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Nursing on the Move is produced by USF College of Nursing 12901 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, MDC 22 Tampa, FL 33612 P. (813) 974-7863 F. (813) 974-5418 Published for faculty, students, staff, alumni and the community of USF Health.

Editor Ashlea Hudak

Contributing Writers Sandra Cadena, Guy Engelhardt, Ashlea Hudak, Melissa Molinari Shelton, Denise Passmore, Patricia Shirley.

Luis Battistini, Ashlea Hudak, Ellen Kent, Ellen Leedy, Candace Mundy, Eric Younghans.

President, University of South Florida Judy Genshaft, PhD

Senior Vice President, USF Health Dean, USF College of Medicine Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA

Senior Associate Vice President, USF Health Dean, USF College of Nursing Dianne Morrison-Beedy PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN

College of Nursing University of South Florida 12901 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard MDC Box 22, Tampa, FL 33612 (813) 974-2191



The College of Nursing at the University of South Florida is On the Move! We listened to what you had to say to us and have invigorated our efforts into five key pillars of success: Educational Excellence, Research & Innovation, Partnerships & Collaborations, College Culture, and Infrastructure Optimization. As you read through this publication you will be able to see how the college is living these ideals, and leading the way in innovative approaches to meet the healthcare needs of our region, state and nation. You will read about the revolutionary program for Registered Nurses that offers them a custom degree sure to become the new national standard. This addresses the national imperative from healthcare organizations calling for an increase in BS-prepared nurses and seamless transition to graduate nursing education. We celebrate just some of our many successes in this publication,

and encourage you to keep pace with us as we forge forward into the future. I know you will enjoy reading about the many ways that the USF College of Nursing is Transforming Healthcare, Transforming

USF Health’s mission is to envision and implement the future of health. It is the partnership of the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, the College of Nursing, the College of Public Health, the College of Pharmacy, the School of Biomedical Sciences and the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences; and the USF Physician’s Group. The University of South Florida is a global research university ranked 34th in federal research expenditures for public universities.

Lives: Creating the Nursing Leaders of Tomorrow and the Research that Improves Health.

Dianne Morrison-Beedy Dianne Morrison-Beedy, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN Senior Associate Vice President, USF Health Dean, College of Nursing, University of South Florida

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Registered Nurses: A Revolution in RN-BS Education


Nursing Education: Health Information Technologies


DNP Signature Residencies: A Bold New Move in Nursing’s Evolution


Improving Health: Anytime, Anywhere


Meredeth Rowe: Transforming Caregiving


Division of Sponsored Research Awards Received FY 10-11


Global Health: USF Nursing in Panama as Red Cross Volunteers


Nursing Military Liaison: Exploring and Encouraging Collaboration


The New Faces of Student Affairs


Student Community Service


A Spirited Start at Opening Days


Recognizing Faculty and Staff


A True Champion Recognized


Sincerity and Scholarship


Pinning: A Lifelong Pledge


Alumni Awarded Top Honors

Our students, faculty, staff and alumni are very active in the university, the


Alumni Class Notes

community, and the world. They are our best ambassadors. Whether they are


Alumni & Friends Society Letter

giving flu shots, or presenting at conferences, competing in triathlons in China,


Gordon Keller

or kicking back at a USF Bulls game singing out the fight song, they create the


USF College of Nursing is enhanced by the addition of new world class faculty like Dr. Meredeth Rowe, co-founder of the Silver Alert Program and a national expert in


cognitively impaired adults. She joins us at the College as Lewis and Leona Hughes

are also attracting the best of the “next generation” of researchers like Jessica Gordon, PhD student who is enthusiastically

maternal child research.





making ripples locally and nationally in



Endowed Chair in Nursing Science. We



The groundbreaking research at the

Partnerships with agencies like the

American Red Cross allow us to increase our global impact in areas like Panama. With the largest troop re-integration occurring since Vietnam, the College of Nursing is prepared with research,


educational opportunities, and radical

Nursing in the Military to spread the word and build new partnerships.



new treatments for PTSD with a liaison for

college culture that encourages the excellence, innovation, and collaboration that make the USF College of Nursing a national player in the global healthcare arena. We live in the forefront of change, and we continually optimize our

of the future.



infrastructure in technology, techniques, and environments to support our vision



Alumni Save the Dates


Optimizing Resources


Faculty Opportunities Available

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Educational excellence is a must as the USF College of Nursing creates the nursing leaders of tomorrow. There is a growing national recognition of the important roles nursing has in the delivery of high quality yet affordable health care, and the research that improves health. USF Nursing students benefit from laboratory experiences with clinical skills, human patient patients.




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participate in interprofessional education activities that prepare them to care for individuals and groups in diverse settings. This is a very dynamic and exciting time for the nursing profession. We built it, you came, and together we make it happen!



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This “first-of-its-kind” program developed for today’s Registered Nurses is truly a REVOLUTION in education,



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Registered Nurses: A REVOLUTION IN RN-BS Nursing Education and it’s right here at the University of South Florida. This new revolutionary BS completion program allows students to build a degree focused on their unique career needs whether they are in the area of leadership and management, patient and staff education, or clinical excellence. Fully web-based, this online program of 30 nursing credit hours can be completed part-time in 5 semesters; and full-time in 3 semesters. Courses prepare students for selected national certifications and a seamless transition into USF Nursing Master’s, PhD and DNP programs.


Prepares nurses for healthcare leadership with topics such as: Applied Leadership and Management Healthcare Finance Healthcare Policy and Regulation Legal and Ethical Issues Quality Management and Outcomes Nursing Management and Leadership Certification ºº The American Organization of Nurse Executives


Prepares nurses as educators with topics such as: Assessment and Evaluation Distance Learning Simulation Based Learning Social and Peer Learning Networks Nurse Educator (Professional Development) Certification ºº The American Nurses Credentialing Center


Prepares nurses for clinical excellence with topics such as: Complementary and Alternative Care Geriatric Care Health Assessment for Registered Nurses HIV Community Health Nursing International Nursing Care Interprofessional Quality and Safety Military and Veteran Health Issues Pathophysiology and Pharmacology Updates Substance Abuse Team STEPPS Instructor Certification ºº The Department of Defense & the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

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Within the lab, students are prepared for the complexities of clinical experiences through the aid of technological tools. The use of human patient simulators provides opportunities for students to practice nursing skills before encountering patients. Students also have the opportunity to master skills they will need in the hospitals, like medication dispensing units and electronic charting. Our telehealth unit enables students to get a glimpse into how technology can benefit homebound patients. Finally, students are taught how to download and use their handheld devices (PDAs or smartphones) as vital reference tools which they can use to acquire information any time or place. Online education provides working students with a flexible alternative to

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Traditional classrooms are now wired to provide students with a variety of presentation options through the internet, DVD’s, or traditional methods such as PowerPoint and transparencies. SMART boards allow faculty to save their written comments to a file. Several software solutions enable faculty to capture the classroom presentation for students to review later as refreshers or to utilize in online classes. An audience response system (ARS) provides opportunities for faculty to poll students and ensure that content is understood. ARS clickers can be directly associated with students’ network ID enabling their responses to be captured within a course’s gradebook.


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Nursing Education Health Information Technologies

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the traditional classroom. Through the Blackboard learning management system, students can access interactive content, take tests, submit and receive feedback on written assignments, and discuss concepts with their peers. Utilizing Elluminate, voice-over-internet-protocol (VOIP) software, faculty and students can meet online synchronously for classes, student presentations, and group work.

The desktop sharing feature enables faculty to provide orientations to online classes or help students learn how to use specific software. It is the goal of the faculty and staff at the College of Nursing to ensure that students are not only exposed to the latest in health-information technology, but that they are given the principles to use them appropriately within the

clinical setting. Faculty strive to ensure that the human connection is not lost but strengthened by the abilities to improve education and ultimately patient care.




DNP Signature Residencies: A Bold New Move in Nursing’s Evolution The








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In 2008, the University of South Florida College of Nursing DNP program became the first in the nation to develop highly specialized, signature clinical residencies to meet the practice demands associated with an increasingly complex healthcare

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and training. The residencies provide advanced professional leadership training through dissemination of acquired clinical expertise through clinical publications, professional presentations, involvement in specialty-specific professional organizations and the USF’s DNP Signature Residencies are a attainment of appropriate visionary response to our current and future specialtyhealthcare crisis. specific certifications environment. The design and when available. DNP residents implementation of these highly also complete residencystructured signature residencies specific, interprofessional provides opportunities for cognate courses in their advanced nurse practitioners to signature residency that provide complete gaps in their current further scientific foundations clinical practice or extend their for the practice specialty. current expertise in order to Interprofessional clinical experts prepare for highly specialized participating in the residencies clinical roles. contribute to the education, training and mentoring of DNP USF DNP students may residents. choose not only from individualized traditional “While other schools of residencies in advanced nursing have developed webpractice, such as Family, Adult based DNP programs, the USF Health or Pediatrics, but they College of Nursing made the may also choose from one bold move to maintain a clinical of the signature residency focus by overseeing residency programs in high-demand placements with our affiliated clinical specialty areas including: clinical partners,” said Frances dermatology, orthopedics, (Rankin) Sahebzamani, PhD, preventive cardiology, ARNP, FAANP, Director of the endocrinology and metabolic DNP Program at USF. “The USF disease, oncology, and College of Nursing has attracted gerontology/aging studies. students from all around the country who want to be a part USF DNP Signature of this unique opportunity for Residencies incorporate specialized training offered at standardized, specialty-focused USF.” curricula, clinical competencies

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The USF College of Nursing developed the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program in 2005 as a post-master’s program. The DNP program received final approval from the Florida Board of Governors and admitted its charter class of 14 students in fall of 2005. The first 5 students graduated with the DNP degree in spring of 2007, and since then the program has graduated a total of 52 Doctors of Nursing Practice. Graduates from the program assume leadership roles in the clinical setting. “USF’s DNP Signature Residencies are a visionary response to our current and future healthcare crisis,” said Dr. (Rankin) Sahebzamani.

DEBRA SHELBY Transforming Skincare University of South Florida College of Nursing Clinical Assistant Professor Debra Shelby, DNP, ARNP, DNC, founded the National Academy of Dermatology Nurse Practitioners (NADNP) in 2011 and currently serves as President of the organization.

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University of South Florida College of Nursing Clinical Assistant Professor Debra Shelby, DNP, ARNP, DNC, founded the National Academy of Dermatology Nurse Practitioners (NADNP) in 2011 and currently serves as President

of the organization. NADNP is a professional advance practice nursing organization dedicated to increasing access to quality dermatology healthcare by setting the standards in dermatology practice, education, research and professional development. As Director of the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) Dermatology Signature Residency at the USF College of Nursing, Dr. Shelby found that existing dermatology nursing professional organizations

did not fully address the needs of dermatology nurse practitioners seeking continuing education in dermatology. “With the skin care epidemic, and the rising patient costs to visit healthcare specialists, nurse practitioners are increasingly being relied upon to provide skin cancer assessments and the NADNP will be the resource to help NP’s gain confidence and competency in this area and support all NP’s with an interest in dermatology,” said Dr.

Shelby. “It feels natural for me to lead the NADNP and I’m excited to do so alongside a Board of Directors that includes highly experienced family and dermatology nurse practitioners.”

Dr. Debra Shelby and our DNP Dermatology Signature Residency Program graduates lead the way in bridging the gaps between skin care research, assessment and practice.”

“USF is creating the nursing leaders of tomorrow and the research that improves health,” said Rita F. D’Aoust, PhD, ACNP, ANPBC, CNE, FAANP, FNAP, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Interprofessional Initiatives at USF Nursing. “As a USF DNP alumna,

“It is important to catch students early in practice to train them in dermatology,” said Dr. Shelby. “For this reason we are pleased to be able to offer current USF Nurse Practitioner Master’s students a free membership with NADNP.”










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funding, we are national leaders in nursing research! We make research a part of nursing education at all levels. By concentrating the research efforts of our visionary faculty into: a Center for Living with Chronic Illness; and a Restore Lives Center that conducts research for veterans and service members, we will transform healthcare



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, ANP, PhD, FAAN N R , ro n u M L. y d Cin nd Innovation a h rc a se e R r fo n Associate Dea


USF Nursing Adjunct faculty and PhD student, Jessica Gordon, MS, ARNP, CPNP-PC, CLC educates mothers at risk for premature infants on the importance of breastfeeding health


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Gordon began her career as a maternal child staff nurse working in the high risk obstetrics unit at St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida. Six years later, she received her master’s degree with a focus in pediatrics from the College of Nursing at the University of South Florida. As a member of the 2008-2009 cohort of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society/Johnson &Johnson Maternal Child Health (MCH) Nurse Leadership Academy, Gordon met Dianne Morrison-Beedy, now the Senior Associate Vice President of USF Health and Dean of the College of Nursing at USF. Through the Academy, Gordon successfully implemented Mother’s Own Milk (MOM), a perinatal program for high risk obstetrical patients that educates mothers about premature delivery and encourages mother’s own milk to promote optimal growth and development. Funded by the March of Dimes, MOM, improved breastfeeding/pumping compliance within the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

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“100% compliance was achieved through patients’ informed decision and planting the seed early,” said Gordon. “It was a transformative process and I realized I could be a leader - You don’t have to be in a position of authority to be a leader.” As a result of the experience Gordon gained a newly established position as Lactation Coordinator at St. Josephs Women’s Hospital and an opportunity to continue her work. The MOM program has received March of Dimes funding for three consecutive years. St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital recently received $230,000 from the Healthy Start Coalition of Hillsborough County for the HelpUGrow (HUG) Interconception Care (ICC) program to address needs of infants and mothers in the NICU which will integrate the MOM perinatal program with an intra-conception care model that will follow high-risk mothers and babies for up to a year after birth. Gordon also advocates breastfeeding as co-founder of the Hillsborough County breastfeeding Task Force, a collaborative of interdisciplinary professionals and representatives from local hospitals and agencies such as the Healthy Start Coalition, the Hillsborough County Health Department, and the University of South Florida.

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Improving Health Anytime, Anywhere

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“This is a global issue - I have to educate the community to help my patients,” said Gordon. “Think and look outside the box, challenge the process and get hospitals involved to help normalize breastfeeding.” The Task Force developed a community resource guide for parents and health care workers, and in August 2011 launched ‘Anytime, Anywhere’, a social marketing campaign to spread the news about breast milk’s advantages.

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“We want moms to know they have the opportunity to breastfeed their babies Anytime, Anywhere,” said Gordon.




Meredeth Rowe Transforming Caregiving Well






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College of Nursing at the University of South Florida as Professor and Lewis and Leona Hughes Endowed Chair in Nursing Science. The College of Nursing at the University of South Florida is pleased to announce the appointment of Meredeth A. Rowe, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN, as Professor and Lewis and Leona Hughes Endowed Chair in Nursing Science. Dr. Rowe joined USF from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL, where she was a Professor and Nurse Scientist with the Veterans Administration. Dr. Rowe joins a world-class innovative nursing faculty at USF ranked 25th nationally in National Institutes of Health funding. “I am exhilarated about announcing the arrival of a faculty member with the national prestige of Dr. Meredeth Rowe,” said Dianne Morrison-Beedy, RN, PhD, FAAN, Senior Associate Vice President for USF Health and Dean of the College of Nursing. “The expertise and fresh outlook she brings to USF will aid her as she develops the Lewis and Leona Hughes Endowed Chair in Nursing Science to its fullest potential.” Sarasota philanthropist Leona Hughes established The Lewis and Leona Hughes Endowed Chair in Nursing Science for the USF College of Nursing in the early 1990s. “Leona Hughes was a wonderful friend to us and a leading member of the Sarasota community,” Dr. Morrison-Beedy said. “We deeply appreciate our relationship with Sarasota and our strong links with Sarasota Memorial Hospital.”

Dr. Rowe completed a bachelor’s degree in nursing at the University of Cincinnati, a master’s degree in critical care nursing at California State University, Long Beach, a PhD in physiologic and psychosocial stress and coping at the University of Rochester and a postdoctoral fellowship in geriatric nursing research at the Hartford Institute at New York University. Dr. Rowe is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Nursing and the Gerontological Society of America. Dr. Rowe achieved national recognition for her work with people with cognitive impairment, such as Alzheimer’s disease or autism, and their caregivers. Dr. Rowe’s work about caregiving challenges led to the development of a night home monitoring system (AlzAlert™) that can be used to manage nighttime activity, thus reducing injuries and giving the caregiver




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with the national prestige of Dr. Meredeth Rowe. The expertise and fresh outlook she brings to USF will aid her as she develops the Lewis and Leona Hughes Endowed Chair in Nursing Science to its fullest potential. Dianne Morrison-Beedy PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN Dean, USF College of Nursing Senior Associate VP, USF Health

peace of mind. Law enforcement agencies across the United States guide their searches for lost persons with Alzheimer’s disease based on her research in this area. “The College of Nursing at the University of South Florida is the ideal place for me to accelerate my research and the sharing of valuable results,” said Dr. Rowe. “Additional tools and techniques for caregivers of cognitively impaired persons will be an enormous benefit to the greater Tampa Bay area.” As a high-impact, global, research university, the University of South Florida is ranked 34th in federal research expenditures for public universities by the National Science Foundation. As part of USF Health, the College of Nursing achieved more than $4.3 million in external funding for faculty and students in fiscal year 2011.

Dr. Rowe’s research expertise and experience with the Veterans Administration will allow her to successfully interact with and enhance the College’s concentrated research efforts in the Center for Living with Chronic Illness; and the Restore Lives Center that conducts research for veterans and service members.

Burns, Candace

Gower, Sierra

Jevitt, Cecilia




Occupational Health Nursing, 07/1/2010 – 6/30/2011 $173,643 National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health

D’Aoust, Rita $ 422,496 Faculty Development: Integrating Technology into Nursing Education and Practice 7/1/2010 - 6/30/2015 $265,987 Health Resources and Services Administration VA Nursing Academy (VANA) subcontract/IPA with VA 12/15/2008 – 12/14/2012 $86,947 Veterans Administration Medical Center James A. Haley

CRNA Program for the Underserved 7/1/2008 - 6/30/2012 $220,688 Health Resources and Services Administration Nurse Anesthesia Traineeship 7/1/2009 - 6/30/2010 $21,023 Health Resources and Services Administration

Groer, Maureen $30,146 Prophylactic, Risk Reducing Surgery in BRCAPositive Woman: Sexual Functioning and Psychological Well-Being (Sharon Tollin) 7/12/2010 - 7/11/2012 $30,146 National Institute of Nursing Research

VA Nursing Academy (VANA) subcontract/IPA with VA 1/1/2011 - 9/30/2011 $69,562 VA Nursing Academy (VANA)

Acculturation, Self-Efficacy and Breastfeeding Behavior in a Sample of Hispanic/Latina Women 3/23/2011 - 2/1/2012 $6,049 Tampa General Hospital

Johnson-Mallard, Versie $122,733 A School Nurse Intervention Directed at Increasing Reproductive Health Education in Underserved Girls and Adolescents 9/14/2010 - 8/31/2011 $16,000 Office of Public Health and Science Word of Mouth: An Intervention Study Targeted at Decreasing Viral STIs among a Diverse Group of Young Adults Male and Female 9/1/2009 - 8/31/2011 $106,733 Johnson (Robert Wood) Foundation

Kip, Kevin $1,432,337 Research to Improve Emotional Health and Quality of Life Among Service Members with Disabilities (RESTORE LIVES) 9/8/2010 - 10/7/2012 $1,176,701 Department of the Army SAMHSA Grants for Programmatic Directives 9/30/2010 - 9/29/2011 $100,000 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration


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Division of Sponsored Research Awards Received FY 2011 College of Nursing $4,329,874

hnson-Mallard Jo r. D rs to n e m r Lengache experiments ic tif n ie sc s rm o rf as she pe e of Nursing’s in the USF Colleg oratory. biobehavioral lab

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Dr. Groer instructs ral students USF Nursing docto ral lab. in the biobehavio

Dynamic Evaluation of Coronary Intervention Renewal: Drug-Eluting Stents 2/1/2011 - 1/31/2012 $26,836 University of Pittsburgh Racial Differences in Atherosclerosis, Plaque Vulnerability, and CVD 8/17/2009 - 7/31/2011 $24,586 University of Pittsburgh Supplemental Services to Improve the Emotional Health and Quality of Life of U.S. Service Members and Veterans with Severe Disabilities 9/30/2009 – 9/29/2010 $95,000 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration VA – Impact of an Evidence-based Safe Patient Handling Program 3/1/2010 – 9/30/2010 $9,214 Veterans Administration Medical Center James A. Haley

Lengacher, Cecile $601,933

Maguire, Denise

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Accelerated Nursing Students Creating Healthcare Improvements and Excellence via Educational Innovations (ACHIEVE) 9/1/2011 - 8/31/2012 $80,000 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Pre-Entry Immersion Program 9/1/2010 - 8/31/2011 $5,200 American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students 7/1/2010 - 6/30/2011 $125,000 Health Resources and Services Administration

Redding, Barbara $74,576

Mcmillan, Susan $852,119 Managing Medication Induced Constipation in Cancer: A Clinical Trial 12/10/2008 - 11/30/2012 $629,500 National Institute of Nursing Research Pilot of an Intervention for Caregivers of Hospice HF Patients 8/11/2009 - 7/31/2012 $167,619 National Institutes of Health

MBSR Symptom Cluster Trial for Breast Cancer Survivors 2/1/2009 - 12/31/2013 $581,933 National Cancer Institute

Hope and Quality of Life in Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer (Sharon McNeil) 8/1/2009 - 7/31/2011 $15,000 American Cancer Society, Inc.

Factors Associated with Fear of Breast Cancer Recurrence Among Survivors (Jean Lucas) 6/1/2011 - 5/31/2012 $5,000 Sigma Theta Tau International

American Cancer Society Graduate Scholarship (Lisa Nodzon) 8/1/2009 - 7/31/2011 American Cancer Society, Inc.

Quality of Life/Sexuality in Women with Hereditary Breast Ovarian Syndrome (Sharon Tollin) 8/1/2009 - 7/31/2011 $15,000 American Cancer Society, Inc.

Graduate Scholarship in Cancer Nursing Practice (Rebecca Denise McAllister) 8/1/2009 - 7/31/2011 $10,000 American Cancer Society, Inc.

Professional Nurse Traineeship 7/1/2006 – 6/30/2011 $130,556 Health Resources and Services Administration

VA Nursing Academy (VANA) Subcontract / IPA with VA 1/1/2011 - 9/30/2011 $61,576 Veterans Administration Medical Center James A. Haley Graduate Scholarship in Cancer Nursing Practice (June Davis) 7/1/2010 – 7/30/2012 $10,000 American Cancer Society Scholarship (June Davis) 7/1/2010 – 7/30/2012 Oncology Nursing Society


Tofthagen, Cindy $20,000


Graduate Scholarship in Cancer Nursing Practice (Jennifer Anderson) 7/10/2010 – 7/30/2012 $10,000 American Cancer Society, Inc. Graduate Scholarship in Cancer Nursing Practice (Elizabeth Sosa) 7/10/2010 – 7/30/2012 $10,000 American Cancer Society, Inc.

Developing a Program of Research for Treatment of CIPN 9/1/2010 - 9/1/2011 $20,000 Oncology Nursing Foundation/Society

Webb, Mary $11,375

Fellowship (LaSonya Malbrough) 5/24/2010 - 5/24/2011 $11,375 American Academy of Nursing

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Partnerships Collaborative and Partnerships collaborationslikewith the our communities Clinical Collaborative are key. Partnering Preceptorship with the American model Red developed Cross dramatically here at theimproved USF our College global nursing of Nursing, experience employ the in Panama. best Our characteristics newly appointed of traditional Nursing Military university Liaison develops education and along builds with on hospital-based collaborations in

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Global Health 2011: USF Nursing In Panama as Red Cross Volunteers USF College of Nursing faculty and students gained firsthand experience in global health issues with various populations during the 7th summer of international clinical experiences in Panama. The rural outreach provided by the USF Nursing team as part of this program is often the only healthcare that these populations receive all year. As the College of Nursing continues with their flagship international clinical experiences in Panama, the unique opportunity for partnering with the Red Cross seemed like a natural compliment. Working with the Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross, a special orientation process was designed to certify USF Nursing students and faculty traveling to Panama as Official Volunteers of the American Red Cross. This year, 4 nursing

ort approximately sp n a tr to le b a s a as Official Volunteers of the American Red USF Nursing w Cross. With this official volunteer status, the e only children’s th to s lie p p su f o 400 lbs USF Nursing team was able to transport approximately hing in Panama, reac e g a n a h 400 pounds of supplies to the only children’s rp o orphanage in Panama reaching over 200 children, . over 200 children faculty and 45 nursing students participated

some with developmental disabilities.

Working with Panamanian healthcare providers, this year we expanded our focus to include rural villages and indigenous communities in several regions throughout Panama. There continue to be opportunities to conduct health fairs in communities, to vaccinate entire villages, to provide nursing care in orphanages, and to partner with other global health professionals and volunteer groups. Students benefit from embracing the professional responsibility of volunteering, potentially leading to a lifelong opportunity for service and leadership as they experience a sense of accomplishment and autonomy. Working together with the Red Cross, USF nursing student volunteers are changing lives of others not just in our community and country, but worldwide.

I really enjoyed seeing how other cultures practice health care, and realize that the American way of doing things is not the only way. -Liz

While I know we made a positive impact on the people in the Comarcas, it’s hard to say goodbye when there is still such a huge need for outside help. -Kelsie

The gratitude of the children that I have seen here in Panama has been so inspiring. I am so glad that I got the opportunity to come here for this 3 week session. I have learned so much from the people that I have come into contact with here and love the cultural experience that I have had. -Winnie My



in Panama has been one that I will never forget. The constant cheerful attitude,

Even though the majority of the people that we



came in contact with during our trip in the Comarca

bold education are all

were impoverished beyond anything that I could

things that I would like to

have previously imagined, they still found a way to

incorporate into my own

smile and invite you into their home and offer even

practice. Overall I’m not

the little that they had. What I learned while in the

only getting great clinical

Comarca will go with me for the rest of my life, and

experiences in Panama,

if I take nothing else with me, I will have gained an


immense appreciation for all that I have in life and





ways of how I can provide the best possible care to my patients. -Alie

all the opportunity that I possess. -Eli




Nursing Military Liaison: Exploring and Encouraging Collaboration

As the largest number of combat veterans since the

Resolution Therapy (ART), a revolutionary intervention

Vietnam era re-enter America, the College of Nursing at

employing a technique known as Voluntary Memory/

the University of South Florida will build on the veterans

Image Replacement in which the client can replace

reintegration strategy at USF and tap into our vast

a negative memory with a positive memory of their

interprofessional resources in education, research and

choice, or reinterpret the memory.

service in order to develop revolutionary interventions that will help our honored soldiers and veterans.

In addition to her work with ART, Dr. Elk supports and hopes to expand the RESTORE LIVES project which was

In an effort to establish relationships between the

established to help service members and veterans of

College of Nursing and military agencies that will serve

Iraq and Afghanistan heal from symptoms of combat

as the foundation for these collaborations, Assistant

exposure, including post traumatic stress and mild

Professor Carrie Elk, PhD has been appointed as

traumatic brain injury.

the Military Liaison for the College of Nursing at the University of South Florida. As Military Liaison, Dr. Elk builds and maintains relationships with service members and their families, military agencies and veteran groups by increasing the visibility and involvement of the College in the military community locally, regionally and nationally. Dr. Elk also explores and encourages potential education, service and research collaborations. As leader of the College of Nursing RESTORE LIVES (Research to Improve Emotional Health and Quality of Life among Service Members with Disabilities) clinical military mental health specialist team, Dr. Elk is involved with the RESTORE LIVES study that utilizes Accelerated








Elk is building and



between USF Nursing, the community

and military







serve for

collaborations to develop revolutionary


that will help our honored soldiers and veterans. Dianne Morrison-Beedy PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN Dean, USF College of Nursing Senior Associate VP, USF Health

Since her appointment as Military Liaison for

Morrison-Beedy and Restore Lives Center Director

the College of Nursing, Dr. Elk is very active in the

Kevin Kip (picture below center). Dr. Elk is constantly

community attending yellow ribbon events for

seen throughout the Tampa Bay region representing

returning veterans and families. Elk participated in

the research and education opportunities benefitting

the USF Veterans on the Green Golf Classic as part of

veterans and service members at the USF College of

the USF Nursing Restores Lives Center team (picture

Nursing. Through events such as the Veteran’s Day

lower left) with (left to right) Larry Braue and Kevin

Parade at the James A Haley VA Hospital (picture

Kip. She has represented the USF College of Nursing

below right), to being interviewed on local television

all across the country, including at Niagara University

(picture above), the message about the USF College

and the Niagara Falls Air Force Reserve Station in

of Nursing and Restore Lives is being spread throughout

New York alongside College of Nursing Dean Dianne

the military community.


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The New Faces of Student Affairs

The Student Affairs Department at the College of Nursing has had a face lift during this past year in more ways than one. Under the leadership of Associate Dean Constance Visovsky, the graduate and undergraduate offices of admissions and advising have united into a single cohesive team allowing them to maximize their resources and provide the best service possible to our existing and prospective students. Over the summer, the sounds of construction reverberated throughout the gathering space on the first floor as the much anticipated Student Affairs space was created. On the first day of the fall semester, the doors to the gleaming new space opened for business.

Joanne Brown

Astride Edouard


Academic Advisor

Student Affairs

Pre-Nursing Freshman

Scott Burgess

Andy Eifert, MA

Academic Advisor

Academic Advisor

Graduate Program

Pre-Nursing Transfer

Valerie K. Jaquith, MA Academic Advisor RN-BS Program

Melinda Kretschmer Academic Advisor Graduate Studies

Zuzana Moore Ashlea Hudak

Recruiter/Admissions Advisor Graduate Program

Emmanuel J. Rivera

Joylynn Grier, MS

Jenny Gum, BS

Admissions Advisor

Academic Advisor/Recruiter

(Manny), MHRM

Undergraduate Program

Doctoral Program

Academic Advisor, Second Degree Program

Bashia Guillard

Angela Hiltabidle-

Constance G. Visovsky,

Student Assistant

Wolters, MEd


Academic Advisor

Associate Dean of Student Affairs and

RN Program

Community Engagement









Culture at the USF College of Nursing is






achievements of our students, faculty, staff and alumni as we interact with each




colleagues and the community. We are proud of the accomplishments of our faculty who represent some of the best minds in nursing today! These amazing faculty members educate the best and brightest students who come to USF from across the globe to experience the USF difference. Those students make an enormous impact as alumni who distinguish themselves as leaders in the nursing profession.


University of South Florida College of Nursing student uniforms have a new look. This is particularly exciting to us, as it began as a suggestion from our own students, and they helped design it! Key features of the new uniforms include:

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USF Nursing Dean Dianne Morrison-Beedy (third from right) and Nursing Student Council representatives involved in the uniform design (from left) Curtis Andrews, Lynette Pfister, Rebecca Zuhlke, Vilma Rodriguez, Jessica Dellechiaie and Kionna Pitts wear the new USF nursing uniforms with pride.

Multiple pockets USF, USF Health and College of Nursing branding Durable, color-fast, anti-microbial and stain-resistant fabric Lab coats available in three lengths for the BS, MS and doctoral levels ºº Lab coat includes inside velcro iPad pocket

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Community Service Student Involvement The University of South Florida College of Nursing Student of the Month Community Service Award is given monthly and recognizes students who volunteer in the community outside of their nursing program requirements. Award winners are selected by the Executive Board of the Undergraduate Student Counciland the Doctoral Nursing Student Organization.

. . T T P C E S O ‘10 ‘10 . C E D ‘10 0 1 ‘ . C DE .‘11 &FEB . N A J ‘11 . R A M ‘11 APR. ‘11 & Y A M ‘11 . V O N Y A M JULY JUNE ‘11 ‘11 ‘11

Lori Dengler

Creates awareness about importance of maintaining the ecology of the Braden River and its watershed.

Jenna Akers

Volunteers at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital as a Child Life Coordinator working with infants and toddlers.

Elisea Jose

. V O N ‘10

Tammy Rowan

Promotes health in underserved populations through public awareness, fundraising and immunizations.

Founded organization raising awareness of violence against women and educating students about alcohol abuse.

Marty Robertson

Teaches values, morals, and leadership by providing an opportunity for underprivileged boys to participate in Boy Scouts.

Shani Danis

Improves community diabetes awareness and resource access through town hall meetings, health fairs and phone banks.

Stephanie Keane

Provides emergency medical services to individuals attending church by assisting with any situation that may arise.

Jessica Ardon

Serves the community by volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and at community centers, nursing homes and mission centers.

Diana Mistry

Rebuilds communities by volunteering with groups that provide homeless and lowincome homeowners with access to services.

June Llerena

Instructs a diabetes education class, and provides direct nursing care as a volunteer at the Judeo Christian Health Clinic.

Wendy Joseph

Helps women with few resources at the Orlando Union Rescue Mission through organizing clothing drives and fundraisers.

Monaz Mistry

Cares for patients as a USF student group volunteer at the USF Ronald McDonald Pediatric mobile and USF Bulls for Moffitt.

Christianne Mesolella

JULY ‘11

Advocates children and adolescents HIV/AIDS awareness and formed the only pediatric AIDS Walk team, raising over $1000.

. G U A ‘11

Chun-Yi Tai

Organized study groups, held tutoring sessions and developed extra assignments as a data analysis teacher’s assistant.

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Nursing Students Sharp & Efficient

University of South Florida College of Public Health Dean Donna Petersen (above, right) rolled up her sleeve and received her flu Ellen Kent

shot from the University’s highest ranking

Genshaft with USF y d Ju t n e sid re P USF System o volunteered at h w ts n e d u st g in nurs the flu shot drive.

Rebecca Zuhlke

. T P E S ‘11

Performed screenings for women and helped with physicals for underprivileged children in the community.

Marilyn Velez

. T C O ‘11

Translates for non English-speaking Hispanic patients and takes vitals during check-in at St. Thomas Aquinas Medical Clinic.

. V O N ‘11

Kelly Wier

Participates with and encourages Nurse Anesthesia student involvement in programs like Great American Teach In.

nurse —

USF College of Nursing Dean

Dianne Morrison-Beedy, PhD, RN, WHNPBC, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN

(above, left).

Nursing students were on hand at the USF College of Public Health’s Annual Flu Shot Drive and were enthusiastically giving shots with a smile. Nursing Dean Dianne Morrison-Beedy was also there administering flu shots and gave one to College of Public Health Dean Donna Petersen. Also stopping by to get her flu shot and visit with students was USF President Judy Genshaft. Working in collaboration with the Hillsborough County Health Department (HCHD), nursing and medicine students provided 1,269 vaccinations against the year’s predicted strains of influenza virus. Nursing students and volunteers from USF Health are sharp and efficiently moved everyone along during the large community event.



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A Spirited Start at Opening Days Opening Days is a USF College of Nursing tradition. For

in August 2011 on the last day of “Openings Days� to record

several days each August, in the week before the start of Fall

their spirited performance of the USF Fight Song. The video is

semester, you will find the USF College of Nursing faculty and

posted to and has also been

staff sharpening our skills, collaborating on strategic imperatives

posted to The Official Facebook Page of the USF College of

for the year, re-affirming our commitment to excellence, and


re-energizing our batteries to confidently forge ahead to a new year full of new challenges and greater success. USF College of Nursing faculty and staff came together

Watch the video on Facebook and share it with your colleagues, friends, family and fellow USF Bulls.

Recognizing Faculty & Staff Congratulations and

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Theresa M. Beckie PhD, RN, FAHA Research Article of the Year Nominee

Nadine Connor RN, MSN, APRN Clinical Teaching Excellence Award Recipient

Ona Riggin EdD, RN Emeritus Faculty Leadership Award Recipient

Jason Beckstead PhD Clinical/Teaching Article of the Year Nominee

Maureen Groer RN, PhD, FAAN Established Investigator Award Recipient Research Article of the Year Award Nominee

Vicente Saadeh Outstanding Staff Service Award Recipient

Marisa Belote RN, BSN, MBA Professional Service Award Recipient

Cecile Lengacher RN, PhD, FAAN Established Investigator Award Nominee Research Article of the Year Award Nominee

Selena Thomason Outstanding Staff Service Award Nominee

Kimberly Brown Outstanding Staff Service Award Nominee

Marie McCollum Outstanding Staff Service Award Nominee

Cindy Tofthagen PhD, ARNP, AOCNP Outstanding New Investigator Award Recipient

Sandra Cadena PhD, ARNP, CNE Clinical/Teaching Article of the Year Award Recipient

Susan McMillan PhD, ARNP, FAAN Established Investigator Nominee Research Article of the Year Nominee Faculty Leadership Award Recipient

Students, Staff & Faculty Staying Active Second


Dr. Maureen Groer competed

student Courtney Wagner competed

in the National United States



Tennis Association mother/son

Bejing, China.

tournament in Sanibel, Florida.


degree 2011


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Williams completed the 2011 Walt Disney World Marathon in





A True Champion Recognized: Barbara Harken Monsour Barbara




the recipient of the first annual Champion of the College of Nursing award for her support of the USF College of Nursing and students. To philanthropist Barbara Harken Monsour, it was a donation to one of her favorite causes, the USF College of Nursing. To Dean Dianne Morrison-Beedy the gift was the keystone to establishing a new endowment for the college, the Institute for Faculty Recruitment Retention and Mentoring (INFORM). Through INFORM the College of Nursing will continue to recruit, retain and mentor the best and brightest nursing faculty who in turn, teach the finest students in the nation. “INFORM was just an idea on paper, and Barbara, in her understated way, made it a reality” said Dean Morrison-Beedy. The gift for INFORM added to the ways in which Barbara gives to the College of Nursing. She is a consistent supporter and it runs in the family. Her husband Roger is a valued member of the USF College of Nursing Clinical Collaborative Advisory Board. The USF College of Nursing felt recognizing the Champion of the College of Nursing at the annual Nursing Scholarship Luncheon would be the perfect way to thank Barbara, a philanthropic role model for all. The Champions are members of the community who contribute of themselves to further the aims of the USF College of Nursing.

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ft) and Carly Curtis Andrews (le oke of their Patterson (right) sp 2th Annual gratitude at the 1 eon. scholarship lunch

Sincerity and Scholarship 12th Annual Luncheon This year as in the past, recipients of 33 different scholarships sent thank you notes and then attended the scholarship luncheon to pay tribute to their donor. Many of the students knew they would be fortunate enough to meet this individual in person, so what the written word could not convey, the spoken word would.

a career in nursing as a non-traditional student who has been married twenty years and has four daughters, two of which are also in college. Curtis expressed his passion for nursing and education. He is already planning on pursuing additional education to become a CRNA (certified registered nurse anesthetist).

Dean Dianne Morrison-Beedy welcomed everyone to the celebration of scholarship and philanthropy. Lunch and conversation ensued until the lights dimmed and the video started. Students spoke about the importance of scholarships to a camera but knew they would really be speaking to the people in the room. There were a few tears, a few laughs but above all, sincerity.

Carly is a psychiatric nurse in the BS to PhD program. Her goal is to become a leader within the nursing discipline as both an educator and a researcher. She noted that through donor support, the students were on their way to achieving academic goals and someday would make a difference for others in a way as meaningful as these scholarships.

Curtis Andrews, a first semester upper division student, and Carly Patterson a graduate student, each spoke of their gratitude for the support that everyone provided through nursing student scholarships. Curtis brought the house down when he explained he was embarking on

The program concluded with recognition of the scholarships, why the donors founded each one, and the students who were benefiting from it this year. Enjoy photographs of our wonderful donors and scholarship recipients at



USF Nursing Alumni Making a Lifelong Pledge of Professionalism At the USF Nursing Pinning Ceremony featuring the Path of Light, graduating baccalaureate nursing students move through a lighted path, led by their nursing mentors and College of Nursing alumni, to ceremoniously receive their nursing pin, marking the transition from student to professional nurse. The lighted candles signify their pledge taken in the tradition of Florence Nightingale, the “Lady with the Lamp.� This ceremony takes place three times a year; in May, August and December. The USF Nursing Pinning Ceremony featuring the Alumni Path of Light is a chance to recognize the accomplishments of the graduating students, as well as the faculty and alumni who mentored them. Service Award: Spring 2011 Sarah Bishop

Spirit of Nursing: Spring 2011 Mona Hasan

Summer 2011 Lauren Coffee Jennifer Lake

Summer 2011 Marisa Laramee Fall 2011 James Grimes

Fall 2011 Hector Colon

Academic Excellence: Spring 2011 Samet Maxudov Sarah Elizabeth Pheiffer

Leadership Award: Summer 2011 Alys Garcia Elena Gostebski

Summer 2011 Kelsey Henretta Sue Gibbs Felicia Walker

Fall 2011 Sarah Benson Kristen Thomas Clinical Excellence: Spring 2011 Kristina Bahn Sarah Elizabeth Pfeiffer

Fall 2011 Chasity Guerra Fawn Snider

Summer 2011 Felicia Walker Geanina Wittman

USF Nursing Alumni Nightingale: Spring 2011 Jean Tirado

Fall 2011 Lynn Boyd

Summer 2011 Marisa Laramee Fall 2011 James Grimes

Alumni Awarded Top Honors Two alumnae were honored on August 5th during the Summer 2011 Pinning Ceremony for their outstanding contributions to the College of Nursing since their graduation. Dr. Audrey Nelson ‘77 received the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Dr. Nelson founded the first nurse-led VA Center of Excellence for research in safe patient handling and mobility. As a nurse scientist, she led a program of research and research translation in safe patient handling that is now culminating in a $200 million VA-wide implementation program.

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Dr. Versie Johnson-Mallard ‘05 received the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. Dr. Johnson-Mallard is also the recipient of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society Rising Star Award and participated on nine funded studies, had fifteen peerreviewed publications and eighteen referred posters/abstracts. Currently, she assumes a national leadership position with the National League for Nursing. Dr. Nelson and Dr. Johnson-Mallard were not the only honored guests in attendance at the Summer 2011 Pinning Ceremony. Alumni were joined by over 130 graduating baccalaureate nursing students, their families, and friends. An astounding 800 people were present at the ceremony to honor these exceptional nurses!

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A Show of Your Support Sponsor a Pin

You now have the meaningful opportunity to sponsor a student’s nursing pin! For just $50 each, you can provide a student with their nursing pin! Every nursing student pin you sponsor will include a note to the student with your name and a personal message from you, if desired. Your participation will

inspire these graduates so they too might one day return the generosity to sponsor future students’ pins. Send a strong signal of support to graduating USF Nursing baccalaureate students. Sponsor a College of Nursing student’s pin today!

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Marion Rawls Gray ’42 completed a 337 page historical fiction manuscript chronicling her experiences at Gordon Keller and the Tampa Municipal Hospital in the 30s and 40s. She lives with her son in Andrews, NC and celebrated her 90th birthday in January 2011.

Audrey Nelson ’77 received the USF College of Nursing Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2011. In her work as a nurse scientist, she led a program of research and research translation in safe patient handling that is now culminating in a $200 million VA-wide implementation program funded by the VA.

Jean Wortock ‘02 received the AACN Advocate of the Year Award and retired as Dean of the College of Nursing at St. Petersburg College in 2011.

Chloe Randall Murphey ´50 actively participates in community affairs and is living in Franklin, NC. Pat Sanders Black ´61 is a retired certified Diabetes Educator and now enjoys her homebased embroidery and monogram business in Midland, NC. Marilyn Dierdorff ´64 retired in 1998 after 34 years of nursing, most recently teaching LPN’s at Erwin Technical Center. She lives in Zephyrhills, FL, is active in several organizations and enjoys traveling the world. Mary K. Littlejohn ‘66 is a retired Lt. Col from USAF Nurse Corps currently living in Colorado Springs, CO after 20 years of service including work as a Flight Nurse in Vietnam for which she received the AF’s Flight Nurse of the Year award. Sheila Justus ‘67 worked at University of Florida in the OR, ER as the Asst. Director of Nursing for Med. Surg., ICU and ER. She currently resides in Bellevue, WA with her husband, a gastroenterologist.

1980s Adrienne Berarducci ’89, ‘01 was inducted into the Fellowship of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in 2010 and is an Associate Professor at the USF College of Nursing.

1990s Heuy J. Chen ’94, ’01 is currently a Research and Evaluation Committee member of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools. Deborah Condosta ’97, ’10 received the Tampa Bay Organization of Nurse Executives (TBONE) Academic Excellence scholarship award in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Heather Garb Flanagan ‘04 works with breast cancer patients as a nurse practitioner and created

A Letter from the Alumni & Friends Society

USF Nursing Alumni Nurse Week Coffee Break at James A Haley VA Hospital May 11, 2011 Interested in helping organize a USF Nursing Coffee Break at your hospital? Contact

Nurse Anesthesia Meet and Greet BBQ/Picnic August 20, 2011 Versie Johnson Mallard ’05, received the USF College of Nursing Outstanding Young Alumnus Award in 2011. She is a Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Faculty Scholar and Assistant Professor at USF Nursing. Alison Montpetit ‘08 was recognized as one of the ‘top 40 nurses under age 40 in the Commonwealth’ by the Virginia Nurses’ Association.

Marian Hardwick ‘09 is pursuing her PhD in nursing at USF and was one of only three former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers In Nursing scholars in the nation invited to participate in a student panel during their annual summit in 2011.

USF Homecoming Parade October 21, 2011

Faculty Nancy Vivian Ross passed away on May 28, 2011 at the age of 88. She was an Emeritus Professor at the USF College of Nursing and has a memorial scholarship in her name: the USF Nursing Vivian Ross Scholarship in Gerontology Studies.

South Tampa USF Health Alumni Social - June 14, 2011

This is such an exciting time to be part of the USF College of Nursing. Building upon the foundation laid down by our previous leaders, Dean Dianne Morrison-Beedy and the current administration, faculty, and staff are leading the charge to create the nursing leaders of tomorrow and the research that improves health. If you have not made a visit to the college recently, then I personally invite you to experience the exciting changes at USF. We recently returned to a tradition of honoring our alumni and friends through a process

USF Nursing Alumni GEMS Breakfast October 22, 2011

of nominations and awards. We are extremely proud of our alumni and friends, and look forward to receiving your nominations for the next year’s awards.

As we now transition to new officers and members of the Board, we would like for all of you to consider how you can give back to your USF College of Nursing.

The College is fortunate to benefit from the outstanding service from our alumni and friends. I would like to thank our Alumni & Friends Society members of the Board who recently completed their terms of service. The dedication of Christine Olney ‘07, Penny Fisher ‘92, Dena Gay ’85, and Denise Maguire has been a valuable asset to our society’s efforts.

Will you serve on a committee of our Alumni & Friends Society or be a participant in our upcoming Path of Light Ceremony? Will you contribute to educating our future nurses by agreeing to be a preceptor or by making a donation to support scholarships and endowed professorships? I challenge you to get connected, give back,

and support the mission of transforming healthcare and transforming lives.

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Gordon Keller Alumni Gather Over




alumni and their guests filled the University of South Florida College of Nursing gathering space




reunion on May 14, 2011.

Alumni from ’43 to ’72 came out to celebrate with their classmates with Suzanne Longo ’62 serving as the MC. Gordon Keller graduates received a tour of the College of Nursing and were thrilled to hear from Dr. Laura Gonzalez as she explained the simulation lab. Alumni also gathered to view the newly installed display cabinet of Gordon Keller memorabilia. Dr. Maureen Groer, the USF Gordon Keller professor spoke about her research in postpartum women and Dr. Kevin Kip spoke about his research with veterans through the Restore Lives Center. The highlight for many in attendance was seeing Alice Robbins Arbuckle ’61 change into classmate Diane Rice Young’s student nursing uniform! Diane then generously donated the uniform to the College.

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Dean Dianne MorrisonBeedy was on hand to congratulate the reunion classes of ’41, ’51, ’61 and ’71 and induct the Gordon Keller alumni into the Dean’s GEMS Society. Dean MorrisonBeedy recognized June Carrin ’51 as having traveled the farthest


am thrilled you all were to not only hear about

the exciting research going on at the College of Nursing but to see it in action. The contributions you make as GEMS Society members and in the collection of nursing history play a significant role in the future of the USF College of Nursing.”

to make it to the reunion from San Francisco! “I am thrilled you all were able to be on our campus to not only hear about the exciting research going on at the College of Nursing but to see it in action,” said Dean Morrison-Beedy. “The contributions you make through the endowed professorship, as

GEMS Society members and in the collection of nursing history play a significant role in the future of the USF College of Nursing.” Before closing the program, Suzanne Longo ’62 led the alumni in singing their alma mater. Visit to hear the alma mater online!

“The whole weekend was amazing. One of my classmates stated it correctly when she said ‘we were treated like queens’,” said Margie Neese ’67. Neese also organized a tour of Tampa General Hospital, where the Gordon Keller graduates received their training.


able to be on our campus





GEMS S E T A U D GRA G N I Y F I L EXEMP MANY S E S S E C SUC Alumni from the Class of 1976 were joined by Pat Quigley ‘75, ‘82 Geraldine Twine ’78, ’88; Melissa Shelton, ’05, ’08, ’11 and Gordon Keller alumni at the second annual GEMS Society breakfast during Homecoming 2011. GEMS, or Graduates Exemplifying Many Successes, was established by Dean Dianne Morrison-Beedy in 2010 to honor alumni who helped pave the way to where we are today. The Dean and the College celebrate with alumni reaching the milestone of their 35th graduation anniversary by inducting them into the GEMS Society. As a part of this year’s activities, Dean Morrison-Beedy provided alumni with a status report on the state of the College. The main focus of her presentation was the efforts of the amazing faculty, the addition of new


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faculty and College leaders and most importantly the need for additional qualified staff.

inductee was presented with a GEMS membership card and business card holder with the alumni logo.

Dr. Melissa Shelton was introduced by Dean Morrison-Beedy as one of USF College of Nursing successes in training and retaining nursing leaders. Melissa received her Master of Science in 2008 and then continued on to receive her Ph.D. in Nursing in 2011. Her presentation explained why as a student and now a member of the College faculty she gives of her time and financial resources to the College. She explained that she was following the examples of many in the room who have been role models, mentors and colleagues.

Following the induction, Dr. Shelton lead a tour of the College with stops on each of the three floors. The high point was Dr. Groer’s explanation of the activities in her laboratory and her newest initiative with women in the military. The stop in a second floor classroom took a bit longer than normal so everyone could view the slide show of the Class of 1976’s yearbook. It surely made the point of the many changes at the College!

Dean Morrison-Beedy returned to the podium to induct the Class of 1976 into the GEMS Society. Each new

Please visit to view pictures of our GEMS! A special thanks to Vivian Thompson and Teresa Russo for donating nursing and class memorabilia to the Alumni and Friends Society.


: s e t a D e h t e Sav March 2-3, 2012

Coming Home: A Celebration of USF College of Nursing Engaging Alumni and the Community Keynote Speaker: Linda H Aiken, PhD, FAAN, FRCN, RN Dr. Aiken is an authority on causes, consequences, and solutions for nurse shortages in the U.S. and internationally. Dr. Aiken is the Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor in Nursing, Professor of Sociology, and Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. USF Nursing Community partners will discuss nurse workforce needs, and education imperatives with Dr. Aiken and other Florida Nursing leaders. USF Nursing Alumni will celebrate our annual Alumni Award recipients.

April 13, 2012

May 4, 2012 Spring 2012 Pinning Ceremony featuring the Alumni Path of Light Marshall Student Center Ballroom Alumni will meet at 6 p.m. for the Path of Light!

August 3, 2012

Summer 2012 Pinning Ceremony featuring the Alumni Path of Light Marshall Student Center Ballroom Alumni will meet at 6 p.m. for the Path of Light!

December 14, 2012 Fall 2012 Pinning Ceremony featuring the Alumni Path of Light Marshall Student Center Ballroom

Alumni will meet at 6 p.m. for the Path of Light!

All alumni are invited to help us with the professionalism pinning and match day. Come meet the new USF students who you will be working with! Contact Dr. Melissa Molinari Shelton ’05, ’08. ’11 at for more information.

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The College of Nursing is looking for memorabilia to depict the history of nursing in the greater Tampa Bay area. If you would like to donate or lend your items please contact Patricia Shirley at pshirley@health. or call (813)396-9665.

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Promotes research creativity, innovation and teamwork.

The College of Nursing at the University of South Florida





lives through optimized and strategic use of resources







tomorrow and the research that improves health. The College of Nursing’s Electronic Message Systems on the first floor at the East and North entrances of the building broadcast announcements and include an interactive touch-screen panel with many functions.



Optimizing Resources

es age system guid ss e m ic n o tr c le e The e s guests about th rm fo in d n a USF area. d n a g in rs u N f o e Colleg The chief purpose of this system is an electronic wayfinding program which connects College of Nursing room numbers listed in Outlook with a map of the College and turn-by-turn directions to guide visitors, faculty, students and staff to the location within the building. Other features include a faculty/staff directory, USF Parking map, USF Bullrunner interactive schedule and map, a USF Health map, dining options on and off campus, University events calendar, Tampa traffic and local weather.

WALL OF HONOR Photos of the current and former Deans of the USF College of Nursing as well as the names of honored Emeritus Faculty, Endowed Professors and Fellows of National Academies hang in the front hallway of the College of Nursing building.


Scan a QR code on a classroom door sign to see the room schedule, searchable by date and time.


Ensuring academic and professional student success with services addressing the needs of today’s diverse learners.

Partnerships with communities and interprofessional colleagues within a research-intensive university facilitate leadership in nursing and interprofessional initiatives.

PRESENTLY SHOWCASING HISTORY Display cabinents showcase historical memorabilia from USF Nursing present day, to international keepsakes, to mid 1900’s nursing in the Tampa area.


The USF College of Nursing is transforming healthcare, transforming lives: creating the nursing leaders of tomorrow and the research that improves health.

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Nursing On The Move Magazine Spring 2012  

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