USF College of Nursing Public Notice on Accreditation

UPDATE: This public notice has been updated with the new virtual survey dates, January 20-22, 2021. The previous dates were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The University of South Florida College of Nursing was approved for implementation...

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College of Nursing Advisor Wins USF Employee of the Year

Two USF Health College of Nursing team members received honors at the 2019 USF Outstanding Staff Awards ceremony held virtually on Oct. 8. The annual awards are the highest staff recognitions bestowed upon University of South Florida employees...

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College of Nursing faculty collaborated with Port Tampa Bay to produce a webinar on establishing Safe Working Practices during the Pandemic.

Susan Perry served as the keynote speaker. Faculty answered questions about the virus and discussed best practices for staying safe in a COVID-19 recovery environment.
USF College of Nursing students received hands-on training in the simulation lab thanks to a high-fidelity manikin.

Incorporating the latest in computer technology, this pediatric manikin was programmed to provide real-life patient learning scenarios, giving USF nursing students new ways to sharpen their clinical assessment skills.
Several College of Nursing faculty members have been invited to present at the 2021 virtual Sunshine State Teaching and Learning Conference in January.

Marcia Johansson, Tracey Taylor, Denise Maguire, and Christina Bricker will present "Innovative Opportunities for Advanced Practice Education During a Pandemic."
Congratulations to College of Nursing V-CARE student Kimberly Hoefer for winning an Honor-A-Bull Award in the Health Sciences category.

Student veterans were evaluated based on several criteria, including academics and the relationship between military service and student success.

The 5th Annual Honor-A-Bull Ceremony will be held virtually at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 10.
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) released its 2020 Year in Review video, which celebrates academic nursing and highlights the COVID-19 pandemic response from its member schools.

The video also celebrated the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife and commended its member schools for their tireless commitment to nursing education. Look for our Bull nurses around the 5:30 mark.
The USF Health 3rd Annual IPE Day will focus on the importance of working interprofessionally to address the COVID-19 global health crisis and how we can be better prepared for future pandemics.

The virtual event is set for 9 a.m. - noon on Nov. 18. Featured speakers will discuss the globalization of infectious diseases and a panel of experts will discuss the role of systemic racism within a global pandemic.
College of Nursing Associate Professor José Parés-Avila is being honored by his alma mater on Nov. 6.

Parés-Avila will receive the University of Washington School of Nursing's Distinguished Alumni Award. The award recognizes alumni whose nursing career exemplifies excellence in clinical practice and leadership.
Natasha Zurcher was recruited to speak on the importance of Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace at the annual corporate meeting for Front Burner Brands, Inc.

In her 30-minute presentation, Zurcher discussed ways franchise owners could build a culture of inclusion among employees within their portfolio of restaurants.
The CVS Health Foundation awarded the College of Nursing $3,000 under its 2020-2021 Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Scholarship Program.

Christina Bricker, FNP Concentration Director, applied for the award, which will provide three $1,000 grants to students who are volunteering with organizations that are supporting underserved populations.
In its latest episode of the TeamPeds Talks podcast, the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners talked with College of Nursing experts on "Caring For Children in Military Families."

Alicia Gil Rossiter, Cathy Hernandez and Konnie Mackie spoke with NAPNAP president Jessica Peck about child health equity and military children.
A new study focused on nurses found that sleeping an extra 30 minutes each night can be the key to improving mindfulness, which in turn, reduces sleepiness during the day.

The study, led by researchers at USF's School of Aging Studies, followed 61 nurses for two weeks and examined multiple dimensions of sleep health and its impact on daily mindfulness.
The USF Health Fall Nutrition Drive needs donations and there is still time to help.

Organizers are seeking nonperishable canned food or boxed items. Donations can be dropped off in the WELL Lobby and will be given to the USF Feed-A-Bull Food Pantry.

For those wanting to make a monetary donation, go to
Congratulations to Assistant Professor Yolanda Torres, who was appointed as faculty representative to the Status of Latinos Committee.

This USF Presidential Advisory Committee works on matters affecting Latino faculty, staff, and students as well as USF's relationship with the Latino community. Torres' appointment is for three years, ending with the 2021-2022 school year.
USF College of Nursing Professor Barbara A. Redding is stepping down as the Concentration Director of Nursing Education in Graduate Programs beginning in January.

She will continue to be a member of the nursing faculty. As concentration director, she was known for her student-centric approach and strong voice for nursing education.
The College of Nursing's Inaugural DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty Ceremony is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Dec. 4.

The virtual ceremony will honor nurse faculty nominees who have shown extraordinary teaching skills, leadership, and a commitment to instilling strong patient care and compassion to our students. One DAISY Award honoree will be announced.
Movember kicks off with a virtual event focused on men's health and featuring Troy Howell, MD, the Suicide Prevention Coordinator and REACH VET Coordinator at the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital.

The event, scheduled 4:30-5:30 p.m. Nov. 4, is organized by the American Assembly for Men in Nursing of Tampa Bay at USF.
Congratulations to the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care students who have excelled despite these trying times.

The cohort received the highest first-time comprehensive exam pass rate to date.

These AGPC students should be proud of their strong performance on their first round of the comprehensive exam.
College of Nursing faculty and students have partnered with Mort Elementary School to offer a series of health education videos for a virtual health fair.

Led by Ivonne Hernandez, the bilingual video project will cover seven important topics, including nutritional education, hygiene education, COVID-19, losing weight, mental health, and controlling diabetes.
The College of Nursing's Hsiao-Lan Wang was selected as one of 19 USF researchers receiving the 2020 Outstanding Research Achievement Award.

Wang’s research works to improve cancer symptom management through promoting physical activity that can be translated into clinical practice. Each winner will receive $2,000 with the award. Congrats!
USF Bull Nurse alumna Brenda Junco talked to FOX 13 about her decades of service to patients at Tampa General Hospital.

Junco spent 26 years working in the dialysis unit before becoming a nurse practitioner in the psychiatric unit. She earned a master's degree in psychiatric mental health and in nursing education from the University of South Florida.
This year's Leaders in Care campaign will benefit a new project aimed at improving the health of maritime workers and seafarers.

"Port of Tampa: Supporting Healthy Infection Prevention Practices (SHIPP)" will have USF College of Nursing students provide hands-on clinical training in infection control practices to improve the health of employees.
Virtual FNINR NightinGala Celebrates Significant Strides in Nursing Science
USF College of Nursing faculty gathered online on Oct. 28 to celebrate the impact of nursing science at the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR) Virtual NightinGala.

Congrats to Ponrathi Athilingam, who was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing's 2020 Class of Fellows during the academy's virtual policy conference, "In Crisis and Calm: Leading with Purpose."
Alumni Spotlight: Abby Jackson, BS '17
In March, Abby's medical ICU unit at Tampa General Hospital was transformed into the COVID ICU. She took part in countless nursing innovations to safely care for patients.

"I saw some of the sickest patients I've ever seen. I learned about paralytic therapy and proning, and quickly learned how to manage the very strange presentation of this virus. I still regularly think back to my days at USF and how much I learned in nursing school there. I wouldn’t be the nurse I am today if I weren’t a USF bull nurse!"
College of Nursing Highlighted PhD Program in October
The USF College of Nursing celebrated its PhD program during the inaugural PhD Week in October. Throughout the week, about 50 guests attended events and workshops where they met current students, faculty, and staff. They learned more about the program and the application process. In these Nursing Science Without Limits videos, students discuss their experiences in the PhD program.
College of Nursing Harvest Fest Costume Contest Winners


Zachary Ranes

Academic Services Administrator

Johairis Ayala-Falcón

Simulation Operations Manager

Veterans Day

No classes. University closed.
3rd Annual USF Health Interprofessional Education Day

9 a.m. - noon "Globalization of Infectious Diseases" via Microsoft Teams. Register here.
Nursing Faculty Grand Rounds

12:30 p.m. "Telehealth" by Dr. Tracey Taylor via Teams
Thanksgiving holiday

No classes. University closed Nov. 26 and 27.
Doctoral Student Graduate Celebration

3 p.m. online via YouTube.

Todd, L., Vigersky, R., (2020). Evaluating Perioperative Glycemic Control of Non-cardiac Surgical patients with Diabetes. Military Medicine. Manuscript accepted for publication, October 2020.

Yoo, J. Y., Groer, M., Dutra, S., Sarkar, A., McSkimming, D. I. (2020) Gut Microbiota and Immune System Interactions. Microorganisms. 8(10), 1587.

Cirrito, B. L., Gordon, J. M., Basden, F. L., Canals-Alonso, J., Green, N. R., Slezak, A., Sosteri, R., & Eldridge, W. (2020) An EBP to Promote Early Skin-to-Skin Care Intervention and Mother's Own Milk Feedings in the Extremely Low Birth Weight Population. Neonatal Network. 39(6), 330-338.

Bugajski, A., Buck, H., Zeffiro, V., et al. The influence of dyadic congruence and satisfaction with dyadic type on patient self-care in heart failure. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. October 2020. doi:10.1177/1474515120960002.

Sethi, J., Bugajski, A., Patel, K. N., Davis, N. M., Wille, K. M., Qureshi, M. R., Banday, M. M., Lin, M., Emani, V., Weill, D., Tumin, D., Hayes, Jr. D., Sharma, N. S. Recipient Age Impacts Long-Term Survival in Adult Cystic Fibrosis Subjects after Lung Transplantation. Annals of the American Thoracic Society. 2020 doi: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.201908-637OC. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32795188.

Hallowell, S. G., Oerther, S. E., Downing-Castronovo, A., Rossiter, A. G., & Montalvo, W. (2020). Innovation in Health Policy Education - A Framework to Develop the Next Generation of Clinicians, Scholars and Leaders. Nursing Education Perspectives—Special Edition Year of the Nurse and Midwife 2020, 41(5), 317-319.

Marshall, V. K., Given, B.A. (2020). Satisfaction With an Interactive Voice Response System and Symptom Management Toolkit Intervention to Improve Adherence in Patients Prescribed an Oral Anticancer Agent. Oncology Nursing Forum47(6), 637–648. doi:10.1188/20.ONF.637-648.

Martinez Tyson, D., Chavez, M., Lake, P., Gutierrez , A. Sherry, P. Rhigg, K., Marshall, V. K., Henderson, H., Lubrano di Ciccone, B., Rajasekhara, S., Pabbathi, S. (In Press). Perceptions of Prescription Opioid Use and Misuse within the Context of Cancer Survivorship. Journal of Cancer Survivorship.


Invited presentations, titled "Understanding Military Culture Panel Discussion" and "Identifying and Caring for Veterans and Military Families in Private Healthcare Settings: Assessing Military Children". Rossiter, A. G. for the Jonas Nursing and Veterans Healthcare's Mission Homefront: Translating Research Into Practice in Veterans Healthcare virtual conference, Oct. 16, online.

Podium presentation, titled "Providing Culturally Competent Care for Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families". Cogan, A. M., Cervelli, L., Dillahunt-Aspillaga, T., Ling C. G., & Rossiter, A. G. for the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine's virtual conference, October 21-24, online.

Podcast, titled "Economic Stability: Housing InstabilityCaring for Children in Military Families." Mackie, K., Hernandez, C., & Rossiter, A. G. for the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners TeamPeds Talks, October 2020.

Presentation, titled "A Charge to Keep I Have: Black Pastors Perception of their Influence on Health Behaviors and Outcomes in their Churches and Communities." Williams, L. and Cousin, L. for the South Florida Progressive Baptist Association's Virtual Wellness Fair, Nov. 16, online.

Poster presentation, titled "Reducing Central Line Associated Complications: The Quest for Zero in a Level IV NICU." Prescott, S. & Richardson, L., for the Vermont Oxford Network's 2020 Annual Quality Congress, Improvement Science Virtual Expo, 2020.

Oral presentation, Marshall, V. K., Chavez, M., Martinez Tyson, D., Rigg, K., Lubrano, B., & Rajasekhara, S. for the Oncology Nursing Society Bridge Conference, September 2020.

Presentation, titled "Virtual OSCE Assessments in Primary Care." Hay, B., for the USF Faculty Development REACH in Teams, October 12.
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