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Student Nurses Association Orlando Board Strikes Gold!

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2013—Volume 8 RWJF, New Careers in Nursing Grant: PAGE 1 0


Nursing Sweeps SURE Competition: PAGE 1 3 Student Fights For Right to Donate Blood: PAGE 1 4 Students Strike Gold at FNSA Convention: PAGE 1 5


Neff Named Interim Director of Research: PAGE 1 6 Aroian, International Hall of Famer: PAGE 2 0 Alum takes Arctic Adventure, Cares for Scientists in South Pole: PAGE 3 1



Also in this Issue:

College leadership Mary Lou Sole, PhD, RN, CCNS, CNL, FAAN, FCCM Interim Dean and Orlando Health Distinguished Professor in Nursing Susan Chase, EdD, FNP-BC, FNAP Associate Dean for Graduate Affairs and Professor Maureen Covelli, PhD, RN Interim Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs and Associate Professor Endowed Chairs / Professors Karen Aroian, PhD, RN, FAAN Chatlos Foundation Endowed Chair in Nursing Angeline Bushy, PhD, RN, FAAN, PHCNS-BC Bert Fish Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair in Nursing Mary Lou Sole, PhD, RN, CCNS, CNL, FAAN, FCCM Interim Dean and Orlando Health Distinguished Professor in Nursing Gregory F. Welch, PhD Florida Hospital Endowed Chair in Healthcare Simulation Diane Wink, EdD, FNP-BC, ARNP, FAANP Hugh F. and Jeannette G. McKean Endowed Chair in Nursing

Interim Dean’s Message: PAG E 3 Com mu n i ty at a G l a nc e : Pages 4 – 5 Academics at a Glance: Pages 6 –1 3


Students at a Glance: PAG E S 1 4–1 5 Research at a Glance: PAG E S 1 6 –1 9 Faculty at a Glance: PAGE S 2 0 – 2 5 Giving at a Glance: PAGE S 2 6 – 2 9

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Alumni at a Glance: PAGE S 3 0 –35

UCF Nursing Magazine is published annually by the College of Nursing at the University of Central Florida for alumni, friends, national nursing leadership, community partners, students, faculty, staff and the media. Send correspondence to: UCF College of Nursing Attn: Editor, UCF Nursing Magazine 12201 Research Parkway, Suite 300 Orlando, Florida 32826 For address changes, alumni notes, story ideas or photo submission, e-mail: Editor / Design Carolyn M. Petagno Contributors Courtney Gilmartin, Lisa Goldblatt, Jessica Gonzalez, Deaw Jayanama, Katie Korkosz, Zenaida Kotala, Gene Kruckemyer, Wendy Sarubbi, Sarah Thomas

Message from our Interim Dean

Transition, Success,

Opportunity It is an honor to serve as the college interim dean for the 2013-2014 academic year. We remain focused on our future and on continuing our strong legacy for excellence. Our success as a college has been achieved through an enthusiastic faculty who hold high standards for academic excellence and guide the many learning activities across programs. Our dedicated staff provide tireless support to ensure that our college runs smoothly on a daily basis. Our partnerships with clinical agencies, private practices, community organizations, and the state colleges have facilitated learning experiences to ensure that we educate students at the BSN and graduate levels to meet the workforce needs of today and the future. This edition of UCF Nursing Magazine highlights our successes, new initiatives, and identified needs in the college. I’d like to highlight a few of these for you here: MSN Expanded to All Tracks

Academics Continues to Shine

We have enhanced and reorganized our graduate program offerings, giving students again the option of earning a MSN degree in any of our graduate tracks. The direct-entry BSN to DNP option is still available for select tracks. We’ll continue to offer the Post-BSN to DNP program for students to progress quickly from the MSN to the DNP. We are also developing strategies to increase enrollment in both the DNP and PhD programs to help address the nation’s shortage of doctorally-prepared nurses.

As you read through the pages of this magazine, you will be proud of the many successes our current students, faculty and alumni have accomplished in 2013. You will appreciate the generosity of our donors, who provide both financial support to the college and scholarship support for our students. Scholarship support is so important in a demanding, high-quality nursing program like ours. It allows our students to focus on what’s really important—their education.

Growth in Simulation, Research

All-Class Reunion for Nursing

Health care is evolving, and so must our college. As we look to the future, greater emphasis is being placed on simulation—both in undergraduate and graduate curricula, and in nursing research. We recently hired Dr. Gregory Welch, a computer scientist and engineer, to ‘take charge’ in establishing the UCF College of Nursing as the leading expert in health care simulation. Dr. Welch is the first non-nurse to join our faculty—and thanks to a generous endowment, he has been named the Florida Hospital Endowed Chair in Healthcare Simulation (see page 17).

As we reflect on our successes of 2013 and look to new beginnings in 2014, I would like to personally invite our alumni to ‘Re-U-Knight’ with us at the All-Class Nursing Reunion on Saturday, May 3. Return to reconnect with former classmates, faculty and staff, and reminisce and remember your life as a UCF nursing student (see page 35). The reunion is scheduled just prior to National Nurses Week, and we look forward to honoring YOU— our UCF Knight Nurses!

Critical Shortage of NP Preceptors 2014 is a big year for our nation’s health care. As these changes take place and more people have access to health care services, nurse practitioners will play a pivotal role in meeting these demands. Here at UCF, we are challenged to help meet this demand, but are limited by a critical shortage of preceptors for our nurse practitioner students. This shortage has forced us to decrease admissions to this very popular program—a decision we didn’t take lightly—during a time when nurse practitioners are in greater demand. We discuss this issue on pages 6-7 and seek your assistance.

Charge On My first four months in the interim dean role have been busy ones. As faculty and staff, we have adopted the athletic department motto, ‘Charge on!,’ as we continue to offer the best programs for nursing education. Everyone deserves a UCF nurse, and this College of Nursing team works 110 percent to make that happen!

Go Knights! #ChargeOn!

Mary Lou Sole, PhD, RN, CCNS, CNL, FAAN, FCCM Interim Dean, UCF College of Nursing Orlando Health Distinguished Professor in Nursing UCF Pegasus Professor



Community at a Glance

National experts Deliver Lectures College hosts series of Free lectures for Nursing community

UCF College of Nursing continues to bring in leading experts to address cutting-edge topics in nursing research and other health care topics. These annual lectures provide an opportunity for local nurses to fulfill their continuing education requirements, while also providing them access to some of the nation’s mostpublished and thought-provoking experts in their field. In 2013, the college held three guest lectureship events on campus, as well as four continuing education dinners across Central Florida. Attendees earned continuing education contact hours for their participation.

oncology nurse delivers lecture on creative Practice >>> UCF College of Nursing hosted its third annual Orlando Health Nursing Lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 8. Kathi Mooney, PhD, a nationally known cancer nursing leader, educator and researcher, and a former president of the Oncology Nursing Society, led a discussion on how developing a creative mind can help nurses improve their clinical practice and research.

outcomes during chemotherapy that significantly reduces symptom severity. This breakthrough work has now been adapted and extended to family caregivers in home hospice settings.

Peach also recognized and thanked UCF for putting nursing on the map. “UCF has made Orlando Health a better nursing institution. Their alumni challenge us to be better on a daily basis,” she said.

The lecture, presented by UCF, was supported by the Orlando Health Nursing Endowed Fund.

In 2014, the college will host its fourth annual Orlando Health Nursing lecture during the fall semester. •

“Thanks to Orlando Health’s endowment, we are able to provide this annual continuing education lecture,” said During her presentation, Dr. Mooney Dr. Mary Lou Sole, interim dean of the reviewed five elements of the creative UCF College of Nursing process that lead to new and the Orlando Health insights, and identified Distinguished Professor in creative practices that “UCF has made Nursing. “Students, as well as can enhance innovative Orlando Health nurses from the community, thinking about clinical are able to learn from, and problems. a better nursing interact with, internationally “I’ve always believed institution. Their recognized nurse scientists it’s extremely important and researchers.” alumni challenge for nurses to develop Anne Peach, chief nursing new and innovative us to be better on officer at Orlando Health, approaches to the a daily basis!” said the endowment allows problems they encounter Orlando Health to give back in their field,” said Mooney, —Anne Peach, to nursing by providing a distinguished professor access to national nursing and the presidential Orlando Health leaders and their evidenceendowed chair in nursing based research. at the University of Utah. “Nurses’ problem-solving “It’s an honor to have such a skills can be greatly enhanced if they are distinguished oncology nurse here with us able to think creatively.” today. The endowed fund was created in 2009 to support local nurses and student A fellow of the American Academy of nurses who are dedicated to achieving Nursing and a co-leader of the Huntsman excellence in nursing,” Peach said. “We Cancer Institute’s Cancer Control and are very pleased with the impact this Population Science program in Salt Lake partnership has had since establishing the City, Mooney is an innovator in her own endowment, and we are excited to see how right, having developed a novel home it will grow in the coming years.” telemonitoring system for patient-reported


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Orla n do Hea lth En dow ment >>> In addition to the annual continuing education lecture, the Orlando Health Nursing Endowed Fund supports the Orlando Health Distinguished Professor in Nursing, a position held by Dr. Mary Lou Sole. Her research focuses on improving patient outcomes through airway management and infection control. The fund also provides scholarships for undergraduate nursing students who are pursuing research projects through the university’s Honors in the Major program. Recent recipients include: 2013: Ivan Castro, Lisa Dagoostino, Samuel Foarde and Stephanie Suarez 2012: Maria Ballen-Sanchez and Amanda D’Ambra


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(L to R) Dr. Daleen Penoyer of Orlando Health, Interim Dean Dr. Mary Lou Sole, Visiting Lecturer Dr. Kathi Mooney and Orlando Health Chief Nursing Officer Anne Peach Dr. Joan Shinkus Clark Dr. Peggy Reiley Orlando Health Nursing Lecture attendees Casey Shaouni (right) won a UCF gift basket at the Orlando Health Lecture


Leadership in Practice Lectures address health care reform >>> The UCF College of Nursing kicked-off the spring and fall 2013 semesters with evening lecture events. In January, Dr. Peggy Reiley, senior vice president and chief clinical officer for Scottsdale Healthcare (Ariz.), discussed the implications of the Affordable Care Act on the role of nurse leaders, evaluated the forces necessitating health care reform, and identified opportunities for nurse leaders to get involved as the nation moves to a new model of accountability for “health care” versus “sick care.” Reiley said, “Shifts in the current health care system are largely cost related. Some of these issues include overtreatment, over-reliance on technology and coordination of care. Nurses are involved in many of these issues and will need to be part of the solution for the future.” In August, Dr. Joan Shinkus Clark, senior vice president and system chief nurse executive for Texas Health Resources in

Dallas – Fort Worth, discussed the prevailing industry response catalyzed by the Affordable Care Act, the key national, regional and local initiatives and trends in health care reform, and the role of innovation in transforming the health care delivery model. “Health care is always changing,” said Clark. “And it is so important for nurses and nurse leaders to keep up with that change. Our knowledge of health care reform must be current, and we must be able to adjust the way we deliver care to our patients and ensure better patient outcomes.” Both events were well attended. Florida Blue provides grant support to fund the UCF Leadership in Practice Lectures. “These lectures are important for expanding our knowledge as nurses,” said Joy Parchment, director of nursing strategy and implementation at Orlando Health and a student in UCF’s nursing PhD program. “I chose to attend because I want to continually broaden my

exposure to the latest evidence and research that influences decisions and affects the practice of nursing.” In addition to the evening community lectures, both guest lecturers taught an intensive seminar the following day. The seminars were exclusively for college faculty and students in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, which includes nurse executives, advanced practice nurses, and students studying to become nurse practitioners.

practice. We want our nurse executives to better understand practice concerns because they are the ones developing the care environments in which clinicians practice. Also, we want our advanced practice nurses to better understand leadership issues because they are redesigning systems of care in both primary care and acute care settings,” explained Chase. In 2014, the college will host just one Leadership in Practice Lecture on Thursday, Jan. 9.

“Our Nursing Dr. KT Waxman Visiting Lecturer Leadership in Practice Dr. KT Waxman from the Lecture series coupled with the University of San Francisco will intensive seminar helps keeps discuss, “Advancing Nursing our DNP students abreast of Leadership: Key Business Skills key issues affecting health care,” for the Changing Health Care said Dr. Susan Chase, associate Environment.” dean for graduate affairs at the UCF College of Nursing. To register for this evening lecture, visit • “Our goal with bringing together the three DNP tracks for these intensives is to bridge the gap between leadership and



ACADEMICS at a Glance Sh o r tag e o f P r e c e p to r s I m pac t i n g N P p r o g r a m g r ow t h


he College of Nursing uses preceptors in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. Preceptors play a large role in the integration and success of nursing students in the health care world. They are the bridge between the classroom and the real world. Preceptors wear many different hats. They are expert nurses, volunteers, teachers, mentors and lifelong learners, and precepting offers a unique experience for each.

Nurse Practitioner Preceptors Needed In the graduate nurse practitioner program, there is a shortage of preceptors. “The shortage has become so critical that unfortunately we’ve had to decrease our enrollment to the nurse practitioner program over the past two years,” said Dr. Julee Waldrop, clinical associate professor and coordinator of the postmaster’s DNP program. “We just don’t have enough preceptors to meet the growing demand.” Waldrop says the preceptor shortage is coming at a time when there’s also a critical need for more primary care providers. “The nation will need more primary care providers to care for the patients who are now eligible for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. UCF College of Nursing would be better positioned to meet this need, if more licensed nurse practitioners stepped forward to precept our graduate students,” she explained. Associate Dean for Graduate Affairs Dr. Susan Chase agrees. “We can gradually accept more students into our nurse practitioner programs, if we can increase our preceptor pool. To address this shortage, we have recently hired a clinical placement coordinator who will focus on ways to increase our clinical partnerships, including preceptors.” Dawn Allen, instructor and clinical placement coordinator for the college’s graduate programs, says she will begin reaching out to alumni to discuss how they can help the college fulfill this need. “Our alumni can play a pivotal role in helping to educate and support the next generation of nurse practitioners. Any nurse practitioner who is licensed in the state of Florida, and has at least one year of clinical experience as a nurse practitioner, is qualified to participate as a preceptor.” Precepting as a Learning Experience Preceptors for nurse practitioner students are active nurse practitioners in clinical practice who teach on the job. They assume their daily work routines while actively serving as a role model and educator. They turn routine exams and patient visits into learning opportunities for students who will become the next generation of nurse practitioners. Under a preceptor, students can learn both by experience and by simply watching and listening. They are able to examine patients and conduct their own visits, and can then talk with their preceptor about a plan of action. This helps the student develop critical thinking and reasoning skills while under the guidance of a practiced professional. By watching their preceptor, students learn skills that they may never learn in a classroom, such as managing their anxiety in stressful situations and easing the psychological or emotional discomfort of their patients.


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Preceptors are also essential to the protection of both the student and the patient. While the student gains valuable clinical experience and the patient receives quality care, they are both protected by the presence of the preceptor, who oversees every decision that is made. Precepting as a Challenge In education, it’s important for a student to be challenged. Thinking critically through a problem and arriving at a solution is an extremely important skill in the field of nursing. Students learn in this way from their preceptors. Preceptors, however, can also learn much from the experience. Each year, students come in with new information, new techniques and new technology. Each student thinks differently and asks different questions, and as a result, the preceptor’s knowledge is constantly being refreshed, and skills are kept sharp. “Precepting keeps me on my toes, and helps me become more efficient both in caregiving and in teaching,” said Kathryn Graves, MSN, ARNP-BC, who has been precepting UCF students for six years at the Oviedo Family Health Center. “I can’t teach them everything there is to know in their short time here, but my job is to provide my students with as many learning opportunities as possible, and I love it.”

Give Back Today >>> Become a Preceptor >>> Nurses who precept UCF students can earn one free course — in any subject — for every 300 hours they precept. If you are a nurse practitioner interested in precepting for UCF, contact the college’s Graduate Clinical Placement Coordinator Dawn Allen at or 407.823.4940.

I do it because i’d like to give something back to my profession. —Lisa Scherr, UCF Health Center

Precepting as a Service Opportunity Nurses often choose to precept because they remember how important their experience with their preceptor was to their success in the nursing field. By serving as a preceptor, they can provide the student with the same quality learning experience which in turn ensures that the community has access to quality health care in the future. “I do it because I’d like to give something back to my profession,” said Lisa Scherr of the UCF Health Center, who has been precepting for around ten years. “And let’s face it, we all were students at one point. I had some amazing preceptors when I went through my program. In turn, I hope to help others gain a basic understanding of the nurse practitioner role and to put them at ease.  I always seem to meet some very interesting people, and I enjoy learning about their backgrounds as nurses. It is refreshing to share in their enthusiasm as up and coming nurse practitioners!” Precepting as a Reward

Preceptors are continuously educating and training themselves and their students. They help to transform health care by ensuring that there will be a constant inflow of high-quality nurse practitioners who are equipped to provide primary care. As a result, their professional reputation is enhanced because of their teaching and their practice. Many preceptors earn course credits that can be used toward additional graduate studies. Nurses who precept UCF students can earn one free course – in any subject – for every 300 hours they precept. Some may qualify for courtesy faculty appointments which includes the ability to Pia Valvassori access UCF’s impressive library system. Many preceptors believe that precepting is also its own reward. “I particularly enjoy teaching those students with a passion for serving patients that are most vulnerable,” said Pia Valvassori, ARNP, who has been a preceptor for ten years at the Health Care Center for the Homeless in Orlando. “My hope is that after a rotation at our center, students have a better sense of how to care for those who are homeless and become socially responsible health care providers. Several of my former students have worked alongside me at the health care center and dedicated their lives to this work, which is a reflection of how critical the role of preceptors can be in the formation of one’s professional career.” •

NCLEX SCOREs Remain High

VA Residency Program Doubled



ccording to the third quarter report released in October by the Florida Board of Nursing, UCF students continue to pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) on their first attempt at a much higher rate than the state and national averages. In fact, UCF has one of the highest pass rates of all the state schools. Currently, UCF is ranked second, just .08% behind the leader, and higher than all the other public universities.

ith the anticipated opening of a new VA Hospital in Orlando, more UCF nursing students have been selected to participate in the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ Learning Opportunities Residency (VALOR) program. The Class of 2012-2013 included four students, while the Class of 2013-2014 doubled in size with eight students. • VALOR Class of 2012-2013

UCF Pass Rate, YTD 96.98% State Average, YTD 79.28% National Average, YTD 84.28%

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VALOR Class of 2012-2013 (top, left to right): Rachel Strange, Jaimee Johnson, Kayla McDaniel and Leah Buckley VALOR Class of 2013-2014 (bottom, left to right): Kacey Burton, Whitney Vest, Kathryn Wach, John O'Leary, Libby Gersbach, Iris Appenrodt, Alexis Bosque and Patricia Mullins



ACADEMICS at a Glance

Research Profiles: PhD Graduates Vicki Montoya, PhD (’13), MSN (’01), BSN (’83), ARNP, FNP-BC

Carol Lawrence, PhD (’12), RNC-OB

Study: Improving Chronic Kidney Disease Care with Group Visits

Study: Development and Evaluation of an Instrument to Measure Early Mother-Infant Togetherness after Childbirth

Funding: American Nephrology Nurses Association ($5,000); Florida Nurses Foundation Grant ($1,000); Sigma Theta Tau International Theta Epsilon Chapter Research Grant ($500)

Funding: Hill-Rom/Celeste Phillips Family-Centered Maternity Care Research Award ($5,000) from Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses

Vicki Montoya has been working with patients with chronic kidney disease, or CKD, in a busy nephrology practice. She used this expertise to focus her PhD research on patients with Stage 4 CKD. Since Stage 4 patients often progress to end-stage renal disease, Montoya focused on the steps that can be taken to improve these patients’ survival rate and quality of life before reaching end-stage renal disease.

Carol Lawrence has worked in obstetrics for most of her 26-year nursing career. A nationally certified inpatient obstetric nurse, she is currently the maternal research and evidence-based practice clinical practice coordinator at Lee Memorial Health System. She assumed this role in January 2013 after earning her PhD in Nursing.

“Disease education is a vital component of improving patient medical and psychosocial outcomes in any chronic disease,” said Montoya. “This has been demonstrated in many chronic diseases, including diabetes and high blood pressure.” Montoya’s dissertation research was completed in three phases: assessing Stage Vicki Montoya 4 patients’ knowledge of the disease, testing a group-visit model for office visits, and comparing the outcomes for those in the group visits with those who continued to receive individual care. During phase one, Montoya developed and tested the Stage 4 CKD Knowledge Instrument, which was used to assess participants’ knowledge of their disease throughout the research. In phase two, eight Stage 4 patients were enrolled in group medical visits with their nephrologist. During these visits, the participants received focused education in a group setting. Topics included CKD disease, diet, medications, insurance and psychosocial concerns. Phase three consisted of randomly splitting a group of 30 Stage 4 CKD patients into either the group medical visits or standard care. The same format for phase two was used for the group medical visits. Knowledge of CKD improved in all participants. Montoya also found there were striking improvements in the confidence and disease self-management in participants in the group visits, while no improvement was shown in patients who received standardindividual care. Montoya concluded that the group-visit model was a feasible approach to improving care for Stage 4 renal patients. “With changes in the approach to care of patients with Stage 4 CKD, improvements in patients’ CKD knowledge, disease selfmanagement, and confidence in their ability to perform needed tasks will improve CKD-related outcomes,” said Montoya. “The integration of these group visits in the care of patients with Stage 4 CKD shows an avenue by which these changes can be attained.” Once she submits her research for publication, Dr. Montoya plans to repeat the group visit study on a larger group of patients. •

While a PhD student at UCF, Lawrence continued to work full-time within the Lee Memorial Health System as a nursing practice specialist and focused her PhD dissertation on developing an instrument to measure early mother-infant togetherness after childbirth. “A valid measure of togetherness is essential to engage in evidence-based practice, evaluate obstetric delivery models and nursing interventions, and measure the level of togetherness,” Lawrence said. “This in turn promotes optimal maternal-infant outcomes, which is our ultimate goal.” Mothers and their infants are dependent upon each other for mutual caregiving, but they must be together in close proximity in order for this to occur. Beginning immediately Carol Lawrence after birth, togetherness is beneficial to both mother and infant—it facilitates attachment and breastfeeding, it promotes maternal confidence and affectionate behaviors, and it decreases crying in infants. Research shows the benefits of keeping mothers and their infants together after childbirth, but there has never been a consistent way to measure how much mothers and infants are kept together during their hospital stay. Lawrence recognized this problem, and developed and implemented a Mother-Infant Togetherness Survey to obtain psychometric evidence for a new measure of togetherness during hospitalization. This is the first study to operationalize togetherness during the entire hospitalization and to include all dimensions of the construct: the events which take place immediately after birth, those which take place during the remainder of the hospitalization, the affective state and first holding, and the affective state during the remainder of the hospitalization. The survey was given to mothers to complete after discharge. From the multi-site, multi-phase study, Lawrence found that the self-administered survey is a valid instrument for measuring early mother-infant togetherness after childbirth. The initial results of the study showed that togetherness interventions, such as early contact, rooming-in, skin-to-skin contact, and breast feeding, are being underutilized during post-partum hospital stays. Dr. Lawrence is now preparing for the publication of her survey. “In this field, we have a saying, ‘you manage what you measure,’” said Lawrence. “My hope is that this survey will soon be easily accessible in the public domain, so that mother and infant patient outcomes can be measured and improved.” •


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Scholarly Profile: DNP Graduate

Ritten with her students at Harvest Time International

New Scholarship Supports DNP Student Projects Strategic funding for research remains a priority for UCF as it continues its rise in prominence. Thanks to a recent gift by Drs. Tony and Julee Waldrop, students in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program will be able to secure resources to facilitate completion of their final DNP project. The Waldrops have established a fund within the Doctor of Nursing Practice program that provides financial support for students to conduct projects that will improve organizational systems of care, patient outcomes or health policy. The first scholarship has been awarded to Ann Marie Hartley for her project, Effect of a Nurse Practitioner led Phosphorus Education Program, Coupled with Phosphate Binder Self-dose-adjustment, on Serum Phosphorus Levels in Adult Patients Undergoing Hemodialysis. The Doctor of Nursing Practice program prepares nurses at the highest level of practice for the current health care environment. •

Angela Ritten, DNP (’13), MSN (’96), BSN (’84), ARNP, FNP-BC Project: Influence of Health Care Provider Intervention on Obesity and Lifestyle Funding: Harvest Time International, Inc. Support In-Kind ($4,500); Florida Nurse Foundation Evelyn McKnight Research Grant ($500)


spiritual growth, and stress management subscales. She also found that patients’ diastolic blood pressure declined over the course of the study.

Ritten conducted the scholarly project within Harvest Time International Medical Care Center, a non-profit clinic in Sanford, Fla. that is committed to improving individuals’ health. Her Fit Living in Progress / Fighting Lifelong Obesity Patterns (FLIP/ FLOP) project aligned nicely with the community organization’s mission, as it was designed to promote healthier lifestyles in obese patients.

The success of Ritten’s project supports that delivering this type of program in primary care is not only necessary, but possible. The results of the 12-week study will be used to guide further exploration, including the use of alternate providers, such as registered nurses, to deliver interventions more cost effectively. The study will also guide future research on specific factors that motivate individuals to adopt healthy behaviors and the activities necessary to sustain motivation towards healthy living.

ngela Ritten, a recent graduate of the post-master’s advance practice Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, focused her final project on obesity and lifestyle, encouraging and empowering obese adults in a low-income community to take charge of their health.

The project involved a series of unique interventions along with behavioral counseling, which were delivered by the primary care provider to participants every two weeks over a three-month period. The high-intensity counseling sessions took place within the participants’ regularly scheduled clinic visits, and were supplemented by diet and exercise, motivational interviewing, and learning activities. Sixteen low-income, uninsured participants completed all aspects of the study. Ritten found that participants showed a significant change in their health-promoting lifestyle behaviors, reflecting individual progress in the health responsibility, physical activity, nutrition,

“I hope that with further study, we can better define obesity interventions to be used in primary care offices,” said Dr. Ritten. “My goal is to develop a repeatable, easy to use program that can produce effective results with obese patients in a cost- and time-efficient manner.” Ritten hopes to see changes in the delivery of health care to obese patients, beginning with more actively involved primary care providers. Per the U.S. Surgeon General and Healthy People 2020, health care providers should increase the number of office visits made by obese patients in order to provide counseling on issues such as weight reduction, nutrition and physical activity. •



ACADEMICS at a Glance Grant to Aid Nurses From Underrepresented Groups >>>


he UCF College of Nursing has been selected as a grant recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) Scholarship Program.

During the 2013-14 academic year, UCF will receive $50,000 to support students in the college’s accelerated baccalaureate in nursing program who are traditionally underrepresented in the field of nursing and are pursuing a second career in nursing. The NCIN Scholarship Program was launched in 2008 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to expand enrollment in accelerated programs in nursing, address the nursing shortage and increase the diversity of the nursing workforce. “At this time when the nation’s need for highly educated nurses is growing, we are delighted to be able to support nursing students who will bring diverse and valuable perspectives to the field, and become capable, culturally-competent nurses,” said David Krol, MD, MPH, FAAP, RWJF senior program officer. “NCIN is not only helping these students succeed in school, it is helping prepare the nursing workforce to meet the challenges that lie ahead.” Schools receiving grants through NCIN provide scholarships directly to students who come from groups that are underrepresented in nursing or from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Students who receive the NCIN scholarships — in the amount of $10,000 each — have already earned a bachelor’s degree in another field and are making a career switch to nursing through accelerated nursing degree programs. These programs prepare students to pass the licensure exam required for all registered nurses in as little as 12-18 months and provide quicker routes to workforce eligibility than traditional programs. The accelerated baccalaureate program at UCF can be completed in just four semesters. Since 2008, the NCIN program has distributed 3,117 scholarships to students at more than 124 unique schools of nursing. This year, funding for 400 scholarships was granted to 52 schools of nursing, including UCF. Students also receive other supports to help them meet the demands of an accelerated degree program. All NCIN grantee schools are required to maintain a leadership program and a mentoring program for their scholars, as well as a pre-entry immersion program that will aid scholars in learning to study, as well as test-taking and other skills that will help them in managing the challenges of an accelerated program. “We are honored to receive these scholarships,” said Jean D’Meza Leuner, PhD, RN, FAAN, who is serving as the principal investigator on the grant. “The College of Nursing is dedicated to preparing highly skilled nurses who will contribute greatly to their community, and we are thrilled to be partnering with organizations such as RWJF and AACN, whose goals are so similar to ours.” “NCIN is strengthening nursing education and creating a culture of change at schools of nursing across the country,” said AACN


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President Jane Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Our grantee schools are committed to enrolling students traditionally underrepresented in nursing, and students are benefiting from the emphasis on mentoring and leadership development that are hallmarks of the NCIN program. AACN is proud to collaborate with RWJF on this ground-breaking effort.” “Nurses serve as patient advocates, which is why diversity in the nursing workforce is so imperative,” said Assistant Professor Kelly Allred, PhD, RN-BC, CNE, who is serving as the college’s NCIN program liaison. “Each nurse-patient encounter must successfully incorporate three different cultural systems: that of the patient, that of the nurse, and that of the setting. Practicing nurses must use their knowledge of cultural diversity to advance culturally sensitive approaches to patient care.” By bringing more nurses into the profession at the baccalaureate and master’s degree levels, the NCIN program also helps to address the nation’s nurse faculty shortage. Data from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration show that nurses entering the profession via baccalaureate programs are four times more likely than other nurses to pursue a graduate degree in nursing. This trend is reflected in the NCIN scholars, as 91 percent of the students receiving funding in the first three years of the program indicate a desire to advance their education to the master’s and doctoral levels. For more information about the College of Nursing’s accelerated BSN program and applying for the RWJF NCIN scholarship, visit To learn more about the NCIN program, visit •

Individuals who wish to pursue nursing as a second career should apply now to UCF for summer 2014 enrollment. A separate application to the College of Nursing must be submitted between Jan. 1 and Feb. 1 in order to be considered for the Accelerated Second Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. The college admits 66 students to the second-degree program each May. Applicants will undergo a competitive selection and interview process. To be considered for the RWJF NCIN scholarship, students will need to submit a scholarship application by Feb. 16. Five students will receive a RWJF NCIN scholarship, which can be used to pay tuition, academic fees and living expenses. Underrepresented minorities in the field of nursing include: African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Any Asian/Other Pacific Islander (other than Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Asian Indian or Thai), male, and/or individuals from financially disadvantaged backgrounds. •

(left to right) Jamie Holzworth worked in hospitality before switching to a career in nursing. Armed with a law degree and a master’s in psychology, Athena Barco will balance her new career as a nurse with occassional legal work. MBA-holder James “Jay” Warner left a career in corporate finance and real estate to pursue patient care.

Finding Their Happy: Nursing Grads Go from Industry to Patient Care


amie Holzworth went from serving guests at some of Central Florida’s fanciest hotels and restaurants to helping the region’s most critically ill as a student nurse working the night shift in the intensive-care unit. A Central Florida native, Holzworth grew up around the hospitality industry and said she went into it as a young adult, even earning a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management from the University of Central Florida. Now 25, she’s among the 319 students who graduated from UCF’s College of Nursing in August. “I’m still serving people, but now I have a higher purpose,” said Holzworth. “I enjoyed helping people, but I realized there was a more meaningful way to do it,” she said. “Nursing scared me at first. It was intimidating to think about all the serious issues you have to deal with, but it seemed like the right transition for me. Nurses have the potential to make a huge impact, and I would encourage others to make the leap.”

Holzworth is one of the 453 students who have completed UCF’s Accelerated Second Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing program since it began in 2003. The full-time, 15-month program targets those who have already earned a nonnursing bachelor’s degree or higher and now aim to become nurses. The program includes lecture and lab components, as well as service-learning and clinical rotations in hospitals, long-term care facilities and other health care agencies. “Our second-degree program provides students with the perfect opportunity to pursue a career in nursing while applying the knowledge and skills they have gained from their first degree,” said Dr. Mary Lou Sole, interim dean of the College of Nursing. “A second degree in nursing will allow these students to serve others, not only with confidence and skill, but also with the unique perspective of another discipline. While their backgrounds are different, these second-degree students all share a dedication to providing quality care for their community.”

Armed with a law degree and master’s in psychology, Athena Barco, 35, was working as an in-house counsel when an opportunity arose to return to school.

Patient care wasn’t MBAholder James “Jay” Warner’s initial goal, but his interactions with doctors and nurses in dealing with past health issues left a lasting impression.

“My mom was an infectioncontrol practitioner at a rural hospital when I was growing up,” said Barco. “I’d always been in and around the medical field, and health care was my original career goal. It took some time, but I was lucky enough to circle back to my goal.”

“Those were the times I felt most closely connected with others,” said Warner, 36.

Now, she’ll balance her career as a nurse with occasional legal work. “Having a master’s in clinical psychology is very helpful in nursing. It helps me when talking with patients and dealing with a broad range of patient dynamics, from patients who also have psychiatric issues to patients that are just having a rough time with a diagnosis or treatment,” said Barco. “With my background, I have a better understanding of my patients’ psychological needs while I am caring for their medical needs.”

For Warner, the big bucks that came from working in corporate finance and real estate provided him with a comfortable lifestyle, but when he asked himself questions like, “What’s going to make me happy?” and “What am I going to be proud of?”, his answers pointed him in a different direction. “I’m doing a 180, but know I made the right decision because I’m not crunching numbers anymore,” said Warner. “I’m in the trenches helping patients, and that’s what I wanted to do.” •



ACADEMICS at a Glance

(clockwise) Dr. Laura Gonzalez and students Jeffrey Huff, Juliany Brito, Shannon Hair and Geraldine Martinez

The UCF health care team in the Dominican Republic

Nursing and medical students worked tirelessly for six days, treating uninsured residents of all ages

L e ss o ns i n S e r v i c e , T e amwo r k an d C o m pass i o n UCF medical and nursing students and faculty members cared for 876 Dominican Republic residents in just six days and returned home in August with important lessons in interprofessional teamwork, service, cultural literacy and setting up a clinic in an impoverished area far from the comforts and medical technologies of modern life. “Coming to the Dominican Republic gives students an opportunity to really learn and practice clinical care while serving people who are patient, kind and grateful,” said Dr. Judy Simms-Cendan, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, director of international health programs, and faculty advisor to MedPACt, the global health interest medical student interest group that organizes the trip.

medical and nursing students also learned to set up and run a pharmacy, provide patient education on subjects including hygiene and first aid, and practice their Spanish language skills. Dr. Simms-Cendan said the nursing students taught the M.D. students about patient flow, cleanliness and sanitation. The medical students taught the nursing students about epidemiology, pathology and other basic science information about the conditions they saw. “We said throughout the trip how we all brought unique skills to the table,” she said. Nursing student Shannon Hair loved getting to work with new people every day. “I learned so much in triage. I really feel comfortable now with doing a thorough, but quick assessment.”

The clinics were located in elementary The UCF health care team included schools in rural communities of the 20 medical students (16 rising secondDominican Republic. And students saw year students and four rising fourth-year the impact of poverty on health—patients students), four rising four-year nursing suffering from severe intestinal conditions students, a student in computer science because of unclean drinking water and and a premed student. They worked with food, and untreated cuts medical students from and scrapes that became Universidad Catolica infected and in need of Nordestana — the medical “Being from serious care. Primary care school in San Francisco including treatment of the Dominican de Macoris, Dominican hypertension, diabetes Republic and Republic that works in and dermatologic partnership with the UCF having the conditions was provided. College of Medicine. The dedicated pediatrics opportunity to team cared for issues of The interprofessional help ‘mi gente’ (or nutrition, ear infections, approach to medical and asthma. The team also education provided an my people) was faced many psychosocial opportunity for all the an unforgettable effects of poverty. For students to learn medical example, domestic violence teamwork and how to set experience.” is another serious problem up a clinic from the ground in the Dominican Republic, up and begin seeing —Juliany Brito, which lacks shelters or patients in just 30 minutes. nursing student other resources for women. By working together, the


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Nursing student Geraldine Martinez, who is originally from Nicaragua, said the experience allowed her to come full circle and pay it forward. “In Nicaragua, I was once a patient who waited long hours in long lines to be seen by a visiting U.S. doctor. This time, I was able to give back the care and attention once given to me. I hope this was the first of many medical mission trips in my future career as a nurse.” Nursing student Juliany Brito said the trip furthered her nursing skills and changed her perspective. “Being from the Dominican Republic and having the opportunity to help ‘mi gente’ (or my people) was an unforgettable experience. Providing care to the uninsured and seeing how thankful they were, even when we didn’t always have the necessary means to assist them, has helped me become a more compassionate nurse.” Faculty members included volunteer College of Medicine faculty Dr. Rafik Bouaziz and Dr. Alix Casler, and Dr. Laura Gonzalez from the College of Nursing, who Dr. Simms-Cendan described as “the goddess of triage who was able to care for hundreds of people a day and educate students all at the same time. We absolutely couldn’t have done this without her.” •

Undergraduate Research Growing Nursing Students Shine >>>


he Honors in the Major (HIM) program is UCF’s most advanced undergraduate research program. It gives students the opportunity to participate in and present original research under a thesis advisor, and present their work to the general public and to their peers. In recent years, the program has grown in size and in reputation. HIM students produce high-caliber research and excel in research conferences and presentations throughout UCF. Since 2009, HIM nursing students have won first- and second-place awards, as well as honorable mention awards, in the Health Sciences and Social Sciences categories at the Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence, or SURE. SURE gives undergraduates the opportunity to present their work at a professional conference and receive feedback from both peers

and faculty from a variety of disciplines. They can also see what other students have been doing in their research fields. More and more, faculty with active research and HIM students who are working on their own research projects, are invited to present their work to undergraduates in the College of Nursing. Previous HIM students also spread the word about the benefits of undergraduate research by talking to fellow students about their experience with HIM. In this way, eligible juniors are able to see the variety of projects underway at the college, and can begin thinking about their own research. “We have revamped the way we present research to our students,” said Dr. Victoria Loerzel, HIM program coordinator. “We try to show the interesting and exciting side of research by bringing in nurse researchers who are excited and enthusiastic about their work.”

Alumnus Creates Travel fund for mission Trips David Hanke, an alum of the first BSN class to graduate from UCF’s nursing program in 1981, and his wife Ania Hanke have established the David and Ania Hanke Endowed Fund for Global Health Outreach. This endowed fund will provide ongoing support to underwrite the travel expenses incurred by undergraduate nursing students as they travel to the Dominican Republic for a medical mission trip each summer. The cost of providing care for hundreds of patients including medical supplies, medications, and transportation of care providers, requires approximately $1,000 per student. To learn how you or your organization can help, contact Katie Korkosz at 407.823.1600. •

Undergraduate research has always been an important part of college life at UCF. Student research gives students the ability to develop their own ideas and solve problems. Conducting research gives students valuable experience that can be applied practically throughout their careers.

“At its base, nursing research addresses the problems of the patient,” said Loerzel. “We research issues that other researchers do not. Our primary concern is in improving the well-being of our patients and the clients assigned to our care. This could have a huge impact on our nursing practice.” At this year’s SURE competition, nine out of 23 students in the Health Sciences category were nursing students. They swept the competition, winning all four awards in their category. 1st Place: Aurea Middleton Pepsin And Salivary Amylase: Biomarkers of Microaspiration in Oral and Tracheal Secretions of Intubated Patients Mentor: Dr. Mary Lou Sole 2nd Place: Nicole Gerardi Evaluation of Computer-Based Simulation for Pain Management Education Mentor: Dr. Kelly Allred Honorable Mention: Gabrielle Dennen Assessment of Perinatal Nurses’ Knowledge of Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome Mentor: Dr. Julee Waldrop Honorable Mention: Suzanne Pickens Motivations for the Use of Complementary and Alternative Therapies by Patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Mentor: Dr. Patricia Weinstein

UCF’s Honors in the Major nursing students were also honored at the Founders’ Day ceremony in April. Both Outstanding Thesis Awards for the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences went to recent UCF nursing alumni for research completed while HIM students. “This is the first year the College of Nursing has won an award in this category,” said Loerzel. “And our students accomplished the unprecedented feat of winning both awards in one year. We’re very proud of them!” 1st Place: William Crosby An Evaluation of Tracheostomy Care Anxiety Relief Through Education and Support: A Pilot Study. Mentor: Dr. Mary Lou Sole William Crosby


Amanda D’Ambra Minimizing Incivility in the Workplace to Increase the Retention of Amanda D’Ambra New Graduate Nurses. Mentor: Dr. Diane Andrews “This is such a prestigious and competitive award,” explained Loerzel.

“Faculty who coordinate HIM projects in other UCF colleges selected William and Amanda’s theses UCF’s nursing from a tremendously students have competitive pool of taken advantage students from the of the various Colleges of Arts and research (left to right) Suzanne Pickens, Gabrielle Dennen, Humanities and Social opportunities Nicole Gerardi and Aurea Middleton Sciences.” • available at the university.



STUDENTS at a Glance

>>> UCF Stud e n t F i g h ts f o r th e Righ t to D o nate B lo o d UCF nursing student Blake Lynch is prohibited from donating blood, but that’s not stopping him from rallying others who can to help save lives. In February, Lynch went to a blood center in Central Florida to donate on behalf of his friend Emmy Derisbrun, who suffers from sickle-cell anemia. “What that does is cause her a lot of pain, and she needs blood transfusions to save her life,” Lynch said. “She inspired me to donate blood, which I had never done before.” But after filling out a questionnaire about his health history, Lynch was told that he couldn’t give blood that day or ever. He was banned for life because of a federal policy that bars blood donations from men who have had sexual contact with other men since 1977.

In addition to encouraging social equality, Lynch hopes to raise awareness of blood donation and its ability to save lives. “I’m a perfectly healthy individual, and blood is asked for all the time. This policy doesn’t just affect me and other gay men, but it impacts people who need blood, like Emmy,” said Lynch. “That’s why we encourage people to donate blood in our place.” Lynch is a student in UCF and Seminole State College’s concurrent ASN-BSN Nursing program, which allows him to earn his Blake Lynch associate and and Emmy bachelor’s degrees Derisbrun simultaneously.

“There’s a shortage of blood across the nation, and Blake’s questioning an outdated restriction and calling out a UCF student Blake Lynch created challenge,” said Dr. after he was told he couldn't donate blood on Angela Ritten, an behalf of his friend Emmy Derisbrun. assistant professor Photo courtesy of Blake Lynch. of nursing at UCF who taught Lynch With the his freshman year. “He’s taken a problem support of his partner of nearly three years, that is personal to him and a fellow UCF Brett Donnelly, and fellow UCF students, student—being denied from giving blood Lynch created, a campaign on her behalf—and ran with such a larger that brings attention to the blood shortage global perspective.” and the restrictions on potential donors. Lynch says that the policy—and his Lynch and campaign supporters collect movement—are larger than him. According petition signatures and encourage eligible to America’s Blood Centers, someone needs donors to give blood in place of those blood every two seconds. About 40,000 who can’t. pints of blood are needed each day, but The campaign champions an less than 10 percent of those eligible to give overturning of the U.S. Food and Drug blood donate each year, the nonprofit says. Administration’s lifetime ban on blood “As a nursing student, I’m an advocate donations from gay men. for patients and their families,” said Lynch. The ban was passed in 1983 in the wake “It’s my job to make sure there’s blood for of the AIDS crisis before blood-screening everyone in the community. It’s so important tests that more reliably detect HIV became that people go out and donate.” • available. In the decades since, science has improved, Lynch said, but the legislation hasn’t caught up.


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Stud ent News High ligh ts >>> Undergraduate Gabrielle Dennen (BSN ’13) was awarded the Martha Manuel Emerson Investigator grant by the Lupus Foundation of Florida for her research, Assessment of Perinatal Nurses’ Knowledge of Antiphospholipid Syndrome and Nursing Management of Pregnant Women with Antiphospholipid Syndrome. Samuel Foarde (BSN ’13) was selected for the college’s 2013 Founders’ Day Award for his commitment to academic excellence. Alexis Marano (BSN ’13) presented her abstract, Non-Invasive Positive Pressure Ventilation (NPPV): Its Uses, Complications & Implications within Nursing Practice in Acute Care Settings, in April at the 27th National Conference on Undergraduate Research at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Her abstract was chosen from more than 3,500 submissions. Marano was also named the 2012 March of Dimes Undergraduate Nursing Student of the Year for Central Florida. Geraldine Martinez was selected as one of three Central Florida finalists for the 2013 March of Dimes Undergraduate Nursing Student of the Year award. Sarah Thomas was named the 2013 March of Dimes Undergraduate Nursing Student of the Year for Central Florida, and was recognized at the March of Dimes awards dinner on Nov. 22. As the community health director for the Student Nurses Association chapter on UCF’s Orlando campus, Thomas has organized numerous community services, including Give Kids the World volunteer days and meals at the Ronald McDonald House, among many others.

Student Nurses Association Orlando

Strikes Gold at FNSA Convention


he Student Nurses’ Association had an overwhelming presence at the Florida Nursing Students Association 59th Annual Convention held Oct. 24-26. A force of 180 UCF nursing students attended the Daytona Beach event, which provided excellent networking opportunities, focus sessions, and guest speakers—including inspirational speaker and author Marcus Engel, founder of the I’m Here Movement. Sixteen UCF nursing students represented the chapter in the House of Delegates. This was not only the highest number of represented delegates, but UCF was one of the only schools to have all allotted delegates present. UCF students authored two resolutions and presented them to the state board and delegates. Submitting resolutions was a first for the Orlando chapter—and both were approved! The resolutions were entitled, Enhanced Standardization and Admittance on Ovarian Cancer Education and Awareness by Practicing Nurses, by Lilian Canamo, and Mandating Healthcare Providers to Incorporate HIV Testing into Routine Medical Exams, by Hannah Zinman and Kayley Tool. The Orlando chapter raised about $1,500 from sales of the popular ‘I heart nursing’ T-shirts, badge clips and clinical supplies.

Graduate 1 Kristi Campoe, a Nursing PhD candidate, presented and co-presented research on instrument development at national and regional conferences. She was the recipient of a $1,000 educational scholarship from the Tampa Bay Organization of Nurse Executives, and was also awarded a Faculty Development and Research Grant ($8,690) in collaboration with two colleagues at Nova Southeastern University, where she is an assistant professor. The grant funded her dissertation, Impact of Frequent Interruption on Nurse Performance, Satisfaction and Cognition. 1


Best of all—the SNA Orlando chapter brought home four chapter awards and two student scholarships. The chapter awards included: 1. Greatest Number Increase in Membership, 2. Highest Student National Incident Management System (NIMS) Certification, 3. Breakthrough to Nursing, and 4. Scrapbook.

Awards Received

Jessica DiPietro and Sarah Thomas received the student scholarships. Patricia Leli, coordinator of the basic and accelerated second degree BSN programs at UCF, was honored with the FNSA Program Director of Year Award. Additionally, Orlando SNA members were elected to the 2013-2014 state board: Anthony King, 1st Vice President; Derek Eiflander, Corresponding Secretary; Geraldine Martinez, Region 3 Director, and Sarah Thomas, Region 1 Director. Two UCF chapter members were also appointed to state positions: Alexis Bosque, as the Image of Nursing; and John O'Leary, as the FNSA Liaison Coordinator.

SNA Orlando Board Members

“The Orlando SNA board attributes our success at the FNSA Convention to our members’ active participation, the commitment of our advisors, Dr. Linda Howe and Ms. Kim Dever, and the college’s support in our efforts to improve the future of health care,” Thomas said. •

2 Sigrid Ladores (Nursing PhD ’13) presented internationally at the Iloilo Doctor’s College School of Nursing in the Philippines, and was invited twice to co-moderate sessions at the Philippine Nurses Association of Central Florida’s Leadership Retreats. She received multiple honors and awards, including the 2013 Dr. Linda and Glenn Hennig Scholarship ($1,000), 2012 Knightingale Society Scholarship ($1,000), 2012 MVP Recognition Award for Outstanding Contribution from the Philippine Nurses Association of Central Florida, and was also named the March of Dimes Graduate Nursing Student of the Year for Central Florida in 2012. 3

Patty Berwager (BSN ’10), a MSN student, was named 2012 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year for the Emergency/ Trauma category.

SNA Advisors

3 Christopher Martorella, an Executive DNP student, has served as the Region 4 Director for the American Organization of Nurse Executives, which includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee, since January 2013. Susan Clark, an Executive DNP student, was nominated for the Excellence in Leadership award at the Florida Organization of Nurse Executives’ Biennial Educational Conference and Tradeshow. Clark is the director of nursing inpatient services at Martin Health System’s Tradition Medical Center in Port St. Lucie, Fla. •



RESEARCH at a Glance Interim Director of Nursing Research Donna Felber Neff has been appointed the interim director of nursing research. She joined the College of Nursing in August, and has extensive research and grant experience. Her research interests focus on nurse/patient outcomes and organizational factors. She partners with nurse researchers and clinicians in acute care settings to implement best practices based on evidence. Donna Felber neff, PhD, RN, FNAP Associate Professor

Neff awarded RWJF Grant to Study Advanced Practice Nurses Principal Investigator: Donna Felber Neff, PhD, RN, FNAP Title: Informing policies to maximize use of advanced practice registered nurses to provide primary care in underserved areas Funding: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ($249,735) Time frame: Sept. 1, 2013 – Aug. 31, 2015 PURPOSE:


Using a multimethod approach, we will use geographic information systems (GIS) to understand the distribution of Nurse Practitioners (NPs) in medically underserved areas and health professional shortage areas and surveys and semistructured interviews with NPs to assess perceived barriers and facilitators to scope of practice.

Sixteen percent of Americans are uninsured today with higher rates of uninsured individuals living in rural and poor urban areas. By 2014, 32 million Americans will receive the benefits of the Patient Safety and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and enter the rolls of the insured. Access to care in rural and poor urban areas is limited due to a shortage of physicians in these communities. Advanced registered nurse practitioners (NPs), historically important providers of primary care, were found to provide high quality care at lower costs than physicians, more likely to work in these underserved areas and are well positioned to fill these gaps in health care delivery. The conduit to NP autonomy and full scope of practice is limited by state-based practice regulations imposed by state boards of nursing. State regulations vary greatly across states and in some states negatively impact the NPs’ authority to provide primary care to the full extent of their education, certification and training, including their ability to prescribe medications and order tests, be reimbursed and primary care providers of record. This complex social, economic and political issue, are often known as ‘Wicked Problems’ and single method approaches are inadequate. To better target policy changes and those areas that are identifiable and actionable in practice may reduce barriers in NP practice. This study’s multimethod and dimensional approach is essential for breaking down components of this issue thereby allowing us to know where and how to intervene more quickly with a long-term goal of improving health care delivery to U.S. consumers. •


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Sim u l at i n g subtle cl inica l chan ges an d R e a l i stic Co nve r sation Principal Investigator: Kelly Allred, PhD, RN-BC, CNE Funding: SHELL grant, UCF Institute for Simulation and Training ($125,000) A team of UCF nursing researchers are actively working with Dr. Gregory Welch, the college’s new healthcare simulation chair, to prototype a unique technology for health care simulation training and research. The goal of the technology is to offer high-fidelity clinical assessment data that closely duplicates subtle patient physiologic responses, verbal, and non-verbal communication cues through the use of a modified hospital bed with an embedded rear-projection physical virtual patient simulator. The prototype includes interchangeable full-body patient ‘shells’ that physically represent different sized/shaped virtual patients. Sophisticated software is being developed that will support the graphical rendering of patient features like gender, ethnicity and wounds; full-body optical touch sensing to assess trainee-patient contact; and audio features (e.g., breathing and pulse). This innovative technology lays the foundation for a program of research about health care training to improve clinical assessment and critical problem solving. Producing knowledge about training technologies for clinical assessment and critical problem solving is key to national efforts to reduce response time to life-threatening conditions and improve patient outcomes. The team anticipates that research about the innovative patient simulator they’ve developed will contribute greatly to these national efforts. •

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N e w H e a lt h ca r e S i m u l at i o n C h a i r


regory F. Welch has been named the Florida Hospital Endowed Chair in Healthcare Simulation. Dr. Welch joined the College of Nursing in October from the UCF Institute for Simulation & Training and the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, where he began partnerships with nursing faculty on several innovative simulation projects. Welch is a computer scientist and engineer whose research includes virtual and augmented reality, human tracking systems, and human surrogates for training and telepresence. He has co-authored more than 60 publications in these areas, and is a co-inventor on multiple patents. Prior to UCF, he was a research professor at UNC-Chapel Hill. He has worked on the Voyager Spacecraft Project at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and on airborne electronic countermeasures at Northrop-Grumman. •

Funded Research & Scholarships Active in 2012-2013 Kelly Allred, PhD, RN-BC, CNE Principal Investigator. Simulating Subtle Clinical Changes and Realistic Conversation. Simulation for Healthcare Education and Learning Laboratory grant (SHELL). UCF Institute for Simulation and Training. $125,000. Principal Investigator. Using ComputerBased Simulation for Pediatric Pain Management Education. Florida Hospital for Children. $10,500. Angeline Bushy, PhD, RN, PHCNS-BC, FAAN Co-Investigator. Rural Health Clinics in Accountable Care Organizations. National Institute on Minority Health & Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health. $1.6 million. Susan K. Chase, EdD, FNP-BC, FNAP Principal Investigator. Winter Park Health Foundation Faith Community Nursing: Evaluation Project. Healthy 100 Congregations, Florida Hospital. $13,202. Jean D’Meza Leuner, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN Principal Investigator. New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. $50,000.

Norma E. Conner, PhD, RN Principal Investigator. Predictors of Nurse Referrals to Pediatric Palliative Care. Florida Hospital. $10,500. Principal Investigator. Identifying beliefs and values regarding insurance procurement among uninsured adults. UCF College of Nursing. $2,944. Linda Gibson-Young, PhD, ARNP Principal Investigator. Examining the Effectiveness of Staff-initiated Asthma Education. Florida Hospital for Children. $16,877. Principal Investigator. Examining caregiver barriers to managing childhood asthma: A qualitative study. Florida Hospital for Children. $10,500. Principal Investigator. Social Presence in the UCF College of Nursing. Learning Institute for Elders at UCF. $1,000. Victoria Loerzel, PhD, RN, OCN Principal Investigator. Cognitive representation of treatment related side effects in older persons with cancer. UCF Office of Research and Commercialization. $1,000.

Anne E. Norris, PhD, RN, FAAN Principal Investigator. Testing DRAMA-RAMA™ Phase 2. UCF Institute for Simulation and Training, $5,000. UCF Office of Research and Commercialization, $10,000. Co-Principal Investigator. Major Research Equipment – Immersive display for pre-visualization capabilities to support sponsored research with industry and other partners. UCF Office of Research and Commercialization. $50,000. Principal Investigator. Using mixed reality to build peer resistance skills in Latina middle schoolers. R15NR012189. National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health. $434,812. Co-Investigator. Client interpersonal style and trait-based skepticism in accounting students and early auditors. Institute for Fraud Prevention. $10,000. Julee Waldrop, DNP, ARNP, PNP-BC, FNP-BC, CNE, PMHS Principal Investigator. Participating in Parental Education Programs in High Risk Parents to Promote Understanding and Responsiveness to Infant’s Needs to Increase Parental. UCF College of Nursing. $3,000. •



Research at a Glance

Dr. Linda Gibson-Young is passionate about helping at-risk children.

Education, the Key to Asthma Care Linda Gibson-Young, PhD, ARNP Assistant Professor


inda Gibson-Young has dedicated her efforts researching and addressing the issue of uncontrolled asthma in children. Asthma is a common chronic condition which currently affects more than nine million children in the United States. In fact, 11 percent of children in central Florida are affected by asthma. Children with uncontrolled asthma often require emergency room visits, hospitalizations, school days missed and caregiver workdays missed. Dr. Gibson-Young realizes that many of the unnecessary consequences of uncontrolled asthma could be avoided with proper education of both children and their families. She aims to start with home management for families. “We have seen a significant need for care in children with uncontrolled asthma, and we are compelled to find ways to reach out to these families to improve their care,” she said.

Time and again, asthma camps have proven to improve a family’s management of asthma and the child’s asthma outcomes. —Dr. Linda Gibson-Young


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Gibson-Young is using her research to develop an asthma camp designed for at-risk children between the ages of seven and 12 who have been diagnosed with persistent asthma. These children often exhibit poor asthma control by repeatedly using emergency care at hospitals to treat asthma exacerbations. This often leads to costly overnight hospital stays. The purpose of the day camp is to support these children and their families by educating on the best practices for asthma care, and to support the primary care providers in the central Florida region by providing focused asthma education to children with poorly controlled asthma and their families. “Time and again, asthma camps have proven to

improve a family’s management of asthma and the child’s asthma outcomes,” said Gibson-Young. “We want to provide the tools they need to manage their asthma and prevent future attacks.” The initial five-day camp is planned to take place in mid-June 2014 at the Boys and Girls Club in Kissimmee. Supported in partnership by the UCF College of Nursing, Nemours Children’s Hospital, the American Lung Association, and the Kissimmee Boys and Girls Club, the camp will provide targeted education modules on the chronic nature of asthma, preventative medication use, plans for crisis management, and environmental trigger controls. The group also received a sizable $10,000 grant from the Jeep Beach Foundation to underwrite the cost of running the camp. The camp’s interdisciplinary staff will include educators from the nursing, respiratory therapy, medicine, and social work fields. Plans are to build camps around central Florida in future years. “Asthma camps in central Florida are limited, and usually require children to stay overnight,” GibsonYoung said. “For some families, transportation to far away camps is an issue.” For this reason, Gibson-Young plans for this camp to give at-risk children in central Florida a chance to learn and grow from a local and easily accessible resource. •

If you know children who meet the camp’s criteria, or would like to assist in the planning of the asthma camp, please contact Dr. GibsonYoung at 407.823.1055 or

Dr. Laura Gonzalez is looking at how to increase simulation training in the undergraduate program.

Simulation Aids Novice Nurses Laura Gonzalez, PhD (’08), ARNP, CNE Assistant Professor


aura Gonzalez is studying the benefits of incorporating simulation training in nursing education.

In an initial study, Dr. Gonzalez videotaped student volunteers performing various nursing skills in the simulation lab. She analyzed the recordings and found that undergraduate nursing students require more exposure and practice in order to perfect their psychomotor abilities. Gonzalez has focused in particular on the psychomotor skill of sterile technique during urinary catheter insertion. Failure to perform this skill correctly and under sterile conditions can result in hospital acquired urinary tract infections, and can even cause death. For this reason, it is important that students are prepared to perform this skill properly and with confidence. In most cases, students satisfactorily perform certain skills once and are assessed by their supervising faculty as knowing the skill, but Gonzalez has found that students often forget the techniques if they do not use them, and need to practice multiple times in order to develop muscle memory and perfect the skill.

“Today’s nursing curriculum is packed with content and clinical requirements to meet regulatory and certification requirements. Faculty need to be creative in incorporating simulation and training within the curriculum.” “Current practice for teaching clinical skills is faculty intensive. I will continue to search for a more intuitive way to allow students to practice these skills that reduces faculty’s time while also providing students necessary feedback,” said Gonzalez. It is Gonzalez’s belief that academia needs to create a new form of education for student nurses that incorporates more time for practicing and developing psychomotor skills. Her next study will create a collaborative team of healthcare educators from both the industry and academia. The goal of this team will be to identify skill deficiencies in new nursing graduates, which can be evaluated once they are hired at collaborating hospitals, and create specific targeted interventions to help them better hone their abilities in the field. •



FACULTY at a Glance

LaManna, A Purdue Golden Graduate


ackie LaManna (PhD ’13), instructor and site coordinator of the UCF Cocoa nursing program, has been selected to receive a Purdue ‘Golden Graduates’ Award. Purdue chose 50 graduates of their program to receive this prestigious award as part of the School of Nursing’s 50-year Golden Anniversary in April 2014. Recipients were nominated and selected for their outstanding achievements in nursing practice, teaching, research or service.

Aroian, An International Hall of Famer


aren Aroian, a professor in the UCF College of Nursing, was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International’s Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. She is one of 19 selected nurse researchers worldwide selected for this distinction. The induction ceremony was held in July at the nursing honor society’s 24th International Nursing Research Congress in Prague, Czech Republic. Established in 2010, the International Researcher Hall of Fame recognizes nurse researchers who have achieved significant and sustained national or international recognition, and whose research has improved the profession and its patients. Dr. Aroian, who has more than 30 years of federal and private funding, was selected for her outstanding contributions on immigrant and minority health. “I am so honored to have been selected for the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame,” said Aroian. “It is a wonderful feeling knowing that my research has made such a positive impact in the world of health and health care.”


Aroian, who is a member of an Armenian family that knows the trauma of immigration firsthand, has conducted research and published works about immigrant and minority stress and psychosocial adaptation, health beliefs and health behaviors, and health care accessibility and utilization. Her research includes investigation of the adjustments of immigrants from countries such as Poland, Ireland, China, the former Soviet Union and the Philippines, as well as countries in the Middle East and Latin America. She also developed a widely used measure of immigrant stress, the Demands of Immigration Scale, and is an expert on cross-cultural measurement. During her time at UCF, Aroian has developed a model of research partnerships with health care organizations that facilitates the advancement of faculty members’ programs of research. STTI, founded in 1922 and incorporated in 1985, is a nonprofit organization committed to supporting the learning, knowledge and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide. •

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Patricia Leli, coordinator of the basic and accelerated baccalaureate programs, nominated Dr. LaManna for this award. LaManna received both her ADN and BSN degrees from Purdue University. •

Sole Earns National Research Award


ary Lou Sole, interim dean for the College of Nursing, was named CNS Researcher of the Year by the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists. She was recognized in March at the association’s annual conference in San Antonio. “Dr. Sole has made exceptional contributions to the body of knowledge of nursing science. Her work has improved the outcomes of numerous patients and she continues to mentor future CNS researchers,” said Carol Manchester, president of the association. Sole’s primary research is on improving outcomes with critical illness, with a focus on airway management and infection. Her secondary research interest is in the application of technology in clinical and educational settings. She has published more than 65 articles in peer-reviewed journals, mostly covering critical care and nursing education. •

Celebrating the Life of

a Nur si ng Cham pion Forlaw, who co-taught classes with Byers during her transition to retirement. Some remember her simply as a nursing leader extraordinaire.

Jacquie Byers, 1957–2013


acqueline Fowler Byers, UCF nursing professor from 1998 to 2012, died June 18 from complications associated with chronic illness. She was 56. During her time at UCF, Dr. Byers made a lasting impression on everyone who met her. Students and faculty alike remember her now as an outstanding nurse, educator, mentor and friend. Her students recall the support and kindness she displayed both inside and outside of the classroom. She was determined that her students be successful in both their studies and their careers. “She challenged all of her students to think critically, and she supported us when the going got tough,” said Nursing Instructor Sigrid Ladores, who met Byers first in 2005 when she was considering pursuing a PhD. “She helped solidify my decision to apply as a regular student in the PhD program. She continued to support me as a colleague and student, but also as a friend.” Byers was committed to creating work environments which ensured safe and high-quality patient care. A phenomenal leader and a deeply caring individual, Byers is remembered by her colleagues as a fiercely dedicated nurse and researcher. “She paid me the compliment of being curious about and encouraging me to share fully what I was bringing to the courses,” said Dr. Loretta

“When I came as a PhD student to UCF, she very warmly welcomed and guided me,” said Dr. Betty Mayer, who met Byers in the early 90’s. “She made me part of the team and made me want to stay forever at UCF.” “Jacquie Byers was a generous mentor to me,” said Willa Fuller, who worked with Byers at the Orlando Regional Medical Center as a clinical educator. “She often gave me advice regarding graduate education and supported and encouraged me when I was a student at the University of Florida.” The National Association for Healthcare Quality honored her memory along with her colleagues. “The NAHQ was saddened to learn of Dr. Byers’ passing. She was a respected long-time contributor to the association and the greater healthcare quality profession.” A committed professional and a national authority, Byers was always available as an encouraging friend, and is remembered as the consummate mentor. “Her reputation as a national leader and champion for patient care quality and safety brought her to one of my classes as a guest lecturer,” said Dr. Diane Andrews, who first met Byers as a PhD student and is now an associate professor at the UCF College of Nursing. “It turned out to be a

Jacqueline Fowler Byers, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CPHQ, FAAN

relationship that changed my life. She told me she thought it would be in my best interest to pursue a role at UCF as nursing faculty. She gave me her vision for a future I hadn’t even considered, and then provided me a path to achieve that vision. I only wish Jacquie was able to see all of the accolades while she was still with us.” “We remember Jacquie, her leadership in nursing and her many contributions to the profession,” said Dr. Jean D’Meza Leuner, former dean of the UCF College of Nursing. “Through her work and her research, she touched many lives and made a lasting impact on the college. She will be sorely missed by everyone who had the privilege to know her.” Byers retired from UCF last year due to declining health. Her sights, however, remained on being a champion for patients by advocating for nurses and nursing practice.

“I will remember Jacquie as an exemplary professor and role model,” said Dr. Mary Lou Sole, interim dean of the UCF College of Nursing. “The greatest accomplishment one can have is to have a mentee exceed your own skills and abilities—and that was Jacquie.” Byers’ legacy will continue as a result of the values and skills she instilled in her students. Through her students and their own visions, Jacquie’s intent to be a champion for patients, nurses and the nursing profession will remain strong. A memorial scholarship has been established in Byers’ name at the UCF College of Nursing. Contributions to the Dr. Jacqueline Byers Memorial Nursing Scholarship can be made online at jacqueline-byers-memorial. •

Faculty Fellows American Academy of Nursing Karen J. Aroian, PhD, RN, FAAN Angeline Bushy, PhD, RN, FAAN, PHCNS-BC Jean D’Meza Leuner, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN Anne Norris, PhD, FN, FAAN Mary Lou Sole, PhD, RN, CCNS, CNL, FAAN, FCCM

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Diane M. Wink, EdD, ARNP, FNP-BC, FAANP

American College of Critical Care Medicine Mary Lou Sole, PhD, RN, CCNS, CNL, FAAN, FCCM

American College of Healthcare Executives Loretta Forlaw, PhD, RN, FACHE

National Academies of Practice Susan K. Chase, EdD, FNP-BC, FNAP Donna Felber Neff, PhD, RN, FNAP



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REFEREED JOURNAL ARTICLES Amidei, C. & Sole, M. L. (2013). Physiological responses to a passive exercise in adults receiving mechanical ventilation. American Journal of Critical Care, 22(4), 337-348.

Blackwell, C. W. & Dziegielewski, S. F. (2013). Risk for a price? Sexual activity solicitations in on-line male sex worker profiles. Journal of Social Service Research, 29(2), 159-170.

Andrews, D. R. (2013). Expectations of millennial nurse graduates transitioning into practice. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 37(2), 152-159.

Blackwell, C. W., & Waldrop, J. B. (2012). Certification in nursing education: Implications for nurse practitioner faculty. International Journal of Nurse Practitioner Educators, 1(1).

Andrews, D. R., Richard, D. C. S., Robinson, P., Celano, P., Hallaron, J. (2012). The influence of staff nurse perception of leadership style on satisfaction with leadership: A cross-sectional survey of pediatric nurses. International Journal of Nursing Studies. 49(9), 1103-1111. Aroian, K. J. (2013). Adapting a large battery of research measures for immigrants. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 15(3), 636-645. Aroian, K. J., Robinson, P., Allred, K., Andrews, D. & Waldrop, J. (2012). Building research partnerships with health care organizations: The scholar award model in action. Journal of Research Administration 43(2), 82-93. Beal, J., Forlaw, L. & Gibson-Young, L. M. (2013). Should homeopathy be used for children with chronic conditions? The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, 38(2), 70-71. Beal, J., Decker, J. W., & Gibson-Young, L. M. (2012). Should family be present during pediatric resuscitation? The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, 37(4), 216-217. Blackwell, C. W. (in press). Implementing vaccination guidelines and recommendations for adult gay and bisexual men in the primary care setting. The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Care. Blackwell, C. W. (in press). Preexposure prophylaxis: A clinical approach to preventing HIV in high-risk adults. The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Healthcare. Blackwell, C. W. (2012). Addressing alcohol abuse in gay men. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 6(1), 90-91.


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Bridges, S., Papa, L., Norris, A., & Chase, S. (2012a). Duplicated laboratory tests: Evaluation of a computerized alert intervention. Journal for Healthcare Quality, 34(4), 45-59. Bridges, S., Papa, L., Norris, A., & Chase, S. (2012b). Duplicated laboratory tests: A hospital audit. Clinical Chemistry, 58(9), 1371-1372. Conner, N. E. & Thielemann, P. A. (2013). RN-BSN completion programs: Equipping nurses for the future. Nursing Outlook. Advance online publication. Covelli, M. (2012). A review of long term effects of low sodium diet versus high sodium diet on blood pressure, renin, aldosterone, catecholamines, cholesterol, and triglyceride. Journal of Evidence Based Nursing, 15(3), 70-71. D’Ambra, A. M. & Andrews, D. R. (2013). Incivility, retention and new graduate nurses: An integrated review of the literature. Journal of Nursing Management. Advance online publication. Decker, J. W. & Dennis, K. E. (2013). The eating habits confidence survey: Reliability and validity in overweight and obese postmenopausal women. Journal of Nursing Measurement, 21(1), 110-119. Dyess, S., Chase, S. K., & Hanaway, K. P. (2013). Caring in the community: An exemplar within faith community nursing. International Journal for Human Caring, 17(2), 23-28. Eggenberger, T., Keller, K., & Chase, S. (2012). A quantitative approach to evaluating caring in nursing simulation. Nursing Education Perspectives, 33(6), 406-409.

Gibson-Young, L. M., Gerald, L. M., Vance, D. S., & Turner-Henson, A. (in press). The relationships among family management behaviors and asthma morbidity in maternal caregivers of children with asthma. Journal of Family Nursing. Gibson-Young, L., Martinasek, M. P., Clutter, M. O., & Forrest, J. (in press). Are students with asthma at increased risk for being a victim of bullying in school or cyber space? Findings from the 2011 Florida youth risk behavior survey. Journal of School Health. Gonzalez, L. (2013). Interprofessional teamwork: An Immersive Experience in the Dominican Republic. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 27(3), 277-278. Hicks, M. & Conner, N. (2013). Resilient Aging: A Concept Analysis. Journal Advanced Nursing. Advance online publication. Knapp, S. J., Sole, M. L., & Byers, J. F. (2013). The EPICS family bundle and its effects on stress and coping of families of critically ill trauma patients. Applied Nursing Research, 26(2), 51-57. Lampe, J. S., Geddie, P. I., Aguirre, L., & Sole, M. L. (2013). Finding the right “fit”: Implementation of a structured interviewing process for the clinical nurse specialist. AACN Advanced Critical Care, 24(2), 194-202. Lima, C. B., Thornton, R. S., Norris, A. E., Rash, E. M., Lima, W. B., & Rosendo, L. M. (2012). Using common diagnoses in primary care to identify patients at risk for obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep Journal Supplement, 35, A2012. Loerzel, V. & Aroian, K. J. (2013). A bump in the road: Older women’s views on surviving breast cancer. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 31(1), 65-82. Loerzel, V. W. (2013). Assessing baccalaureate students’ knowledge of ovarian cancer over time. Nursing Education Perspectives, 34(1), 51-52. Loerzel, V. W., & Aroian, K. (2012). Posttreatment concerns of older women with early stage breast cancer. Cancer Nursing 35(2), 83-88.

Mahramus, T., Frewin, S., Penoyer, D. & Sole, M. L. (2013). Perceptions of teamwork among code team members. Clinical Nurse Specialist, 27(6),291-297. Mahramus, T., Penoyer, D. A., Sole, M. L., Wilson, D., Chamberlain, L., & Warrington, W. (2013). Clinical nurse specialist assessment of nurses’ knowledge of heart failure. Clinical Nurse Specialist, 27(4), 198-204. Martinasek, M. P., Gibson-Young, L., & Forrest, J. (in press). Hookah Smoking and Harm Perception among Asthmatic Adolescents: Findings from the Florida Youth Tobacco Survey. Journal of School Health. Neff, D. F., Aiken, L. H., Cimiotti, J., Sloane, D. M., & Wu, E. (2013). Utilization of non-US Educated nurses in US hospitals: Implications for hospital mortality. International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 25(4), 366-372.

Journal Editors & Editorial Boards Kelly Allred, PhD, RN-BC

Editorial Board, Pain Management Nursing, since 2008

Karen Aroian, PhD, RN, FAAN Chatlos Endowed Professor in Nursing

Associate Editor, Journal of Transcultural Nursing, since 2013 Editorial Board, International Journal of Advanced Nursing Studies, since 2012 Editorial Board, The Scientific World Journal, since 2011

Christopher W. Blackwell, PhD, ARNP, ANP-BC, CNE Editorial Board, American Journal of College Health, since 2012

Angeline Bushy, PhD, RN, FAAN, PHCNS-BC Bert Fish Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair in Nursing

Editorial Board, Family and Community Health, since 1991 Editorial Board, Journal of Nursing Quality Care, since 1987 Editorial Board, Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care, since 2001

Linda Gibson-Young, PhD, RN, CNS, CNE Editorial Board, Florida Public Health Review, since 2013

Neff, D. F., & Harman, J. (2013). Foreign educated nurses: Effects on nurse, quality of care and patient safety indicator outcomes. Journal of Nursing Regulation, 4(1), 19-24.

Linda Howe, PhD, RN, CNS, CNE

Norris, A. E., Aroian, K. J., Warren, S., & Wirth, J. (2012). Interactive performance and focus groups with adolescents: The power of play. Research in Nursing and Health, 35(6), 671-679.

Anne E. Norris, PhD, RN, FAAN

Norris, A. E., Hughes, C., Hecht, M. L., Peragallo, N. P., & Nickerson, D. (2013). A randomized trial of a peer resistance skill building game for Hispanic early adolescent girls: Impact and feasibility of DRAMARAMA. Nursing Research. 62(1), 25-35. Payton, T. D., Howe, L. A., Timmons, S. M., & Richardson, M. (2013). African American nursing students’ perceptions about mentoring. Nursing Education Perspectives, 34(3), 173-177. Sole, M. L. & Bennet, M. (accepted). Have airway management practices of nurses and respiratory care practictioners improved? American Journal of Critical Care. Sole, M. L., Conrad, J., Middleton, A., Bennett, M., Allen, K., Ashworth, S., & Mehta, D. I. (accepted). Pepsin and amylase in oral and tracheal secretions: A pilot study. American Journal of Critical Care. Sole, M. L., Guimond, M. E., & Amidei, C. S. (2013). An analysis of simulation resources, needs, and plans in Florida. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 9(7), e265-e271. Talbert, S., & Sole M. L. (2013) Too much information: Research issues associated with large databases. Clinical

Editorial Board, Nursing Education Perspectives, since 2011

Jean D’Meza Leuner, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN Editorial Board, Journal of Information Fluency, since 2010 Statistical Reviewer, Nursing Research, since 1998

Mary Lou Sole, PhD, RN, CCNS, CNL, FAAN, FCCM Orlando Health Distinguished Professor in Nursing Editorial Board, AACN Advanced Critical Care, since 2006 Editorial Board, American Journal of Critical Care, since 2000 Editorial Board, Heart & Lung, since 1992

Julee Waldrop, DNP, ARNP, PNP-BC, FNP-BC, CNE, PMHS Editorial Board & Contributing Editor, The Clinical Advisor, since 1998 Editorial Board, Clinical Advisor, Advances in Nursing, since 2013

Diane M. Wink, EdD, FNP-BC, ARNP, FAANP Hugh F. and Jeannette G. McKean Endowed Chair in Nursing Editorial Board, Nurse Educator, since 1994 Editorial Board, Journal of Nursing Education, since 2000

Nurse Specialist: The Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice, 26(2), 73-80. Waldrop, J. (2013). Exploration of reasons for feeding choices in Hispanic mothers. Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, 38(5), 282-288. Waldrop, J., Anderson, C., & Brandon, D. H. (2013). Guideline-based educational intervention to decrease the risk for readmission of newborns with severe hyperbilirubinemia. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 27(1), 41-50. Waldrop, J., Caruso, D., Fuchs, M. & Hypes, K. (accepted). Five checkpoints for DNP projects that make a difference. Journal of Professional Nursing.

Waldrop, J. & Chase, S. K. (accepted). Lead faculty workload model: Recognizing equity and leadership in faculty. Nurse Educator. Weinstein, P., Amirkhosravi, A., Angelopoulos, T., Bushy, A., Covelli, M., Dennis, K. (2013). Reducing cardiovascular risk in women with lupus: Perception of risk and predictors of risk-reducing behaviors. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. Advance online publication. Wright, K., Byers, J., & Norris, A. E. (2012). Factors related to birth transition success of late preterm infants. Newborn & Infant Nursing Reviews, 12(2), 97-105.



FACULTY at a Glance BOOKS Ricci, S. (2013). Essentials of maternity, newborn, & women’s health nursing. (3nd ed.) Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. Ricci, S. & Kyle, T. (2013). Maternity and pediatric nursing. (2nd ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott. Sole, M. L., Desmarais, P., Galura, S., Amidei, C., LaManna, J., Howe, L., & Makic, M. B. (2013). Evolve electronic instructor resources for introduction to critical care nursing. 6th ed. Philadelphia: Saunders. Sole, M. L., Klein, D. G., & Moseley, M. (Eds.). (2013). Introduction to Critical Care Nursing. 6th ed. Philadelphia: Saunders.

BOOK CHAPTERS Blackwell C. W. & Dziegielewski, S. F. (2013). Public funding of sectarian organizations for the provision of HIV/AIDS prevention and care: Discriminatory issues for gay males. In I.C. Colby (Ed.), Connecting social welfare policy to fields of practice (pp. 239-251). New York: John Wiley & Sons. Bushy, A. (in press). Epidemiology in health and illness. In Saucier-Lundy, K. (Ed.), Community health nursing: Caring for the public health (3rd ed., Ch.6). Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett Publishers. Bushy, A. (in press). Vulnerability: An overview. In SaucierLundy, K. (Ed.), Community health nursing: Caring for the public health (3rd ed., Ch. 25). Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett Publishers. Bushy A. (2014). Health care ethics in rural public health. In Warren J. (Ed.), Rural Public Health (Ch. 7). New York, NY: Springer. Bushy, A. (2013). Community health nursing in rural areas. In Smith, C., & Maurer, F. (Eds.), Community Health Nursing: Theory and Practice (5th ed., Ch. 32,). Philadelphia, PA: W.B. Saunders. Bushy, A. (2013) Connecting the dots: Nursing workforce development, clinical practice, research and theory. In C. Winters (Ed.), Rural nursing: Concepts, theory and practice (5th ed., Ch. 29). New York, NY: Springer. Bushy, A. (2013). Risk, vulnerability, social determinants and health disparities in rural populations. In C. Winters (Ed.) Rural nursing: Concepts, theory and practice (5th ed., Ch. 15). New York, NY: Springer. Chase, S. K. (2014). The cardiovascular system. In P. Tabloski (Ed.). Gerontologial nursing (3rd ed., pp. 363-399). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education. Gonzalez, L. & Giddens, J. (2012). The use of innovative technologies as a strategy to ensure Hispanic nursing student success. In A. M. Villarruel and S. Torres (Eds.), Hispanic Voices: Progreso, Poder, y Promesa (1st ed., pp. 123-135). New York: National League for Nursing. Knapp, S. J., & Sole, M. L. (2013). Patient and family responses to the critical care experience. In M. L. Sole, D. G. Klein, & M. J. Moseley (Eds.) Introduction to Critical Care Nursing ( 6th ed., pp. 14-25). Philadelphia: Saunders. Loerzel, V. W. (2012). Bleeding. In M. Hickey and S. Newton (Eds.), Telephone triage for oncology nurses (2nd ed., pp.83-86). Pittsburg, PA: Oncology Nursing Society Press.


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Loerzel, V. W. (2012). Fever with neutropenia. In M. Hickey and S. Newton (Eds.), Telephone triage for oncology nurses (2nd ed., pp.143-145). Pittsburg, PA: Oncology Nursing Society Press. Loerzel, V. W. (2012). Fever without Neutropenia. In M. Hickey and S. Newton (Eds.), Telephone triage for oncology nurses (2nd ed., pp.146-149). Pittsburg, PA, Oncology Nursing Society Press. Norris, A. E. (2012a). Path analysis. In S.B. Plitcha & E. Kelvin (Eds.), Munro’s statistical methods for health care research (6th ed., pp. 399-418). Philadelphia, PA: J.B. Lippincott Company. Norris, A. E. (2012b). Structural equation modeling. In S.B. Plitcha & E. Kelvin (Eds.) Munro statistical methods for health care research (6th ed., pp. 419-444). Philadelphia, PA: J.B. Lippincott Company. Ricci, S. (2014). Prenatal. In Edelman, C.L., and Mandle, C.L. (Eds.) Health promotion throughout the lifespan (8th ed., pp. 351387). St. Louis, MO: Mosby Elsevier. Ricci, S. (2014). Infancy. In Edelman, C.L., and Mandle, C.L. (Eds.) Health promotion throughout the lifespan (8th ed., pp. 388-427). St. Louis, MO: Mosby Elsevier. Sole, M. L. (2013). Overview to critical care nursing. In M. L. Sole, D. G. Klein, & M. J. Moseley (Eds.). Introduction to critical care nursing (6th ed., pp. 2-13). Philadelphia: Saunders. Waldrop, J. B. (accepted). Infancy. In Pediatric nursing made incredibly easy (2nd ed.) Lippincott, William and Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA. Page, R., Bently, M. & Waldrop, J. (2012). People live here. Maternal and child health on Isla Isabela, Galapagos. In Stephen J. Walsh & Carlos F. (Eds.) Social, terrestrial & marine Interactions in the Galapagos Islands: Frameworks and perspectives, (pp. 141-153). New York: Springer. •

Interim Dean Dr. Mary Lou Sole (center) with Dr. Susan Chase (left) and Dr. Maureen Covelli (right)

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Dr. Linda Hennig

faculty news highlights Kelly Allred earned the designation Certified Nurse Educator from the National League for Nursing. Diane Andrews was promoted to associate professor and awarded tenure by the university’s Board of Trustees in August. Maureen Covelli was named interim associate dean for undergraduate affairs in August. Leslee D’Amato-Kubiet earned her Nursing PhD in August from UCF after successfully defending her dissertation entitled, Nutrition Literacy and Demographic Variables as Predictors of Weight Status in Adolescents in a Florida County. Kimberly Dever was named the 2013 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year for the Behavioral Health category. Krisann Draves earned her DNP and acute care pediatric nurse practitioner certification in July from the University of South Alabama. Laura Gonzalez was named the 2013 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year for the Clinical Academic Education category. Linda Hennig stepped down as associate dean for undergraduate affairs in August, a position she had held since 2007. After a semester of professional development leave, she will return to the classroom in spring 2014. Hennig says teaching is her first love and is excited to pursue her passion once again. Hennig was also named a finalist for the 2013 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year for the Clinical Academic Education category. Linda Howe was elected treasurer of the Florida Nurses Association and received a Walk the Walk award from the FNA for her dedicated service as a Student Nurses Association advisor/consultant.

Erica Hoyt earned the designation Certified Nurse Educator from the National League for Nursing. She received the college’s 2013 Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching award at UCF’s Founders’ Day. Sigrid Ladores successfully defended her dissertation, The Early Postpartum Experience of Previously Infertile Mothers, in October. She will receive her Nursing PhD from UCF this December. Jacqueline LaManna earned her Nursing PhD in August from UCF after successfully defending her dissertation entitled, Early and Intermediate Hospital-toHome Transition Outcomes of Older Adults Diagnosed with Diabetes. Patricia Leli was named Director of the Year by the Florida Nursing Students Association. She was honored in October at the FNSA convention in Daytona Beach, Fla. Leli was also promoted in August to associate instructor. Victoria Loerzel was promoted to associate professor and awarded tenure by the university’s Board of Trustees in August. She received the college’s 2013 Excellence in Research award at UCF’s Founders’ Day. Donna Felber Neff was appointed interim director of nursing research and was awarded tenure by the university’s Board of Trustees in September. Neff joined the college in August from the University of Florida (see page 16).

Susan Quelly earned her PhD in Nursing in December 2012 from UCF after successfully defending her dissertation entitled, Perceptions Influencing School Nurse Practices to Prevent Childhood Obesity. Mary Lou Sole was named interim dean of the UCF College of Nursing. She assumed this new role in August and will continue to lead the college while a national search for a new dean is conducted. Julee Waldrop became a certified Pediatric Mental Health Specialist in August through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. Waldrop was also named a finalist for the 2013 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year for the Clinical Academic Education category.

New Hires Dawn Allen is an instructor in the graduate program and coordinates graduate clinical placements. Peggy Hill is an instructor in the undergraduate department. Julie Hinkle is a lecturer and site coordinator for the UCF/Valencia College Concurrent Nursing program. Dawn Turnage is an instructor in the undergraduate program.


Anne Norris was awarded a Faculty Research Fellowship for Spring 2013 and also received the college's 2013 Research Incentive Award.

Geraldine Luzincourt is an instructor in the undergraduate department and coordinator of the college’s Community Nursing Coalition program.

Angela Ritten earned her DNP in May from UCF after successfully completing her capstone project entitled, Influence of Health Care Provider Intervention on Obesity and Lifestyle (see page 9).

Angela Ritten is a clinical assistant professor teaching in the graduate department. •



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The UCF College of Nursing is the largest nursing program at a public university in the state of Florida. The college’s graduates Katie Korkosz, MS are in demand by area health care facilities and 5,000-plus Development Officer alumni work in hospital settings, at the patients’ bedside, as well as in highly specialized nurse management and leadership roles, as advanced registered nurse practitioners in a variety of clinical settings, in public health, and in educational roles preparing the next generation of nurses. Through a philanthropic investment in the UCF College of Nursing, we can: • continue to keep the nursing program affordable through endowed scholarships and other forms of private support, • attract and retain top faculty, researchers and scholars, and • provide funding for programs that allow our graduates to shape the future of health care on the local, national and global levels. Your gift to the UCF College of Nursing ensures that we can prepare the next generation of nursing leaders. To discuss a philanthropic investment for our future nurse leaders or ways to get involved, please contact me at:

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melia “Millie” Klepej, a retired Army nurse, left a bequest to the UCF College of Nursing for educational resources, with the goal of helping future nurses. Several textbooks and e-books were purchased this year in her honor. Klepej’s parents immigrated from Yugoslavia in 1908. One of eight children, Klepej was raised on a farm in Cooperstown, New York. However, according to her niece Patricia Carlisle, Klepej and her sisters left home in their mid-teens to help support the family, working as nannies and housekeepers. Carlisle said, “These were the years before, during and after World War I.” Klepej went on to attend nursing school and joined the U.S. Army. She was stationed in Hawaii at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked in December 1941. Klepej attended to the wounded at Schofield Barracks and Tripler Army Hospital. Eventually, Klepej advanced into nursing supervisory positions and attained the rank of major. She retired in 1966 and spent her retirement years tending to her garden at her home in Winter Park, Fla. •


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s the population ages and life expectancies increase, offering high-quality, comprehensive nursing education has never been more important. Well educated nurses play a critical role in keeping people healthy and vibrant throughout their lives. The UCF College of Nursing, a premier nursing program educating more than 2,000 students annually, is making significant impacts on the health and welfare of the community, and the health of our nation.

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N avy N ur se Trai lblaz er Statue o n Di splay


bronze statue of retired Rear Admiral Alene Duerk, the Navy’s first female rear admiral, was unveiled at a small ceremony in Spring 2013. Duerk, who also has an endowed student scholarship in her name at the college, and several local Navy nurses and military officers were in attendance. Commissioned in 2008 by the Navy Nurse Corps Association to honor

Duerk at the NNCA’s 100th anniversary celebration in Washington, D.C., the statue was shipped to Orlando for display in the College of Nursing. It is the first piece of military history in the college’s small – but growing – memorabilia collection that chronicles the field of nursing. The statue resembles a younger Duerk and signifies her many accomplishments as a Navy nurse and war veteran. As a member of the Navy Nurse Corps, Duerk saved countless lives during World War II, the Korean War and the

Vietnam War. She served as director of the Navy Nurse Corps from 19701975, and in 1972, she became the first female flag officer to advance to rear admiral. Up until 1967, military regulations stated that the highest rank a woman could obtain in the Navy was captain. Duerk currently lives in Heathrow, Fla. and has been an active board member of the Visiting Nurse Association Foundation of Orlando since 1997. The foundation, together with the Navy Nurse Corps Association, arranged to have the statue shipped to the UCF College of Nursing, where it is on display. •

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he second annual fashion show fundraiser featuring faculty models was held March 27 at Bella Winter Park, a women’s boutique on Park Avenue.

Dance Challenge Supports Scholarships


he UCF College of Nursing was one of four regional nursing programs to participate in the sixth annual “Let Us Entertain You” dance challenge fundraiser held by Femmes de Coeur on June 2. The event featured local celebrities and faculty members from each nursing program, who were paired with professional dancers, for a ballroom dance challenge. Susan Chase, associate dean of graduate affairs, represented UCF College of Nursing at this year’s event. Dr. Chase said it was a fun way to raise money for a very worthy cause. “I didn’t do it to win. I did it to support our students,” she said. Femmes de Coeur, or Women of Heart, is a nonprofit fundraising organization whose goal is to raise funds by partnering with existing organizations to help research and treat disease. Proceeds from the event were divided among the four participating nursing programs. At UCF, the funds received support the Femmes de Coeur Endowed Nursing Scholarship in the UCF College of Nursing. •

Store owner, Susan Johnson, donated 10% of the store’s proceeds from the fashion show shopping event, as well as from select purchases made during four subsequent shopping days, to the UCF College of Nursing student scholarship fund. “I’m honored to give back to our community and future nurses by hosting a fashion show shopping event again this year,” said Johnson. “My mother is a retired nurse and I know the commitment it takes in today’s world to become such a highly skilled medical professional.” •



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Local artist Daniel Tilstra


he College of Nursing awarded 60 student scholarships in 2012-2013 through 25 non-endowed and endowed scholarship funds. Thanks to donor support, more than $115,000 in aid was awarded. A luncheon to honor donors and scholarship recipients was held in March. The annual event gives students the opportunity to share their nursing school stories and personally thank donors for their support. To show appreciation, the college commissions each year a unique watercolor by local artist Daniel Tilstra. All 2012-2013 scholarship donors received a framed 9×12-inch watercolor painting of an orange blossom, the Florida state flower, known for its unique healing properties. •

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Join the Knightingale Society Founded in 2007 and named in honor of Florence Nightingale — the revered mother of modern nursing — the Knightingale Society provides donors with the opportunity to invest in nursing at the University of Central Florida. With the university’s mascot being the Knight, it only seemed appropriate to link UCF’s nursing society to her name with a “K.” Annual contributions of $1,000 or more will help the college lead the way in health care and provide scholarship funds to support our students.

Support Nursing Scholarships An endowed scholarship is a gift that the College of Nursing holds into perpetuity. Endowed scholarships can honor classmates, faculty members, caregivers and relatives who have impacted your life. With this gift, you are touching the life of the honoree while helping to ensure that new generations of UCF nurses improve health and healing in our community. Gifts to existing scholarships are also welcome.

Leave your legacy with a Planned Gift A variety of giving methods are available that allow a donor to maximize their investment, increase their current cash flow and provide tax savings. The advantages a donor can receive from making a planned gift are enhanced by the knowledge that their gift will provide support for future generations of nurses.

Support the Annual Fund Donations of all sizes helps us prepare the next generation of nurses, faculty and researchers, ensuring that great nurses will be there when we need them. These gifts have a significant impact on what we’re able to accomplish, and no gift is too small. • 28

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Endowed Scholarship Donors Listing of donors who supported their endowed fund from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013 Dr. Howard A. Bender III (’97, ’98) – The Bender Family Endowed Nursing Scholarship

Nirvana Health Services, Inc. – Nirvana Health Services Endowed Scholarship

Central Florida Kidney Center, Inc. – Central Florida Kidney Centers Endowed Scholarship

Orlando Health – Orlando Health Nursing Endowed Fund

Femmes de Coeur – Femmes de Coeur Endowed Nursing Scholarship Mr. Donald J. Flannery – Laura Flannery Endowed Memorial Nursing Scholarship Dr. Linda M. Hennig (’96) – Drs. Linda M. and E. Glenn Hennig Jr., Endowed Scholarship Dr. Jean C. Kijek – Dr. Jean C. Kiejk Doctoral Student Endowed Scholarship Mr. Bob Lowke – Jeanne Lowke Endowed Scholarship for Oncology Nursing Students

Dr. Earl A. and Mrs. Jan T. Smith – Dorothy Anne Perkins Tomlinson Endowed Scholarship VITAS Innovative Hospice Care – VITAS Innovative Hospice Care Endowed Scholarship Mr. Daniel W. (’74) and Mrs. Ria C. Voss – Light The Way Endowed Scholarship Vivian and Barry Woods Trust – Vivian and Barry Woods Educational Endowment We apologize for any errors or omissions.


Th e Knight i nga l e So ci e ty Listing of donors who supported the college with a gift over $1,000 from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013 Dr. Thomas W. and Dr. Diane R. Andrews

The College of Nursing invites you to join


Anonymous Dr. Christopher W. Blackwell (’00, ’01, ’05) Dr. Angeline A. Bushy Dr. Susan K. Chase Dr. Joseph L. and Dr. Maureen M. Covelli Dr. Jonathan W. Decker (’10) Dr. Kenneth W. Dion (’91) Mr. Michael and Mrs. Bari Ann DiPietro Ms. Joyce Dorner Estate of Amelia Klepej Mr. Donald J. Flannery Florida Hospital Florida Navy Nurse Corps Association Dr. Loretta Forlaw LTC MeLisa A. Gantt, PhD (’10) The Gertrude Skelly Charitable Foundation Dr. Linda Gibson-Young Mr. David (’81) and Mrs. Ania Hanke Hans & Cay Jacobsen Foundation Heart of Volusia Dr. Stephen D. (’02, ’04, ’12) and Mrs. Darlene M. Heglund Dr. Linda A. Howe Dr. Kathryn C. (’79, ’83) and Mr. Joseph F. Kinsley Mrs. Katie (’04, ’05) and Mr. Todd (’04, ‘05) Korkosz Dr. Jacqueline (’13) and Mr. Anthony J. (’93) LaManna Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Dr. Jean D’Meza Leuner

• Members ensure students have access to a high-quality nursing education • An annual contribution of $1,000 or more provides funding for nursing scholarships, equipment, professional development and recruiting the best and brightest students • New members are welcomed into the society with an annual pinning ceremony and presented with their Knightingale Society pin

LIFE at UCF, Inc. Dr. Victoria W. (’07) and Mr. Steven C. (’87, ’92) Loerzel Mrs. Sherry M. MacDonald (’08) Ms. Mary W. McKenzie Dr. Anne E. Norris and Dr. Greg Trompeter

Share the light. The lamp featured on the Knightingale Society pin is an iconic image of both Florence Nightingale and the nursing profession.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Mrs. Kara and Mr. Jeffrey R. Schultz Dr. Mary Lou and Mr. Robert Sole Mr. Barry L. and Mrs. Jane E. Traynor VNA Foundation Dr. Julee B. and Dr. Tony G. Waldrop

For more information about the Knightingale Society or providing other charitable support to the College of Nursing, please contact Katie Korkosz at 407-823-1600 or

The Diane and Lawrence Wink Fund We apologize for any errors or omissions.



Alumni at a Glance

>>> 2013 UCF Professional achievement Jim Hart, BSN, RN, CCRA, RRT, RDMS James “Jim” Hart, a two-time graduate of UCF (BS ’83 and BSN ’98), was selected as the UCF College of Nursing’s 2013 Professional Achievement Award recipient. He was honored at the Black & Gold Gala on Nov. 7. Jim founded Hart Clinical Consultants in 2011 and now serves as president and chief executive officer. His company’s primary focus is on providing unparalleled, world-class support and services to business partners, ensuring clinical and regulatory activities are conducted expertly in global or U.S. domestic clinical trials. He has built the company from the ground up — now employing 12 full-time employees across the U.S. and Canada. Jim’s UCF education has taken him around the country in a range of medical roles, including respiratory therapist, registered nurse and clinical researcher. Since 1987, he has worked for Abbott Vascular, Guidant Corporation, Florida Hospital, Interventional Technologies, Clinical Diagnostic Systems and Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. He found that his diverse experience, and UCF nursing education, helped prepare him for success in a variety of healthcare settings. Jim recently shared, “I feel absolutely blessed to have had the educational experiences that I had at UCF, specifically the College of Nursing. The instructors challenged me both academically and clinically, and when I graduated, I felt well prepared to go out and tackle whatever it was that I wanted to do next.” And Jim certainly did! •

James “Jim” Hart,

President and CEO, Hart Clinical Consultants

2013 RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar Allison H. Burfield, PhD, RN Allison Burfield, a three-time graduate of the UCF College of Nursing (BSN ’00, MSN ’06, PhD ’09), was selected as one of 12 nursing educators from across the nation to receive a three-year, $350,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars program. This award is given to junior nursing faculty who show outstanding promise as future leaders in academic nursing. “This award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides a wonderful opportunity to conduct interdisciplinary research that evaluates how we can reduce the use of medications that have an altering effect on perception, emotion, or behavior on older adults, especially those with cognitive impairments like dementia, and better intervene and treat pain,” said Burfield. An assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Burfield plans to evaluate the effectiveness of an intervention to assess and treat pain in older adults suffering with dementia. The findings from the study could provide important information into how to improve pain assessment and treatment, improve socialization, reduce the risk of falls and injury, and improve the overall quality of life of those residing in long-term care. Burfield is concerned that a majority of older patients are receiving improper medications because they are unable to accurately express their pain due to cognitive impairment. “The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar program will provide support for my research and enable the resources need to infuse the best and most effective care of the elderly into the nursing curriculum I teach,” she said. Burfield expressed that her success as a nurse educator and researcher all began with UCF. “I am so grateful for the support, guidance and encouragement from those at the College of Nursing, including Dr. Jean Kijek and Dr. Mary Lou Sole. I hope my research can improve the care outcomes and quality of life for older adults by improving how medications are used.” • 30

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Allison Burfield,

Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Cassie’s Arctic Adventure CAssie Spruill, MSN (’08), ARNP into the McMurdo station in Antarctica, where extreme downdrafts caused the pilot to take three attempts before finally landing the plane safely. From there, they flew to the South Pole. While in the South Pole, Spruill faced a wide array of challenges, the most obvious of which was the weather. Even small things, such as limited internet access due to the positioning of satellites, presented difficulties.


assie Spruill spent six months from Oct. 2012 through Feb. 2013 as the only nurse practitioner assigned to the United States Antarctic Program, South Pole Station—working under the most extreme weather conditions. The United States Antarctic Program consists of scientists and supporting personnel who are dedicated to studying the Antarctic and its interactions with the rest of the planet. The program aims to support the Antarctic Treaty, facilitate cooperative research with other nations, protect the Antarctic environment, and develop measures to ensure equitable and wise use of resources. For this mission, Spruill had the opportunity to work with Dr. Sean Roden, a former NASA flight surgeon. She and Roden were hired by Dr. Scott Parazynski, medical officer and director of the Center for Polar Medical Operations at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Parazynski is a former NASA astronaut with five shuttle missions and seven spacewalks under his belt. “I accepted this job for the adventure, and I was not disappointed,” said Spruill. “I was very fortunate to be able to work with physicians that were so extraordinary. Not only were these physicians exceptional professionals, but they were individuals who believed in the teaching aspect of their profession. Working with colleagues like that makes me want to strive for bigger things.” The challenges began before they even set foot in Antarctica. After flying from Houston, Texas to Christchurch, New Zealand, the next step was to fly

“Personally, it was hard being away from home in that harsh environment,” said Spruill. “Professionally, it was hard knowing that we were responsible for 150 people at all times. We were never off duty.”

Spruill worked in a clinic that was capable of taking care of multiple trauma patients, and, according to Spruill, had a pharmacy that would put a hospital to shame. Overall, they took in 325 patient cases with ailments ranging from insomnia to frostbite and everything in between. On two occasions, they experienced medical emergencies requiring medical transport, and both patients were treated successfully. “I learned so much about how harsh weather plays a role in people’s health, and it was so fulfilling to provide the staff with the medical care they needed to be able to continue their research,” said Spruill. “The education I received at the UCF College of Nursing has served me well and prepared me to excel as a nurse practitioner. Go Knights!” Spruill is currently living and working in Houston, Texas. •

Spruill and Roden were briefly trained by the crew they would be replacing, and were then launched into their work, which consisted of overseeing the medical screening and on-ice care of all personnel in the program, which included scientists, engineers, cooks, safety managers, human resources, building mangers, administration, and the fire department. As one of only two medical professionals stationed at the South Pole, Spruill wore many different hats during her time there. Her work was both mentally and physically challenging, but also tremendously rewarding. She conducted all X-rays, dental work, ultrasounds, and lab work and organized her own pharmacy. Her responsibilities also included the selection of staff for emergency search and rescue, which required weekly training and monthly situational drills, and transporting all medical records, which are not computerized.

Cassie and Dr. Roden on their flight to the South Pole.

“We worked inside the clinic knowing what could happen at any second in the harsh environment outside our building,” said Spruill. “We always had to be prepared for mass casualty.”



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’80s Andrea Hunt (BSN ’86, MSN ’91) is working in the Caribbean. Corina (Morgan) McCorkle (BSN ’87) will celebrate 25 years of marriage on May 6, 2014 with her husband (below).

Debra (Fulcher) Gutierrez (BSN ’89) lives in Phoenix, Ariz. with her husband and two children (below). She is currently retired from nursing, but volunteers full time.

Kelley (Manuel) Bergholtz (BSN ’81) married Ric Bergholtz 30 years ago. They have six children and one grandchild. She has recently returned to nursing part-time at Cornerstone Hospice after a 20-year hiatus. She lives in Sorrento. Lana (Snipes) Tut (BSN ’89) spent six years abroad participating in various primary health care programs in Africa, South America and Southeast Asia, where she worked as a nurse for several international, non-governmental organizations that provide support to improve nutrition, immunization, sanitation and safe water sources. Fourteen years ago, she met a charming man from Burma who was headed for Australia. They married and have two sons, ages 12 and 10. She earned her MPH in the late ’90s and currently works in the area of immunizations. Lisa (Kilian) Sabatino (BSN ’89) received a peer-nominated Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses in 2010 from The Daisy Foundation while a student in the RN to BSN program at UCF.

Kathe (Lesure) Hypes (BSN ’82 BSN, DNP ’12) is an ARNP at the Orlando VA Medical Center, and completed her doctorate 30 years after earning her baccalaureate.


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Rocky S. Thomas (BSN ’82) retired four years ago from the Apopka Children’s Health Center and from Healthcare Providers of Florida’s school-based health program at Colonial High School. Last fall after her husband retired, they walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain, a 200+ mile life changing pilgrimage. Since then, they have moved to Kentucky to be near family and grandchildren. Susan Tobin (BSN ’84) earned her MSN in Nursing Education in May from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She is employed at Missouri Baptist Medical Center.

’90s Editha “Edie” Dulce Ruiz (BSN ’95) is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army. After a twoyear assignment from 2010-2012 as the chief of women’s health at the U.S. Army Health Center in Vicenza (Italy), she became the chief of the maternal child nursing department in 2012 at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Her area of responsibilities include: Mother Infant Care Center (L&D, Postpartum and Antepartum), Neonatal ICU, Pediatrics and Pediatrics ICU. She is a nationally board-certified registered nurse in inpatient obstetrics, and has served thus far a total of 24 years of active military service.


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Elizabeth Timpe (BSN ’99) earned a master’s degree from Florida State University in 2010 and is working as an ARNP for Community Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla.

’00s Allison Gallagher (BSN ’08) completed the family nurse practitioner MSN program at Florida Gulf Coast University in 2013, and was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International. She is employed by Inova Health in Alexandria, Va. as a nurse practitioner in the area of occupational health and urgent care. Amy Painter (BSN ’06) works at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as an aerodigestive nurse practitioner and coordinator. She was brought in to help Children’s operationalize a formal Aerodigestive Center where a multidisciplinary team approach is taken to treat complex aerodigestive diseases with ENT, GI, Pulmonary, Speech, Nutrition and Nursing. Angela MullisIngram (MSN ’04) is the only ARNP working for Emergency Physicians of Central Florida at Dr. Phillips Hospital. She spent two years prior at

Take Care Clinic. She is married to Philip (’99) and a mother of three children. She and her husband own a small concrete business. Angela also precepts nurse practitioner students from UCF and the University of Cincinnati. Elena Smith (BSN ’01) earned her MSN in ’05 and her DNP in ’11 from the University of Florida. She joined All About Kids Pediatrics in Orlando in February 2013. She is an ARNP. Elizabeth (Browne) Bonner (BS ’02, BSN ’04) works as a case manager for United Health Group. Previously, she worked as a certified radiology nurse for five years. She has one granddaughter, Micayla, who is 2-1/2 years old. Her son is living at home and back in college following a motorcycle accident 1-1/2 years ago that left him a paraplegic. They live on five acres with two horses, two dogs, a cat and two birds. Erin (Brock) Irvin (BSN ’08) and her husband Andrew are the proud parents of Jane Elizabeth Irvin, born June 21, 2013. Erin is employed at Winnie Palmer Hospital. Jennifer North (BSN ’09, MSN ’11) started a new career in family practice. She is employed by Health First as a nurse practitioner. She also recently moved into a new home.

Jennifer (Lee) Vandermark (BSN ’09) works as a staff nurse on the telemetry/PCU floor at Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford, Fla. Kelly (Phillips) Waite (BSN ’05, MSN ’07) married Dr. Alex Waite (’06). They met while she was enrolled in UCF’s BSN program. Their son, Emory, was born in Jacksonville, Fla. a week after completing her MSN. She worked as a family nurse practitioner at the University of North Florida’s Student Health Center for two years while Alex completed his residency at The Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. They have since relocated to Winston-Salem, N.C., where they have been working together in family medicine. Kelly has also worked parttime at Wake Forest University Student Health for four years, and recently joined them as a full-time nurse practitioner while she attends school. Meera (Patel) Suthar (BSN ’06) works as a family nurse practitioner at Columbia Nephrology in Columbia, S.C. Melissa (Graham) Kelly (BSN ’00, MSN ’06) has been running the Tavares office of Excel Pediatrics since 2010. Her practice is growing quickly, and she’s looking to start a PhD program soon to better serve her diverse patient population. She also lives in Tavares with her husband, Iain. She served as the president of the Florida chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners from 2010-2012. Nicole (Senkel) Newell (BSN ’09) started a family nurse practitioner program in August 2013 at the University of South Florida. She is employed at Winnie Palmer Hospital, and was married Nov. 2, 2012. Suzanne Robbins (BSN ’00) is the director of clinical operations at Community Health Center of Cape Cod (Mass.).



Alumni at a Glance William Alt (BSN ’04) works as a clinical nurse educator at Malcom Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville, Fla. He was recently selected to serve as a field consultant for Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Women’s Health Education where he will be assisting in the development and delivery of national level provider and nurse education programs for the VHA.

Jenny Weatherford (BSN ’10) won the Nursing Excellence Award at Orlando Health where she is employed as a registered nurse (here with Jayne Willis, chief nursing officer). Katherine Crabbe (BSN ’10) is employed as a registered nurse/case manager in the Wound Center at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville.

’10s Amy (Bode) Milewski (BSN ’12) recently completed the Great Wall of China Marathon. A graduate of UCF’s Accelerated Second Degree program, she is currently working at Orlando Health. She will start Barry University’s CRNA program in January 2014.

Kelly Reyes (MSN ’12) is a family nurse practitioner in the Emergency Department at Orlando Regional Medical Center. Lyne Chamberlain (MSN ’10) teaches in the nursing program at Seminole State College. She was also accepted to present on heart failure readmissions at the 2014 American Association of Critical-Care Nurses National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition. Melinda (Holcombe) Smith (BSN ’12) completed the critical care program at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., and is now working in the Trauma ICU. She worked in telemetry and on the step down units prior to joining the ICU. She hopes to join the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses soon.

In Memoriam Susanna Mary Benvenuto McDonough Stackpoole (BSN ’90, MSN ’99, Nursing Education Certificate ’07) passed away at the age of 62 on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 in Melbourne, Fla. Susanna taught online nursing courses for various nursing programs in the area, including UCF. She found a true passion for imparting her knowledge about nursing to her students. Her ability to teach others was a true gift and allowed her to continue working through eleven months of chemotherapy. Susanna had an admirable work ethic and continued teaching her online nursing students until just one week before she passed away. The doctors would joke that no matter what she was going through, or what they told her, her computer was always on so she could check her classes and stay in touch with students. She is greatly missed by all.

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First classes held with 1,948 enrolled students, 90 instructors and 150 staff members. The Orlando Sentinel reported: “Monday, Oct. 7. Write it down. Remember it as the day that changed Orlando and Central Florida forever.”


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