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DEAN’S MESSAGE During the past year I have had wonderful opportunities to visit and reconnect with many of you at our 2011 Homecoming activities and at regional receptions held during the Spring to celebrate 60 years of FSU nursing graduates. I continue to be proud of the accomplishments of our alumni and for the support you have demonstrated for the College of Nursing. This issue of our Annual Report features Susan Hassmiller, a 1977 FSU nursing alumna. Susan is the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Senior Adviser for Nursing, where she is tasked with shaping and leading the Foundation’s strategies to address the nurse and faculty shortages in an effort to create a higher quality of patient care in the United States. Susan highlighted our 2011 Homecoming activities and was recognized as the first Distinguished Nursing Alumni. The college’s success is driven by our dedication to quality education and advancing the science of nursing. This year we had our first graduates from our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program and achieved national accreditation for our DNP program from the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The variety of faculty publications and presentations and the DNP projects listed in this Annual Report represent our efforts to address practice issues in health care and in the community. This fall we will initiate a new MSN track in our graduate program – Nurse Leader. The Nurse Leader program is designed to prepare nurses to assume higher-level practice and leadership roles within a variety of health care settings. The degree program will focus on combining the complexities of clinical leadership, quality improvement, patient safety, resource management, and inter-professional care coordination to improve health outcomes. The program is being offered state-wide in a convenient on-line format in order to facilitate the educational needs of nurses working in leadership positions or who seek to transition to higher-level clinical leadership roles in the near future. Our on-campus classroom space will triple this fall with the addition of five new state-of-the-art classrooms in the new Health and Wellness Center building located near Duxbury Hall. The Thagard Student Health Center and the Campus Recreation Fitness and Movement Clinic will be co-located with nursing in this 170,000 square foot building. The new building expands clinical opportunities for our DNP students and FNP faculty to provide primary health care to students on campus. Our undergraduate students will also have increased opportunities to participate in on-campus health promotion activities housed in the new Health and Wellness Center building. We are also excited about the conversion of Suite 104 in Duxbury Hall into a space dedicated to fostering nursing research and evidence-based practice. Our Nursing Research Council will be developing a strategic plan in order to optimize the use of this space and resources to support the scholarship efforts of faculty, students, and nurses to improve the quality of patient care and address health care issues in the community. I hope you are as proud of the students, faculty, and alumni featured in this issue of our Annual Report as I am. They represent the great strides being made by ‘Nole Nurses everywhere. Please take the time to read about opportunities to nominate other outstanding nursing alumni for recognition at this year’s homecoming activities, and ways you can support the College of Nursing. Go ‘Noles!

Dianne L. Speake, PhD, RN Interim Dean


Table of Contents Dean’s Message……………………………………………………………………..……….


Faculty Highlights…………………………..……………………………………...……….. Peer Recognition Funding and Research Grant Awards Research and Publications


Community Outreach…………………………………..…………………………………… Faculty Students


Student Highlights…………………………………………………………….…………….




From the Archives…………………………………………………………...………………


College of Nursing Events ……………………………………………………….…………..


Alumni Accomplishments……………………………………………………………………


Gifts and Support…...……………………………………………………………,…………


Alumni and Friends Support………………………………………………………...………


Homecoming 2011……………………………………………………………………...……


College of Nursing - By the Numbers Alumni: 6731 located in all 50 states. Undergraduate Student Enrollment: 246 Traditional: 219 Accelerated BSN: 27

Graduate Student Enrollment: 82 Masters and Post-Masters Program Students: 18 Doctor of Nursing Practice: 64

2010-2011 New Alumni: 127 Traditional RN: 83 Accelerated BSN: 27 Masters: 1 Doctorate: 16

Photo above provided courtesy of the Florida State University Heritage Protocol Photograph Collection. 3

Faculty Highlights - Publications & Awards PEER RECOGNITION On Friday, November 18, 2011, Ms. Cindy Studenic-Lewis, MSN, MPH, RN was recognized as the College of Nursing’s first DAISY Faculty Award recipient. In her letter of nomination for the DAISY Award she was described as a Nurse Educator who exemplifies the kind of faculty member that students, colleagues, staff and administrators recognize as an exemplary educator and an outstanding role model. You can read her nomination in its entirety at: http:// The DAISY Faculty Award was made possible through the support of College of Nursing alumna S. Ann Evans (’71), RN, MS, MBA, FAAN who is a member of the College of Nursing’s Alumni Council, and a board member of the DAISY Foundation. The DAISY Faculty award was established to recognize faculty members who had a profound impact on the nurses they educated. Nominations for this year’s award will be accepted July 1- August 31. This is an opportunity for faculty, students, and alumni to nominate an extraordinary faculty member for their commitment and inspirational influence on students that impacts the quality of care given to patients by graduates of the program. Nominations can be submitted online at

NURSE OF EXCELLENCE Professor Deborah Frank, PhD, ARNP, MFT received the 2012 Nurse of Excellence Award for the Florida State University College of Nursing. Dr. Frank has been a faculty member at the College of Nursing for 34 years. She teaches undergraduate and graduate nursing students and has received numerous teaching awards during her tenure. Dr. Frank has published 70 journal articles, made over 100 presentations, served as the major professor for 60 masters students, and has secured over $1,600,000 in research and program grants. She serves as a role model for both students and faculty.

PROMOTION & TENURE Congratulations to College of Nursing faculty member Dr. Eileen Cormier for her recent promotion to Associate Professor with tenure. Congratulations also go out to Nan H. Cuchens, Cynthia Studenic Lewis, and Dr. Nancy Smith for their promotions to Associate in Nursing; and Dr. Denise A. Tucker for her promotion to Research Associate.


Abendroth, M. (2011) Compassion fatigue: Caregivers at risk. OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 16(1), 1-3. Abendroth, M. (2011) Research News. North Florida Parkinson’s Awareness Group Newsletter, 4(1), 1. Brewer, T.H., Schillinger, J., Lewis, F.M., Blank, S., Pathela, P., Jordah, L., Schmitt, K. & Peterman, T.A. (2011) Infectious syphilis among adolescent and young adult men: Implications for human immunodeficiency virus transmission and public health interventions. Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 38(5), 367-371.

preting Findings and Formulating Differential Diagnoses. 2nd Ed. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis. Kung, Y.M. (June, 2012). Cluster headache: Hastening diagnosis and treatment. Clinician Reviews, 22(6), 23-28. Lauterbach, S. & Frank, D. (2011). In the eye of the storm: A phenomenological inquiry of the parallel experience of victims of Katrina and the nurses who care for them (pp. 177-203). In P. Munhall Qualitative Research. 5th Ed. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett. Little, B. & Bulecza. S. (2011). Health planning for public health departments. In C. Savage & J. Kub (eds). Public Health Science and Nursing Practice. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.

Brewer, T.H., Peterman, T.A., Newman, D ., Schmitt, K. (2011) Reinfections during the Florida syphilis epidemic, 2000-2008. Sexual- Park, H., Lee, E., Nam, M., & Whyte, J. (2011). Identification and ly Transmitted Diseases, 38(1):12-17. comparison of interventions performed by Korean school nurses Burns, E., Korn, K., Whyte, J., Thomas, J. & Monaghan, T. (2011). and US school nurses using the Nursing Interventions Classification (NIC). Journal of School Nursing,. 27(2), 93-101. Oxford American Handbook of Clinical Examination and Skills. Oxford University Press, UK. Porterfield, S. P. (2011, Aug). Patch Medication: Nursing considerFigley, C.R. & Abendroth, M. (2011). Compassion fatigue in nurs- ations in Transdermal Drug Therapy. Mosby's Clinical Consultant: Elsevier's Mosby. ing. (pp. 757-764). In P.S. Cowen (Ed), Current Issues in Nursing. New York: Wiley. Porterfield, S. P. (2011, Mar). Compassion fatigue in hospital nurses. Mosby's Clinical Consultant: Elsevier's Mosby. Goolsby, M.J. & Grubbs, L.M. (2011). Advanced Assessment: Inter-


Faculty Highlights (continued) Porterfield, S. P. (2011). Vertical transmission of HPV: From mother to fetus. The Journal of Nurse Practitioners, 7 (8), 665-670.

Undergraduate Research at FSU, Turnbull Conference Center, Tallahassee, FL.

Registe, J. & Porterfield, S. P. (2012). Health beliefs of African García, E.C. & Schmitt, K. (September 2011). Lessons Learned: American women on breast self-exam. The Journal for Nurse Practition- Transforming an MSN to a DNP. Fourth National Doctors of Nursing ers, 8(6), 446-451. Practice Conference Impacting Health Care Policy, New Orleans, Registe, M. & Porterfield, S. P. (2012). Relationship between health LA. beliefs and performance of breast exams among African American Women. The Journal of Nurse Practitioners, 8 (6), 446-451.

Rutledge, S., E., Whyte, J, Abell, N., Brown, K., M., Cesnales, N. (2011). Measuring stigma among health care and social service providers: The HIV/AIDS Provider Stigma Inventory. AIDS Patient Care & STDs, 25(11) 1-10. Whyte,J., Cormier, E., & Eccles, D. (2011). Factors influencing parental decision making in families where parents choose to deviate from the standard pediatric immunization schedule. The Journal of Community Health Nursing, 28, 1-11. Whyte, J., Ward, P. Eccles, D., Harris, K., Nandagopal, K., & Torof, J. (2012). Nurses' immediate response to the fall of a hospitalized patient: A comparison of actions and cognitions of experienced and novice nurses. International Journal of Nursing Scholarship.

Presentations Abbott, L. (May 2012). Caring Essence. 33rd International Association for Human Caring Conference. Philadelphia, PA. Abendroth, M. (June 2012). Helping Family Caregivers Access their Inherent Power to Foster Strong Support Systems in Caring for Persons with Parkinson's Disease. American Holistic Nurses Association 32nd Annual National Conference. Snowbird, UT. Abendroth, M. (February 2011). Caregiving Load and the Decision to Institutionalize a Relative with Parkinson's Disease: A Grounded theory Study. Southern Nursing Research Society Conference, Jacksonville, FL. Abendroth, M. (March 2011). Quantitative Research Methodology: Data Analysis and Model Development. University of Florida, College of Nursing, Gainesville, FL.

Graven, L. (February 2012). The Impact of Social Support on Depression in Individuals with Heart Failure. Southern Nursing Research Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Graven, L. (March 2012). The Magic of Mini-sims. Drexel Simulation Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Kung, Y.M. (June 2011). A Close-Up View of Flu. 26th National American Academy of Nurse Practitioner Conference, Las Vegas, NV. Kung, Y.M. (September 2011). Prevent Medical Errors and Litigations Through Team Work and Disclosure. Annual Tallahassee Area Council of Advanced Practice Nurses, Tallahassee, FL. Little, B., Ark, P., Breen, L., Drake, M.A., Ernst, D., Kub, J., Sarsfield, E., Savage, C., Vandenhouten, C., (June 2011). Using Case Studies to Teach Ethics in Public Health: An Innovative Teaching Strategy. Association of Community Health Nursing Educators, Arlington, VA. Little, B., Vandenhouten, C.,& Wilson, C. (June 2012). PHN Certification: Strategies for Preparation and Overcoming the Challenges. Association of Community Health Nursing Educators, Portland, OR. Little, B. (April 2011). The Role of the Nurse Executive in Patient Safety: AONE Guiding Principles. Sun Coast Organization of Nurse Executives, Sarasota, FL. Little, B. & Savage, C. (June 2012). Using problem-based learning to teach environmental health concepts. Association of Community Health Nursing Educators, Portland, OR. Lee, E., Park, H., & Whyte, J. (February 2011). Information and Communication Technology (ICT) into Children’s Health Education in South Korea: Diffusion of Innovation Theoretical Approach. 2011 Southern Nursing Research Society, Jacksonville, FL.

Bamber, M. & Graven, L. (June 2011). The Magic of Mini-Sims. International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learn- Park, H. (June, 2012). Determine the Effectiveness of Nursing Interventions ing, Orlando, FL. using Nursing Outcomes Classification (NOC) for Hospitalized Patients with Briggs, E., & Kung, Y. M. (March 2012). North Central Region Strate- CHF. Nursing Informatics, 2012, Montreal, Canada. gic Action for the Future: Practicing to the Full Scope. The Florida Nurses Park, H., Lee, E. (Feb, 2012). Development and Implementation of the Association North Central Regional Conference, Florida Nurses Computerized Nursing Documentation System Using Standardized Nursing Association, Dowling Park, FL. Languages in South Korea. Southern Nursing Research Society, New Orleans, LA. Cormier, E. (February 2012). Health Status and Service Needs of CSHCN with ADHD of Single Mothers in the US. Southern Nursing Park, H. (February 2011). NANDA-1, NOC, and NIC Linkage for Research Society. New Orleans, LA. Hospitalized Patients with Congestive Heart Failure and Measuring the imCormier, E. (July 2011). How Parents Make Decisions to Use Medication pacts of NIC interventions on Patient’s Outcomes using NOC Outcomes. 2011 to Treat Their Child's ADHD: A Grounded Theory Study. 22nd Interna- Southern Nursing Research Society, Jacksonville, FL. tional Nursing Research Congress, Cancun, Mexico. Cottrell, B.H. & Bamber, M. (March 2011). Improving Efficiency and Outcomes of Group Simulation in Nursing Care of Childbearing Families. Drexel Simulation in Healthcare Conference, Orlando, FL. Frank, D. (February 2011). The Lived Experience of Women Whose Partners Have Become Unemployed as a Result of the Recent Economic Turndown. Southern Nursing Research Society 25th Annual conference, Jacksonville, FL. Gagliardi, M. & Cormier, E. (October 2011). How College Students Make Decisions About Medications to Treat Their ADHD. Office of

Porterfield, S., & Warren, E. (October 2011). Generational Differences in Health Issues in African Americans. Sigma Theta Tau International Conference, Grapevine, TX.

Tucker, D. A. (June 2011). Providing End of Life Care and Ethical Principles in Simulation. Meaningful Use: Implications for Healthcare Delivery. 29th Annual International Technology Conference. Rutgers College of Nursing, Boston, MA. Whyte, J., Eccles, D., & Cesnales, N. (2011). Case managers in HIV/ AIDS care in Florida: Workforce characteristics and barrier to practice. 2nd Annual Research Conference of the Beta Pi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, Tallahassee, FL.



Pictured left to right are Dr. Mai Kung, Dr. Sue Porterfield, and Ms. Cindy Lewis.

College of Nursing faculty spent the past fifteen months working with officials and staff from the Gadsden County School District, FSU College of Medicine, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee Community College, Gadsden County Department of Health, local and district elected officials, and community leaders, to develop the Havana Health and Wellness Service and Training Center (HHWSTC). Nursing faculty served as members of the HHWSTC Steering Committee and on various subcommittees to develop a strategic plan, write grants, and conduct a needs assessment to determine the scope of health care services needed to address the health care needs in Gadsden County. The county has significant health disparities including some of the highest rates of uninsured individuals, maternal and infant mortality, and teenage pregnancy in Florida.

The mission of HHWSTC is to: (1) promote health and mitigate/ eliminate sickness by providing high quality, collaborative integrative health services focused on advancing a healthy sustainable lifestyle; (2) provide interdisciplinary practice and educational opportunities for those entering or continuing their training in health services; (3) partner with those conducting community-based participatory research and other types of evaluative studies to further the ability of health services personnel to eliminate health disparities; and, (4) provide high quality healthcare and promote optimal health. Three undergraduate students, supervised by Ms. Cindy Studenic- Lewis, assisted with facilitating six focus groups this summer as part of a community needs assessment, a key element in designing health services to the community. The experience provided the opportunity for undergraduate nursing students to be involved in active research. Four faculty from the FSU College of Nursing (Dr. Sue Porterfield, Dr. Mai Kung, Dr. Jim Whyte, and Ms. Kristin Lavigne) have provided primary health care services as well as educational workshops for both the middle and elementary schools. The focus of the workshops included topics such as bullying, nutrition, and hygiene. The FSU College of Medicine also funded a half-time nurse practitioner to provide primary care services on site. The FAMU School of Architecture assisted in developing preliminary floor plans for a tentative clinic site on the school property. The scope of care provided at the HHWSTC includes primary care, pharmaMs. Kristin Lavigne cy, dentistry, health and wellness education, behavioral health, communication therapy, and services to help individuals obtain Medicare benefits. The model for these services includes team-based health services, community lead decision making, patient centered operations, culturally respectful services, and a multi-disciplinary and team based education for health profession students (nursing, medical, social work, pharmacy). As a result of this multi-disciplinary effort, two grants were awarded, a planning grant ($80,000) and a Capital Improvement grant ($500,000). Additional funding opportunities are being pursued to fund a startup clinic outside the school property to provide health care to non students. The long-term goal is to expand service delivery throughout the community and have a sustainable model for health service delivery for Gadsden County, Florida, which will improve individual and community health promotion and disease prevention.


STUDENTS IN THE COMMUNITY STUDENT ACTIVITIES Thanks to the efforts of Ms. Cindy Studenic-Lewis, MSN, MPH, RN and CON volunteer coordinator Alexandra Texeira, numerous student nurse volunteers have participated in over 18 community outreach events, and volunteered more than 90 hours at various locations around campus and in the local community. Two hundred members of the local community were provided with a variety of health screenings and given information on various health related topics. The events ranged from community health fairs where students provided blood pressure screenings, diabetes education, BMI screenings, flu shots, and hand washing information, to participation in FSU Day at the Capitol. FSU Day at the Capitol

STUDENT NURSES ASSOCIATION Members of the Student Nurses Association (SNA) participated in several activities in the local community such as Relay for Life and Light the Night walk to raise money and awareness related to cancers. Students (pictured left) participated in Relay for Life on April 13-14,

2012 at the University’s Mike Long Track. Students also participated in the Light the Night

walk on November 11, 2011

(pictured right). Light the Night is an annual fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to spread awareness and to advocate for people whose lives have been touched by blood cancers.

LOBBY DAYS Lobby Days is a yearly event held in Tallahassee during the legislative session and sponsored by the Florida Nurses Association (FNA). This event provides nurses with an opportunity to learn about healthcare issues and pending legislation, and to meet and talk with state legislators to advocate for improved patient care. This year’s Lobby Days were January 17- 18, 2012. Nursing students had an opportunity to observed the legislative process in action when they attended the Health and Human Services Access Sub-Committee Hearing where HB 1157 was heard and passed unanimously. Representative Daphne Campbell (pictured left with Dr. Mai Kung) introduced and sponsored HB 1157, which adds Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNPs) to the list of professionals (including physician assistants and police) who can sign and execute a Certificate of Involuntary Examination for patients who are suicidal or homicidal under the Baker Act. Unfortunately the bill stalled the last day of session and was not heard for a final vote on the Senate Floor. Nursing students also visited legislators from their districts including, Melissa Durham, a legislative assistant for Senator Bill Montford.


STUDENT SPOTLIGHTS On April 13, 2012, the Beta Pi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau sponsored a Nursing Research Conference to highlight the research studies of 11 DNP students at the College of Nursing. Barbara MacArthur, RN, MN, FAAN, Chief Nursing Officer for Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare delivered the keynote address on “Clinical Agency and Academic Research Partnerships”. Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) student Lori Knarr delivered the featured conference presentation titled “ The Institution and Evaluation of an Acuity Based Nurse Staffing Model”. In addition to the spring graduates presenting their research, four fall DNP graduates showcased their research studies as well. The research (research study titles are listed below) of the 15 DNP students (11 students are pictured above) focused on four areas: Care of vulnerable populations, primary and community care, community and public health, and hospital based care.



Student Name

Project Title

Christine Bottkol

Can Innovative Self-Regulative Management of Type 2 Diabetes Improve HbAIc Levels?

Michelle Brink

Primary Care Providers’ Prescriptive Practices and Barriers to Prescribing Beta-Blockers to Patients with a History of Myocardial Infarction

Susan Bulecza

Emergency Preparedness Needs Assessment of Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury

Virginia Cardenas

Clinical Protocol for the Management of Suicide Risk Students

Randall Chitwood

HIV/AIDS in Long Term Care: Are We Ready?

Donna Fowler

Evaluating the Evaluators: Is there Interrater Reliability Among Preceptors? A Pilot Study to Examine Interrater Reliability in Two Northwest Florida Hospitals

Dawn Frost

Responses of Parent/Guardians of Overweight or at Risk Children to Health Promotion Guidance in a Rural Community

Beth Guy

Are Primary Care Providers Adhering to the JCN 7 Guidelines?

Stacy Kehl

Unlicensed Assistive Personnel in Schools: A Survey of Perceptions, Experience, and Knowledge

Christine Malloy

The Effect of the Dartmouth Microsystem Improvement Curriculum on Patient Wait Times and Patient Satisfaction

Carswella Phillips

The Relationship between Duration of Practice, Educational Level, and Perception of Barriers to the Use of EBP among Critical Care nurses

Jennifer Russell

The Impact of a Continuing Education Program Utilizing End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) Core Curriculum on the Novice Oncology Nurse

Colleen Wahl

Factors Influencing the Diagnosing Practices Among Clinicians in Northwest Florida Regarding Obesity in Children

Theresa Winton

Health Providers’ Knowledge of the Sexual Assault Protocol at a University Health Center


Pictured here are 10 of the 2012 DNP graduating students before the Spring Convocation Ceremony.

Spring Class of Doctor of Nursing Practice Students Graduate On Saturday, April 28, 2012, twelve graduates of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program walked across the stage at the Leon County Civic Center to mark the end of their journey as a graduate nursing student and the beginning of their career as a nurse leader and advanced nursing professional.

2011 SIGMA THETA TAU INDUCTEES On October 12 at 6:00 pm, students representing the top 35% of the College of Nursing’s students were recognized for their academic achievements and inducted in to the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Nursing Honor Society. A total of 37 BSN, 5 MSN, 8 DNP, and one Nurse Leader from the community were inducted into STTI. The ceremony was held in the Grand Ballroom of the Alumni Association with a reception immediately following the induction.

COLLEGE OF NURSING STUDENTS INDUCTED INTO THE GARNET AND GOLD SOCIETY Florida State University President Eric J. Barron welcomed 80 new students into the Garnet and Gold Scholar Society in May. College of Nursing students Melissa Gagliardi and Olivia Joyce Matheson were two of the 80 FSU students who were inducted. In the fall of 2011 when 17 students were welcomed into the Garnet and Gold Society, the College of Nursing had two students Gabrielle Eva and Jason Hagan who were among the inductees into the Garnet and Gold Society. To be eligible for consideration as a Garnet and Gold Scholar Gabrielle, Jason, Melissa, and Olivia had to meet membership criteria in at least three of five key areas: Leadership, internship, service, international study and research . In addition to meeting the membership criteria in three of the five key areas mentioned above, they also had to write an approved “synthesis reflection.”

COLLEGE OF NURSING STUDENTS HIGHLIGHTED Two College of Nursing students were highlighted on the University’s website. Alexandra Texeira and Lynne Poynor shared their appreciation as students for the role faculty and staff played in their educational preparation. To read AlexAlexandra Texeira andra’s story you can go to: https:// Lynne’s story can be found at: Lynne Poynor


2011 Fall Convocation On Friday, December 16, 2011 at 3:00 pm the College of Nursing held its Fall Convocation Ceremony in Opperman Hall, located in the College of Music, on the main campus of Florida State University. The faculty address was delivered by Professor Sally P. Karioth, PhD, RN. Denise Tucker, DSN, RN (BSN ’82), welcomed the 32 graduates as new members of the College’s Alumni. Paula Brown Tiffany Charney Gabrielle Eva Lerin Dhein Christian Fabian Christina Gelhardt Yaneya Gonzalez

Accelerated BSN Graduates Jaclynn Grewe Donna-Kaye Melbourne Jason Hagan Sharon Moreau Julia Hagstedt Ashlee Morgan Barbara Joiner Klaus Navas Sarma Klimanis Kerri Neel David Lowery Jennifer Oetting Jessica Lux Ashley Petroczky

MSN Graduate Meg-Anne Lukawski DNP Graduates Christine Bottkol Virginia Cardenas Dawn Frost-Haddock Sara Guy


Kylie Rafferty Katharine Saunders Amanda Sentz Allison Spingler Alesia Traeye Kristen Vermillion

2012 Spring Convocation Friday, April 27, 2012 the College of Nursing held its Spring Convocation Ceremony in Chiles High School Auditorium located in the Northeast section of Tallahassee. The faculty address was delivered by Professor Sally P. Karioth, PhD, RN. Denise Tucker, DSN, RN (BSN ’82) welcomed the 95 graduates as new members of the College’s alumni. Anjelica Allen Jennifer Barksdale Pamela Barron Sylvia Blancett Tiffany Byrnes Emily Carl Raquel Caysido Christina Cibula Alexanda Ciraulo Tahseen Clarke Maggie Jo Coker Dana Connor Maria Cundiff Michelle Devore Laura Dobson Sara Ellington Brittany Folsom Melissa Gagliardi Asia Gauthier Clinton Glisson Toshana Gordon

BSN Graduates LeAndrea Graham Olivia Matheson Erin Gray Natalie McBrayer Abby Griffin Jade Miller Melanie Grosenbaugh Alison Morin Kacey Gumina Katherine Ozguc Elise Hallsten Kylie Padron Emily Hanley Lindsay Parkinson Rachel Hardin Veronica Parks Katherine Hawkins Amanda Payton Jenna Helm Lynne Poynor LyWilla Henderson Sabrina Quintana Kristin Hildebrandt Jenifer Ranft Brianna Hixson Kristen Reilly Jennifer Huddlestun Ashlee Ritter Cassidy Jacobs Ashley Rogoff Anastasia Labovsky Kristen Rothstein Vichy Lin Holly Royer Reid Livesey Michelle Rucinski Richard Lowery Chelsie Scott Ian McDonald Brittany Sherwood Kerri Marshall Katharine Slagle

Abby Smith Julie Soyars Brooke Springer Brittany Standley Vivian Sterling Alexandria Stitt Leandrea Stouffer Elizabeth Strauch Eric Swanson Jessica Swearingen Alexandra Texeira Kelly Tyrrell Katrina Unglaub Kimberly Walters Jessica Wawrzyniak Kathleen Whitfield Joshua Williams Brandi Woodrum Brooke Worsham Jessica Yoder

DNP Graduates Michelle Brink Susan Bulecza Randall Chitwood Kimberlee Decker Donna Fowler Stacy Kehl Lori Knarr Christine Malloy Carswella Phillips Jennifer Russell Colleen Wahl Theresa Winton



Celebrating 60 Years of Graduates This year marks 60 years of graduating nurses from the College (formerly School) of Nursing. In recognizing this milestone, it is also important to share with you how the program was started. Not everyone knows why the decision was made to start a nursing program at Florida State University, or the role the United States Public Health Service (USPHS), and statewide nursing organizations, educational leaders, hospitals, and medical professionals played in the decision to start a collegiate nursing program. In 1948 Ellwynne Vreeland, a Nurse Education Consultant on loan from the USPHS, conducted a survey of nursing resources, needs and educational facilities for nurses in Florida. Based on the results of the survey, Miss Vreeland determined that there was an urgent demand for increased numbers of better prepared nursing personnel in the state of Florida. Once the survey was complete, questions remained as to how to establish the nursing program, what would the curriculum be, and where the program would be located. In 1950, FSU President Doak Campbell felt the University was ready to assume the responsibility for establishing a sound collegiate program in nursing as soon as possible, so he requested the services of Dr. Margaret Bridgman. Dr. Bridgman was a Consultant in Collegiate Nursing Education for the Russell Sage Foundation. In January 1950 she presented the report titled “Report Concerning The Proposed College of Nursing Florida State University” to President Campbell. Dr. Bridgman strongly recommended establishing a school of nursing at Florida State University to meet the needs of the State. In order for the program to be successful, she wrote that the first and crucially important step to establishing the program was to hire a highly-qualified Dean as soon as possible. After the decision was made to start a collegiate nursing program, President Campbell hired Vivian M. Duxbury (pictured above) as the first Dean of the College of Nursing. She served as Dean from 1950 1971. In 2001, the College of Nursing building was named Vivian M. Duxbury Hall in her honor.

1950 - 1971: Ms. Vivian M. Duxbury Known for establishing nursing at FSU. She was described as dedicated, austere and a professional advocate for academic nursing education.

1971 - 1974: Dr. Shirley Martin A transition leader, Dean Martin was known for her fun-loving nature. She applied for federal funding for the School of Nursing building.

1976 - 1982: Dr. Emilie Henning Schaefer A consummate nurse leader, Dean Henning pursued graduate education for nurses, writing grants for the first MSN programs at FSU.

1984 - 2001: Dr. Evelyn Singer A long-standing dean of the nursing program, Dean Singer led multiple program changes, overseeing the implementation of the nurse practitioner program. She also served as faculty until her untimely death in 2006.

2001 - 2007: Dr. Katherine P. Mason A leader of public health nursing throughout Florida, Dean Mason provided strong structure and guidelines for nursing education. She insured outreach to vulnerable populations during times of crisis and disaster.

2007 - 2011: Dr. Lisa Ann Plowfield A nursing leader who established the first doctoral education program, realigned the College’s mission to reflect the university’s research-intensive focus, and extended nursing education to regions of the state where it was needed. She also established a second degree (accelerated) BSN program, increased financial support and grant funding, and oversaw the construction of an essential simulation center for clinical education and patient safety.



Celebrating 60 Years of Graduates in Pictures The College of Nursing has grown since its beginnings in 1950 and the graduation of our first students in 1952. Over the years the students, uniforms, classrooms, clinical and simulation experiences have changed, but through it all the College has continued its legacy of excellence in nursing education. Across the decades our alumni have gone on to achieve great things that reflect positively on the nursing profession, the University and the College of Nursing. In 60 years we have graduated over 6,700 alumni who reside in all 50 states, and our program offerings have expanded to include not only graduate, but accelerated undergraduate degrees in nursing as well. Below is a pictorial display of student experiences across the decades at the College of Nursing.

Above photos provided courtesy of the Florida State University Heritage Protocol Photograph Collection, and the College of Nursing Archives Collections.


ALUMNI EVENTS Atlanta Reception

Thursday, October 6, 2011 the College of Nursing, in partnership with the Florida State University Alumni Association, held an Alumni Reception in Atlanta at the JW Marriott in Buckhead. The reception was co-hosted by College of Nursing Alumna Sandra Dunbar (‘72), who also serves on the Florida State University Alumni Association’s Board of Directors. Alumni came together to reconnect and reflect on their experiences as students and alumni of the College of Nursing.

Homecoming 2011 Homecoming 2011 marked a first in the history of the College of Nursing as one of our own, Susan B. Hassmiller (‘77), PhD, RN, FAAN (see photo on right) was recognized by the University as a Grad Made Good for her professional accomplishments (see full story on next page). On Friday, November 18, 2011 Dr. Hassmiller spoke to students, faculty and staff about the Future of Nursing report, and provided information on the impetus for this campaign. She also participated in the University’s Homecoming parade, and later in the evening she was recognized by the College of Nursing as our 2011 Distinguished Graduate during an Alumni Reception in Duxbury Hall. On Saturday, November 19, 2011, Dr. Hassmiller was formally recognized by the Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa as a Grad Made Good at the Homecoming Awards Breakfast. She was recognized for making a difference through her outstanding accomplishments and recognition in the field of nursing. Saturday evening the College participated in the Alumni Association’s All College Alumni Tailgate that was held in the backyard of the President’s home prior to the football game.

Celebrating 60 Years This year we marked 60 Years of Graduates by hosting regional receptions around the state of Florida to reconnect with alumni in the communities where they live. We shared artifacts related to when alumni were students in the nursing program, and provided updates on the College of Nursing programs. The receptions were sponsored through grant funding received from the Florida State University Alumni Association. At each reception, historical memorabilia such as uniforms, caps, nursing bags, historical documents, oral history excerpts, and photos from the various decades were on display. We kicked off our 60 Years of Graduates celebration in Jacksonville on April 12 at the beautiful Epping Forest Yacht Club with co-hosts Janice Gwynn Lipsky (BSN ’76) and Diane Raines (BSN ’76). College of Nursing faculty member Dr. Sally P. Karioth was the featured speaker (see photo below). Next, we traveled to Orlando on May 10 for a reception at the historic University Club in downtown Orlando. On June 7 we traveled to Tampa for a ’Noles in Tampa alumni celebration in collaboration with the Colleges of Business, Communications and Information, Human Sciences, University Libraries and Heritage Protocol at the Center Club Tampa. The guest speaker was Dr. Garnett Stokes, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, she shared information on future projects and ideas for the University. Finally, we closed out the spring receptions in Fort Lauderdale on June 21 at the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens with Dr. Sally P. Karioth as the featured speaker. To enjoy photos from the various alumni receptions, please visit the College’s Facebook page (


ALUMNI ACCOMPLISHMENTS 2011 GRAD MADE GOOD AND DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE On Friday, November 18, 2011, Dr. Susan B. Hassmiller (pictured left) spoke to students, faculty and staff about the National Initiative on the Future of Nursing report, and provided information on the impetus for this campaign. She also participated in the University’s Homecoming parade, and later in the evening she was recognized by the College of Nursing as our 2011 Distinguished Graduate during the Alumni Reception in Duxbury Hall. Dr. Hassmiller (BSN ’77; MS ’79, Health Education) graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Florida State University. After graduation, she went on to further her education earning two master’s degrees and a doctorate before beginning a nursing career filled with accomplishments. Since graduation she has held numerous nursing positions in public health settings at the state and national level. Dr. Hassmiller is also involved in the American Red Cross’ National Nursing Committee and is chair-elect of the Central New Jersey Red Cross. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a member of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations’ National Nurse Advisory Council and the New York Academy of Medicine. Dr. Hassmiller is the recipient of a number of awards, most notably the Florence Nightingale Medal, the highest international honor given to nursing professionals by the International Committee of the Red Cross. Dr. Hassmiller joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 1997 and is now the Foundation’s Senior Adviser for Nursing. She is also the Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Initiative on the Future of Nursing at the Institute of Medicine (IOM), and the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a 50 state effort to implement the IOM recommendations on the Future of Nursing. Her responsibilities include shaping and leading the Foundation’s strategies to address the nation’s nursing and nursing faculty shortages in an effort to create a higher quality of patient care. Dr. Hassmiller is also a nationally recognized nurse leader and expert. During her career, she has worked as a nurse educator, teaching public health nursing at the University of Nebraska and George Mason University in Virginia. She was also the Executive Director of the U.S. Public Health Service Primary Care Policy Fellowship for the Health Resources and Services Administration working on national and international primary care initiatives that affected the health of underserved populations.

2012 DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE AWARD NOMINATIONS The College will be accepting nominations this summer for the Distinguished Graduate Alumni Award. Nominations for the Distinguished Award will be accepted June 1 – August 17. The Distinguished Graduate Award, which honors College of Nursing graduates who have distinguished themselves through scholarly, creative, and humanitarian achievements and service to their profession will be presented at Homecoming. One award will be presented in each of the following four categories: Distinguished Educator (Community College, University, and Practice Settings), Government and Community Service, Distinguished Practitioner, and Distinguished Recent Alumni. For more information please contact Marilyn McGhee, Alumni Coordinator at or 850-644-5983, or you can visit the college of nursing website at Alumni-and-Friends/Distinguished-Graduate-Awards. THANK YOU! The College of Nursing would like to thank Carol McCormick, (BSN ‘72, MSN ‘04) for taking time out of her VERY busy schedule and volunteering to proof-read this year’s Annual Report.


GIFTS AND SUPPORT College Receives $10,000 Grant for Faculty Development The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation (BCBSF) announced a grant of $10,000 for faculty development at the Florida State University College of Nursing in honor of Dr. Susan Hassmiller during the 2011 homecoming activities. Dr. Hassmiller was recognized as a Distinguished Alumna of the FSU College of Nursing, for her work in spearheading the national Future of Nursing Campaign for Action. This Campaign follows the release of the 2010 IOM Report of the Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, funded through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Hassmiller stated that “This award is a tremendous honor, especially in light of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s commitment to improving the quality and safety of patient care. The public counts on nurses to be there for them – in schools, clinics, hospitals and everywhere care is needed”. Susan Towler, Vice President of the BCBSF Foundation said “We are proud to honor the extensive accomplishments that Susan Hassmiller has brought to the field of nursing nationally. With her vision and leadership, 36 state coalitions, including Florida, have joined the Campaign for Action to address nursing’s input into the transformation of the healthcare system.” Dr. Dianne Speake, the College of Nursing's interim dean said “Dr. Hassmiller's accomplishments exemplify the college's mission to develop nurse leaders for professional practice and research in diverse settings, and this gift will be used to foster faculty development and enhance faculty teaching effectiveness and scholarship.”

NURSING SCHOLARSHIPS In 2011-2012, $176,650 in scholarship funding was awarded to deserving students at the College of Nursing. A majority of the scholarship support provided was made possible through the financial support of donors such as the Helios Foundation, the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation, and the Chillingworth Scholarship Fund. Recently, the College of Nursing received $500,000 in matching funds from the State of Florida for the Helios Education Foundation Nursing Scholarship Fund. The matching funds increased the endowment balance of this scholarship fund which translates into an increase in the expendable balance available for awarding scholarships to deserving nursing students. The Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation has also increased the amount of annual financial support provided for nursing scholarships at the College of Nursing to $82,000. This will also lead to more financial support for currently enrolled nursing students. In addition to the increased financial support from foundations like Helios and Lettie Pate Whitehead, we have also received $15,000 in matching funds from Exxon Mobil for the Chillingworth Scholarship Fund. The Chillingworth scholarship was established in 2009 by William, Marie, and Matt Cooper (pictured left with 2011-2012 scholarship recipients) is the largest single scholarship given to nursing students to support their pursuit of a degree in nursing. Thanks to the generous support of our donors we will be providing $190,200 in scholarships in 2012-2013. Alumni interested in making contributions to the College of Nursing’s General Scholarship Fund can give securely online at the foundation website, or via check by including the gift form located online, and indicating your gift’s purpose. Gifts made by check should be made payable to the FSU Foundation and mailed to: FSU Foundation, 2010 Levy Avenue, PO Box 3062739, Tallahassee, FL 32306-2739.


ALUMNI AND FRIENDS SUPPORT Thank YOU! The College of Nursing would like to thank our alumni and friends for their continued generous support. The current list of donors, which will include gifts made as of June 30, 2012 is in the process of being compiled and will be posted on the Foundation website. The address is: http:// community/ Page.aspx? pid=794. We sincerely apologize for any inadvertent omissions or misspelled names.


HOMECOMING 2012 - CELEBRATING 60 YEARS The College of Nursing and the Alumni Council present Homecoming 2012! Homecoming events are scheduled for Thursday, October 25th - Saturday, October 27th. On Thursday there will be an evening building dedication ceremony at the new Health and Wellness Building located across from the Dunlap Success Center. Friday we will have an alumni and faculty awards ceremony after the Homecoming parade at the College of Nursing. Later in the evening an Alumni Grand Reunion dinner will be held at the University Center in Building B. Saturday, the College will participate in the FSU Alumni Association’s All College All Alumni Tailgate (registration information for the tailgate should be available soon), and block tickets are available for the football game (see next page). If you need hotel reservations for homecoming, a block of 20 rooms is available for College of Nursing alumni at the Doubletree hotel located in downtown Tallahassee at a discounted rate of $269/night. The deadline for making reservations at this price is noon on Friday, September 28th. A two night minimum stay is required (Friday and Saturday). Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-222-8733 and identifying yourself as a member of the FSU College of Nursing group, or you can reserve a room via the Internet by visiting the DoubleTree by Hilton Tallahassee website (, and enter arrival and departure date. Click “GO”. Scroll down to the section “Special Accounts” next to Group/Convention code and type in NUR. Follow the instructions to make a new reservation. To register for Homecoming activities at the College of Nursing, please complete this form and circle the events you will attend, then return it by October 12 to: Attn: Marilyn McGhee, FSU, College of Nursing, 98 Varsity Way, P.O. Box 3064310, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4310. You may also fax it to: 850.644.7660, Attn: Marilyn McGhee. You can also register online at:

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Health and Wellness Center Health and Wellness Center building dedication ceremony

Friday Activities: College of Nursing College of Nursing Tour, Alumni and Faculty Awards Ceremony, and Alumni Grand Reunion Dinner. Dr. Sally P. Karioth will be the guest speaker for the dinner. Parking will be available, and the cost for the dinner is $25/person. The times for Friday’s activities are currently being determined, please check the College of Nursing’s website and Facebook page for future updates. Saturday Activities: FSU Alumni Association’s All College All Alumni Tailgate and Homecoming Football Game Times to be determined The President’s House and Doak Campbell Stadium To stay connected with the College of Nursing, you can also visit our page on Facebook at: fsu-con or the College’s website at Would you like to share your accomplishments or current contact information? Please send your updated information to College of Nursing Updates, Attn: Alumni Coordinator, 98, Varsity Way, P.O. Box 3064310, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4310. You can also send your updated information via e-mail to




Florida State University College of Nursing 2012 Annual Report  

College of Nursing Alumni, Faculty and Student Highlights for 2011 - 2012.

Florida State University College of Nursing 2012 Annual Report  

College of Nursing Alumni, Faculty and Student Highlights for 2011 - 2012.