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DNP Conference


Second Class of DNP Students Graduate


College of Nursing Students 2 Highlighted Alumni Outreach


Alumni Awards Program


DAISY Faculty Award


A Note from the Dean


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. Now that the survey was complete, the questions remaining were how to establish the nursing program, what would the curriculum be, and where would the program be located. In 1950, FSU President Doak Campbell requested the services of Dr. Margaret Bridgman, a Consultant in Collegiate Nursing Education for the Russell Sage Foundation, as the university was ready to assume the responsibility for establishing a sound collegiate program in nursing as soon as possible. In January

1950, the Bridgman report titled “Report Concerning The Proposed College of Nursing Florida State University” was presented 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 Doak Campbell hired Vivian M. Duxbury (pictured left), as the first Dean of the College of Nursing. She served as Dean from 1950 - 1971, and in 2001 the College of Nursing building was named Vivian M. Duxbury Hall in her honor. The College of Nursing has grown since its beginnings in 1950 and the graduation of our first students in 1952; in 60 years we have graduated over 6,000 alumni who reside in 49 of the 50 states. Our program offerings have expanded to include not only graduate, but accelerated undergraduate degrees in nursing as well. We encourage you to learn more about the College of Nursing, and Dean Vivian M. Duxbury’s role in the history of nursing education in the state of Florida by visiting the College’s archives located on the first floor of Duxbury Hall.



Student Accomplishments Doctor of Nursing Practice Research Conference

Doctor of Nursing Practice Research Conference Participants: Michelle, Brink, RN, BSN; Susan Bulecza, RN, MSN; Randall Chitwood, RN, MSN; Donna Fowler, RN, MSN; Lori Knarr, RN, MSN; Stacy Kehl, RN, BSN; Christine Malloy, RN, MSN; Carswella Phillips, RN, MSN; Jennifer Russell, RN, BSN; Colleen Wahl, RN, MSN; and Theresa Winton, RN, BSN.

On April 13, 2012 the Beta Pi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau sponsored a half day 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”. The conference featured the research of 11 DNP students, and focused on four areas: Care of vulnerable populations, primary and community care, community and public health, and hospital based care.

The Second Class of Doctor of Nursing Practice Students Graduate

Pictured here are 10 of the 12 spring 2012 DNP graduating students before the Convocation Ceremony

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 careers as nurse leaders and advanced nursing professionals.

Nursing Students Highlighted

Pictured here: Alexandra Texeira THE



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 education preparation. To read Alexandra’s story you can go to: profiles/texeira/. Lynne’s story can be found at: https:// Pictured here: Lynne Poynor








Alumni Connections - Celebrating 60 Years of Graduates Receptions This year we marked our 60 Years of Graduates anniversary by hosting regional receptions around the state of Florida. We began our celebrations in Jacksonville on April 12 at the beautiful Epping Forest Yacht Club with cohosts 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 on right).

Next, we traveled to Orlando on May 10 for a reception at the historic University Club in downtown Orlando where alumni and guests participated in a “Getting to ‘Nole You” networking activity, viewed historical memorabilia from the College, and reflected on their student nursing experiences.

Human Sciences, University Libraries and Heritage Protocol at the Center Club Tampa in the 8th Floor Bayview Ballroom. The guest speaker was Dr. Garnett Stokes, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, who shared information on future projects and ideas for the University.

Finally, we will close out the spring receptions in Fort On June 7 we travLauderdale on June 21at the eled to Tampa for a ’Noles in Bonnet House Museum and Tampa alumni celebration in Gardens with Dr. collaboration with the ColSally P. Karioth as leges of Business, Communi- the featured speakcations and Information, and er.

Pictured below are Dr. Dianne Speake and Dr. Sally Karioth with event co-hosts Diane Raines (BSN ‘76 and Janice Gwynne Lipsky (BSN ‘76) and Jan’s daughter Jessie Lipsky.

Distinguished Graduate Award

Pictured here is the 2011 Distinguished Graduate Award Recipient Dr. Susan B. Hassmiller and her husband Dr. Robert J. Hassmiller.

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, Government and Community Service, Distinguished Practitioner, and Distinguished Recent Alumni.

DAISY Faculty Award The DAISY Faculty award was established to recognize faculty members who had a profound impact on the nurses they educated. Last year the College of Nursing awarded its first DAISY Faculty Award at Homecoming to Professor Cindy S. Lewis,


ence on students that impacts Nominations for this the quality of care given to payear’s award will be accepted tients by graduates of the proJuly 1- August 31. This is an gram. opportunity for faculty, students, and alumni to nominate an extraordinary faculty member for their commitment and inspirational influ-

For more information on the Distinguished Graduate and DAISY Faculty Awards please contact Marilyn McGhee at (850) 644-5983 or or visit us online at http:// Alumni-andFriends.

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A Note from the Dean The 2011-12 academic year has been a challenging and rewarding year for faculty and students at the College of Nursing. The DNP Program received national accreditation from the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and 16 DNP students became the first graduates from doctoral nursing education in the history of Florida State University. We also graduated our second class of second-degree accelerated BSN students and admitted our first class of Freshmen BSN students. Faculty and students are enjoying new teaching-learning opportunities in our renovated Simulation Center and our classroom space will more than double in the Fall with the addition of five new nursing classrooms at the nearby FSU Wellness Center. Faculty and students continue to provide services in the community to help bridge gaps in healthcare for underserved families. Alumni receptions in Jacksonville, Orlando, and Tampa gave us opportunities to connect with alumni and to provide updates on the accomplishments of students, faculty, and alumni. I would like to thank all of our alumni who have generously made contributions to the FSU Foundation and/or served as clinical preceptors for our undergraduate and graduate students during the past year. It is always a pleasure to hear about the great accomplishments of our alumni and we hope you will continue to share your memories and achievements with us. I invite each of you to visit us at Duxbury Hall to see the progress we are making and the accomplishments of our faculty and students. Dianne L. Speake, Ph.D., R.N. Interim Dean

Spring 2012 Newsletter  

Information on the College of Nursing's history, student accomplishments, and alumni accomplishments and activities.