Kenneth A.
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Inez Tuck
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Carol J. & David B. Van Horn
Katherine E. & James E.
Carol N. & Richard M.
Maria B. & Dharmvir S. Verma
Karen R. 8 Erik C. Walker
Steve C. Walker, Jr.
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Whittaker, Jr., M.D.
Bruce K. & Pamela L. Williams
Carol A. Williams
Wayne & Mrs. J. M.
Linda S. Winter & Mark S.
Elizabeth A. & Mark S. Wrigley
Kathleen T. & William A. Young
Donna C. & E. Ellis Zahra, Jr.
Sheryl L. & David P. Zwerski

$100 or less
Aetna Foundation, Inc.
Sandra H. & Gary S. Aguinaga
Susan 0. & Jonathan R. Anolik
Afua 0. Arhin
AT&T Foundation
Sally S. & Paul E. Austin
Margo R. 8 Rory 0. Baggs
Regina L. Banks-Smith &
Darrell L. Smith


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Gracemarie A. & Charles C.
Judy A. Bergstrom
Joseph P. & Tara F. Bertulfo
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Claire C. & Daniel W.
Mary L. & Graham R. Blade
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Alexia S. & Jason D. Bolt
Undrea B. Bostic
Janice B. & Bruce S. Botwin
Christopher T. & Deborah A.
Elizabeth A. Brooks-Spangle
Mrs. Richardean F. & James
A. Bruce
Gloria W. Calhoun
Judy B. & Calvin A. Campbell
Grace V. Canan-Hemmes &
Robert J. Hemmes
Patricia A. & Cary C. Cantwell
Lauren W. & Douglas E. Carlan
Betty Lou Carlisle
Jack H. 8 Sharon C. Carlisle
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Ruth Kallai & Alexander
Stacey A. Cipes & Michael
Rebecca J. & Kenneth J.
Daniel B. & Patricia A. Coble
Carla L. & Dennis P. Collins
Lynne A. & Philip S. Collis
Maria D. Colls-Urena & Jose
R. Urena
Alice J. Cook
Amy F. & Alexander M. Cooley
Mrs. Dyan R. Cooper
Shirley A. & Joseph F. Corbett
Pat Corkery
Myrna S. & Kenneth G.
Michelle A. & James P. Covell
Kathleen A. Coyle
Ruth A. & William H.
Cdr. Rebecca A. Crichton

Kim Curry & Kenneth W.
Stephen F. D'Angelo &
Maureen K. Smith
Geraldine C. & Daniel J. Daube
Kate Davis
Mrs. Terry A. & Dominick A.
Ann-Lynn Denker
Ida R. & Louis R. Diamond
Mary J. & Thomas W. Distel
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Mrs. Jean B. Dotson
Susan M. & Greg Douglas
Joy E. Duncan
Lisa E. & Allen L. Dupont
Erica L. & Richard F. Dutton
Amanda F. & Joshua N. Elliott
Lois R. & John A. Ellis
Mary S. Farris
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Monique L. Fleurant-Cooper
Melissa R. & Albert J.
Fontaine, Jr.
Mrs. Tish C. & Robert W. Ford
Richard S. & Monica J. Forth
Barbara A. & Bob Fraser
Susan W. 8 Bruce H.
Rosemary R. & Thomas W.
Robbin K. & Steven T. George
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Julia M. 8 William M.
Gillenwaters, D.M.D.
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Halverson II
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& William F. Jones
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Linda R. & Robert W. Holmes
Maryann House-Fancher &
Peter D. Fancher III
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Anna M. Kell
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E. Kinnan
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Randall Koran
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Paula H. & Scott D. Krueger
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Cmdr. Susanne M. LeMaire
Julia Leriche
Lori S. & The Hon. Steven J.
Bonnie L. & Jason Levine
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Levy, USAF (Ret.)
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Marsh & McLennan Cos., Inc.
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Michael L. Barber
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Joan F. McCarthy, C.N.M.
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Elizabeth H. & Jay M.
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Karen E. & Philip R. Miles
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Christine P. & Joseph C.
Monday, Jr.
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Karen A. Myers
Jean M. & Thomas L.
Donna A. & John K. Neilson
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Leilani D. & John D. Nettleship,
Donna Rush-Newman & Philip
J. Newman
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Monica C. & Captain Chad R.
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Mary E. Odum-Jenko & Paul
G. Jenko
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Tina M. & Robert B. Pierce
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Elizabeth E. & Jonathan T.
Margaret A. & Mario Roca
Mrs. Danan 0. Rockwood
Peggy & Denny Rodebush
Nancy M. & William J. Rogers
Diane F. Ross
Charlotte R. & Ronald J.
Nancy A. Ruppert
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Anne E. & Shaun F. Saint
Lt. Col. Ret. Mary M. Sanders
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Maj. Denise R. Savard
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Kathleen C. & Richard H.
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Lisa M. & Jeffrey M. Silbert
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Ann P. Smith
Nina M. & Jason L. Smith
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Cleopatra Stern
Lane & Pamela D. Stidham
Nancy A. & Charles E. Strattan

Sharon L. & Ronald D.
Elizabeth W. & Larry W.
Dianne L. & Alvin H. Tao
Donna L. & William S.
Teachey, M.D., P.A.
Maria R. & Jeffrey Y.
Mary E. Tiedeman
Michele T. & Andrew J.
Tracey E. & Daniel F. Tordella
Jacqueline L. Tornoe
Mrs. Tiffani A. Transue
Michelle A. & Jeffery A. Urlaub
Mary Lou VanCott
Cynthia A. Vista
Janis M. Walter
LTC (RET) Esther D. Weaver
Ervena L. & Richard A.
Stephanie T. & Jeffrey M.
Susan R. 8 Matthew D. Welch
Mary C. & James A. Whillock
Judith L. & William P. White III
Traci A. Wilcox
Karen A. & David E. Wilkinson
Dorothy H. B. & Samuel M.
Vivian K. Wong & Thomas T.
Linda B. & Tommy L. Word
Mrs. Cheyanne W. & Benjamin
C. Wyatt
Elizabeth K. & George C.
Julie F. Youngberg-Haught &
W. Herb Haught
Anthony M. & Mrs. Eri K. Zanni
Jamie L. Zoellner

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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.

SPRING 2009 13

Alumni news


Kathleen Freudenherger Jett (Scott),
BSN 1976, MSN 1984 and PhD 1994.
Kathleen is an Associate Professor at
Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton,
Florida. She has co-authored two books,
revisions to Toward Healthy Aging (2008)
and Gerontologal Nursing and Healthy
Aging (2005). She was also inducted into
the Distinguished Academies of Practice
in 2006. The 3rd edition of the latter is due
out in spring 2009. She has also recently
joined the staff at NIH/NINR as a Program
Director in Bethesda Maryland.


Rita Kohh, BSN 1981, MSN 1996,
was invited to present at the American
Telemedicine Association's Annual
Meeting and Exhibition. The presentation
will be a one hour panel discussion on
the topic of "Developing Evidence-based
Disease Management Protocols for Home


Jennifer Rowland, BSN 1993. Jennifer
and her husband, Brett, recently welcomed
a new addition to their family, Jake. Jake is
also an avid Gator fan!

Deonys de Cardenas, BSN 1999. After
nursing school, Deonys went to work at
Shands in the SICU for a year. She was
then a traveling nurse in Atlanta at Emory
and then St. Vincent's and Cornell in New
York. She worked in CICU, MICU, Neuro
ICU and SICU. She ended up at Piedmont
Hospital in Atlanta in the Neuro ICU and
was the charge nurse there for three
years. Next she worked in Interventional
Radiology at Piedmont and became their
educator and resource nurse. After nine
years of nursing, Deonys decided to go to
law school at UF. She is currently in her
second year. She also founded an organi-
zation called the Health Care Law Society

and hopes to foster a relationship between
the medical and nursing colleges and the
College of Law at UF. Her career goal is to
become a health care law attorney.


Sean G. Smith, BSN 2006. Sean is an
Intensive Care Nurse / Extra Corporeal
Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Specialist
at Shands at the University of Florida. In
addition to recent MENSA membership,
Sean has earned industry standard certifi-
cations in Critical Care (CCRN) Emergency
Nursing (CEN) and Flight Nursing (CFRN).
Besides regularly volunteering as a para-
medic, Sean is very active in the American
Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN)
and frequently lectures through out North
Central Florida on topics in critical care
nursing and emergency medicine.

Amanda Pavlock, BSN 2006. Amanda
graduated with her master's degree in
2007 from the University of Pennsylvania
Pediatric Program. She also passed the
Pediatric Nursing Certification board in
2007. She has since moved back to
Tampa and is now working for pediatric
cardiology associates as a pediatric car-
diology nurse practitioner. The practice
provides Cardiology care for children with
congenital heart disease.

Brittany Dion, BSN 2008. Brittany is cur-
rently working at Citrus Memorial Hospital
with quite a few other Gator nurses. She
enjoys working night shifts in the Women's
and Children's unit and the Labor and
Delivery Unit.

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Crena (BSN 2005, MSN 2006) passed away on March 8, 2009 after a long
battle with ovarian cancer. Claudia was both a College of Nursing graduate and
faculty member.
Claudia's love for helping people was evident throughout her life and first
inspired her to become a physician in her native country Argentina. There, she
was able to interact closely with her patients. After moving to the United States,
however, she discovered it was primarily nurses who were making these connec-
tions, and this motivated her to apply for the Accelerated BSN program at the
UF College of Nursing. While in the program, her efforts earned her the award
for Academic Excellence.
After graduating in 2005, she decided to continue her education by pursu-
ing a master's degree in Psychiatric/Mental Health nursing. Despite undergoing
chemotherapy during the bulk of her graduate studies, Claudia maintained her
superior academic standards, again earning an award for Academic Excellence.
Claudia began working part-time as a clinical assistant professor at the UF
College of Nursing in 2006, after earning her MSN. She also provided mental
health services to underserved clients in rural North Central Florida through the
College's association with AHEC.
Outside of her life as a nurse, she served as a high school teacher, an insur-
ance agent, a choir director, a youth group leader, a friend, a sister, a mother, and
in many other capacities. Claudia is survived by her husband, Hector, and her
children, Juan and Lucila.

1945 2009/

Thompson (BSN 1966) passed away in March after a long and courageous
battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Most recently a resident of Maitland, Fla,
Thompson began her career in nursing at the pediatric burn unit nurse at
Shands at UF. She also served as a school nurse and devoted stay-at-home
mom. She met her husband Tommy at UF and they have two children, a
daughter, Buffy, and son, Steven.

Dear Gator Nurses,
2009 started out with a
bang for the Gator Nation as
the UF Football team cap-
tured its second national
title in two years! I know
that this achievement
brought pride and happi-
ness to many in the Gator
Nation, including Gator BONNIE PEPPER
But it's not just on the field where we can take
pride. Even in these tough financial times, it is
wonderful to see the passion and dedication of our
students, faculty and alumni for Gator Nursing and
for our profession. These are challenging times
for all of us, and this includes the University of
Florida and our College of Nursing. I can assure
you that I have the utmost confidence in our Dean
and faculty. They will steer our College in the right
direction to weather this storm and come out
stronger than ever!
In addition, you-our alumni and friends-
play an important role in ensuring our College's
success. In this issue, we read about the many
alumni who serve as preceptors for our under-
graduate and graduate students.
Thank you to all of you who donate your time,
financial resources, and advice to the College of
Nursing. We simply could not do it without you.
I am very excited that our College of Nursing
Reunion is approaching. I encourage you to "save
the date" for this fun and worthwhile event, tak-
ing place November 6 and 7 when the Gators will
take on Vandy. This year's theme, "Learn, Play,
Connect," emphasizes the wonderful opportunities
for gaining knowledge, having fun, and making
lifelong connections the Reunion Weekend offers
to those who attend. Not only is it an occasion
to return to campus, watch Gator football and
reconnect with former classmates and faculty
members, but the educational offerings provided
are stimulating and prove why the best in nursing
excellence is right here at UF. I hope to see you

Go Gator Nurses!
Bonnie Pepper

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