THE NEWSLETTER FOR THE ALUMNI OF THE UF COLLEGE OF NURSING SPRING 2010 VOL. XII, NO. 2
THE NEWSLETTER FOR THE ALUMNI OF THE UF COLLEGE OF NURSING I SPRING 2010 I VOL. XII, NO. 2
Partnership: The New Frontier
How connections between research, education and practice can improve nursing and health care
As Congress advances its debate about how best to improve health care, the UF College of Nursing is exploring
and engaging in partnerships involving health care education, research and practice to enhance patient care.
"From our VA-UF Nursing Academy to our participation in the interdisciplinary UF Clinical and Translational
Science Institute, the College of Nursing understands that progress and innovation do not exist in a vacuum," said
Dean Kathleen Ann Long, PhD, RN, FAAN. "We know that only by working together with other colleges, centers,
disciplines and practice partners can we advance knowledge and achieve better care for our patients."
oUF UNIVERSITY of
College of Nursing
Keynote Speaker (L) Dr. Ada Sue Hinshaw with Dean Long.
Partnering for Patients
In accord with this theme, the College hosted the 4th
Biennial Dorothy M. Smith Nursing Leadership Conference
in January 2010: "Nursing Research and Education: Partnering
for Patients." Some 400 nurses and nursing educators gathered
at the UF College of Nursing to discuss cutting-edge topics
in health care such as clinical and translational research, and
education for new practice models, including the Clinical Nurse
Leader and Doctor of Nursing Practice models.
The Translation of Research
Keynote speaker, Ada Sue Hinshaw, PhD, RN, FAAN,
professor, Dean of the Graduate School of Nursing at the
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and
former director of the National Institute of Nursing Research,
discussed how clinical and translational research impacts health
care across all disciplines, specifically nursing.
Faculty speaker panelists Dr. Joyce Stechmiller (center) and
Dr. Ann Horgas (right) speak with Dorothy M. Smith Awardee and
alumna Dr. Kathleen Jett.
According to the National Institutes of Health, transla-
tional research includes two primary areas. One is the process
of applying discoveries generated during research in the labora-
tory and in preclinical studies to the development of trials and
studies in humans. The second area involves research aimed at
enhancing the adoption of best practices in the community.
Translational research enriches the science
guiding nursing by introducing new ideas and
perspectives and educating colleagues from
other disciplines about nursing research, which
provides new chances for constructive critique of
nursing research and growth of the science.
Ada Sue Hinshaw, PhD, RN, FAAN
Keynote Speaker at Dorothy M. Smith Conference
"One of the main reasons this major change in science
policy occurred was the recommendation that clinical research
conducted in health settings should involve patients and expert
practitioners. Thus, findings should be more relevant to clinical
questions and quicker to translate to practice," Dr. Hinshaw
said. "Currently the average time for research to affect practice
is 17 years."
Dr. Hinshaw also pointed out the opportunities available
to nurses via the growth of translational research. "Translational
research enriches the science guiding nursing by introducing
new ideas and perspectives, and educating colleagues from other
disciplines about nursing research, which provides new chances
for constructive critique of nursing research and growth of the
science," Dr. Hinshaw said.
A UF Perspective
Following Dr. Hinshaw, an interactive panel discussed
clinical and translational research at UF. The panel featured
Peter Stacpoole, PhD, MD, former director of UF's Clinical
and Translational Science Institute, and nursing faculty
researchers: associate professor Ann Horgas, PhD, RN, FAAN;
professor Meredeth Rowe, PhD, RN, FAAN; and associ-
ate professor Joyce Stechmiller, PhD, ARNP, FAAN, who
discussed translational research specific to nursing and other
In 2009, UF received the highly competitive National
Institutes of Health Clinical and Translational Science Award,
through which UF joined a prestigious national consortium
of research institutions geared toward accelerating scientific
discovery, enhancing care, producing highly skilled scientists
and fostering partnerships with industry.
Nursing research encompasses both types of translation
research. A significant number of UF nursing faculty members
have witnessed the impact of their research in the clinical set-
ting as well as the community. To outline examples of this
type of research, both Dr. Rowe and Dr. Stechmiller discussed
how their research has been translated to the community and
the clinical setting.
Dr. Rowe's focus on strategies to bolster the health
of caregivers responsible for patients with dementia led to
development of a home monitoring system for this vulner-
able group to assist them in managing nighttime activity of
2 THE GATOR NURSE
persons with dementia and to prevent unwanted exits from
Dr. Stechmiller's research in wound care and prevention
has resulted in development of evidence-based guidelines (at
the national level and in consultation with industry) for imple-
mentation of wound care therapies.
Drs. Stacpoole and Horgas discussed the wealth of
resources available to both faculty and students interested in
clinical and translational research at UF and the movement
"I think by engaging and utilizing the resources already
provided by such a comprehensive entity such as the UF
CTSI, the College of Nursing and its faculty and students can
certainly benefit, not only in the relationships with interdisci-
plinary colleagues, but by sharing knowledge and enhancing
the reputation of our College," Dr. Horgas said.
Practice Partners and Innovation
In addition to research partnerships, the conference also
focused on the future of health professions education and how
innovation in education can influence patient care. Keynote speak-
er Cathy Rick, RN, NEA, chief nursing officer of the Veterans
Health Administration of the US Department of Veterans Affairs,
discussed the VA's nursing program, including its innovations and
partnerships with educational institutions to pilot a new nursing
role, the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)-one that highlights a
movement from the classroom to the clinical setting.
"The complexity of health care requires complex prepara-
tion. The CNL role, the master clinician at the point of care, is
one of the most pivotal, transformational opportunities that the
nursing profession has to fully contribute to health care transfor-
mation and reform," said Ms. Rick. "In addition, I believe that
advanced practice nurses need to be prepared at the doctoral level.
The DNP degree offers these practitioners the level of expertise
to help them better translate evidence into practice, which we so
desperately need and what we owe our patients. It also puts us on
an even playing field with our clinical colleagues."
Keynote speaker Ms. Cathy Rick speaks to the audience during a panel
on new nursing roles featuring (L-R) Dr. Maude Rittman, Dr. Maxine
Hinze, CNL alumna Sara Gravelle, and DNP alumna Karen Theoktisto.
Conference attendees listen to a panel during the Dorothy M. Smith
In 2007, the Veterans Administration established the
national VA Academy, a $40 million pilot initiative that funded
partnerships between schools of nursing and local VA medical
centers to develop stronger collaborations between the two,
improve new graduate nurse retention, increase student enroll-
ment and develop new practice programs. UF was one of the
first four universities funded for the five-year program.
Ms. Rick also discussed the VA Academy and ways in
which the VA fosters nursing practice and encourages education
Another panel focused on new nursing roles in educa-
tion and practice. It featured UF-VA Nursing Academy co-
directors Maxine Hinze, PhD, RN Chair of the College
of Nursing Department of Adult and Elderly Nursing, and
Maude Rittman, PhD, RN, chief nurse for research with the
North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. Hinze
and Rittman discussed the academy's progress thus far and its
success in forging stronger connections between education and
continued on page 14
The complexity of health care requires
complex preparation. The Clinical
Nurse Leader Role is one of the most
pivotal, transformational opportunities
that the nursing profession has to fully
contribute to health care transformation
Cathy Rick, RN, NEA
Keynote speaker at Dorothy M. Smith Conference
SPRING 2010 3
ColIlee Hiimno s liegniWhoemo leeo llh Smith'Vsina Sp
D I" r l' >.... rl' s. 'iirl Nu.I.Iii i .] i',ip ..t .... rl'' College .. N . '. .i .... outstanding alumni who con-
r'ni r .. pI,..I..I 1 i, i 'ii0 rl, .i-i . .. .1 i... iin L ii.. health care with the Dorothy M Sliiirli Nu.1 -.ii Leadership Awards.
I Ii I- -,Ilui ,11 .. .. i. i .. i .. .i irr ii,..iii accom plishm ents, and f, II..-. aluLri'i .I t-I.ulr, guests and students
., -.Ih r .. 1, 1 i-. r .rl rIl of the qaw rdees at the conference.
i -.r I> I..t ilun,,ii hi. .1 i of the College. Dr. Linda Aiken, who considers Dean Smith to be a _ui.ligi r i' n i r.. ;ii her Ir, .-i -
SL ., Ip... rI..I rl, i lu, '. irrh -Irt, 1-. -ii ,..- L'i .. run ur I., two of the alumni, Mr. Mark Jones and Ms. Karen Pane, had last
r ur--.,I .Juhlii. .. ,il,r-, and we ,I..r i.k ro irr, .. ii t Aiken accepted the awards on their behalf.
EDUCATION: Rose Kearney-Ntunnery, PhD, RN,
SNi in..i a Master .o Nu .Ii. degree from UF in 1976. She
v. I. rl, first .. ~rlu u, .. ii PhD iin N uI .;i S.i, i-,, .., I
in 1' "' (rl-, first such pi.._, 'i' in the state). She completed her
ba 'ic I u. .I I I_ i. i. in. at Keuka College in New York in 1973.
she .u.... iiil.I serves as Dean of the South University College
of Nu, 'ii -i )r. K, I', -. -NLI ., 'y served as Department Head
in, N1... "i I ii T. .1,iii. 1 College of the Low Country in Hilton
H, 1..1 '..url, ( i,...Ii i from l. 5 to 1997 and as Vi.., P,, .i.., rr
for Academic Affairs at rl-, College frnm 1997 to -2 I She
has also held faculty positions ir 1 .u-..LII Sr r, Uiii; .-ir.
the Uiii -. ,ir-. .f South Florida and rl', State University of
New "'ilr i '. K>, I, ', -Nunnery was in the initial pilot group
of nurses who were tested and '.... ri,.1 as Certified NuLi
F.. mIr ... (CNE) by tli, National League for N LI ,,- in 2005.
Dr. Ke. -.-Nuiiiin, i. has li l. i' mu r;- of tpubl-1i; works,
i,.lui..ii,-_ Ad min.i. our Practice: Concepts of Professional
N u, Liii !. ..". ii.1 r. -irl' edition.
RESEARCH: Kathleen Jett, PhD, RN, GNP-BC, earned
; ii;.l, I 1.. .. 't ;.i,,,, in N uLi i._ a 1. '-r, of Science in
Nu.n.ii. I ri PhD in Nursing Science from UF, as well as
a .... ri,. u in .. ir.. ..I. .- Her emphasis was community
1-, ilr- -_ r. .r.I I ..m ..iiulrii> and aging, respectively. She
u, ,irl' ,- i program I .... r. at -h- N uri. k i Institute
.t N u1. i... ,, k. N ui..il I] -rirur, ..1t H ilrl. in B, th., ... i
,% i 1 1 P i, k I ., I. 1 .. L r.u ... ..] .. .h,,, i .. L i. L in.. ri -.ri -
ri..,I. p... ,rI.. I. L ..-], ', L H , d..i ... r Lru .., .t, Li; .Irk L-In -
and frailty in rural AF;. Iin- ni,, i. inI women was funded by
an F31 (NRSA) from NINR. This study began a ...._, i,
of research focusing on ....u.ii. health disparities among
African-American elders. She completed a competitive Summer
Scholars ..-_, i,' supported by the John A. Hartford Geriatric
Nursing Institute and then became a faculty member at Florida
A rl inr;. University.
Dr. Jett has presented multiple times in local, national
and international settings, both from peer-,, ", -..1 abstracts
and by invitation. Her pulbli;. ui..,, are almost exclusively
peer-reviewed in journals selected to reach the '-..'-..i -r range
of clinicians. She has co-authored two books, i,- i.... to
I.. ..-] Healthy Aging" (2008) and "Gerontological NIu- .i-
and H, irl,. Aging" (2005), and v. i, also inducted into the
Di-ri -_u I. ..I Academies of Practice in 2006.
PRACTICE: Anicia S. Biglow, RN, PMH-CNC, BC,
received her oNf.fr,. of Nui -..; in psychiatric-mental health
:i.ui-;i_ from UF in 1976 in..l her TI;N from Florida State
University in 1973. Ms. Biglow is the creator, owner and exec-
utive ..ii;i;.ir.I iu.. of a successful psychiatric-mental health
agency, HUG In,. which provides ,.... -I"p, 1- nI.; 1-, I..--, --. i., ..
mental health services in the Atlanta area. These ,, i'.. are
provided by clinical :,u .. spec; ili; r. m.l ,' .. p n.rrn ..i, I in
t.... ,i iu ,in. .. v. i rh ... l ,u r. i r h. .I~ ......- '. 11 Lp.. l ;r ui 1.
liaison ... n-ulIr ur .-., in general medical .... rii, I I' 1... ..
e p, F> > > in areas of iliid -r' l. ;.. i 1 i ,i iLI .ri ..... upi I -
,,,,, I,,', .tr, t r 0, , '..] p , :,1n . .is n., r
4 THE GATOR NURSE
.!, 1 i l,-I h i, .. I, ,- ..I ..I) ,l I.. p, .. ] rp l ., i-n r, ..t
clin i.*l -I -lr:. p,-... 'ui .. , -l I k .. p r l. i' .,,, r. .
f mr,,-, H 14 i,,,. ,. .; ,,-. .. d .I rl,, i, r. r.. ..
N uL .II, ,.. J ".. il, pp...r j. . ]u Ir l. r, .', -i I, ,.ij
Hospital in Atlanta f ..n, I-F,,. r.. !'"'1 PI, il..Iu MI
Biglow served as a :-. ,.1i Lr i,. clinical specialist at SI, LIn..
POLICY: Karen W. Pane, RN, MPA, CMCN, MPA,
RN, received her Bachelor of Science in Nu i 1 from UF and
her Master's of Public AJ.i'iiii.r I i ,'ri'. .-i'. the University of
San Francisco. She is currently the Executive (Ofh... of the
Office of Research Services and Office of R, u,.1i Facilities
at the NLui. .i I T.-rruir, I of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.
In this role, she helps to coordinate administrative manage-
ment ..r[-iri and services provided to the NIH Office of
Research Services. Her office accomplishes its mission by
providing assistance in the areas of general administration,
v..1. .l.. .. planning and development, communications, and
Prior to this, she served as the Acting Assistant Secretary
for Policy and Planning at the Department of Veterans
Affairs (VA), where she was a senior advisor regarding
department-level strategic planning and the formulation and
iiL I. i. of .., p i, rii, nr il policies. Her background includes
a number of p. .,inr. in :., .11.-. ,i -l ..i,;i organizations such
as the U.S. Department of I I-... iin.. the Department of
Health and HuIn, ii Services/Health Resources and Services
A ..I,,ii .r. ur ,i H i- tsA).
OUTREACH: T. Mark Jones, BSN, received his
Bachelor of S,.J i,. i, Nu' iiI.. from UF in 1:'I5. He is the
President and an original -'i i, 1'. 1.., i of Ven-A-Care of the
Florida Keys, Inc., an infusion Ip1, I''' I.. rl Lr has been in
biu,,in since 1987. Jones and hbi .. i. pii' I- been '.r'
ii' ti., claims act ..,. since the early 1'"'. Ven-A-Care
was founded to deliver drug rl,1, q '. to pLrk inr- Mr. Jones
., i,. as the home ]h, Ilrl- 1u ..i1 who A i,.r, Ir I.i' ,. of these
:*., ,ir. Tli... -Ii a -.i-r of fate, he and his Ven-A-Care
. 11. II Liu> I uC .) rl'>, Iu, I n ,,, i.-- r , ; ui _- false claim s i.u,1 .J1
F.. .... ni[ ri,_ [p" L, '' I, .., urin. il -... r'p in.. Ven-A-Care filed
suit against the company for a '-'i. i.1' of filt..u.I ., duty, .r Lr,
antitrust i.1 Lui..r,. and unfair competition. They Jl filed a
false claims lawsuit as whistleblowers acting on I-., I' Li ..f the
government. The D, p ., ri', r of Justice ii.' r- Lr, ..J rl', llI, -
gations and reached I rrl>, i"n, r '. rl rl, ... Ii. 'i, .it of
which was i r Iu, i, ..J to states in..i rh, t1 .. I i 'n ,nr
Since tl' ir rnii'' M r. Join, in.I Iii p, n i '. I' L .i. lr-
ed on many cases involving pI iiL1 I,, inur. il h '11 ..I ii. I, Ip.. I
provide i fC ,i. Lr ui. .. r. \ C >, i.- IL "h. L. -,.,, I rl,
T p L., -,, r i u. '. 1,, ,T l, I-. .. ... t rl, Y, Y .. .. 1,, ,
il ,I .., .... II r k. -rl,, Iu b l. I
k ilh. -I-. d .11 L i, r. rk, I'LIF-11.
very two years since
2004, our College of
Nursing has had the
distinct honor of hosting the
Dorothy M. Smith Nursing
Leadership Conference. The
conference provides a venue
for bringing together nationally KATHLEEN ANN LONG
PHD, RN, FAAN
known leaders and scholars in
health care and nursing to discuss the most critical issues
affecting our profession today. We have been proud to host
this acclaimed conference, which allows colleagues from
Florida and across the country to engage in meaningful
dialogue about how to address pressing issues and improve
the future of care for our patients.
This year, we examined partnerships across research,
education and practice, not only in our profession but across
disciplines. We were fortunate to host two keynote speakers.
Dr. Ada Sue Hinshaw, founding director of the National Institute
of Nursing Research, provided her perspective on nursing's
role in clinical and translational research. Ms. Cathy Rick,
Chief Nursing Officer of the Veterans Health Administration,
discussed how the VA works with educational institutions to
pilot new practice models and roles with the goal of improving
In addition, interactive panels composed of faculty members
and students expanded on these topics. One of these panels
featured two of our recent alumni, who are now pioneering new
nursing roles, the Clinical Nurse Leader and Doctor of Nursing
Practice. It is because of nurses like these that I believe change
in our health care system is possible. UF graduates are not
afraid to forge new paths and break down barriers in the name
of improving patient care.
The Dorothy Smith Conference allows us to bring cutting-
edge ideas to Gainesville for our students, alumni, faculty mem-
bers and practice partners. However, this event also allows us
to celebrate the memory and visionary spirit of our Founding
Dean, Dorothy Smith, and showcase alumni who embody her
The Smith Conference is a vivid reminder of the outstanding
work of our alumni. It brings together our "brightest and best"
such as Dr. Linda Aiken from the University of Pennsylvania. It
also serves as a tribute to the many private donors and spon-
sors who help make the conference possible. Thank you to all
of our alumni, friends and donors!
PhD, RN, FAAN
SPRING 2010 5
Gator Nurse Answers the
Call to Haiti
Faculty Member Part of Health Care
Team to Provide Relief
By John Pastor and Tracy Wright
UF is roughly 1,000 miles away from the 7.0 magnitude earth-
quake that struck Haiti on January 12. But in those first few days
following the disaster, the distance seemed more like a million miles.
With every incoming phone call, people who had friends and loved
ones in the earthquake zone braced themselves, praying to see the
familiar 501 area code that would signal news from Haiti. In no
time, students and faculty in the College of Nursing, the Health
Science Center and the university community sprung into service,
doing whatever they could to help.
It was Friday, January 15. Three days earlier a monster earth-
quake hit Haiti, leaving thousands of people dead and even more
injured and homeless. Within 24 hours, the student group Gators
United for Haiti was born. UF President Bernie Machen said he had
just learned that a team of faculty and staff from the Health Science
Center was going to be airlifted the next morning to Haiti.
Clinical Assistant Professor Sally Bethart (pictured at left) is shown with a
patient as well as community physician John Gaines and PHHP public health
specialist Slande Celeste, who is also Haitian and served as an interpreter.
Redden is an IFAS extension agent who has been traveling
to Haiti for more than 20 years as part of the FISH ministry,
located in Christianville, Haiti. He worked with the US Southern
Command, which is coordinating the Department of Defense's
response to the crisis in Haiti, to get space for 10 people and sup-
plies aboard military transport.
The group got the call from Southern Command at 4 pm
Friday, January 15, asking if the group could be at the airport and
ready to go by 8 am. The team began quickly assembling medical
supplies, bandages, antibiotics, painkillers, antiseptics ... whatever
they thought they'd need on such short notice.
After 24 hours of waiting in a hangar at the San Isidro Air Base
in the Dominican Republic, the US Southern Command flew the
group via Blackhawk helicopters to the Double Harvest Compound
in Croix de Bouquets, Haiti (about 7 miles east of Port-Au-Prince).
Bethart (seen here with Haitian children) and the team
knew how important it was to create some sort of
normalcy for the children affected by the earthquake.
They would play simple games with the children after
their health care shifts, creating toys from makeshift items.
"The Gators are already in action and beginning to move for-
ward," Machen said.
Led by Michael Perri, PhD, Dean of the College of Public
Health and Health Professions, our very own alumna and Clinical
Assistant Professor Sally Bethart, MSN, ARNP, nurse practitioner,
joined a team that spent eight days providing emergency medical
relief to Haitian people from a small facility near Port-Au-Prince.
With them were Slande Celeste, MPH, of Public Health and Health
Professions; David Meurer, MD, from the College of Medicine;
Cindy Nelly, RN, staff nurse from Shands Hospital; Edsel Redden,
MS, of Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences; and commu-
nity physicians John Gaines, MD, Robert DeLaTorre, MD, Robert
Melosh, MD, and David Risch, MD.
Double Harvest was selected because it had operating rooms that
The team began immediately working with the Partners-
in-Health medical team that had recently arrived at Double
Harvest, triaging patients and operating on those who needed
surgery. For several days, the team worked with very few breaks,
treating a large volume of trauma cases, including many that
required amputations. In addition to the team, there were mul-
tiple other response groups and the Haitian medical staff that
staffed and kept the "hospital" running 24 hours daily.
As the news spread about the availability of medical care at
Double Harvest, the numbers of patients brought to the "hospital"
swelled. The types of cases changed over time as the number of peo-
6 THE GATOR NURSE
pie with traumatic injuries decreased and people needing
other kinds of medical care increased.
The group was then divided into two subteams: a
medical/surgical group (Drs. Meurer, Risch, DeLaTorre,
Melosh and Nelly) and a public health team (Drs. Perri
and Gaines, Bethart, Celeste, and Redden).
While the medical/surgical team continued their
efforts at Double Harvest, the public health team headed
to Christianville. driving through Port AU Prince and
witnessing, first-hand, the massive devastation, includ-
ing the destruction around the Palace. At Christianville,
they found the medical clinic, eye clinic, high school
and virtually all buildings in the compound collapsed
or damaged beyond repair. For several nights, they slept
beneath the stars and experienced aftershocks. Following
each shock, they invariably heard the crying and wailing
of people in the community.
Each day, Bethart and the team set up an outdoor
clinic in the courtyard of a collapsed school. As the word
spread that help was available, the stream of people with
injuries and medical problems grew. The team treated
more than 50 individuals each day. In some cases, they
needed to transport people to other facilities that could
provide more extensive care.
"Between the medical/surgical team and our group,
we easily saw on average 200 to 300 people a day,"
Bethart said. "To see people who already had so little,
and to have that taken away from them- it was heart-
Despite the tragedies, there were moments of joy. On
the way to Christianville, the group stopped in Carrefour,
the epicenter of the quake, to search for Celeste's mother
(who had not been heard from since the quake). Although
her home was destroyed, her mother was alive and well.
The group shared a very special moment with Celeste,
Bethart said, as mother and daughter were reunited.
In addition, Bethart and the team knew how impor-
tant it was to create some sort of normalcy for the chil-
dren affected by the earthquake. They would play games
with them after their shift, creating toys from makeshift
The team met with community leaders to discuss
immediate and long-term needs and to begin planning
for rebuilding the schools. Throughout the town and
countryside, tent cities began to spring up, and most
people seemed to be hard at work in clean-up efforts,
Although it was certainly a difficult experience,
physically and emotionally, it is one that Bethart would
"I was grateful for the opportunity to be a small
part of this effort," Bethart said. "Anytime you can use
whatever skills and knowledge to help people who truly
and desperately need it, you feel like maybe you did
something. The Haitian people are amazing. This experi-
ence...it was life-changing."
College of Nursing Sees
Administrative Shifts, Changes
Associate Professor Ann Horgas,
PhD, RN, FAAN, stepped down
as Associate Dean for Research
to focus her full-time efforts
on research and teaching. Dr.
Horgas, an internationally rec-
ognized scholar and researcher
in pain, aging and gerontological
nursing, has been well published
and well-funded by the National
Dr. Ann Horgas Institute of Nursing Research and
other NIH affiliations. During
her term as Associate Dean, Dr.
Horgas made significant contri-
butions to the research mission of
Dr. Jennifer Elder
Dr. Jo Snider
Professor Jennifer Elder, PhD,
RN, FAAN, assumed the role of
Associate Dean for Research in
January 2010. Dr. Elder is an
internationally recognized scholar
and expert in autism, particu-
larly interventions dealing with
language and diet. Her 29-year
program of research has been fed-
erally funded numerous times. Dr.
Elder previously served as Chair
of the Department of Health
Care Environments and Systems
In March 2010, Jo Snider, EdD,
RN, associate professor and direc-
tor of the undergraduate Honors
Program, began her duties as
Chair of the ENV department.
Snider has been a faculty member
for more than 30 years and has
taught more than 6,000 students.
She developed the very successful
Honors Program, which has fos-
tered many of the College's future
scholars and researchers.
SPRING 2010 7
Our Amazlbg Gator Nursl'ng Students.-
Third Career's a Charm:
Accelerated BSN Student Proves It's
Never Too Late to Find Your Passion
a young girl, someone
told her the most inter-
esting people never held the
same jobs their entire lives. At
age 56, Wheeler, never dull, is
discovering a whole new career.
With her enrollment in
SUF's accelerated BSN program,
she is now avidly engrossed in
Career number three. The pro-
gram currently enrolls a class
o of about 55 students who will
learn five semesters' worth of
Gayle Wheeler classes in a one-year period.
Long before she decided to
enter nursing school, Wheeler earned undergraduate degrees
in German and Russian, and taught language courses at the
secondary level for four years, one of them in Germany. When
her husband, Bruce (now a UF professor of biomedical engi-
neering), made a career switch to the Midwest, Russian and
German teaching jobs were not easy to find.
Wheeler went back to school, earned her MBA, and spent
the next 23 years in business administration, serving as Vice
President of Finance for an Illinois company that publishes
books and information on sports health, fitness and nutrition.
Although she was intrigued by what the company produced,
her copious business duties kept her curiosity at bay.
She still maintained an active lifestyle, however, joining
an adult co-ed soccer league. It wasn't until a broken foot
slowed her down that she had the time to delve into reading
the company's publications.
"The next thing I knew I was enrolled in a few nighttime
nutrition classes here and there," she said. "Then, I realized I
wanted to get back to helping and working with people, and
we moved to Florida where I picked up nursing."
Wheeler is most excited about her future clinical experi-
ence in health promotion. She said she wants to focus her
career on educating people about preventative lifestyles,
so illnesses such as heart disease, obesity and diabetes can
Considering her family's accomplishments, Wheeler's
new career choice seems fitting. Her daughter, Julie, 25, is a
second-year veterinary medicine student at the University of
Tennessee, while her other daughter, Jean, 27, graduated from
the University of Illinois with a degree in material sciences and
engineering. Although it hasn't been easy to switch from one
continued on page 14
BSN Student Finds the
By Elizabeth Guth
aura Francois has been dreaming about this moment for years.
The 20-year-old junior nursing student and recently published
novelist has had a whirlwind couple of months, complete with
interviews, a book signing and her first real paycheck.
Her novel, Reckless Perfection, made its debut in December
and has been in the works since middle school. Based on four main
characters, the novel "talks about faith, relationships with friends,
family, school drugs, alcohol and sex but is written in a non-graphic
way," Francois said.
After finishing her middle school
homework, Francois concentrated on writ-
ing her novel. The next mornings at school
she would have her friends read the updates
and make comments in the margins.
"Most of it's made up it's like a
movie playing in my head but little subtle
pieces in the book do come from my life,"
said Francois, who already wrote the sequel
to Reckless Perfection and has more works
Francois, who wants to obtain her Laura Francois with her
Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a published novel, Reckless
focus in pediatrics, hopes to incorporate Perfection.
her nursing experiences with her writing.
One character has cancer, so Francois will use her nursing knowl-
edge to make the situation more realistic.
College of Nursing classmates and professors are often surprised
to learn the soft-spoken Francois is a novelist, she said. Classmate
Sandra Garzon, a friend since high school, is not.
"Not only has she been able to publish a book at such an early
time in her life but she has done so while fulfilling another one of
her passions nursing," Garzon wrote. "The fact that both of her
passions differ so greatly demonstrates that there are no limits to
what one can accomplish in life... (The) publishing of her new novel
is the first of many great things that she is going to achieve, and I
know this because everything she does is with incredible passion
Clinical Assistant Professor, Sandra Knapp, sees great potential
for Francois incorporating nursing knowledge into her writing.
"She is an intelligent and caring person, and I am glad to see
her pursuing her dream of writing," Knapp wrote in an e-mail inter-
view. "Being such a young writer, she should have opportunities to
cover many topics for a long time...Maybe (Francois) will one day
be known as the nurse who writes excellent fiction about nursing."
WHERE TO BUY THE BOOK:
Reitz Union, Books Inc., www.amazon.com
8 THE GATOR NURSE
n 9 O ftUhe 99assroom
UF Nursing Student Helps "Miracle" Baby
Miracle Cromwell coos and cries like any baby. However,
her entrance into the world was anything but ordinary,
thanks in part to a quick-thinking University of Florida
College of Nursing student.
November 19th was a typi-
cal fall evening near the UF
campus: heavy traffic, dusk set-
tling, and the Gator Marching
Band practicing at Norman
Field for that weekend's home
game. Senior nursing student,
Emily Hunt, was on her way
to work and sitting in traffic on
Museum Road and SW 13th
Street when she noticed the
commotion ahead of her.
When a man in front of her
told her a woman was having a
baby in a van ahead of them,
Hunt hopped off her scooter
and ran to the front of the line.
When she arrived, what she saw
was out of a film or TV show.
Hunt found Loretta
Cromwell crouched over the
front seat of the van, struggling
with pain. She had labored all
day and was sent home from
her doctor's office because she
wasn't dilated enough. But by
4 pm, her water broke, and the
family of six headed to Shands at
UF. They wouldn't get there soon
enough. As Hunt approached,
Cromwell's husband was deliv-
ering the baby.
"The father was literally
catching' the baby as it came
out," said Hunt, who had already
attended several births as part of
her clinical rotation in obstet-
ric/maternal nursing. "I quickly
came to the van and started
BSN student Emily Hunt (center) is sh
Hunt provided assistance to after the
roadside delivery of baby Miracle (he
"I will always be g
I think she is goin
successful in all ti
She is my baby's
evaluating the baby, assessing her breathing and pulse. She wasn't
crying much, which worried me. I knew I had to do something
immediately, so the baby would not lose any more warmth."
Hunt asked the driver in the truck behind them to get her a
towel. She then started vigorously massaging and stimulating the
baby, starting with the baby's face and nose to remove any secre-
tions or blockages to breathing.
"It was amazing having Emily there," said Cromwell, Miracle's
father. "For her to come up and announce who she was and
take control of the situation.
I tell you what, that made me
feel real good. I felt like she
S. ... couldn't have been in a better
place after that. Everyone was
trying to help, and I was hold-
ing onto the baby. And when
[Emily] came, it relieved a lot
q Citty, PhD, ARNP, a College
of Nursing clinical assistant pro-
fessor, was next to the car when
one of the family's older chil-
dren yelled for help. Citty, an
adult nurse practitioner, called
9-1-1 and assisted the delivery
as best she could, though her
only recent labor experiences
were the births of her own chil-
dren. She coached the father on
what to do but Emily's presence
made a huge difference.
"It is so strangely mirac-
ulous that this dedicated and
mature nursing student, who
'own with the Cromwell family, who happened to be in her OB clini-
Cromwells were forced to make a cal rotation that semester, would
ld by Hunt).
Id by Hunt). be driving by at that moment
and could help this family,"
grateful for [Emily]. cittysaid.
After emergency medical
g to be very services arrived and the cord
had been cut, the EMTs focused
hat she does. on the mother, so Hunt rocked
and stroked the baby, provid-
angel." Loretta Cromwell ing her the warmth and com-
fort needed in the beginning of
a newborn's life.
When Loretta Cromwell was safely on the stretcher, ready for
transport to the hospital, Hunt placed the towel-swaddled baby onto
her chest. Cromwell lit up, and snuggled and kissed the baby. As luck
would have it, at that moment the practicing Gator marching band
started playing the UF fight song.
continued on page 14
SPRING 2010 9
College of Nursing Hosts Third Annual Rita Kobb Lectureship
The third annual Rita Kobb Lectureship in Nursing Informatics and Technology took
place Friday, October 30, 2009 at the HPNP Complex. The lectureship honored loyal
and esteemed Gator Nurse alumna, Rita Kobb, MS, MN, ARNP, GNP-BC, Education
Program Specialist at the Veterans Health Administration Office of Care Coordination
and Director of VISN 8 Sunshine Training Center of Care Coordination and Telehealth
with the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. Kobb, who specializes in
care coordination/management, home telehealth consulting, and gerontological nursing,
has been involved in over 65 publications and creative works.
This year's distinguished lecturer, Ms. Kobb focused on "Technology and Teamwork:
(L-R) Speakers Kathy Moore, Rita Kobb and The VA's Multidisciplinary Approach to Telehealth." Various forms of health informatics
Jim Maudlin with Dean Long at the 2009 employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs' interdisciplinary staff and their positive
Kobb Lectureship. impact on patients and families were discussed. She was joined by colleagues Kathy Moore,
a VA occupational therapist and Lead Care Coordinator, and Jim Maudlin, a VA Chaplain working in the Advanced Illness/Palliative
Care (AIPC) Program. Both presented case studies of their research and how health informatics are helping individuals everywhere.
10 THE GATOR NURSE
Fl00ida N0rses As iai ic *Nursing's Legisl0tive Agenda:
bountiful selec0io of food, guests e t e n t f u 0
including 0 avin their*0 faes pa inted ad t r c e c
concluded theisilent* auction, inwhich mre ta 0 w* B n altm 0
0'0Bid~if~P*KiM!i^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^i^^^B^ 0 0' SO . 0
00 ''0 0' 0 .00 *wi .0ni 0T~S~i~iB^i
.0 000. '. i* 0..T 'B''0'0' 0 '.00i *niii. 0 0' 0'0^
0 00 0'00000 0 0 0 '. ' 0 . 0K^^^^^^^^
^^^^ *afRfinwK iCfiliaBifKaiH 0
^^^BB *fT(~ A ** *j~itil[j31 **iE3g^
Alumna Endows the Martha "Jo" Snider Fellowship
in Honor of Beloved Faculty Member
o honor the remarkable career of a College of Nursing educa-
tor, Ms. Linnea Schramm (BSN 1984, MSN 1987) recently
established the Martha "Jo" Snider Fellowship, in honor of
Dr. Snider, an associate professor. Ms. Schramm, an attorney in
Chicago, was a former student of Dr. Snider's.
In over 40 years at the University of Florida College of
Nursing, Dr. Snider has taught more than 6,000 bachelor's, mas-
ter's and doctoral students. On 16 separate years, undergraduate
students voted Dr. Snider as "Outstanding Faculty Member," and
she received five "Teacher of the Year" awards. Recognizing the
importance of integrating research into the curriculum, she devel-
oped one of the first undergraduate honors research programs in
the country in 1981, and has continued to teach and inspire great
efforts from her students in the area of research.
Dr. Snider's impact on her students has not ended with their
graduations. Many of her former students stay in contact with her,
some who graduated more than 20 years ago.
This fellowship, established by Dr. Snider's former student,
Ms. Linnea Schramm, (CON BSN 1984, MSN 1987), will provide
financial assistance for College of Nursing students pursuing gradu-
ate degrees in psychiatric/mental health nursing.
To announce the fellowship and honor both Dr. Snider and Ms.
Schramm for her generosity and vision, Dean Long hosted a private
reception in her home. The reception was a "surprise" for Dr. Snider,
at Ms. Schramm's request. Fellow colleagues, friends, former students
and President Bernie Machen and his wife, Chris, were there.
Believing she was attending an anniversary party for Dean
Long and her husband, Dr. Snider could not have been more
surprised, or touched, by the news. President Machen and Dean
Long presented her with a special certificate, and each honored her
briefly, saving the main tribute for Ms. Schramm, who presented a
glowing description of her former faculty member, her true mentor
"Dr. Snider, It is because of you and
your encouragement that I am where
I am today, and I cannot thank you
enough for all that you have done for
me and all of your students."
Linnea Schramm (BSN 1984, MSN 1987)
in a tribute during the announcement of the Martha Jo Snider Fellowship,
given by Schramm in honor of Dr. Snider.
(L-R) Dr. Jo Snider, President Bernie Machen, Dean Long and Ms. Linnea
Schramm at an event honoring the Martha "Jo" Snider Fellowship, established
by Ms. Schramm in honor of Dr. Snider.
"It is because of you and your encouragement that I am where
I am today, and I cannot thank you enough for all that you have
done for me and all of your students," Schramm said.
The night was indeed a very significant and poignant night for
Dr. Snider, who continues to inspire and influence her students.
"Dr. Martha "Jo" Snider epitomizes the best in nursing educa-
tion, dedication to her students, investment in the scholarly pursuit
of learning, and a commitment to true excellence. I join my fellow
faculty members and I am sure many of her former and current stu-
dents in congratulating Dr. Snider on this very special and signifi-
cant fellowship in honor of her career," said Dean Kathleen Long.
"It is a fitting tribute to a truly excellent nursing educator."
SPRING 2010 11
$500,000 and Above
Helene Fuld Health Trust
Catherine A. Longstreth
$100,000 to $499,999
Richard G. & Maggie Onkey
$50,000 to $99,999
Thomas M. & Irene B. Kirbo
$25,000 to $49,999
Patricia A. Chamings
Stumpy & Dorothy L. Harris
Bonnie S. Pepper
Linnea L. Schramm
Michael E. Tubbs
$10,000 to $24,999
Linda H. Aiken
Florida Hospital Medical Center
$5,000 to $9,999
Karen L. Hanson
The Hon. Warren S. & Polly S.
Peter H. & Eileen M. Maren
Carol A. & Richard H. Marks
Shands at the University of
M. Josephine Snider
$1,000 to $4,999
Patricia a. & William J. Alcorn
Janis P. Bellack
Patrick D. & Rosalyn R.
Cornell University Foundation
Wandy Wang & Lewis R.
FPL Group Foundation, Inc.
Andrea C. t John F. Gregg
Arnold B. Grobman
Denise J. Henning
Alice B. & Billy E. Jackson
Prof. Ernest H. & Carol Ann
Susan R. Kohler
Mary R. Lynn
Cynthia J. & Michael E.
Marian 0. & David W. Newton
Linda K. & Peter S. Perkel
Debra M. & John J. Pusateri
Cheryle A. D. & William E.
Gerold L. & Audrey L. Schiebler
Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Theta
Elizabeth D. & James M.
I. J. Van Huffel Foundation
Glenn H. Williams
Saun-Joo L. & Sung-Hwa Yoon
$100 to $999
Capt. Christine L. Abelein NC
Carol Ann & Eugene W.
Adcock III, MD
Rebecca B. & Andrew Z.
Sharon A. Akes-Caves & Gene
Irene G. & John J. Alexaitis, Jr.
Mrs. Meridee H. & Robert J.
Sally S. 8 Paul E. Austin
Pamela J. & Steven M. Bailey
Amy J. & David J. Barton
Geremy G. & Joseph W.
Mrs. Anicia S. & Ernest C.
Alice R. & Ronald E. Boyington
Teresa S. Bruney
Gloria W. Calhoun
Colleen S. & Keith B. Campbell
Barbara A. & Anthony D.
Rita L. Carbuhn
Ruth K. & Alexander Castiello
Erika A. & Michael E. Cilurso
Faye S. 8 Dale E. Coe
Stefanie M. & Roger L. Coffey
Holly M. & Richard Colavin
Linda A. Collins-Wenck
Shirley A. & Joseph F. Corbett
Mona M. Counts & John D.
Robin E. & Robert E.
Sue A. Day
Ethel J. & Enrique J. del Campo
Carrie B. & Geoffrey D. DeLeary
Ida R. Diamond & George
Vicki M. Diaz
Nancy V. & Glenn W. Dickson
Bonnie A. & John J. Dixon
Janis D. & Robert E. Duncan
Joy E. Duncan
Donna M. & Bruno R. Dunn
Beth S. East
William J. Eells
Jennifer A. E Stephen C. Elder
Lt. Col. Pauline V. Ellis (RET)
David M. & Catherine P.
Linda L. Erskine-Bauer &
R Maurice F. & Mrs. Dorota
June S. t Paul J. Favara
Tracia A. & D. Michael
Elizabeth B. & Warren Foster
Kathryn B. & Stephen G. Frank
Jane M. Gannon
Genevieve A. Gans
Roberta K. & Paul R. Garrett, Jr.
Julie W. & Robert W. Gerlach,
Marjorie L. Gibson
Valerie J. Ginn
Stacy A. Glynn
Agustin & Susana Gonzalez
Martin D. & Brenda 0. Goode
Brenda K. & Darrel D. Gordon
Jessica L. Gordon
Mark & Sara E. Gravelle
Mrs. Venora F. & James H.
Group Transaction FY 2010
Ruth K. & James A. Hallmark
M. Lisa & John W. Hammon
Joanne S. Harrell
Doris J. & Peter A. Harrigan
Tina H. & William A. Hemme
Mrs. Ciello E. & Michael J.
Maxine M. & Jimmie W. Hinze
Julie A. & Thomas P. Honan
Deborah R. Hughes Nuessly &
Gregg S. Nuessly
Elizabeth F. & Joshua S. Hunter
James E. Davis Family
Melanie N. & Keith Jescavage
Denise M. John
Rhonda R. & Robert W.
Kathleen A. Jones
Dianne F. & Mansfield M.
Doris T. & Lawrence D. Kelley
Captain David L. Kerschner &
Lura L. Dunn
Ermalynn M. & Larry R. Kiehl
Katrina L. Kingcade
Danielle M. 8 Mark J. Kistler
Rita F. & Steve M. Kobb
Randall E. & Nancy G. Koran
Mrs. Corlean M. & Daniel H.
Helen T. & Alan W. LeClair
Margaret A. Lewis
Deanna Sue & Ramon C. Littell
Susan L. & Robert E. Lloyd, Jr.
Kathleen Ann Long
Patricia W. Love
Neil A. & Joan A. MacLeod
June A. & Robert Mair
Kathryn M. & Steven Mitchell
Col. Martha C. & Lt. Col. John
Linda A. Mason Barber &
Michael L. Barber
Jane E. & Michael McCormack
Charles W. McDaniel
Elizabeth A. McFadden
Martha N. & Peter M. McGuire
Elizabeth H. 8 Jay M.
Captain Robin T. & Cmdr. Mark
Florida S. Merriex
Margaret M. & Allen L. Miller
Sherri L. & Antonio M. Mizrahy
Elizabeth M. Morris
Patricia H. & John G. Morse
Cara W. & Robert M. Myers, Jr.
Mary M. Nason
Edna L. Nastasy
National Philanthropic Trust
Leilani D. & John D. Nettleship, Jr.
Timothy J. & Robin S.
Joan Thomas Newman
Margaret J. Newton
Regina R. Nolting
Alexandra R. & Innocent N.
Gary M. & Gayle G. Olson
Mrs. Zoe E. & Ralph Paiva
Maryse G. & Jack Parrino
Nancy L. & David 0. Parrish
David H. E Margaret R.
Sharon S. & Joseph A. Pesek III
Margaret A. & Ira D. Pfalzgraf
Robert B. & Tina M. Pierce
Bonita A. Pilon & Richard H.
Charlotte R. & Frank J. Ponzio
Clayton H. & Christine H.
Patricia K. & Andrew D.
Analie J. & William J.
Deborah S. & Scott L. Ray
Roberta L. & Chip J. Reed III
Faye M. Robinson
Peggy & Denny Rodebush
Mrs. Kim 8 Kenneth S. Ross
Thomas L. 8 Anne Marie
Patricia D. & Norman M.
Susan D. Schaffer & George
W. Feamster, Jr.
Mary E. Schwartz
Laura F. & Alvis I. Searcy
Toni B. & F. Brett Shannon
Mary M. & Roy W. Sherman
Kathleen Shiverick & William
F. Wrighton, Sr.
Dawn M. & Thomas D. Sims
Bethanne B. Smith
Emma W. & Thomas A. Smith
Bernard E. & Sandra E. Snyder
Deborah K. Spamer
David R. Speer
Lois J. & John William Stauffer
Marguerite N. & Chuck
Susan M. & Harry C. Stone
Mary J. & Reverend John D.
Anita L. & Thomas H. Taylor
Sandra L. Taylor
Ann M. Thrailkill & Damian E.
Linda A. Tieman & William T.
Paula M. Timoney & Emile
Carol J. & Michael J. Tortorella
Cynthia U. & Kenneth A.
Carrie L. & Michael A. Tripp
Cecilia & Richard A. Truesdale, Jr.
Melanie L. & Thomas M. Turco
Linda S. & Thom L. Tyler
Audrey L. Urquhart
Katherine E. & James E.
Maria B. & Dharmvir S. Verma
Karen R. 8 Erik C. Walker
Sherri L. Walker-Zucker & Ira
Cathie L. & Craig S. Wallace
Mrs. S. Dianne P. & Michael
Cynthia H. Werlinger
Judith L. & William P. White III
Captain Therese A. & Ben R.
Kerri B. & D. Stanton
Bruce K. & Pamela L. Williams
M. Dee Williams & Joseph B.
Kathleen T. & William A. Young
Donna C. & E. Ellis Zahra, Jr.
Marcia A. Zuzul
Sheryl L. & David P. Zwerski
$100 or less
Patricia A. & Todd E. Adams
Phyllis G. & James R. Adams
Trudy P. & Gary Lee Adams
Sandra J. & Gary S. Aguinaga
Carolyn D. & James C.
Robert W. Allison
12 THE GATOR NURSE
James S. t Elizabeth A.
Afua 0. Arhin
Sandra H. t Tracey I. Arpen, Jr.
Sandra S. t Brian H. Arthur
Patricia M. Bailey
Megan W. Barrett
Alan A. t Virginia D. Barnett-
Eugenia L. t Donald H. Bernard
Caryn C. t Jason A. Bernstein
Jennifer M. t Carl A.
Mary S. t Jose A. Betancourt
Claire C. t Daniel W.
Belinda H. t R. Frederick
Undrea B. Bostic
Janice B. t Bruce S. Botwin
Maj. Elizabeth A. t Franklyn E.
Amy E. Broeseker
Benny S. Cadiz, Jr.
Wendy D. Camp
Judy B. t Calvin A. Campbell
Grace V. Canan-Hemmes Et
Robert J. Hemmes
Sharon C. t Jack H. Carlisle
Jennifer W. t Christopher M.
Gwendolyn C. Carriere
Elizabeth A. Cedeno
Linda J. t or Andrew M.
Cynthia L. t Wayne Chalu
Kerry H. t James R. Cheever
Rebecca J. t Kenneth J.
Kathryn I. t Lee Clinefelter
Paige M. Cofnas
Leslie L. t Gary A. Coleman
Carla L. t Dennis P. Collins
Alice J. Cook
Amy F. t Alexander M. Cooley
Mrs. Dyan R. t Daniel J.
Patricia M. t Brian P. Cornnell
Myrna S. t Kenneth G.
Marie E. Cowart
Ruth A. t William H.
Robyn A. Crawford
Faith W. t Dejuan L. Crumedy
Kim Curry t Kenneth W.
Yaara Z. Dagan-Colmenero Et
Jose L. Colmenero
Stephen F. D'Angelo Et
Maureen K. Smith
Mrs. Anthea L. t Thomas F.
Geraldine C. t Daniel J. Daube
Sherry A. & George A. Davis
Gina M. t William K. Day
Theresa M. t Ignacio De
Mrs. Terry A. t Dominick A.
Mary J. & Thomas W. Distel
Laura A. t John S. Dmytrenko
Lisa E. t Allen L. Dupont
Debra R. t Peter Eckert
Bernice S. Edwards
Allison E. t Douglas J. Elliott
Sheila M. t Glenn E. Ferrall, Jr.
Susan P. t Kenneth E. Ferslew
Monique L. Fleurant-Cooper
Melissa R. & Albert J.
Theresa H. t Kyle R. Ford
Richard S. t Monica J. Forth
Barbara G. S. t Richard A.
Shelley H. Fox
Susan W. t Bruce H. Freedman
Ester L. Gamboa
Laura D. t Larry G. Gardner
James D. t Mrs. Ashley D.
Gloria & Alfred Gary
Laura C. Gezelman
Heather M. t Michael Giard
Julia M. t William M.
Deanna C. Goff
Mercedes t Anthony L. Gomez
Aurora L. Gonzalez
Cynthia D. Griffin
Priscilla M. t Larry T. Griggs
Cathy S. t Roger R. Gumtow
Anne L. & Herbert L. Hair
C. Michelle Hale
Sarah W. Hand
Sandra K. t Richard H.
Kimberly A. t Daniel R. Harber
Joan L. t W. Alan Harmon, MD
Theresa E. Harris
Kathy D. t D. J. Hartley
Patricia L. t James S.
Theresa M. Hauser
Deborah L. t Michael M. Healy
Theresa J. Hernandez
Vicki C. t Van K. Herridge
Mrs. Amaya M. t Caleb Hill
Jessica K. Hooten
Ann L. Horgas-Marsiske Et
Danielle N. Howard
Augusto R. t Grace M. Infante
Janet G. t Alfred J. Ivie, Jr.
Mrs. Farrah P. t Thomas H.
Mary E. t Paul G. Jenko
Carolyn U. t William R.
Dannielle R. Jones
Mary L. t Peter D. Jordan
Eleanore S. t Michael J.
Melissa E. t Sean T. Kenny
Sandra A. t Col. Joseph E.
Kinnan (USAF, RET)
Erica L. Kirkland
Lauren R. Koster
Barbara C. t Samuel L. Kroll
Paula H. t Scott D. Krueger
Jodi Lynn Kurzweil
Diane P. t Thomas R. Laflam
Kimberly N. Lakey
Tamara P. t Jonathan C. Lane
Linda T. Larche t Jerry S. Gold
Susan M. t Thomas P. Lawler
Cheryl L. t Lawrence N. Legg
Margie M. t Marcus R.
Lori S. t The Hon. Steven J.
Carol L. Lindsey t Michael J.
Blake A. Livingston
Lorraine E. t Charles H.
Diane M. t Stephen K.
Mrs. Jacky-Lynn t Jay Lorenz
Johanna V. t John B.
Martha S. Maddox
Charles S. t Carolyn L. Mahan
Karen A. & Michael G.
Patricia L. & Sean A. Malone
Deborah G. t Shawn K. Martin
Cheryl L. t J. David Mathews
Joan F. McCarthy, C.N.M.
Janie B. McCluney
Gregory J. McCracken
Leslie W. t Timothy K.
Karen E. t Philip R. Miles
Paula A. Mix
Holly K. t Gregory J. Moll
Linda A. t Paul J. Morris
Aline M. Moukhtara
Susan P. t Michael S. Nevel
Barbara A. t Wagar B. Nickel
Donna B. t Timothy L. O'Brien
Rebecca R. Parry
Steven A. Pepper
Marcia K. t Tristian B.
Geraldine A. t Frank A.
Eileen D. & Robert K. Phillips
Barbara Prior t James L. Pitts
Marianne C. t Mac Prince
Elizabeth G. t Frank R. Radcliff
Laurie H. t Gregory T. Reppas
George P. Rife t Nancy Ivy
Laura C. t Dylan L. Roden
Jaclyn R. Rothberg
Margaret G. Royce t James
Jodie L. Rozin
Nancy A. Ruppert
Mary S. Ruzycki
Susan B. t Jack C. Ryals
Ferdinand R. Sapiera
Denise M. t Michael R.
Susan J. t Michael A. Schultz
Katherine L. Schuman
Anna B. t Carl B. Schwait
Kathleen C. t Richard H.
Betty J. Severyn, R.N., M.N.
Rita M. t James G. Sewell
Mary K. Shannahan
Melissa E. Shepard
Lisa M. t Jeffrey M. Silbert
Kimberly B. t Carlos R. Silva
Candy M. t Steven C.
Ann C. t Michael J. Simon
Leanne S. t Michael W.
Ann P. Smith
Kim A. Smith
Sherrie L. t Edward D. Smith
Katelyn E. Srnka
Frances B. t William R.
Julia S. t Harold Sturm
Sharon L. t Ronald D.
Elizabeth W. t Larry W.
Dianne L. t Alvin H. Tao
Mrs. Heide A. t Hardy Taylor
Lucile N. t Charles E. Taylor
Donna L. t William S.
Teachey, MD, P.A.
Texas Instruments Foundation
Lynn 0. Thompson t Gary W.
Maria R. t Jeffrey Y.
Mary E. Tiedeman
Lynne L. Tier
Mary F. Tompkins
Paula Dunn t Sam D. Tropello
Michelle A. t Jeffery A. Urlaub
Jennifer E. t Johannas C. Van
Mary Lou VanCott
Gloria M. t Rolando A. Vasallo
Wachovia Wells Fargo
Susan E. t Gerald L. Walling
Jennifer M. Walsh
Ervena L. & Richard A.
Susan R. t Matthew D. Welch
Blannie M. Whelan
The Rev. Joyce A. Willard-
Williford t Mark D. Williford
Dorothy H. B. t Samuel M.
Vivian K. Wong t Thomas T.
Elizabeth A. t Mark S. Wrigley
Mrs. Cheyanne W. t Benjamin
Karen E. Yost
Julie F. Youngberg-Haught t
W. Herb Haught
Anthony M. t Mrs. Eri K. Zanni
Roberta M. t Jeffery D. Zbar
Jamie L. Zoellner
The I.IF C.:ll.g .:I i utir.Sing ,1 gr3[dtil I, r r c n 'ii gi, i I g. r,'ii ,u. iiiiviiut li i'd .rg3iii:3[i.ii lr.:.ni Jial ti3ry [c.: IIE c nib r 2111:19 Ic b.',iiil ,our
Florida Tomorrow Campaign. These contributions are helping to change the lives of students, faculty members and the patients for whom we care
and are indicative of the continuing enthusiasm for our college. A tradition of excellence in education, research and practice continues to thrive,
due in large part to the generosity of these philanthropic individuals and organizations.
SPRING 2010 13
Partnership: The New Frontier continued from page 3
practice. Those successes include decreasing the nurse turnover rate
by 25 percent, increasing enrollment in the past two and a half years
by 94 students, and encouraging evidence-based practice initiatives by
The panel also included two UF nursing graduates, Sara Gravelle,
MSN, CNL, part of the first UF Clinical Nurse Leader class in 2007,
and Karen Theoktisto, DNP, ARNP, part of the first UF Doctor of
Nursing Practice class in 2009. These graduates provided their own
personal perspectives from their experiences in these roles.
"What we see with the examples of both the VA Academy and
our new CNL and DNP graduates is how innovation truly can drive
success," Dean Long said. "Hearing from these graduates-pioneers
of these new nursing roles-was simply inspirational for everyone in
the room. They are the innovators, those who will improve nursing
care and who have the courage to go against the grain to do so."
Third Career's a Charm continued from page 8
course a night to a full-blown semester, she credits her family's sup-
port for her motivation.
She also said she serves as the "mother hen" to most of her
"Everyone knows I usually have cash instead of just plastic, espe-
cially when it comes to paying for mailbox rentals," she said. "I'm a
lot older than everyone else; people definitely know my name."
Wheeler said she encourages her classmates to learn by doing,
rather than looking at their first job out of college as what they'll be
"People need to examine themselves and what they want out
of a job, as well as pursue passions and think of life as a journey,"
Special Delivery continuedfrom page 9
After Hunt finished her shift as a
m hostess at Carrabba's that night, she went
to Shands to visit the Cromwell family.
"It was a blessing to me to have her
there, and it was a blessing for my fam-
ily to have those two women (Hunt and
Citty) there," Cromwell said. "I thank
God for them."
Hunt cites her obstetrics clinical
instructor, Michele Brimeyer, MSN, ARNP, for everything she has
learned this semester. Brimeyer, after hearing the tale from Hunt's class-
mates, sent a proud and congratulatory e-mail to Hunt that night.
"It seems like it was fate that she was there that day and could
help this family and their baby," Brimeyer said. "But more than that, it
is a testament to our College preparing nurses to not simply pass tests
but to critically and practically apply the knowledge, theory, and skills
of nursing practice."
The Cromwells were struck by Hunt's compassion and caring.
Even after the baby was born, she continued to visit them in the hospital
and contact them by phone. The Cromwells plan to attend her gradu-
ation in May.
"I will always be grateful for her," Cromwell said. "I think she is
going to be very successful in all that she does. She is my baby's angel."
The College of Nursing was deeply saddened with the
passing ofseveral alumni and friends. These women had
a tremendous impact on the College of Nursing, both
personally and professionally. Their contributions will
not be forgotten. Our thoughts are with their families
and loved ones. They will be missed by all of us.
Muriel M. (Moulton) Barr, 93, (1916-2009), of Port
Charlotte, died Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009. A longtime
friend of the College, Muriel worked as a registered nurse
but thoroughly loved being a housewife. In 1980, Muriel
and her late husband, John D. Barr, moved to Florida
after John's retirement from teaching in Hampton. While
in Florida, she was a member of St. Nathaniel's Church
and the Locke Family Association. She is survived by fam-
ily members, including her nephew and several cousins.
Janette Thomas Cain, a member of the first graduating
class from the college's BSN program in 1960, passed
away on July 16, 2002.
Kathy A. Cooke, 56, (1953-2009), of Bowdon, Georgia,
passed away Sunday, November 1, 2009. As a 1975 BSN
graduate from UF, she worked in the health care field for
more than 30 years. Her greatest pleasures were spending
time with her friends and family. She is survived by her
husband of 35 years, Al Cooke; her children and their
spouses, Allen and Marissa Cooke of Acworth and Alice
and Rodney McDaniel of Dallas; her grandsons, Ethan,
Coleman and Dylan; her sisters, Mary Jo Harrington of
Ormond Beach, Florida, Connie Clark of Tallahassee,
Florida, Alyn Stowe of Doraville and Valerie Carter of
Starke, Florida, and their families.
Violet Marie Matson Larson, 83, passed away on
January 19, 2010, following complications from pneu-
monia. Violet earned her MSN from the University of
Florida in 1974. She worked in several areas ranging
from in-hospital direct care to teaching at the university
level. Violet was also involved in community outreach to
Florida's rural population. She was a loving, dedicated
mother of six children.
Janice Carol Pinkston, 57, passed away on October 10,
2009. Janice moved to Gainesville in 1975 from Paris,
Tennessee and earned her BSN from UF in 1977. She
then worked for North Florida Regional Medical Center
in Gainesville. Janice is survived by her husband, Wesley
Pinkston of Gainesville, and two sisters, Anita Cannon
of Paris, Tennessee and Mary Beth Brown of Archer,
Amy E. Plager, 52, passed away on April 16, 2009. She
earned her BSN in 1979 from UF. She was residing in
Clarkston, Georgia at the time of her death.
14 THE GATOR NURSE
Judith R. (Dallamn) Sands, BSN 1981,
earned her Master of Science in Leadership
from Nova Southeastern University. She is
currently the Risk Management Specialist
for the Health Professions Division of Nova
Denise Henning, BSN 1993, MSN 1997, is
a Service Line Leader for Women's Health at
Collier Health Services, a federally qualified
health center in Immokalee, Florida. She is a
practicing midwife and provides prenatal and
gynecological care to a service population
that is predominantly uninsured or covered by
Medicaid. From 2003 to 2008, she served as
Director of Clinical Operations for Women's
Health Services at the Family Health Centers
of Southwest Florida, where she supervised
nurse-midwives and other clinical staff. Prior to
this, Ms. Henning served as a Certified Nurse
Midwife in several locations in Florida and as
a labor and delivery nurse in a Level III teach-
ing hospital. She is President of the Midwifery
Business Network and a chapter chair of
the American College of Nurse Midwives.
She was recently nominated to serve on the
MACPAC panel (Medicaid and CHIP Payment
and Advisory Commission).
Lewis McKenzie, BSN 1997, continues in his
role at University of North Carolina Memorial
Hospital (Chapel Hill) where he has been the
MICU Nurse Manager since August 2005. He
was selected in October 2008 as one of North
Carolina's Great 100 Nurses-a program that
honors Nursing Excellence in North Carolina.
Versie Johnson-Mallard, MSN 1996, is an
assistant professor at the University of South
Florida College of Nursing. She recently won
a competitive grant from the Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to study strate-
gies to prevent the spread of viral sexually
transmitted infections among college students
and young adults. She was one of 15 nurse
educators from around the country to receive
this three-year $350,000 Nurse Faculty Scholar
award. The grant began in October 2009.
Jacqueline Rychnovsky, MSN 1997, just
completed a one-year health policy fellowship
in the office of Senator Daniel Inouye (D-HI).
Throughout the year she was instrumental in
advancing health reform legislation to fund
nurse-managed health centers and nurse prac-
titioner residency training programs in federally
qualified health centers. Rychnovsky earned
her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing in 2004
from the University of San Diego and is cur-
rently serving on active duty as a US Navy
Nurse Corps Captain, operating the Nurse
Corps Policy and Practice office at the Bureau
of Medicine and Surgery in Washington, D.C.
Faculty Emeritus Virgie Pafford is currently
residing in Gainesville. She would love to
reconnect with former students, classmates or
faculty. Please send notes to 2254 NW 15th
Ave, Gainesville, FL 32605 or give her a call at
Ik tr Ibuleuo 32 7-41
Brittany Blanton Latimer, BSN
2007, MSN 2008, and her hus-
band Christoper (left) had identical
twin boys in April 2009. In July
2009, Brittany began working for
Magnolia Pediatrics in Lake City
as a pediatric nurse practitioner.
Magnolia Pediatrics is owned by
Stacey Cervantes (pictured at right),
who is also a UF nursing alumna and
the Latimer twins' pediatric health
Dear Gator Nurses,
It's unbelievable that
this year I will finish my
term as President of the UF
Nursing Alumni Council-it
seems like I just started!
I can say that these past
two years have truly been a
wonderful and memorable
experience for me, and I
strongly encourage all of
you to become more involved with alumni efforts,
whether it be on our Alumni Council, as a class
representative or even helping to gather items for
our annual Silent Auction. It is a small investment
of time that reaps many rewards personally and
professionally. The friendships I have reestab-
lished or made since becoming active with Alumni
Council have truly been worthwhile. It is always
wonderful to connect with Gator Nurses especially
those you may never have had a chance to meet
Reading this issue of The Gator Nurse reminds
me of why I am so proud to represent our College
of Nursing. This spring the College hosted another
inspiring Dorothy M. Smith Leadership Conference,
exploring the most innovative and cutting-edge
topics in our profession today. We were also able
to honor five outstanding alumni in distinct areas
of nursing excellence with Dorothy M. Smith
Nursing Leadership Awards. It is also fitting that
this conference affords our students the ability to
meet these alumni and observe the impact of a UF
The stories about our nursing students featured
in this issue illustrated just how unique, compas-
sionate, brave, talented, and intelligent our students
are-both in and out of the classroom. Whether
they are helping a family and their newborn baby at
time of need, attempting a third career, or penning
their own novel, our Gator Nursing students are
more than just "ordinary" nursing students.
Finally, I am very happy to see the generos-
ity and foresight of so many of our alumni and
friends, who even during a difficult economic
climate, contributed to the College to advance our
missions of education, research and service. At a
time when state funding has been slashed, private
funding helps the College to continue its tradition
Go Gator Nurses!
SPRING 2010 15
Spring 2010 | Vol. XII, No. 2
The Gator Nurse is produced three times
a year for the alumni, friends, faculty and
staff of the University of Florida College
Kathleen Ann Long,
PhD, RN, FAAN
Director, Alumni Affairs and
Public Relations and
The Gator Nurse managing editor
Tracy Brown Wright, MAMC
Anna Miller Harper
JS Design Studio
StorterChilds Printing Company Inc.
2010 University of Florida
College of Nursing
THE NEWSLETTER FOR THE ALUMNI OF THE OF COLLEGE OF NURSING
College of Nursing
Health Science Center
P.O. Box 100197
Gainesville, FL 32610-0197
How can you improve
CARE for your patients?
How will you take the LEAD
in your nursing career?
What will INSPIRE you to
take that next step?
Doctor of Nursing Practice
BSN to DNP I Postmaster's DNP
SA variety of clinical specialties
Online Options available
Clinical Nurse Leader Online MSN*
SMaster's prepared nursing generalist
PhD in Nursing Science
SPreparing nurse scientists and scholars
SFinancial Aid IS Available including Private Scholarships and Fellowships
VISIT OUR WEB SITE www.nursing.ufl.edu
or call (352) 273-6001
*Several components of the program may require some individualized learning experiences
and residency to be arranged at student's home site.
Permit No. 94