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February 2023

FAU College of Nursing's Online Master's in Nursing Administration Program Ranks in Top 20 in 'U.S. News & World Report'

Florida Atlantic University Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing’s online master’s in nursing administration/leadership program is ranked No. 17 for 2023 by U.S. News & World Report. The 2023 Best Online Programs methodologies are based on several factors, including engagement, faculty credentials and training, expert opinion and services and technologies provided. Only degree-granting programs that are offered predominantly online by regionally accredited institutions were considered. Read More

FAU College of Nursing to Host Spring 2023 Career Fair

Attend the FAU Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing’s Career Fair on Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come explore internship and full-time job opportunities both locally and nationally. Students from all majors and class levels are encouraged to attend.

The College of Nursing attracts companies from various industries including healthcare, communication, government, business, non-profit, science, technology and more! The fair is open to FAU students and alumni only.

What do you need to know:

  • Create a Handshake account
  • Register for the Career Fair
  • Have your resume critiqued by the Career Center, and have it ready for the event
  • Business casual/professional dress is suggested
  • Get a free, professional headshot at the fair

Newly Released FAU Northwest Community Health Alliance Community Health Center Video

Learn how the Florida Atlantic University Northwest Community Health Alliance (FAU/NCHA) Community Health Center clinics are providing primary care and behavioral health services to underserved populations in West Palm Beach in this new video. Directed by advanced practice nurses in collaboration with other health care providers, the clinics offer services that are community, family and person-centered. Watch Video

Q&A With College Advisory Board Member Melissa Leamon

Q: What inspired you to get involved and support FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing as an advisory board member?

A: I was inspired to get involved because I am a graduate of the nursing school, class of 2004, and I wanted an opportunity to give back to the college that made my successes possible.

Q: What do you admire most about our students?

A: I admire the nursing students at FAU for their dedication to becoming a nurse. Nursing school is not easy regardless of where you attend, but when you must balance work and family responsibilities like many people do, it can be even more challenging. Stay committed to the BSN — you won’t regret it.

Q: What is your hope for the future of the College?

A: My hope for the future of the College of Nursing is that we can create some deeper collaborations with local hospitals that will result in beneficial clinical experiences and job opportunities for our students.

Q: Could you share some of your professional and personal interests?

A: Professionally, I enjoy celebrating nursing as a profession and reminding our nurses that what they do each day directly impacts a person. Past patients still talk about how you helped them during your shift. Nurses think of it as doing our job, but for our patients, we are making deep, meaningful impacts. I love each opportunity I get to read patients’ letters and celebrate the art of nursing with our teams. Personally, I enjoy being outside, whether that is at the pool, golf course or visiting dog-friendly restaurants with my two dogs and fiancé.

FAU College of Nursing 2022 Lamplighter Scholarship Program and Reception

Last November, faculty, staff, students and supporters gathered to attend the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing's Lamplighter Scholarship Program event. The annual ceremony and reception formally recognize the students' entry into the nursing profession. Since nursing students incur higher fees than average students, the scholarship program was established to help FAU's aspiring nurses. Watch Video

Student News

Last chance! Sign up to join or donate to the Make-A-Wish Southern Florida Walk for Wishes 5K Walk/Run in Broward County on Saturday, Feb. 4. Come join the College of Nursing, Sigma Iota Xi Chapter at-Large and the Student Nurses Association!

Ever dreamed of studying abroad? This summer, FAU's Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work are offering an interprofessional practice and education course in Armenia, Colombia, from June 4 to 11. The application deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 15. Scan the QR code for details or click here.

FAU graduate students from all degree programs are invited to compete in the University's annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition. The competition challenges graduate students to present their research in only three minutes to a live audience and win scholarship prizes. All degree-seeking FAU graduate students enrolled in a minimum of 1 credit hour in Spring 2023 are eligible to compete. Registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 10. Register Here

Submit your abstract today! FAU's 13th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium will take place on Friday, April 7, in the Schmidt Family Complex on the Boca Raton campus. The deadline to submit abstracts is Wednesday, March 1, by 5 p.m. Learn more here.

The FAU Career Center is ready to help you build toward your future. Their award-winning staff are available to help with practice interviews, resume reviews and more! Make an appointment today or check out the latest jobs in Handshake.

Save the date! The White Coat Ceremony will take place in-person on Thursday, March 16, at 6 p.m., in the Carole and Barry Kaye Auditorium on the Boca Raton campus.

Student Spotlight

FAU Student Nurses' Association

The FAU Student Nurses' Association (SNA) is having a busy year! Thanks to the group, students are enjoying a beautifully renovated lounge area. They have also hosted a Chipotle fundraiser, launched a hand-me-down scrubs project and attended the FNSA convention, a community health fair and charity walks. Well done!

News and Events

Save the date! The President's Gala will take place on Saturday, April 15, at 7 p.m., in the Eleanor R. Baldwin Arena on the Boca Raton campus. The annual event supports student scholarships, with a focus this year for those enrolled in health and health science programs. Invest in FAU Health today to prepare for the health care needs of tomorrow.

Enjoy free, bi-monthly yoga sessions! Mark your calendars for the second and fourth Mondays from February through April. This series is free and open to all FAU students, faculty and staff, as well as non-FAU community members. Learn more here.

The American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC) endorsed all four levels of the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing. FAU is the only school to have all program levels endorsed by the AHNCC. Congratulations!

FAU's Concert-4-Kindness on Jan. 15, brought university and community members together to promote and inspire kindness, love and inclusivity. Many faculty, staff and students brought their talents to the stage, including Dean Safiya George who shared a personal poem with the audience.

The College of Nursing will serve as a Southern Nursing Research Society Gold Host School for the upcoming annual March conference in Orlando. Several College faculty members will present and volunteer during the event.

On Jan. 30, the College's Initiative for Intentional Health hosted a free self-care CE entitled, "Come Tap With Me: Emotional Freedom Technique." The session was offered both in-person and online, and featured guest speaker Miriam Ismail, a self-improvement coach, Founder, Precious Time, LLC.

Research News

Eftkhar Alroyley, Ph.D. Candidate

Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Ph.D. candidate Eftkhar Alroyley (at right) received the Best Poster award for her research on "Saudi Families' Needs in the Intensive Care Unit" with support from academic advisor Dr. Lenny Chiang-Hanisko.

To learn more about Eftkhar's research and her plans for the future, click here.

Faculty and Staff Spotlights

In recognition of her excellence in clinical practice, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) named Dr. Debra Hain as the 2023 recipient of the AANP State Award for Excellence in Florida. Each year, nurse practitioners across the nation are nominated by their colleagues to receive this prestigious award. Congratuations!

Dr. Karen Wisdom-Chambers was featured in a recent YWCA newsletter for being an invaluable supporter of the YWCA of Palm Beach County. Over the past holiday season, she collected thousands of dollars in donations to purchase toys for YWCA's Child Development Center and the women and children at their Domestic Violence Emergency Shelter. She was also praised for her work at FAU as a tireless health care provider to underserved members in the community.

Dr. Armiel Suriaga will present his research on substance abuse at the City of Greenacres Community Center on Wednesday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m.

Additionally, Dr. Suriaga completed the Public Health Leadership Lab at Harvard University during the Fall 2022 semester. Participants joined workshops where they applied learning, coaching and reflection to gain a better understanding of themselves as leaders, as well as ways to tackle population health challenges.

Dean Safiya George will be the keynote speaker at FAU's Horizon Society Luncheon on Thursday, March 16, at the Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club in Boca Raton. Each year, the FAU Foundation honors philanthropists who have planned a future gift to FAU with a celebratory luncheon.

A College review committee selected two recipients of the 2023 Christine E. Lynn Center for Caring Research awards. Congratulations to Dr. Rita Gengo (at right) for her project "Psychometric Validation of the Modified Fatigue Impact Scale in Individuals with Health Failure" and Dr. Laurie Martinez for her project "Pet Dogs, Resilience and Well-being in Military Adolescents."

On Jan. 19, Drs. Joy Longo and Debarshi Datta were honored at the Trailblazers in Teaching: ACUE Faculty Certification Ceremony by FAU's Office of the Provost. The event recognizes those who participate in the Association of College and University Educator's (ACUE) course and earn a nationally recognized certificate in Effective Teaching Practices.

Thanks to Dr. Lisa Wiese's mentoring and encouragement, a Faith Health Educator was able to secure a grant to allow Belle Glades residents to continue to attend a hybrid chair yoga class. The program was originally funded by FAU's I-Health pillar.

Dr. Tarsha Jones has been selected as a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Rising Scholar. She will be featured in NCI's monthly cancer research seminar series. Save the date for her presentation on Thursday, April 20. Details can be found here.

In the Media

The Palm Beach Post featured the Florida Atlantic University Northwest Community Health Alliance Community Health Center's open house on January 13. The goal of the event was to inform more people about the broad array of services the Center offers. (Photo credit: The Palm Beach Post) Read Article

Dr. Joy Longo was interviewed by two local news stations WPBF and CBS12, regarding a scheme federal prosecutors discovered in which three South Florida schools sold fake nursing diplomas.

Faculty Publications

Hibler, D. A., Krause-Parello, C. A., Gliba, B., Morris, J., Mullins, C. D. (2023). Joining Forces with Veterans: Veterans’ and Researchers’ Perspectives on Veteran-Centered Engagement Practices. Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, 15(2), 1-9.


Phillips, A. K., Buechel, J. J., Druse, F. C., 3rd, Hopkins, D., Oblea, P. N., Siaki, L., Trego, L. L., & Wilson, C. (2022). Continuing the legacy of a military women's health research interest group. Nursing outlook, 70(6S2), S153–S160.


Brown, R. A. (2022). Ode to holistic herbs. Journal of Art and Aesthetics in Nursing and Health Sciences, 6(1), 16-17.

Employment Opportunities

Clinic Director and Nurse Practitioner - Community Health Center, Westgate

Visiting Instructor (Pediatrics), Boca Raton

Visiting Simulation Coordinator and Instructor, Boca Raton

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FAU/NCHA Community Health Centers

Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center

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