College of Nursing Launches DAISY Award for Faculty

The USF College of Nursing took a defining step toward recognizing and celebrating the compassionate work of nursing educators this week by officially launching the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Faculty program. The new program, in conjunction...

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Fall Classes Begin with New Safety Measures

USF students, faculty and staff returning to campus this fall will be required to follow a number of safety guidelines to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. It is critical that everyone understands the role they play in maintaining a healthy and...

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Advanced Practice Fellows Complete Specialized Training

The College of Nursing celebrated three advanced practice providers on Friday - the newest graduates to complete a unique yearlong fellowship partnering with USF Health and Moffitt Cancer Center that provides extensive training...

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Clinical Partners Find Alternative Ways to Resume Clinicals

USF College of Nursing students started trickling back into hospitals to resume clinical rotations late this summer thanks to the steadfast efforts by our dedicated clinical partners. And while the continuing pandemic has restricted access to...

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Betty Jordan, vice dean of undergraduate and global programs at the College of Nursing, helped lead a special COVID-19 response webinar titled, "Keeping Nursing Students Safe in Clinicals" on Sept. 1.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing and CastleBranch co-sponsored the informative online presentation.
New onsite dates have been set.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) will conduct an onsite accreditation survey of the Baccalaureate, Master’s, and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs at the USF College of Nursing on Jan. 20 - 22, 2021.

Read the public notice here.
Take a peek inside the simulation and experiential skills labs available to USF College of Nursing students at all three campuses.

This virtual campus tour gives you a 360-view of the facilities, manikins, experiential skills labs, and hospital-type skills labs found in Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota-Manatee.
College of Nursing interim dean Usha Menon was among 11 nursing leaders who signed on to promote the well-being of nurses nationwide.

Members of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing recently voted to endorse the Call to Action, which urges academic nurse leaders to "promote practices to enhance optimal well-being, resilience and suicide prevention in schools of nursing across the U.S." Read the document here.
Bull Nurse alumna Jean Lucas, the Chief Nursing Officer of the Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Venice, is part of the 2020 class of fellows for the American Academy of Nursing.

Dr. Lucas will be inducted into the prestigious group during a virtual ceremony in late October.

College of Nursing Professor Cecile Lengacher wrote a beautiful nomination letter supporting her application. Congrats!
Bull Nurse alums Lakeshia Cousin and Harleah Buck co-wrote a guest editorial in the Journal of Gerontological Nursing calling for social justice in gerontological nursing when caring for older African-Americans.

The National Institutes of Health has approved an Exploratory/Developmental Grant to fund an ongoing USF research project that uses facial expression software to help measure pain felt by newborns. Vice Dean of Graduate Programs Denise Maguire is a co-investigator for the project.
College of Nursing Assistant Professor Marcia Johansson has been elected to serve as the membership chair on the Florida Nurse Practitioner Network's incoming 2021 board of directors.

The position became official at FNPN's virtual annual membership meeting on Aug. 22.
College of Nursing Assistant Professor Andrew Bugajski was interviewed by the Tampa Bay Times about a USF research project studying the development of a wearable device to detect COVID-19 progression.

The device could give warning signs for a severe infection.
Angelica Bernal spent nearly two months caring for COVID-19 patients in New York City hospitals during the height of the coronavirus crisis there.

Named in the USF Heroes project, Angelica was recognized for her contributions to helping those impacted by COVID-19.
Doctor of Nursing Practice students Ashley Rehmann and Chelsea Deluca were named USF Heroes for their work in helping to strengthen infection control measures at long-term care facilities.

The pair lead teams performing COVID-19 risk assessments.
College of Nursing team members showed off their best USF-inspired masks and face shields during a lighthearted activity at the August Faculty Council meeting where participants took turns reading an adapted Green Eggs and Ham passage to encourage mask wearing this semester.
USF Bull Nurse student nurse anesthetists won the coveted top prize at this year's AANA 2020 College Bowl.

The annual contest at the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Congress is the ultimate match-up in anesthesia knowledge. Congrats to the College of Nursing SRNAs who brought home the virtual trophy!
The Next Generation Harvey has arrived at the College of Nursing. Harvey is the cardiopulmonary patient simulator that replicates nearly any cardiac disease by varying blood pressure, pulses, heart sounds, murmurs and breath sounds.

The manikin can simulate up to 50 patient scenarios.
The College of Nursing helped coordinate training in mental health education and awareness for Hillsborough County school nurses returning to schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 350 school nurses attended the event, which provided continuing education training to school nurses before starting the new school year.
Johairis "Joy" Ayala-Falcon, a simulation operations specialist at the USF Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) visited the College of Nursing in August to offer some hands-on moulage training.

Her practical moulage tips helped to make the mock injuries more realistic.
Results from the 2020 Civility Survey are in. The College of Nursing's overall score increased from 67 to 71 in the 20-statement questionnaire.

The 4-point gain means the college's workplace civility index improved from being described as "mildly healthy" to "moderately healthy."
Classes are back in session. Let's do everything we can to promote a healthy environment. That includes completing the daily symptom check and following certain guidelines.

Also face coverings are a requirement for everyone. Watch this video to learn how you can help stop the spread!
Congratulations to PhD student Kailey Rinaldi, who will be receiving a $500 Love of Learning Award from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

The award helps fund post-baccalaureate professional development for Phi Kappa Phi members. Rinaldi says the money will be used toward her dissertation.
All USF faculty, staff, and students with a valid USF ID can visit hand sanitizing vending machines on all three campuses to get two complimentary spray bottles each month.

At the College of Nursing, look for a hand sanitizing vending machine on the first-floor hallway near the Center for Advanced Clinical Learning.
A pallet of personal protective equipment was delivered to MOSI and picked up by the College of Nursing thanks to help from county and state partners.

The PPE acquisition included 3,000 surgical masks, 400 face shields, 500 gowns, and 3,000 N95 masks for faculty and students to use during the 2020 fall semester.
'Promise' Partnership with Sulphur Springs Community Renewed

The College of Nursing has renewed its partnership agreement with the Sulphur Springs Neighborhood of Promise's Better Parents Better Health program.

The collaboration allows college leaders to coordinate and provide health-related seminars for the community.

"It's partnerships like this that give me hope. We are uniquely bonded together to address some of the glaring health and social needs of our community," said Jacqueline Coffie Leeks, executive director of the Sulphur Springs Neighborhood of Promise.
During the past year, the college has led programs on topics such as healthy eating, physical fitness, dental health, and mental health.

"We make a difference in these partnerships," said Susan Perry, Vice Dean for Faculty and Community Affairs at the College of Nursing.
Congratulations to Michelle Canale and Karla Maldonado, who will be serving on the 2020-2021 Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetists (FANA) Board of Directors. Beginning Oct. 10, Dr. Canale will serve as vice president and Dr. Maldonado will serve as a director.
Michelle Canale
Karla Maldonado
Members of the College of Nursing's 2020-2021 A-Team have been finalized and the new 16-person team met recently at two virtual training sessions.

The Bull Nurse Admissions Team represents the college at admissions and recruiting events.


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"Advances in the Fight Against COVID-19"

Noon - 1 p.m. Virtual panel discussion with the deans of USF Health
Labor Day

USF closed
Nursing Faculty Grand Rounds: I Serve 2 - Dr. Alicia Rossiter

11 a.m. Online via Microsoft Teams

Tofthagen, C., Hernandez, D. F., Mason, T. M., Buck, H. G., & Kip, K. E. (2020). Complicated grief with post-traumatic stress disorder addressed with accelerated resolution therapy: Case discussions. OMEGA - Journal of Death and Dying. Advance online publication.

Rechenberg, K., Cousin, L., & Redwine, L. (2020) Mindfulness, Anxiety Symptoms, and Quality of Life in Heart Failure. The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 35(4), 358-363. DOI: 10.1097/JCN.0000000000000630.

Groer, M. W., Morgan, K. H., Louis-Jacques, A., Miller, E. M. A Scoping Review of Research on the Human Milk Microbiome [published online ahead of print, 2020 Jul 31]. Journal of Human Lactation. 2020;890334420942768. doi:10.1177/0890334420942768

Torres, Y. M. (2020, August 1). Influence of Work Environment on the Ability of Critical Care Nurses to Provide Efficacious Care.

Faramand, R., Jain, M., Staedtke, V., Kotani, H., Bai, R., Reid, K., Lee, S. B., Spitler, K., Wang, X., Cao, B., Pinilla, J., Lazaryan, A., Khimani, F., Shah, B., Chavez, J. C., Nishihori, T., Mishra, A., Mullinax, J., Gonzalez, R., Hussaini, M., Dam, M., Brandjes, B. D., Bachmeier, C. A., Anasetti, C., Locke, F. L., and Davila, M. L. Tumor Microenvironment Composition and Severe Cytokine Release Syndrome (CRS) Influence Toxicity in Patients with Large B-Cell Lymphoma Treated with Axicabtagene Ciloleucel. Clinical Cancer Research. DOI: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-20-1434


Marshall, V., Mason, T. M., Chavez, M., Tyson, D. (2020, July). The Impact of COVID-19 on Oncology Health Care Professionals and Their Patients. University of South Florida Clinical and Translational Science Hub Meeting, Online.

Marshall, V., Chavez, M., Lake, P., Guiterrez, A., Sherry, P., Rigg, K., Lubrano, B., Rajasekhara, S., Pabbathi, S., Martinez Tyson, M. (July, 2020). The Perceptions of Medical Marijuana versus Opioids in the Management of Cancer-Related Pain among Cancer Survivors. Florida Nurses Association Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Conference. Poster presentation. 

Marshall, V., Mason, T., Chavez, M., Tyson, D. (July, 2020). The Impact of COVID-19 on Oncology Health Care Professionals and Their Patients. Florida Nurses Association Annual Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Conference. Invited COVID-19 Panel Presenter. 
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