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DNP Scholarly Activities


Undergraduate Nursing Students engage in Real World Nursing Experiences


Sigma Theta Tau Induction Ceremony


Fall 2013 Alumni Activities


DAISY Faculty Award


2013 Distinguished Graduates


Simulation Center




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COLLEGE OF NURSING WELCOMES NEW DEAN Please join us in welcoming Judith McFetridge-Durdle, PhD, RN as the new dean of the Florida State University College of Nursing, effective December 2. Prior to accepting the dean’s position, she served as dean and professor at the Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador School of Nursing in Canada. She has over 22 years of experience in nursing education that includes teaching cardiovascular nursing and cardiovascular nurse practitioner education at universities in the United States and Canada. She was a professor of nursing at Dalhousie University, Duke University, the University of Florida, and the University of North Florida. Dr. McFetridge-Durdle has made professional contributions to the nursing profession on regional, national, and international levels as a researcher and peer reviewer. She has over 13 years of experience as a national and international researcher, received approximately $6 million dollars in research funding, and has conducted over 15 research studies related to cardiovascular health and interprofessional health collaboration. Dr. McFetridgeDurdle has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and Health Canada and is published in scientific journals in nursing, medicine and physiology. She served as Mentor (2003-2009) and Associate Director (20072009) of FUTURE, the CIHR-funded research training program for cardiovascular nurse scientists. The focus of Dr. McFetridge-Durdle’s research is the role of psychological stress in the etiology of heart disease, and the foundation for her research program was the observations of persons recovering from acute cardiovascular events. Most recently, she collaborated with nurse scientists at Jilin University in ChangChun, China to develop and test interventions to reduce the impact of stress on the vascular system in 2009. In addition to her 13 years of research experience, Dr. McFetridge-Durdle also has 15 years of experience as a peer reviewer for nursing related journals, and academic institutions in the United States and Canada. She is a founding member of INTERED (International Association for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice) and serves as a scientific reviewer for the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia, the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada and the Alberta Heritage Foundation. Dr. McFetridge-Durdle has also published in 24 peer reviewed journals, has 90 peer reviewed abstracts, and has given 31 invited presentations around the world on topics related to heart disease. Dr. McFetridge-Durdle shared that she is “delighted to return to Florida and deeply honored to be appointed dean of the College of Nursing. The College of Nursing has a long tradition of excellence, and I am excited about the future. I look forward to working with my new colleagues in the college, across the university, and other healthcare professionals, students, and alumni to champion the road ahead.” The College of Nursing would like to thank Dianne L. Speake, PhD, RN for graciously serving in the role of Interim Dean since 2011. Prior to serving as the Interim Dean, Dr. Speake served as the Associate Dean and was actively involved in the development of graduate education for nurses, online education, and overseeing quality initiatives supportive of leadership and research in nursing.



Doctor of Nursing Practice Students - Scholarly Activities Peanut Ball Use in Full Term Gestation Women with Epidural Anesthesia”. Research Grant Barbara Dobron, another third year DNP student applied for and received a Florida Nurses Foundation (FNF) Grant Award from the Presentation Tanya Douglas, a third Imogene King Research Fund. year Doctor of Nursing The purpose of the FNF RePractice (DNP) student search Grant Program is to encourage the research capresented at the Palm Bay Nurse Practitioner reer development of nurses Conference, October 18 to advance the profession of nursing. The title of Bar-19, 2013. The title of bara’s grant proposal was her presentation was “Outcomes Related to “What Effect Acupuncture

has on Musculoskeletal Pain and Stress, and does it have An Indirect Effect on Quality of Life”. FNF Research Scholarships

DNP students Chelsea Coburn, Tanya Douglas, Arin Jackson, and Sarah Luce applied for and received FNF Scholarships for 2013. As part of the scholarship process, they were required to state their research goals and provide an assessment based on the result of their research of their potential to make a contribution to nursing and society.

Undergraduate Nursing Students - Real World Experiences Over the summer, College of Nursing student Janet Lorenz worked for ten weeks as a Student Nurse Intern at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. As part of her experience she worked a full-time nurse’s schedule with a single Nurse Mentor on a step-down medical unit. She also met biweekly with 15 Student Nurse Interns and their Internship Coordinator to reflect on what she was learning, and to hear guest lectures from advanced practice nurses who worked at the hospital. Janet shared that this experience gave her the opportunity to strengthen existing clinical skills, and learn new ones while providing patient-centered care in a supportive environment. After graduating Janet hopes

to return to Mount Sinai to work as an RN. College of Nursing student Timothy “Scott” George, Jr. is the first nursing student from Florida State University selected to participate in the 10 week Mayo Clinic Summer III Nurse Externship. The paid externship took place in Rochester, Minnesota, and provided junior nursing students with an opportunity to work alongside a registered nurse in a clinical area. Scott worked in the Medical Intensive Care Unit, and said “the atmosphere of education and teamwork provided an incredible experience for him to grow.”

Sigma Theta Tau On October 17, 2013, the Beta Pi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International held its induction ceremony in the Ballroom at the Florida State University Alumni Center. Fifty-seven nursing students were recognized for their academic accomplishments and welcomed as new members of Sigma Theta Tau. THE











Alumni Connections - Fall 2013 2013 Nevada vs. FSU Tailgate


2013 Homecoming College of Nursing Homecoming Activities for 2013 took place November 15 - 16, 2013. Friday’s Homecoming activities included participation by students and alumni in the Homecoming parade (see photos below of the alumni and students who participated in the parade), and an

2014 Meet the Dean Receptions for Alumni January 30, 2014 Hilton Naples Naples, FL March 2014 - TBD Washington, DC

Alumni Awards Dinner and Ceremony where the DAISY Faculty and Distinguished Graduate Awards were presented. S. Ann Evans (BSN ‘71) was recognized as the 2013 Distinguished Practitioner, and Janine A. Overcash (BSN ‘87), PhD, GNP-Bc was recognized as the 2013 Distinguished Educator (more details on back cover). Homecoming festivities concluded on Saturday, November 16 with the All College Alumni Tailgate (see photos below) and the Homecoming Football game.

April 10, 2014 Jacksonville, FL April 17, 2014 Panama City, FL May 1, 2014 Tallahassee, FL May 22, 2014 Orlando, FL June 10, 2014 Miami, FL June 11, 2014

DAISY Faculty Award The DAISY Faculty Award was established to recognize faculty members who had a profound impact on the nurses they educated. On Friday, November 15, 2013, College of Nursing faculty member Nanna Cuchens

West Palm Beach, FL

July 17, 2014 Atlanta, GA (pictured 2nd from the left) was recognized for her work as an exTBD cellent nurse and instructor. Tampa/Sarasota, FL You can read her nomination in its entirety at: http:// faculty-award/facultyspotlight/ NannaCuchens.

2013 Distinguished Graduates Recognized On November 15, 2013, the College of Nursing recognized S. Ann Evans (BSN ‘71) and Janine Overcash (BSN ‘87) as this year’s Distinguished Graduates for their outstanding professional accomplishments. S. Ann Evans (BSN ’71), RN, MS, MBA, FAAN, CENP was selected as the Distinguished Graduate in the Practitioner Category. She is the Chief Clinical Officer for Kindred Hospital in Denver Colorado. Previously, she was the CNO and VP for Patient Care Services at Exempla Lutheran Medical Center, and the VP of Patient Care Services at Tallahassee Memorial Health Care. In a career spanning over 40 years, Ann Evans has clearly demonstrated outstanding achievement in many areas of nursing; flight nurse, critical care nurse, critical care manager, service line administrator, nursing educator and chief nursing officer. She has been strongly committed to the nursing profession and to the continued enhancement of her own professional growth throughout her career. Her CV lists three degrees, 57 offices with 16 different professional organizations, 19 international and 117 national presentations, 28 publications, 13 editorial boards, 12 research studies, faculty appointments at three universities and 16 consultations. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the American Heart Association Council of Cardiovascular Nurses. She is certified by AONE as a Nurse Executive. She was the President of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Center of Nursing Excellence and the Daisy Foundation. Janine A. Overcash (BSN ’87), PhD, GNP-Bc is an exemplar leader at The Ohio State University. She currently serves as the Director of Nursing Research at the James Cancer Center and Solove Research Institute, and Clinical Associate Professor at The Ohio State University, College of Nursing. Dr. Overcash inspires, mentors, and stimulates nurses and students to value, conduct, and utilize research. She serves in leadership positions within the University and is a strong advocate for nursing research. Dr. Overcash is a geriatric nurse practitioner specializing in the care of the older cancer patient. She has assisted in the design and management of one of the first geriatric oncology programs located at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Overcash has authored over 35 peer reviewed journal articles in the area of geriatric assessment. A book entitled, The Older Cancer Patient: A Guide for Nurses and Related Professionals by Janine Overcash and Lodovico Balducci highlights principles of care of the older person with cancer and received book of the year award by the American Journal of Nursing. Dr. Overcash has completed a post doctorate with the John A. Hartford Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Program. She has participated in the Geriatric Nurse Educational Consortium sponsored by the American Academy of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the John A. Hartford Foundation which instructed over 500 faculty from all over the United States.

Changes are Coming to the Simulation Center Dr. Maria Whyte, Coordinator of Simulation and Clinical labs for the College of Nursing shared several changes that are coming to the Simulation Center in 2014. The changes include the addition of simulators with new technology, which will facilitate the implementation of new pedagogy as simulation is applied in more nursing related courses. The College of Nursing received two new Laerdal® ALS Simulators. In November 2013. The features of the ALS allows for the management of respiratory complications using standard airway management, realistic normal and abnormal heart, breath, and bowel sounds, and the use of handheld wireless operation via SimPad. These simulators are designed to assist students in meeting the clinical competencies in emergency situations, and to make and correct clinical errors. The features of the new simulators will provide faculty with an opportunity to apply new pedagogy in the education of our nursing students for success. Therefore, additional nursing courses are currently scheduled to use the new simulators in spring 2014 to enhance teaching and facilitate learning. Dr. Whyte will assist faculty in the application of new pedagogy as they incorporate simulation into their classroom instruction to enhance student learning. Simulation will allow the students to manage multiple patients and participate in failure to rescue scenarios prior to, and following internship rotations. One example of how simulation will be used in the classroom to augment learning is, the integration of CPR Anne into classroom experiences to reinforce basic life support utilization in environments other than the lab and text. Students in the Acute/Chronic Disease course will be exposed to higher acuity patients in simulation so they can begin to practice identifying assessment data for clients with declining conditions. Additionally, the courses using the new simulators in the spring will be applying the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation & Learning standards of best practice adopted in June of 2013. The integration of facilitation and debriefing tools during all simulations will also be applied based on the results of a pilot study conducted by Dr. Lauren Kendall as part of her doctoral project. Thanks to new simulation technology and the incorporation of data from faculty research projects, we are able to better educate and prepare future nurses to deal with the changing landscape of healthcare.

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