THE NEWSLETTER FOR THE ALUMNI OF THE UF COLLEGE OF NURSING I FALL 2010 I VOL. XII, NO. 4
A group of junior BSN students at their community clinical site-the Loften Center. As part of the new BSN curriculum, students visit sites in the community
to gain awareness of health promotion and prevention.
The New "Essentials": Re-envisioning the BSN Curriculum
Junior BSN student Candace Kuphal plays with a toddler at a day care center.
But this is no ordinary day care center. It is housed in the Loften Center, a magnet high school and home to the
ACCEPT program, which provides services for teens who are pregnant or already have children.
It is the only high school in Gainesville with day care services for students, and Candace and her fellow BSN
classmates work with the children, assessing them and engaging them in constructive play. Afterward, the nursing
students turn their attention to the moms attending class on the other side of the school, learning to assess the teens
physiological and mental health issues.
It's all part of a new way the UF College of Nursing is educating the next generation of UNIVERSITY of
nurses. Candace is one of 191 new students who are the first class in a newly revised BSN FLORIDA
curriculum that incorporates clinical learning at community sites such as the Loften Center. College of Nursing
Candace Kuphal reads a book to a little boy at the Loften Center day care for the children of teen mothers.
"We recognized that health care is
increasingly occurring in so many sites
outside of the traditional hospital, and
those types of experiences would benefit
our students as health care needs continue
to evolve," said Jodi Irving, MN, ARNP,
assistant professor and member of the
curriculum revision team.
The revision came after much work
and discussion by the College's faculty
and based on the recommendations of
the American Association of Colleges of
Nursing's Baccalaureate Essentials docu-
ment, which was updated in 2008.
Across the Lifespan
"Our curriculum will be strengthened
by this update," said Sharon Bradley, DNP,
RN, interim associate dean for academic
and student affairs and curriculum coordi-
nator during the BSN curriculum revision.
"Our faculty studied and applied recom-
mendations from the AACN Essentials and
documents from the Institute on Medicine
and the Joint Commission, among others,
to create a curriculum that responds to our
future health care environment. We want
to educate the next generation of nursing
professionals who will provide patient-
centered care and are well-positioned to
improve outcomes and impact the health
of our patients."
While the previous curriculum focused
more on pediatric, maternity, adult and
elderly health specialties, the new curricu-
lum looks across the lifespan of the patient
and the curriculum moves from simple to
high-resolution models of health care. It
also incorporates more types of clinical sites
outside of the traditional acute care setting
such as the Loften Center-a community-
Partnering for Patients
In addition, the curriculum emphasizes
areas of growing importance in health care:
Student Andrew Schmucker takes the blood pressure of a resident of the 400 Building where
Schmucker's clinical group talks to lower-income and largely underserved residents about health
promotion and awareness.
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"Today, patients are sicker and discharged more quickly so they are still sick in these
types of community settings. In Florida, especially as the baby boomers age, our
future nurses will see increasing diversity and acuity in the patient population. This
type of curriculum helps to better prepare them for that future."
Sharon Bradley, DNP, RN
genetics, informatics, evidence-based practice
and interprofessionalism. One of the learning
components is the students' participation in
the Interdisciplinary Family Health program,
where students from different health-related
college at UF form teams of three and are
assigned a client in the community. The team
assesses their clients' health care needs in
a physical, psychological and
By working together for
a year and bringing in mul-
tiple perspectives, each stu-
dent sees the contributions
of the different professions. It
was an eye-opening experience
for Stephanie Dyal, a nursing
junior who is partnered with
a medical and pharmacy stu-
dent in the IFH program.
"It was interesting to see
how each of us approached
our patient's health care needs
through a completely dif-
ferent lens and with unique
strategies," Dyal said. "Rather
than be counterproductive, it
proved to be quite helpful
and informative to learn and
understand from my peer on
health care issues and ques- Lunise Benj,
tions I hadn't thought about.
I think we all felt the same way, and it just
enhanced the patient experience."
The nursing curriculum has always
emphasized health promotion and preven-
tion, but the new curriculum emphasizes
health promotion at the very beginning of
their nursing education, especially at the
Gradually the students move to set-
tings where more complex care is delivered.
Typical areas of nursing practice will be inte-
grated throughout the curriculum so that
students see patients at various stages in their
lives with varying degrees of health issues.
As a result, students have a full-circle
experience. They can see how the health
promotion efforts they learned about and
administered early in their curriculum can
do much to prevent the serious illness they
amin plays with some of the day care center children.
encounter in patients at the end of their
"Today, patients have more chronic
health problems, are more vulnerable, and
are discharged more quickly to the home
and to community settings requiring greater
attention to the coordination of care,"
Bradley said. "In Florida especially as the
baby boomers age, our future nurses will see
an increasingly older adult population with
greater diversity and cultural variation. This
type of curriculum helps to prepare them for
Another unique aspect of the curricu-
lum is that faculty members are team-teach-
ing courses, which provides students with
additional exposure to different disciplines.
All of the accelerated and generic BSN stu-
dents are divided into six teams with four
faculty members assigned to each. Each team
has faculty members representing each of
the three departments and varying
People in Your Neighborhood
Faculty members also utilize
an innovative learning tool called
"The Neighborhood," which is
a virtual community specifically
designed to enhance nursing edu-
U I cation by featuring 11 households
and community agencies. The stu-
S dents are able to interact with
the households which contain 40
featured characters, representing
individuals from various cultural
groups across the age, health-illness
and socioeconomic spectrums.
"We tie what the students
may be learning in their didactic
classes to the situations in these
households," said Crystal Martz,
MSN, RN, clinical assistant pro-
fessor in community health nurs-
ing. "In weekly seminars, we then
discuss these health-related issues and ask the
students to apply their knowledge to various
health scenarios. The students have really
responded to this."
Faculty members and students have
reacted positively to the overall curriculum
change, Bradley said.
"We have had positive feedback from
both faculty and students thus far," Bradley
said. "Change is never easy but often neces-
sary. But if you have a high caliber of stu-
dents and faculty, you always get better than
what you expected."
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S TO SAY THANK YOU VERY MUCH."
These simple words were painstakingly pieced together and writ-
ten on a folded piece of paper by a Maasai man in rural southeastern
Kenya. The man-not fluent in English-had managed to find a
way to impart this simple message in order to thank those who work
at the Africa Infectious Disease (AID) Village Clinics. The Clinics
are a US-based charity that provides medical care and education to
roughly 100,000 Maasai people. At the helm of this venture is UF
nursing alumna Ann Lurie, a global philanthropist and president of
Si AID Village Clinics.
v i In 2009, Lurie received an honorary doctorate in public ser-
Cvice from UF and was named the UF College of Nursing Alumna
of the Year. Upon reconnecting with UF and the College, Lurie
offered UF nursing Dean Kathleen Long and
Clinical Assistant Professor Sally Bethart a
unique opportunity to visit the AID Clinic in
Kenya and witness firsthand the incredible work
being done to improve the health and quality of
life for rural village communities in Africa by
providing timely and accurate disease diagnosis,
treatment, prevention, and health education.
Long and Bethart traveled to Kenya in
September. Long stayed for 10 days, and Bethart
will be there through mid-December, assessing
infection control measures at the Clinics and
working closely with Lurie and the nursing and
.* health care staff in establishing protocols.
Lurie's background in nursing and health
i care has inspired and guided her philanthropy,
which focuses on empowering communities and
insuring real world results. In 2002, Lurie and
Top: Clinical Assistant Professor Kenyan medical staff began with a trailer outfitted with a laboratory, examination room and toilet
Sally Bethart, UF nursing alumna facilities, eventually establishing a fixed-base compound where AID Village Clinics was born. In
Ann Lurie and Dean Kathleen Ann
Long stand in front of the AID the past six years, AID Village Clinics has continued its mobile outreach and created a fixed-base
Village Clinic in Kenya. compound of 22 buildings, including laboratory facilities, a dispensing pharmacy, inpatient facili-
Bottom: Some of AID Village ties for seriously ill patients, and a voluntary counseling and testing center for HIV.
Clinic's "neighbors." To provide a glimpse of the experience Long and Bethart shared at the AID Village Clinics,
here is Dean Long's recount of a day in Kenya, which was sent to nursing faculty.
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shipping containers to look for baby bassinets. The opening involved a lot ofpushing,
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were SECURELY closed, partly by rusted latches. Sally, Ann and I had our strength
tested. After much searching, we found the bassinets-in various boxes in the second
shipping container, a bit ofa challenge in the dark. We then carried them in various
pieces and multiple trips across the compound, washed them, assembled them and
put the newly admitted, tiny, premature infants in them. We bundled them with
blankets and got a little blowing heater going. We were tired.
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Nursing Professor Teaches,
Touches Lives in Poor Country
by Shayna Brouker
T e little Vietnamese boy in the yellow shirt was not born
ithe harsh environment of a Cambodian prison but
arrived with his mother when she was arrested for drug traf-
ficking. Just 5, he was thrown into a world of violence and
fear. But for just a few minutes, he is enveloped in the grace
and bright smile of a tall American woman as she balances
his feet on hers, grasping his small hands in a playful dance.
The Vietnamese boy is a "prison child," just one of the many
young charges touched by Karen Reed, DHSc, MSN, RN, a
Clinical Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing, during her
third trip to Cambodia this summer. She visited in 2005 and 2007
to learn about the country and teach nurses about rehabilitation.
When she had the oppor-
I tunity to return this summer,
she jumped at the chance. This
4 time, her mission was to teach
law Cambodian undergraduate nurs-
ing students. For six weeks, she
Battled extreme heat, daunting
d language barriers and a lack of
u fundamental understanding to
instruct her "hatchlings" on
everything from metabolism to
Reed's dynamic teach-
ing techniques were a refresh-
ing change from the traditional
style of teaching in Cambodia:
Faculty sit at a desk and read
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contain obsolete information
due to their own insufficient
Instead, she used team proj-
ects, relay races, flashcards and
colored pencils to rouse all the
senses, enhance understanding
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Cambodian nursing students and (bottom) riers. For many of the terms
while visiting patients in the community, she taught, there is no Khmai
(Cambodian language) equivalent.
"I was constantly having to filter their responses: Are they
understanding, not understanding, how do I make them under-
stand?" she said. "So I used stories. Cambodians love stories. They
will sit for hours to listen to a good story."
She also had to come up with examples that translated with-
out words, like using a light switch to explain how the thyroid
gland switches metabolism on and off.
On top of the language barrier, she taught her students a basic
understanding of anatomy and physiology as well as biology,
pathology, pharmacy and nursing.
And then, of course, there was the heat.
"I never knew I could produce that much sweat. I'm teach-
ing endocrine and fluid and electrolytes, and there would be a
disease where profuse perspiration was one of the symptoms, and
the students would go, 'Dr. Karen, do you have this disease?"' she
recalled, laughing. "No, I'm just 52 and menopausal. That's the
Despite the difficulties, Reed is committed to educating her
"hatchlings" on nursing management of diseases, collaboration
with pharmacists and physicians and the role of the nurse as a
patient advocate. Such concepts are alien in Cambodia, which
lacks an accredited nursing program as well as transplants,
outpatient dialysis and MRIs. Patients receive treatment primarily
from no-cost missionary and church-run hospitals.
On weekends, Reed traveled to these remote health-care
havens to offer her expert care. In addition to the rampant mal-
nutrition and lack of dental care she witnessed, she is especially
concerned with caring for Cambodia's elderly. The Khmer Rouge
genocide during the 1970s nearly decimated a generation. Among
the almost 15 million people in Cambodia, fewer than 50,000 are
She plans to return next year to witness her students' progress
in nursing school.
"They're some of the bravest people I know because of the
personal sacrifices they make over a long period of time," Reed
said. "Who am I to hold back and not give freely of my knowledge,
my time and my talent? Failure to do so is to fail an entire country.
And I'm just not willing to let them down."
Reed kept a detailed blog of her experience. Visit www.cambodianrn.wordpress.com.
6 THE GATOR NURSE
Changing Leadership in
the College of Nursing
Academic and Student Affairs
The College is pleased to wel-
come new members of its admin-
istrative team. After studying the
complex position of the Associate
Dean for Academic and Student
Affairs and gathering input, Dean
Long decided to alter the leadership
positions in the office to give more
focus on both academic affairs and
S student affairs. In November, Jean
Ballantyne, PhD, RN, will be the
new Associate Dean for Academic
Affairs and Sharon Bradley, DNP,
RN, will be the new Assistant Dean
for Student Affairs. Dr. Bradley has
Served as Interim Associate Dean
for Academic and Student Affairs
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Dr. Ballantyne previously served as Director of the
University ofAlaska-Anchorage's School of Nursing and
Campus Director of Montana State University's Billings
Dr. Bradley has been at the College of Nursing
since 2000. Prior to being named the Interim Associate
Dean, she served as the College's curriculum coordina-
tor and served on the faculty team to revise the College's
BSN curriculum. College of Nursing Associate Dean for
Academic and Student Affairs Karen Miles, EdD, RN,
retired in May after four years of service to the College.
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GATOR NURSING STUDENTS:
Working Hard to Achieve their Dreams
For Anastasia Albanese-O'Neill, a promise she made to her 6-year-old
Anastasia Albanese O'Neill daughter is what brought her to pursue a career in nursing. Albanese-
O'Neill's daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 16
BSN to PhD Student months.
"My husband and I have always told our daughter that we have to
do more than simply 'hope for a cure.' We have to engage in the process
of contributing to its discovery whether that's through raising money,
awareness, or participating in research."
After years in marketing and public affairs, Albanese-O'Neill enrolled
in the UF accelerated BSN program and received her BSN degree in 2008.
She learned to greatly admire the extraordinary and critical role nurses play
in our health care system.
After graduation, it seemed Albanese-O'Neill would fulfill her promise
when she was hired in her current position as Director of the UF nPOD
diabetes project, a collaborative type 1 diabetes research effort headed by
College of Medicine Eminent Scholar Chair Mark Atkinson, that seeks to
better understand the causes of diabetes in humans and ultimately find a
cure for the disease. In addition to acting as the Director for nPOD, she also
serves as a diabetes nurse educator in the pediatric diabetes clinics.
But it wasn't enough. Albanese-O'Neill couldn't stop thinking about all
of the possible ways to improve the lives of children who live with diabetes
and the family members who care for them. So she enrolled in the College's
BSN to PhD program to ultimately conduct her own research and contribute
to the field.
"I believe that we can better leverage technology to improve both
diabetes education and diabetes management, and some of those improve-
ments will come from best practices in nursing," Albanese-O'Neill said.
"I also believe that nursing research can complement the extraordinary
ianese-O'Neill with her daughter, Cassidy and son, efforts already underway at the UF Diabetes Center and engage more people
ckson at one of their favorite places, "The Swamp." in research and progress toward a cure."
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Gator Nursing students are extraordinary at all levels. We are highlighting two students in their first semes-
ters of their respective programs. Anastasia Albanese-O'Neill was an Accelerated BSN student who is now
beginning the accelerated BSN to PhD program, and Carolyn Mollo is in her first semester of the BSN to DNP
program, in the acute care nursing track. Both are passionate about nursing and improving patient's lives.
Carolyn Mollo says she has the best of both worlds.
After graduating from Florida Atlantic University with
her Bachelor's degree in nursing in May, she came to
Gainesville to pursue her Doctor of Nursing Practice
(DNP) degree at the University of Florida and begin a
new position as staff nurse in the Shands at UF OR. As
someone who aspires to be an advanced practice nurse in
acute care, being around both expert faculty members and
high-level clinical staff is a perfect experience.
"I am learning from the best and with the best,"
Mollo didn't always know nursing would be her
career path. When Mollo's grandmother was in hospice
care in Rhode Island, she saw the impact that one kind
nurse could have on a patient. Mollo began reflecting on
her own positive experiences with nurses and realized that
becoming a nurse was her calling.
Mollo was named her community's Nursing Student
of the Year by Palm Healthcare Foundation's 2010 Nursing
Distinction Awards Ceremony and is on the Executive
Board of the Florida Nursing Student Association.
"Attaining my DNP will allow me to stay true to who
I am as a nurse while giving me the opportunity to impact
the way that care is delivered in acute care settings," Mollo
said. "I feel that this degree helps to elevate our nursing
Mollo is "on the job" in the Shands at the University of Florida
operating room, where she works as a nurse while obtaining her
Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from UF
UF Official Host of 25th Anniversary SNRS Conference in Jacksonville
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2010 marks the 25th anniversary of the Southern Nursing Research Society, and they will
commemorate that milestone at their annual conference in Jacksonville in February. The UF College
of Nursing will act as the official host for this event. Nurse researchers, faculty and deans from
schools of nursing, graduate nursing students (MSN, DNP, and PhD), and clinical experts from
across the Southeast, are among those who attend this event. Both SNRS and UF are planning an
exciting and informative conference with worthwhile educational experiences and festive celebra-
tion of the SNRS 25th anniversary.
The conference will take place February 16-19, 2011, at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville
Riverfront. We encourage all UF alumni and friends who are interested in this event to register and show
your support as Gator Nurses! For more information, visit http://www.snrs.org/.
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Tai Chi Can Alleviate Osteoarthritis Symptoms
f forms of exercise were given awards, consider Tai Chi
for "best all-around." In addition to its known health ben-
efits including physical fitness, cardiovascular health and
improving symptoms of diabetes, it can also improve muscle
strength and bone mineral density, and decrease the fear of fall-
ing, according to a recent University of Florida study.
In a study of older women with osteoarthritis, those who
participated in a supervised Tai Chi exercise program once a
week for six months significantly improved their bone muscle
density and muscle strength and decreased their fear of fall-
ing. All of these improvements combined can help to increase
independence for older adults and reduce the risk of disability,
"A loss in bone density and strength puts people at risk
of fractures, which can lead to loss of independence and dis-
"Research on Tai Chi is rapidly expanding,
its health benefits is also increasing." Beve
ability," said Beverly Roberts, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Annabel
Davis Jenks endowed professor at the University of Florida
College of Nursing. "Tai Chi appears to have a similar affect
on bone density as other exercises but it is more accessible and
attractive to older adults, making it easier for them to stick to
this exercise routine."
Her research, with Rhayun Song, PhD, RN, of Chungham
National University, which studied older Korean residents, was
featured in a recent issue of The Journal of Alternative and
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art and mostly per-
formed now for its health benefits. This low impact exercise
uses slow, coordinated flowing movements and combines these
with breathing, imagery and relaxation.
Osteoarthritis, which affects nearly 27 million Americans,
involves the degradation of joints and is accompanied by pain
and tenderness. It typically causes a decrease in movement,
which may lead to muscle atrophy and bone breakage. Risk fac-
tors include genetic, metabolic, developmental and mechanical
Eighty-two subjects, mostly Korean females, participated
in the study. Half of this group participated in a 3-week
supervised training period three times a week and then for the
remainder of the six months attended a supervised training
session once a week. The other half served as a control group.
Those who completed the sessions had significantly
improved bone density, muscle strength and a decreased
fear of falling. Comparatively, the
control group actually showed
and the diversity of decreased bone density and no
rly Roberts, PhD, RN, FAAN improvements in muscle strength
and fear of falling.
"Not only did this study
show improvements in muscle strength and bone density,
both very important for older adults with osteoarthritis, it
also decreased a fear of falling-a fear that can be crippling
to those for which independence means so much," Roberts
said. "Further, the greater the fear of falling the more likely
older adults will become sedentary that increases the risk of
Roberts says future studies should include a larger sample
sizes and extend the training period for at least a year to be able
to monitor long-term progress in bone density.
"Research on Tai Chi is rapidly expanding, and the diver-
sity of its health benefits is also increasing," Roberts said.
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Gator Nurses and Friends...Always
For Mary Kay Habgood and Nancy Cross Hamilton, being Gator Nurses is a part
of their identities and friendship. Friends for more than 35 years, they have shared family
memories, nursing experiences and their love of all things orange and blue. Avid Gator
fans, they are also passionately supportive of their alma mater and are frequently in atten-
dance at College of Nursing events and conferences.
They also share their passion in supporting the College. Both, along with their hus-
bands, have given charitable remainder trusts to the College of Nursing to benefit faculty
and student support. A charitable remainder trust allows the donor and their beneficiaries
to receive a guaranteed income, fixed or variable, from their gift.
For Habgood and Cross Hamilton, being Gators and Gator Nurses means giving
back. We asked them to talk about their experiences as friends, Gator Nurses, and proud
alumni and supporters of the College.
Tell me about how you met each other and
how long you have been friends.
Habgood: I met Nancy when she was a
staff nurse and I was a student in pediatric
nursing. This was my first clinical course
and she was very helpful in showing a new
student the ins and outs of caring for very
critically ill children. We met again when
we both taught at St. Petersburg College.
Cross Hamilton: I must admit that I
am honored that Mary Kay remembers
me from the "7th Floor" at Shands. As
she mentioned, our next connection was
our mutual employment at St. Petersburg
College. I had been teaching there a few
years before she arrived and it was wonder-
ful to have a Gator Nurse colleague.
What part has the "Gator Nursing"
bond played in your friendship?
Habgood: Both of our children, Kenneth
and Richard, graduated from UF. During
the years that Nancy's daughter Pam and
our boys attended, we enjoyed football
weekends and reconnected with Gator
Cross Hamilton: Gator Nursing gave
us a common ground and a shared back-
ground of experiences. Both of our hus-
bands were Gator grads.
I must also mention that the support
and kindness of both Mary Kay and John
during the long illness and death of my
husband, Bill Cross, will never be forgot-
ten or undervalued.
When Jerry and I were married in
2002, the Habgoods went on our honey-
moon. Jerry is so supportive of everything
that I have accomplished since our mar-
riage, and he and John are great friends.
Why did you make the decision to be
connected and give back? Would you
encourage others to do so?
Habgood: John and I decided to give
back to both the colleges of Nursing
and Business in part to honor the educa-
tion that we received, and to give other
students the opportunity to attend with
scholarship help. We feel a responsibility
to make the future better for those that
Cross Hamilton: When I entered the
University of Florida in the fall of 1960, I
came with an annual scholarship that my
mother's employer provided for lower-
income families. I never could have
received the education that I did without
the generosity of others.
After the death of my husband it
became financially necessary to consider
a donation of philanthropy. Dan Ott at
the UF Foundation provided knowledge
and kindness in guiding me to creating
a charitable remainder trust. It was only
natural and gratifying to give to the
College of Nursing in my late husband's
memory. I have been involved since
1993 with the Dean's Advisory Board
and have felt pride in learning about
Why is it important to stay connected to
your alma mater and nursing college?
Habgood: In addition to the social ben-
efits of staying connected with the univer-
sity, it has been a great help with John's
medical problem during the past year. He
was treated with expert care, respect and
caring during our numerous visits. UF
truly sets the standard for the way health
care should be delivered.
Cross Hamilton: Staying connected has
increased my social awareness of the great
things that are being accomplished at UF.
I embrace Dean Dorothy Smith's plan to
incorporate the students of nursing into
the larger population of the university. It
has been important to keep in touch and
connected to the College to be able to fol-
low the paths that nursing is taking. I have
benefitted greatly by the seminars and
presentations which have been available.
It is with pride that I attend these func-
tions and see the direction that nursing is
going. We have such outstanding gradu-
ates. Their stories inspire me.
What benefits does being
philanthropic add to your lives?
Habgood: Philanthropy benefits our
feeling of contributing to something
larger than ourselves and is an oppor-
tunity to "pay it forward" in return
for all of the ways others in our lives
have shared their expertise and sup-
port. From a financial standpoint, the
tax advantages presented by Dan Ott in
the foundation office proved a powerful
incentive for giving.
Cross Hamilton: I concur with Mary
Kay's statement. Philanthropy has broad-
ened my life's experiences. It has provided
me with new friendships, new opportuni-
ties and a tremendous feeling of gratitude
that I am able in a small way to help others
financially to become Gator Nurses. My
donation of time and financial support
has been far more fulfilling and enrich-
ing than I had ever expected.
If you would like more information on ways to give to the UF College of Nursing,
including the benefits of charitable remainder trusts, please contact Anna Harper at 352-273-6360.
FALL 2010 11
Gator Nurses Come Back to Campus for
Annual Reunion Weekend
More than 300 Gator Nurses. family and friends came back to the College for
the annual Reunion Weekend September 24-25. 2010. Alumni interacted with
each other and remiinisced about "wvhn they became a Gator Nurse" while eating
delicious food. bidding on an array of merchandise at the silent auction and ending
the day with a Gator victory over the Kentucky Wildcats, 48-14.
The silent auction raised a record $4.000. This year's autographed Tii Tebow
Broncos mini helmet opened a slight bidding war and eventually went home with
Chuck Geiger. husband of Barbee Geiger. BSN 1974. with a winning bid of $410!
Guests enjoyed face painting, and a caricaturist and interacted with Alberta.
This year the Alumni Council awarded 15 students $300 book award scholarships.
and they were recognized for their accomplishments at the tailgate celebration.
(Clockwise from pg 12): Max Geiger-Mizis gets a hug from Alberta; Kathleen Wright (BSN 1975) and husband John; Professor Jodi Irving and Linnea
Schramm (BSN 1984, MSN 1987); Jo Snider and Margee Leturno (BSN 1993); a Gator Nurse family enjoys Reunion; Sandra Seymour (MSN 1969),
Jodi Irving, Rose Nealis (BSN 1971, MSN 1972), Jo Snider, Dee Goff (BSN 1971) and Christine Miller (BSN 1971); (L) Incoming Alumni Council
president Karen Hanson (BSN 1966, MSN 1986) and Dean Long present outgoing president Bonnie Pepper (BSN 1980) with a plaque for her service.
12 THE GATOR NURSE
Calling All Alumni:
BE A CLASS REP!
The UF College of Nursing Alumni Affairs Office is looking for class
representatives! Class representatives make the UF College of
Nursing more accessible to alumni, help to build relationships among
alumni, faculty and students. Currently, there are more than 8,000
Gator Nurse Alumni. As a class representative, you'll help us keep in
touch with our alumni as well as:
* Serve as a liaison between the College and your classmates.
* Reconnect your former classmates
* Help gather information for the Alumni News section of The
Communicate with classmates regarding Reunion and other
upcoming alumni activities.
Encourage classmates to become inspired with a Class Gift.
Here is the current list of class representatives. We welcome
multiple representatives for class years so if you would like to
serve, please join us! We also welcome those who are interested in
serving as a class representative for different programs (BSN, MSN,
PhD or DNP).
* 1961 Peggy Fernandez, BSN
* 1965 Carole Patterson, BSN
Dodie Ellis ,BSN
* 1966 Carol Bogan-Steiner, BSN
Selen Lauterbach, MSN
* 1967 Ann Smith, MSN
* 1968 Carole Patterson, MSN
* 1969 Sandra Seymour, MSN
* 1970 Donna Johnson (Lerch), BSN
* 1971 Rose Nealis, BSN
* 1972 Rose Nealis, MSN
* 1974 Maryse Parrino, BSN
* 1976 Kim Curry, BSN
* 1977 Rosalyn Reischman, MSN
* 1978 Charlotte Spellacy, BSN
* 1979 Maria Verma, BSN
* 1980 Jean Melby, BSN
Doreen Thayer-Licitra, BSN
* 1981 Sheryl Curtis, BSN
* 1983 Sabrina Smith, BSN
* 1985 Bruce Williams, BSN
* 1987 Faye Medley, MSN
* 1988 Shari Nederhoff, BSN
Julie Fisher, BSN
* 1989 Shirley Berkstresser, BSN
* 1990 Melinda Morrison, BSN
* 1993 Cary Carter, BSN
* 1996 Allison McAlhany, BSN
* 1996 Debra Pusateri, MSN
* 1998 Beverly Childress, BSN
* 1998 Allison Mcalhany, MSN
* 2003 Jessica Sherman, BSN
* 2004 Brittney Stover, BSN
* 2005 Lindsay Sherrill, BSN
* 2006 Lauren Cook, BSN
Cassidy Bell, BSN
* 2007 Jessica Wild, BSN
* 2008 Amy Chu, BSN
If interested in being a representative for your class year, please
contact Lindsey Stevens at Imstevens@ufl.edu, or 352-273-6395.
FALL 2010 13
Clinefelter Gives Back to Her Alma Mater
UF nursing alumna Kathryn Clinefelter greatly understands consultation and
the value of her nursing degree so it was not difficult for her to care evaluation
decide to give back to the College. Clinefelter and husband Lee services in man-
donated a piece of land they owned in Archer, Florida to the aged care. Apart
College of Nursing to benefit education, research and practice from that, she also
initiatives, manages special
Clinefelter received her BSN in 1972 and MSN in 1977, projects for the
both from UF. She and her husband owned a piece of property Texas Medicaid Lee and Nancy Clinefelter
in Archer where Lee's cabinet shop once stood. After he retired, and Children's Health External Quality Review Organization.
they had retained the property as a commercial rental. When it Proceeds from the endowment will be used at the Dean's
came time to decide to whom they should donate the property, it discretion in support of the Dorothy M. Smith Endowed Chair
took the Clinefelters less than 24 hours to decide on the College and activities of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida Center for
of Nursing. Health Care Access, Patient Safety and Quality Outcomes at the
"My reasons for choosing the College are founded in my rec- University of Florida as well as support of teaching, research, and
ognition and appreciation that the education I received there not programs associated with patient care at the Archer Family Health
only prepared me to provide excellent clinical care but also gave me Care Practice.
the skills to pursue my eventual passion-leading others to provide "As someone who was a student when Dorothy Smith was
high quality patient care," said Clinefelter, also a member of the UF dean, I think her approaches for clinical and evidence-based excel-
Nursing Alumni Council. lence, linking education and practice, and educating nurses as fully-
The Kathy and Lee Clinefelter Patient Care Quality and contributing members of the health care team, are vital in educating
Access Endowment Fund was established in grateful recognition of nurses who enter the work force ready to not only provide excellent
Kathy and Lee's strong affirmation and generosity for the College patient care but also to improve quality and safety for patients,"
of Nursing. Clinefelter said.
Clinefelter's career includes work in obstetrics, nursing educa- If you are interested in contributing to this endowment or would
tion and nursing quality. She currently serves as sole proprietor for like information on how you can give back to the College, please contact
her own company-Innovation in Healthcare Quality. She provides Anna Harper at 352-273-6360 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Have You Left the College of Nursing in Your Estate Plan?
Did you know if you document your intended estate plan, the College can recognize you now through the UF Bequest Society?
Over the years, many UF alumni and friends have remem-
bered the College of Nursing in their estate plans. In recognition
of such commitments to the College, those supporters who docu-
ment a specific or residual bequest provision of at least $10,000
will be recognized through the UF Bequest Society.
To be recognized in the Bequest Society, simply provide the
UF College of Nursing with either a copy of the specific provision
that reflects your estate commitment for the benefit of the College,
or complete a bequest society form.I
Bequests may be designated for the unrestricted use of the _
College or for a specific purpose of your choice. Those who w'f
are interested can discuss areas of interest to support with Dean
Kathleen Long and Director of Development Anna Harper, and
they can update you on the needs of the College.
In addition, a bequest gift of $30,000 or more may be desig-
nated to create an endowed fund in memory or honor of a loved one or to carry your own name. The annual spendable income from
the endowed fund, as defined by UF Foundation policy, provides perpetual recognition for the person or persons named.
If interested in obtaining a bequest society form or exploring planned giving options for the UF College of Nursing,
please contact Anna Harper at email@example.com or 352-273-6360.
14 THE GATOR NURSE
I mm O CMMONOp-
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Sandra Dunbar, BSN 1973, a nationally rec-
ognized nurse scientist and educator, has been
chosen to serve as the Associate Dean for
Academic Advancement at Emory University's
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing.
In this new position, she will enhance teach-
ing, scholarship and service by creating an
infrastructure to support the development of
academic leaders within the School of Nursing.
Dr. Dunbar has been a pioneer in cardiovascu-
lar disease nursing research. She is currently
leading three National Institutes of Health (NIH)
studies that are focused on reducing caregiver
stress and enhancing the quality of life among
heart failure patients with diabetes. Her most
recent honors include the 2010 Outstanding
Nurse Scientist Award from the Council for
the Advancement of Nursing Science; the
2010 Distinguished Researcher Award from
the Southern Nursing Research Society; an
American Heart Association Best Abstract
Award; the American Association of Critical-
Care Nurses Distinguished Research Award;
the Emory School of Medicine's One in One
Hundred Mentor Award for postdoctoral men-
torship; and the Georgia Nurse Researcher of
the Year Award.
Melody Corso, BSN 1999, earned her MSN in
nursing education from Florida State University
in December 2009. She was also inducted
into Sigma Theta Tau her last semester there.
Melody has been teaching in a practical nurs-
ing program in Lake City at Florida Gateway
College (most recently Lake City Community
College) since 2004. Melody has also been
the Coordinator of the PN program for the past
Jennifer Vedral-Baron, MSN 1996, was
installed as the 73rd Commanding Officer of
the Pensacola Navy Hospital in the 184th year
since its conception. Vedral-Brown, a Navy
Nurse Corps officer, came to Pensacola from
duty as the Executive Officer of Naval Hospital
Jacksonville. She began her Navy nursing
career as a staff nurse at Naval Hospital Long
Beach, Calif., and was selected to receive
the "Commanding Officer's Award for General
Excellence" as a newly promoted Lieutenant
Junior Grade. In 1990-93, she was assigned
to NH Jacksonville's Intensive Care Unit. Capt.
Vedral-Baron achieved Critical Care Nurse
Certification (CCRN). Her awards include the
Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal
(two awards), Navy Commendation Medal
(four) and Navy Achievement Medal (five).
Melanie Strickland, BSN 2003, graduated in
June with her master's degree as a women's
health nurse practitioner from the University of
Cincinnati in Ohio.
Joseph G. Kelly, MSN 2007, was named Best
Nurse Practitioner in the Air Force for 2009. He
returned from Afghanistan in August 2009 after
almost seven months there and is currently in
Tampa with U.S. Central Command.
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Hello Gator Nurses! N
As this is my first offi-
cial President's Message, I
wanted to say how happy
and proud I am to be able
to represent the UF Nursing
Alumni Council for the next
two years. This group is
remarkable-incredibly dedicated and passionate
about Gator Nursing. I hope more of you consider
becoming involved with the Alumni Council or serv-
ing as a class representative. Reconnecting with
Gator Nursing has been one of the best things I have
done in recent years.
Fall has been busy as always for Gator Nursing.
Of course we held our annual Reunion Weekend
in September when the Gators took on Kentucky.
This event continues to get bigger and better as
the years pass. This year, we had more than 300
people register for the Tailgate event and about 70
for our Friday evening reception. Both events were
fun and festive. We also had great CEU presenta-
tions with an internationalglobal nursing focus that
Thanks to all of you who attended these events.
I hope you enjoyed the great food and atmosphere.
I am also so proud to announce that we raised
a record $4,000 from our Silent Auction, which
benefits the Alumni Council Book Awards. Because
of the extreme success of the 2009 Silent Auction,
we were able to give Book Awards to 15 incoming
BSN students who use this to offset the rising cost
All of us on the Alumni Council who reviewed
the more than 70 applications were so impressed
by the achievements, maturity and passion exhib-
ited by all of the applicants. It was very difficult
to narrow down the group to only 15 recipients.
This is yet another example of how Alumni Council
members are able to stay connected to the future of
Gator Nursing and make a real impact on students'
I am looking forward to the next two years of my
presidential term and hope to welcome even more
of you on our Council. Go Gator Nurses!
- Karen Hanson, BSN 1966, MSN 1986
FALL 2010 15
Susan Spitzer Lazar, BSN 1981. Lazar passed away from advanced Ovarian Cancer on
September 17, 2010 after a 27 month battle. She is survived by her husband Jerry of 24
years and her daughter, Andrea (Andi). She will be missed.
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