USF Medical Response Crew Answers Calls to Campus Clinic

University of South Florida Bulls too sick or injured to get to the campus health clinic now have an easy solution: call the new student-staffed Medical Response Unit. The medical transport service ­- run by Bulls certified as Emergency Medical...

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Research Is Key to Landing Perfect Job at Career Expo

The University of South Florida's College of Nursing held its annual career expo on Feb. 19, giving job-seeking nursing students a chance to meet face-to-face with health care recruiters looking to fill residency programs. About 100 nursing...

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USF Health Celebrates 30th Research Day

The familiar sea of colorful research posters decorated the USF Tampa campus Marshall Student Center ballroom on the morning of Feb. 21. USF Health Research Day 2020 marked 30 years of showcasing the best interdisciplinary scholarly research from ...

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USF Ranks Among Top Institutions for Peace Corps Volunteers

Tampa, Fla. (Feb. 26, 2020) - The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top institutions for producing Peace Corps volunteers, according to new rankings released today. USF is ranked No. 2 for total graduate volunteers and No. 25...

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Thank a Nurse and Support Nursing Education

The year of the nurse As interim dean of the USF College of Nursing, I join our faculty in educating the next generation of clinical nurses and nurse scientists. The World Health Organization has designated 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

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USFSM Nursing Veteran To Be Honored by Sticks for Soldiers

Sticks for Soldiers was originally started in Connecticut, but has raised over $35,000 for select wounded veterans in the two years of the Florida affiliate's existence. Since the inception of Sticks for Soldiers in 2006, the nonprofit...

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Nursing Showcases Scholarly Work at USF Health Research Day
College of Nursing students shined at the 30th USF Health Research Day held at the Marshall Student Center on Feb. 21. More than 340 poster presentations were on display representing research from the colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Public Health and Pharmacy.

Nursing student Dorothie Durosier Mertilus won for Best Poster in the Field of Nursing for her scholarly work titled "Sexual Distress in Lymphoma Patients: A State-of-the-Art Literature Review."
Celebrating Our Diverse Cultures and Identities
USF Health's Multicultural Week , Feb. 10-14, celebrated our diversity while exploring our wide range of cultural and social identities. We learned to use inclusive language in health care practice as well as in everyday life as we left our mark on the world.
Film on Microbes Gets Thumbs-Up
"Let Them Eat Dirt: The Hunt for Our Kids' Missing Microbes" is a newly released documentary from Bullfrog Films looking at the role microbes play in the development, physical and mental health of children.

USF College of Nursing professor Maureen Groer, RN, PhD, offers one the film's featured reviews, writing that the "relationship between the microbiome and common pediatric illnesses is well explained and scientifically sound."

The film is based on the book "Let Them Eat Dirt" by B. Brett Finlay and Marie-Claire Arrieta.
Nursing Inventors Gather at Synapse Innovation Summit
USF College of Nursing faculty attended Synapse Summit 2020 at Amalie Arena, Feb. 11-12, with an eye towards sparking collaboration and inspiration. Drs. Theresa Beckie and Ponrathi Athilingam showcased their mobile apps that help patients promote a healthy heart.
Professor Chosen for Pediatric Nursing Conference Planning

USF College of Nursing assistant professor Sharlene Smith, DNP, MS, APRN, CPNP, has been selected to be on the conference planning committee for the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP).

Dr. Smith is president of NAPNAP's Florida chapter, and the national conference will be held in Orlando in March 2021.
Professor Invited to Speak at Student Nurses Conference

USF College of Nursing assistant professor Yolanda Torres, PhD, RN, has been selected to present her research at the National Student Nurses' Association convention this April in Orlando.

Dr. Torres will also be honored and recognized as a member of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses during the conference's opening ceremonies.
Black Heritage Month Featured Health Expo and Panel Discussion
In February, the USF College of Nursing celebrated Black Heritage Month with two events.

On Feb. 6, a panel of male health care providers discussed the challenges of being in the health care field, and on Feb. 27, a health care expo showcased information from a diverse group.
Nursing Students Volunteer Tips on Health and Fitness
USF College of Nursing students led interactive lessons in nutrition and fitness to school-aged children during a Mini Teach-in at Sulphur Springs K-8 Community School on Feb. 20 as part a USF Health Service Corps volunteer opportunity.
Professor Accepts Research Award
USF College of Nursing assistant professor Paula Cairns, PhD, RN, accepted the Bronze Snapshot Award during the Society of Critical Care Medicine's 49th Critical Care Congress, Feb. 16-19 in Orlando.

Dr. Cairns received the research award based on her abstract titled, "SAF-T Intervention for PTSD in Family Caregivers of Critically Ill, Mechanically Ventilated Adults."
Health Education Workshops Help Wimauma Church Youth Group
Seven nursing students joined the USF College of Nursing faculty to hold two health education workshops for youth at Wholesome Church in Wimauma.

The workshops, held Feb. 19 and 26, focused on heart health and diabetes education.
He's an Expert in Nursing Matters
The USF College of Nursing presented reference librarian Randy Polo with a certificate of appreciation during the Faculty Council meeting on Feb. 21.

Polo, who is retiring, was recognized for his years of dedication and service as the college's liaison at the Shimberg Health Sciences Library.
Running for Fun at Gasparilla
If you were one of the intrepid runners in the 2020 Gasparilla Distance Classic, you might have seen these three USF College of Nursing professors at the race start.

Congrats to Denise Maguire, Cheryl Zambroski, and Connie Visovsky for joining the thousands of landlubbers on race weekend. Drs. Maguire and Visovsky ran the 5K, and Dr. Zambroski completed the Lime Challenge, running a 15K, 5K, and a half marathon.
Interim Dean to Be Honored for Achievements in Health Equity

USF College of Nursing interim dean Usha Menon, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been selected to receive an achievement award during the Society of Behavioral Medicine's 41st Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions scheduled for April in San Francisco, California.

Among the Special Interest Group (SIG) Awards, Dr. Menon will receive the Health Equity SIG Service Award.
Nursing Professor Appointed to Serve on USF Library Council

USF College of Nursing assistant professor Christina Bricker, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, FAHA, has been appointed to the USF Library Council.

Dr. Bricker's three-year term runs 2020-2023. Council members advise the USF Provost on matters related to the composition, function, and structure of the USF Tampa Libraries and the Shimberg Health Sciences Library.
Scholar Shares Behavior Insights
USF College of Nursing hosted Visiting Scholar Carla Rash, PhD, as part of an ongoing lectureship series.

Dr. Rash, an assistant professor at UConn Health, presented "Using Contingency Management Interventions to Motivate Behavior Change in Disadvantaged Populations" on Feb. 13.
Wearing Red for Heart Disease
Faculty and staff at the USF College of Nursing wore red on Feb. 7 for National Wear Red Day and to support the Go Red for Women campaign.

The annual event is focused on heart health and promotes awareness of cardiovascular disease, which is the No. 1 killer of women each year. The American Heart Association's Go Red for Women movement advocates for more research in women's heart health.
Annual Summit Unites Anesthetists
Members of the USF College of Nursing nurse anesthesia program attended the 7th annual Sand & Surf Anesthesia Symposium in Orlando, Feb. 7-9.

The conference, hosted by the Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetists, featured a weekend of workshops aimed at helping nurse anesthetists navigate the changing field, including tips on how to open an anesthesia practice.
Student Chosen for Anesthesia Mentorship
Student nurse anesthetist Sergiy Omelayenko is headed to the AANA Mid-Year Assembly on April 19 in Washington, D.C. where he will participate in the Student Mentoring Program.

USF College of Nursing CRNA program administrators recommended Omelayenko for the opportunity based on his leadership qualities and interest in nurse anesthesia advocacy. He plans to shadow an experienced CRNA during a day of presentations, open forums, and other events.
Nursing Advisor Accepts Merit Award
USF College of Nursing student advisor  Rebecca Gubernick was awarded a Certificate of Merit in the Excellence in Advising - Advisor, Primary role category for Region 4 of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).

Gubernick accepted the award during NACADA's Southeast Region 4 conference in Tampa, March 1-3.
Leading Latinos in the Field of Nursing
USF College of Nursing assistant professor Ivonne Hernandez, PhD, RN, IBCLC, attended the National Association of Hispanic Nurses' (NAHN) Third Annual Latino Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C., Feb. 7-9.

Dr. Hernandez attended as president of the WestFL NAHN chapter. The event gives Latino nurses the opportunity to become engaged professionals and to take action to build their leadership skills.
FEBRUARY
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MARCH
Lunch and Learn: Creating Cover Letters, Resumes, and CVs

Noon - 1 p.m. MDN 2005, College of Nursing

A workshop for graduate nursing students preparing for clinical or academic positions after graduation.
Year of the Nurse & Midwife Celebration

8 - 11 a.m. Gathering Space, College of Nursing

A kickoff event to celebrate 2020 as the Year of the Nurse & Midwife with coffee, breakfast bars, and raffle.
Distinguished Lectureship in Aging

10:30 - 11:45 a.m. MDN 1096B, College of Nursing

Alice Bonner, PhD, RN, FAAN, presents "Aging is Cool: Everyone's Doing It!"
Civility Update

12:30 - 1:30 p.m., MDN 1022, College of Nursing

Oscar Bernard presents an update to the civility initiative at Nursing Grand Rounds.
CCNE Pep Rally

10 a.m. Gathering Space, College of Nursing

Join us for a spirit-filled kickoff to the following week's CCNE site visit.
CCNE Site Visit

CCNE Evaluation Team arrives for the College of Nursing's accreditation review.
Publications

Johansson, M. & Athilingam, P. (2020). A Dual-Pronged Approach to Improving Heart Failure Outcomes: A Quality Improvement Project. JMIR Aging. 3(1):e13513. DOI: 10.2196/1351.

Groer, M. E. , & Clochesy, J. M. (2020). Conflicts Within the Discipline of Nursing: Is There a Looming Paradigm War? Journal of Professional Nursing . 36(1),53-55. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.profnurs.2019.06.014.

Presentations

Invited lectures, titled "Inert gas narcosis and high pressure nervous syndrome", "Hyperbaric medicine", and "Hyperbaric chamber operations." Wofford, K. A. at the Medical Training in Austere Conditions Course, February, Marathon Key, Florida.

Keynote presentation, titled "Current Trends in Street Drugs." Efre, A. for the Coalition of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses of Indiana (CAPNI) Advanced Practice Registered Nurses Conference, Feb. 20-21, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Keynote presentation, titled "Medical Marijuana: The history, the benefits and the side effects." Efre, A. f or the Coalition of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses of Indiana (CAPNI) Advanced Practice Registered Nurses Conference, Feb. 20-21, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Presentation, titled "USF Neuro Cardiac Program: Optimizing Clinical Care through Collaboration and Research." Remo, E. at the USF Health Department of Neurology Grand Rounds, Feb. 28, Tampa, Florida.

Presentation, titled "Stress during Pregnancy: Effects on Pregnancy Outcomes and Infants. " Koerner, R. a t the USF Perinatal Research Seminar, Feb. 26, Tampa, Florida.

Invited podium presentation, titled "SAF-T Intervention for PTSD in Family Caregivers of Critically Ill Mechanically Ventilated Adults." Cairns, P. at the Society of Critical Care Medicine's 49th Critical Care Congress, Feb. 16-19, Orlando, Florida.

Roundtable presentation, titled "Cloud Chasing: The Perils of Vaping: What Are You Seeing in the ICU and How Are You Addressing It?" Cairns, P. at the Society of Critical Care Medicine's 49th Critical Care Congress, Feb. 16, Orlando, Florida.

Invited poster presentation, titled "Preferred Methods of Communication in Critically Ill, Mechanically Ventilated Adult Patients: A Phenomenological Study." Dumas, L. at t he USF Health Research Day, Feb. 21, Tampa, Florida.

Invited poster presentation, titled "Sexual Distress in Lymphoma Patients: A Literature Review." Durosier Mertilus, D. a t the USF Health Research Day, Feb. 21, Tampa, Florida.

Invited poster presentation, titled "Parent Biobehavioral Responses to SSC: State-Of-The-Art Review. " Koerner, R. at the USF Health Research Day, Feb. 21, Tampa, Florida.

Invited poster presentation, titled "Post Chemotherapy Induced Cognitive Dysfunction in Breast Cancer: A Systematic Revie w." Lin, K. & Lengacher, C. A. at the USF Health Research Day, Feb. 21, Tampa, Florida.

Invited poster presentation, titled "Developing a Measure of Diabetes-Specific Anxiety Symptoms in Youth with Type 1 Diabetes ." Johnson, M. & Rechenberg, K. at the USF Health Research Day, Feb. 21, Tampa, Florida.

Invited poster presentation, titled "Tailored Messages Aimed Towards Firefighters for the TIMS© Intervention ." Carter, J., Essa, M., Chabalowski, B., Lakmala, P., Papadopoulos, A. S., Szalacha, L., & Menon, U. at the USF Health Research Day, Feb. 21, Tampa, Florida.

Invited poster presentation, titled "Perceptions of Colorectal Cancer Screening Among First Responders." Essa, M., Carter, J., Lakmala, P., Chabalowski, B., Papadopoulos, A. S., Szalacha, L., & Menon, U. at the USF Health Research Day, Feb. 21, Tampa, Florida.
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