The 31st USF Health Research Day will be held as a virtual event on Feb. 26.

Organizers are seeking research abstracts from USF Health students, postdoctoral scholars, and clinical fellows. Research Day's emphasis continues to be on trainee-based research. Due to COVID-19, there will be no live judging or presentations. The deadline for proposal submission is 5 p.m. Jan. 15.
Thanks to philanthropists David Kotok and Christine Schlesinger, the USF College of Nursing launched a four-part educational webinar series Frontline Nursing During COVID-19: A New Paradigm on Jan. 7.

The series is designed to provide frontline nurses with the tools needed to empower them to advocate for their safety and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch trailer>>
In as many weeks, two USF Bull Nurses have garnered the spotlight for their contributions at the forefront of the region’s coronavirus pandemic response.

One became the face of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in the Tampa Bay region. The other has led the Eli Lilly monoclonal antibody infusion trials at AdventHealth hospitals in Zephyrhills and Dade City.
A new partnership between USF Health College of Nursing and Port Tampa Bay will improve COVID-19 infection control and safety measures for maritime workers and establish the country’s first on-site nursing faculty practice at the port to provide health checks to the vulnerable seafarers population.
Thanks to the generosity of many at the College of Nursing, all the children on the Peds to Succeed Virtual Angel Tree were adopted.

The project benefited the children attending the RICH Houses in Robles Park and Sulphur Springs and was part of the college's ongoing partnership with the Tampa Police Department.
To assure nursing students have the skills to take care of patients infected with the coronavirus, the USF Health College of Nursing is beginning a COVID Care pilot program in the Spring 2021 semester. The program teaches the fundamentals of the disease and associated patient care practices.
As we move into a new year, let's take a look back at some of the top news stories of 2020 from the College of Nursing.

The unprecedented year was dominated by the pandemic response and many highlights, including the 20,221 hours of COVID-related community relief hours nursing students logged since spring. Read more>>
Nearly 140 baccalaureate nursing students took the nursing pledge and became new nurses in a pre-recorded pinning ceremony held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ceremony recognized the graduation milestone and awarded honors to students who excelled academically and clinically. Read more>>
The College of Nursing celebrated the achievements of 14 doctoral students in a virtual ceremony in December.

Faculty awarded ribbons to the top 3 student research poster presentation winners. Marisa Sweetser, the DNP student speaker, congratulated her fellow nursing leaders on their accomplishments. Read more>>
College of Nursing alumna Janet Fansler MS '88, is giving back to USF by leading a campaign of caring.

Fansler, who recently retired from her role as an executive nurse leaders at Lakeland Regional Health, has pledged to match, up to $15,000, contributions to the third annual Leaders in Care campaign. Read more>>
For most of her life, recent Bull Nurse grad and PhD student Jaelyn Brown has watched her mom, Juliet Brown, fight some form of cancer.

At the end of April, her mom died a week before graduation. The 22-year-old continues her nursing studies in the PhD nursing science program to continue her mom's legacy. Read more>>
USF Health College of Nursing Assistant Professor Brittany Hay, known for her patience and ability to inspire and mentor nursing students, received the college’s inaugural DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty in December.

The award celebrated the compassionate work of nursing educators. Read more>>
USF College of Nursing Associate Dean Tracey Taylor talked to WFTS Tampa Bay reporter Larissa Scott about proper face mask techniques and shared advice on when face masks should be replaced.

The segment aired on 35 news stations across the country. An estimated 20.6 million viewers watched the interview.
College of Nursing Dean Usha Menon added her voice to the AACN Gallery of Leadership where member deans discuss ways to strengthen diversity in the nursing community.

Dr. Menon explained how the college is addressing equity, fostering an inclusive environment and empowering student success.
Congrats to the College of Nursing's nurse anesthesia program!

For the second consecutive year, graduating nurse anesthesia students achieved a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the National Certification Exam.

All 42 graduating students completed the program on time and aced their board exam.
The fall semester's Coffee and Conversations professional development series concluded in December with a Kahoot contest that tested staff on the TEDx topics.

Becky Gubernick took top honors and was named TEDx Champion. Katie Muniz came in second and Greg Wance was a close third. The spring semester's Coffee and Conversations series kicks off Feb. 10 with new topics and in-house facilitators.
A second professional development series, Team Building with CliftonStrengths, will be offered in the spring 2021 semester.

The College of Nursing will roll out the program over four sessions. Team members will complete an online psychological assessment that identifies their top five strengths and creates a personalized report on how to maximize each of their five dominant traits.
Former classically trained ballet dancer and nursing student Vladimir Lut was among a list of December graduates featured in USF's Believe in Bulls campaign.

Lut, a former classically trained ballet dancer, was a member of the inaugural cohort in the accelerated second degree pathway at the St. Petersburg campus.

College of Nursing Academic Advisor Justine Nandkishorelal was awarded the USF 2019-2020 Outstanding Undergraduate Advising Award for her positive impact on undergraduate students.

Nandkishorelal was recognized for her advising work at the Office of Transfer Student Success and with RN to BSN students at the College of Nursing.
College of Nursing Academic Advisor Maikelyn Lopez was also honored for her excellence in academic advising and received the USF 2019-2020 Outstanding Undergraduate Advising Award.

Lopez advises prospective students and admitted students in the RN to BSN pathway, as well as students in the HCC Concurrent program.
The College of Nursing celebrated the dedication of hundreds of nursing students that contributed COVID-related community relief hours during a virtual recognition event in December. The students collectively completed 20,221 hours during the Spring semester at various events, including COVID testing sites, flu drive events, telehealth clinics, Back to School fairs, and food drives.
USF Health College of Nursing Instructor Marc Rosales passed the CNE exam and became a Certified Nurse Educator.

The national certification offered by the National League for Nursing demonstrates expertise in nursing education. Congratulations!
Congratulations to College of Nursing PhD student Tina Mason for receiving the Oncology Nursing Society's 2021 Excellence in Advanced Clinical Practice Award.

The honor recognizes excellence in oncology nursing. Mason works at Moffitt Cancer Center.
Both Tracey Taylor and Ann Joyce are featured as Heroes Among Us in USF Magazine's Winter 2020 issue. The alumni magazine highlighted members of the USF community who have shown resiliency and compassion during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The USF Health College of Nursing, in collaboration with Tampa General Hospital, is excited to announce a new educational opportunity for perioperative nurses: the Registered Nurse First Assistant (RNFA) Program. This 12-credit certificate program will provide specialty certification and training for perioperative nurses to function as a first assistant in the operating room. Tamp General Hospital has generously offered to underwrite the cost of the first four students accepted into the program. This innovative program will create new opportunities for nurses around the country.


Katie Muniz

Conference and Events Planner

Kelley Baumgartel

Assistant Professor
Week of Welcome

Spring semester begins. View schedule of events.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

No classes. University closed.

Nursing Faculty Grand Rounds

Dr. Tiffany Gwartney presents "Nursing in a Global Pandemic" at 11 - 11:50 a.m. via Microsoft Teams.

Hays, L., McSweeney, J., Mitchell, A., Bricker, C., Green, A., & Landes, R. D. Recruitment Issues in Emerging Adult Populations: Focus on Adult Congenital Heart Disease. Nursing Reports, December 2, 2020.

Rosales, M., & Pavlock, A. (in press). Using COVID-19 Case Studies to Enhance Real-Time Practice in an RN to BSN Pharmacology Course. Nurse Educator.

Rosales, M., & Chabalowski, B. (in press). Enhancing Clinical Handoff Skills During Online Post Conference: An Innovative Approach. Nurse Educator.

Rosales, M., & Torres, Y. M. (in press). Using a Wheel of Names During an Online Synchronous Class to Encourage Participation During COVID-19. Nurse Educator.

Yoo, J. Y., Dutra, S. V. O., Fanfan, D., Sniffen, S., Wang, H., Siddiqui, J., Song, H., Bang, S. H., Kim, D. E., Kim, S., & Groer, M. Comparative analysis of COVID-19 guidelines from six countries: a qualitative study on the US, China, South Korea, the UK, Brazil, and Haiti. BMC Public Health, December 3, 2020.

Bond, J., Bundoc, E., Hefley, J., Wofford, K., Bonds, R., & Moore, C. (In press). Resuming Breastfeeding after Surgery: Influencing Practice Recommendations. Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing.

Taylor, K. & Maguire, D. (2020). A review of feeding practices in infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome. Advances in Neonatal Care. 20(6):430-439.

Maguire, D. J., Visovsky, C. F., Hernandez, I., Palacios, L., Huerta, A., & Lopez-Castillo, H. (2020). Practices at the time of weaning in Chitré, Herrera [in Spanish]. Pediátrica de Panamá49(1):5-11. Doi: 10.37980/im.journal.rspp.20201589

Maye, J., Lugo, E., & Baribeault, T. (2020) Opioid-free Anesthesia and Pain Management. Spirium.


Lockett, L. J. & Jordan, E.T. (2021, April 15). Preparing RN-BSN students for Ambulatory Care Nursing practice: An innovative approach in one RN-BSN program to meet contemporary healthcare needs [Rapid Fire Podium Presentation]. American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.

Gwartney, T., Duffy, A., & Hernandez, I. Guidelines for Maintenance of Safe Breastfeeding and visitation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Directrices para el mantenimiento de la lactancia maternal y las visitas seguras durante la pandemia COVID-19. Podium presentation at Simposio Internacional y V Simposio de Cuidados Intensivos Adulto y Neonatal, Universidad del Norte, Colombia.

Lutz, R., and Ernewein, C. (2020, December 5) Human Trafficking: Recognition, Referral, and Treatment. Presentation for 2020 Fulfilling Florida CE Requirement event, Tampa, FL.

Mason, T. M. (2021, March). Quality of life and complicated grief: A qualitative analysis. Student poster session at the 2021 National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Annual Conference, virtual.

Glymph, D. (2021) Anesthesia Pain Management Strategies for Parturients on Medication Assisted Treatment. Podium Presentation. AANA 2021 Annual Congress. Austin, TX. August 13-17, 2021.
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