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Building Upon a Golden Legacy Introducing New Dean Mary Lou Sole

THIS ISSUE | We’re Growing: New Endowed Chair and Faculty Appointments.

Two NIH Grants Awarded for Innovative Cancer, Type 1 Diabetes Studies.

Inspiration to Students: Nursing Professor Providing Care to Uninsured. | FALL 2015 | 1

CONTENTS THIS ISSUE 4 New Loan Forgiveness Program 6 Partnership Formed with Health First to Offer On-Site RN to BSN 19 Faculty Retirements 21 Faculty Publications 25 Two NIH Grants Awarded 26 Funded Research & Scholarship


29 Most Student Scholarships Awarded, Only 30% Funded 33 Professor Providing Care to Uninsured 34 Students Help Veterans, including the Homeless 35 Community Lectures Bring in National Experts



8 Introducing New Dean Mary Lou Sole 14 A New Generation of Thought Leaders

Alumni Features 30 ReAnna Greene Memorial Scholarship 36 Former White House Nurse Receives Alumni Award



MARY LOU SOLE PhD, RN, CCNS, CNL, FAAN, FCCM Dean, Orlando Health Endowed Chair in Nursing and UCF Pegasus Professor SUSAN CHASE EdD, FNP-BC, FNAP Associate Dean for Graduate Affairs and Professor MAUREEN COVELLI PhD, RN Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs and Associate Professor DONNA FELBER NEFF PhD, RN, FNAP Interim Director of Nursing Research, PhD Program Coordinator and Associate Professor 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

37 Global HIV/AIDS Researcher Inducted as Fellow of American Academy of Nursing

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THE DEAN From first glance at our new magazine design to a more in-depth look in our articles, you will see that there are many exciting developments taking place within the UCF College of Nursing.


host of new thought leaders have joined our college as part of UCF’s initiative to hire 200 new faculty members in high-demand workforce areas, such as nursing (p. 14). In addition to the seven new faculty members, three existing faculty have transitioned to new roles and seven new instructor/ lecturers have joined the undergraduate department. These individuals complement our cadre of exceptional faculty members who work diligently to ensure a high-quality education for our students. This increase in expertise will help us continue to meet growing demand for our educational programs, which have earned a national reputation for quality and value. In 2015, the College of Nursing was honored with numerous accolades including being named among the nation’s top 25 “Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs” and “Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs for Veterans” by U.S. News & World Report. In addition to expanding our faculty, we continue to grow our strengths in research and innovation to prepare a higher educated nursing workforce and address the challenging health care needs of our nation and beyond (p. 26).


Dean, UCF College of Nursing In fact, UCF was recently named among the “Most Innovative” universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Innovation is taking place throughout the college where our researchers are actively involved in simulation, new technology and collaborating across disciplines to create new knowledge to improve patient care. Two recent examples are our faculty member’s studies that recently received NIH funding (p. 25, 27).

Orlando Health Endowed Chair in Nursing UCF Pegasus Professor

Of course the growth of our faculty, depth of our educational programs, national recognition and scholarships didn’t happen overnight. It has been an evolution over the past three decades. As the newly appointed dean of the UCF College of Nursing, I am honored to be leading the charge to build upon this golden legacy set by current and former faculty members. My vision is to continue this positive momentum to build upon our existing strengths to foster innovation and become a national leader in nursing education and research.

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For more than three decades, the UCF College of Nursing has shined bright as one of the nation’s top nursing colleges for academics and research.

“Consistently achieving this high mark of excellence speaks to the quality of education offered through our program,” says Dr. Mary Lou Sole, dean. “I am extremely proud of our faculty members, who are committed to our students’ success, and of our Knight nurses whose dedication to their education and profession is unmatched.”

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EDUCATING OUR NATION’S VETERANS UCF has long supported veteran students and has been named a “Military Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs magazine since 2011. The university’s Veterans Academic Resource Center is specifically designed to help veterans achieve academic success by providing a one-stop solution to support their needs during the transition from military to student life.

“Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs” in the U.S., the highest ranked program in Florida.

“Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs for Veterans” nationwide, the top program in Florida. U . S . N E WS & WO R L D R E P O R T

“There are numerous reasons that UCF outshines other nursing programs,” said John Rothwell, a family nurse practitioner DNP student and 2014-15 Primary Care Scholar. “But the strategic relationship with the VA, to me, was critical. As a veteran, there are not only career benefits in performing clinical rotations at the VA, but there is a strong emotional and psychological bond when helping your fellow soldier, marine, seamen or airmen.” “Our nation’s veterans have served our country, and we’re honored to help them continue to serve their communities by advancing their career in nursing,” said Dr. Susan Chase, associate dean for graduate affairs. FORMER U.S. ARMY FLIGHT MEDIC





“Top Online Nursing Programs.”

“Top 50 Best Value Online MSN Programs of 2015.”


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“Best RN to BSN Campus Programs.”


Academic Excellence UCF ranks among the top four percent of 778 BSN programs nationwide, with 98 percent of BSN graduates passing the NCLEX-RN on the first attempt. The high first-time pass rate of UCF graduates far surpasses the state average of 72 percent and the national pass rate of 82 percent. | FALL 2015 | 3


New Loan Forgiveness Program Helping PhD Students To encourage more graduate nursing students to pursue educator roles in higher education, the College of Nursing has begun a loan forgiveness program funded with a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Through the HRSA Nurse Faculty Loan Program, the college is providing a loan to qualifying PhD students that covers 100 percent of their tuition, books and related expenses. After graduation, the students will have 85 percent of the loan forgiven if they work full time as an educator at an accredited nursing program for at least four years. “We are pleased to bring this national loan forgiveness program to UCF to benefit our doctoral students,” said Dr. Susan Chase, associate dean for graduate affairs. “For students, it makes UCF an even greater value and earning a doctorate degree more affordable. But for the nation, it helps create more faculty and bring in a new generation of thought leaders to educate the next generation of nurses.” According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, there is a nationwide shortage of doctorally prepared nursing faculty that is limiting student capacity at a time when demand for professional nurses is growing. Furthermore, in its landmark “The Future of Nursing” report, the Institute of Medicine

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(now National Academy of Medicine) recommends doubling the number of nurses with a doctorate degree by 2020.

“UCF is already one of the nation’s ‘best value’ colleges and universities” AC CO R D I N G TO T H E P R I N C E TO N R E V I E W, K I P L I N G E R A N D F O R B E S

The nursing PhD program at UCF combines the strengths of the nation’s second-largest university with the convenience and flexibility of an online format. Students have access to state-of-the-art facilities, experience small class sizes of less than 20 and receive one-on-one academic support. While curriculum is taught online, there are also scheduled synchronous class times so faculty and students can interact in real time. In addition, students will only need to travel to Orlando twice per academic year for two compact onsite intensive classes.

“With access to world-class faculty and cutting-edge research areas, including simulation, our doctoral students graduate as leaders in the application of innovative technologies to educate nurses and contribute to solutions that will advance health care worldwide,” said Dr. Donna Neff, PhD program coordinator and author of the grant.

UCF received a oneyear grant from HRSA for $45,577, which is supporting five PhD students. UCF has applied for additional funding in 2016 to support more students. NEW STUDENTS N E E D TO A P P LY BY JA N . 15 AND CLASSES WILL BEGIN IN SUMMER 2016.

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Percentage of UCF Students That Graduate Without Any Educational Debt.

Nationally, only 33% of students graduate debt-free.

UCF Nursing PhD Advantages

Big University Resources Cutting-Edge Research

Loan Forgiveness Program

Small Classes

Online Convenience

Limited Travel

Personal Attention

DOCTORAL STUDENTS AWARDED FUNDING Corinne Audette and Tanica Minnis recently were awarded funding to support their PhD studies. AUDETTE WAS SELECTED FOR A GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSOCIATE POSITION AT THE FLORIDA CENTER OF NURSING funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s State Implementation Program Grant. Florida is one of 30 states in the U.S. to receive funding from the RWJF for the Future of Nursing State Implementation Program. The program helps states prepare their nursing profession to address the nation’s health care challenges of access, quality and cost. MINNIS RECEIVED THE MCKNIGHT DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP FROM THE FLORIDA EDUCATION FUND, which will provide annual tuition up to $5,000 for each of three academic years as well as an annual stipend of $12,000. The McKnight Doctoral Fellowship program was created to increase the number of African American and Hispanic faculty who are currently underrepresented at colleges and universities in Florida. The goal of the program is to increase enrollment of PhD students who will, upon graduation, be qualified to teach at the college and university level. There are up to 50 fellowships awarded annually to students studying at one of nine participating Florida universities, including UCF.

“When I first heard about UCF’s Nurse Faculty Loan Program, I was extremely grateful for the opportunity to pursue my PhD in nursing without incurring additional debt. As a mother of two with a son in college, the NFLP allows me to follow my dreams of becoming a nurse educator while also supporting my family. This program will also impact the lives of the students that I teach and the community that I serve.” ALINA DIAZ-CRUZ, PhD student | FALL 2015 | 5


Photo provided by Health First

Program Meeting Local and National Demand


College of Nursing has formed a new strategic hospital partnership with Health First, Brevard County’s largest private employer, to offer on-site Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) courses. This public-private partnership meets a national objective set by the Institute of Medicine (now National Academy of Medicine) in its landmark “The Future of Nursing” report. The IOM recommends increasing the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80 percent by 2020. As nurses take on a more critical role, the goal is to create a higher educated workforce able to produce “safe, quality care and coverage for all patients.” A study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association revealed that “in hospitals with higher proportions of nurses educated at the baccalaureate level or higher, surgical patients experienced lower mortality and failure-to-rescue rates.” “Throughout its history, UCF has sought out strategic partnerships in its community to provide innovative educational opportunities,” said

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Dr. Mary Lou Sole, dean. “By partnering with Health First, we are able to answer a national call for more BSNeducated nurses and make it easier for RNs in Brevard County to obtain an advanced degree.” To increase its BSN-prepared workforce, Health First will offer classroom space for the UCF program at its education center in Melbourne and will help fund a faculty member to serve as an instructor and advisor for the program. Additionally, Health First recently increased its tuition benefit for eligible associates and the Health First Foundation is offering scholarship opportunities to cover tuition. “We are pleased to be able to provide our nursing associates convenient access to the nationally ranked program at UCF,” said Connie Bradley, DNP, RN, FACHE, senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Health First. “This is an exciting partnership that will benefit not only our nurses, but also the communities we serve by providing a higher percentage of BSN-prepared nurses to care for our patients and members across our integrated delivery network.”

UCF has been educating Brevard County nurses for more than 30 years at its Cocoa campus, and is the first and only public institution to offer a BSN degree in the county. The traditional BSN program is offered in a classroom setting, while the RN to BSN is the first in the state to be offered fully online. Through the Health First partnership, the traditionally online RN to BSN will be taught in a hybrid format of face-to-face classroom and online classes to ease students into the program. Another unique aspect of the program is that it is designed to provide a cohort of students to complete the program together. The program will be open to all RNs in the community, not just those employed by Health First. Classes are to begin in spring 2016.

For more information, contact Dr. Frances Iacobellis at or 321.433.7879.

Student Awards & Honors 2014-15

LILLIAN AGUIRRE, a DNP candidate, was recognized as a finalist for the Professional of the Year Award at the 17th Annual Don Quixote Awards. She was one of 15 chosen finalists from 220 nominations. ALEX ARNO and AMANDA SERAFIN, both BSN students, received a scholarship for their poster on Shepherd’s Hope Nurses at UCF’s Service-Learning Student Showcase. KATHERINE (KATIE) BASQUILL-WHITE, a BSN student, received the college’s 2015 Founders’ Day Award for her dedication to excellence in academics, leadership and community service. MARION BENDIXON, a MSN student, presented The Effect of Tongue-Tie Division on Breastfeeding Duration in Infants Ankyloglossia: An Integrated Literature Review at UCF’s Graduate Research Forum. THOMAS BOLSEGA, a BSN student, won a first place scholarship for his research poster Assessment of Tracheostomy Care Practices in a Simulated Setting at UCF’s Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence. LINDSAY BROADHURST AND LAUREN SAVASUK, both BSN students, received a scholarship for their poster on Nutrition Nurses at Rock Lake Elementary at UCF’s Service-Learning Student Showcase. MACKENZIE CHASE, a BSN student, was voted UCF’s 2015 Homecoming Queen. She is also serving on the 2015-16 UCF President’s Leadership Council.

ELAINE GERLT, a BSN student, is serving on the 2015-16 UCF President’s Leadership Council. BILL HICKMAN, a BSN student, received a Legacy Award for Outstanding Member of the Year of a Registered Student Organization for his tireless work with the Student Nurses Association on UCF’s Cocoa campus.

ANNABETH HUFF AND LINDSAY SERNKA, both BSN students, received a scholarship for their poster on Knight Nurses at Rock Lake Elementary at UCF’s Service-Learning Student Showcase.

JAE KOOK LIM, a BSN student, was elected the National Student Nurses Association’s Breakthrough to Nursing Director for 2015-16. Lim also serves as vice president of the local Student Nurses’ Association chapter on UCF’s Orlando campus.

HALEY LONG, LAURA KISSINGER, NANCY KECK AND RACHELLE HAGAN, all BSN students, received a College of Excellence Scholarship for their poster on Little Egypt Knight Nurses at UCF’s Service-Learning Student Showcase. LEAH MORRISETTE, a BSN student, earned an honorable mention scholarship for her research poster Injection Techniques of Subcutaneous Anticoagulant Therapies at UCF’s Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence.

DIANE PAGANO, a DNP student, teaches at St. Johns State College and initiated a simulation partnership with St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Clay County for providing interprofessional education. JOY PARCHMENT, a PhD candidate, received two research grants—the Evelyn Frank McKnight Research Fund and the Frieda Norton Research Fund—from the Florida Nurses Foundation. CHARLOTTE PASTROVICCHIO, a MSN student, is a recipient of the 2015 Restoring Joy Nursing Award. MAUREEN TREMEL, a PhD student, was the regional winner for the William H. Meardy Faculty Member Award from the Association of Community College Trustees. DAWN TURNAGE presented An Implementation Project to Improve Provider Review and Recommendation of Immunizations in Adult Patients with Psoriasis Receiving Biologic Therapy at UCF’s Graduate Research Forum.

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Introducing New Dean Mary Lou Sole

Following a nationwide search, Dr. Sole was appointed this summer as the new dean of the UCF College of Nursing. A leader with nationally recognized scholarship and a distinguished faculty member of the college for more than two decades, Sole will lead the college into the future. | FALL 2015 | 9



You grew up in a small town in Ohio. What inspired you to pursue a career in nursing?

From a small town in Ohio to the nation’s second-largest university, newly appointed dean of the UCF College of Nursing Mary Lou Sole sits down to share her journey here and her vision for the future.

I graduated high school and spent most of my childhood in Adena and Mt. Pleasant, Ohio, where at that time, there were not a lot of opportunities for women. After graduation, most of my classmates pursued education for careers as teachers or nurses, or worked in secretarial positions. It took a while for me to find my niche. Initially, I thought about becoming either a kindergarten or Spanish teacher. Then, I explored medical technology. The primary reason I was drawn to the nursing profession was because both my mother and grandmother were nurses. My grandmother worked as a private duty nurse and my mother worked as a nurse in radiation oncology. Before we moved to eastern Ohio when I was eight, we lived in West Virginia just a few doors down from Wheeling Hospital and the School of Nursing. So health care was always in the forefront of my childhood. Once I decided on a nursing career, I wanted to pursue a degree in the field but there were no baccalaureate programs nearby. Therefore, I began my career with the excellent diploma program at Ohio Valley General Hospital School of Nursing in Wheeling, West Virginia. It was the first step in a lifelong career in nursing, which has also been interwoven with teaching – my first planned profession.


After spending a few years in critical care in a hospital setting, you began to transition to nursing education as an instructor. What led to this change? As soon as I completed my BSN at Ohio University, I was asked by the director of nursing, Nancy Martin, at the Ohio Valley General Hospital School of Nursing to consider teaching. I agreed to try it and was mentored by wonderful faculty there. I thoroughly enjoyed the teaching experience, both in the classroom and clinical setting. Since I believed it to be important for a teacher to hold a higher degree, I decided to pursue

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my master’s the following year, even though it was not required at the time. After earning my master’s degree, I continued teaching and assumed my first educational leadership role as a senior year coordinator. I was initially concerned about being the youngest member of the team and the fact that I would be supervising some of the faculty who had taught me. But Miss Martin assured me that I had the ability and had already demonstrated leadership skills. Her confidence in me led me to accept the position. After four years in that role, I decided to obtain a PhD which would enable me to teach beyond the diploma nursing program. At that time, there were only 22 programs in the entire country. A critical care colleague from Texas encouraged me to look at the University of Texas at Austin, which had a program that made nursing education very affordable and was conducive to working while attending school part-time. Since the job market in Austin was tight, I relocated to San Antonio where I worked as a clinical nurse specialist for critical care units and commuted weekly to school. Within two years, I began my first university teaching position at the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Nursing. I initially taught classroom and clinical for senior year acute care courses and later began teaching in the graduate clinical nurse specialist track, which was very exciting. During my time there, I had the opportunity to work with many military students and even conducted my dissertation research at one of the large military hospitals in San Antonio.


Your career has taken you from Ohio to Texas to Florida, when you first joined UCF as a visiting associate professor in 1991. What first attracted you to UCF and Central Florida? My husband and I always loved Florida. He was in the homebuilding business, which has had many ups and downs. He believed the best place for him to achieve success was in Orlando, and I knew that I would

“I have always believed it is important to enjoy everything you do. Nursing has allowed me to change positions and ‘grow’ multiple times, often without changing places of employment, and I have enjoyed every moment of it. Through nursing, I have met lifelong friends throughout the U.S. and the world. Through my academic career, I have been able to mentor students, conduct research that impacts nursing care and patient outcomes, and teach the next generation of nurses and nurse researchers.” be able to get a job most any place with a PhD in nursing. However, I wanted to work in a health science center setting, such as USF or UF. I had never heard of UCF until I began looking for a new job. Accepting a position with UCF was truly one of the best decisions I have made in my career. I quickly moved from being a little fish in a big pond in San Antonio to a big fish in a little pond at UCF. UCF has stood for opportunity for me since 1991.


You have been at UCF for more than two decades, serving in a variety of roles. How has the college evolved in that time? I feel fortunate to have joined UCF when I did as I have been able to witness and be a part of the exponential growth at the university level and in the College of Nursing. In 1991, UCF had approximately 18,000 students. Today, it is the

nation’s second-largest university with more than 60,000 students. In 1991, the College of Nursing admitted only 60 students per year, had 15 to 18 faculty members, and the RN to BSN program was very small. But, as a faculty member, this meant we taught students in both the classroom and clinical setting. To me, this was the best part as it really helped enhance learning. Today, I believe we’re able to foster learning even more through the evolution of technology and our programs. During my tenure, I have had the privilege of working with colleagues on new program development, including the MSN and doctoral program. Most recently, I helped develop a new partnership with Health First in Brevard County to promote RN to BSN education in Melbourne and supported transitioning the PhD program online to be more accessible and convenient for students.

Over the years I have witnessed the college move and reside in three different buildings. Today we occupy three floors of a building in Central Florida Research Park, adjacent to the main Orlando campus. We’re also offering learning opportunities at the UCF satellite campuses, exploring collaborative learning opportunities at Lake Nona Medical City and offering more online learning to enable students throughout the U.S. and world to pursue higher education. While the college has evolved to meet the demands of today’s students and the health care needs of our nation, the one thing that has remained constant throughout the years is the high quality of our nursing faculty and their dedication to learning. This is reflected in the high pass rate of our BSN students on the NCLEX-RN exam – continually exceeding state and national averages – and the cutting-edge research being conducted. Pass rates on certification examinations that our graduate students complete are also high. In the past few years, the college has earned a growing list of honors including being named by U.S. News & World Report among the nation’s top 25 best online graduate nursing programs and a top online program for veterans. I’m proud to be a member of this team and to have the opportunity to lead this college into the future.


In addition to your role as dean, you are the Orlando Health Endowed Chair in Nursing and your research is currently funded by a $2.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study airway management of mechanically ventilated patients to prevent complications, such as ventilator-associated pneumonia. As the new dean, how will you balance your role as leader of the college and your passion for nursing research? My primary role right now is to lead the college. That said, research and scholarship remain very important to me. These days, I believe everyone – educators, researchers, nurses and students – are balancing | FALL 2015 | 11

Feature | BUILDING UPON A GOLDEN LEGACY multiple responsibilities. I have successfully managed multiple roles throughout my career, including most recently serving as interim dean while mentoring students and conducting my NIH-funded study. Maintaining balance is always challenging, though I try to balance these important roles in several ways. First, I am part of an incredible team of professionals who manage the day-to-day operations of the research project, while I closely supervise. I also block time from my schedule to focus on grant activities. Second, I’m mentoring only a few students right now, and their areas of research and scholarship closely align with mine. Third, I try to schedule my time each day based upon priorities. This allows me to remain completely engaged and focused while in a meeting or working on a project, and helps with making decisions to keep things moving forward. Lastly, I am willing to put in the extra time that’s needed to be successful. Like many scholars, I invest several hours of personal time working on my scholarship, such as writing abstracts and manuscripts. However, for me, I don’t consider this work because it’s my passion and I enjoy every minute of it.


Under your leadership as interim dean, you advanced the college’s teaching and research-related capabilities in simulation and virtual-reality applications. Why are these high-tech areas so important to nursing education today? Simulation and technology are important both to nursing education and clinical practice. When students get to practice complex situations in a simulated setting, they have the opportunity to learn key concepts and practice until they “get it.” Simulation and technology also facilitate team learning with other disciplines, such as physicians, social workers, physical therapists and pharmacists. Ultimately, the learning acquired in the skills laboratory translates into better and safer patient care.

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The “Future of Nursing” report was a landmark study, emphasizing the need for nurses with higher degrees and nurse educators. How has this report impacted the college? The most direct impact we have experienced is the increased demand for our degree programs, which have earned a national reputation for quality and affordability. We have had a 141% growth in enrollment across programs in the past 10 years. In the past five years, we have awarded 55% more degrees. We continue to witness high demand for our pre-licensure BSN program. The number of students in the RN to BSN and concurrent enrollment programs has skyrocketed. We are now focusing on growth in our master’s and doctoral programs. To encourage more nurse educators, we recently secured a federal grant to offer a loan forgiveness program for PhD students who pursue educator roles in higher education. We have also applied for fellowship money to further support PhD students. In order to accommodate the higher demand for our programs, we’re expanding our offerings with new faculty members and more online options. Future plans include creating a simulation certificate program and MSN track with simulation focus, and expanding partnerships such as growing concurrent programs with state colleges.


increased emphasis on simulation and technology both in application through teaching as well as development and research for new methods for learning. These areas already play a major role in learning today and have proven greatly beneficial to skill development and ultimately, patient care. But there is still tremendous opportunity for growth as they become an even larger part of education. We are identifying opportunities to foster learning across the continuum, from health promotion to acute care across diverse populations. We will also continue to increase partnerships locally and globally to provide more educational opportunities for nurses in the community and for our students to experience cultural and health care exchange programs. Next, I would like to promote interprofessional education and research opportunities, which I believe are the future and will best prepare graduates to work as a team and improve patient care. To facilitate such opportunities, it is my goal to have the College of Nursing co-located with the medicine and other health professionals on the UCF Health Science Center campus at Lake Nona Medical City. Ultimately, through these initiatives, the goal is to make a positive impact in nursing research and prepare a higher educated nurse for the future. One who is a team player, innovative, compassionate and prepared to meet the diverse health care needs in our community and beyond.

Certainly this is an exciting time for the college, with the recent momentum of accolades and new thought leaders joining the faculty. What is your vision for the future?

If you could provide one piece of advice for an incoming nursing student to UCF, what would it be?

With the foundation laid by our predecessors and current faculty, I believe that the UCF College of Nursing is well-positioned for a bright future. My vision is to continue to build upon our existing strengths to foster innovation and become a national leader in nursing education and research. There are several ways through which we can accomplish this. First, we will continue to place

It is a privilege to be a nursing student at UCF. Students have access to cutting-edge research facilities, nationally renowned faculty and researchers, and quality degree programs. My advice to incoming students is to focus on learning as much as you can and take advantage of the many diverse learning opportunities. Open your eyes to new experiences, make new friends and enjoy every moment.


A Golden Foundation For A Bright Future Dean Mary Lou Sole is a Pegasus Professor, the highest honor for UCF faculty members, and holds the Orlando Health Endowed Chair in the College of Nursing. She is widely published and nationally recognized for her research on airway management of mechanically-ventilated patients, which is currently funded by a $2.3 million

grant from the National Institutes of Health. “Dr. Mary Lou Sole’s long-standing commitment to UCF’s College of Nursing, her nationally recognized scholarship, and her energy and vision for student success and research make her an outstanding member of our UCF Knights family,” said A. Dale Whittaker,

provost and executive vice president. Sole’s 24-year commitment to UCF has included roles as a visiting professor on the Orlando and Cocoa campuses and graduate program coordinator and interim director of the School of Nursing. Prior to coming to UCF, Sole was a faculty member at the Ohio Valley

General Hospital School of Nursing in Wheeling, W.Va., and the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Nursing at San Antonio. She also worked as a clinical nurse specialist at Santa Rosa Hospital. She earned her PhD in adult health from the University of Texas at Austin.

Quick Pulse On The New Dean

Family: Husband, Bob, who is a home inspector, and daughter Erin, who is a senior at Clemson with aspirations for veterinary school next year Right-handed or left-handed: Left Coffee or tea: Tea Favorite professional team/sports: UCF Knights, Jacksonville Jaguars and Orlando Magic Favorite food: Just about everything, except sushi, salmon and strong seafood Best part about living in Central Florida: Everything – except the traffic! I love the weather, people, shopping and proximity to the beaches, Florida Keys and the rest of the world via the international airport.

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xpanding faculty in high-demand workforce areas, such as nursing, is a key priority for UCF. To build upon UCF’s golden legacy, we’re pleased to introduce some of the newest experts to the College of Nursing. These leaders will make contributions to health care by educating a new generation of nurses, improving patient care and developing innovative technologies. A majority of these positions are new roles.

An early adopter of simulation, Dr. Mindi Anderson is a renowned expert in the field, a well-published researcher and a frequent presenter worldwide. Her specific research areas of interest include virtual and game-based simulation, new simulation technologies, standardized patients, interprofessional education using simulation, and use of simulation in preparing students for nursing practice. Most recently she was part of an interdisciplinary research team working on a funded project that evaluated role-modeling and simulation, some of which were hybrid simulations using a mannequin-based simulator and standardized actors. The results of these groundbreaking studies have helped to establish best practices for using rolemodeling for undergraduate and graduate students in a new role. She was also co-investigator for a funded research study that developed and evaluated a virtual game trainer to teach students about respiratory diseases in the pediatric population. At the University of Texas at

Arlington, where she was previously an associate professor, Anderson initiated a standardized patient program and later published on the topic. Anderson has been honored with many awards for teaching excellence and has received the Excellence in Research Award from the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning. She is a certified health care simulation educator and fellow in the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education. A certified pediatric nurse practitioner, she has practiced for more than 20 years in various pediatric nursing roles in both hospital and office settings. She earned her BSN from Texas Christian University, MSN from the University of Texas at Arlington and PhD in Health Studies from Texas Woman’s University. Dr. Desiree Díaz’s research combines the cutting-edge technology of simulation with the deeper human emotion of empathy to improve the care for underserved patient

MINDI ANDERSON PhD, ARNP, CPNP-PC, CNE, CHSE-A, ANEF Associate Professor, Graduate Department

DESIREE DÍAZ PhD, RN-BC, CNE, CHSE Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Department

Hugh F. and Jeannette G. McKean Endowed Chair in Nursing


Professor, Graduate Department

Dr. Edwards has been appointed as the Hugh F. and Jeannette G. McKean Endowed Chair in Nursing at UCF’s College of Nursing. She succeeds Diane Wink, who recently retired after almost 30 years at the university. Edwards is a nationally known expert on health policy and rural health, with a special interest in women’s health issues. Her research has been widely published over the past 20 years. She has served as a principal investigator on grants from the National Institutes of Health; the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Office of Rural Health Policy; DHHS,

HRSA Division of Nursing; the U.S. Department of Veterans Affair Office of Rural Health; among other funding agencies. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Rural Health, and has served on several state and national committees addressing rural health issues. Edwards earned her BSN and PhD from Ohio University and her MSN from West Virginia University. Prior to joining UCF, she held a variety of positions at East Tennessee State University, including 10 years as Dean of the College of Nursing. Besides holding the endowed chair position, Edwards is also a professor in the college’s graduate department, where she plans to teach and mentor PhD students and continue her research on barriers and facilitators of several preventive screenings in rural and underserved Florida women.

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LAURA GONZALEZ Ph D, ARNP, C N E Clinical Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Department, Simulation Coordinator

JULIE HINKLE PhD, RN, CNE Assistant Professor, Graduate Department

populations. For Díaz, it is about blending the aesthetic side of nursing with the medical necessities to foster an environment of wellbeing. Díaz believes it is important to not just teach the skills and proper responses to situations, but to unveil the inner thoughts and critical thinking behind those actions. Her research, which has been widely presented and published, focuses on training health care providers to more effectively care for underserved patient populations, including correctional health care and limited English proficient patients. While at UCF, Díaz plans to continue her research in correctional health care using simulations to improve team communication during events such as attempted loss of life, acute cardiac crisis and crisis interventions. Díaz is the recipient of the Florence Nightingale Award, a peer recognition award for excellence in nursing in the state of Connecticut, and the American Association of University Professors’ Innovation in Education Excellence Award. She has served as a simulation mentor for the International Nursing Association Simulation Clinical Learning, and previously was associate clinical professor and director of clinical simulation and resource laboratories at the University of Connecticut. She earned her BSN, MSN and PhD from the University of Connecticut, and completed her post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University working with nationally renowned simulation expert Dr. Pamela Jeffries. Dr. Laura Gonzalez’s research in the field of simulation and innovative technologies is focused on preparing future nurses and improving patient outcomes. Specifically she is studying the use of aseptic technique and the prevention of skill decay. Her current funded research studies the use of high-fidelity simulation to bridge the knowledge and skills gap from graduate nurse to professional nurse.


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A previous study focused on psychomotor skill of sterile technique during urinary catheter insertion, a critical skill nurses need to perform properly and with confidence to avoid hospital acquired infections and patient complications. The study found that undergraduate students need to practice multiple times to develop muscle memory and perfect the skill. As the college’s simulation coordinator, she will identify ways to further incorporate simulation within the curriculum to allow students to practice critical skills and provide necessary feedback to enhance learning. In addition, Gonzalez currently serves as interim director for the Florida Healthcare Simulation Alliance and a board member and vice president of programs for the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning. She earned her BSN from the Hunter College School of Nursing in New York, her MSN from the University of South Florida and her PhD from UCF. Dr. Julie Hinkle is an expert in pathophysiology with research focusing on innovative technologies and interventions such as simulation, online interventions and applications. She is currently developing an evidence-based practice stress management program into an application to reach more people who could benefit from the program. Hinkle is also exploring using a smart watch to measure stress and send data to the application, which would then be tailored based on data gathered from the smart watch and other user interactions. Recently Hinkle was one of three to pilot a program at UCF using an innovative adaptive learning software platform called RealizeIT, which changes how courses are taught by incorporating adaptive learning to personalize to student needs and improve outcomes. This summer she presented on how to use adaptive learning in a flipped classroom with a pre-licensure pathophysiology class. Later,





Hinkle will present data collected about user experiences with adaptive learning in an online pathophysiology class for RN-to-BSN students compared to results from a more traditional online pathophysiology class. She was previously a lecturer and site coordinator for the UCF/Valencia College Concurrent ASN to BSN program. After only a year and a half at UCF, Hinkle received an honorable mention for the university’s Chuck D. Dziuban Award for Excellence in Online Teaching. She earned her BSN from the University of Pittsburgh, and her MSN and PhD from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. The impact of Dr. Michele Upvall’s work in global health extends throughout the world. Upvall has created nursing education programs that have made an impact nationally and internationally, and plans to continue her work at UCF. Upvall was involved in the creation of the first BSN program on American Indian lands. In Pakistan she developed the first MSN program and the first fully integrated BSN program, allowing both male and female students to attend classes together. Currently, she is facilitating the development of a RN to BSN program in Lebanon and is investigating ways to improve global health education with universities in Vietnam and Uganda. As a nurse educator, Upvall believes we can impact the health of all populations through strengthening the role of the nurse. Her current research is studying the perspectives of partnership among nursing leaders and low resource countries. Other research areas of interest include the rising levels of obesity and non-communicable diseases worldwide. She is currently a co-investigator on a study evaluating the implementation of evidence-based practice. Prior to UCF, Upvall was a professor in the School of Nursing at Carlow University in Pittsburgh. She is a member of the Nursing



Education Steering Committee for Health Volunteers Overseas and project director for Bhutan. She was most recently elected to the Nominating Committee for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Upvall earned her BSN from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, MSN from Pennsylvania State University, PhD from the University of Utah and post-master’s family nurse practitioner certificate from Arizona State University. A widely published researcher and frequent presenter, Dr. Annette Bourgault focuses her research on the areas of critical care, evidence-based practice and verification of feeding tube placement. Most recently, her research was published in Critical Care Nurse and American Journal of Critical Care. Prior to her academic career, Bourgault practiced in critical care nursing working in the U.S. and Canada in roles as staff nurse, clinical educator and clinical nurse specialist. Additionally, she has been actively involved with the American Association of Critical Care Nurses at the national level focused on evidence-based practice. Previously, Bourgault was interim assistant dean for assessment and development at Georgia Regents University (formerly the Medical College of Georgia) where she had been on faculty since 2007. At UCF Bourgault plans to continue her research, focusing on the implementation of evidence-based practices by critical care nurses as well as additional work on verification of feeding tube placement. She also plans to explore factors that influence tradition-based practices despite evidence suggesting patient risk. Her ultimate goal is to help nurses in critical care and acute care settings incorporate research evidence into their practice. Bourgault received her BSN from the University of Ottawa, her MSN from Queen’s University in Ontario and her PhD with distinction from Georgia Health Sciences University.

MICHELE UPVALL Ph D, R N, CN E Professor, Graduate Department, Coordinator, Nurse Educator MSN and Certificate

ANNETTE BOURGAULT Ph D, R N, CN L Assistant Professor, Graduate Department






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FRANK GUIDO-SANZ Ph D, ARNP, A N P - BC Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Department

JACQUELINE LAMANNA Ph D, ANP- BC , BC-ADM, C D E Assistant Professor, Graduate Department

ELIZABETH KINCHEN Ph D, RN, A H N - BC Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Department

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With more than 15 years of critical care nursing experience, Dr. Frank Guido-Sanz brings extensive hands-on knowledge into his role as an educator and researcher. His research, which he has presented regionally and internationally, focuses on health care associated infections, patient outcomes and quality indicators, minimizing health care costs, and the role of advanced practice nurses (APNs) as intensivists in intensive care units. At UCF, he plans to establish research in the area of advanced practice nursing. Actively involved in the community, he currently is a nurse practitioner volunteer for the Mobile Acute Care Strike Team, Florida Advanced Surgical and Transport Team, and the National Disaster Medical System International Medical Surgical Rescue Team where he deployed to Haiti in 2010 for earthquake relief. In addition to his clinical experience as a critical care nurse and volunteer efforts, Guido-Sanz is a board certified adult nurse practitioner and has worked in a surgical intensive care unit as a nurse practitioner intensivist for more than nine years. In 2014, he was selected as Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year for the March of Dimes in Miami. He is currently resubmitting his dissertation research, which evaluated the effects of APNs as intensivists in a surgical intensive care unit on patient outcomes and health care charges, for publication and seeking grants to further develop the field of research. He was previously an adjunct faculty member at Florida International University, where he earned his MSN, post-master’s certificate in nursing education and PhD. He earned his BSN from Barry University. Dr. Jacqueline LaManna’s areas of expertise and research interests are the fields of gerontology, chronic disease management such as diabetes, and care transitions. The findings from her dissertation research, which addressed early and intermediate hospital-tohome transition experiences of older adults diagnosed with diabetes, were presented at the American Association of Diabetes Educators Annual Meeting, the American Diabetes Association Annual Clinical Meeting and the Southern Nurses Research Society Annual Conference. She was also recognized with the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the college for her research. Board certified as an adult nurse practitioner, LaManna has more than 20 years of experience as an advanced practice nurse

serving in the roles of clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner and educator. She is also certified in advanced diabetes management and a certified diabetes educator. In addition to teaching at UCF, LaManna practices as a nurse practitioner with the Endocrine Clinic at the Florida Department of Health in Brevard County. Her work in diabetes care has also been published in several journals and textbooks. She currently serves as chair of the American Association of Diabetes Educators Research Committee and is a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators, American Diabetes Association, Sigma Theta Tau International and Southern Nurses Research Society. LaManna earned her BSN from Purdue University, where she was recently honored as a Golden Graduate. She received her MSN from the University of Florida and her PhD from UCF. Previously, LaManna was a lecturer and site coordinator for the UCF Cocoa campus, where the college offers a traditional BSN program. A board certified advanced holistic nurse, Dr. Elizabeth Kinchen has presented and been published in several journals for her research. Most recently, her research on the preservation of holistic nursing values in nurse practitioner care was published in Advances in Nursing Science and Journal of Holistic Nursing. This research was also presented at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Master’s Education National Conference, the American Holistic Nurses Association Annual Conference, the Southern Nursing Research Society Annual Conference, and the Sigma Theta Tau International Leadership Forum. At UCF, Kinchen plans to continue research into the preservation of core holistic nursing values in nurse practitioner practice and the areas of program curriculum. For the past four years, she had been a teaching assistant in nursing at Florida Atlantic University while completing her advanced degrees. She earned her BSN from the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and her MSN and PhD from Florida Atlantic University. She is a member of the American Holistic Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. She began her nursing career as a staff nurse at a regional burn center in Indiana and has worked in intensive and progressive care units in Indiana and Florida. •


After more than 75 years of combined service, four faculty members have retired this past year. Linda Hennig, Diane Wink, Betty Mayer and Hannah Morse each made valuable contributions to the advancement of the college as well as to the nursing careers of countless students during their tenure.


Hennig, who retired in December after 26 years of service, served as the founding associate dean for undergraduate affairs from 2007 to 2013 and returned to the classroom exclusively for the past two years to focus on her first love — teaching. She has held numerous other appointments including coordinator roles for the RN to BSN and RN to MSN programs, and nurse educator program. One of her most notable contributions was the development of the web-based RN to BSN program — the first of its kind in Florida. She also received a federal grant from the Department of Health and Human Services to expand the program throughout the state to rural areas. In addition, she facilitated the BSN at UCF regional campuses and was instrumental in developing the graduate certificate in nursing education. Throughout her career, she has been honored with teaching excellence awards, and in 2009 was recognized as one of the “Great 100


Nurses” by the Florida Nurses Association for her significant contributions to nursing education. Wink, who had served as the Hugh F. and Jeannette G. McKean Endowed Chair in Nursing, retired in August after 28 years of service. She had served in a variety of roles in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Most recently she was a professor and coordinator of the graduate nurse educator program. Wink was pivotal in establishing the college’s communitybased curriculum. She also helped develop the initial nurse educator graduate certificate, and coordinated the family and adult nurse practitioner tracks. A researcher, scholar and published author, Wink is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and a recipient of the academy’s Outstanding Abstract Award. UCF has honored her with several teaching excellence, scholarship of teaching and learning, and service awards, and most recently bestowed



upon her the prestigious honor of “Professor Emerita.”

tor to online course development, establishing the first advanced practice nursing group in Volusia County, and initiating the first Student Nurses Association chapter on the Daytona campus.

Mayer, a nursing professor on UCF’s Daytona Beach campus, also retired in August after 13 years of service. Mayer first became affiliated with the college in 1993 as a student in the RN to BSN program, and later in the MSN family nurse practitioner program. Mayer was the college’s first MSN graduate to complete a PhD and be hired as a UCF faculty member. Some of her contributions include creating and instructing the college’s domestic violence courses, becoming a major contribu-

After eight years of service, Morse began her retirement this past January. She was an instructor on psychiatricmental health curriculum, and provided innovative ways to facilitate teaching and learning. Prior to her retirement, she was named the 2014 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year for the category of Academic Nurse Educator.

LASTING LEGACIES Dr. Diane Wink and Dr. Linda Hennig have left lasting legacies through the establishment of endowed scholarships. Together with her husband, Wink established the Diane and Lawrence Wink Endowed Nursing Scholarship for undergraduate nursing students. Hennig established the Drs. Linda M. and E. Glenn Hennig, Jr. Endowed Scholarship in memory of her late husband who was a neuropsychologist and supported nursing education. Her scholarship is awarded to students in the graduate nurse educator program. | FALL 2015 | 19


Awards & Honors Dr. Karen Aroian received the 2015 Excellence in Research award. Dr. Christopher Blackwell received the 2015 Excellence in Graduate Teaching award. Dr. Angeline Bushy was recognized for her 20 years of service to UCF. Dr. Jon Decker is now teaching in the graduate department. Dr. Paul Desmarais received the 2015 Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching award. Dr. Laura Gonzalez has been elected vicepresident of programs for the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning and was also named the interim director of the Florida Healthcare Simulation Alliance. Dr. Julie Hinkle received an honorable mention for the 2015 Chuck D. Dziuban Award for Excellence in Online Teaching. Dr. Linda Howe was inducted as a fellow of the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education. She also received the 2015 Excellence in Service award from UCF.

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Dr. Victoria Loerzel received the 2015 ONS Commendation for Outstanding Achievement for Oncology Nursing Education or Patient/ Family Education Award for her article, Developing the Tracheostomy Care Anxiety Relief Through Education and Support (T-CARES) Program. Dr. Angela Ritten was honored as the 2015 Outstanding Volunteer Practitioner of the Year by Shepherd’s Hope and received the 2015 Advanced Registered Nurse Practice Award from the Florida Nurses Association. Dr. Mary Lou Sole was selected as one of 40 academic nurse leaders to participate in the 2015 AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Program. She is now one of only 127 AACN-Wharton Leadership Fellows nationwide. Dr. Diane Wink received Villanova University’s Medallion for Excellence in Nursing Education as an alumna of their program.

Faculty Fellows American Academy of Nursing • Karen J. Aroian, PhD, RN, FAAN • Angeline Bushy, PhD, RN, PHCNS-BC, FAAN • Joellen Edwards, PhD, RN, FAAN • Mary Lou Sole, PhD, RN, CCNS, CNL, FAAN, FCCM Academy of Nursing Education • Mindi Anderson, PhD, ARNP, CPNP-PC, CNE, CHSE-A, ANEF • Linda Howe, PhD, RN, CNS, CNE, ANEF American Academy of Nurse Practitioners • Josie A. Weiss, PhD, PNP-BC, FNP-BC, FAANP • 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 F. Neff, PhD, RN, FNAP

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Publications REFEREED JOURNAL ARTICLES Allen, D. (2014). Clinical assessment and initial management of lateral epicondylitis in primary care. American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Professional Practice Compendium: Musculoskeletal, 2(1), 2-6. Allred, K. & Shaffer, B. (2015). Pain management in the ambulatory surgical patient. OR Nurse, 9(4), 8-11. Anderson, M., Jenkins, T., KardongEdgren, S., LeFlore, J., & Stefan, C. (2014). The long and short: Advantages and disadvantages of different scenario lengths. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 10(5), e271-e276. Aroian, K.J., Templin, T.N., & Hough, E.E. (2014). Longitudinal study of daily hassles in adolescents in Arab Muslim immigrant families. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 16(5), 831-838. Aroian, K.J., Templin, T.N., & Hough, E.E. (2014). Substantive application of cross lagged SEM for testing diathesis stress theory. Nursing Outlook, 63(1), 103. Blackwell, C.W. & Neff, D.F. (2015). Certification and education as determinants of nurse practitioner scope of practice: An investigation of the rules and regulations defining NP scope of practice in the United States. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 27(10), 552-557. Blackwell, C.W. (in press). Knowledge of vaccination needs of HIV-infected men who have sex with men in a national sample of “gay friendly” healthcare providers. Public Health Nursing. Blackwell, C.W. (2015). Assessment and treatment of depression in gay and bisexual men in emergency settings. Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, 37(2), 116-124. Blackwell, C.W. (2015). Serosorting sexual partners by gay and bisexual men to prevent HIV infection: Implications for public health clinicians. Public Health Nursing, 32(5), 555-564.

Blackwell, C.W. (2014). Pre-exposure prophylaxis: An emerging clinical approach to preventing HIV in high-risk adults. The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Healthcare, 39(9), 50-53. Blackwell, C.W. (2014). Vaccination guidelines for gay and bisexual men. The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Healthcare, 39(2), 34-39. Bourgault, A.M., Heath, J., Hooper, V., Sole, M.L., & NeSmith, E.G. (2015). Methods used by critical care nurses to verify feeding tube placement in clinical practice. Critical Care Nurse, 35(1), e1-7. Bourgault, A.M., Heath, J., Waller, J., Hooper, V., Sole, M.L., & NeSmith, E. (2014). Factors influencing adoption of the AACN practice alert verification of feeding tube placement by critical care nurses. American Journal of Critical Care, 23(2), 134-144. Burg, M., Adorno, G., Lopez, E.D.S., Loerzel, V.W., Stein, K., Wallace, C., & Sharma, D.K.B. (2015). Current unmet needs of cancer survivors: Analysis of open-ended responses to the American Cancer Society Study of Cancer Survivors II. Cancer, 121(4), 623-30. Cazzell, M., & Anderson, M. (in press). The impact of critical thinking on clinical judgment during simulation with senior nursing students. Nursing Education Perspectives. Conner, N., & Uddin, N. (2015) Predictors of intention to refer to pediatric palliative or hospice care. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1049909115593062 Conner, N., & Chase, S.K. (2014). Decisions and caregiving: End-of-life among Blacks from the perspective of informal caregivers and decision-makers. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 32(4), 454-463.

Conner, N.E., Loerzel, V.W. & Uddin, N. (2014). Nursing student end-of-life care attitudes after an online death and dying course. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 16(6), 374-382. D’Ambra, A.M. & Andrews, D.R. (2014). Incivility, retention and new graduate nurses: An integrated review of the literature. Journal of Nursing Management, 22(6), 735-742. Decker S.I., Anderson M., Boese T., Epps C., McCarthy J., Motola I., Palaganas J., Perry C., Puga F., Scolaro K., & Lioce L. (2015). Standards of best practice: Simulation standard VIII: Simulation-enhanced interprofessional education (sim-IPE). Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 11(6), 293-297. Díaz, D.A., Maruca, A., Kuhnly, J., & Jeffries, P. (in press). Creating caring and empathic nurses: The lived experience of a simulated ostomate. Clinical Simulation in Nursing. Efendi F., Kep S., Purwaningsih S., Kurniati A, & Bushy A. (2014). What do Indonesian nurses want? Retaining nurses in rural and remote areas of Indonesia. Online International Journal of Rural Nursing, 14(2), 32-42. Everhart, D., Schumacher, J.R., Duncan, R.P., Hall, A.G., Neff, D.F., & Shorr, R.I. (2014). Determinants of hospital fall rate trajectory groups: A longitudinal assessment of nurse staffing and organizational characteristics. Health Care Management Review, 39(4), 352-360. Garnett, S., Weiss, J.A., & Winland-Brown, J. (2015). Simulation design: Engaging large groups of NP students. Journal of Nursing Education, 54(9), 525-531. Gonzalez, L. & Sole, M. (2014). Urinary catheterization skills: One simulated check-off is not enough. Journal of Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 10(9), 455-460. Gonzalez, L., Aebersold, M., & Fenske, C.L. (2014). Diffusion of innovation: Faculty barriers to adoption. Computers, Informatics, Nursing: CIN, 32(5), 201-204. Hicks, M. & Conner, N. (2014). Resilient aging: A concept analysis. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 70(4), 744–755. | FALL 2015 | 21

Faculty Journal Editors and Editorial Boards Hill, S., Cantrell, C., Edwards, J. & Dalton, W. (2015). Factors influencing mental health screening and treatment among women in a rural south central Appalachian primary care clinic. Journal of Rural Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12134 Hinkle, J.F. (in press) The stress gym: An online intervention to improve stress and depressive symptoms in adults. Issues in Mental Health Nursing. Hochreiter, J., Daher, S., Nagendran, A., Gonzalez, L., & Welch, G. (2015, March). Touch sensing on non-parametric rearprojection surfaces: A physical-virtual head for hands-on healthcare training. Proceedings of IEEE Virtual Reality Annual International Symposium, 2015, 69-74. Ilie, A. & Welch, G. (2014). Online control of active camera networks for computer vision tasks. ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks, 10(2), 25:1-25:40.

Kelly Allred, PhD, RN-BC, CNE Editorial Board, Pain Management Nursing, since 2008 Karen Aroian, PhD, RN, FAAN Chatlos Foundation Endowed Chair in Nursing Associate Editor, Journal of Transcultural Nursing, since 2013 Christopher Blackwell, PhD, ARNP, ANP-BC, AGACNP-BC, CNE Consulting Editor, Journal of American College Health, since 2012 Angeline Bushy, PhD, RN, PHCNS-BC, FAAN 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 Joellen Edwards, PhD, RN, FAAN Hugh F. and Jeannette G. McKean Endowed Chair in Nursing Editorial Board, Journal of Rural Health, since 2011 Linda Howe, PhD, RN, CNS, CNE, ANEF Editorial Board, Nursing Education Perspectives, since 2011 Susan Scott Ricci, MSN, MEd, ARNP, CNE Editorial Board, Women’s Health Online Journal, since 2014

Kinchen, E. (2015). Development and testing of an instrument to measure holistic nursing values in nurse practitioner care. Advances in Nursing Science, 38(2), 144-157.

Mary Lou Sole, PhD, RN, CCNS, CNL, FAAN, FCCM Dean and Professor, Orlando Health Endowed Chair 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

Kinchen, E. (2015). Development of a quantitative measure of holistic nursing care. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 33(3), 238-246.

Gregory F. Welch, PhD (Computer Science) Florida Hospital Endowed Chair in Healthcare Simulation Associate Editor, Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments, since 2002 Associate Editor, Frontiers in Virtual Environments, since 2014

Kim, K., Nagendran, A., Bailenson, J., & Welch G. (2015, May). Expectancy violations related to a virtual human’s joint gaze behavior in real-virtual human interactions. Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference on Computer Animation and Social Agents, CASA 2015, 5-8, Singapore, Singapore.

Diane M. Wink, EdD, ARNP, FNP-BC, FAANP Professor Emerita Editorial Board, Nurse Educator, since 1994 Editorial Board, Journal of Nursing Education, since 2000

Kongsuwan, W., Keller, K. & Chase, S. (in press). The evolution of caring for dying patients in intensive care units in the United States. International Journal for Human Caring. Ladores, S. & Aroian, K.A. (2015). Firsttime mothers with a history of infertility: Their internalized pressure to breastfeed. Journal of Human Lactation, 31(3), 504-510.

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Ladores, S. & Aroian, K.A. (2015). The early postpartum experience of previously infertile mothers. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 44, 370-379.

Loerzel, V.W. (2015). Symptom experience in older adults undergoing treatment for cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum, 42(3), E269-E278.

LaManna, J.M., Bushy, A., Norris, A.E, & Chase, S.K. (in press). Early and intermediate hospital-to-home transition outcomes of older adults diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes Educator.

Loerzel, V.W. & Conner, N. (2014). Advances and challenges: Student reflections from an online death and dying course. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1049909114549182

LeFlore, J.L., Sansousie, D.A., Cason, C.L., Aaron, A., Thomas, P.E., & Anderson, M. (2014). Remote-controlled distance simulation assessing neonatal provider competence: A feasibility testing. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 10(8), 419-424.

Loerzel, V.W., Crosby, W.W., Reising, E., & Sole, M.L. (2014). Developing the tracheostomy care anxiety relief through education and support program (T-CARES). Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 18(5), 522-527.

Loerzel, V.W., Hunt, D., & Rash, E. (2015). A pap test does not screen for everything: Nurse practitioner knowledge of ovarian cancer. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 27(3), 124-130. Mahramus, T., Penoyer, D., Frewin, S., Chamberlain, L., Wilson, D., & Sole, M.L. (2014). Assessment of an educational intervention on nurses’ knowledge and retention of heart failure self-care principles and the teach back method. Heart and Lung, 43(3), 204-212. Maruca, A., Díaz, D.A., Kuhnly, J., & Jeffries, P. (in press). A content analysis of the simulated ostomy experience in undergraduate nurses. Nursing Education Perspectives. Menozzi, A., Clipp, B., Wenger, E., Heinly, J., Dunn, E., Towles, H., & Welch, G. (2014). Development of vision-aided navigation for a wearable outdoor augmented reality system. 2014 IEEE/ION Position, Location & Navigation Symposium - PLANS 2014, 460-472. Nagendran, A., Pillat, R., Kavanaugh, A., Welch, G., & Hughes, C. (2014). A unified framework for individualized avatar-based interactions. Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments, 23(2), 109-132. Quelly, S.B. (2015). Reliability and validity of a tool to measure school nurse perceptions and practices associated with childhood obesity prevention. Journal of Nursing Measurement, 23(2), 239-254. Quelly, S.B. (2014). Childhood obesity prevention: A review of school nurse perceptions and practices. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 19(3), 198-209. Quelly, S.B. (2014). Influence of perceptions on school nurse practices to prevent childhood obesity. Journal of School Nursing, 30(4), 292-302. Quelly, S.B., Norris, A.E., & DiPietro, J.L. (2015). Impact of mobile apps to combat obesity in children and adolescents: A systematic literature review. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/jspn.12134 Ritten, A., Waldrop, J., & Wink, D. (2015). NP students learning from medically underserved: Impact on attitudes towards

poverty. Journal of Nursing Education, 54(7), 389-393. Ritten, A., Waldrop, J., & Kitson, J. (in press). Fit living in progress, fighting lifelong obesity patterns (FLIP-FLOP): A nurse practitioner delivered intervention. Applied Nursing Research. Shelton, D., Reagan, L., Weiskopf, C., Panosky, D., Nicholson, M., & Díaz, D. (2015). Baseline indicators and implementation strategies in a statewide correctional nurse competencies program: Mid-year report. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 46(10), 455-461. Sole, M.L., Bennett, M., & Ashworth, S. (2015). Clinical indicators for endotracheal suctioning in adult patients receiving mechanical ventilation. American Journal of Critical Care, 24, 318-324. Sole, M.L., & Bennett, M. (2014). Comparison of airway management practices between nurses and respiratory care practitioners. American Journal of Critical Care, 23(3), 191-200. Sole, M.L., & Marinski, A. (2014). Ventilator-associated events: A new outcome measure. American Nurse Today, 9(8), 1-17. Sole, M.L., Conrad, J., Middleton, A., Bennett, M., Allen, K., Ashworth, S., & Mehta, D.I. (2014). Pepsin and amylase in oral and tracheal secretions: A pilot study. American Journal of Critical Care, 23(4), 334-338. Sole, M.L., Talbert, S., Penoyer, D.A., Bennett, M., Sokol, S., & Wilson, J. (2014). Comparison of respiratory infections before and after percutaneous tracheostomy. American Journal of Critical Care, 23(6), e80-87. Sole, M.L., Talbert, S., Penoyer, D., Bennett, M., Sokol, S., & Wilson, J. (2014). Characteristics, resource utilization, and nursing care of patients who undergo percutaneous tracheostomy. Clinical Nurse Specialist, 28(5), 288-295. Sonnenwald, D.H., Söderholm, H.M., Welch, G.F., Cairns, B.A., Manning, J.E., & Fuchs, H. (2014) Illuminating collaboration in emergency health care situations: Paramedic-physician collaboration and 3D telepresence technology. Information Research, 19(2), paper 618.

Stiller, J.J., Nelson, K.A., Anderson, M., Ashe, M.J., Johnson, S.T., Sandhu, K., . . . LeFlore, J.L. (2015). Development of a valid and reliable evaluation instrument for undergraduate nursing students during simulation. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 5(7), 83-90. Tofthagen, C., Halpenny, B., Melendez, M., Gonzalez, L., Sanchez -Varela, V., Negron, R. & Berry, D. (2014). Evaluating the linguistic appropriateness and cultural sensitivity of a self-report system for Spanish-speaking patients with cancer. Journal of Nursing Research and Practice, 2014. doi: 10.1155/2014/702683 Vasquez III., E., Nagendran, A., Welch, G.F., Marino, M.T., Hughes, D.E., Koch, A., & Delisio, L. (2015). Virtual learning environments for students with disabilities: A review and analysis of the empirical literature and two case studies. Rural Special Education Quarterly, 34(3), 26-32. Waldrop, J. & Chase, S.K. (2014). Lead faculty workload model: Recognizing equity and leadership in faculty. Nurse Educator, 39(2), 96-101. Waldrop, J., & Wink, D. (in press). Tweeting for independent learning. Nurse Educator. Weinstein, P., Amirkhosravi, A., Angelopoulos, T.J., Bushy, A., Covelli, M., & Dennis, K. (2014). Reducing cardiovascular risk in women with lupus: Perception of risk and predictors of risk-reducing behaviors. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 29(2), 130-139. Weiss, J.A., Gattamorta, K., Davis, S., & Chabot, D. (2014). Recognizing the costs of teen pregnancy: Baby think it over. Journal of Clinical Research in HIV AIDS and Prevention, 2(2), 1-11. Zhang J., Welch, G., Ramakrishnan N., and Rahman S. (2015, May). Kalman filters for dynamic and secure smart grid state estimation. Intelligent Industrial Systems, 1(1), 29-36. Zhang, J., Welch, G., Bishop, G., & Huang, Z. (2014). A two-stage Kalman filtering scheme for robust and real-time power systems state tracking. IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, 5(2), 629-636. | FALL 2015 | 23

Faculty Chase, S.K. (2015). Faith-oriented communities and health ministries in faith communities. In G. Harkness & R. DeMarco (Eds.). Community and Public Health Nursing: Evidence for Practice (2nd ed., pp. 486-500). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

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BOOK CHAPTERS Abich IV, J., Reinerman-Jones, L.E., Matthews, G., Welch, G.F., Lackey, S.J., Hughes, C.E., & Nagendran, A. (2014, June). Good enough yet? A preliminary evaluation of human-surrogate interaction. In R. Shumaker & S. Lackey (Eds.), Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality. Designing and Developing Virtual and Augmented Environments, Vol. 8525. Proceedings Part I of HCI International Conference on Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality (VAMR), Heraklion, Crete, Greece (pp. 239-250). Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. Aroian, K.J., Uddin, N. & Ullah, D. (2015). Social support and depression in Arab Muslim immigrant women in the U.S. In N. Khanlou & B. Pilkington (Eds.), Women’s mental health: Resistance and resilience in community and society (pp. 69-82). New York, NY: Springer. Aroian, K.J. (in press). Research considerations: Minimizing mistrust and maximizing participation. In M.M. Amer & G.H. Awad (Eds.), Handbook of Arab American psychology. New York, NY: Routledge. Blackwell, C.W. (2014). Domestic violence among gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons: Populations at risk. In L. Ross (Ed.) The war against domestic violence (2nd ed., pp. 176-186). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis. Brunnett G., Coquillart S., Liere R., Welch G., & Vasa, L. (Eds.). (2015). Lecture Notes in Computer Science: No. 8844. Virtual realities: International Dagstuhl Seminar, Dagstuhl Castle Germany, June 9-14, 2013: Revised selected Papers. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

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Bushy A. (2014). Health care ethics in rural public health. In J. Warren (Ed.), Rural public health: Best practices and preventive models (pp. 41-54). New York, NY: Springer. Bushy, A. (2014). Rural health and migrant health. In M. Stanhope & J. Lancaster (Eds.), Foundations of community health nursing: Community-oriented practice (4th ed., pp. 389-407). Elkridge, MD: Mosby/Elsevier. Bushy, A. (in press). Epidemiology of health and illness. In Saucier-Lundy, K. (Ed.), Community health nursing: Caring for the public health (3rd ed., pp. 111-131). Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett Publishers. Bushy, A. (in press). Population-centered nursing in rural and urban environments. In M. Stanhope & J. Lancaster (Eds), Public health nursing: Population-centered health care in the community (9th ed., pp. 422-441). Elkridge, MD: Mosby/Elsevier. Bushy, A. (in press). Vulnerability: An overview. In K. Saucier-Lundy (Ed.) Community health nursing: Caring for the public health (3rd ed., pp. 669-674). Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett Publishers.

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very day, our faculty members share knowledge to empower a new generation of nurses and nurse leaders. As researchers, our faculty are actively developing and disseminating new knowledge to enhance learning, improve patient care and health outcomes, and address today’s challenging health care issues. Our faculty’s innovative research continues to attract national attention and funding. Innovation is happening throughout our college and university. In fact, UCF was just recognized by U.S. News & World Report among the “Most Innovative” universities in the nation for 2016. UCF College of Nursing researchers are implementing novel technologies and simulation, engaged with interdisciplinary research teams, and conducting studies with vulnerable at-risk populations. For 2014-15, faculty members are working on 23 active and funded grants totaling $10,234,718. However, there’s still much more knowledge to discover and share. With the extensive expertise among our faculty, the college will continue to make valuable contributions toward solving the health care issues of our nation and beyond through research and scholarship. DONNA F. NEFF, PhD, RN, FNAP

Interim Director of Nursing Research

NIH Grant Awarded to Improve Cancer Symptom Management for Older Adults Victoria Loerzel, PhD, RN, OCN

Dr. Victoria Loerzel, ’07, associate professor, has been awarded $463,104 in funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to improve cancer symptom management in older adults. With the grant, which was issued by the NIH National Institute of Nursing Research, Loerzel will design, develop and test an interactive educational tool that will engage and prepare older adults who are being treated for cancer to make better self-care decisions at home. The tool will allow them to practice at-home symptom management with a character and real-life scenarios to visualize both good and bad outcomes based on their self-management choices. For example, if the character in the “game” is experiencing mild nausea from chemotherapy, the patient will have the option to choose how to manage it. They can decide to take medication, take a nap, watch TV and wait for it to pass, or do something else. Based on their answer, the nausea will either go away or get worse. After the “game” is played, the patient and their nurse will discuss the outcomes and decisions. “It may sound simple, but a lot goes into decision-making for symptom selfmanagement for older people,” Loerzel said. “They often don’t think about how their actions impact their symptoms.” Older adults are less likely to effectively manage chemotherapy side effects at home, placing them at greater risk for adverse events, such as dehydration, weight loss, low blood pressure and more. This results in reduced daily

function and an increased chance of an unplanned hospitalization. The project will be conducted in two phases over a nearly three-year period. For phase one of the project, the team will recruit and work with older adults at the cancer center at Orlando Health to understand their experience with chemotherapy induced nausea and illness. Phase two will be a clinical trial where the “game” will be piloted and tested in the outpatient ambulatory treatment center. Once shown to be effective, Loerzel hopes this innovative educational tool will be widely used at the bedside to educate patients, improve symptom management at home, reduce severe symptoms, reduce unplanned hospital visits and ultimately, improve quality of life. Co-investigators on the study are Dr. John Clochesy from the College of Nursing at the University of South Florida, Eileen Smith from E2i Creative Studio at the UCF Institute for Simulation and Training, Dr. Patricia Geddie, ’15, from the UF Health Cancer Center at Orlando Health who will serve as research nurse, and UCF professor Dr. Xin Yan who will be the statistician. Loerzel, who is an oncology certified nurse and has been a cancer nurse for more than 20 years, has focused much of her research on improving symptom management and quality of life for older adults with cancer. “Older adults, ages 65 and older, are the most common group to be diagnosed with cancer, but are the least researched,” she said. “Life stage, life experience and personal beliefs about illness should be considered for approaching symptom management and educating patients on how to care for themselves.”

“Older adults, ages 65 and older, are the most common group to be diagnosed with cancer, but are the least researched.” – Dr. Victoria Loerzel | FALL 2015 | 25

Funded Research & Scholarship 2014-15 ACTIVE IN

Diane Andrews, PhD, RN, Principal Investigator, Factors Predictive of Hospital Patients’ Discharge to Hospice, UCF Foundation ($1,000).

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Karen Aroian, PhD, RN, FAAN, CoInvestigator, A Crowdsourced Social Media Portal for Parents of Very Young Children with Type 1 Diabetes, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases ($1,589,730). Christopher Blackwell, PhD, ARNP, ANP-BC, AGACNP-BC, CNE, Principal Investigator, Knowledge of Vaccination Needs of HIV Infected Adults in Fourth Year Medical and Final Semester Advanced Practice Nursing Students, UCF Foundation, Gurecki Foundation ($20,000). Angeline Bushy, PhD, RN, PHCNSBC, FAAN, Co-Investigator, Promoting Rural Health Clinic Performance for the Chronically Ill Elderly, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities ($1,836,866). Susan K. Chase, EdD, FNP-BC, FNAP, Project Director, Advanced Education Nurse Traineeship: Preparing Primary Care Providers for the Medically Underserved, Health Resources Service Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ($700,000 for 2014-15 and $350,000 for 2015-16). Norma Conner, PhD, RN, Principal Investigator, A Community Based Patient Centered Advance Care Planning Intervention, UCF Learning Institute for Elders ($2,200). Norma Conner, PhD, RN, Principal Investigator, Factors Predictive of Hospital Patients’ Discharge to Hospice, Sigma Theta Tau International, Theta Epsilon Chapter ($500). Desiree Díaz, PhD, RN-BC, CNE, CHSE, Principal Investigator, Mobile TeamSTEPPS and Simulation Training Intervention to Improve Healthcare Worker Education and Communication in a Correctional Health Environment, 26 | FALL 2015 |

International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning ($1,000).

Symptom Management in Older Adults, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Nursing Research ($463,104).

Desiree Díaz, PhD, RN-BC, CNE, CHSE, Principal Investigator, Mindi Anderson, PhD, ARNP, CPNP-PC, CNE, CHSE-A, ANEF, Co-Investigator, Virtual versus High-Fidelity Patient Simulation (HFPS) on Student Outcomes for Acute, LowFrequency, High-Risk Pediatric and Obstetric Scenarios, Laerdal Foundation, Acute Medicine Grant ($20,000).

Victoria Loerzel, PhD, RN, OCN, Principal Investigator, eSSET-CINV Serious Game Development, UCF Foundation, Gurecki Foundation ($41,467).

Loretta Forlaw, PhD, RN, FACHE, Principal Investigator, Healthy Food Access, Healthy Central Florida ($1,600). Laura Gonzalez, PhD, ARNP, CNE, Principal Investigator, Kelly Allred, PhD, RN-BC, CNE, Co-Investigator, Bridging the Gap: Integration of HighFidelity Simulation in Nursing Curricula to Increase Transfer of Knowledge and Skills to the Workforce, Florida Blue Foundation ($40,000). Linda Howe, PhD, RN, CNS, CNE, ANEF, Principal Investigator, Archival Research on Dominicans of Hawthorne, UCF College of Nursing ($3,000). Victoria Loerzel, PhD, RN, OCN, Principal Investigator, Promoting Cancer

Victoria Loerzel, PhD, RN, OCN, Principal Investigator, Older Women Living with Breast Cancer, UCF Office of Research and Commercialization ($7,500). Donna Felber Neff, PhD, RN, FNAP, Principal Investigator, Association of State Regulations and APRN Practice in Rural Underserved Areas, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ($249,735). Donna Felber Neff, PhD, RN, FNAP, Principal Investigator, Multi-method Approach to Evaluate Geographic Distribution and Practice Regulations of Nurse Practitioners in Florida, Florida Blue Foundation ($29,024). Donna Felber Neff, PhD, RN, FNAP, Project Director, Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP), Health Resources Service Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ($41,019).


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Susan Quelly, PhD, RN, CNE, Principal Investigator, Development and Testing of a Survey to Measure Child Perceptions and Behaviors Associated with Child Obesity, UCF College of Nursing ($3,000). Susan Quelly, PhD, RN, CNE, Principal Investigator, Feasibility of an Educational Interactive Glucose Simulator to Prevent and Reduce Childhood Obesity, UCF Foundation, College of Nursing Drs. Diane and Thomas Andrews Faculty Research Award ($4,800) and Sigma Theta Tau International, Theta Epsilon Chapter ($500). Mary Lou Sole, PhD, RN, CCNS, CNL, FAAN, FCCM, Principal Investigator, Oral Suction Intervention to Reduce Aspiration and Ventilator Events (NO ASPIRATE), National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Nursing Research ($2,338,048). Gregory F. Welch, PhD (Computer Science), Principal Investigator, HumanSurrogate Interaction, U.S. Office of Naval Research ($2,312,188). Gregory F. Welch, PhD (Computer Science), Principal Investigator, A Testbed for Evaluating Human Surrogates for Live-Virtual Training, U.S. Office of Naval Research ($178,437).

Researchers from UCF, Nemours and University of Michigan Awarded a $1.5 Million NIH Grant for Type 1 Diabetes Study Karen Aroian, PhD, RN, FAAN Dr. Karen Aroian, professor, is part of a team of researchers that has been awarded a $1.5 million federal grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to create a crowdsourced social media portal for parents of very young children with Type 1 diabetes. The interdisciplinary team includes two pediatric psychologists, Timothy Wysocki, PhD, and Jessica Pierce, PhD, from Nemours Children’s Health System in Jacksonville, Fla., a pediatric endocrinologist, Dr. Joyce Lee, from the University of Michigan Health System, and Aroian, a nurse scientist who will serve as a co-investigator and qualitative research methodologist on the study. Type 1 diabetes is increasing in children ages six and younger. Parents are expected to manage their child’s diabetes successfully, yet are often uncertain how to do so. Care for these very young children is also especially challenging due to their behavior, emotional, cognitive and physiological features. Parent stress related to managing their child’s care is associated with poorer outcomes for children with Type 1 diabetes. The social media portal, which will be developed by parents and clinicians, will provide a space for parents to receive timely information and support. The team hopes the portal will help parents with uncertainty and stress, and empower them to effectively manage their child’s care. If successful, the impact will extend beyond improving the child’s health to improving the family’s quality of life. The project is funded by a grant for $1,589,730 from the NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for a three-year period. For the first phase of the project, the team will develop the social media portal. The second phase will be a clinical trial to determine whether the portal improves outcomes and reduces parent stress. “This team has a very exciting combination of people with different skill sets and backgrounds,” said Aroian, who is the Chatlos Foundation Endowed Chair at the UCF College of Nursing. “Dr. Wysocki is a successful researcher who has received more than $20 million in NIH funding over the course of his career and Dr. Lee has creatively used social media in clinical practice. My research interests with parenting and illness management provide substantive background to apply my methodological expertise to the project.” Aroian, who is a highly regarded expert in qualitative research methods, has collaborated with Nemours for several years. Most recently, she mentored Pierce, a post-doctoral student of Wysocki, in qualitative research methods for a separate study.

“This team has a very exciting combination of people with different skill sets and backgrounds.” – Dr. Karen Aroian | FALL 2015 | 27


We believe every patient deserves a UCF educated nurse, and we are committed to touching lives, leading by example and making a difference in nursing care.


hile preparing nurses and scholars for diverse health care and leadership roles, the UCF College of Nursing is focused on the future of health care. Students receive a high quality education grounded in evidence-based practice. It is the college’s goal to reshape nursing practice and improve patient outcomes by investing in students and their nursing education. Your gift to the UCF College of Nursing To discuss a philanthropic ensures that we can prepare the next generation investment in our future of nursing leaders. Gifts of all amounts help to nurse leaders or ways advance the college and its priorities. Annual to get involved, please and endowed gifts have allowed our students contact me at: and faculty to purchase equipment and supplies PHONE for teaching through the Community Nursing 407.823.1600 Coalitions, expand student simulation training, EMAIL support students on a medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic, support faculty members with their research efforts and establish new scholarships to assist with tuition, lab fees and books. These are just a few examples of the many areas that have been impacted by the support from alumni, friends, community members, foundations and organizations over the past year.

Through your philanthropic investment in the 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 • Provide funding for programs that allow our graduates to shape the future of health care on the local, national and global levels Katie Korkosz, MS

Director of Development



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Ways to Give 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 UCF. 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 help 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.

“There are many students who simply wouldn’t be able to go to nursing school without the generosity of donors.” Sotos Djiovanis, ’15 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT

Most Scholarships Awarded in College’s History, Aids Education of Nearly 100 Students


he College of Nursing awarded more than $247,000 in scholarship aid to 95 undergraduate and graduate nursing students for the 2014-15 academic year. This is the largest amount of funding awarded and the most individual scholarships awarded in the college’s history. The College of Nursing now ranks among the top three colleges at UCF for awarding funds to assist students with their tuition and educational expenses. “Scholarship support is critical to our students and our program,” says Dr. Mary Lou Sole, dean. “Due to the rigorous curriculum, it is difficult for many students to work. Scholarships not only recognize these hard-working individuals, but also allow us to attract the best and brightest students to our programs. Additionally, students with a prior bachelor’s degree are ineligible for many types of federal aid, so the need

for private support is especially great for these types of students.” The scholarship recipients had an average GPA of 3.8, and each is involved in community service and professional organizations. Among those recognized was Sotos Djiovanis, a student in the second-degree program who decided to pursue his BSN in his 30s after a highly successful career as a professional musician. “There are many students who simply wouldn’t be able to go to nursing school without the generosity of donors,” says Sotos, who graduated with his BSN in May. “Supporting nursing education is absolutely having an impact right here in our backyards. Your UCF Knight nursing student today is often your Orlando area RN, nurse practitioner, nurse educator, or nurse manager tomorrow.” Katie Korkosz, director of development for the college says, “Student scholarships would not be possible

without the generous support of our donors whose philanthropic support positively impacts the lives of future nurse leaders, such as Sotos. We are incredibly grateful for their ongoing commitment to our program and students.” The scholarships were presented at the annual scholarship luncheon. More than 140 guests were in attendance, including alumni, friends of the college, health care community members and many scholarship donors who traveled from near and far to meet their gift recipient. Two new scholarships were established in the past year and the donors were presented with a special gift at the luncheon. The Judy R. Morter Memorial Lifelong Clinical Nursing Scholarship was established by her family in memory of the pediatric nurse practitioner and long-time adjunct faculty member at the college. The Jacqueline Byers Memorial Endowed Scholarship was endowed by Dr. Rob Byers in memory of Dr. Jacqueline Byers, a long-time nursing professor in the college, and respected author, researcher and health care leader in the Orlando community. | FALL 2015 | 29


ReAnna Greene Golf Tournament Supports Nursing Scholarships


eAnna Greene was a 2011 graduate of the BSN program, who tragically lost her life in April, 2015 (p. 40). The Greene family established a golf tournament in her memory to raise funds for student scholarships at her high school, the University of Maryland, where ReAnna was studying for her doctorate, and UCF, where she received her bachelor’s degree. The inaugural tournament was held on Oct. 18. More than one hundred golfers raised over $8,000. UCF is the sole recipient of the funds, which will support nursing students involved with the UCF Student Nurses Association, an organization where ReAnna served as vice president. An exceptional student at UCF, Greene’s nursing philosophy was, “we cure some- Liz Greene, ReAnna’s times, but care always.” She aunt, with Samantha believed that nursing was not Brown, ’11, wearing just a job, but something that ReAnna’s favorite color. must be approached with passion and respect for human dignity and life. She had moved to Maryland, where she was working as a trauma nurse at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. She was pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at the University of Maryland, and serving as a teaching assistant there. FOR MORE INFORMATION on the ReAnna Greene Memorial Endowed Nursing Scholarship, visit:

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Knightingale Society Members Listing of donors who supported the college with a gift over $1,000 from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015. Dr. Thomas W. and Dr. Diane R. (’06) Andrews Anonymous Ms. Kathleen Black (’84, ’01, ’02) Dr. Christopher W. Blackwell (’00, ’01, ’05) Gary L. Blackwell Charitable Foundation Dr. Angeline A. Bushy Dr. Susan K. Chase Dr. Joseph L. and Dr. Maureen M. Covelli Lynn Atton Davis Jr. Foundation Dr. Joyce DeGennaro (’03, ’09, ’13) Mr. Michael and Mrs. Bari Ann DiPietro Dr. Enitan O. Ekwotafia Florida Hospital Florida Navy Nurse Corps Association Dr. Loretta Forlaw Estate of Ethel B. Fox Lt. Colonel MeLisa A. Gantt (’10) GENEX Services Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation Dr. Linda Gibson-Young Arnold P. Gold Foundation Dr. Frank Guido-Sanz Estate of Rebecca Gurecki Hans & Cay Jacobsen Foundation Health First Heart of Volusia Dr. Julie F. Hinkle Dr. Linda A. and Mr. John Howe Mr. Todd (’04, ’05) and Mrs. Katie (’04, ’05) Korkosz Dr. Martin A. Kubiet and Dr. Leslee A. (’13) D’AmatoKubiet Dr. John J. and Dr. Patricia K. (’86, ’97, ’14) Lafferty Dr. Jacqueline (’13) and Mr. Anthony J. (’93) LaManna LIFE at UCF Lockheed Martin Dr. Victoria W. (’07) and Mr. Steven C. (’87, ’92) Loerzel Ms. Mary W. McKenzie Mr. Gerard and Mrs. Debra (’01, ’03, ’10) Michaud Dr. Donna F. Neff Dr. Samuel D. Realista (’01) The Gertrude E. Skelly Charitable Foundation Dr. Mary Lou and Mr. Robert Sole Dr. Michele J. Upvall and Mr. Richard Ptachcinski Vascular Vein Centers VNA Foundation Dr. Gregory F. and Mrs. Linda Welch

Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Dr. Suzanne Winchoba (’05, ’08) Diane and Lawrence Wink Fund Listing of donors who supported their endowed scholarship fund from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015. Dr. Robert M. Byers – Dr. Jacqueline Byers Memorial Nursing Scholarship Odessa Chambliss Quality of Life Fund – Odessa Chambliss Quality of Life Fund Endowed Scholarship Femmes de Coeur – Femmes de Coeur Endowed Nursing Scholarship Mr. Donald J. Flannery and Mr. Lee A. (’92) Flannery – Laura Flannery Memorial Endowed Nursing Scholarship Mr. Terry and Mrs. Renee Greene – ReAnna Greene Memorial Endowed Nursing Scholarship Mr. David (’81) and Mrs. Ania Hanke – David and Ania Hanke Endowed Fund for Global Health Outreach Helene Fuld Health Trust – Helene Fuld Health Trust Scholarship Dr. Linda A. and Mr. John Howe – Elizabeth Marie Howe Memorial Endowed Scholarship Ms. Renee M. Keller – Renee M. Keller Endowed Nursing Scholarship Dr. Jean C. Kijek – Dr. Jean C. Kijek Doctoral Student Endowed Scholarship Dr. Kate (’79, ’83) and Mr. Joseph F. Kinsley – Ida Kinsley Memorial Nursing Endowed Scholarship Mr. Mark S. (’99) and Mrs. Lisa Moore – The JKLM Moore Endowed Scholarship Ms. Carole R. Mascarenhas and Ms. Karin Whitt - Dr. Judy R. Morter, CPNP Memorial Lifelong Clinical Nursing Scholarship 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 inadvertent errors or omissions.



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s part of America’s partnership university, the College of Nursing actively pursues community partnerships to collaborate with leaders in health care and other industries to make advancements in patient care. As part of the communitybased curriculum, undergraduate students participate in Community Nursing Coalitions in which students are engaged with economically disadvantaged residents across five counties.



Professor Providing Care to Uninsured, Inspiration to Students Angela Ritten, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC, Honored as NP Volunteer of the Year

REGIONS SERVED 1 | Flagler County 2 | Volusia County 3 | Seminole County 4 | Orange County 5 | Brevard County

WHO WE HELP Infants to Seniors Diverse Ethnic Backgrounds Medically Underserved Under- or Uninsured Low to No Income

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Dr. Angela Ritten, ’84, ’96, ’13, clinical assistant professor and a graduate program coordinator, has been honored as the 2015 Outstanding Volunteer Practitioner of the Year by Shepherd’s Hope. Each year Shepherd’s Hope recognizes four of its nearly 1,800 volunteers with the Dr. Ruth McKeefery Award, named in honor of the organization’s first volunteer executive director. This is the first year for the clinical practitioner category, in which Ritten was recognized. “Dr. Ritten truly goes above and beyond to provide compassionate care to our patients, to assist fellow volunteers, and to inspire her students’ passion for learning and caring for others,” says Martha Mannarino, vice president of communications and development at Shepherd’s Hope, Inc. “She, like all of our volunteers, comes here quietly, humbly and out of the goodness of her heart to give back to the community. Our organization is incredibly thankful for her commitment to both our patients and her students, and we were honored to surprise her with the award.” Ritten has been volunteering weekly since 2010 with Shepherd’s Hope, a faith-based organization of volunteers that provides access to free health care for thousands of uninsured men, women and children. She also engages her nurse practitioner students in the organization to enhance their understanding of health care disparities in the community and learn from the medically underserved. The topic is not only one she’s passionate about, but one she is currently exploring further as an area of funded research. “Using my skills as a nurse practitioner to deliver medical care to those who cannot afford it is just the right thing to do,” says Ritten. “Shepherd’s Hope is vital to Central Florida, providing individuals with the opportunity to achieve health and for some, preserve life. It is an honor to be part of the generous team of volunteers and staff who come together to make a difference.”

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NURSING STUDENTS (FROM LEFT): Bill Hickman, Lindsay Hayes, Darris James, Sarah Johnson and Rhonda Pullis graduated together this past August.

Nursing Students Help Veterans, including the Homeless Darris James, BSN ’15, loves helping military veterans. James is a veteran himself – he spent 13 years in the U.S. Navy, including time as a Navy corpsman – and that shared experience has given him common ground with other veterans. “I really enjoy being around the vets,” said James, who graduated with more than 3,600 others — including other military vets — in August. “I get a chance to listen to some of their stories and build a rapport with them. I am a vet myself, and I like being around them to remind them that there are people who still care about them.” He’s in good company among his fellow nursing students on the UCF Cocoa campus. The nursing program there has developed a special relationship with the nearby Veterans Administration clinic – and the many veterans it serves. The busy VA Outpatient Clinic in Viera provides services to Brevard, Volusia and Indian River counties, an area that’s home to about 100,000 vets. “It’s been marvelous,” said VA clinic nurse Audrey Hibbard, who recruited UCF nursing students to help provide services for homeless veterans. “Their efforts have allowed me to provide much-needed health education to these vets. I’m thrilled – this is a very skilled, professional group.” Students pursuing a BSN do clinical rotations at the VA clinic, gaining critical experience. But it doesn’t end there. The students have put on flu shot clinics, launched drives to gather supplies for veterans, and spearheaded educational presentations for recently homeless vets. Many students participate in “Stand Downs,” one-day events organized by the VA to provide help to homeless veterans. Vets can receive everything from hot meals to haircuts and dental 34 | FALL 2015 |

care. Organizers also connect them with available resources and make sure they’re receiving the services to which they’re entitled. Knight nursing students help with medical intake, and escort veterans throughout the day. “My main goal is to work with veterans,” said Rhonda Pullis, BSN ’15. “It’s a very unique sacrifice they’ve made. They’re a very deserving population, and I just don’t think that most civilians truly know what the active duty member goes through, and what the military families go through.” Pullis understands, though. She served eight years in the U.S. Air Force, and her husband spent 20 years as an Air Force pilot. She enrolled in UCF’s BSN program after her son finished college. Last summer, five nursing students from the Cocoa campus crowded into an apartment living room in Victory Village, a transitional housing complex in Titusville for homeless disabled veterans. They delivered a health and hygiene presentation to 10 military veterans who until recently had been on the streets. The vets seemed reticent at first, but when they heard that some of the students were veterans themselves, they soon became engaged. Some stuck around to chat with the students after the hour-long discussion, which was part of a series of presentations by students in partnership with the VA clinic. “I’m really passionate about helping veterans, especially homeless veterans,” said Sarah Johnson, BSN ’15 and former president of the UCF Cocoa Student Nurses Association, which has organized sock drives and other homeless service activities. “They’ve given so much to their country, and they’re the people that everyone says they care about and want to help, but they’re the ones who are most often forgotten.”

Commemorating Five Years of Orlando Health Nursing Lectures Hosts National Speaker and Honors Orlando Health Leader with Visionary Award


ore than 230 area nurses and nurse leaders recently gathered for the college’s fifth annual Orlando Health Nursing Lecture. The event has grown every year in size and significance since its creation in 2010 and provides Central Florida nurses an opportunity to learn from national leaders on innovative topics impacting health care today. This year’s lecture, which was held on Oct. 13, was “Creating a Healthy Work Environment through Compassionate Care” and presented by Dr. Dorrie K. Fontaine. Fontaine, who has led the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Nursing since 2008 and is founder of UVA’s Compassionate Care Initiative, is a critical care nurse and national expert on teaching resilience, mindfulness and compassion. Fontaine discussed the current state of healthy work environments in critical care settings, which have declined steadily over the past seven years. She also shared the importance of a healthy environment, showing that nurse burnout and stress have a direct impact on quality of care for patients. According to Fontaine, a solution is to provide compassionate care through mindfulness, a trait that can be learned. “Mindful clinicians, those who provide patient-centered communication and convey a positive emotional tone, are associated with better patient care,” said Fontaine. “To have a safe and high functioning healthcare environment,

we need to have healthy, happy nurses, physicians and health care workers who value and embody kindness and humanness.” The Orlando Health Nursing Lecture, along with the establishment of an endowed chair and undergraduate student scholarships, is supported by the Orlando Health Endowed Fund. “But the vision for this partnership, and its impact on improving patient care through research and education, can be attributed to one outstanding visionary leader, Anne Peach, vice president for nursing at Orlando Health,” said Dr. Mary Lou Sole, dean of the UCF College of Nursing and the Orlando Health Endowed Chair in Nursing. “Anne has always challenged nurses to achieve their very best through ongoing excellence in practice and lifelong learning.” At the lecture, Peach was honored with a Visionary Leader Award for her contributions to the college and nursing profession. Peach is retiring from Orlando Health in December. “This lecture is not just my dream, but also the dream of many at UCF. The dream will continue to go on, even after my retirement,” said Peach. “As nurses, we are on an amazing journey. To sustain us on this journey, we need to challenge ourselves to continue learning through lecture series, such as this, and furthering our education. Thank you to the UCF College of Nursing for helping us make a difference in the lives in our community.”

UCF DISTINGUISHED LECTURES SERIES The college hosted two events this year as part of the annual distinguished lecture series and provided continuing education contact hours. Nurses from around the state were in attendance. In February, Dr. Debra J. Barksdale presented her lecture, “When Values Conflict: Patient-Centeredness in a Paternalized Health Care System.” As the only nurse appointed to the national PCORI Board, she addressed issues relating to patient-centeredness, patient engagement and the overall patient experience using the framework developed by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Barksdale is an associate professor and director of the DNP program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In November, Dr. Edward Briggs presented on Policy, Politics and Advocacy. As the immediate past president of the Florida Nurses Association, Briggs discussed the implications of health policy at the national, state and local level, as well as nursing’s role in the debate.


DR. MARIAN GRANT Thursday, Feb. 4 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Dr. Marian Grant is a leading voice in the field of palliative care, a board member of the Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses Association, and an associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. In 2014-15, she was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow. Prior to entering nursing, she worked as a marketing executive for the Procter & Gamble Company. The focus of her research is nursing communication.

The UCF Nursing Distinguished Lecture Series is hosted with support from

LEFT TO RIGHT: Dr. Dorrie K. Fontaine; Vice President for Nursing at Orlando Health Anne Peach with Dr. Mary Lou Sole, dean of the UCF College of Nursing. | FALL 2015 | 35

Alumni Former White House Nurse Receives Alumni Award Thomas K. Weichart, MSA, MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC PASSION FOR NURSING, DESIRE TO SERVE Thomas Weichart was always interested in medicine, but was also interested in the life experiences and opportunities to serve with a career in the military. He joined the U.S. Army, which exposed him to the nursing fields of trauma and critical care, and served our nation for more than 20 years. While in the Army, Weichart held nursing positions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. and Winn Army Community Hospital in Ft. Stewart, Ga. He also served in nursing leadership roles at Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg, N.C., the 240th Forward Surgical Team in Macedonia and Kosovo, and the 86th Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad, Iraq. In Baghdad, Weichart was the assistant head nurse/manager in the trauma ICU during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Weichart credits his courses

and clinical experiences in critical care at UCF, which was supported by the Army, to his success in the combat zone. “The work was intense, but my education allowed me to succeed and take on a leadership role in the field hospital and mentor newer nurses.” The experience in Iraq helped Weichart receive a rare opportunity upon returning back to the U.S. In 2005, he was selected to serve as presidential executive nurse with the White House Medical Unit. In that role, he provided 24-hour comprehensive medical support to the President of the United States, Vice President of the United States and their families. “It was a dream to go in every day to serve in the White House, fly on Air Force One, and care for some of the most powerful men and women in the world. I am truly honored to have had the opportunity.

“The College of Nursing has allowed me the opportunity to do many great things – from being able to provide health care, medicine and nursing to management and leading others in caring for people. It was because of the college that I feel I was a success not just at school, but in my career in the United States Army.”

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2015 Professional Achievement Award

THOMAS WEICHART During Homecoming 2015, the UCF Alumni Association and College of Nursing honored Thomas Weichart (’04, ’14) with the Professional Achievement Award at the Black & Gold Gala. The award, which is in its 35th year, recognizes alumni who are standouts in their respective fields. Weichart, who earned his MSN and two post-graduate specialty certificates from UCF, has served his country through nursing from the combat zone in Iraq to our nation’s leaders at the White House.

CONTINUING TO REACH FOR THE STARS During his career in the military, Weichart earned numerous medals for his service and nursing excellence. His education in the health care field began in the Army in 1993, but continues to this day even after his honorable discharge in 2008 at the rank of Major. Weichart earned a BSN from the University of Florida in 1995, MS in health services administration from Central Michigan University in 1999, MSN and postgraduate nurse educator certificate from UCF in 2004, MA in theology/theological studies from Liberty University in 2010, postgraduate family nurse practitioner certificate from UCF in 2014, and is currently attending UCF for a nurse practitioner doctorate, scheduled to graduate next year. He currently works as clinical nurse director of ONI Medical Associates, overseeing staff in the delivery of 24-hour comprehensive medical support to VIP clients and their families, and as a family nurse practitioner in Central Florida. But his passion to serve carries on. In the future, he hopes to leverage his UCF education in health care management to open a free clinic to serve the underprivileged population.

UCF Alumnus Now Fellow of American Academy of Nursing J. Craig Phillips, PhD, LLM, ARNP, PMHCNS-BC, ACRN, FAAN FINDING EARLY INSPIRATION FOR HIS LIFE’S WORK J. Craig Phillips became inspired to pursue nursing after meeting a hospice nurse caring for a friend at the end stages of HIV. But it was a UCF undergraduate nursing research course that sparked his desire to become a nurse researcher. His research interests grew further from his early connections to the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care to his poster presentation for a Women and HIV conference at the National Institutes of Health in D.C., submitted under the guidance of late UCF professor Dr. Gina Giovinco.

“Dr. Sole told me that if I applied myself, I could do anything I wanted,” said Phillips. “Those words have resonated with me and I have continued to apply myself to the goals that are important to me and to the communities I serve.” GAINING A DEEPER PERSPECTIVE Throughout his career, Phillips has sought out educational, research and professional opportunities to gain insights into the social struggles faced by persons living with HIV and the impact on their health. As a staff nurse at hospitals in Miami, he worked directly with patients living with the disease and struggling with the social determinants of health. Those experiences led Phillips to pursue his MSN degree as an adult psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and a PhD in nursing from Florida International University. Phillips also completed a Letters of Law Master in intercultural human rights law at St. Thomas University School of Law, which he credits as instrumental in providing a framework for exploring social factors that influence the health outcomes for persons living with HIV.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE THROUGH ADVOCACY AND GROUNDBREAKING RESEARCH Among his groundbreaking research was a study that documented connections between structural factors, such as HIV-related criminal laws, and individual health outcomes, such as adherence to antiretroviral therapy. “After working on that study, I realized how important it was to continue my work advocating for changes to the use of social and structural interventions to improve the way societies manage diseases such as HIV,” he said. In 2013, Phillips and an undergraduate student developed a questionnaire to assess nurses’ knowledge of HIV-related criminal laws in the jurisdictions where they practice. This questionnaire, which was piloted in Canada and the U.S., was funded by university grants and the Elton John AIDS Foundation. More than 1,500 nurses in the U.S. have now completed it and the findings will be submitted by year-end. Phillips is a 20-year member of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care and co-chaired the national task force that developed the “HIV Nursing: Scope and standards of nursing practice,” which identified a minimal standard of care for HIV patients. He is also co-director of the International Nursing Network for HIV Research, a collaborative group seeking to improve the lives of persons living with HIV. He credits his strong commitment to advocate for social justice and equity for all to lessons learned at UCF. “The faculty I worked with at UCF gave me the tools I needed to critically analyze all dimensions of clinical challenges faced by my patients, from both health and social perspectives,” said Phillips.

Researcher and Global HIV/AIDS Advocate

J. CRAIG PHILLIPS Since graduating with his BSN in 1995, UCF alumnus J. Craig Phillips has made a significant impact advancing care and social justice for people living with HIV/AIDS. Phillips, an associate professor at the University of Ottawa School of Nursing in Canada, has nearly 100 publications and presentations of his research and contributed to U.S. and Canada federal policy advocacy. Among his many achievements, in October Phillips became one of the first Knight nurses to be inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. | FALL 2015 | 37



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’80s DEBRA DAVIS (’84) completed a Nurse Practitioner Fellowship in pain and palliative care at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. She is working at the University of Florida Shands Hospital as an advanced certified hospice and palliative care nurse practitioner. MICHELLE L. SUTTON-EPPS (’84) has been appointed Chief Nursing Officer for Stone Springs Hospital Center in Virginia. LOREEN (CALDWELL) HAND (’81, ’13) works in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) at Florida Hospital as an assistant nurse manager.

’90s KIMBERLY GUFFIN COX (’94, ’97) was a nominee for the 2015 Restoring Joy Nursing Award. SERAFINA DEBENDETTO (’95) is a clinical nurse and nurse educator at St. Vincent’s Medical Center. She says the proudest accomplishment of her career is when she became a Navy Nurse. “I experienced a variety of different areas in nursing through a military career.” MARY MARGARET PARROTT (’95) is a nurse practitioner in gastroenterology. DIANA SELCH-MCKEE (’90) is a nurse case manager.

’00s RYANN BASILERE (’08) is a nursing program manager at Dr. Phillips Hospital in Orlando. SHARON BOWNE (’03) is a semi-retired hospice clinical manager. GINA CHIAPPONE (’05) and BRANDON DAVIS (’05) married in 2011. They welcomed the birth of their daughter in 2013. Gina is a pre-operative nurse in the ICU at All Children’s Hospital and Brandon is a certified nurse anesthetist at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. IRIS (PEREZ) DAVIS (’01) was a nominee for the 2015 Restoring Joy Nursing Award. CHRIS (WARGO) DEATRICK (’09) is a lecturer at the UCF College of Nursing. She also serves as a faculty consultant to the Orlando chapter of the Student Nurses Association. KRISANN DRAVES (’06) received the 2015 Heather Scaglione Award from the Florida Nurses Association. She is now working as a pediatric nurse practitioner at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando. LAURA GONZALEZ (’08) was named the interim director for the Florida Healthcare Simulation Alliance. JEANNE HOPPLE (’09) is an assistant professor in the master’s family nurse practitioner program at South University in Savannah, Ga. MYRA KELEHER (’08, ’11) nominated UCF College of Nursing for a $20,000 GENEX scholarship in which the college was one of five recipients nationwide. CLELIA LIMA (’08, ’11) is a nurse practitioner specializing in family medicine and sleep medicine at Rosen Medical Center in Orlando. KIMBERLY LUNDQUIST (’07, ’10) is a nurse practitioner at Parrish Home Health in Titusville. She has a son named Benjamin.

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COLLEEN (JANKE) SHEAR (’08) is a labor and delivery nurse. She has two children, one born in 2009 and another in 2011.


MYRA (DOWNING) SHERMAN (’01, ’04, ’11) is a 2015 Restoring Joy Nursing Award recipient. CINDY TITUS (’03) is a nurse practitioner on staff at Alpha Bridge Nursing Home in Lakeland. CAROL TOMLINSON (’08) was a nominee for the 2015 Restoring Joy Nursing Award. SYLVIA TORRES-THOMAS (’09) received the 2015 Rising Star of Scholarship and Research Award at the Sigma Theta Tau International’s 26th International Nursing Research Congress in Puerto Rico. FAMIESHA (GRANT) WILLIAMS (’06, ’11) married her high school sweetheart in August 2013. She holds a career position in internal medicine and teaches at Valencia College. ELIZABETH WINDFELDER (’08), is an operating room nurse in Merritt Island.

March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards Five UCF Alumni received 2014 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards Christopher Blackwell (’00, ’11, ’05), Sandra Vega-Daniels (’04, ’08), Robin McLamb (’98), Jean Morrison (’02), Alba Gonzalez Ramos (’11). Award nominees also included: Taryn Brusco (’13), Rachel Colson (’04, ’10), Sarah Ellis (’04), Nakia Hunter (’08, ’12), Emily Marcella (’93), Jamie Sanchez (’06), Cathy Stankiewicz (’11), and Melody Willoughby (’05, ’14).

THOMAS BOLSEGA (’15) and LAUREN SOLBERG (’15) graduated from Naval Officer Development School on Sept. 25 in Newport, R.I. TRISH CELANO (’10) was appointed to the UCF Alumni Association board of directors. Trish is vice president/chief nursing officer for Florida Hospital and a graduate of the Nursing Leadership and Management master’s degree program. KELLY EBERBACH (’15) earned an Improvement in Action Award from Nemours Children’s Hospital for developing a palliative care education program. CODY NICOLE HUDGENS (’11) married husband Jose Collazo in May 2014. Since graduation, she has worked as a pediatric nurse at the Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville, Tenn. and in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University. She accepted one of eight slots for medical school at Johns Hopkins University and began the full-time program in July 2015. ANNA WORTEL (’11) is a nurse practitioner at Florida Hospital. | FALL 2015 | 39


In Memoriam DOMINQUE SALON “DOMS” DONALDSON, ’11, lost her battle with colon cancer and passed away at the age of 28 on Sept. 30, 2014 in Casselberry, Fla. Dominque was a neonatal intensive-care nurse at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies where she cared for struggling newborns. JAN ARLENE “ANGEL” ENGEL, ‘99 ’01, ’03, passed away at the age of 68 on June 8, 2015 while hospitalized at JFK Hospital in Atlantis, Fla. Jan received both her master’s and doctorate in nursing from UCF. Her nursing career included years of service as an ER/trauma nurse at Lutheran Hospital in Wheatridge, Colo., 28 years at Orlando Regional Medical Center, and a brief time at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Fort Pierce, Fla. Her last years of nursing were spent in nursing informatics, serving as a consultant to Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Md. She also served as adjunct faculty in nursing schools at Indian River State College and UCF. REANNA LYNN GREENE, ’11, passed away at the age of 26 on April 23, 2015 in a tragic act of violence in Canton, Md. ReAnna was a nurse at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center and was enrolled in the acute care BSN to DNP program at the University of Maryland. She was a Lead Scholar, a Burnett Honors College Scholar and vice president of the Student Nurses Association on the Orlando campus, while a student at UCF. An endowed scholarship has been established in her name (p. 30).


UCF Nursing Alumni Chapter GET INVOLVED Our chapter focuses on bringing grads together to renew friendships and professional connections that benefit alumni and the university. Our chapter is the perfect way to connect and stay tuned in to UCF and the endless opportunities available throughout our community. If you would like to learn more about volunteer leadership opportunities, please e-mail FOOTBALL TAILGATING Faculty and staff join together prior to each home football game for a tailgate party in the softball lot. Stop by next season to reconnect with the college. Go Knights! #ChargeOn CONTINUING EDUCATION Our chapter hosts continuing education dinners in several locations around Central Florida during the fall and spring. Visit or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook for dates and more information. UPDATE US Share your professional and personal announcements with us at or e-mail We welcome your high-resolution, printer quality photos as well. BECOME FACULTY Visit to view faculty employment and preceptor opportunities. For faculty opportunities, contact Carey Ann Morales at or 407.823.4941.

ReAnna Greene, ’11 (right), with Jennifer Williams, Clinical Instructor, College of Nursing

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For preceptor opportunities, contact Dawn Allen at or 407.823.4940.


We hope to see more of our alumni and friends at the Third Annual All-Class Reunion with special recognition for the classes of 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006 and 2011. This event is made possible thanks to the generous support of Jim Hart (’93, ’98) and Hart Clinical Consultants. | FALL 2015 | 41

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2015 UCF NURSING MAGAZINE, vol. 10  

UCF Nursing Magazine is published annually by the College of Nursing at the University of Central Florida for alumni, friends, national nurs...

2015 UCF NURSING MAGAZINE, vol. 10  

UCF Nursing Magazine is published annually by the College of Nursing at the University of Central Florida for alumni, friends, national nurs...