USF Health names Dr. Usha Menon Dean of College of Nursing

TAMPA, Fla. (Nov 24, 2020) - The University of South Florida has appointed Usha Menon, PhD, RN, FAAN, as new dean of the USF Health College of Nursing and senior associate vice president of USF Health.

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Student Brings Peace Corps Experience to Nursing

In early February, Karra Rutherford was working as a Peace Corps health extension volunteer in a small village in central Tanzania when the coronavirus pandemic abruptly ended her overseas work. With her two-year assignment on the African...

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Donation to USF Will Support New COVID Training Program

The University of South Florida Foundation has received a generous $57,000 donation from Sarasota businessman David Kotok and his partner Christine Schlesinger to support the development and delivery of a new continuing education training program ...

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Grad With Perfect Grades Named King O'Neal Scholar

When USF Health College of Nursing student Danielle Myers graduates in December 2020, she will be ending her undergraduate career on a perfect academic note.

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Next Generation of Nurses Currently Learning Online

TAMPA, Fla. - If the pandemic has taught us anything, it has re-enforced how crucial it is to have well-trained frontline workers like nurses. However, for the next generation of nurses, training is proving to be anything but traditional.

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COVID-19 Op-Ed Weighs Pandemic Effects on Nursing Shortage
Assistant Professor Rayna Letourneau writes about how the COVID-19 pandemic has compounded the nation's nursing shortage.

"The health of the nation's nurses need immediate attention. A strong nursing workforce is essential to the health and wellness of the nation," she writes.
COVID Webinar Series Garners News
The College of Nursing announced a new COVID-19 continuing education training program that will help nurses stay safe while treating patients during the pandemic.
Alumni Spotlight: Anna Hopen, BSN '20
Before she was a USF College of Nursing alumna, inventor Anna Hopen was the co-founder of the USF Young Innovator Competition. In 2020, she received her first patent for her prescription compliance invention.
Members of the fourth cohort of the Advanced Pain Management Fellowship Program / Photos by Zuzana Moore
Pain Fellows Complete Cadaver Course
Fellows in the College of Nursing's Advanced Pain Management Fellowship Program recently met for its annual Interventional Cadaver Course Training.

The three-day event held at the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) in Tampa is the culmination of the one-year fellowship program for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs).

The majority of fellows work in underserved and rural communities where advanced pain management services are nonexistent.
Kimberly Hoefer, the College of Nursing's first U.S. Coast Guard V-CARE nursing student, has won a 2020 Honor-A-Bull award in the health sciences category.

Hoefer "has demonstrated impeccable leadership skills that set her apart from her peers," according to her nomination.

She is set to graduate magna cum laude in December.
The College of Nursing announced 21 faculty members were nominated for the inaugural DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty.

The college will host the inaugural DAISY Award Ceremony on Dec. 4 where the nominees will be honored and the college's first DAISY winner will be announced.

To gather or not to gather? That is the question this holiday season as the coronavirus pandemic rages across Florida, including in the Tampa Bay region.

Local health leaders and experts, including College of Nursing Dean Usha Menon, shared how they will safely spend the socially distanced holidays.

USF Health College of Nursing leaders will be discussing a new partnership with Port Tampa Bay called Supporting Healthy Infection Prevention Practices (SHIPP) during a webcast at noon Dec. 3. SHIPP is the latest Leaders in Care project and aims to improve safety practices for seafarers and maritime workers.

Leslie Lockett, director of the RN to BSN pathway, recently completed her DNP project presentation, “Improving role-specific utilization of the electronic health record in an assisted living setting” for the degree of Doctor of Nursing Practice.

She will graduate from UCF on Dec. 18.
Assistant Professor Rayna Letourneau will be on a panel of experts discussing "The Role of Nurses" during the COVID-19 health crisis as part of an executive briefing analyzing the pandemic's economic and policy impacts.

The event is organized by the Global Interdependence Center and will convene at noon Dec. 3.
Congratulation to College of Nursing Associate Professor Kenneth Wofford, who recently became a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE).

The certification recognizes expertise in simulation and improves health care simulation education by providing a standardization and a pool of knowledge of best practices.
Congratulations to College of Nursing Instructor Patty O'Donnell on her retirement.

O'Donnell has taught in the RN to BSN pathway since 2011. She has been recognized by her students with a Golden Apple award for teaching and has been instrumental in getting first semester RN to BSN students reacclimated to academia.
Congratulations to College of Nursing Associate Director of Educational Design & Technology Tasha Brown on passing the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam.

The PMP designation recognizes individuals with an in-depth knowledge of project management skills and training.


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Fall Doctoral Student Graduate Celebration

3 p.m. online via YouTube here.
Leaders in Care: Advancing Nursing Education through Caring for Underserved Seafarers

Noon - 1 p.m. Online event. Register here.
DAISY Award for Extraordinary Faculty Virtual Ceremony

4 - 5 p.m. via Microsoft Teams.
College of Nursing Fall Baccalaureate Virtual Pinning Ceremony

10:30 a.m. via YouTube.
USF Fall Virtual Commencement Ceremony

9 a.m. Link available here.
Winter Break

No classes. University closed Dec. 24 - Jan. 1

El Khoudary, S. R., Aggarwal, B., Beckie, T. M., Hodis, H. N., Johnson, A. E., Langer, R. D., Limacher, M. C., Manson, J. E., Stefanick, M. L., Allison, M. A., & On behalf of the American Heart Association Prevention Science Committee of the Council on Epidemiology and Prevention; and Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing. (2020). Menopause Transition and Cardiovascular Disease Risk: Implications for Timing of Early Prevention: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association. Circulation, DOI: 10.1161/CIR.0000000000000912.

Kelsey, C. M., Prescott, S. M., McCulloch, J. A., Trinchieri, G., Alladares, T. L., Dreisbach, C., Alhuesen, J., & Grossmann, T. Gut microbiota composition is linked to newborn functional brain connectivity and behavioral temperament. Brain Behavior and Immunity; November 4, 2020.

Williams, L. F. (2020). Pelvic Inflammatory Disease: A Relevant Public Health Concern. Journal of Clinical Cases & Reports 4(S7): 1-3.

Lim, S. J., Seyfang, A., Dutra, S., Kane, B. & Groer, M. (2020) Gene expression responses to Zika virus infection in peripheral blood mononuclear cells from pregnant and non-pregnant women. MicrobiologyOpen.

Marshall, V. K., Given, C. W., Given, B. A., Lehto, R., Sikorskii, A. (In Press). Evaluating Change in Medication Beliefs in Patients Receiving Oral Oncolytic Agents. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology. DOI: 10.1080/07347332.2020.1855497. 


Bachman, W. and Parsanlal, P. (2020, November). Rebranding an Instructional Design Unit to Increase Agility. Virtual presentation for Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Accelerate 2020.

Lockett, L., Katz, K., Bachman, W. & Duffy, A. (2020, December 7-9). An innovative clinical experience alternative facilitating organizational and systems leadership education for RN-BSN students: Integrating technology[Poster presentation]. AACN Faculty Forum: Exploring Disruption and Innovation in Nursing Education.

Marshall, V. K. (2021). Understanding Medication Beliefs among Patients Receiving Oral Oncolytic Agents. Society of Behavioral Medicine's 2021 Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions. Accepted podium presentation.

Marshall, V. K., Given, B. (2021). Satisfaction with a Nurse-Led Interactive Voice Response System & Symptom Management Toolkit Intervention to Improve Adherence and Symptom Management in Patients Newly Prescribed an Oral Anticancer Agent. The 46th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress. Washington D.C. Accepted podium presentation. Virtual Conference.

Mason, T. M., Marshall, V. K., Chavez, M., & Martinez-Tyson, D. (2021, April). Impact of COVID-19: Resiliency of oncology healthcare professionals. The 46th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress. Washington, D. C. Accepted poster session. Virtual Conference.

Rossiter, A. G. & Ling, C. G. (2020, November). I Serve 2: Meeting the Needs of Military-Connected Children. International Armed Forces, Veterans and their Families Research Conference. Chester, England. Podium Presentation. Virtual Conference.

Beckie, T. (2020, November 15). Cardio-Oncology Rehabilitation: CORE components for cancer survivors. American Heart Association Scientific Sessions. Dallas, Texas. Virtual Conference.
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