S"tacy Cervantes, ARNP-C
Stacey Cervantes, MSN, ARNP stands in front of the wall bearing her patients' hand and footprints. Cervantes owns
Magnolia Pediatric Health Care, a successful private practice in Lake City, Fla.
"I absolutely loved being a nurse but became very frustrated being an employee."
Fifty years ago, statements like the one uttered above by Stacey Turner Cervantes
(BSN 1992, MSN 1995), a Gator Nurse graduate, might have led to more career
frustration and burnout. Instead, Cervantes left her position as a nurse practitioner
in another private practice and chose to open her own pediatric practice in Lake City.
In the first week, 98 patients followed.
Cervantes is not alone among Gator Nurse graduates. The health care industry
today offers clinical nurses many opportunities to combine their passion for
helping others and their interest in business administration to successfully pursue
entrepreneurial careers. It also allows nurses to manage their own future career paths
and fill a need in health care that they have identified firsthand. continued on page 2
Nursing Researcher Finds
that Social Factors Top
Race as Predictor of
Pain, Disability 7
College Launches state's
First BSN to DNP Program 8
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Alumna Amy Spangler (MSN 1976) is shown with a mother and her child. Spangler is a well-known expert on breastfeeding whose company,
Amy's Babies, provides breastfeeding educational materials internationally.
"There are so many
there to deliver
care other than in
a traditional clinical
setting. Learn to look
around and create
your own niche."
Amy Spangler (MSN 1976)
Whether it is Amy Spangler's passion to provide breastfeeding educa-
tion to expectant parents or Carr Scott's dedication to developing
software for improving the quality and efficiency of emergency
departments, many Gator Nurses are embarking on a journey far
different from the "typical" nurse.
Finding Their Niche
Nurses know how to conduct an assessment from all angles using the nurs-
ing process. They can walk into a patient's room and immediately see what needs
attention. It's a fairly automatic response for most. All of these entrepreneurs were
previously alert to opportunities; they found their niche and moved into it.
For Cervantes, it was providing patient-centered care to children. After work-
ing for years in the emergency department as a staff nurse at Lake Shore Hospital,
she worked with many physicians' assistants and originally wanted to go back to
school and become a PA. After visiting the College of Nursing and learning the role
that nurse practitioners played, she changed her mind. Once having obtained her
BSN and MSN as a pediatric nurse practitioner, Cervantes then worked at several
pediatric practices and medical centers.
However, she wanted to provide care with a stronger nursing model. In
January of 2008, she opened Magnolia Pediatrics, a 3,500-square-foot medical
office. Cervantes' practice did not come without its share of challenges including
finding a quality supervising physician and convincing banks to give "just a nurse
money to start a medical office.
Since then, rewards have surpassed the challenges as Cervantes has been able
to fulfill her dream of combining clinical knowledge, a passion for pediatric nurs-
ing and being her own boss. Currently, more than 1,000 patients have chosen
Magnolia Pediatrics in the 11 months it has been open. Cervantes accomplishes
this with a three-person staff, herself included. Future plans include bringing on
a family nurse practitioner to expand services. But as a nurse, the biggest reward
comes from helping her patients.
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"I really feel that patients benefit from care rendered by
nurse practitioners and actually are beginning to prefer the care
we provide. In general we are excellent teachers of health care
practices, explain diagnosis and treatment plans more effectively
and tend to assess the family as a whole and not just treat the
particular issue at hand," Cervantes said.
For Carr Scott (BSN 1996), nursing education provided him
not only experience with patient care but the ability to use rea-
son and logic to solve problems. Scott is now a partner of The
Poseidon Group, an Atlanta-based company that employs their
Web-based clinical information systems to address the documen-
tation and workflow problems of health care organization emer-
gency departments and urgent care centers through Web-based
clinical information systems.
"The curriculum at the College of Nursing is based on criti-
cal thinking and problem solving. These two skills have helped
me to start and maintain a successful business," Scott said.
After receiving his BSN degree in 1996, Scott worked for
two plus years as a staff nurse at Shands at AGH. During his
years at AGH, he began to see the need for an improved clinical
In 1998, Scott moved to Atlanta where he started The
Poseidon Group with Emergency Department physician, Jeffrey
Oyler. The systems created by Scott's company are used by
nurses, physicians and ancillary staff in an effort to make the
documentation of patient information in emergency departments
more efficient and precise.
The company's market has expanded through the years and
continues to grow. Scott hopes that his company's products will
help to solve the problems of ER patient records and work flow
issues in emergency departments across the nation.
Like Carr Scott, Anicia Biglow (MSN 1976) realized her clini-
cal skills and commitment to patient care would help her develop
a company that would fill this gap. She identified a need for more
intensive home health psychiatric services for patients.
Biglow went to UF to obtain her MN in psychiatric/men-
tal health nursing and worked as a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse
Specialist at Shands at AGH. Later, she moved to Atlanta
where she became Director of Nursing at a private psychiatric
facility for 11 years. It was during that inpatient experience
that she saw an untapped market in intensive quality home-
bound psychiatric care for mentally ill patients with repetitive
In 1991, Biglow launched HUG (Help Us Grow), Inc., a
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner/CNS agency that
provides homebound psychiatric care to mentally ill patients.
HUG, Inc. contracts with home health agencies, managed care
companies, HMO's, and hospitals.
"I launched the company to help deal with the issues of frag-
mented health care," Biglow said. "I interviewed doctors, nurses
administrators, families, communities mental health staff, busi-
ness and insurance staff to find what was needed and discovered
home health care was an untapped market."
HUG, Inc. has grown over the past 18 years and has
employed over 20 Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners/Clinical
Nurse Specialists. The Psychiatric NP/CNS, in concert with
the physician and other health team members and the fam-
ily, develops, implements, monitors and reassesses the client's
individual plan of care. The Psychiatric NP/CNS provides
psychiatric evaluations, consultation, clinical and medication
management. "Our goal is to help the patient function at his/
her optimal level."
Biglow encourages nurses to think about becoming entre-
preneurs. "There are many opportunities available for nurses to
start their own companies. One's desire, initiative, willingness to
take risks and belief in making a positive change in health care
are some traits that will make a nurse a successful entrepreneur,
While teaching childbirth and breastfeeding classes, Amy
Spangler (MSN 1976) realized there were no clear, user-friendly
Anicia Biglow (MSN 1976) works with a psychiatric/mental health nurse
practitioner at the home of a patient. Biglow owns HUG Inc, a home health
guides and information available to parents who wanted to
breastfeed. This led her to write her first educational piece on
breastfeeding, which grew into Amy's Babies, an international
online resource for educational materials specifically written for
new and expecting parents. Her mission is to provide today's
parents with materials that are clear, concise and affordable.
"I was motivated by a desire to meet the needs of parents and
it grew into a demand," Spangler said.
Amy's Babies provides parents and the health care profession-
als who serve them with educational materials including books,
booklets, pamphlets, posters, and DVD's. Hospitals and govern-
mental agencies, including the Women, Infants, and Children
(WIC) program, are among its customers. Recently, Spangler
established and launched ' -...' ..'.. ..' an online source that
provides "credible" outside research and new information about
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FALL 2008/WINTER 2009 3
"I really feel that patients
benefit from care rendered
by nurse practitioners and
many prefer the care we
provide. Nurse practitioners
assess the family as a whole
and do not just treat the
particular issue at hand."
- Stacy Turner Cervantes (BSN 1992, MSN 1995)
"There are so many opportunities out there to deliver care
other than in a traditional clinical setting," Spangler said. "Learn
to look around and create your own niche."
Sometimes it is recognizing a wrong in health care that
may prompt an entrepreneur. T. Mark Jones (BSN 1985) went
from performing home health care visits for mostly AIDS/
HIV patients in Key West to giving key testimonies to the U.S.
Congress on pharmaceutical fraud.
Originally from Key West, Jones took a long path to nursing.
After marrying his wife at 19 and then having their son, Jones
attended community college and eventually applied to UF. With
his family in tow, he set out to study microbiology but realized
he wanted a more people-oriented career path and decided on
"I had a wonderful experience at the College," Jones said.
"It seemed that the level of education was higher than at other
nursing programs, and my practicum at the Shands Burn Unit
was an intense and very educational experience. I was close to
many of my faculty members including Dr. (Jo) Snider and
Dean (Lois) Malasanos."
After graduating, Jones moved back to Key West and
worked as a staff nurse at a local hospital before jointly starting
an infusion pharmacy, Ven-a-Care, which delivers drug therapy
to patients in their homes, allowing them to maintain a more
normal lifestyle. Many of Ven-a-Care's patients were afflicted
with HIV/AIDS and treatment involved aggressive chemothera-
py, usually administered intravenously. Jones served as the home
health nurse who visited many of these patients.
In 1991, Ven-a-Care hired a physician to put together a
business plan for the AIDS infusion clinic. Instead, the physi-
cian turned to a competitor of Ven-a-Care and drew up a plan
for a new infusion pharmacy partnering with the competitor.
Jones and his colleagues were shocked at the estimated revenue
figures and felt that the company planned to build these rev-
enues based on billing fraud and kickbacks. Ven-a-Care filed
suit against the company for a breach of fiduciary duty, state
antitrust violations and unfair competition.
In doing so, Jones and his business partners found a much
deeper source of fraud. In the midst of investigating the back-
ground for the lawsuit, they found that this company had been
pushing drugs with inflated reimbursement rates to make more
money, thus bilking Medicare and Medicaid out of millions of
dollars. They filed a false claims lawsuit as whistleblowers act-
ing on behalf of the government. The Department of Justice
investigated the allegations and reached a settlement with the
company, most of which was returned to states and the federal
Since that time, Jones and his partners have consulted on
many cases involving pharmaceutical fraud and helped provide
information for lawsuits against generic drug-makers. They
have been involved in numerous whistleblowing cases in many
"I never set out on this journey," Jones said. "This just
evolved. But I feel good knowing that this money has been
returned to the public where it belongs."
The Gator Nursing Foundation
A common thread among Gator Nurse entrepreneurs was
the role that that College played in their careers. Many acknowl-
edge the College's emphasis on leadership and changing prac-
tice. That may be why these and others did not take a traditional
path, deciding instead to forge their own.
"The College of Nursing was a major stepping stone in
my life," Jones said. "Without the UF College of Nursing, I
wouldn't be where I am today."
"The key for nurses is to look at their working environment
and then fill a need," Scott said. "Taking advantage of such
opportunities can turn a nurse into an entrepreneur."
Gator Nurse entrepreneurs reflect the creative ways to
improve health care that are characteristics of all UF College of
Are you a Gator Nurse entrepreneur or do
you know of one? We want to hear your story!
Please contact Tracy Brown Wright, editor, at
email@example.com or call 352-273-6421.
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Nursing Dean Receives
In July, Nursing Dean Kathleen Ann Long was named
University Associate Provost. She will serve in the role on a half-
time basis and will remain Dean of the College of Nursing.
Long will address policy and practice in areas such as sabbati-
cals, professional accreditations, teaching requirements and clinical
practice relationships. In addition, she will help develop approaches
for a three-year, $6 million program to expand faculty educational
ties announced by UF iJ ,
President, Bernie Machen,
Long will also help
provide an interface
between UF's Academic
Affairs office and the
Health Science Center,
and will serve as the
in University-wide efforts
to develop a new budget
Dean Long also
was recently selected as
was recently selected as Dean Kathleen Long is pictured with AACN
the 2008 recipient of president Fay Raines after receiving the AACN
the American Association Bernadette Armiger Award.
of Colleges of Nursing
Sister Bernadette Armiger Award. This award recognizes a nurs-
ing leader who has made significant contributions to AACN and its
goals, as well as to nursing education and the advancement of the
Nominated by peer deans from across the country, including
deans of the Florida Association of Colleges of Nursing, Long was
recently presented with the award at AACN's fall semiannual meet-
ing in Washington, DC.
Long has served several terms on the Board of Directors of
the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and was AACN's
president from 2002 to 2004. During her presidency at AACN,
she led the organization in initiating significant nursing education
changes, including development of the Clinical Nurse Leader and
Doctor of Nursing Practice programs. As a member of the AACN
task force, she also helped author ":Xu 'ig Education's Agenda for
the 21st Century. "
Long has been nursing Dean since 1995 and has won national
recognition as a leader in the future of the nursing profession as it
is buffeted by a rapidly changing health care landscape, one particu-
larly, threatened by a shortage of nurses.
ne of my favor-
ite times of year
is the College
of Nursing Reunion
I am able to connect
with so many of our
alumni and friends who
come back to campus
for networking, fun KATHLEEN ANN LONG
and of course, football. PHD, RN, FAAN
These sorts of events
are vital to our College because they reconnect our fac-
ulty members with their former students. We are always
impressed to learn about the careers and accomplish-
ments of our alums as well as major milestones in their
lives. Our graduates also seem to enjoy visiting with
each other, and rekindling that "Gator Nurse" spirit. The
quality of our College is truly reflected in our alumni, and
we continue to smile every time we see them exceed our
There are many examples of truly outstanding work
by our alumni throughout the pages of this Gator Nurse.
This issue's cover story profiles some of our alumni who
have gone on to be entrepreneurs using their Gator nurs-
ing education as the basis for their endeavors. Anecia
Biglow's desire to provide better psychiatric home health
care led her to start a psychiatric NP referral company,
and Amy Spangler's commitment to improving the lives of
new mothers and their babies guided her development of
Amy's Babies, a company that provides educational tools
and resources about breastfeeding to mothers around
Another example of our outstanding alumni is Dr. Amy
Barton, a professor and administrator at the University
of Colorado Denver Health Sciences Center. Recently,
we were fortunate enough to welcome Dr. Barton
back to campus, to serve as the speaker for the Rita
Kobb Lectureship in Nursing Informatics and Technology,
named to honor another distinguished alumna. Dr. Barton
is a national expert in the field of nursing informatics and
generously shared her knowledge with our faculty mem-
bers, fellow alums and students.
Every day I see our faculty members challenge and
inspire our students to change-to improve-health
care delivery, and not to simply accept the status quo.
Whether in a staff nurse role, an administrative role, a
teaching position or as a consultant or entrepreneur,
Gator Nurses LEAD. Our alumni look to each other to be
leaders in whatever they do. In a time of market worries
and economic downturn, it is especially heartening to
interact with our graduates and recognize that they are
well-prepared for careers that are meaningful, necessary
and truly rewarding, regardless of the economic climate.
There really is something special that happens every time
you meet a Gator Nurse! l ,
FALL 2008/WINTER 2009 5
accomplishments in brief
Associate Professors Rose Nealis and Susan Schaffer presented
their poster, "Teaching DNP Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics from
a Genomic Perspective" at the first National DNP Conference in
Clinical Associate Professor Pam Pieper published her paper,
"Ethical Perspectives of Children's Assent for Research Participation:
Deontology and Utilitarianism," in Pediatric Nursing. She was also
awarded the 2008 American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association
(APSNA) Research Grant to conduct her doctoral research.
Associate Professor Shawn Kneipp, Assistant Professor Barbara
Lutz and Ms. Deidre Means recently had their manuscript "Reasons
for Enrollment, the Informed Consent Process, and Trust Among Low-
Income Women Participating in a Community-Based Participatory
Research Study" accepted for publication in the Journal of Public
Assistant Professor Barbara Lutz was recently selected as a Fellow
of the American Heart Association. Dr. Lutz also had several articles
published within various journals. The article "Reasons for enrollment,
the informed consent process, and trust among low-income women
participating in a community-based participatory research study" was
published in Public Health Nursing. The article "Testing a hometele-
health programme for US veterans recovering from stroke and their
family caregivers" was published in Disability and Rehabilitation jour-
nal. The article "A telerehabilitation model for victims of polytrauma"
was published in the journal Rehabilitation Nursing. Dr. Lutz also had
a book chapter, "Chronic Illness: Impact and intervention," published
Clinical Assistant Professor Barbara Little had her two manuscripts,
"Quality Assurance for Online Nursing Courses" and "The Use of
Standards for Peer Review of Online Nursing Courses: A Pilot Study"
accepted for publication in the Journal i .. Education.
Professor and Department Chair Jennifer Elder received funding
for a CTSI proposal: "A Global Metabolomic Approach to Pediatric
Neuro-Metabolomic Disorders." The proposal was awarded $70,708.
Dr. Elder was one of the PIs on the proposal along with investigators
representing 5 different colleges at UF.
Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Research Ann Horgas,
and Co-Primary Investigator with Michael Marsiske (PI), from the
College of Public Health and Health Professions recently had their
grant "The ACTIVE (Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent
and Vital Elders) clinical trail refunded for another three years by NIH/
NINR. The purpose of the grant is to investigate the long-term effects
of cognitive training on functional outcomes in a sample of 2,802
adults aged 65 and older. Dr. Horgas also received NIH funding for
a 3-year grant entitled "Pain Treatment Decisions: Influence of Sex,
Race, and Age." The study will investigate the influences of sex, race/
ethnicity, age, and pain on health care providers (Dentists, Physicians,
Nurses) decisions about pain treatment. Dr. Horgas recently published
"Assessing Pain in Cognitively Impaired Elders: Relationship between
Self-report and Behavioral Observations" in theJournaloftheAmerican
Geriatrics Society; "Effects of an Analgesic Trial in Reducing Chronic
Assistant Professor Jodi Irving was recently recognized as
an Honorary Alumna of the University of Florida. Irving has
been a faculty member of the College of Nursing for nearly 40
years, and has made an impact on countless numbers of Gator
nurses. She was presented with the award by the Executive
Director of the UF Alumni Association, Lee Patouillet.
Pain Behaviors in Community-Dwelling Persons with Dementia" in
Nursing Research; and "Pain Assessment in Persons with Dementia," in
the American Journal .
Clinical Assistant Professor Leslie Parker has presented several
presentations at national neonatal conferences and recently had her
abstract accepted for a podium presentation at the Southern Nursing
Research Society meeting in February.
Assistant Professor Charlene Krueger had her research manuscript,
"A Longitudinal Description of Heart Rate Variability in 28-34
Week Preterm Infants," accepted for publication in BiologicalResearch
for Nursing. She also published with coauthors the article "Preterm
infants exposed to maternal voice" in the UFJournal of Undergraduate
Associate Professor Susan Schaffer and Assistant Professor Sunny
Yoon had their manuscript titled, "Smoking Cessation: Potentially
Risky Effects on Prescribed Medications," accepted for publication in
Journal of Clinical Nursing.
Visiting Assistant Professor Susan Salazar received a Doctoral
Research Award from the Florida Nurses Association. She also had her
dissertation research approved by the IRB at her doctoral institution.
Clinical Associate Professor Joan Castleman took 22 College of
Nursing students to the FNSA convention. The group of students
included two pre-nursing, four accelerated, six junior and 10 seniors.
The students brought two of the six resolutions to the convention.
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I ace is less important in predicting
.. pain and functional disability in older
adults than other factors, such as socio-
economic status, a recent University of Florida
nurse researcher reports.
The study, published in the journal
Research in Nursing and Health, sought to mea-
sure the connection between pain and func-
orgas tional disability in older adults and focused on
differences between whites and blacks. The researchers found that
race is not a significant predictor of pain and functional disability,
when other factors were considered.
"We wanted to explore these issues in older adults, where
pain is often underreported and not effectively treated across all
disability," Horgas said. "The literature tells us that blacks may delay
treatment and have less access to health care. These factors are cumula-
tive across the lifespan and affect health and functioning in old age."
Sixty percent of the respondents reported experiencing pain of
some sort, with 66% reporting physical limitations. These included
walking more slowly, going up and down stairs with more diffi-
culty, and walking shorter distances. Seventy-one percent reported
limitations in their social activities as well, such as going out for
entertainment and recreation less often.
In terms of intensity or duration of pain, black and white par-
ticipants did not differ significantly however, blacks reported more
functional limitations. Moreover, when race, socioeconomic, other
demographic variables and health status were considered simultane-
ously, race no longer had a significant direct effect on disability.
races," said Associate Professor and Associate Dean for
Research Ann Horgas, PhD, RN, at the University of "We find that pain management is important at any age and
Florida College of Nursing. "What we found is that race that pain needs to be treated right away before it becomes
is less of a factor in increased pain and disability than less
education and income and more chronic conditions." chronic and leads to functional disability in seniors."
Horgas served as principal investigator of the study
with Associate Nursing Professor Saun-Joo Yoon, PhD, RN, and
Associate Professor in the College of Public Health and Health
Professions Michael Marsiske, PhD, as her co-investigators.
Previous studies have shown that blacks report more pain, have
more untreated pain and have less access to pain medications than
whites. However, most of these studies that examined pain sensitivi-
ties in blacks and whites were done in an experimental laboratory
setting (rather than examining clinical pain) and were performed on
much younger subjects.
The UF study specifically looked at 115 older adults in a com-
munity setting in downtown Detroit to determine differences in pain
and functional disability levels. Pain has been shown to have a con-
nection to functional disability, which refers to limitations in physical
functioning such as getting up and down stairs, walking, and carrying
items like groceries, which can affect elders' independence.
The participants were almost equally divided between black
and white older adults; however, these two groups differed signifi-
cantly in several variables. Black participants were generally older,
more likely to be female, unmarried, and have lower levels of educa-
tion and income. In addition, more blacks suffered from function-
ally limiting medical conditions than whites in the sample.
"Other factors beyond race, per se, influence the levels of pain and
There was, however, a robust connection found between pain
and disability. More pain was associated with greater physical and
social limitations. This is an important finding for health care
practitioners to consider because, according to Horgas, pain man-
agement may not be considered a top priority when treating older
"Pain is often seen as an expectation of old age and something
that can't be treated," Horgas said. "On the contrary, we find that
pain management is important at any age and that pain needs to be
treated right away before it becomes chronic and leads to functional
disability in seniors."
With the baby boomer generation entering retirement age,
Horgas believes this will be an increasingly prevalent problem
among seniors who desire and expect to be physically and socially
active and independent. Health care practitioners should consider
this when treating pain, as well as understand the health disparities
that may occur between black and white patients experiencing pain
"What we know is that race alone does not seem to directly
affect levels of pain or disability in older adults, but rather that
disparities exist between blacks and whites that are reflected in
their overall health and well-being," Horgas said. "Pain needs to be
FALL 2008/WINTER 2009 7
UF First in State to Launch Program for Bachelor's Degree
Nursing Graduates to Earn Practice Doctorate
Beginning Fall 2009, the University of Florida College
of Nursing will be the first nursing school in the state
to offer a postbaccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice
(DNP) program. UF is one of 63 programs nationwide that
offers a DNP program; however, most only offer a postmaster's
option at this time.
Applications are currently being accepted for the BSN to
DNP program, which will complement the College's postmaster's
DNP program (started in 2006). The BSN to DNP program will
prepare BSN graduates for advanced practice as family nurse prac-
titioners, pediatric nurse practitioners, adult nurse practitioners
and acute care nurse practitioners.
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)
has recommended that the DNP replace the Master of Science
in Nursing (MSN) as the entry level for advanced practice by
2015. National bodies that offer certification exams for advanced
practice are expected to require nurses to hold a DNP in the
future. This will include new nurse practitioners (NPs), clinical
nurse specialists (CNS), nurse midwives (CNM), and nurse anes-
"The UF College of Nursing was the first nursing program
in Florida to offer the PhD in Nursing Science for those seeking
a research career. We will again be at the forefront of a changing
paradigm for nursing education by offering the first BSN to DNP,
as the terminal degree for those seeking careers in advanced prac-
tice," said Dean Kathleen Ann Long, PhD, RN, FAAN. "We are
proud to have a leadership role in offering the DNP program to
baccalaureate nursing graduates."
"The focus of the DNP program is innovative and evidence-
based practice. This degree program prepares advanced practice
nurses with the knowledge, skills and abilities needed for health
care delivery in the future, and will provide advanced practice
nurses with educational backgrounds comparable to those of
health care professionals in other fields," Long said.
Due to the growing complexity of health care, the explosion
of scientific knowledge, and the increasing sophistication of tech-
nology, master's degree programs in nursing now have credit hours
far beyond those in other fields. The practice doctorate in nursing
follows a trend toward clinical doctorates in other fields, including
pharmacy and physical therapy.
UF will continue to offer its master's degree program in
several specialties, including neonatal nursing, nurse midwifery,
psychiatric-mental health nursing, and public health nursing
(contingent on grant funding) for a transitional period. By 2012,
these specialties will also move to the DNP level. In keeping with
"The focus of the DNP program is innovative and
evidence-based practice. This degree program prepares
advanced practice nurses with the knowledge, skills and
abilities needed for health care delivery in the future, and
will provide advanced practice nurses with educational
backgrounds comparable to those of health care
professionals in other fields." Dean Kathleen Ann Long
national standards, the advanced generalist Clinical Nurse Leader
program will continue as a master's degree offering.
During the (national) transition period from the MSN to the
DNP for advanced specialized practice, the College will offer post-
BSN students the option to exit after earning the MSN and return
as a postmaster's student to complete the DNP at a later time.
The BSN to DNP program is a 93 credit doctoral program
that will take approximately 2 1/2 years for full-time students and
last 4 1/2 to 5 years for part-time students to complete. The dead-
line for first review of applications is March 15, 2009, although
applications will continue to be accepted until May 31 on a
space available basis. Those interested in applying should visit the
College's Web site at www.nursing.ufl.edu
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UF nursing students educate and mentor young girls in Alachua County
UF nursing students educate and mentor young girls in Alachua County
By Katie Phelan
A group of UF nursing students spent their summer dancing,
doing crafts, and most importantly, teaching young girls
about the health benefits of proper nutrition and how to
value and respect their bodies, minds and emotions.
The undergraduate nursing students had a unique opportunity
to experience community nursing by educating and mentoring a
group of fourth- and fifth-grade girls at the Alachua County Girls
For seven weeks, Assistant Professor Barbara Lutz's community
health nursing students created lesson plans and implemented activi-
ties that promoted healthy living and helped the girls understand
their changing bodies and other issues affecting them. Lutz believes
working with the Girls Club was a great opportunity to help the
community by reaching out to young girls at a critical age.
"I chose this age group for my students to work with because
once the girls get into middle school they are harder to reach," Lutz
said. "Self-esteem and health issues in young girls are a growing
concern. I wanted our nursing students to educate and inspire these
girls to embrace themselves and learn about healthy attitudes and
The nursing students were excited about the idea of having a
"Big Sister/Nurse" relationship with the girls.
"The rotation was absolutely wonderful.
The overall experience this summer
has really opened my eyes to the end- ..
less possibilities I am gaining by earn- g-- -
ing my BSN," said Kristina Fornasier, ., .' -
nursing student. "All of Dr. Lutz's I"//'-. '4
hard work, time and support have just
touched all of us. Her dedication has
made me want to look further into
Lutz taught her students the differ- rv'
ent facets of community health nursing .
throughout the seven-week rotation. She .
guided her students in preparing lesson
plans in an effort to educate the young -'
girls about their personal health, well-
being and emotions.
The Alachua County Girl's Club community program is funded
by United Way in an effort to help educate and mentor girls from
low-income families. The primary mission of the Girls Club is to
provide girls a safe and healthy place to grow.
Lutz and the nursing students worked with the girls on various
issues and topics, including respecting yourself and setting healthy
boundaries, understanding puberty, Internet safety and what it is
like to be a nurse. Lesson plans were created to teach the girls about
the importance of (disease prevention and promotion). Using vari-
ous learning tools and techniques, such as craft, dance and journal
activities, the students were able to teach the girls in a way that kept
them engaged and interested.
"This seven-week rotation was truly a growing experience for
all," Lutz said. "The group of young girls grew in their understanding
and knowledge of themselves and their self-esteem, and the nurs-
ing students gained an insight into the importance of community
-- health nursing."
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When the rotation was over, the young girls created a
"Thank You" book in which each wrote notes to express their
gratitude. The notes warmly illustrated how deeply the girls had
been touched by this experience and how much they appreciated the
students' care, knowledge, and wisdom, which had helped them to
better understand their mind, bodies and emotions.
"Thank you for coming to teach us about nutrition and 'our'
body. I really enjoyed it and you guys rock! When you graduate
you'll be great nurses, trust me!" wrote one of the girls, Mecca, in
the Thank You book.
A more glowing endorsement cannot be had for these nursing
FALL 2008/WINTER 2009 9
College of Nursing Hosts Second Annual
Rita Kobb Lectureship in Honor of Alumna
T he second annual Rita Kobb Lectureship in Nursing Informatics and
Technology took place Friday, October 31 in honor of a loyal and
esteemed Gator Nurse alumna.
This lectureship featured keynote speaker and Gator Nurse alumna Amy
Barton, Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Clinical and Community
Affairs at the University of Colorado
Health Sciences Center, College of Nursing. Dr. Barton is a national
expert in nursing administration and leadership and nursing informatics. In
her lecture, she discussed national initiatives that frame health care informat-
ics education, described methods to incorporate informatics competencies
into a pre-licensure nursing curriculum, and identified informatics education
resources for faculty development.
The lectureship is named in honor of Rita Kobb (MS, MN,
ARNP, GNP-BC), Education Program Specialist at the Veterans Health
Administration Office of Care Coordination and the Director of VISN 8
Sunshine Training Center of Care Coordination and Telehealth with the
North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. Kobb, who special-
izes in Care Coordination/Care Management, Home Telehealth Consulting,
and Gerontological Nursing, has been involved in over 65 publications and
Students From Afar
Korean Nurses Get New View of Nursing During UF Visit
The College of Nursing welcomed two groups of nurse practitioners from the Chungnam
National University in Korea in August. The four nurses, Ju Hyeon Park, Nam Suk
Choe, Byeong Suk Kim and Ju Sun Lee, traveled to UF in an effort to learn about the
United States health care system and similarities and differences between cultures in the
nurse practitioner's role. These nurses were the first in Korea to graduate from Chungnam's
newly established advanced practice nursing degree program. As the first in their country to
hold advanced practice degrees in nursing, they have not had role models for practice. The
College International Affairs Committee arranged their visit and faculty members at the
College served as preceptors for the students throughout their week long clinical practicum
in acute care settings.
The Korean nurses rotated through clinical settings and observed the roles nurse prac-
titioners play in patient care. Rotations took place at the Shands Cardiovascular Intensive
Care Unit, Shands Neurological Intensive Care Unit and Shands Intermediate Care Unit.
Nurse managers from these areas served as clinical preceptors.
The visitors were also were given the opportunity to spend time with Chief Nursing
Officer at Shands at AGH Shirley Thompson, and Director of Education and Professional
Practice for Shands at AGH Kati Harlan.
(The Korean students said their experience opened their eyes to a different type of
health care system and new roles for nurses.)
"I think the Korean nurses had an awakening experience because they were exposed to
the high level care that nurse practitioners provide," said UF Associate Professor of Nursing
Sunny Yoon, PhD, RN. "This type of care is only performed by physicians in Korea. There
are many more barriers that nurses in Korea have to go through."
The highly successful week-long visit has inspired the UF College of Nursing and the
Chungnam School of Nursing to further explore the opportunities for a joint student and
faculty exchange program.
Top photo: Dr. Amy Barton (bot-
tom row, right) is pictured with
Rita Kobb next to her and Rita's
sister PattiAlcorn (top row
right) and Dean Kathleen Long.
Botton photo: A group of retired
nurses from Oak Hammock
were happy to attend the lec-
tureship. (L-R) Mary Moreland,
Harriett Sterns, Sally Glaze and
Top: Korean nurse Byeong Kim is shown with
Associate Professor Susan Schaffer (L) and
Clinical Assistant Professor, Hillary Morris,
also nurse practitioners at Archer Family
Bottom: Byeong Kimand and Justin Lee
shown with Assistant Professor Lori Thomas.
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College Welcomes New
The College of Nursing is happy
to welcome Anna Miller Harper
as its new development officer.
Anna previously served as asso-
ciate director of alumni affairs
and replaces Meg Hendryx who
departed in May. Anna has done
a superb job of serving as interim
development officer and will now
assume permanent development
and fundraising responsibilities.
Anna is a 2002 graduate of UF
with a bachelorof science degree
in recreation, parks and tourism.
Prior to coming to the College,
she worked for the UF Foundation
and served as events coordinator
at Emerson Alumni Hall for almost
If you have any fundraising or
development questions or needs,
please contact her at (352) 273-
6360 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
COLLEGE OF NURSING
We Thank Our Friends
and Supporters for
to Our College
(L-R) Fran Cannon, Assistant Professor Jodi Irving, Associate Professor
Jo Snider, Dean Kathleen Long, Jerry Gravek, a psychiatric nurse at the VA
who will be spearheading programs through the Longstreth fund and
Jennifer Elder, Department Chair pictured with Cappy Longstreth (seated).
national shortage of health care professionals qualified to care for the elder
community spurred a recent gift to the College of Nursing. In particular,
preparation of nursing experts who can address the mental health needs of
older citizens in need. With a recent gift of $600,000, the UF College of Nursing will
establish the Dr. Cappy C. Archibald Longstreth/Alex and Mary Frances Archibald
Geriatric Psychiatric Nursing Fund. The Fund will be used to educate nurses for lead-
ership roles in geriatric psychiatric care will also help develop research programs in
This gift was given to the College by UF Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
Emeritus Catherine Archibald Longstreth. A negative experience with patient care
provided to Longstreth's parents spurred her interest in improving geriatric psychiat-
ric care. The fund is named in honor of her parents.
Supporting fellowships for doctoral students in nursing geriatric psychiatric care, the
fund will also help support programs in the adult and elderly nursing department.
he College of Nursing is happy to report that even during this difficult economic
time, as of October 31, 2008 we have raised just over $8 million for the Florida
Tomorrow Capital Campaign. This means we have collected more than 56% of the
way toward our goal of $14 million. We could not have done this without the support
from all of our generous donors, and we would like to thank you for your contributions.
"Florida Tomorrow" is a place where every patient has access to safe and high-quality
health care; is a day when well-educated nurses lead in the transformation of care; and a
belief that new professional nursing roles will save lives.
If you are interested in discussing a gift to the UF College of Nursing, please contact
Anna Miller Harper at email@example.com or 352-273-6360. Again, thank you for your
part in helping us reach our goal!
12 THE GATOR NURSE
Alumni Council Giving Tree
Gifts made to the UF College of Nursing can help shape the future of
nursing education and the quality of health care. Our new Alumni
Council Giving Tree will allow you to make a significant impact by
pledging a gift over a five year period. Pledge of any amount over
a five-year period will receive special recognition in the The Gator
Nurse. For pledges of $2,500 or more, members will have their names
added to the Alumni Council Giving Tree wall.
The first members of our tree are the following:
* Dee Dee Boyington
* Alice Jackson
* Rita and Steve Kobb
* Mary Lynn
* Maryse Parrino
* Debbie Pusateri
If you are interested in helping our tree grow, please contact
Anna Harper at firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-273-6360 for more information.
The Nightingale Creativity Fund was established in collaboration with
Associate Professor, Mary Rockwood Lane, PhD, RN in an effort to sup-
port the integration of artistic and spiritual aspects in nursing education.
The fund will help to support the development of courses for nursing stu-
dents to help integrate creativity and spirituality in nursing care. Students
can learn more about the elective use of art and music, as well as spiritual
aspects that fit within the "Fine Art of Nursing Practice."
Dr. Rockwood Lane is also a faculty member with the Center of
Spirituality and Healthcare at UF. She is the co-founder and was direc-
tor of Shands Arts in Medicine Program at the University of Florida.
Dr. Rockwood Lane developed one of the earliest health care artist-in-
(L-nl -IIUllmI OSaonlll IXCIIb UL. IVadly residence programs in the country.
Rockwood-Lane and Dean Kathleen Long.
Koons hosted a luncheon to kick off the Dr. Rockwood Lane's research program deals with the l, .., p .. ".,
Nightingale Creativity Fund. of art and healing. She has written several peer-reviewed articles highlight-
ing the connection between on art and healing, as well as co-authored
several books on this subject.
"I hope the Nightingale Fund will provide scholarships for students and support projects. It will further develop our
College's mission to care, lead and inspire. Nurses will and can change the future of health care and this project can be
far reaching," stated Dr. Rockwood Lane.
For more information on the Nightingale Creativity Fund,
contact Anna Harper at email@example.com or call 352-273-6360.
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Shirley Gordon, BSN 1976, PhD 1998.
She is currently an Associate Professor in the
Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida
Atlantic University in Boca Raton where she
founded and directs the Head Lice Treatment
and Prevention Project and co-directs the
Florida School Nurse Research Initiative. She
has published the first study in the country
focusing on head lice as a family phenomena
and has been interviewed by MSNBC.com,
the Birmingham News, and has been recog-
nized as a Comcast Newsmaker with a TV
interview segment scheduled to air on CNN in
November. Her theory of shared vulnerability
was generated from a grounded theory study
involving caring for children with persistent
head lice and raises new support for the under-
recognized social and psychological impact of
persistent head lice on the whole family.
Jett, BSN 1976, MSN
1984, PhD 1994.
Kathleen has recently
joined the staff at the
National Institute of
Nursing Research in
Bethesda, MD as a Program Director. She was
previously an Associate Professor at Florida
Atlantic University. She has co-authored two
books, Toward Healthy Aging (2008) and
Gerontologal Nursing and Healthy Aging
(2005), and was also inducted into the
Distinguished Academies of Practice in 2006.
Mary Lynn Edwards Ulrey, BSN 1974.
Mary has been the CEO of the Drug Abuse
Comprehensive Coordination Office, Inc. in
Hillsborough County for the past seven years.
The office serves more than 25,000 children
and adults annually with 235 employees. She
has two children, William and Mark Stainton,
and a husband, Steve.
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multiple diagnosis of cancer; non-
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an cancer and an 87% chance
of breast chance, she is currently receiving
chemotherapy treatment at Memorial Regional
Hospital in Hollywood, Fla. She has had a
rough time with chemo, being hospitalized sev-
eral times for complications and side effects.
Her husband has set up a blog for her on care-
pages.com (to access one must register and
search for "susieARNP") and you can email
her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Susan has been
married to Jerry for 24 years and they have a
19 year old daughter, Andrea (Andi).
Susan Weeks Sturm, BSN 1981. Susan has
worked at the Treasure Coast Hospice in Stuart
for the past 6 years. She received her national
certification as a Hospice and Palliative Care
nurse. She has two children, Emily, a student
at UF, and Martha.
Cathy L. Campbell, BSN 1986, MSN 2000,
PhD 2004. Cathy has had her abstract, "The
Influence of Rurality, Socioeconomic Factors
and The Availability of Physicians on The
Presence of A Medicare-Certified Hospice In
Rural Communities," accepted for two confer-
ences: the National Hospice and Palliative Care
Organization's 9th Clinical Team Conference in
Dallas, TX and the Southern Nursing Research
Society Conference in Baltimore, MD.
Deonys de Cardenas, BSN 1999. After
nursing school Deonys worked at Shands at
UF in the SICU for a year and then did travel
nursing in Atlanta at Emory, St. Vincent's,
and Cornell in New York, working in the CICU,
MICU, Neuro ICU, and SICU. She ended up
working at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta in the
Neuro ICU as the charge nurse for 3 years and
then as a nurse in interventional radiology and
became their educator and resource nurse. She
is now in her second year of law school at UF
and would like to be a health care law attorney.
She recently founded an organization called the
Health Care Law Society and hopes to foster a
relationship between the medical and nursing
colleges and the college of law at UF.
Katie Wallace, BSN 2001. Katie is cur-
rently working as a nurse practitioner at the
Children's Hospital in Boston in the MICU.
Carolyn Schoening, BSN 2003. Carolyn is
currently working in Massachusetts General
Hospital in the Cardiac Surgical ICU. She has
been married for three years and has a daugh-
ter, Isa, who is 10 months old.
Kathryn Evans, BSN 2005. Kathryn has
recently taken a job as an inpatient nurse prac-
titioner with the Department of Endocrinology at
Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC.
Cassidy Bell, BSN 2006, MSN 2007.
Cassidy is currently working at Northeast
Pediatrics in St. Petersburg as a pediatric
Lauren Cook, BSN 2006. After graduation
Lauren worked postpartum in Atlanta for a
year. She moved back to Florida and is current-
ly working at Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville
in labor and delivery. She is also in the nurse
midwifery program through UF and will finish
in December 2009.
Sean G. Smith, Accelerated BSN 2006.
Sean is an Intensive Care Nurse/Extra Corporeal
Membrane Oxygenation Specialist at Shands at
UF. In addition to recent MENSA membership,
he has earned industry standard certifications
in Critical Care (CCRN) Emergency Nursing
(CEN) and Flight Nursing (CFRN). He regularly
volunteers as a paramedic, is very active in
the American Association of Critical Care
Nurses, and frequently lectures throughout
North Central Florida on topics in Critical Care
Nursing and Emergency Medicine.
Hillary Bess, BSN 2006. Hillary received her
MSN in pediatrics at Emory University in 2007.
She is currently working for the University of
Florida Pediatric Brain Tumor Program as a
Nurse Practitioner. Hillary says "I love being
back in Gator Country!"
Camille Hanson, BSN 2007. Camille received
her MSN in August from the University of
Pennsylvania as a pediatric primary care prac-
titioner. She is relocating to Pensacola.
Kristen Lewis, BSN 2007. Kristen is cur-
rently working at Shands at UF in the Surgical
Intensive Care Unit. She is planning on getting
her EMT certification at Santa Fe Community
College and is becoming a flight nurse in
Caroline Sorensen, BSN 2008. Caroline is
currently working at St. Vincent's Hospital in
Jacksonville in the ICU.
Nicolette Oostenbrink, BSN 2007. Nicolette
is currently working at Shands at UF in the
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Faculty Emeritus Receive Special Award
Anderson Named a Living Legend by the
American Academy of Nursing
Professor Emeritus Gene Cranston Anderson, PhD,
RN, FAAN was recently name a Living Legend
of the American Academy of Nursing and honored at
their annual meeting in November. The Living Legend
f designation recognizes extraordinary Fellows of AAN
who serve as reminders of the proud history of the nurs-
ing profession and as extraordinary role models. Living
Legends are required to have been dedicated Fellows for over 15 years and have
demonstrated extraordinary and sustained contributions to nursing and health care
throughout their careers. Although these Fellows have transitioned from a formal
work role, they continue to have a profound influence on the profession.
Anderson is also a professor emeritus at Case Western Reserve University
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. A nationally known researcher in preg-
nancy, labor, birth and early neonatal/postpartum periods, she has an extensive pro-
gram of research devoted to the importance of skin-to-skin contact (aka "Kangaroo
Care") for newborns.
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Attention San Francisco Gator Nurses!
We are planning an alumni reception in the San Francisco area for Spring 2009.
Please be on the lookout for information coming your way!
If you are interested in hosting or attending a regional Gator Nurse Alumni
reception in your area, please contact Anna Miller Harper at email@example.com or
Dear Gator Nurses,
I am thrilled and excit-
ed to begin my presi-
dency of the College of
Nursing Alumni Council.
I want to take this oppor-
tunity to let all of my
fellow Gator Nurse's
hear about what YOUR
Alumni Council is doing BONNIE PEPPER
for the students, faculty,
staff and alumni of this great University and its
College of Nursing. I would also like to thank
Maryse Parrino, our past president, for her
wonderful leadership and commitment to our
Council, during the past two years.
Our alumni are the best and the brightest and
together we hold to the values and goals that
the College has set forth. Gator Nurses care,
lead and inspire! The Alumni Council is made up
of many dedicated volunteers who work hard
to provide everyone affiliated with our College
opportunities to grow as nursing professionals
I have been affiliated with the Alumni Council
for the past six years and have watched it grow
into a working entity with goals that have come
to fruition. With our annual pinning ceremo-
ny, book awards, scholarship support, reunion
weekend and our newly formed Alumni Council
Giving Tree, we continue to develop opportuni-
ties for all who want to be involved.
My personal goals as president include con-
tinuing the development of our scholarship funds,
increasing faculty involvement in our projects
and providing leadership to the members of our
Council. I have recently served on the Board of
Directors of the UF Alumni Association and know
that volunteering is a fulfilling and wonderful way
to give back to the University that gave you so
As Gator Nurses we must continue to sup-
port the College of Nursing and the University
of Florida. I look forward to leading the Alumni
Council to success in all of its endeavors.
Bonnie Pepper, BSN 1980
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