Coronavirus Updates | University of South Florida

The University of South Florida continues to closely monitor the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is our highest priority as university leaders work closely with local, state and...

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Coronavirus Q & A: Tiffany Gwartney, DNP, APRN, NNP-BC

As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to respond to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, we asked USF College of Nursing's Tiffany Gwartney, interim assistant dean of Undergraduate and Global Programs and a neonatal nurse...

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USF Nurse Educator Helps Husband Survive COVID-19

When Susan M. Perry, PhD, CRNA, ARNP, FAAN, served as an infection control officer in the U.S. Air Force in the 1990s, she never predicted that the skills she was honing three decades ago would one day save her husband and herself during the...

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USF Health Teams Up to Produce 3D Printed Nasal Swabs

TAMPA, FL, March 28, 2020 - The University of South Florida (USF) Health, Formlabs, a leading 3D printing company, and Northwell Health, New York's largest healthcare provider, today announced they have...

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USF Medical Engineers to Mass Produce Face Shields

The USF Mini-Circuits Design for X Laboratory has developed an assembly line to create face shields. Michael Celestin and his team are producing one per minute and hope over the next month to manufacture 10,000 face shields to be donated to Tampa ...

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Florida's Nursing Students Ready to Be on Front Lines

They're the future of medicine: young soon-to-be doctors and nurses poised to graduate in May. These students are about to enter the biggest battles of their lives against the coronavirus. As 8 On Your Side reports, they're having mixed emotions.

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Graduate Nursing Programs Among Top 50 in Nation
For the second year in a row, U.S. News & World Repor t has ranked the College of Nursing's master's and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs among the top 50 in the nation.

In the 2021 Best Graduate Schools list, the master's program is ranked #47 and the DNP program is ranked #48. See USF and USF Health's rankings.
USF Prepares Online Student Toolkit
Classes at USF will be delivered via remote instruction through the end of the spring 2020 semester. The university has prepared a site to help students navigate all the academic and wellness services online.
Counseling Center Offers Telehealth
Mental health services will continue to be available to USF students throughout the semester via telehealth. The Counseling Center is now limiting its services to videoconferencing through Zoom.
Shimberg Library Open Online
USF Health libraries may be closed, but nursing students can still access its vast resources online.

The Shimberg Health Sciences Library and the Florida Blue Health Knowledge Exchange are offering librarian assistance and virtual check out from the online catalog.

Bookstore Offering Online Options
The University of South Florida’s Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota campus bookstores are offering several options to help improve and supplement the remote learning experience.
USF Food Pantries on All Three Campuses Open for Students
The food pantries on each of USF's three campuses are open to serve students during this challenging time. For details on each site's hours of operation, visit

Feed-A-Bull in Tampa
Support-a-Bull Market in St. Petersburg
Support-a-Bull in Sarasota-Manatee
USF Libraries Launch Tracking Hub
USF Libraries is offering a resource guide to GIS data, mapping tools, news and related information concerning Florida's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Students Flock to Pen Pal Program
As universities around the world move to hold classes online due to the COVID-19 outbreak, University of South Florida students are turning to a time-honored concept to stay connected: the pen pal.
Bulls Create Student Relief Funds
COVID-19 has disrupted all of our lives. In response to the needs of USF students, USF President Steven Currall is encouraging our community to support the  USF United Support Fund .
Managing Time and Stress During Remote Learning

As the coronavirus outbreak has meant a transition to remote learning for students, it is understandable that you may be finding it difficult to manage your time and stress. Learning from home can bring with it many distractions, altering your...

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Tips on Working Remotely

Are you finding yourself now at home working remotely? Is it something new for you? Are you finding it a little cumbersome? Here are some tips from Triparna de Vreede, associate chair of the...

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Nursing Advisor Puts Sewing Skills to Work Against COVID-19
USF College of Nursing student advisor Ashley Ros has been busy sewing masks to donate to local health care providers in an effort to tackle the shortage in personal protective equipment.

College of Nursing Donates PPE Supply to USF Health
The USF College of Nursing gave its supply of personal protective equipment to USF Health doctors and nurses fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

The college donated more than 350 isolation gowns, 1,300 surgical masks, and 20 N95 masks.
International Year of the Nurse and Midwife Celebration Begins

The World Health Organization designated 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife , marking 200 years since the birth of Florence Nightingale.

On March 6, the college held a kick off celebration, giving faculty and staff a chance to reflect on choosing the nursing profession.
Coverdell Fellow Brings Peace Corps Experience to Wimauma
83 Degrees Media recently published a story featuring USF College of Nursing student Logan Marx. Marx is one of the college's Coverdell Fellows, a program for returning Peace Corps volunteers seeking a bachelor's degree in nursing.
Students Visit Sligh Middle
USF College of Nursing students visited classes at Sligh Middle Magnet School on March 10. These future Bull nurses shared insights on the nursing profession and about college life.
Cole Scholars Awarded $10K Each Toward Doctoral Degree

Three USF College of Nursing doctoral students have been named Cole Scholars, and each will receive $10,000 toward completing their Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. Megan Kahle, Kailah Costello, and Catherine Hernandez were recently...

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Florida Governor Signs Scope of Practice Bills into Law

Qualified nurse practitioners will be able to independently operate primary care practices without an attending doctor's supervision under a bill passed by the Legislature and signed hours later by Gov. Ron DeSantis. Advanced nurse practitioners...

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Food for Thought: Resume Tips
The USF College of Nursing's Doctoral Nursing Student Organization organized a Lunch & Learn on March 3 and 4 for graduate nursing students.

The sessions featured a speaker from Career Services who shared tips on preparing cover letters, resumes, and CVs for clinical and academic positions after graduation.
Pre-Nursing Bulls Dance for Kids
Students in the USF Pre-Nursing/Public Health Living Learning Community raised $1,300 in the Bulls for Kids Dance Marathon held Feb. 29 at the Marshall Student Center.

The group won an award for being the event's top fundraising student organization. The money raised will benefit Shriners Healthcare for Children Florida.
2019 USF Outstanding Staff Award Winners
Congratulations to the College of Nursing's 2019 USF Outstanding Staff Award winners. The award recognizes exceptional employees who demonstrate a commitment to excellence and a level of performance that exceeds the values and standards of the university.
Xavier Ramos
Admissions Recruiter Advisor
Ashley Ros
Admissions Recruiter Advisor
Sophia Ramesar
Emily Kent
Alan Todd
Assistant Dean
Center for Experiential Learning and Simulation
Karla Maldonado
Assistant Director
Nurse Anesthesia Program
Eleanor Rawson
Simulation Coordinator
Nurse Anesthesia Program
Jillian Coury
Senior Research Support Specialist
Jessica Diaz
Assistant Director of Health Care
Tabassum Tasnim
Academic Services Administrator
Brittnay Glover
Administrative Specialist for Research
Lisa Velesko
Academic Services Administrator
Virtual Undergraduate Orientation

Orientation for undergraduate nursing students in the Summer 2020 Accelerated Second Degree and Fall 2020 Upper Division nursing cohorts on the Tampa campus will take place online.

Doctoral Student Graduate Celebration

3 p.m. online via YouTube link
Spring 2020 Baccalaureate Pinning Ceremony

10:30 a.m. online via YouTube link

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Levoy, K.,  Buck, H. G ., Behar-Zusman, V., (In Press) The Impact of Varying Levels of Advance Care Planning Engagement on Perceptions of the End-of-Life Experience among Caregivers of Deceased Cancer Patients.  American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
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Invited faculty, paper presentation, “The Burden of Multiple Co-morbidities in Cardiovascular Disease” in session titled,  Life is Messy: Complex Cardiovascular Comorbidities Across the Lifespan.  Buck, H. G. at the AHA Scientific Session, Dallas, Texas. November 14-16. 2020.
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