USF Health Students Tested in Mock Tornado Disaster

Fresh off a nasty weather weekend that saw Tropical Storm Nestor-spawned tornadoes hit neighborhoods in Tampa Bay, students from USF Health faced a similar, yet simulated threat in classrooms on Monday. Simulation educators from the USF College...

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Project ECHO Connects Rural Providers with Health Experts

A new health care collaborative teaching model that uses video conferencing to connect rural health care providers with USF Health experts to deliver palliative care and behavioral health is seeing success and will likely continue beyond its...

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Peace Corps Volunteer Pursues Nursing as Coverdell Fellow

Earlier this year Peace Corps volunteer Hannah Dexter left the heart of South America with a newfound purpose. As her two-year commitment as a community health extension volunteer in Paraguay was drawing to a close, she wasn't sure what lay...

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Patriotic Quilts Honor Military Service of Nursing Students

A local quilters group presented homemade patriotic quilts to 20 USF College of Nursing student veterans on Oct. 24 during a Quilts of Valor recognition ceremony at the Sam and Martha Gibbons Alumni Center. The student veterans, all part of the...

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Alumna Takes Advantage of Nursing Program to Stay Local

Since she was old enough to remember, Victoria Hernandez loved science and wanted to be in the medical field. When she became an undergraduate student at USF St. Petersburg in 2015, she majored in biology and started volunteering during her...

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Program Offers Fellowships for Advanced Practice Providers

This summer, Jennifer Krawczyk, MS, APRN, helped USF Health break new ground. Krawczyk in June 2019 became the first graduate of USF...

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USF College of Nursing Public Notice on Accreditation

The University of South Florida (USF) College of Nursing was approved for implementation by the Florida Legislature in 1965 and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). CCNE will conduct an onsite accreditation...

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Toasting Promotions and Tenure
Members of the College of Nursing attended the USF Health reception on Oct. 3 honoring faculty who achieved promotions and/or tenure.

Alicia Rossiter, DNP, FNP, PPCNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, was promoted to associate professor. Teresa Gore, PhD, DNP, FNP-BC, NP-C, CHSE-A, FAAN, was promoted to professor. Harleah Buck, PhD, RN, FPCN, FAAN, received tenure. And Connie Visovsky, PhD, RN, ACNP, FAAN, was promoted to professor, but could not attend the event.
Researchers Honor Nursing Elite
Nurse leaders from the USF College of Nursing attended the American Academy of Nursing's annual conference in Washington, D.C., where nursing associate professor Hsiao-Lan Wang, PhD, RN, CMSRN, ACSM EP-C, was inducted into the 2019 class of Academy fellows.

College of Nursing professors also participated in expert panels and supported nursing research by attending the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR) NightinGala.
Nursing Students Take on Tally
Four USF College of Nursing students traveled to Tallahassee on Oct. 23 to participate in the annual USF Day at the Capitol event organized by student government.

James Nickson, Konstance Mackie, Alyssa King, and Catherine Hernandez attended the state Health and Human Services panel group discussion.
Explore Global Nursing Education
USF College of Nursing undergraduate students interested in a global community health experience can attend one of two information sessions to learn more.

The upcoming meetings about the spring global nursing trips will be held from noon to 12:50 p.m. on Nov. 13 and Nov. 15 in MDN 1022.

Can't make any of these sessions? Contact jyotirao@usf.edu.
Bull Nurses Inducted into Sigma
Congratulations to the 22 USF College of Nursing students who became members of the Sigma nursing honor society and joined their ranks to promote nursing excellence.

The students were inducted during a Oct. 10 ceremony at Plant Hall at the University of Tampa. The group belongs to Sigma's Delta Beta at-Large chapter.
Taking the Flu by the Horns
USF College of Nursing students were busy last month protecting the herd.

About 760 people lined up to get free flu shots at the annual College of Public Health Flu Shot Drive on Oct. 18.

Days later, flu shots were also given at the Benefits Fair and Wellness Expo at the Marshall Student Center. USF Health students, including those in nursing, also helped administer blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol screenings.
Panel Talks About Being Fearless
USF College of Nursing professor Theresa Beckie, PhD, MN, RN, FAHA, FAAN, was featured on a panel discussion titled "Be Bold, Take Risks" as part of the 14th annual USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Fall Symposium held on Oct. 4 in Tampa.

Dr. Beckie, along with co-panelists Susan Blackburn and Dr. Lyda Lindell, talked about ways to take calculated and ambitious steps toward achieving goals.
Forum Focuses on LGBTQ+ Issues
The USF College of Nursing Diversity Committee hosted a health care panel on Oct. 30 featuring members of the LGBTQ+ community who shared personal stories and experiences with health care workers and discussed best practices in the health care setting.

Panelists included Kiala Emmons, Abbie Rolf, and Lucas Wehle.
Professor Chosen for Faculty Senate Council
USF College of Nursing professor Ming Ji, PhD, has been appointed to serve on the Faculty Senate Council on Technology for Instruction and Research.

Dr. Ji will serve a three-year term from Fall 2019 to Fall 2022. The committee is responsible for advising the USF Faculty Senate and the provost on all matters regarding the use of technology in instruction and research.
Homecoming 2019
USF Health's Homecoming 2019 was one for the nursing record books.

On Tuesday, we were winning at twinning. On Wednesday, Dean Victoria L. Rich, PhD, RN, FAAN , was ready to outrun the competition at the Wellness Walk. Staff showed their healthy spirit by sporting workout gear.

By the end of the week, a nurse dog won the Most Spirited Pet photo contest.

And our "Back to the Future"-themed Office Decorating submission blasted the competitors and took the top prize. Go Bulls!
Forging Future Global Partnerships
Representatives from USF Health and USF College of Nursing traveled to Colombia in early October to meet with health leaders at the Hospital Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia.

Nursing faculty members Barbara Smith, PhD, RN, FACSM, FAAN, and Ivonne Hernandez, PhD, RN, IBCLC, were working to forge new partnerships in the global nursing program.
Fielding a Day of Fun and Games
On Oct. 5, family and friends of the USF College of Nursing spent Field Day at USF Riverfront Park.

The gathering featured games, food, music and a collection drive for the Bahamas hurricane relief. The event was hosted by the college's Doctoral Nursing Student Organization.
Nurse Receives Highest Alumni Award
Three-time USF College of Nursing graduate Geraldine Twine (seated second from right) was honored for her outstanding contributions to the community during the USF Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony on Oct. 10.

Twine, who received nursing degrees from USF in 1978, 1981, and 1988, was one of the first black advanced registered nurse practitioners in Florida and one of the first black nurses to integrate Tampa General Hospital.
Publication Workshop Held at Sarasota Memorial Hospital
USF College of Nursing professor Cecile Lengacher (seated front row, far left), PhD, RN, FAAN, FAPOS , who holds the Lyle and Beatrice Thompson Nursing Professorship in Oncology, recently joined Jean Lucas, PhD, ARNP, MBA , and Jennifer Bonamer, PhD, RN-BC, AHN-BC (front row center and right), and others for a Publication Workshop at Sarasota Memorial Hospital .
Bull Nurse Anesthetists Win College Bowl Championship
USF Bulls bested rival schools in the ultimate test of anesthesia knowledge. Student anesthetists from the College of Nursing placed in the top 2 spots and defended the championship title by winning the 5th annual student college bowl on Oct. 5 at the Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetists' annual meeting.
Donuts and Photos with the Dean
USF College of Nursing students stopped by the Gathering Space on Oct. 2 for a sweet treat and a photo op featuring Rocky D. Bull and Dean Victoria L. Rich at the Donuts with the Dean event.

A second Donuts with the Dean event has been scheduled for Nov. 18 at USF St. Petersburg.
Heritage Month Ends with Espa ñol
The USF College of Nursing closed out a month of Hispanic Heritage awareness with a medical Spanish expo on Oct. 16 that offered translation strategies and common Spanish phrases for health care providers to use in clinical practice.

Earlier in the month, passersby enjoyed a cup of c afé con leche while learning about voting rights and mental health trends in the Latinx community at the Oct. 3 Coffee with a Cause event.
Bulls Win 4 U's Flu Shot Showdown
When it comes to fighting the flu, USF Bulls beat their rivals and won the Intercollegiate Flu Shot Competition on Oct. 2.

Together, the four U's (USF, UCF, FSU, and UF) vaccinated 3,462 students. According to USF Student Health Services, the final tally of flu shots given at each school was: 1,181 for USF, 838 for UCF, 767 for FSU, and 676 for UF.
Nursing Staffer Goes Above and Beyond
The College of Nursing's contractor administrator Kimberly Brown was recently honored with the Above & Beyond Award from the USF Office of Supplier Diversity.

The award was presented on Oct. 4 during the USF Supplier Diversity Day. It is given to a USF employee who has made exceptional contributions to sustain and strengthen the supplier diversity initiatives at USF.
Professor Honored for Dissertation

USF College of Nursing assistant professor Victoria Marshall, PhD, RN, recently received the Emiline Hamilton PhD Dissertation Award Endowment from her alma mater Michigan State University.

The competitive award is given to graduates who are within one year of completing their dissertation and recognizes a nominee's potential as a career nurse scientist.
Oral Health Patent Gains Approval

USF College of Nursing assistant professor Paula Cairns, PhD, RN, is part of a team that recently received an approved patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The invention relates to using digital imaging to standardize, assess, and score oral health in patients.

Other USF Health inventors listed on the patent include Kevin Kip, PhD, FAHA.
Students Serve on Leadership Board
Three USF College of Nursing students have been selected to serve on the 2019-2020 USF Health Executive Student Leadership Board.

Kayla Wilson, Anthony Suda, and Jaelyn Brown are nursing student representatives who will assist at student engagement events, provide campus tours, and serve in a student advisory role for Shared Student Services and USF Health leadership.
Grants for Advanced Nursing Students
Nursing students studying to be family nurse practitioners will have two new scholarships available to help with tuition costs.

The USF College of Nursing was recently awarded $2,000 from the CVS Health Foundation Advance Practice Nurse and Physician Assistant Scholarship program. The money, awarded through the college's internal scholarship process, will fund two $1,000 grants for family nurse practitioner students in 2020.
Dean Rich Featured in Pitt Nurse Magazine
USF College of Nursing Dean Victoria L. Rich, PhD, RN, FAAN, was featured in the summer 2019 issue of Pitt Nurse, a magazine produced by the University of Pittsburgh's School of Nursing.

The issue explores the different paths in nursing graduate education. Dr. Rich, a Pitt alum, talks about the importance of pursuing a doctoral degree and being a PhD nurse scientist.
Nursing Goes Batty on Halloween
Best Costume
1920s Flapper
Best Group
Nurses Making Marketing Better
Nurse Ratched
1970s Disco Dude
Most Unique
Walking Talking GLU Card

November 6 and 7
Veterans Day celebrations

10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Gathering Space, College of Nursing

November 13
USF Health Interprofessional Education Day

8 - 11:30 a.m. Oval Theatre, Marshall Student Center

Experts will discuss the impact of the opioid crisis and how to launch an interprofessional response.

November 14
Inauguration of Steven C. Currall

2 p.m. Yuengling Center, USF Tampa campus

Investiture ceremony of the 7th president of the University of South Florida.

November 15
 Inaugural Collaborative Nursing Research Day

7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Mulaney Family Auditorium, Lakeland Regional Health, 1324 Lakeland Hills Blvd.

November 20
 Movember with the American Assembly of Men in Nursing Tampa Bay at USF

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Gathering Space, College of Nursing

December 3
 Doctoral Poster Presentation and White Coat Ceremony

11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Gathering Space and Glass Foyer, College of Nursing

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Menon, U. , Cohn, E., Downs, C. A., & Gephart, S. M. (2019) Precision Health Research and Implementation Reviewed Through Five Synergistic Principles. Nursing Outlook . https://doi.org/10/1016/j.outlook.2019.05.010.

Menon, U., Szalacha, L. , Kue, J., Herman, P., Gonzalez, B. J., Lance, P., & L, Larkey, L. (In Press). Effects of a Community-to-Clinic Navigation Intervention on Colorectal Cancer Screening Among Underserved People. Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

Kue, J., Szalacha, L. A. , Happ, M. B., & Menon, U. (In Press) Cervical cancer and cancer screening behavior among Southeast Asian women: An exploratory mixed-methods study. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved .

Letourneau, R. M. & McCurry, M. K. (2019). Testing the nursing quality and safety self-inventory. Journal for Nurses in Professional Development, 35 (5), 275-280. doi: 10.1097/NND.0000000000000556

Gonzalez-Mercado, V. J., Henderson, W., Sakar, A ., Berk, L., Sola, C., McMillan, S., Groer, M., Kane, B ., Marrero, S., Sepehri, F ., & Pérez-Santiago, J. (2020) (In press). Gut Microbiome may Predict Co-Occurring Symptoms Development during Chemo-radiation for Rectal Cancer; a Proof of Concept Study. Biological Research in Nursing .
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Podium presentation, titled "Bullying in the School-Age Population: The Role of the School Nurse." King, A. for the Hillsborough County Public School Student Health Services monthly staff meeting, October 21, Tampa, Florida.

Invited presentation, titled "Creating Active Aging Communities that Engage all Older Adults at all Life Stages and Abilities." Hyer, K. for the 11th International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics Asia/Oceania Regional Congress 2019, October 25, Taipei, Taiwan.

Presentation, titled "Counseling and Advising: Integrating Theories, Skills, and Techniques." Gubernick, R . for the 2019 National Academic Advising Association Annual Conference, October 20-23, Louisville, Kentucky.

Presentation, titled "Differential Diagnosis in the Prehospital Setting." Todaro, J. for Vital Signs 2019 EMS Conference, October 26, Buffalo, New York.

Presentation, titled "The Use of Standardized Patients in EMS Education." Todaro, J. for Vital Signs 2019 EMS Conference, October 26, Buffalo, New York.

Podium presentation, titled "Exploring Cannabis and Cannabinoids as Integrative Strategies for Pain Management." Maye, J. & Rayburn, H. for the Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetists 2019 Annual Meeting, October 5, Orlando, Florida.

Podium presentation, titled "Measuring Pain in the Perioperative Arena: Statistical Significance vs. Clinical Relevance." Maye, J. & Wofford, K. for the Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetists 2019 Annual Meeting, October 5, Orlando, Florida.

Podium presentation, titled "Non-Opioid Anesthetic Techniques for ENT Surgery." Rawson, E. for the Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetists 2019 Annual Meeting, October 5, Orlando, Florida.

Presentation, titled "Legal issues in nursing: From documentation to deposition." Gwartney, T. & Gwartney, S. for The Florida Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioner's 30th Annual Symposium: Clinical Update and Review, October 15-19, Clearwater, Florida.

Invited presentation, titled "Conflict management: Finding resolution without rock-paper-scissors." Gwartney, T. for The Academy of Neonatal Nurses 6th Annual Symposium for Nurse Leaders, September 11-14, Orlando, Florida.

Invited presentation, titled "Back to Basics: (Candy) crushing the challenge of neonatal diabetes." Gwartney, T. for The Academy of Neonatal Nurses 6th Annual Symposium for Nurse Leaders, September 11-14, Orlando, Florida.

Presentation, titled "Yes, Professor, I am totally ready for class today." Bernard, R. O. for the National League for Nursing Education Summit, September 28, Washington, D.C.
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