USF College of Nursing receives $2.2 million NCI grant

The National Institutes of Health's National Cancer Institute has awarded nearly $2.2 million to Constance Visovsky, PhD, RN, ACNP, FAAN, at the University of South Florida College of Nursing to study whether a home-based exercise regimen...

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Nursing Professors Honored for Advancing Hispanic Health

Two University of South Florida College of Nursing professors were awarded major accolades recognizing their work in promoting health in underserved Hispanic communities in the U.S. and abroad. Assistant professors Karla Maldonado, DrAP, CRNA,...

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Elite Pitcher Trades in Her Glove for Nursing Scrubs

Before the age of 10, Meghan King knew she wanted to be a pediatric nurse. However, as she grew older, she developed a talent for softball, throwing something of a curveball at that nursing aspiration. By 23, she had become one of the most...

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Medical Mission Trip Aids Dominicans

A courtesy faculty member and two graduate nursing students from the University of South Florida's College of Nursing were part of an international medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic in July. The group volunteered as part of Medical...

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College of Nursing Director Earns USF Health Culture Coin

USF College of Nursing dean Victoria L. Rich, PhD, RN, FAAN, has awarded a USF Health Culture Coin to Robert Lugo, director of Administrative and Business Services at the college. Lugo oversaw the recent renovations of the first-floor office...

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College of Nursing Celebrates Reopening of R.I.C.H. House

The University of South Florida College of Nursing leaders joined the Tampa Police department on Aug. 29 to celebrate the grand reopening of the Sulphur Springs R.I.C.H. House. City leaders unveiled the newly remodeled home, which has served as a ...

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USF Enters Top 50 in U.S. News Rankings for the First Time

The University of South Florida is rapidly rising on the list of best public universities in America, now No. 44, according to new rankings released today by U.S. News and World Report. The No. 44 ranking is 14 spots higher than last year and...

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Nursing Dean Receives Honorary Post at the University of Exeter
In a continuing effort to strengthen global parnerships, USF College of Nursing Dean Victoria L. Rich, PhD, RN, FAAN , has accepted an appointment as an honorary professor at the University of Exeter College of Medicine & Health.

Dr. Rich's two-year appointment runs through February 2021.
Work with R.I.C.H. Houses to Expand to Older Adults
The USF College of Nursing has launched its second Leaders in Care giving campaign to raise money to fund an expansion of the Peds to Succeed program, which is a partnership between the Tampa Police Department's R.I.C.H. Houses and the nursing school.

The new project, EnRICHed Families: Improving Health Outcomes for At-Risk Communities, will address health needs of older adults in the Sulphur Springs and Robles Park communities.
Offering Advice on a Doctoral Degree
The USF College of Nursing held a question-and-answer session on Sept. 18 to encourage nursing students to pursue a doctoral degree.

A panel of faculty, student advisors, and current doctoral students greeted the 20 prospective doctoral students.
The group talked about the PhD, DNP, and CRNA programs at USF.
Submissions for Honor-A-Bull Student Veteran Award Due
Time is ticking to recognize a high-achieving and community engaged student veteran.

The  USF Office of Veteran Success is seeking nominations for its annual  Honor-A-Bull Awards. Applications are due Oct. 11.

Students are evaluated based on their academic performance, community engagement, and relationship between military service and student success.
USF Health Research Day 2020
Mark your calendars. The annual USF Health Research Day is scheduled for February 21 at the Marshall Student Center. The event features original research from students, faculty and staff. Organizers will accept research abstracts for the event beginning October 29 through December 12.
Getting Out: Escape from Sepsis
Bull Nurse students had the chance to participate in the Sepsis Escape Room at BayCare's St. Joseph's Hospital in September, and the group of students finished the challenge in record time.

Hospital staff were impressed by how well and how quickly the team navigated the experience.
Nursing Students Named WLP Scholars
Congratulations to USF College of Nursing students Kailey Taylor and Elizabeth Yuravich for being among the 2019-2020 USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy scholars.

Taylor, a PhD student, received the Donald and Ruth Anderson Memorial Scholarship in Nursing. Yuravich, who is in the BS-DNP nursing program, was awarded the Anne Marie Campbell Scholarship. Both awards are for $1,000.
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage
A month-long celebration highlighting our connection to the Latinx community kicked off Sept. 18 with the Salsa Con Salsa event in the USF Health Rotunda.

The USF College of Nursing treated passersby to chips and salsa and dance lessons showcasing the Latinx culture.

Hispanic Heritage Month runs from mid-September to mid-October. On Sept. 25 health-related Latinx scholarly works were displayed.

Look for more events in the coming weeks.
Professor Joins Academic Advisory Board
USF College of Nursing assistant professor Rayna Letourneau, PhD, RN , has been selected to be part of the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) academic task force advisory board.

The task force, led by Dr. Gerry Altmiller from the College of New Jersey, has about 100 members. The QSEN project works to improve nursing education and the quality and safety of the health care systems they work in.
Fielding USF Calls During Dorian
Kudos to USF College of Nursing's Zuzana Moore, who volunteered to answer phones at the USF call center, which was activated during Hurricane Dorian.

Moore, an academic services administrator in the CRNA program, lent a helping hand, because organizers were looking for people with mental health first aid training, which Moore completed last year.
Volunteers Sort and Pack Supplies
Hurricane Dorian relief efforts kicked into high gear with a "Pizza and Packing Party" on Sept. 19 hosted by USF Health.

Volunteers sorted and packed more than 30 boxes of donated goods, including medicines, baby food, and cleaning supplies, that were loaded on a plane bound for the Bahamas, along with three physicians from USF Health.
College of Nursing Graduate Students Serve as Nursing Liaisons
The USF College of Nursing has four representatives in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA).

Chyanne Dix, Reginald Castor, Rebecca Koerner, and Brooke Sliman are all GNSA liaisons who serve as the point of contact for fellow students, linking Bull Nurses to all of the resources and services available through the organization.

The group supports graduate students through leadership opportunities, networking, scholarships, and webinars.

October 3

October 16

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations

Café con Leche with a Cause
8:30 - 10 a.m. the WELL Lobby

Medical Spanish Expo
Noon - 2 p. m. USF Health Rotunda

October 5

College of Nursing Field Day

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 6550 E. Fletcher Avenue, USF Riverfront Park

October 10
USF Conference on the Status of Women Across the Globe

8:45 a.m. - 5 p.m. USF Patel Center Auditorium

October 12
 USF Health Alumni Homecoming Tailgate

Starts 3 hours before kick off, 4201 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Raymond James Stadium

October 18

USF College of Public Health Annual Free Flu Shot Drive

8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 3010 USF Banyan Circle, College of Public Health
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Sally Galloway

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Vellone, E., Biagioli, V., Durante, A., Buck, H. G., Tomietto, M., Colaceci, S., Alvaro, R., Petruzzo, A., (In Press) The influence of caregiver preparedness on caregiver contributions to self-care in heart failure and the mediating role of caregiver confidence. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.

Roth, D. L., Sheehan, O. C., Haley, W. E., Jenny, N. S., Cushman, M., & Walston, J. D. (2019). Is family caregiving associated with inflammation or compromised immunity? A meta-analysis. The Gerontologist , 59 , e521-e534. doi:10.1093/geront/gnz015.

Marshall, V. K. , Given, C. W., Sikorskii, A., Given, B. A., Lehto, R. H. (2019). How adverse events and permanent medication stoppages affect changes in patients' beliefs about oral antineoplastic agents. Support Care Cancer . Advanced online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00520-019-05073-9.

Bowen, M.E., Rowe, M.A., Ji, M. , Cacchione, P.  A research proposal testing a new model of ambulation activity among long-term care residents with dementia/cognitive impairment: the study protocol of a prospective longitudinal natural history study. BMC Research Notes .   2019 Sep 3;12(1):557. doi: 10.1186/s13104-019-4585-5.

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Invited faculty with podium presentation, titled “Models and Measures of Dyadic Care and Mutuality.” Buck, H. G. for the 23rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) September 13-16, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Podium presentation, titled "Feeding the infant with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome." Maguire, D. J. for the 22 nd National Mother Baby Nurses Conference, September 11-14, Orlando, Florida.
For questions and requests on the monthly newsletter, contact Liz Brown at elbrown@usf.edu.