JUNE 2021
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation will be honoring Assistant Professor Tiffany Gwartney as a 2021 Champion of Humanistic Care during its Annual Gala on June 10.

Dr. Gwartney is among hundreds of compassionate health care professionals being recognized for their care and courage during the COVID-19 crisis.

Read more.
USF has launched a new podcast designed to keep faculty and staff informed about the happenings at the university.

"Inside USF: The Podcast" debuted on May 21 and offers new episodes every other Friday. The first episode featured an interview with College of Public Health Dean Donna Petersen.

Have a good podcast idea? Submit your podcast idea here.
Assistant Professor Danielle Beasley was invited to share her expertise for a Mother's Day event for new and expectant moms.

Dr. Beasley participated on an expert panel to give advice on topics from pregnancy through newborn care. The online event was hosted by Healthy Mom & Baby and sponsored by the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses.
During National Nurses Week, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) celebrated the incredible impact colleges have on improving health and health care.

View the video and see USF's contributions on advancing health and driving innovation in academic nursing.
Congrats to PhD student Tina Mutka on being awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the local Sigma Theta Tau International Delta Beta at-Large chapter.

The nursing honor society awards scholarships to nurse leaders who demonstrate excellence in scholarship and nursing practice.
The USF nurse anesthesia program was well-represented at the Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetists (FANA) Eighth Annual Sand & Surf Anesthesia Symposium held May 21-23 in Orlando. Nurse Anesthesia Program Director Michele Canale emceed the event and introduced the college's amazing speakers.
The inaugural cohort from the Accelerated Second Degree pathway on the Sarasota-Manatee campus has been featured in several local television segments about Spring 2021 USF grads.

Watch the FOX 13 report, and the ABC Action News story.
Nurse anesthesia student Seeta Spence Banfield has been busy writing first-person web articles as the student representative to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists' (AANA) education committee.

Read her column on Mindfulness and article on virtual advocacy.
Congrats to PhD student Jaelyn Brown.

Brown was recognized for serving as a member of the Executive Student Leadership Board during the annual USF Health Student Awards hosted by USF Health Shared Student Services.
Be sure to watch "Together: In Our Own Words," a new video series exploring the USF Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) community's culture and stories.

Students, staff and faculty share their experiences and insights in celebration of APIDA Heritage Month. Watch the video.
Congrats to Tiffany Gwartney on receiving the USF Health Culture Coin for being a fierce advocate for students.

Senior Associate Dean Tracey Taylor presented Dr. Gwartney with the coin during a ceremony on May 26.

Read more.
The Sigma Delta Beta at-Large Chapter is hosting a free webinar for nurses and nursing students featuring USF Health College of Public Health Assistant Professor Zachary Pruitt.

Dr. Pruitt will be presenting on "Social Determinants of Health Progress & Opportunities," from noon to 1 p.m. June 10. Details.
Do you know a valued colleague who is an outstanding team member and consistently goes above and beyond? Nominate them or yourself for the USF 2021 Outstanding Staff Award.

Deadline is June 30. Award winners will be honored at the virtual Outstanding Staff Awards (OSA) Ceremony on Sept. 23. Details.
Congrats to Assistant Professor Oscar Bernard and Academic Advisor Maikelyn Lopez for receiving the Commitment to Diversity Award at the annual USF Health Student Awards.

They were recognized for presenting at the Creating Healthy Work Environments conference and then sharing their knowledge with team members.
Congratulations to Assistant Professor Marcia Johansson for being selected as a Fellow of the Society for Critical Care Medicine.

Fellows of the American College of Critical Care Medicine (ACCM) have demonstrated outstanding contributions and have made an impact to the collaborative field of critical care.
Incoming PhD nursing student Angeline Saint Fleur has been named one of the state's McKnight Fellows for the 2021-2022 school year.

The prestigious McKnight Doctoral Fellowship program aims to increase the number of African-Americans and Hispanics earning PhDs in historically underrepresented degree programs.
The 2021-2022 A-Team application is open for new recruits from all nursing programs.

Join the Bull Nurse Admissions Team (A-Team) and connect with prospective USF Bull nurses and represent the USF Health College of Nursing at admissions and recruitment events.

Apply by June 4 here.
Congrats to Amber Miller! She wrote the winning inscription for the oak tree dedication during the first USF Health Grad Week celebration.

"Your 'Why' is the reason you are standing here today. It is your reason to stay grounded. It is your reason to adapt and overcome. Make it your foundation and you will grow to do great things." Amber Miller
Toolkits to Build Vaccine Confidence
The COVID Collaborative and the Ad Council's It's Up to You campaign seeks to educate the American public and build confidence around the COVID-19 vaccines.

Use the Collaborative's new toolkits to get message guidance, language do's and don'ts, and audience insights. In addition, the Office of Minority Health's #VaccineReady Campaign has further resources.
Volunteer Spotlight
"I chose to volunteer at the Wholesome Church Health Fair to serve my community by providing education to improve health conditions of individuals in my area."

Miranda Scaglione, College of Nursing student
Photos by Katie A. Muniz
Pinning Pickup a Driving Success
The Spring 2021 baccalaureate nursing graduates picked up their nursing pins and any awards and regalia at the college's Drive-thru Pinning Celebration event on May 15. Many took the opportunity to say goodbye to faculty and pose for photos.
Bull Nurse Alumni Celebrated During National Nurses Week
Bull Nurse alumni at the Bay Pines VA and other local hospitals received small gifts of appreciation in honor of National Nurses Week.
Photos by Vanessa Belcher
Marcia Johansson,
I admire your confidence and enthusiasm, and your calm and patience are very helpful especially during a school year in the middle of a pandemic. I am very grateful for the learning experience and hope that you enjoy Nurses Week, you truly deserve it! And congratulations for making Fellow of the AANP Margie Pulido-Kim

Brittany Hay,
Thank you for guiding and mentoring me through the DNP project. I so appreciate your engagement and attention throughout the project. I could not have asked for a more perfect preceptor Tania Brabble 

Jose Pares-Avila,
Thank you so much for all the help! I really appreciate the time you put in to help me with my project!! Happy Nurses Week! Alice Yi Gu
Staff of the Month
Maikelyn Lopez
Academic Advisor

"Maikelyn has been invaluable in supporting students and faculty. When students in my courses needed assistance this semester, she would support them with calls and emails to encourage communication and resolve challenges. Maikelyn works as a partner with faculty to help facilitate student success." Kathi Katz
New Team Members
Upcoming Events - June
Coffee and Conversation

9-10 a.m. via Microsoft Teams. Team building with CliftonStrengths reflection. Details.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Office Hours

10 a.m. - Noon Tuesdays of every month via Microsoft Teams. The DEI office hours are open to all students, faculty, and staff. Join.
Nursing Faculty Journal Club

11-11:50 a.m. via Microsoft Teams. Details.
Nursing Faculty Grand Rounds

11-11:50 a.m. via Microsoft Teams. Oscar Bernard presents "Civility Update" Details.
Scholarly Activity

Durosier Mertilus, D. S., Lengacher, C. A., & Rodriguez, C. S. (2021). A review and conceptual analysis of cancer pain self-management. Pain Management Nursing. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmn.2021.04.005. 

Ballman, K., Carpenter, D., Colella, C., Lynch-Smith, D., Miley, H., & Johansson, M. (2021). Is nurse practitioner the right career for you? Consider personal attributes and circumstances before you decide. American Nurse Journal: 2021 – 2022 Education and Career Guide.

Rosales, M., & Torres, Y. M. (2021). Using a wheel of names during an online synchronous class to encourage participation during COVID-19. Nurse Educator, 46(3), E49. DOI: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000994.

Spatz, D. L., Baumgartel, K. (2021). Not all donor milk is equal: Impact of Processing Methods on Bioactive Compounds, Neonatal Intensive Care, 34(3):45-47.

Bell, J. M., Mason, T. M.,* Buck, H. G., Tofthagen, C. S., Duffy, A. R., Groer, M. W., McHale, J. P., & Kip, K. E. (2021). Challenges in obtaining and assessing salivary cortisol and α-amylase in an over 60 population undergoing psychotherapeutic treatment for complicated grief: Lessons learned. Clinical Nursing Research, 30(5), 680-689. https://doi.org/10.1177/1054773820973274 *Corresponding author. 
Miller, J., Szalacha, L. A., Hartranft, S. R., & Rodriguez, C. (2021). Radiation predictors of nonadherence to treatment schedules among patients with head and neck cancer. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 25(3), 305-313. DOI: 10.1188/21.CJON.305-313.
Alghamdi, N., Canale, M. L., Beckie, T., Buck, H. G., Szalacha, L., Roman, J., & Wang, H. (2021). Use of simulation to improve emotional competence at end-of-life care for healthcare professionals and students: A scoping review. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 55, 67-85. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecns.2021.03.005.


Efre, A. J. (2021, May 24-27) Street Drugs: Do Your Kids Know More Than You [Conference Session]. American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) National Teaching Institute.

Efre, A. J. (2021, May 24-27). Medical Marijuana: The Risks, Benefits, and Implications – Mastery Session [Conference Session]. American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) National Teaching Institute.

Efre, A. J. (2021, May 5). Medical Marijuana In Maryland: The Risks, Benefits and Nursing Implications [Invited Speaker]. 2021 Nurses Week Event for Meritus Medical Center, Hagerstown, Maryland.