An Important Message for Faculty, Staff and Students

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students: Undoubtedly by now you have witnessed the human tragedy that occurred in Minneapolis, and the ensuing unrest. While we should have no tolerance of the rioting occurring in Minneapolis and other major American...

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College of Nursing Students "Pinned" at Virtual Ceremony

The rich tradition of welcoming the next generation of nurses continued on Thursday as the USF College of Nursing held its Baccalaureate Pinning Ceremony online amid the continuing coronavirus pandemic. The 55-minute pre-recorded video premiered...

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Nurse Educators Discuss Leadership During a Pandemic

USF College of Nursing faculty shared their expertise in global health and discussed how nurses can take the lead in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 during an international webinar centered on nursing leadership during a pandemic. Assistant...

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USF Leads All State Universities in Performance-based Scores

The University of South Florida (USF) leads all state universities in performance-based funding scores for 2020, according to data released today during a meeting of the Florida Board of Governors (BOG).

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Nursing Student Council Wins Top Student Group Award

The USF College of Nursing Student Council, a student-run group that encouraged classmates to lead through community engagement projects this year, has won the Outstanding Student Organization Award within USF Health. The council recently...

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Telehealth: How to Get the Most Out of a Virtual Appointment

As the nation eases its shelter-in-place orders and health care providers begin to reopen their offices to new safety protocols, it's likely your health care provider will continue to offer the option of a telehealth appointment. The continuing...

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College of Nursing and Clarifire Collaborate For Students

The USF Health College of Nursing is collaborating with a local software technology company to digitize nursing student assessment tools used during a preceptorship. The agreement with St. Petersburg-based Clarifire will allow nursing students to ...

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Bull Nurse Returns Home After A Month Volunteering in NYC

Lake Wales Nurse Returns Home After A Month Volunteering At NYC Hospital by James Coulter When Samantha Motis, 27 a Lake Wales resident, arrived at the hospital in the Bronx she was assigned to, the facility had three intensive care units (ICUs)...

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The Latest on USF and COVID-19
Whether it's a video message from USF President Steven Currall or an overview of plans to reopen in the fall, read the most recent community update regarding the pandemic and its impact on USF.
USF Features Nursing Heroes
College of Nursing faculty and students were highlighted for their contributions to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic in a social media campaign called USF Heroes.

See the entire list of USF Heroes and read about the difference they made.
Florence Nightingale's Legacy Felt on Her 200th Birthday

TAMPA, Fla. - Tuesday marks the end of Nurse's Appreciation Week. It also is the 200th birthday of the woman considered the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, whose legacy continues to impact those who undertake the profession...

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Nursing Leaders Describe the Impact of Florence Nightingale
Volunteers Cover Testing Sites
Dozens of USF College of Nursing faculty, students and staff have been volunteering at COVID-19 testing sites in Hillsborough County.

We may not be able to see their faces behind the personal protective equipment, but their dedication to USF Health shines through.

Pictured left: Megan Heskett and Jason Hepburn.
Dr. Charles Lockwood and Marcia Johansson
Natasha Zurcher and Megan Heskett
Melanie Stroup and Marc Rosales
Nursing Fills Art and STEM Needs
The USF College of Nursing continued to make a difference in the Sulphur Springs and Robles Park communities by donating supplies to keep school children active during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Organizers collected and delivered craft and art supplies and STEM activity kits to children served at the R.I.C.H. Houses through the college's partnership with the Tampa Police Department.
Nursing Included in Second Round of Pandemic Projects

Fourteen new projects will address global issues from infection detection to public perception of virus danger. The University of South Florida's COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants program is investing in 14 faculty projects totaling nearly $350,000...

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Grant to Study Wearable Device
USF College of Nursing professor Ming Ji, PhD, is among an interdisciplinary team awarded a grant in the second round of pandemic projects.

The USF COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants program is funding research projects totaling $344,855.

Dr. Ji will be working with Matthew Mullarkey at the Muma College of Business to study a wearable medical-grade COVID diagnostic device that could provide early virus detection in asymptomatic people.
Celebrating National Nurses Week
USF College of Nursing hailed our nursing alumni by bringing them doughnuts in celebration of National Nurses Week. Stops were made at St. Anthony's, Tampa General, Lakeland Regional, and the VA hospitals.
Interim Dean Honored for Achievement in Health Equity

USF College of Nursing Interim Dean Usha Menon, PhD, RN, FAAN, has earned the Health Equity Special Interest Group (SIG) Service Award from the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM). Throughout her career, a major emphasis of Dr. Menon's research...

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Vice Dean Talks Nurses Week, COVID-19 and Pride in Nursing

In this Health and Wellness Facebook Live, we visited with Dr. Susan Perry: Vice Dean, Faculty & Community Affairs for the USF College of Nursing. Dr. Perry discusses the pride she has in nurses, National Nurses Week, and COVID-19 precautions.

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Class of 2020 Photos: Marking the Milestone Amid a Pandemic
College of Nursing's Tracey Taylor Earns Culture Coin

USF College of Nursing interim dean Usha Menon, PhD, RN, FAAN, has awarded a USF Culture Coin to Tracey Taylor, DNP, ACNP-BC, RN, associate dean for graduate programs at the college. Dr. Taylor's vast experience with academic and accreditation...

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College of Nursing's Ann Joyce Awarded Culture Coin

Ann Joyce, PhD, associate director of advanced practice initiatives at the USF College of Nursing, has been recognized by Usha Menon, PhD, RN, FAAN, interim dean at the College of Nursing, as a Culture Champion and was awarded a Culture Coin for...

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College of Nursing's Brittnay Glover Receives Culture Coin

Brittnay Glover, an administrative specialist at the USF College of Nursing, has been awarded a Culture Coin for her "can-do" attitude and for being a "great representative of our college across USF Health and the university." College of Nursing...

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College of Nursing's Amanda Davis Receives Culture Coin

The USF College of Nursing's Amanda Davis, PhD(c), APRN, FNP-C, has been awarded a Culture Coin for showing she "truly cares for students with kindness and awareness." Amanda is director of the Accelerated Second Degree BSN program at the St....

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APRN Bill Becomes Law on July 1
A new law giving APRNs autonomous practice goes into effect July 1. In March, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed House Bill 607, but practitioners will need to apply for registration and gain approval from the state Board of Nursing.

Look for the latest implementation details from the Board of Nursing.
AANP Grant to Study Technology Intervention
USF College of Nursing associate professor Carmen Rodriguez , PhD, ANP-BC, AOCN, has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

The award will fund a pilot study to test revisions to a technology-enhanced communication intervention (TECI). This intervention helps critically ill patients who cannot verbalize their needs due to airway intubation, head and neck surgery, or neurodegenerative conditions by reporting their needs and symptoms.
Stay Connected to USF
Whether it's signing up for a virtual escape room session or joining an online class making intention bracelets, there are plenty of digital programs to help USF students stay connected over the summer.

Check out the university's virtual Summer Experiences here.
Student Board Needs Leaders
The USF Health Executive Student Leadership Board is accepting applications to join their team of student leaders.

Members serve as a liaison between USF Health leadership and the student body and plan events to promote the USF Health community. Applications are due July 6.
Earn a BSN Your Way: Recruiting Video Showcases RN-BSN Program
Jessica Samaniego
Britny Compton
Academic Services Administrator Focusing on graduate program outcomes
Sally Galloway
Administrative Specialist Supporting the Graduate Clinical Program
Emily Kent
Academic Services Administrator Supporting Faculty & Community Affairs
Carmen Mitchell
Assistant Director of Research

Staff Council Meeting

2 p.m. on Microsoft Teams

Nursing Faculty Grand Rounds

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Dr. Jay Wolfson presents "Medical Errors" on Microsoft Teams

Summer Session B

First day of classes

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Groer, M. W. , Miller, E. M., D'Agata, A., Ho, T. T. B., Dutra, S. V. , Yoo, J. Y. , Yee, A. L., Gilbert, J. A., Dishaw, L. J. (2020) "Contributors to Dysbiosis in Very-Low-Birth-Weight Infants." Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing . 2020 May;49(3):232-242. doi: 10.1016/j.jogn.2020.02.003. Epub 2020 Apr 2.PMID: 32247727


International webinar, titled "Nursing Leadership in Times of a Pandemic by COVID-19." Smith, B. and Hernandez, I. for the Universidad Del Norte Department of Nursing in Barranquilla, Colombia, May 21, online.
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