Nurse Scientist Named into International Researcher Hall ...

USF College of Nursing Professor Cecile Lengacher, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAPOS, will be awarded one of nursing's highest professional achievements this summer when she is inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. Nursing honor...

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Peace Corps Volunteer Pursues Nursing as Coverdell Fellow

Teachers can play a pivotal role in charting one's path. For Logan Marx, it was his high school Spanish teacher who sparked his interest to learn about different cultures. "I had this incredible Spanish teacher who just gave me a love for the...

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USF Graduate Nursing Programs Leap into Nation's Top 50

The University of South Florida's College of Nursing catapulted into the nation's top 50 graduate nursing programs, according to U.S. News & World Report's (USNWR) 2020 Best Graduate Schools list released Tuesday. In the rankings, the USF College ...

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Cole Scholars Receive $10K Each Toward Doctoral Degree

Three USF College of Nursing students have received the Hazel and Herschel Cole Scholarship, a $10,000 award going toward each scholar's pursuit of a Doctor in Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. Tram Pham, Morgan Butts, and Keshayla Young have each...

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Florida Board of Governors Confirms Steven Currall as ...

"As the most recent institution in Florida to achieve Preeminent status, the University of South Florida continues to accomplish milestone after milestone," said Ned Lautenbach, Board of Governors' Chair. "I believe Dr. Currall has the background ...

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Students Discover Personal Side of Community Nursing

USF Bull Nurses traveled more than 4,000 miles across the pond to learn that the slogan "Making Lives Better" can take on a whole different meaning. Fifteen College of Nursing students spent 15 days in Scotland immersed in community health as...

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Nursing Students Experience Poverty Simulation

Living in the moment is a way of life that countless people strive to achieve, but for those living in poverty, the concept takes on a much more somber meaning. If someone is struggling to make ends meet, their daily life is so stressful that...

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Nursing Honor Society Inducts New Members
Members of Sigma Theta Tau International's Delta Beta-at-Large chapter inducted 45 students into the latest class of the nursing honor society on March 21 during its spring induction ceremony.
Bull Nurses Study in Panama
Fourteen USF College of Nursing students spent just over two weeks in Panama as part of a global nursing community health experience in March.

Students learned about the health care system in Panama during clinicals at the Chitré Clinic. They were accompanied by nursing professors Connie Visovsky and
Yvonne Hernandez .
Student Nurses Return to Scotland
The College of Nursing's second group of students traveled to Scotland on March 23 for a global health exchange. The students will learn about community health at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS). During their stay, College of Nursing Dean Victoria L. Rich met with colleagues from UWS to discuss international relationships.
Psychosocial Oncology Experts Confer on Latest Research
USF College of Nursing Professor Cecile Lengacher, RN, PhD, FAAN, FAPOS, discussed her research at the 16th annual American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) conference in Atlanta from Feb. 28 to March 2.

Student research assistants also presented posters. The conference brings together clinicians and researchers in the field of psychosocial oncology to showcase scientific, clinical, and community-based research.
Doctoral Student Selected as Clinical Nurse Specialist Fellow

USF College of Nursing doctoral student Tina Mason, MSN, ARNP, AOCN®, AOCNS® , has been selected for the Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute's inaugural class of fellows.

Mason is among 38 highly skilled clinical nurse specialists from 24 states who will be inducted during the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists' annual conference.

Mason is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society and works as a nurse researcher at Moffitt Cancer Center.
Nursing Student Wins Top Research Poster Prize at SNRS

USF College of Nursing student Dany Fanfan was selected as the top student poster during the Southern Nursing Research Society's 33rd annual conference in Orlando from Feb. 27 to March 1.

Fanfan won first place for her poster titled, "Migration-Related Stress and Depression Among First Generation Haitian Immigrants in Florida."

Her poster was based on her dissertation research on the mental health of Haitian migrants living the U.S.
Student Nurses Sponsor Breakfast
Members of the USF Nursing Students' Association thanked the College of Nursing's faculty and staff with a March 22 breakfast to show their appreciation.
Nursing Student Headed to Summer Genetics Institute
Congratulations to College of Nursing doctoral student Lakeshia Cousin , who has been selected to attend the highly competitive National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) Summer Genetics Institute.

The prestigious program will be held at the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland, from June 3 to 28.
Nursing Faculty Aid BRIDGE Clinic
USF College of Nursing faculty helped raise money for the USF BRIDGE Healthcare Clinic, a free student-run clinic serving uninsured patients living in the University Area Community of Tampa.

The annual event, BANDaids for BRIDGE Talent Show, was held on March 22 at TPepin's Hospitality Centre and featured acts by USF Health students and a silent auction.
Visiting Scholar Shares Expertise
The USF College of Nursing hosted Ellen M. Lavoie Smith, PhD, APRN, AOCN®, FAAN , as a visiting scholar on March 5.

Dr. Smith presented a talk titled "Bedside to Bench to Bedside: Managing Painful Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy."

She is an associate professor and director of the PhD program at the University of Michigan School of Nursing.
Nurse Educator Talks Critical Care
USF College of Nursing Assistant Professor Paula Cairns, PhD, RN, attended the Society of Critical Care Medicine's 48th Critical Care Congress on Feb. 17.

Cairns presented at the podium on "Measuring Symptoms of Post Intensive Care Syndrome-Family (PICS-F) in Spouses of Mechanically Ventilated Critically Ill Adults with NIH Toolbox - Emotion Battery."
Psychiatric Nurses Offer Relief
Members of the Florida Chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association traveled to the Panhandle in late January to help residents recovering from Hurricane Michael, which struck on Oct. 10.

USF College of Nursing Assistant Professor Jessica Gordon, PhD, ARNP, CPNP-PC, attended the two-day relief trip. The group held a support session for disaster relief first responders and a workshop to train caregivers on coping strategies and ways to help families with young children.
CRNAs Lobby State Lawmakers
Faculty and students from the College of Nursing's Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists program attended CRNA Day on March 26 in Tallahassee.

The annual event gives attendees a chance to visit with state lawmakers and talk with them about important legislative priorities affecting their profession.

Altogether, 120 people made the trip and visited 70 state legislators.
Talk Focuses on Heart Self-Care
USF College of Nursing Professor Theresa Beckie , PhD, MN, RN, FAHA, FAAN , discussed her research during the "Innovations in Cardiovascular Patient Self-Management" panel at the USF Corporate Forum: Aging and Technology event on Feb. 27.

The discussion, held at the USF Office of Research and Innovation, was moderated by the College of Nursing's Associate Dean of Research, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Peter Kaufmann, PhD, and included Dr. Beckie's business mentor, Glenn Palmiere of MediVu.
Nursing Donors and Scholars Celebrated
A handful of USF College of Nursing scholarship winners were honored and had a chance to meet and thank donors at the Elevate event held on March 12 in the Mosaic Center at the Florida Aquarium.

More than 150 people attended the annual USF Health scholarship donor appreciation event.

The donor guest speaker was Robin Rivell. Her late daughter, Emaleigh Rivell, was killed in an automobile accident before she could start classes at the College of Nursing.
HOSA Hosts Health Symposium
More than 100 future health students attended the annual HOSA Health Care Symposium on March 2.

The event provided information for individuals interested in pursuing a career in health care. USF College of Nursing Dean Victoria L. Rich gave the opening remarks. The day included tours of USF Health, a resource fair, and information sessions on academic tracks.

April 3
"Embedding Evidence-Based Geriatric Practices into Primary Care," a Presentation by Ellen Flaherty, PhD, ARNP, AGSF

11 a.m. - noon MDN 2005, College of Nursing

Sponsored by the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program grant.

April 4

2019 USF Giving Day

Celebrate Rocky D. Bull's birthday with a donation of any amount to support the university. Join alumni, faculty and students worldwide to show USF pride.

April 23

Spring 2019 DNP Poster Presentation

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Glass Foyer, College of Nursing

May 2
Alumni & Faculty Breakfast Reception

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Marshall Student Center, Room 2709, USF Tampa

College of Nursing Pinning Ceremony

10:30 a.m. - noon Marshall Student Center Ballroom, USF Tampa

May 2
Spring 2019 Commencement

6 p.m. Yuengling Center, USF Tampa

Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral degree recipients from USF Health
The College of Nursing is proud to have four staff members honored with the USF Outstanding Staff Award during a March 29 ceremony at the School of Music Concert Hall.

  • Julia Myers, Assistant Director, Student Programs and Academic Support

  • Susan Bucciero, Academic Services Administrator, CRNA Program

  • Michelle Phillips, Unit Research Administrator

  • Hannah Mark-Serieux, Human Resources Administrator
Human Resources
Administrative Specialist

Gonzalez-Mercado, V. J. , Beckstead, J. , Groer, M. , McMillan, S., Ortiz, D., Marrero, S. & Saligan, L. (2019). (In press). Exploring the Relationship between Diarrhea and Fatigue during Cancer Treatments using structural equation modeling. Puerto Rico Health Science Journal .

Rodriguez, C. S. , Ji, M. , Wang, H. L. , Padhya, T., Elliott, A. & McMillan, S. C. (2019). Cancer Pain and Quality of Life. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing , 21(2). 116-123. DOI: 10.1097/NJH.0000000000000507.

Lengacher, C. A. , Romerhausen, T., Chauca, K., Nieves Bravo, C., Wittenberg, T., Austin Johnson, A., Rodriguez, C., Cadenas, J., Ruiz, A., Hamilton, L., Fenech, A., Esele, M., Frias, G., Joshi, A. (2019). Development and implementation of a community outreach recruitment plan to recruit breast cancer survivors for longitudinal research. Psycho-oncology , 28(S1), 15. DOI: 10.1002/pon.4987.

Lengacher, C. A. , Richard, R., Austin Johnson, A., Hamilton, L., Lin, K., Romerhausen, T., Rodriguez, C., Wittenberg, T., Chauca, K., Nieves Bravo, C., Kip, K., Fradley, M., Park, J. (2019) Comparison between chemotherapy regimens and subjective cognitive functioning among breast cancer survivors (BCS). Psycho-oncology , 28(S1), 18. DOI: 10.1002/pon.4987.

Buck, H. G. , McGhee, S. , Polo, R. L., Zambroski, C. (2019) Hypercholesterolemia Management in Older Adults: A Scoping Review of Recent Evidence. Journal of Gerontological Nursing . 45(3):31-42.

Maguire, D. J. , Balakrishnan, M. & Subrick, S. (In press). Caring for families with substance abuse disorders. Medical Surgical Nursing .


Poster presentation titled, "Towards and Initial Identification of a Microbial Signature on Rectal Cancer Patients at Risk for Acute Chemo-radiotherapy-Induced Fatigue", Gonzalez, V. , P é rez-Santiago, J., Dil á n-Pantojas, I., Henderson, W., McMillan, S., Groer, M. , Kane, B. , Marrero, S., Pedro, E. & Saligan, L. for the 2019 Midwest Nursing Research Society's 43rd Annual Research Conference, March 27-30, Kansas City, Mo.

Presentation titled, "Grant writing: Advice from writers and reviewers", Lengacher, C. A. , Wyatt, G., Sikorskii, A., Gray, T., Tibbitts, D., Badger, T., Crane, T., and Padgett, L. for the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) 16th Annual Conference, Feb. 28 - March 2, Atlanta, Ga.

Presentation titled, "Does the ADLS Course Improve student nurses knowledge of disaster preparedness and response", McGhee, S. , Clochesy, J. for the Royal College of Nursing Education Conference, March 12, Briston, U. K.

Presentation titled, "Appreciative Advising Through the Lens of Mental Health Counseling Techniques", Cooperman, R., Alvarez, R., for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Annual Conference, March 9-13, Los Angeles, Calif.
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