These USF Nurses Went to Help in NYC. They Have Stories.

As soon as she walked into the New York hospital room, Victoria Mejia knew something had happened. A man who had been struggling to survive the day before was gone, his bed empty. A woman in the hallway peered through the window, banging on the door.

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Nursing to Study Pandemic Rapid-Risk Assessment and Response

The USF COVID-19 Rapid Response Research Grants program has selected 14 interdisciplinary projects to fund. Among them is College of Nursing interim dean Dr. Usha Menon and her team who will develop a registry to understand the COVID-19 outbreak...

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Nursing Celebrates Doctoral Graduates Virtually

The USF College of Nursing celebrated 24 doctoral graduates during a virtual ceremony to honor their academic achievements. Since in-person gatherings at USF have been cancelled due to the continuing coronavirus pandemic, the end-of-semester...

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USF College of Nursing, TPD Partner to Provide COVID-19 Aid

USF's College of Nursing teamed up with Tampa Police Department R.I.C.H. House officers and Sulphur Springs Neighborhood of Promise to provide household supplies and non-perishable foods for families and seniors in an April 17 event at the...

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Coronavirus Q & A: Victoria Mejia, CRNA

As New York enters its most grim week yet amid the COVID-19 pandemic, USF College of Nursing alumna Victoria Mejia, who graduated from the nurse anesthesia program in 2018, headed to the front lines. Mejia works as a certified registered nurse...

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College of Nursing Remembers Two Trailblazers

In the past month, two longtime USF College of Nursing educators who played critical roles in the evolution of the college, died within a day of each other. The College of Nursing is mourning the loss of two esteemed faculty members who first met ...

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Students Eligible for Federal Relief
USF has received $17.4 million from the U.S. Department of Education, provided through the  Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act , that will be used for emergency student aid.
Spring Commencement Moves Online
The University of South Florida announced plans to hold virtual commencement ceremonies on May 9 to recognize thousands of graduates denied the traditional diploma walk due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Spring graduates also have the chance to be recognized during the summer commencement exercises, tentatively scheduled for August.
Feeling Tired? Try These Helpful Hints
Since schedules have been turned upside down, there's a chance your sleep might be suffering as well.

Do you feel more tired than usual? Some small changes to your routine may help you become more productive throughout the day.

Read the Be Well USF blog to learn more.
Aramark Donates to Bulls Pantry
USF Dining Services staple Aramark has donated 650 pounds of food to the Feed-A-Bull pantry. Due to the increased need, the pantry has expanded its reach beyond students and has opened its shelves to faculty and staff during the pandemic.
Survey to Pinpoint Virus Hot Spots
USF Health researchers are hoping a community survey will help better identify local pockets of the coronavirus. The survey will gauge which residents may be experiencing mild symptoms and pinpoint the areas susceptible to becoming a coronavirus cluster.
USF Announces Pandemic Network
The University of South Florida launched the Pandemic Response Research Network™ , an interdisciplinary collaboration of scientists whose research addresses the issues surrounding epidemics.

USF College of Nursing assistant professor Andrew Bugajski, PhD, RN, serves on the network's task force, which is also in the process of creating research hubs.
Pandemic Research & Response Fund
Generous donors have contributed to the new USF Health Pandemic Research & Response Fund , which supports research efforts in the fight against the coronavirus.

The fund, which has raised more than $161,000, supports the needs of USF Health to prevent, treat, and train for the pandemic response.
Connecting While Social Distancing
Social distancing doesn’t have to be lonely, says Lindsey Rodriguez, an applied social and health psychologist at USF St. Petersburg . Rodriguez discusses ways people can maintain social connections despite physical separation.
Coronavirus Q & A: Erik Rauch DNP, CRNA, NSMP-C

As the nation continues to be on stay-at-home orders amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we asked USF College of Nursing's Erik Rauch, BSN '03, DNP '11, assistant professor and the chief CRNA at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, to share what he's seeing...

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Coronavirus Q & A: Marc Rosales DNP, MBA/HCM, RN, CCRN

USF Health has teamed up with Hillsborough County to open three new COVID-19 testing sites in East Tampa, Plant City, and Ruskin to make testing more accessible in underserved communities. USF College of Nursing instructor Marc Rosales was one of ...

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Pregnancy during COVID-19: Tips for Emotional Wellness

Pregnant women fortunate to work during the pandemic face specific challenges. Ms. Ashley Souza Gerb is remotely working. This is Ashley's first pregnancy and her due date is mid-June. Ashley openly shared that the situation with COVID-19 is...

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Various Disciplines Incorporating COVID-19 into Lesson Plans

USF faculty members are finding palpable teaching opportunities to engage students while social distancing. Many have added the coronavirus to their syllabus, using real-life examples and online tools to meet educational requirements. "It's...

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CRNA Shana Hudson Helps COVID-19 Patients in NYC

In a job where the sick and dying are all around you, and where your own health is potentially at risk every minute of every shift, there are going to be distressing and heartbreaking moments. For Shana Hudson, the worst of them is the phone call...

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SRNA Headed To New York To Aid Hospitals During COVID-19

Samantha Motis, 27, always wanted to be a nurse when she grew up. She wanted to help people; and yet the recent pandemic has forced her, like many others, to ...

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Wearing Scrubs in Public? Expert Says No.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, navigating a grocery store comes with a dose of unease. That unease can be amplified when shoppers see health care workers wearing scrubs. Earlier this week, a Fox 35 story made national news after a shopper confronted ...

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Nursing Partners with TruMont for Virtual Curriculum

With the United States already facing a nursing shortage, the COVID-19 pandemic has placed a greater strain on the nation’s health care system. As student nurses are prohibited from continuing their clinical rotations due to the virus...

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A Peek into Our Stay at Home Lives
Happy hour. Puppy love. Hammock time. These are some of the ways we stayed sane and safe during the quarantine COVID-19 pandemic.
Alumni Publication Highlights Nursing Partnership with R.I.C.H. Houses
Take a peek into the latest issue of USF Magazine, the quarterly Bulls alumni journal.

The spring issue focuses on the impact of partnerships on students, faculty, businesses, and communities. The College of Nursing's successful collaboration with the Tampa Police Department and the R.I.C.H. Houses is featured on page 39.
Nurse Educator Chosen for Elite Program
The USF College of Nursing's nurse anesthesia program director Michelle Canale, DNP, CRNA, APRN, has been accepted into a competitive fellowship designed for promising academic nursing leaders.

Dr. Canale will be part of the 2020-2021 class of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's Elevating Leaders in Academic Nursing program. The on-site portion of the program is scheduled for November in Minnesota.
PhD Student Wins AACN Scholarship
USF College of Nursing doctoral student Rebecca Koerner was recently awarded the January 2020 CastleBranch GNSA scholarship through the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

She was one of two students chosen from more than 100 applicants. Two $2,500 scholarships are given out each semester, with a total of four scholarships each year.
Scholarship Recipients Say Thank You
Scholars from USF Health sent messages of gratitude to donors in a video titled, "USF Health Scholarship: Where Are They Now."

USF College of Nursing's Cole Scholar and graduate Vanessa Belcher, DNP '19, talks about how the scholarship has made a profound impact on her life.
Nursing in Search of Content Experts
We're looking for Bull nurse alumni who can be resources for our nursing students.

Undergraduate nursing students enrolled in evidence-based practice courses need to meet with content experts who guide them toward a valid evidence-based project.

For those interested, simply fill out the survey to share your topic of expertise.
Bull Nurse A-Team Needs Recruits
Applications are open for nursing students to join the USF College of Nursing's 2020-21 Bull Nurse Admissions Team. The A-Team crew members represent the college at admissions and recruiting events. Completed applications are due May 22.
Pranam Parsanlal
Saba Arzola
Research Project Manager
Cassandra Garza
Administrative Specialist
Jennifer Chang Damonte
Research Project Manager
National Nurses Week

National Nurses Week begins May 6 and ends May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale.

Spring Baccalaureate Pinning Ceremony

10:30 a.m. online via YouTube link

2020 Summer Session Begins

First day of summer classes for sessions A & C.

Williams, L. F. (2020) Human Papillomavirus: A Global Burden. Journal of Community & Public Health Nursing. 6: 238.

Rossiter, A. G. , Cervelli, L., Cogan, A. M., & Ling, C. G. (2020). Treating military-connected children in the civilian sector: Information and resources for health care providers.   Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 101 (4), 735-737. DOI:

Ling, C. G., Cervelli, L., Cogan, A. M., & Rossiter, A. G. (2020). Treating military spouses in the private sector: Education page and resources for health care providers.   Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,  online ahead of press. DOI:

Lockett, L. , Katz, K. S. , Czerwinski, S. , Gore, T. , & Gwartney, T. (2020). Development of a transformative standardized approach for written communication skills in an online RN-BS program.  Nursing Education Perspectives . Advance online publication. https// doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000651

Cousin, L. Buck, H.,  Benitez, B., Mills, P., Redwine, L. (In Press). A Structural Equation Model of Gratitude, Self-Efficacy, and Medication Adherence in Stage B Heart Failure Patients.  Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.

Cousin, L. , Redwine, L. , Bricker, C. , Kip, K. &  Buck, H. G.  (In Press) Psychometrics of the Gratitude Questionnaire-6 in African-Americans at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease.  Western Journal of Nursing Research.

Rhoten, B. &  Davis, A . Head and neck cancer survivors’ perceptions of self-report measures used to assess sexuality.  The Journal of Sexual Medicine . 2020; 17(1), S50.


Invited virtual podium presentation, titled "An Action Research Study on Mandatory Debriefing for Registered Nurses." Zurcher, N.  for the Society of Pediatric Nursing Annual Conference, April 22-25, Anaheim, California.

Webinar, titled "Military-Connected Children and I Serve 2." Rossiter, A. G. for the Center for Deployment Psychology's Monthly Webinar, April 24, online.
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