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Meaning in Mentorship + Changing Climate of Research + Global Nursing + Alumni Society

NURSING LIFE MAGAZINE | Fall 2009 Volume 4

Dear Colleagues, As Executive Director of the Research Center at the College of Nursing, I am thrilled to report on the College’s exciting and expanding research portfolio. Earlier this year, we completed construction and equipping of our new 3,000 square foot state-of-the-art biobehavioral laboratory. This lab will be used for ongoing and future research projects, while serving as an outstanding facility for student training and research. Primary capabilities in this lab include proteomics and genomics, with a focus on understanding biobehavioral pathways involved in inflammation and the stress response. Dr. Maureen Groer is Director of the Biobehavioral Laboratory. Other important research activities include the award and conduct of several prestigious multimillion-dollar federally funded grants. Dr. Susan McMillan is conducting a clinical trial funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) on managing medication-induced constipation among cancer patients; Dr. Cecile Lengacher is conducting a clinical trial funded by NCI on the use of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) for breast cancer survivors; and Dr. Groer is conducting a longitudinal study on how lactation influences postpartum stress and immunity. All three of these senior researchers have acquired additional recent awards under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. In other research news, I am leading the development and start-up of the Research to Improve Emotional Health and Quality of Life Among Service Members with Disabilities (RESTORE LIVES) Center. Through set aside funds specifically from Congress, this center will conduct research studies on the best ways to assist soldiers, veterans and family members dealing with psychological trauma and other health problems stemming from serving in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Altogether, times are truly exciting at the College of Nursing Research Center and at the College overall. Sincerely,

Kevin E. Kip, PhD, FAHA Executive Director, Research Center


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Meaning in Mentorship + Changing Climate of Research + Global Nursing + Alumni Society

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While Crystal Chapman Lambert will tell you much of her inspiration comes from mentors, it is easy to see that Crystal is a mentor herself. As vice president of the Doctoral Nursing Student Organization, she serves as a resource for other nursing students, providing guidance and openly sharing her reasons for becoming a nurse, a nurse practitioner, and ultimately for pursuing a PhD in nursing. The first encounter with her future career came in high school from a magnet program allowing her to shadow healthcare professionals and visit nursing schools. It was through this program that Crystal first became passionate about the role of a nurse practitioner and found her initial inspiration for becoming a nurse. While at USF, she also discovered the BS-PhD program, which allows students to pursue a master’s concentration while earning a PhD.

If you don’t see people that look like you, it doesn’t even cross your mind as a possibility. Seeing others, like Dr. Rasheeta Chandler, Dr. Versie Johnson-Mallard and Dr. Sabrina Robinson, made pursuing the PhD a reality for Crystal. “If you don’t see people that look like you [pursuing the PhD], it doesn’t even cross your mind as a possibility,” said Crystal. “Seeing others like you striving for the highest level

of education broadens your horizons about what you can do.” It was through encounters with nursing role models that she learned about the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship. The fellowship, designed to address the underrepresentation of African-American and Hispanic faculty, provides tuition, fees and stipend to students pursuing a PhD. For Crystal, the benefits of being a McKnight Doctoral Fellow go far beyond funding. “Professors and mentors from the McKnight program will go out of their way to help you. Whether it means talking on the phone, over email, etc. they will find someone or some way to help.” In addition, the program connects peer fellows who share successes, tips and advice for matriculating through the “It is really a valuable network and a very positive program.” NL


program. “Everyone is trying to get to the same place you are,” says Crystal.




As part of its strategic plan, the USF College of Nursing strives to sustain global prominence, ensure success for a diverse student population, function in a global market and develop an inclusive work and learning environment. Towards this effort, the College is partnering with nursing students to develop helpful hints for incoming and existing students. Students participating in the project include Susan Abuduljawad, Nataliya Sia, Bunmi Adeyemi and Mulubrhan Mogos. Initiated by the College of Nursing Diversity Committee, the endeavor aims to develop a list of top ten suggestions to assist students as they transition into life at USF. At completion of the project, students will present the information at the orientation sponsored by the USF Office of International Affairs with a liaison from the College of Nursing Global Health Center. International students from the USF College of Nursing bring a unique perspective to the College and reflect learning in a global context. Interacting with individuals from diverse cultures contributes not only to a student’s ability to function as a nurse, but also to our overall understanding of society and the world. As of summer 2009, students in the College of Nursing comprised individuals from 19 countries, including the United States. Other nations represented include Bangledesh, Belize, Canada, Cayman Islands, Columbia, Eritrea, Estonia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Nigeria, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, St. Vincent/The Grenadines and Trinidad/Tobago. NL

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ACTIVE STUDENT GOVERNANCE Story by Melissa Molinari Shelton The College of Nursing students are

to reach out to the community. Members

newly admitted students and promote the

active participants on the USF campus

participate in social activities such as a

profession at the College of Nursing Open

and in the Tampa Bay community. Student

bowling social, USF Homecoming activities

House for prospective students and at an

governance is led by the various student

and the annual Esculapian Ball with

information booth in the nursing gathering

organizations representing our nursing

students from the Colleges of Medicine and

space during CRNA Week. At the state

student groups. Our organization members

Public Health. The CNSC also participates

level, student leaders hosted a student

represent nursing students at university

in various events to serve the community

session at the Florida Association of

meetings and events and serve as the

such as an annual sock/hygiene drive,

Nurse Anesthetists (FANA) Conference in

voice of students within the College.

flu shot drive, a health and fitness fair at

2008 and will host another session at the

Currently there are four nursing student

Tampa’s Gasparilla Parade and the Relay

upcoming meeting this fall. Students have

organizations in the College of Nursing:

for Life event, at which they recently placed

also traveled to Tallahassee to lobby for

the College of Nursing Student Council

third. Jessica explains, “It is important to be

their profession. The organization has been

(Undergraduate), the Student Registered

an active part of the CNSC because school

successful in obtaining funds from USF to

Nurse Anesthesia Foundation at USF

is stressful. This is the best way to see

send all junior nurse anesthesia students

College of Nursing, the Master’s Student

classmates as friends and know people on

to the FANA Conference at no cost to the

Nursing Organization and the Doctoral

a personal level.”


Nursing Student Organization. The College of Nursing Student Council

The Student Registered Nurse

The Master’s Student Nursing

Anesthesia Foundation at USF College of

Organization (MSNO) is the newest

(CNSC) is an undergraduate student

Nursing was founded by the first cohort

addition to the College of Nursing student

organization made up of students pursuing

of anesthesia students to promote the

organizations. Officially organized in July

a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Jessica

nurse anesthesia concentration. Current

2009, the MSNO was started by Nursing

Dorey, Council president 2008-2009,

president Latanya Lawrence explained

Education student, Pam Lozano, who

explained that the overall purpose of the

that all students in the nurse anesthesia

currently serves the organization because

organization is to promote camaraderie

concentration are members of the

she was always involved and was class

of students outside of the classroom and

organization and provide mentorship to

president while in school in Peru. She



wanted to do something and there was no organization to serve the master’s students. She states, “The MSNO is a good way to connect with the College.” The goal of the organization is to increase its membership and encourage master’s students to get involved in order to facilitate communication. The Doctoral Nursing Student Organization (DNSO) was recently organized in 2009 to serve the students in the PhD and DNP programs. The organization provides an opportunity for all doctoral students and faculty to interact outside of the classroom. Since January 2009, students and faculty have attended monthly lunches in order to discuss information about the doctoral programs and USF campus resources. Senior students also had the opportunity to discuss tips on succeeding in the programs and alumni presented on career opportunities after graduation. The DNSO encourages current students to serve as a resource to potential students at the Doctoral Open House and to new students at the Doctoral Orientation. The organization maintains a Blackboard page where information can be found on scholarships, grants, important USF and College of Nursing information, monthly lunch recordings and minutes and a discussion board where students can share information with one another. Information about all of the College of Nursing student organizations and their officers can be found at http://health.usf. edu/nocms/nursing/Resources_for_Students/studentgovt.html NL

The College of Nursing’s Academic Success Center (ASC) was established in spring 2009. The goal of the ASC is to increase retention of undergraduate nursing students struggling with the rigorous curriculum. An early intervention model is used to target potential problem areas and assist students before academic performance issues begin. With minimal funding, this proactive approach to student retention is currently accomplished through the use of group tutoring and Academic Success workshops. Undergraduate nursing instructor Chris Garrison coordinates the tutoring component of ASC. Working closely with Nursing faculty, Mr. Garrison identifies and recruits successful upper-level students to conduct group tutoring sessions in subjects such as Fundamentals of Nursing Practice, Pharmacology, and Physical Exam & Assessment. Tutors are compensated for their time and expertise and serve as mentors for beginning students. Instructional designers in the College of Nursing offer Academic Success Workshops, which are available to all first-semester nursing students. Using a metacognitive model called the Let Me Learn process, staff work with students to identify their individual learning preferences. The goal is to assist students in the development of effective strategies to increase academic success in the nursing curriculum and become autonomous, lifelong learners. Additional Academic Success Workshops are offered on subjects ranging from textbook reading to testtaking skills. Dr. Cheryl Zambroski, associate professor & interim assistant dean of academics, Undergraduate Program, is assisting with a capital campaign effort to establish a staffed Academic Success Center within the College of Nursing. Expanded services would include individual tutoring sessions, writing and research assistance, web-based tutoring for distance learning students, and supplemental instruction sessions led by undergraduate and graduate teaching assistants. NL

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A lab research assistant removes a rack of samples from a liquid nitrogen tank used to store cells at -196 degrees Celsius to ensure survival for future experiments.

07 In Summer 2009 the University of South Florida College of Nursing joined a few other elite nursing institutions with comprehensive wet laboratory research facilities. The new lab is a state-of-the-art, sophisticated new facility that enables the College to launch and support biological data analysis for multiple faculty and student projects, using biological markers to develop deeper understandings of health and disease, as well as the effects of nursing interventions on patients. Before the opening of the new nursing biobehavioral lab, the College of Nursing’s lab equipment was located in a borrowed space in the College of Public Health. Now, the USF College of Nursing is able to launch and support biological data analysis projects on its own. Maureen Groer, RN, PhD, FAAN, and her collaborators, staff and students are currently measuring a variety of hormones, acute phase proteins, cytokines, cellular structure and function for a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded study of postpartum health. On a typical day, the grant’s research nurse coordinator, Monalisa Harrington, RN, makes two or three visits to the homes of women enrolled in the study in order to collect stress and mood data, perform a short physical exam, screen for postpartum thyroid disease, and collect a blood sample which is brought back to the Biobehavioral Lab for immediate processing. Back at the College, lab technician Nicole Williams processes the blood sample. The processing of the blood involves separating the lymphocytes and storing them in liquid nitrogen for later flow cytometry, aliquoting plasma samples, counting

cells and performing multiple assays on these samples in batches. Also assisting in lab are a collection of talented “lab rats,” including Jessica Heckel, a USF College of Nursing DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) -to -PhD student interested in genetics research; Brittany Hasty, a USF Honors College graduate planning to attend medical school; Nancy Le, a lab volunteer preparing for a career in cancer research; Ellen Marcolongo, a USF Nursing PhD student preparing for a dissertation on the immune effects of night shift working in nurses; Melissa Molinari Shelton, a PhD student planning a genetics-focused dissertation in pregnancy and stress; Blake Rankin, a University of Tampa student studying chemistry and accounting; and Jeanne Van Eepoel, a Nursing PhD student studying with Dr. Groer. Dr. Groer is also collaborating with Dr. Terri Ashmeade, MD, from Tampa General Hospital on a study comparing the biology of milk from mothers who have delivered preterm infants with milk from mothers who have delivered fullterm infants. Preliminary findings indicate important differences in the chemical compositions of the milk, particularly of the cytokines, and suggest that mother’s milk, no matter when the infant is born, is uniquely suited to meet that infant’s needs. Dr. Groer and her staff recently completed a study made possible through a contract with Meggitt’s Training Systems, Inc. that measured salivary stress markers across 150 police officers participating in a virtual reality stress scenario. The data was presented at the Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society meeting in Colorado as well at the USF College of Nursing

Center for Psychoneuroimmunology’s second annual national conference “Frontiers in Psychoneuroimmunology: Emotions, Immune System and Performance” at Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa, Florida. Theresa Beckie, PhD, RN, FAHA, is working in the lab to develop a “genetics bench.” Dr. Beckie and her students are analyzing DNA and RNA, looking for critical gene mutations in cardiovascular disease. Dr. Cecile Lengacher utilizes the Biobehavioral lab for her NIH funded study on the immune and stress-reducing effects of mindfulness meditation in women with breast cancer. Her research staff and students bring saliva samples they’ve collected from participants to the lab for processing and analysis of the stress hormone, cortisol. Genetics research is a priority for the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), and in the past two years four USF College of Nursing students have been selected to attend the Summer Genetics Institute sponsored by NINR. In addition, Drs. Maureen Groer, Cecilia Jevitt and Theresa Beckie have completed an intensive molecular biology summer training program sponsored by New England BioLab in order to learn the latest in genetics techniques and measurements. The new laboratory is changing the climate of research at the USF College of Nursing, attracting the brightest students and accomplished veteran faculty from around the world. The science generated in the biobehavioral lab at the University of South Florida College of Nursing will ultimately have major impacts on nursing science and health. NL

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Many events credited to the brain actually originate within the immune system.


During the 2009 USF College of Nursing Center for Psychoneuroimmunology second annual conference, “Frontiers in Psychoneuroimmunology: Emotions, the Immune System and Performance” at Saddlebrook Resort, attendees had the opportunity to participate in cross-stress training at the executive challenge course.

APPLIED PSYCHONEUROIMMUNOLOGY: INFLAMMATION AND SAFETY Story by Nick Hall For years, we have focused on the mind’s impact upon the

with psycho or neuro always serving as the lead syllable. Even the

body. Mind over matter is the first thing people often think of when

premier journal in the field, Brain, Behavior and Immunity, has the

any discussion of the brain and immune system arises. The bias is

immune system bringing up the rear.

that the brain rules. Even the names penned to describe the scientific approach

If the field were being defined today, it would undoubtedly have a new title, perhaps ImmunoNeuroPsychology or some other

to studying these two entities assume the brain comes first.

combination emphasizing the fact that many events credited to the

PsychoNeuroImmunology, or PNI, Neuroimmunomodulation,

brain actually originate within the immune system. That’s because

Neuroimmunology, Psychoneuroendocrinimmunology... these are

a variety of chemicals produced by the immune system are able to

the multi-syllabic words used to label the study of the brain and

act upon the brain.

immune system. Each shares in common a bias that information flows in the direction of gravity from the brain to the immune system

Those chemicals having the greatest clinical impact are the ones produced during the course of inflammation. It doesn’t matter



whether the inflammation is associated with ridding the body of

lethargic or distracted by pain and discomfort, it’s bound to impact

an infection or due to the immune system mounting an attack

their risk of injury in the workplace. The impact of the immune system upon safety in

sleep quality, and reaction time are just a few of the effects the

the workplace is the subject of the 2010 Frontiers in

immune system can exert through these chemicals, called pro-

Psychoneuroimmunology Symposium. To counterbalance

inflammatory cytokines.

the inherent bias in the name, the content of the 3rd annual

Some of these effects can be quite severe. For example, suicides tend to peak during the spring and fall. Spring is when tree pollen is the triggering allergen. In the fall, the culprit is

conference will emphasize ways the immune system can impact safety in hospitals and elsewhere. The College of Nursing will partner with Nursing Spectrum

usually ragweed. Regardless of the cause, the inflammation within

and the USF College of Public Health to explore the ramifications

the nasal passages, or rhinitis, can result in pro-inflammatory

of inflammation upon safety. Attendance at the 2009 symposium

cytokines signaling the brain via the olfactory nerve. Along with

was higher than in 2008, and we anticipate continued growth in

other risk factors, the mood changes induced by the immune

2010. That’s because whatever name it goes by, ‘Applied’ will

system may now serve as the straw that breaks the proverbial

always be the theme of PNI gatherings hosted by the College

camel’s back. Through different pathways, the mood changes

of Nursing. Attendees will depart with a clear understanding of

may be associated with inflamed gums, food poisoning or other

the ways new information linking the mind and body can impact

sources of inflammation. Clearly, if a person is depressed,

everyday life. NL


against something that belongs in the body. Changes in mood,

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GLOBAL HEALTH NURSING Story by Ashlea Hudak credit-requirement for community health

the USF College of Nursing collaborates

of Nursing at the University of South Florida

didactic and clinical courses. The USF

with nurses in other countries to develop

has developed numerous international

College of Nursing has also established

programs that ultimately improve global

collaborative initiatives. As Director of the

an undergraduate student exchange with


Global Health Center for the College of

Universidad el Bosque in Bogota, Colombia,

Nursing at the University of South Florida,

South America.

Global health nursing at the College

Dr. Sandra Cadena, PhD, ARNP, CNE, has

In October 2009, the University of

Dr. Cadena is currently working to develop a psychiatric nursing master’s program concentration in Colombia, South

established international nursing student

South Florida College of Nursing and

America as part of her Fulbright Senior

exchange programs and research project

Universidad de Panama co-sponsored the

Specialist project. Once established, the

opportunities between the College and

XI Annual International Nursing Conference

program would become the first mental-

nursing institutions worldwide.

on Education, in Panama City, Panama. The

health nursing graduate degree program in

College also developed and presented two

Colombia. In a region where many residents

health nursing program with the Universidad

pre-conference workshops on leadership

experience some form of post-traumatic

de Panama in Panama City, Panama,

development and simulation education in

stress disorder (PTSD) from years of civil

Central America. is going into its fifth

conjunction with Latina Universidad.

war and the ongoing impact of narco-

The faculty and student community

year. This three-week clinical immersion

In addition, as an Affiliating Center with

trafficking, the psychiatric nursing master’s

experience for undergraduate nursing

Pan American Health Organization/World

program concentration is much needed and

students allows students the opportunity to

Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Nursing

would help health care providers in Colombia

travel to Panama to experience community

Collaborating Center at the University of

learn to identify and treat patients with

health nursing firsthand while fulfilling a six

Alabama-Birmingham, School of Nursing,

mental health problems. NL


DR. SANDRA CADENA, FULBRIGHT SPECIALIST Specialists Program, created in 2000 to complement

and director of global health at the University of

the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program, provides

South Florida College of Nursing, has been selected

short-term academic opportunities (two to six weeks)

for a Fulbright Specialist project in Colombia, South

to prominent U.S. faculty and professionals to support

America. She will be based at El Bosque University

curricular and faculty development and institutional

during the fall 2009 semester, according to the

planning at post secondary, academic institutions

United States Department of State and the J. William

around the world.

Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Dr. Cadena will provide consultation to develop a

The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange activity, is

graduate psychiatric/mental health nursing curriculum,

sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of

expand research projects focused on cultural

Educational and Cultural Affairs. Over its 60 years of

competency and provide educational opportunities for

existence, thousands of U.S. faculty and professionals

nursing faculty and students.

have taught, studied or conducted research abroad,

Dr. Cadena is one of over 400 U.S. faculty and

and thousands of their counterparts from other

professionals who will travel abroad this year through

countries have engaged in similar activities in the

the Fulbright Specialists Program. The Fulbright

United States. NL


Sandra J. Cadena, PhD, ARNP, assistant professor

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The College of Nursing is preparing for its Commission on

December 15, 2009 to March 15, 2010 – Opportunity for program

Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation visit on April

constituents to “submit, in writing, comments concerning the

12-14, 2010. The CCNE is a specialized/professional agency

program’s qualifications for accreditation status.” These third party

whose purpose is to ensure that nursing programs are engaged in

comments are to be received by CCNE up until 30 days before the

effective educational practices.

scheduled visit. Comments must be signed and they will be shared

As part of the preparation, a self-study is done in which the undergraduate, master’s and Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP)

with the CCNE visiting team prior to the scheduled visit. They will not be shared with the program.

programs conduct a review focused on four standards based on program quality and program effectiveness. These include Mission

To review the standards visit:

and Governance; Institutional Commitment and Resources;

Curriculum; Teaching and Learning Practices; and Aggregate

To submit comments contact:

Student and Faculty Outcomes. The undergraduate and master’s programs had their last review in 2000 and were approved for the maximum of 10 years. This will be the first review for the DNP program, which on initial visit, when approved, will be awarded a five (5) year approval. A variety of activities are ongoing in the college involving faculty, staff and community members. There already has been a

American Association of Colleges of Nursing One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530 Washington, DC 20036 April 12-14, 2010 CCNE site visit – Please contact the College’s Accreditation office for the visitors schedule after January (813974-3195).

review of a preliminary draft and efforts are continuing to revise and gather the data that is needed to prepare the final report. As alumni and interested community members, we are

There will be also an opportunity for alumni and community to meet with the visitors. Please contact Amy in the Accreditation

encouraging your participation in the review process. Please see

Office if you would like to be involved (813-974-3195). We

the calendar of events and where you may be involved.

appreciate all of your support to the College, its faculty, staff and students. Go BULLS! NL

November 18-19, 2009 - Mock review conducted by Dr. Sandra Edwardson, University of Minnesota. Please contact Amy Johnson in the Accreditation Office for the schedule if you would like to be involved (813-974-3195).

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Pediatric nurse-practitioner Neil Melvin credits USF for teaching him to improvise in order to provide medical care in a rural setting.




Story by Marilyn Bistline

Neil Melvin started his career as a

in Live Oak does not accept pediatric

at 5 p.m. on a Friday,” he says. “I called the

pediatric nurse practitioner in Lake City,

patients, while the hospital in Lake City

family-run pharmacy and they personally

Fla, a small town just 45 miles north

only admits children three years and older.

delivered the antibiotics to my office.”

of Gainesville. The pediatrician Melvin

“Patients in the area certainly do not

worked with had a branch in Live Oak,

have access to what you would consider

program at USF, he questioned his choice

Fla., another small, rural town between

state-of-the-art medicine,” Melvin says.

to focus on pediatric primary care until

Tallahassee and Jacksonville just 30 miles

“The families we take care of have limited

Dr. Mary Ann Krisman-Scott, the former

north of Lake City. Melvin spent most of

financial resources. An hour and a half

director of the pediatric nurse practitioner

his time at the Live Oak office. It didn’t take

drive to Gainesville or Tallahassee is not

program, guided him through the process.

long for him to notice that children there,


Dr. Krisman-Scott’s attentiveness helped

and in Lake City, had insufficient access to quality health care. Melvin, a USF College of Nursing

Working independently of a physician, Melvin and Ingram create visibility for the

When Melvin began the ARNP

Melvin transition from pediatric nursing to practicing medicine.

work pediatric nurse practitioners do in the

“I remember when I started the

alumnus, knew he had to do something

community. Patients and their families see

program I had a lot of fears and anxiety,

to improve the level of care these children

how valuable they are, particularly in rural

especially in clinical rotation,” says Melvin.

were receiving.


“Dr. Krisman-Scott is the primary person

“As I began to work in pediatrics in

At the same time, Melvin and Ingram

I look back on and think that if it weren’t

Lake City and Live Oak, I realized that a

are building strategic relationships to

for her, I would not be practicing primary

lot of families in these towns had limited

expand the health care options for children

pediatric care.”

access to care for various reasons. While

in the rural community. They collaborate

it was challenging, I thought, ‘This is where

with a local physician and pediatric

pediatric nurse practitioner to the training,

I need to be,’” Melvin says. “These kids

specialists in the area. Soon, a local

resources and first-rate facilities available

need quality health care. So it became

speech pathologist will have an office in

to him at the USF College of Nursing.

important to me to stay in the area. I

the same building as Horizon Pediatrics,

thought several times about moving to

and Melvin is working to bring a children’s

needed to be successful, not to just get by,”

Jacksonville, but I realized that these kids

mental health counselor to Live Oak.

he says. “But the mindset instructors gave

and their families really need help.”

In a tight-knit community such as

Melvin attributes his success as a

“We had the equipment and tools we

us was to be aware that in nursing you

In December 2008, Melvin began

Live Oak, Melvin can also work closely

working with Amber Ingram, a fellow nurse

with pharmacists to get his patients the

practitioner who opened her own practice,

medication they need. He once negotiated

successful in an environment where there

Horizon Pediatrics, in Live Oak. His

with the local chain pharmacy to reduce

are many disadvantages and to turn them

alliance with the nurse-practitioner-owned-

the price of medication for an asthmatic

into opportunities to make the quality of life

and-operated practice allows Melvin to

boy in critical condition whose family could

in a small community better.

serve children from surrounding rural areas

not keep up with the cost of caring for him.

while providing excellent care for patients from his previous office. One of the obstacles Melvin and his patients face is the lack of pediatric health care services in the area. The local hospital

Likewise, Melvin’s relationship with

have to think outside of the box.” The college prepared Melvin to be

“In rural medicine you have to figure out how to get things done and still provide

a local family-run pharmacy has proved

the best care,” Melvin says. “So far, it’s

beneficial to his patients.

been really great.” NL

“There was once a very sick boy in need of an antibiotic injection in my office

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ALUMNI SOCIETY AND BOARD Story by Patricia Shirley In 2004, Dean Patricia Burns began

our reach beyond alumni. Reflecting on our

was a real high point for the board. Alumni

to revitalize the University of South Florida

impact within the Tampa Bay community, we

and their families had the opportunity to

College of Nursing Alumni, exploring the

again expanded our board in 2007, inviting

gather together to enjoy the activities, but

possibility of a Board of Directors. Her

key community leaders with demonstrated

even more important, celebrate our lives as

efforts were inspired in October of 2003

support of the College of Nursing. Thus,


after the 30th anniversary milestone

in 2007, the College of Nursing Alumni and

gathering at Busch Gardens. The gathering

Friends Society Board was complete.

honored the admission of the 1973

The Alumni and Friends Society and Board have grown to include faculty,

“Dean Burns; Jean Aertker ’80, ’84;

emeriti faculty, students and nurses from

Charter Baccalaureate Class and the

Penny Fisher ’92; Dena Gay ’85; Donna

the community to supply a broader base

USF Collaborative Recognitions. Within

Kozlowski ’81 and I set out on a journey

of experience to draw from. On the current

six months, we launched our first alumni

to bring our classmates and colleagues

board, Dr. Joan Gregory, Dr. Lois Nixon

newsletter and gathered volunteers for

together in order to give back to the

and Dr. Ona Riggin joined in 2007, followed

our Board of Directors. The USF College

university,” said Quigley. “We all feel strongly

by Geraldine Twine ’88; Marisa Belote and

of Nursing Alumni Board of Directors was

that the University of South Florida College

Melissa Molinari Shelton ’05, ’08 in 2008.

established to serve as ambassadors

of Nursing has given us a way of life like no

The newest members of the board are Dr.

within the community. The members

other - a life of service as nurses, and we

Christine Olney ’07; Dr. Laura Gonzalez ’96;

wholeheartedly took on the task of promoting

want to help the college grow and prosper.”

Dr. Brandy Lehman and Dr. Denise Maguire.

the mission and values of the College.

“Our journey over the last five years has

In the last several months, the

Dr. Pat Quigley ’75, ’82, ’96 remembers

had some wonderful stops along the way

Alumni and Friends Society and Board

accepting Dean Burns’ call to serve as

including an Alumni Reunion Play: “Every

have renewed their efforts to expand the

president of the board. Our board was

Day Angels,” an evening with Monica Steele

opportunities for other alumni to participate

expanded in 2006 to include current and

who wrote and acted the play just for us, on

in events and activities in support of the

retired College of Nursing faculty to broaden

October 14, 2006,” said Quigley. “The event

College of Nursing.

17 want to have a lot of fun and reach out to

Board revised the by-laws to identify five

their classmates,” remarked committee co-

general committees at their August 10, 2009

chair Ms. Kozlowski. “A few hours over the

meeting. Each dedicated board member

year calling several classmates will make

accepted the challenge to co-chair or serve

the difference between a mediocre event

on a committee.

and a successful one.”

The Strategic Planning committee,

Since nurses in general are all about

with co-chairs Dr. Christine Olney ’07 and

giving to others, the Alumni Awards and

Dr. Joan Gregory, will oversee the activities

Recognition committee co-chairs Melissa

of the other committees to ensure that the

Molinari Shelton ’05,’08 and Penny Fisher

society not only meets its goals, but also

’92 want to make sure that alumni who are

the strategic goals of the College. Dr. Olney

role models are given the recognition they

noted during the meeting the importance


of communication between the various committees and alumni. “We have to be able to explain our

“When I graduated with my bachelor’s in nursing in 2005, Dr. Quigley donated a College of Nursing pin. My class voted to

purpose and value for future alumni society

award the pin to me at graduation,” said

members,” said Dr. Olney. “By having

Mrs. Shelton. “Dr. Quigley’s generosity

clear, defined goals and objectives for each

inspired me to start the USF College of

committee, alumni who volunteer will know

Nursing Nightingale Award, which awards

they are providing a valuable service to their

a College of Nursing pin to a deserving

alma mater.”

undergraduate nursing student chosen by

Geraldine Twine’88 and Dr. Ona

their classmates in each graduating class.

Riggin will co-chair the Historic Milestones

I want to shine the spotlight on all of the


great work of our alumni in furthering the

“It is important to not lose track of the accomplishments of the College, its

nursing profession.” CANDLE (Community Awareness,

students, alumni and faculty. Our efforts will

Nursing, Development, Leadership,

give our current as well as future students

Education) is the marketing and outreach

and alumni a sense of the changes and

committee. Originally established in

traditions of the college. Besides, the

2007 and chaired by Joanne Angel, the

pictures are always fun!” said Ms. Twine.

committee has honed in on two areas to

Alumni Networking is a committee that


In doing so, the Alumni and Friends

PATRICIA QUIGLEY ’75, ’82 At the end of the August 2009 board meeting Dr. Patricia Quigley announced her resignation from the position of board president. “The working committees have been established and I have served five years as board president, so I feel this is the right time for me to relinquish my role on the board. I would like to give others an opportunity to serve the College by being on the board or working on a committee. It is a great feeling to know you are making a difference.” USF’s College of Nursing, Dean Burns and the Alumni and Friends Society thank Dr. Quigley for her dedication to the College, alumni and community.

pursue over the next year: developing a

encompasses a wide-range of activities.

toolbox of presentations for alumni, friends,

As a result there will be three co-chairs:

faculty and staff to use in different settings to

Dena Gay’85, Donna Kozlowski ’81 and Dr.

promote the education, research and clinical

Brandy Lehman.

aspects of the college, as well as identifying

homes or places of business, mentoring

’84 is joined by Dr. Laura Gonzalez ’96 as

Please join your classmates and friends by volunteering for a College of Nursing Alumni and Friends Society committee. Committee members do not need to be in greater Tampa Bay area and the time commitment

nursing students and making sure we

the new co-chairs. “We have an advantage

can be as little as four hours a year.

have current contact information for each

over the other committees since we have

alumnus are just some of the areas we

volunteers already beginning to work on this

are exploring,” said Ms. Gay. “We hope

year’s projects,” said Dr. Aertker. “We’ve

To volunteer call or e-mail Leanna Baylis

to have such an overwhelming response

learned over the last two years that while

(813) 974-6850.

from our classmates in helping us build this

there are many worthwhile projects for us

network that we can divide the group into

to tackle, we need to focus on one or two.


Having Laura as co-chair is a plus since as

“Reunions, smaller events near alumni

The alumni networking committee will

appropriate venues. Dr. Jean Aertker ’80,

a member of the College’s faculty she can

serve as an outlet for alumni to catch up

guide us when we are looking at projects

with past friends while making new ones.

that require faculty involvement.” NL

“This is the committee for alumni who

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