THE NEWSLETTER FOR THE ALUMNI OF THE UF COLLEGE OF NURSING I SUMMER 2010 I VOL. XII, NO. 3
Jacqueline Arencibia Salazar, BSN 1984, DNP 2010, is overcome with emotion as she celebrates her DNP graduation with family. Salazar,
a child of Cuban immigrants, was the first in her family to graduate from college.
We're Number 1!
College of Nursing First Generation Graduates Blaze their Own Trails
Three years ago when she was one semester into her University of Florida Doctor of Nursing Practice degree,
Kelley Hawes thought about quitting the program. Already a nurse practitioner and the mother of two teenage
children, it was tough for Hawes to fit everything in.
"I said to my son, 'I am really thinking about quitting, what do you think?'" Hawes says. "He said, 'I think
you should just do it.' So I just did it."
Hawes is one of many College of Nursing graduates who are the first generations in their family to graduate
from college. It's never easy to go first, particularly when it comes to higher education. According to a 2005
National Center for Education Statistics study, only about one-quarter of students l r e UNIVERSITY of
who are the first in their families to go to college end up graduating. UF FLORIDA
College of Nursing
or Hawes, listening to her son was easy. After all, her
children have influenced her education and career from the
beginning. When other 18-year-olds were meeting their
dorm roommates and settling on college majors, Hawes was
thinking more about dirty diapers and 2 a.m. feedings.
After marrying at 17 and having her
first child when she was 18, Hawes didn't
start college until her daughter was 2 and
her son was 4. She chose nursing because it
seemed like a solid career that would allow
her to provide for her children.
"There were times I worked three jobs
and went to school," she says. "But I still had
it worked out where I could take them to
school and pick them up and do the home-
work and the baths and work at night."
After becoming a registered nurse in
1997, Hawes went on to earn a bachelor's
and master's degrees in nursing, and finally,
a DNP on April 30.
"Part of my reason for continuing with
education was my kids," Hawes says. "And
I think because I was always in school when
they were little, they picked up good habits.
My son was valedictorian, and my daughter
is in the top one percent of her class. My
son is a student at Florida State, and my
daughter starts at UF in August. We'll have
the whole rivalry thing going on."
Sacrifices Worth It
In 1959 after Fidel Castro took over
Cuba, newlyweds Luis and LuisaArencibia
fled the country, leaving everything behind
but the clothes they were wearing.
They knew no one in the United
States, but they hoped it was a place
where they could build a better future.
After landing at the airport in Miami,
they asked around about jobs and hopped
another plane to New Jersey, where work
was more plentiful. Once there, they did
what they could to make ends meet.
"They did housekeeping, whatev-
er jobs they could get," says Jacqueline
Arencibia Salazar, BSN 1984, DNP 2010,
the couple's only child. "They never got to
go to college. I was born a year or two after
they came here, and they always wanted
me to go to school. It was not really an
option. It was an expectation."
The couple got their wish...and then
some. Salazar received her bachelor's degree
in 1984 from the UF College of Nursing
and her master's degree in nursing from the
University of North Carolina in 1990. And
on April 30, five decades after they first
came to the United States, the Arencibias
watched their only daughter receive her
Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, a
terminal practice doctorate.
"I didn't need to get my doctorate for
my career path or future because I pretty
much have a wonderful job right now and
I don't plan on making any career moves,
says Salazar, a nurse practitioner for a thriv-
ing practice in Indiatlantic, Fla. "But, I am
a forever learner, and that, plus a strong
work ethic, was definitely instilled in me
by my parents.
With a busy practice and three chil-
dren, Salazar's schedule is so busy she
was not even planning to walk in the UF
College of Nursing graduation ceremony
- until she mentioned it to her parents.
"They were like, "What?" she says.
"I have three kids and everyone had to
compromise so I could complete the DNP
program so I walked for them. They are
proud of me."
A Second Degree, but a First Calling
Leah Layman may have received her
second bachelor's degree, but she discov-
ered her true calling when she decided to
go back to school for her Accelerated BSN
degree at UF. Layman was the first in her
family to receive a college degree when she
obtained her bachelor's degree in exercise
science. When she decided that she wanted
to pursue nursing, her parents were sup-
portive of her desire.
"While other parents may have scoffed
at the idea of going back for another
bachelor's degree, my parents were totally
supportive," Layman said. "Regardless of
whether they had college degrees or not,
they have always expressed the importance
Although she admits the program was
an intense time of hard work and endless
studying, she is happy that she will have the
opportunity to practice in a profession she
truly enjoys and where she values her work.
She will continue on with her education in
UF's DNP program in the fall.
"I can say this after toying with a
few different careers. I am so glad I found
something that I enjoy studying and that
DNP graduate Kelley Hawes is surrounded by proud
family members at her commencement ceremony.
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LThey never got to go to college.
They always wanted me to go
to school. It was not really an
option. It was an expectation.
-Jacqueline Arencibia Salazar, BSN 1984, DNP 2010
makes sense to me," Layman said. "I was seeking hands-on experi-
ence and the opportunity to directly affect people's lives."
Most importantly, Layman hopes that her graduation will set
a precedent for future generations in her family.
"It means now that the family has someone who pushed
herself more and more in education. It's a signal to other family
members to take a risk and consider going to college to pursue
their dreams. I know now that my children and children's children
will most likely go to college and graduate."
Having the Drive
"A degree is one thing that no one can steal from you, or
fire you from, or ignore," said Jacquelyn Bray, who received her
Bachelor of Science in Nursing this spring.
Bray now understands this statement more fully, having
completed her BSN degree in the spring. Bray also knows how
frustrating it may be without a degree, even for those who have
"With neither of my parents or any of their siblings ever earn-
ing a college degree, I witnessed firsthand what opportunities were
not available to you. My father was the best computer programmer
in his company and had more experience than any new graduate.
He was never promoted because he lacked his degree. Graduating
was the most important accomplishment I could achieve."
Although Bray received Bright Futures, which covered 75
percent of her tuition and fees, she had to personally pay for
the remaining 25 percent of costs plus textbooks. She worked
throughout all of her college career as well as full-time during sum-
mers she wasn't enrolled in school. She was financially strapped,
having to rely on credit cards at times to cover costs as well as by
being helped by many members of her family.
However, Bray realizes that the degree she attained
"I had great professors that encouraged my drive to suc-
ceed," Bray said. "You can't do anything if you don't believe you
can. Luckily many people inspired me to believe in myself."
Are y i s i Sr S s
Jacqueline Salazar is hooded by her DNP faculty mentor Dr. Rose Nealis
at the commencement.
I know now that my
children and children's
children will most
likely go to college
Leah Layman (BSN 2010)
BSN graduate Leah Layman with her proud parents after the 2010
SUMMER 2010 3
College Says Goodbye
to Retiring Faculty and Colleagues
The College of Nursing recently bid a very fond farewell to longtime nursing leaders in their fields. Faculty
members Alice Poe, DSN, CNM and Sharleen Simpson, PhD, RN, and VA nursing chief of research and
co-director of the VA-UF Nursing Academy Maude Rittman, PhD, RN, retired after many years of service to
Dr. Alice Poeserved as an associate professor and
coordinator of the College's nurse-midwifery program, a post she held
since 1990 when founding coordinator Betty Hilliard retired. Dr.
Poe retired after 25 years at UF. She received her bachelor's degree in
nursing at the University of North Carolina and her master's degree in
nurse midwifery at Emory University. She received her doctoral degree
in Maternal Child Health Nursing at the University of Alabama.
Dr. Poe taught nurse-midwifery and research at the graduate level,
as well as an undergraduate practicum focused on maternity care.
Throughout the nurse midwifery program's history, there have
only been three years in which it has not had state or federal fund-
ing, much of it through Dr. Poe's efforts. The most recent funding
has allowed the nurse-midwifery program to focus on the recruitment
of students from disadvantaged backgrounds, medically underserved
areas and underrepresented populations. Dean Long and Jacksonville Campus Director Dr. Andrea Gregg
with Dr. Alice Poe at her retirement celebration.
Sharleen Sim pson,associateprofessor,
retired from the College after 29 years of service. She taught
PhD Qualitative Research courses, nurse practitioner and
undergraduate maternal/child nursing courses, and supervised
PhD dissertations. She received her bachelor's degree in nursing
at the University of Utah and her master's degree in nursing at
the University of California-San Francisco. She also received a
master's degree in anthropology from the University of Arizona
and her PhD in anthropology from UF.
Over Dr. Simpson's long academic career, her teaching,
clinical practice and research have been influenced by her inter-
national multicultural perspectives, gleaned from her work in
Faculty members celebrate with Dr. Sharleen Simpson at her retirement South America as a Peace Corps volunteer and in Jamaica as a
celebration. (L-R) Assistant Professor Donna Neff, Clinical Assistant Fulbright Scholar.
Professor Cyndi Haas, Department Chair Susan Schaffer, Associate Dean In 2005, Dr. Simpson co-developed a course for under-
for Research Jennifer Elder, Dr. Simpson, Clinical Assistant Professor graduate nursing students titled "Nursing in Yucatan," which
Sandra Knapp, Clinical Assistant Professor Cathy Levonian and Assistant
s Jhas attracted an increasing number of students who then travel
Professor Jeanne-Marie Stacciarini.
to Mexico and appreciate first-hand the living conditions that
influence health in an impoverished population.
She has collaborated with the Centers for Disease Control
and the Florida State Bureau of STD prevention to research
access to STD services and adolescents and STDs.
4 THE GATOR NURSE
For this edition of The Gator Nurse, I am focusing on looking back
so that we can be inspired as we go forward. With today's economic
woes and the ongoing shortage of nursing faculty members, I think
we may be tempted to feel "woe are we." However, those who
advanced our College in the past have used their challenges to make
opportunities. I am confident we will continue to do the same.
It is never easy losing one of our Gator Nurses, particularly one
with such amazing history and such dedication to our College.
Dr. Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Hilliard
in every sense of the word. Sadly,
spring, but her legacy lives on in
taught and patients she served.
Betty was one of our earliest fac-
ulty members and the matriarch
of our nurse midwifery program,
which she founded after many
years of resistance and challenge.
Whenever one speaks of Betty,
the word tenacity comes up. If one
door closed, she found a way to
open another one. Betty was a gra-
cious, quiet but determined leader.
And thankfully she captured her
truly was a nursing pioneer
Betty passed away this past
the lives of the students she
Affairs and President of the UF&Shands
Health System, Dr. David Guzick, and the
Associate Vice President-Health Affairs,
UF Health Science Center-Jacksonville, Dr.
Robert Nuss. Special College friends and sup-
porters celebrated with us.
The Jacksonville Campus was initiated to
address the need for graduate nursing educa-
tion in the region. It now offers access to all KATHLEEN ANN LONG
PHD, RN, FAAN
of the College's graduate programs and is an
integral part of our College in every way. The Jacksonville Campus
"We honor the history of our College and
its past leaders for many important
reasons. Perhaps the most important is
that those who have gone before us as
students, faculty members and graduates
are remarkable examples of the power of
nursing to change the world for the better."
experiences in a memoir printed by the College in 2009. I hope that
many of you will read Betty's reflections and take the lessons from
this book. Betty was both down-to-earth and inspirational.
It was bittersweet that Betty's passing coincided with a great
milestone for our College: the 30th Anniversary of the Jacksonville
campus, the home of our nurse midwifery education program. We
held a special reception for this anniversary, where we also cel-
ebrated the retirement of the College's most recent nurse midwifery
program director, Dr. Alice Poe. Many of our Jacksonville alumni
were in attendance as well as the Senior Vice President-Health
M aude Rittm a served as ChiefNursefor
Research at the Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Hospital in
Gainesville and co-director of the VA-UF Nursing Academy.
She has been closely connected to the faculty and students in
the UF College of Nursing through the Academy and had
multiple UF faculty appointments in the more than 30 years
she was at the VA. She received her BSN, MSN and PhD from
the UF College of Nursing.
In addition to directing the VA nursing research program
and her own body of research specialized in stroke recovery,
caregivers, and the experience of chronic illness.
Her work as Co-Director of the VA-UF Nursing Academy
helped to forge a strong and beneficial partnership between the
College of Nursing and the VA. The VA-UF Academy was one
of the first four VA Nursing Academy grants in the nation.
have significantly improved
of the UF College of Nursing is also
a visible symbol of our partnership
with the community and with the
other Health Science Center col-
leges, most particularly the College
of Medicine. Graduates who have
accessed their UF nursing education
through the Jacksonville Campus
have gone on to provide outstand-
ing leadership in Jacksonville, the
state and the nation. Students and
faculty members from this campus
the health care of Jacksonville area
citizens including those who have been most underserved.
We honor the history of our College and its past leaders for many
important reasons. Perhaps the most important is that those who
have gone before us as students, faculty members and graduates
are remarkable examples of the power of nursing to change the
world for the better. They are exemplary role models, and they chal-
lenge all of us to be worthy of the legacy they have created.
Dr. Rittman with the "Maude Squad," as her VA Nursing Academy
colleagues referred to themselves as part of her farewell. (L-R)
Tom Bedard, Dr. Maxine Hinze, Dr. Michele Taylor-Caldwell, Carla
Anderson, Mary Anne Walker, Dr. Rittman, Julia Tortorice, Dr. Stefanie
Coffey, Tina Chappell and Sarah Espin.
SUMMER 2010 5
Every Ending is Another Beginning:
College of Nursing Commencement Ceremony
And so we commence...
On April 30, 2010 at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing
Arts, the College of Nursing recognized one of the largest classes of graduates
including 34 DNP graduates, some of whom accessed much of their educa-
The commencement ceremony included a moment of silence for professor
emeritus Betty Hilliard, who passed away March 27, 2010. Dr. Joseph Glover, r
Provost and Senior Vice President-Academic Affairs and Dr. David Guzick,
Senior Vice President-Health Affairs and President of the UF&Shands Health
System, both were in attendance and gave welcoming remarks and spoke of the
impact nurses have on the health care profession.
This year the College of Nursing recognized two nursing leaders as the
Alumni of the Year, Dr. Carolyn Johnson and Ms. Diane Raines-recognized
for their influential and outstanding work as clinicians and administrators in the 1e
Baptist Health System of Jacksonville.
The College honored outstanding students with the College of Nursing
Excellence Awards, chosen by faculty members based on students' performance
in the care of particular patient populations as well as research. In addition,
awards were given by Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Theta Chapter, and the class of
2010. The Academic Excellence awards were given to the top scholars from the
Generic, Accelerated, MSN, DNP and PhD programs.
By a vote of the BSN class of 2010, Clinical Assistant Professor David
Derrico was named this year's most Outstanding Faculty Member.
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Sisters by Chance, Nurses by Choice
Identical twins Jennifer and Jessica
Melara have shared almost every mile-
stone: birthdays, high school graduation,
and prom-right down to their college
graduation. This spring, Jennifer and
Jessica graduated with their bachelor's
degrees from the College of Nursing.
For the past two years, the twins have
had every class together, except clinical
groups. They have been each other's
support system, helping and encourag- h-
ing one another every step of the way.
Jennifer and Jessica have decided to
stay in Gainesville and continue yet
Jessica (L) and Jennifer Melara
another journey together...their career.
Both of them have accepted positions at Shands at UF hospital, but Jennifer
and Jessica are quick to note that they will be working on different floors.
College of Nursing Excellence Awards
The Audrey Clark Quarles Award for Clinical
Excellence in Maternal-newborn Nursing:
Katherine Elise Valle
The Jennet M. Wilson Award for Academic
Excellence in Maternal-newborn Nursing:
Courtney Lynne Youngs
Excellence in Pediatric Nursing: Emily Mary Hunt
The Virgie Pafford Award for Excellence in
Community Health Nursing: Amanda Hogue
The Catherine Bell Award for Excellence in
Psychiatric Nursing: Ana Cristina Rosa
The Excellence in Community Service Award:
The Excellence in Research Award:
The Mary Elizabeth Hilliard Midwifery Award for
Leadership and Scholarship in Nurse Midwifery:
The Excellence in Medical-Surgical Nursing Award:
The Lois Knowles Award for Excellence in
Gerontological Nursing: Linda Cowan
Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society
Excellence in Clinical Practice Awards
BSN Generic: Colleen Gorman
BSN-Accelerated: Gwyneth Rhiannon Franck
MSN: Kerry Creasy
PhD: Catherine Levonian
Outstanding Faculty Award Recipient (Voted by
Class of 2010): David Derrico
Graduate Student Council Outstanding DNP Student
Award: Amy McGreane
Graduate Student Council Outstanding PhD Student
Award: Catherine Levonian
Outstanding Nursing College Council Award:
Outstanding UFNSA Officer Award: Nicole Gay
Outstanding Senior Student: Colleen Gorman
Outstanding Senior Mentors: Emily Hunt and
Academic Excellence Awards
BSN Generic Track: Colleen Gorman
BSN Accelerated Track: Gwyneth Rhiannon Franck
MSN: Kerry Creasy
DNP: Ying Mai Kung
PhD: Catherine Levonian
SUMMER 2010 7
UF Selects Two Jacksonville Nursing Leaders as
wo nursing leaders from Jacksonville were honored as the 2010 University of
Florida College of Nursing Alumni of the Year during the college's spring com-
mencement ceremony. For the first time in the award's history, the College
selected two alumni of the year to be recognized in honor of the College of Nursing's
Jacksonville Campus' 30th anniversary.
Each year, the UF Nursing Alumni Council honors a nursing graduate who has
made outstanding accomplishments and service to the nursing profession. For 2010, the
council has selected two alumni from the Jacksonville area: Diane Raines, MSN, RN,
CNAA and Carolyn Johnson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC. Raines is the senior vice president
and chief nursing officer for Baptist Health and Johnson is the vice president of patient
care services for Wolfson Children's Hospital, a part of the Baptist Health System.
"We are extremely proud to honor these two outstanding nursing leaders as the
2010 Alumni of the Year," said Kathleen Ann Long, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean of the
UF College of Nursing. "It is fitting that this year, as we commemorate our Jacksonville
campus' 30th anniversary we are able to recognize the outstanding contributions that both
Ms. Raines and Dr. Johnson have made to health care and nursing in Jacksonville."
Raines received her master's degree in nursing from UF in 1983 and currently over-
sees the Baptist Health's five-hospital nursing divisions in their focus on quality patient
care. She is responsible for the education and leadership development for the health
system. Under her leadership, Baptist Health received Magnet designation from the
American Nurses Credentialing Center-one of the largest health systems in the country
to receive this status signifying the highest quality nursing care.
Raines has served at Baptist Health for 32 years in a number of nursing and admin-
Dr. Johnson received her bachelor's degree in nursing in 1972 and master's degree
in nursing from UF in 1979. In spring 2009, she became one of the members of the first
Doctor of Nursing Practice graduating class at UF. She oversees the delivery of quality
Diane Raines (top photo, right) and Carolyn nursing care in the 180-bed Wolfson Children's Hospital.
Johnson (bottom photo, right) proudly accept Dr. Johnson represents the hospital's nursing staff, participates in community activi-
their Alumni of the Year awards from Dean
Long at the Commencement ceremony. ties and programs and is actively involved in the strategic plan of Baptist Health. Under
her leadership, the hospital has maintained an average turnover rate under 10 percent
and patient satisfaction scores above the 75th percentile in all nursing areas. Prior to this,
she served as a director of nursing at Wolfson for 14 years.
"It is fitting that this year as we commemorate our Jacksonville campus' 30th anniversary,
we are able to recognize the outstanding contributions that both Ms. Raines and
Dr. Johnson have made to health care and nursing in Jacksonville." -Dean Kathleen Ann Long
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BSN Graduates Display Their New Pins with Pride
"This pin is a distinct
symbol of the
University of Florida
and communicates our
commitment to the
of nursing care."
-Bonnie Pepper, President of
f the UF Nursing Alumni Council
After pinning, these BSN graduates are all smiles. (L-R) Andrea Farnham, Brittani Carr,
Megan Moore and Amanda Adams.
As graduating baccalaureate students began to fill the Friends of
Music room at the University Auditorium prior to the 2010 Pinning
Ceremony, the group of 165 students (the most attended ceremony
in recent history) held their pins in their hands and waited to process into the
auditorium. The ceremony, sponsored by the UF Nursing Alumni Council, has
become a newly honored tradition for generic and accelerated BSN graduates.
The students in attendance learned the significance of the pin, a tradition
that dates back to 1880 when Florence Nightingale chose the Maltese cross as
the badge to be worn by the first graduating students at her school of nursing.
As the nursing profession developed, each school of nursing developed a pin
unique to their school for presentation to the graduating students.
The UF College of Nursing pinning ceremony signifies the ending of the
graduate's time as a student embarking on a career as a nurse and alumnus of
the University of Florida.
Bonnie Pepper, UF College of Nursing Alumni Council President, Dean
Kathleen Ann Long and Dr. Karen Miles, Associate Dean for Academic and
Student Affairs, welcomed the students and spoke of the importance and sig-
nificance of the event. Dr. Jo Snider, Associate Professor and Department Chair
of Health Care Environments and Systems, read each student's name. Members
of the Alumni Council pinned each student with their pin donned with orange
or blue ribbon.
Florida Hospital, a sponsor of the College of Nursing, recognized
Rebecca Weaver with the Mission Excellence award for her accomplishments
as a student nurse.
Michelle Marciano, representing the Nursing College Council, spoke on
behalf of the student body about their nursing experiences as well as the signifi-
cance of the pinning ceremony. Courtney Youngs, representing the UF Nursing
Student Association, led the students in the Pledge for Professional Nursing, a
revised form of the original Florence Nightingale Pledge.
Maria Bonilla proudly displays her new College of
SUMMER 2010 9
Williams and DNP Alumna Selected for Faculty Leadership Program
R recent graduate Brenda Dyal (DNP 2010) was selected to
participate as a Scholar in the Sigma Theta Tau (STT)
Nurse Faculty Mentored Leadership Development
Program. During this 18- month program, M. Dee Williams,
PhD, RN, College of Nursing Executive Associate Dean and
Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, will serve as Dyal's faculty
Frances Vlassas, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, Associate Professor and
Chair, Health Systems and Management Policy, Marcella Niehoff
School of Nursing at Loyola University Medical Center, as a Sigma
Theta Tau expert faculty member, will work with Dr. Dyal to
facilitate successful completion of the program.
The Nurse Faculty Mentored Leadership Development
Program is an experimental leadership development opportunity
for nurses committed to a career in nursing education. This pro-
gram will not only promote faculty retention, but cultivate high
performing, supportive work environments in academia.
Dr. Dyal, a faculty member at Valdosta State University
College of Nursing, and Williams were one of only 15 dyads
selected nationwide for the program. The program, funded by the
Elsevier Foundation, focuses on building and retaining the next
generation of nurse faculty.
Dr. Dyal earned her DNP from the UF College of Nursing
in spring 2010 has taught several undergraduate courses at Florida
State University and Valdosta State University as well as serving as
course leader for numerous graduate courses at Valdosta State.
Dr. Dyal will participate in a structured curriculum of leader-
ship development which includes implementation, evaluation and
dissemination of a formalized faculty practice plan which includes
opportunities for student clinical rotations plan at Valdosta State.
Implementation of the project will provide students with excellent
accomplishments in brief
Assistant Professor Jeanne-Marie Stacciarini has been selected to
receive a UF Faculty Enhancement Opportunity (FEO) Award, a
university-wide award to support and enhance professional develop-
ment opportunities for faculty.
The journal Developmental Psychobiology has accepted Assistant
Professor Charlene Krueger's article tided "Maternal Voice and
Short-term Outcomes in Preterm Infants" for publication. The article
details initial clinical application of her work with maternal voice.
Clinical Assistant Professor Denise Schentrup's DNP doctoral
project was accepted as a poster at the Second Annual National DNP
Conference to be held this fall in Miami.
Clinical Assistant Professor Teresa Bruney received her DNP degree
from the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions with a
project tided "Effects of an Educational Intervention on the Billing
and Coding Knowledge, Confidence, and Performance of Primary
Care Healthcare Providers."
Assistant Professor Debbie Popovich's article "Thirty Second Head-
to-Toe Tool in Pediatric Nursing: Cultivating Safety in Handoff
clinical experiences in addition to
generation of income to strength-
en the College's programs and
financial incentives to practicing
faculty members. VSU has part-
nered with the Partnership Health
Clinic which serves the uninsured
and underinsured population of
Lowndes County, Georgia.
Dr. Williams, herself a UF
graduate, provided leadership for
establishment of the UF College 4
of Nursing's Faculty Practice
Association in 1998 and has been
the driving force behind Archer DNP graduate Dr. Brenda Dyal (L)
Family Health Care, the College's at the Nurse Faculty Mentored
nurse-managed health center. Leadership Development Program
The leadership development workshop in Indiana with faculty
mentor and associate dean for
program began with a conference clinical affairs Dr. Dee Wliams
in April 2010 and will conclude from UF and expert STT faculty
with a formal celebration and pre- member Dr. Fran Vlasses from
sensation in fall of 2011 at STT's Niehoff School of Nursing Loyola
biennial convention. University Chicago.
"From this experience I hope
to gain a better understanding of the process and procedures which
will facilitate the development of this project as well as enhance-
ment of leadership skills to support my career trajectory," Dyal
said. "Dr. Williams' extensive expertise in the operation of nurse-
managed, community-based health care clinics and the establish-
ment of a former faculty practice plan will help me work toward
future goals. I am grateful to her for sharing her knowledge."
Communication" was accepted by Pediatric Nursing. The Journal
of Pediatric Health Care also accepted her article, "Recognizing and
Diagnosing Abdominal Migraines."
Clinical Assistant Professor Robyn Gleason's presented "How
My Work Shapes the World in Which I Practice" at the American
Association House Call Physicians Annual Scientific meeting in May
Clinical Assistant Professor Leslie Parker presented her abstract
tided, "The Effect of Early Breast Milk Expression in Milk Volume
and Timing of Lactogenesis Stage II Among Mothers of Very Low
Birth Weight Infants: A Pilot Study" at the Fifth Annual Research
Summit of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN).
Assistant Professor Barbara Lutz was recently awarded a R15 grant
from NIH in the amount of $300,000.
Associate Professor Ann Horgas was awarded the UF Research
Professorship for 2010-2012.
Assistant Professor Kim Cox recently received theJournalofMidwifery
& Women's Health Mary Ann Shah New Author Award, which is
10 THE GATOR NURSE
College Hosts Research Day
and Malasanos Lectureship
The University of Florida College of Nursing held its Eighth
Annual Research Day and Malasanos Lectureship this past Spring.
The first place for graduate research went to PhD student
Craig Cunningham whose poster was entitled "The Usefulness
of Existing Theories in Mitigating the Effects of Subclinical
Posttraumatic Stress in Military Personnel."
The first place for undergraduate research poster went to
Laura Koepp for her poster "Self-Prescribed Management for
Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)." Her faculty
mentor was Sunny Yoon, PhD, RN.
Lastly, first place for community/clinical research went
to Tamara Slack for her poster entitled "Prevention of CT
The Malasanos Lectureship featured keynote speaker
and UF alumna Dr. Sandra Dunbar, DSN, RN, FAAN,
Charles Howard Candler Professor of Cardiovascular Nursing
at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory
University. Her presentation was titled "Building Research
Teams: Lessons Learned Along the Pathway of Cardiovascular
given to a certified nurse midwife who publishes for the first time as
the primary author of a feature article or brief report in JMWH. This
year, there were 10 candidates and 3 final nominees.
Associate Professor Joyce Stechmiller has been asked to update her
chapter in the 3rd edition of Wound Care Essentials as an authoritative
resource on the subject.
The VA Academy RN Residency program was accepted for a
poster presentation by VANA faculty member Julia Tortorice at the
National Nursing Workforce Conference in June 2011 in Dearborn,
Assistant Professor Donna Neff has been awarded a three year, K-01
mentored Research Scientist Award for her research on nursing work-
force issues tided "International nurse graduates working in acute care
settings and effects on patient outcomes." This is an extension of her
work with alumna Dr. Linda Aiken. Dr. Neff has numerous projects
in progress at the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health
System related to quality outcomes data as well as several collaborative
projects with Shands at UF.
Above (L-R): BSN
students Lana Farrell,
Laura Koepp and Kara
top honors for their
Left: Dean Kathleen Long,
Dr. Sandra Dunbar and
Dr. Sunny Yoon.
Annabel Jenks Endowed Chair Beverly Roberts attended an interna-
tional meeting at the Chungnam National University in Korea during
the fall semester. She gave the keynote address on "Globalization and
Research" and also assisted in certifying instructors for teaching tai chi
at a training program for the Cancer Research Center in Korea.
Associate Professor Meredeth Rowe has been asked by Governor
Charlie Crist and the Secretary of the Department of Elder Affairs to
join the "Silver Alert" Committee. The panel of experts is asked to
evaluate the status of elders related to public safety.
Clinical Assistant Professor Cynthia Figueroa-Haas and her co-
authors were notified that their article "Motivating Factors for Seeking
Cosmetic Surgery: A Synthesis of the Literature" received the Editor's
Award from the journal of Plastic SurgicalNursing (PSN).
Assistant Professor Saun-joo Yoon and a former student have had a
manuscript accepted in the Journal ofGastroenterology and Hepatology.
The article provides an update for healthcare practitioners about irri-
table bowel syndrome, the epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment. Dr.
Yoon and Dr. Roberts are also serving on the editorial board of Asian
SUMMER 2010 11
Remembering Matriarch of UF
Nurse Midwifery Betty Hilliard
i,. Elizabeth "Betty" Hilliard, PhD, CNM, a
University of Florida professor emeritus who
t..uilded the College of Nursing's nurse midwifery
master's program in 1982 and was one of the early pioneers
of nurse midwifery in Florida, died March 27, 2010, after an
extended illness. She was 85.
"Betty Hilliard was one of the most dedicated and pas-
sionate nursing leaders of her time," said Kathleen Ann Long,
PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the College of Nursing. "Although
encountering resistance to nurse midwifery in much of her
professional life, she persevered and dedicated herself to nurse
midwifery education, and to improving the health of women
When Hilliard came to Florida in 1960 to join the UF
College of Nursing's faculty, she was one of only three nurse-
midwives in the state. Fifty years later and 28 years after she
midwives who have .
health care for women
and families in Florida
and the nation.
her nursing degree
from Massachusetts General Hospital and subsequently com-
pleted postgraduate work in maternity nursing at Margaret
Hague Hospital in Jersey City. She served in the U.S. Navy
for five years and received her bachelor's of nursing degree
from Catholic University of America, and her master's degree
in nurse-midwifery from Yale University. She later received a
doctorate from the UF College of Education.
Hilliard was one of the earliest faculty members of the
UF College of Nursing, where she taught maternal and
"Dr. Hilliard's legacy to nurse-midwifery and women's
health is evidenced in the generations of students
who have influenced nurse-midwifery and health care
and in the many patients she served. She has inspired
-Dean Kathleen Ann Long
founded the first nurse-midwifery program, there are more
than 300 practicing nurse midwives in Florida, and the major-
ity are alumni of the UF nurse-midwifery program.
"Dr. Hilliard did not give up on any challenge, no matter
how big or small, and thanks to her, we now have an excel-
lent nurse-midwifery program at UF," said Alice Poe, DSN,
CNM, recently retired coordinator of the nurse-midwifery
program. "Dr. Hilliard fought to establish the program, and
we are so appreciative of her drive and determination. She was
such a wonderful mentor to me and so many others."
Today UF's nurse-midwifery program is recognized as
one of the best in the state and the nation. Since its found-
ing, the program has produced hundreds of new nurse
newborn nursing. Through her work at the Reddick Clinic,
the Maternal-Infant Care project and various other ven-
tures, she improved health care for a largely underserved
population of women and infants and served as a role model
After retirement, Hilliard remained in Gainesville and
lived in the Oak Hammock Retirement Community. In 2009,
she saw a dream realized with completion of her written mem-
oir, titled "A Labor of Love," which was printed by the College
of Nursing. The book depicts, through vivid recollections
spanning her earliest days as a nursing student to retirement
from UF, the struggles and accomplishments of a very colorful
Those who wish to honor the accomplishments and memory of Dr. Hilliard may do so by making contributions
to the Dr. Mary Elizabeth Hilliard Endowed Professorship for Nurse Midwifery at the University of Florida College of Nursing.
Donations can be made online at https://www.uff.ufl.edu/OnlineGiving or by contacting Anna Harper at 352-273-6360 or
12 THE GATOR NURSE
us to continue her work."
"PAY IT FORWARD"
UF nursing alumni Neil F. McFarlane, Erik C.
Cline and Price St. Hilaire know the meaning of the
phrase "pay it forward." Their joint gift to the College
created the MSC Patriot Book Award, which provides
financial assistance to UF nursing students.
"We are very excited about this," said Cline (BSN
1994). "We are so happy to have this opportunity
to benefit students because we understand the fantas-
tic foundation that the College of Nursing provided
As military veterans, Cline, McFarlane (MSN
1999, BSN 1994) and Hilaire (BSN 1994) decided
the award would be given to a student with military
affiliation either through family, service or a strong
affirmation. The scholarship is not need-based but
will be awarded based heavily on the student's written
statement. Although the original desire was for a book
award solely, the scholarship was broadened so that the
student can use the funds as needed.
Aubrey Hall, a recent BSN graduate, was the first
to receive the scholarship, and the alumni hope to con-
tinue to help nursing students offset the cost of college.
McFarlane's wife Karen and Cline's wife Judith are also
credited with the donation.
If you would like to contribute to the MSC
Patriot Scholarship, please contact Anna Harper at
352-273-6360 or at email@example.com.
Jacksonville Campus Director Dr. Andrea Gregg with
Founding Campus Director Dr. Joanne Patray.
Alumni Mary Jane Lewitt and Elizabeth Eason with alumna
and nurse midwifery faculty member Susan Salazar.
Barrett Honored as an
Outstanding Young Alumnus
Megan Weigel Barrett (BSN 1998, MSN 2000, DNP 2009)
was recognized by the UF Alumni Association as an out-
standing young alumnus from the College of Nursing. Every
year. the Alumni Association recognizes alumni who are
35 years of age or younger and have distinguished them-
selves in their profession and community. Dr. Barrett was
a member of the first Doctor of Nursing Practice class that
graduated in Spring 2009. She has been a nurse practitioner
for Baptist Neurology in Jacksonville Beach for eight and a
half years. Dr. Barrett is a Multiple Sclerosis Certified Nurse
and is in the planning stages to create a Comprehensive MS
Center that will serve the Jacksonville Beach area.
College's Jacksonville Campus
Celebrates 30th Anniversary
The University of Florida College of Nursing's Jacksonville Campus
celebrated 30 years of nursing education at the Epping Forest Yacht Club in
Jacksonville on May 4, 2010, Many past and present UF College of Nursing
Jacksonville alumni, faculty and health care leaders were on hand to show
their support and appreciation.
The ceremony opened with remarks from Kathleen Ann Long, PhD,
RN, FAAN, Dean of the UF College of Nursing. David S. Guzick, MD,
PhD, Senior Vice President-Health Affairs and President, UF&Shands
Health System, along with Robert C. Nuss, MD, Associate Vice President
for Health Affairs-Jacksonville and Dean, UF College of Medicine-
Jacksonville, provided special remarks to honor the occasion.
Today the UF College of Nursing's Jacksonville campus offers the
same graduate programs that the Gainesville campus offers to its students.
It is also home to the College's nurse midwifery program, one of the top-
rated programs in the country. The evening's festivities also celebrated the
accomplished career of Associate Professor and Coordinator of the nurse
midwifery program, Alice Poe, DSN, CNM, ARNP, who retired after 25
distinguished years at UF.
SUMMER 2010 13
College of Nursing to Honor its
In 2010, the College of Nursing will welcome its first Grand Guard class back to campus. Grand Guard recognizes
graduates who have been graduates of UF for 50 years or longer. If you were a part of the College of Nursing's first class
and graduated in 1960, you are invited to celebrate in this year's Grand Guard festivities taking place November 4-6,
2010. The weekend includes a welcome reception, breakfast of memories, class seminar, a special lunch at the College
of Nursing, induction dinner and dance, and finally, a football game viewing party as the Gators take on Vanderbilt.
Be sure to check your mail box for more information or visit htto://www.ufalumni.ufl.edu/events/arandauard/.
We would also like to welcome back and recognize any Grand Guard alumni at our College's Reunion Weekend,
September 24 and 25. Look out for Reunion information coming soon.
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Robert Donofrio, BSN 1974, is an active vol-
unteer with the USO and the wounded warrior
program. He was one of the first nurses with
a specialty as an ARNP graduating from the
UF. Robert obtained a MSN degree in Mental
Health Counseling from Troy University in 1979
and retired from the United States Navy after
23 years as a Lieutenant Commander. Upon
leaving the military he spent several years
teaching nursing at the University of West
Florida in Pensacola prior to becoming the CEO
of Health Systems Consultants, a medical man-
Huda Abu-Saad Huijer, MSN 1975, PhD 1977,
recently received the International Journal of
Palliative Nursing Achievement Award. She
is a leading pioneer in the care and manage-
ment of paediatric palliative care. As a found-
ing member of the European Association for
Palliative Care Pediatric Taskforce, she has
been instrumental in the delivery of a strong
research and publication portfolio in the area
of life-limiting illness for children and their pain
management. She has worked for the World
Health Organization and other international
agencies to ensure the highest standards of
clinical practice, education, and research in this
complex and emotive area of care.
Mary Elizabeth "Mimi" Jenko, BSN 1978,
was selected as the 2010 Polk County Nurse of
the Year for Lakeland Regional Medical Center.
Judith R. (Dallamn) Sands, BSN 1981,
earned her Master's of Science in Leadership
(MSL) from Nova Southeastern University
in September 2009. At the present time
Judith is the Risk Management Specialist
for the Health Professions Division of Nova
Southeastern University. She would love to
reconnect with classmates (BSN 81) via
Jonathan Decker, BSN 1996, MSN 2001,
recently earned his PhD in nursing from the
University of Central Florida.
Amy Barton, PhD 1993, was recently pro-
moted to full professor at the University of
Colorado at Denver College of Nursing. She has
also received fellowship from the American
Academy of Nursing.
Gina Mannion Remington, BSN 2003, is cur-
rently working as the Senior Research Nurse
at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas,
Texas. She has been working in the neurology
field, specifically focusing on multiple sclerosis
and published her first manuscript in January
2010 in the Medical Journal, acting as the lead
author of the article "Therapeutic Advances in
Gina has also received a $100,000 grant
from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
This grant has allowed her to offer intensive
training programs for nursing professionals
from around the country to visit the cen-
ter and learn the multi-disciplinary approach
to treating multiple sclerosis and other
Chris Schreier, BSN 2008, was recently
selected as Nurse of the Year for the pediatric
wing of Shands at the University of Florida.
Alumna Receives Advocacy Award
Philanthropist and UF College of Nursing Alumna of the Year in
2009, Ann Lurie, BSN 1966, received the Research!America's
2010 Raymond and Beverly Sackler Award for Sustained
National Leadership. She was honored March 16, 2010, at the
14th Annual Research!America Advocacy Awards event at
the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC. Lurie is
president of Lurie Investments; president and treasurer of the
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Foundation; and president of Africa
Infectious Disease Village Clinics, Inc., a US-based charity.
The award recognized Lurie's exceptional contributions as
one of the nation's foremost advocates and philanthropists
for health and medical research. Dean Long and her husband,
David Solomon, were invited guests at the award celebration.
Lurie (R) receives her award
at the Research!America
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Dear Gator Nurses,
As I noted in last issue's
message, I will be soon
closing out my term as UF
College of Nursing Alumni
Council President. I can def-
initely say that it has been
a wonderful experience and
brought me so much closer
to my alma mater. As a for- BONNIE PEPPER
mer board member of the UF
Alumni Association and a parent of two UF graduates,
I have continually felt connected to UF, but it was so
meaningful to be able to represent Gator Nursing in
I will officially end my term during this year's
Reunion Weekend, and it will definitely be a bitter-
sweet moment. I will miss my time as President but
I know that I am leaving the Alumni Council in the
very capable hands of Karen Hanson, a devoted Gator
Nurse alumna from Orlando, FL.
In my time as President, I am so proud of what
we have accomplished. We have grown our Alumni
Council Book Awards program, which provides finan-
cial assistance to baccalaureate nursing students to
offset the cost of their nursing textbooks. Through the
tremendous success of our Reunion Silent Auction
(spearheaded by the wonderfully dedicated Rita Kobb,
Alumni Council member) we have been able to provide
even more support to these students.
I am also extremely proud of the tradition that our
Alumni Council has helped to build with the Pinning
Ceremony, which we sponsor and reintroduced in
2005 for BSN graduates. This year, more than 160
BSN graduates participated in our ceremony. It is truly
a "full circle" experience for those of us on the Alumni
Council who are able to pin our BSN graduates.
Finally I want to thank the College of Nursing admin-
istration, faculty and staff members who support and
assist our group in the work that we do. Truly it has
meant so much for me to see how much work and
dedication goes into ensuring the success of my alma
mater. My time as President has truly proven to me
why "It's Great to be a Gator Nurse!!"
I hope to see you at the Gator Nursing Reunion
weekend, September 24-25, 2010 in Gainesville. I may
be commencing my presidency but I will always be a
Go Gator Nurses!
SUMMER 2010 15
THE NEWSLETTER FOR THE ALUMNI OF THE OF COLLEGE OF NURSING
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
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SEPTEMBER 24-25, 2010
Relive Your Memories...
When Did You Become a Gator Nurse?
Bonnie Pepper (BSN 1980)
President, UF Nursing Alumni council
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