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Veteran Nurse + Prevention Messages + Panama + Legacy in Love & Learning

NURSING LIFE MAGAZINE | Summer/Fall 2008 Volume 2

As the Dean of the College of Nursing at the University of South Florida, I see young women and men following their dreams everyday as they embark on a path to a successful and fulfilling career in the ever-expanding world of healthcare. I see veteran healthcare professionals returning to the USF College of Nursing to further their educations and, ultimately their career. Leading all of them is a group of talented educators who generously share their knowledge, experience and support. To all of these remarkable people, nursing is more than their job, it is their life. These bright individuals are dedicated every day to the art and science of nursing because within them lies the inherent desire to help, to heal, to nurture, to explore. When I was a student considering my own future in healthcare, my dreams and goals were, and still are, the same as those who have chosen to pursue their education and careers in nursing at USF today. Nursing is my life. While you explore the pages of Nursing Life, you will find testaments to the college’s dedication to nursing education, research and excellence in patient care. I encourage you to remember that at the USF College of Nursing, our passion is for life, making it better for all, now and for the future.

Patricia Burns, PhD, RN, FAAN


Sr. Associate Vice President, USF Health Dean, USF College of Nursing

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Veteran Nurse + Prevention Messages+ Panama + Legacy in Love & Learning

NURSING LIFE MAGAZINE | Summer/Fall 2008 Volume 2


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It’s very difficult to get a scholarship to leave Thailand


THAI VISITING SCHOLAR EXPERIENCES USF AND MOFFITT Story by Ashlea Hudak Hospital. Her research interests include the study of

international nursing faculty member, Khiewu Waree,

knowledge, attitude, and practices of spiritual care as well

to serve as a visiting scholar from January – June

as pain assessment and drug management.

2008. Waree is from Bangkok, Thailand where she is a

Waree’s research interests are similar to those of

member of the nursing department faculty of medicine at

College of Nursing faculty, Susan C. McMillan, PhD,

Ramathibodi Hospital in Mahidol University. She holds a

ARNP, FAAN. Waree read a journal article by Dr. McMillan

bachelors degree in Nursing and a Masters in Business

while studying in Thailand. This prompted her to search

Administration from Mahidol University.

on the internet for information about Dr. McMillan and her

In Thailand, Waree is a registered nurse in the

research. She found Dr. McMillan on the USF College of

oncology eye, ear, nose and throat (EENT) ward and

Nursing web site, and after exchanging a few emails, the

serves on the pain in EENT committee of Ramathibodi

dialogue to bring Waree to USF began.


The College of Nursing extended an invitation to



The water markets in Thailand are west of the capitol city of Bangkok and are one of the most photographed locations in the culturally rich country of Thailand.

“It’s very difficult to get a scholarship to leave Thailand,” said

Division of Head and Neck Oncology and Assistant Professor in the

Waree. “I am the first this year from Thailand to leave.”It took less

education department at Moffitt, also mentored Waree and arranged

than a year to arrange Waree’s visit and get support from her

her experiences in the Cancer Center.

university to travel to USF for this unique experience. Appropriately,

experiences and new knowledge when she returns to Thailand.

Susan C. McMillan, PhD, ARNP, FAAN has been mentoring Waree during her stay at USF. Waree’s main goal is to increase her knowledge of the

She plans to share her

“I will compare my country with the University of South Florida” said Waree. “I want to apply what I’ve learned to my hospital.” Waree sought to identify differences between the U.S and

management of head and neck cancers, as practiced in the United

Thailand in the rates of occurrences of various cancers of the

States. To accomplish this goal, she participated in numerous

head and neck as well as study the clinical approaches of nurses,

learning activities including attending the symptom management

surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists at Moffitt Cancer

course taught to USF oncology graduate nursing students. In

Center. Waree compared the knowledge, attitudes, and practices

addition, Waree observed nurses and physicians of all specialties

of nurse and physicians in the US and Thailand regarding the

as they interacted with patients in the Head and Neck Oncology

management of commonly occurring symptoms in patients with

Program at Moffitt Cancer Center.

head and neck cancers.

Waree has also had the opportunity to attend Tumor Board

Waree is interested in the mission and vision of the USF College

meetings and other appropriate conferences in the Head and Neck

of Nursing and the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute.

Oncology Program at Moffitt Cancer Center. Furthermore, Waree

In January, Waree participated in the College of Nursing’s strategic

spent time observing the chemotherapy infusion area where Moffitt

planning retreat. Waree hopes to help further the relationship

Cancer Center patients receive therapy. She also interacted with the

between USF and Thailand by establishing a sharing of knowledge.

nurses in the Radiation Oncology program at Moffitt Cancer Center

“Thai are very friendly”, said Waree. “I invite others to come to

and observed treatment of patients. Tapan Padhya, M.D., Director,

Thailand.” NL

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STUDENT NOTES Story by Ashlea Hudak We wanted to get an idea of what some of our students thought about their experiences at the USF College of Nursing and about the Nursing profession. Here is what we found…

Nursing is not solely a profession, it is a calling that requires perseverance and dedication.

- Mary Anne Sabarre

My favorite experience occurred during my community health course where I was able to assist at a Hillsborough County Health Department with pediatric and family planning, and it really opened my eyes up to other aspects of nursing I had never experienced before,

- Matthew Evans, RN, BA, CCRN

I have made life-long friends that know what it takes to get through the nursing school experience, and I can easily relate too. It’s great to know that when I have a certain question I know exactly who to go to whether it be about a job, something from class, graduate school, or upcoming events.

- Melissa Calton

Nursing has infinite possibilities and opportunities with alternative methods of achievement. Continue to educate yourself in order to educate your patients and cohorts, thus producing a more efficient healthcare system.

- Tanika Vivien, R.N.. C.H.E.S. Master of Nursing Science, Spring 2008 USF Nursing Faculty

Do not stress out because it all comes together in the end.

- Erica Craig



05 NEW COLLEGE OF NURSING STUDENT COUNCIL EXECUTIVE BOARD LEADERS New members of the CNSC Executive Board represent the best and brightest students at College of Nursing has to offer and comprise a wide spectrum of nursing students from across many semesters. They are excited and ready to lead the organization over the upcoming year.

EXECUTIVE BOARD PRESIDENT: Allyson Radford Since becoming a member of student council, we have had the opportunity to participate in many community service events that I believe is the best, most rewarding aspect of this organization.




Tania Cruickshank Member of the UCH Clinical Team, Cruickshank is the current Vice President of Semester III Student Council. She was this year’s USF College of Nursing Team’s Relay For Life Captain and helped the College of Nursing win “Top Team Fundraiser”. She has worked as a Nurse Tech in Labor & Delivery at University Community Hospital since February 2008. In the upcoming 2008-2009 academic school year, she looks forward to increasing the USF College of Nursing’s involvement in community service events.

Story by Ashlea Hudak SECRETARY: Recent Spring 2008 College of Nursing baccalaureate graduate Benjamin Bell was in the Army for five years and served as a Military Policeman and as a Sentinel at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery before making the decision to become a nurse. Two of Bell’s sisters-in-law are nurse practitioners and helped get the ball rolling on Bell’s new career. Nursing would allow him to help people directly and hands on, one of his main reasons for wanting to become a nurse. While at USF, Bell participated in the VA Learning Opportunities Residency

I’m excited to work at the VA as a veteran myself

(VALOR) program at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital. The VALOR program provides the opportunity for exceptional registered nursing students

Cristina Penzabene Graduated from the Medical Magnet Program at Palm Harbor University High and has been an active member of the Nursing Student Council.

TREASURER: Melissa Skrzypek Skrzypek is a member of the Semester III UCH team, and works as a nurse tech at UCH on the cardiac floor. She enjoys supporting the Bulls and attending all the sports events, especially football.

SOCIAL CHAIR: Summer Fiddes Fiddes in Semester IV, has school spirit, enjoys USF sporting events and is excited to build networking connections.

enrolled in baccalaureate programs to experience clinical nursing while at an approved VA health care facility. “I’m excited to work at the VA as a veteran myself”, said Benjamin Bell.


“I worked with the vets that I love and I plan to work there after graduation.

Doherty is a Semester III student and excited to serve as

The College of Nursing and USF Health have made great strides to bring

the public relations senator.

interdisciplinary experiences together.”

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Top PNI scholars from across the nation traveled to Tampa

beginning with a full day pre-conference training program

to share their research through presentations, and discussions

in meditation, before two days of evidence based research

when the USF College of Nursing hosted a National conference

revealing the extensive links between the brain and immune

for the Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, entitled “Frontiers in

system” said Director of the USF College of Nursing Center for

Psychoneuroimmunology: The Emotional Interface”, September

Psychoneuroimmunology, Dr. Nick Hall. “This program impacted

18-21, 2008 at Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa, FL.

participant health as well as that of their patients and clients.

“Frontiers in Psychoneuroimmunology 2008: The Emotional

Conference attendees are charter members of one of the most

Interface”, brought together the nation’s top researchers who are

relevant annual symposiums ever offered to nurses on the

examining the bi-directional pathways between the brain and

subject of mind and body.”

immune system and the subsequent connections with health and disease. Topics included all aspects of the field from stress

Guiding the symposium, the Center for Psychoneuroimmunology advisory board brings together experts

and immunity to the global health implications of PNI research.

in the field of PNI. Prestigious members include Peter Bourne,

Conference topics included the links between emotions and

former health advisor to President Jimmy Carter, and Dr. Lydia

cancer, the involvement of the immune system in fibromyalgia,

Temoshok, author of the well-known 1992 book, The Type C

and the impact distress, sleep and fatigue have upon the

Connection: The Behavioral Links to Cancer and Your Health

immune system. New research revealing that infection and

(NY: Random House).

inflammation can trigger changes in the brain—and significant

Disseminating cutting edge information is just one purpose

behavioral and health consequences, including depression,

of hosting this unique gathering of scientists. Another is to bring

were discussed.

national attention to the USF College of Nursing Center for

“The symposium provides what nurses and front-line health care providers have asked for: a national symposium

Psychoneuroimmunology, and the fact a valuable resource is now available to individuals and corporations. NL





Rasheeta Chandler graduated from the USF College of Nursing in August 2008 with her PhD. While at USF she served as a graduate teaching assistant and graduate research assistant with Dr. Evans and Dr. Canty-Mitchell in the College of Nursing and Dr. Ellen Daley in the College of Public Health. Chandler was certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner in January 2008. Chandler is also a McKnight Doctoral Fellowship recipient. This scholarship program seeks to increase the number of African Americans awarded a Ph.D. in historically underrepresented disciplines, including nursing. Chandler’s dissertation focuses on Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) prevention in the adolescent female population. She is interested in what medium is most effective for communicating HIV prevention messages. Data for her dissertation was collected from December, 2007February, 2008 through an electronic survey, which targeted 18-21 year-old females at the University of South Florida and Florida A & M University. Currently she has completed the dissertation document and is reformatting the manuscript for publication. Chandler will debut her research results in an oral presentation at Association of Nurses in AIDS Care annual conference in November, 2008. Through her research, Chandler hopes to learn more about the best ways to convey messages about HIV to adolescents. Interested in health communication, Chandler will also complete a Social Marketing certificate in fall, 2008 through the College of Public Health.

I’ve learned so much about who I am and what I want to do in life

prevention,” said Rasheeta Chandler. After graduation, Chandler hopes to transition into an HIV intervention study that has a social marketing framework. To further expand her research experience, Chandler would like to pursue a post-doc experience at an HIV institute. “I would like to become a better researcher and cultivate those skills, while continuing to provide patient care,” said Chandler. “I like what I’m doing. I’ve learned so much about who I am and what I want to do in life…I have a career, not just a job.” NL


“I want to marry media and marketing with HIV

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USF Health Research Day 2008’s College of Nursing Outstanding Poster Award and the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing


Honor Society Outstanding Poster Award was presented to nursing education masters student, Toni Dobson, RN, BSN, for her research poster entitled, “Adroit and Maladroit Caregivers of Cancer Patients with Pain”. “It was an exciting day, to see everyone’s research,” said Toni Dobson, RN, BSN. “When they called my name for the awards, I was flabbergasted.” Dobson’s affinity for nursing education began when she went to recertify her Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification and realized she wanted to serve as a nurse educator. As an Emergency Room nurse for many years, Dobson has witnessed the need for social workers. This work experience led her to become a part of Dr. Susan McMillan’s funded research study, “Caregiver Interventions for Pain and Coping”. “There’s so many different caregiving roles, and there are an estimated 44 million caregivers, which is a huge population,” said Dobson. Caregivers are not well supported by the health care delivery system. Working with Nursing’s Dr. Susan McMillan and Dr. Brent Small from the USF College of Aging Studies, Dobson’s research suggests that patients may not have good outcomes as a result of the skill of the caregiver. “There are plans to develop an educational module which utilizes the results of the research and translates this knowledge into information that benefits practice,” said Dobson. Dobson plans to complete the research paper on which the winning poster was based and submit it for publication. Upon graduation, Dobson plans to teach and continue researching. “This study was a ‘snapshot’ of the situation at one moment in time, and now I would like to look at data collected over time,” said Dobson. NL



Nursing, Medicine and Public Health, participate in the poster presentations. The next USF Health Research Day is scheduled for February 2009.

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF NURSING & INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE Mary E. Evans, RN, Ph.D, FAAN, Associate Dean for Research and Doctoral Study at the USF College of Nursing received a Scholar in Residence joint Fellowship with the American Academy of Nursing and Institute of Medicine for 2008-2009. The program prominently engages nursing leaders in health policy development at the national level, and allows Dr. Evans to pursue interests in implementation of recommendations to improve the mental health of Americans. “My work will provide information on factors that could facilitate the timely and effective implementation of recommendations from recent IOM committee reports and, hopefully, by implication other work underway at the IOM as well as in other scientific venues across the nation,� said Dr. Mary Evans. Obtaining information on factors, particularly social, economic and political factors, could lead to more effective implementation of IOM recommendations. The project will also codify strategies ERIC YOUNGHANS

to better prepare the legislative environment at the national level for implantation of IOM recommendations, and will be completed in cooperation with Mental Health America (MHA), the largest and oldest mental health advocacy and public education organization in the United States. NL

C o m m u n i t y




City of Knowledge, Panama –

Panama, the site of some of the most

task - keeping thousands of people

On June 2, 2008 the USF Health

profound discoveries in public health

alive … in an environment stacked

International Foundation officially

in the last 200 years,” said Donna

entirely in favor of the diseases,” Dr.

opened its doors in the country of

Petersen, ScD, dean of the USF

Petersen explained. “By accomplishing

Panama. Their mission: to increase

College of Public Health.

this task, the general not only

“General William Gorgas had a job

completed the original job he was

and patient care between USF faculty

to do. A canal needed to be built to

sent to do, he launched a revolution in

and students and Panama, as well

provide a much needed trade route

disease control that has saved millions

as other health professionals and

from East to West and back again, but

of lives for more than 100 years.”

organizations throughout the region.

that job could not be done until he had

“It is fitting that we do this here in

completed an almost more daunting

Overlooking the Panama Canal, the USF Health International Foundation


collaboration in education, research


It is fitting that we do this here in Panama, the site of some of the most profound discoveries in public health in the last 200 years


The USF Health International Foundation is the only health sciences academic center with a presence on the City of Knowledge campus in Panama City, Panama.

sits on the old Fort Clayton built by the U.S. military to protect the canal´s strategic

USF College of Public Health. The foundation´s hopes extend beyond

Serving as president of the foundation, Deborah Sutherland, PhD, described the

Miraflores locks which guard canal access

students and faculty at USF Health to

foundation´s official opening after three

to the Pacific Ocean. The base is known

reach researchers, scientists, educators

years of efforts between USF Health, USF

today as “Ciudad del Saber,” the City of

and health professionals across South

and Panamanian officials in the City of

Knowledge in English. The historic site sits

and Central America. Among its ambitious

Knowledge. “To see this dream come true

on approximately 300 acres of land — the

goals, leadership development programs for

has been a very exciting time for all of us,”

USF Health International Foundation stands

participants in the private and public health

Dr. Sutherland said.

as the only health sciences academic

sectors, as well as non-profit organizations.

center, to date. With neighbors the likes of

“When we look, together, at establishing

The USF Health Associate Vice President and Associate Dean for Continuing

the International Red Cross, United Nations

best practices, we can make life better for

Professional Development said talks are

UNESCO, Organization of American

countless numbers of people,” said USF

already underway to create courses,

States, Nature Conservancy and Spanish

President Judy Genshaft. Drawing her

conferences, and other resources to bring

Embassy, the re-purposed fort serves as

inspiration from seven words engraved on

continuing professional education within

a hub to a growing number of international

the Panama Canal´s museum, Genshaft

reach of more health professionals than


told Panamanian officials gathered for the

ever before in Latin and Central America.

“This is one of the most beautiful

inaugural “They were words that made all

“We have met with the University of

examples of hammering swords into plow

the difference in their efforts: hope, effort,

Panama and with the Universidad Latina

shares that I´ve ever seen,” said Ann De

courage, determination, perseverance, spirit

de Panama to discuss their needs for short

Baldo, PhD, associate vice president of

and tenacity. The same applies to USF

courses,” she explained. “Specifically,

international programs, USF Health, and

Health. Together, we can make a difference

we´ve spoken about family practice —

associate dean of international programs,

for the future.”

family medicine with a focus on emergency

12 Joining Dr. Klasko and President Genshaft

from departments of general surgery,

was Dr. Sterling Williams, vice president

orthopedics, and obstetrics and gynecology.

for education for the American College of

Our ’short courses’ will initially focus on those

Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG).

specialty areas.” “We’re hoping to improve the performance

USF nursing students, including Jason Merry and Christine Doherty, conducted a

of physicians who practice in Panama by

Community Clinical Experience course in

offering courses right here in this country,” Dr.

Panama where they visited a maternity ward

Sutherland said. “Presently, the physicians

and observed births. The students were

are usually taken outside the country and

guests of honor at the foundation’s inaugural

they are industry-sponsored courses and


provide training in industry specific labs

Among the guests of honor at the

there. If we can offer those courses here in

foundation´s inaugural ceremony, were 15

Panama, collaborating with Panamanian

students from the USF College of Nursing

faculty, it not only helps improve the

already in Panama for their Community

performance of the practicing physician but

Clinical Experience Course.

we’ll reach more physicians. By reaching

For Patricia Burns, PhD, dean of the USF

more physicians we hope to have an impact

College of Nursing, Panama has served as a

on the quality of care that is provided here.

classroom for her students since 2006 thanks

Plus it helps them establish countrywide

to its exchange program with the nursing

prominence for their universidades and

school at the Universidad de Panama.

their specialties. They get recognized as

“The students and faculty who have

the experts in training other Latin American

participated in 2006 and 2007 could not say


enough about the quality of the experience

For Steven Klasko, MD, MBA, senior vice

they had and the wonderful people they

president of USF Health and dean of the

worked with during their stay in Panama!”

USF College of Medicine, Panama sets

said Dr. Burns, visibly proud of her students

the stage for innovations with far reaching

who handily stole the show, so to speak,

implications in medicine, nursing and public

during the foundation’s inaugural ceremony.

health. “We believe the Center of Knowledge

Their charm and enthusiasm bolstered the

can be a base for us to build a true clinical

aspirations of academics, scientists and

simulation lab in this part of the world,” Dr.

health professionals representing several

Klasko said.


With the potential for more simulation

Nursing students Shadae Llewelyn

labs like the one developed in Tampa, the

and Caitlin Brock received a big round of

foundation hopes to work with medical

applause, speaking on behalf of the students,

societies and associations to establish

they delivered a message of thank you in

universally recognized metrics in simulation

Spanish, holding tight to their note cards

to help train physicians in new and emerging

written in big letters, all in Español.

treatments and technology, as well as

Taking it all in, the City of Knowledge´s

assess technical competencies. “We can

Executive Director declared “USF not only

use simulation technology to improve

excels in sports — we follow the Bulls from

the capacities of physicians, nurses and

Panama — USF excels in its scientific

ALL health professionals. This isn´t just

research and its contributions to health

something that we do, we´re PASSIONATE

in the community and society,” Dr. Jorge

about it,” Dr. Klasko said.

Arosemena said. NL


medicine. We´ve spoken with representatives


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Balboa, Panama -- The USF College

forces operating the famed canal. During

Panama’s university and its National

of Nursing exchange program with the

students’ month long stay in Panama,

Nurses Association.

University of Panama is now in its third

they’re accompanied by faculty members

year. To date, three delegations of USF

from the Escuela de Enfermeria ,

Johnson-Mallard, PhD, WHNPc; and

nursing students, nearly 45 in total, have

Universidad de Panama,– the University

Instructor Debra Gottel, MHS, BSN, the

participated in the program. Traveling to

of Panama’s Nursing School.

course abroad is no vacation. The day

Panama during the summer months, our

For Assistant Professor Versie

long excursions and activities end with

students, faculty and/or instructors are


“class” in the hostal’s kitchen. Surrounded

hosted by various representatives of the


by pots & pans, ripe bananas, and

University of Panama during their stay.


table-top salt & pepper shakers, the

The focus: Community Health.

USF students experience community

assistant professor and instructor go

health education in a variety of settings

over lessons on a variety of subjects. On

students there is the Hostal Amador

– from pediatric, maternity and mental

any given night, the discussion centers

Familiar in Balboa, a neighborhood near

health hospitals; to the mountain villages

on topics like the care of vulnerable

the Panama Canal which was formerly

of Panama’s native Indian tribes, as

populations, communicable diseases and

controlled by and home to U.S. military

well as the more traditional settings at

immunizations, school health, community

The “home base” for USF nursing



15 mental health, the role of the public health

lives, no matter what corner of the world

students’ enthusiasm and passion for the

nurse, making community assessments and

they choose to nurse in,” says Dr. Cadena.

nursing profession.

referrals, just to name a few.

“It also heightens their sensitivity to

“This experience for our nursing students

cultural diversity. I think the immersion can

is invaluable because it gives them the

says Johnson-Mallard. “The eagerness

increase a student’s awareness of his/

opportunity to see a culturally different

spread among the students, even after a

her own cultural identity and, in turn, helps

community health model in a foreign

long day, they wanted to talk and attempt to

make them more sensitive to a growing

country,” says Dean Patricia Burns, USF

understand. They wanted to hear from other

culturally diverse patient population in our

College of Nursing. “The students present

students, their thoughts and experiences.

own country.”

their experiences to their fellow classmates

“The desire for more was infectious,”

By the end, they were completing each others sentences with wide eyes and eager faces.” “Sharing this experience with the students has been a wonderful opportunity for me as an instructor,” says Gottel. “I LISSETTE CAMPOS

have seen the students enthusiastically and competently engage in activities that challenged them in many ways. They left Florida with trepidation and returned feeling confident - confident in their abilities to practice beginning nursing, communicate with people who did not speak their language, navigate new surroundings, Group photo with USF College of Nursing delegation at the City of Knowledge, Panama during June 2, 2008 inaugural of USF Health International Foundation.

make friends and think in new ways.” The group of students consisted of 14 females and one male, all in their senior year. Their names are Lindsay Bechtel, Caitlin Brock, Tara Casimir, Tania Cruickshank, Christine Doherty, Jessica

A FIRST FOR DEAN OF NURSING A first since the launch of the exchange

upon returning to USF, providing a vicarious, cultural nursing experience for all of our

Dorey, Alexandra Henry, Shadae Llewelyn,

program, this June, USF students were

Jessica Meerbott, Jason Merry, Lydia

joined in Panama by Patricia Burns, PhD,

Pendino, Cristina Penzabene, Courtney

RN, FAAN, Senior Associate Vice President

appreciation for cultural diversity in

Rice, Melissa Skrzypek and Erin Smith.

of USF Health and Dean of the College of

health care and a sincere appreciation

Nursing. Dean Burns traveled to the City

for procedure and policy differences,”


of Knowledge where the USF Health

says Johnson-Mallard. “They spoke of


International Foundation inaugurated its

noting appreciation by the people for their

Sandra Cadena, PhD, ARNP, is the


professional knowledge & skills and how

College of Nursing’s Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Director of Global Health. Traveling with students in prior years, she describes the program as one that bears fruit – many and varied, all equally important. “From an educator’s perspective, it’s interesting to watch the growing pride our students feel for their profession. They can make an incredible difference in people’s

Nursing students, already in country since May 19th, joined Dean Burns during the foundation ceremony. Their excitement

nursing students to learn from and enjoy.” “I feel that the students gained an

well, comparatively, they are compensated and appreciated for their profession.” “I have always been impressed with the

and school pride was shining bright on an

students at the College of Nursing,” says

important night for USF and the future of its

Gottel, now home from Panama. “…but I

exchange programs in Panama.

now have an even greater respect for the

Students weren’t shy about sharing their

dedication and competence that these

opinions with the Dean about Panama’s

young adults bring to the profession of

health disparities, medical protocols,

nursing. It certainly was a privilege for me to

infection control and more. It’s music to

be able to share this experience with such a

her ears. Dean Burns happily detecting

capable group of students!” says Gottel. NL

16 C o m m u n i t y

I was very teary. I didn’t expect to get so emotional to see the baby born.







Story by Lissette Campos


in mid May, but on this particular morning

happening today. No scrubs, no delivery


something feels different. Their quick steps

room. No delivery room, no babies.


and increased back & forth to rooms are

“Profesora” Lucero de Estrada, RN, of the

a dead give away that something new,

University of Panama’s Nursing School

It never takes long for mornings to become

something extraspecial will be happening

has arranged for a three-hour-tour of the

incredibly busy at the Hostal Amador

on this day. The anticipation in the air is

Santo Tomas Maternity Hospital in the

Familiar. Almost with the first light of day,


capitol, and these Bulls are hoping to wit-

Panama City, Panama June 4, 2008 -

come the sounds of showers running,

“I hope we see a baby today,” says

ness at least one delivery during the visit.

hairdryers blowing, coffee brewing and the

one student. “I hope we see a couple

With interests as varied as their personali-

microwave dinging with breakfast. First

of babies!” says another. Then, a rapid

ties and backgrounds, this year’s group

ones up always get the hot showers. No

exchange on the topic of scrubs: “Do you

is pursuing nursing specialties in cardiac

one wants to be late. No one wants to be

have your scrubs? I have mine…don’t

care, geriatrics, neurology, oncology, anes-


forget to bring yours…mine are dirty?!…

thesiology, labor & delivery – just to name

I may have extra…” The conversation is

a few. But on this hot, humid morning, their

at the hostal since the arrival of 15 USF

critically important because having scrubs

areas of specialties all take a backseat to

nursing students and 2 faculty members

will be the key to the something special


It’s been the same morning routine

17 in labor! It was great!”

their cameras for the first time and take a

group, explains things this way. “A person

Great indeed! With both patients giving the

picture. The Santo Tomas nurses stop to

once told me, there could be seven people

okay for USF nursing students to enter, they

smile and remark, in Spanish, about the

in the (delivery) room and the next thing you

split into smaller groups, change into their

tenderness and respect exhibited by these

know, there are eight! Ever since I heard

scrubs and head for the delivery rooms.


that, it’s the only way I think about birth. It’s

Humbled by the inclusion in such a personal

amazing…there’s another life in the room…”

moment, our students stand quietly in the


he says.

corner of the delivery room - eyes wide…at

Profesora Estrada is pleased. Every single

times, almost holding their breath…watching

one of her USF estudiantes – students- for

everything and everyone.

the day has witnessed a birth. Still in her

Jason Merry, the only male student in the


Caitlin Brock and Jason Merry are in

scrubs, she leads them into the room where

the back. Caitlin inches forward on the tips

babies are being washed and diapered.

marked by long welcomes and formal intro-

of her toes to watch the final push, while

Once inside the profesora begins helping

ductions. Over three hundred years old, the

Courtney Rice bends her knees and leans

our students hold babies and feed them milk

hospital is rich in history & tradition, and its

in to get a clearer view. Lydia Pendino and

out of an espresso-size cup. “un poquito,

proud nurses are brimming over with stories

Jessica Dorey are wringing their hands,

only a little,” she says. “We don’t use bottles

to share. Santo Tomas is one of only two

while Erin Smith keeps hers firmly planted

to make it easier for the baby to breastfeed,”

large, public maternity hospitals in this na-

over her heart.

she explains.

The arrival at Santo Tomas Hospital is

tion of just over 3 million people. Its labor &

Erin suddenly switches over to a ‘thumbs

In the span of only eight minutes, our stu-

Q: Profesora Estrada it must give you great satisfaction as you watch students and see when they are really engaged in the learning process, fully experiencing the moment?

hospital is averaging 35 – 40 births a day.

dents had witnessed the birth of two babies -

“Yes, it’s a great satisfaction,” she responds.

Women from all over the countryside travel

a girl born at 11:44 AM…a boy born at 11:52

“We are professionals and see deliveries all

here to delivery their babies at a cost of $25


the time, but when you observe the delivery

delivery rooms, the busiest on the isthmus. Last year approximately 12,000 babies were delivered here. So far this year, the

U.S. dollars for a vaginal delivery, $50 U.S.

up’ after seeing the baby boy’s head emerge from the birth canal.

“I feel that giving birth is such a personal,

for the first time, it stays with you forever!

dollars for a Cesarean- section. In modern

special experience, and for us to be able to

And also, it will prepare you for the future,”

Panama, the U.S. dollar has become the

share that with her, it was really cool,” says

concludes Estrada, who’s been a nurs-

nation’s currency. No patient is turned away,

Caitlin Brock.

ing professor in Panama for almost three

Q: I cried a little. Did you?


regardless of whether they can pay their bill in full, in part, or not at all. FINALLY IN THE SALA DE PARTO! USF students have plenty of questions, asking about immunizations, prenatal care, and HIV testing prior to delivery. While their hosts are happy to answer the steady flow of questions, word comes that the head doctor has given permission for USF students to enter the Sala de Parto – Labor & Delivery. They reach for their backpacks with scrubs tucked inside. “We were all really excited, but we didn’t think that we were going to be able to see a delivery,” says Alexandra “Lexa” Henry. “We were looking up at the clock and thinking ‘Oh, we’re going to have to go soon.’ …then, all of a sudden, two ladies that came in were

“I was very teary. I didn’t expect to get

For Tara Casimir, the experience at

so emotional to see the baby born. I didn’t

the Santo Tomas Hospital is only part of a

know the lady, but I definitely got emotional.”

greater story she has to tell of the month

“It was breathtaking, the whole experience!” says Christine Doherty. “Even from the medical perspective, it

long exchange program in Panama – how it’s changed her perspective about life and even herself. “It’s given me so much more

was a beautiful thing,” says Jessica Meer-

confidence… especially with the language

bott, who witnessed the birth of the baby

barrier and yet I’ve done so many things

girl in the next room. “I didn’t start to get

here…it’s really tested my own abilities,” she

emotional until I went over and looked at the


baby. She was just so beautiful and peace-

Q: Does this make you more certain of your choice to pursue nursing?

ful, this little bundle of life and I got to be a part of that. It was just very special,” she says. The Panamanian mom informs the nurse

“Yes, for sure!” says Tara without hesitation. Now home in the U.S., students share that day’s anticipation & the babies with

that her daughter’s name is Kimberly, and

friends & loved ones, near and far. Taken

with her permission, our students take out

in by the miracle of life, they are moments students say they will never forget. NL

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nate the community with information

riencing a comprehensive tour of the

lege of Nursing Alumni and Friends

about nursing and USF College of

College’s facilities. CANDLE members

Board is excited to announce the

Nursing,” said Joanne Angel, CANDLE

toured the College’s Blue Cross &

formation of a community organization,

member and Executive Community

Blue Shield of Florida, INC. Center for

CANDLE (Community Awareness Nurs-

Health Nursing Director for Children’s

Advanced Nursing Education including

ing Development Leadership Educa-

Medical Services.

the case method classrooms and the

tion). Through the efforts of CANDLE,

“CANDLE will light the way for

College’s state of the art computer lab

the College of Nursing will have support

promoting consideration of nursing as

where they were exposed to distance

in the area of fundraising and enhanc-

a career,” said CANDLE member Julie

learning technologies. During the tour

ing public awareness of nursing as a


CANDLE members learned about the

profession. “Just as a candle provides illumination, members of CANDLE will illumi-

In June 2008, members of the newly

Research Center at the College of Nurs-

formed group came together at the Col-

ing and how it seeks to advance the

lege for a brief meeting before expe-

science of health, improve patient care,


The University of South Florida Col-


19 1 19 9

Adjunct Faculty Fred Slone, MD demonstrates the latest model of human patient simulator, I-Stan (TM) for CANDLE members. Unlike other simulators, I-Stan is completely wireless and tetherless. When using the I-Stan, the instructor uses a computer to control all of the actions of the simulator, putting in the physical changes manually as the students provide treatment to the patient.

establish health guidelines, and identify

ing, I am thrilled to be part of CANDLE,”

mechanisms of health and disease.

said Jessemyn Alvarez Giovenco, class of

ian Miller Center for Virtual Learning, the

1995 alum.

nursing skills and simulation labs, CANDLE

CANDLE was given the unique privilege of viewing the over 2,000 dedicated

“Enhancing community awareness of

During the tour of the George and Mar-

members were given demonstrations of the

square feet of space that is currently under

what the college does will be a benefit to

capabilities of human patient simulators.

development on the 3rd floor of the College

the nursing profession and the community

The specialized robot-mannequin, Noelle,

which will soon be home to the Biobehav-

as a whole.”

which is capable of delivering a baby

ioral Laboratory. This laboratory will contain

The Biobehavioral Laboratory will also

vaginally, and I-Stan (TM), the latest model

state-of-the art equipment for conducting

support the efforts of the USF College of

of human patient simulator which is com-

blood assays, such as inflammatory mark-

Nursing Center for Psychoneuroimmunol-

pletely wireless, tether less and controlled

ers, stress hormones, proteomics, and RNA

ogy which will pursue three avenues of

wirelessly via computer, were demonstrated

Enhancing community awareness of what the college does will be a benefit to the nursing profession and the community as a whole.

and DNA analyses. It will also contain mul-

service including research, education, and

tiple patient rooms for conducting physical

the translation of knowledge into clinical

examinations, clinical measurements, and

practice. This will be accomplished through

seeing how nursing students are provided

treatment interventions for health care and

the creation of an environment that will

hands on simulated patient care experienc-

research purposes. As presently planned,

facilitate the free exchange of ideas pertain-

es,” said Bobbie Crowe, CANDLE member.

much of this activity will include provision

ing to the way psychological variables, the

and evaluation of complementary and alter-

brain, and the immune system interact.

native medicine (CAM) therapies to persons

“As a non-nurse, I was so impressed by

for the CANDLE members.

“I was totally fascinated by the labs and

“Not just for nurses, CANDLE is an organization for anyone who has an interest in promoting nursing as a profession and as

with severe emotional problems, including

the College of Nursing, I wanted to enroll

an integral component of the lifespan.” said

VA veterans and their caregivers.

in nursing school on the spot,” said Patty

Joanne Angel. NL

“As a graduate of USF College of Nurs-

Kopp, CANDLE member.

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88 years young, Shirley Marie Turner has her

helping people. I know sometimes it can be diffi-

eye on the future and making a difference in nurs-

cult. It was difficult for me when I was young to be

ing. After more than three decades of retirement

able to afford nursing school, so I can understand

she and her daughter Janis Boyd have found a

those young people who want to go and don’t

way to make that happen. At the USF College of

have the finances to. Thank goodness my father

Nursing, Janis is creating a scholarship fund in

was able to get funding for me to go.”

her mother’s name.

Janis, a USF graduate, Class of ‘73, says it’s

“I just love nursing,” says Shirley, now a retired

the kind of legacy that certainly “fits” her mom,

nurse in Delray Beach. “…love it because you’re

a petite 4’5” woman with a Herculean passion

19 21 for nursing and kids. “My late husband

colleagues as she was to her patients.

Jack and I have been involved with USF

“Mom often worked weekends and holi-

scholarships for years. I thought it would

days to give nurses who were still raising

be good to create a nursing scholarship

kids time to spend with their families,”

in mom’s name. At first she said ‘I’m so

says Janis beaming with pride. “Help-

not worthy!’” laughs Janis. “I said ‘Mom,

ing people has always been mom’s first

you raised three teenaged daughters at


one time! I think that counts for some-

“I just did what the Lord wanted me to

thing!’ After it sunk in, mom thought it

do. I felt a calling and followed my heart,”

was really cool.” Cool indeed.

says Shirley. “I’d work my own weekends

“I think what the USF College of Nurs-

and then help other nurses if they wanted

ing is doing is so great, so I went for it,”

a day off for a special reason. We were

says Shirley. “It’s always a great thing

a team.”

when you’re able to give back,” says Janis.

Daughter Sara, who lives in Palm Coast, Florida, notes that her mother first

I just did what the Lord wanted me to do. I felt a calling and followed my heart

Looking back, it’s clear that nursing allowed this family to have the best of both

“Mom knew she wanted to be a nurse

worlds. For the kids, it was quality time

when she was just 10 or 11 years old. We

with mom at home. For Shirley, it was a

always felt that mom had a gift. When

rewarding career. A 1942 graduate of the

ever one of us was sick, one of the first

Springfield City Hospital Nursing School

things mom did was to touch us. She

in Ohio, then Shirley Marie Foreman,

could tell, just by touching us, what was

began her nursing career ‘working the

going on,” says Sara, who also attended

floor’ of Springfield City Hospital. Two

USF. “We could NEVER fake being sick

years later and married, Shirley faced

because mom could tell right away!” adds

the question new moms have struggled

Janis. “We never got to stay home faking

with for generations – whether or not to

we were sick. Believe me, we tried!”

become a stay at home mom. She made


felt a calling for nursing since childhood.

As one might expect, Shirley’s nursing

the choice to put her nursing career on

memories are many and varied – stretch-

hold until her girls, Lois, Janis and Sara

ing from Ohio to Florida. “Too many to

were in high school and college. “It was

remember in great detail,” she says with

very fulfilling to be able to do that,” says

a laugh. Her daughter’s personal favorite

Shirley of her return after years of child

is one from Ohio. “In the early days,

rearing. “At the same time, Florida was

they had large hospital rooms with 4 to 6

having nursing shortages, and I wanted

patients to a room. Mom was taking care

to help.”

of a group of men one day when one of

Speaking from her home in Homo-

them told her he needed something, but

sassa, daughter Janis is quick to point

he was having a hard time telling her

out that Shirley was as devoted to her

what that was. He was an older man,


shy and in a roomful of other men. Maybe he wasn’t comfortable telling my mom, a tiny, pretty 22 year-old, what he needed,” says Janis with a chuckle. “Finally he said to her ‘I need…you know…one of those vases.’ And my mom said ‘Oh, okay. How big is your bouquet?’ Well, as it turned out, what he wanted was a urinal.” True story. “Oh my, yes!” says

Shirley, almost blushing. Focusing on today, Shirley marvels at the increased choices nursing students have. “Back in 1942, you hit the books and from then on it was ‘learn and do’” says Shirley. “And back then, you were either an operating room nurse, an emergency room nurse, or a floor nurse…and even those were limited,” she recalls. “Now? My goodness, it’s wide open! Unbelievable!” Re-energized by the opportunity to give back to the profession she loves, Shirley’s golden years of retirement are filled with a renewed sense of optimism and hope. “There just never seems to be enough qualified nurses around and this is our way of doing our part to help,” says Janis. “The College of Nursing is honored to have a scholarship memorializing Shirley Turner,” says Patricia Burns, PhD, RN, Dean of nursing and Senior Associate Vice President, USF Health. “She is truly a role model for the nursing profession and her passion for nursing is infectious.” Shirley has this advice for nursing students of today. “Number one, you really have to love it. You have to know in your heart that you want to do this. It may be tough sometimes, as any job would be, but if you really want to do it, hang in there! It will work out.”


Shirley Turner is living proof of that. NL


She could tell, just by touching us, what was going on...

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BENEFITS THE FUTURE Story by Ashlea Hudak

Every year many of our nursing students

Dean Burns’ scholarship assists doctoral

receive scholarships from the College to help

students with research or data collection.

them succeed in their academic endeavors.

Dr. Linda Moody’s scholarship assists with

Some of these scholarships that have been

dissertation activities.

started by nursing faculty. The college scholarship fund assists

Dr. Ona Riggin, Emeritus Faculty, started the Ona & John Riggin Psychiatric Mental

students in augmenting financial support,

Health Nursing Scholarship to benefit full-time

attending professional conferences and

graduate students studying Psychiatric Mental

interacting with nursing leaders. Scholarships

Health Nursing.

are awarded based on criteria determined by

“My husband was Chief of Staff at the

the donor. Each year over 200 people attend

Tampa VA and he was especially supportive

the College of Nursing Scholarship Award

of nursing which is why I included him on

luncheon event.

the scholarship,” said Dr. Ona Riggin. “This

“It is important to give back to new professional nursing students,” said Dean Patricia A Burns. “I had support in high school

scholarship helps graduate students who have a need and show promise for the future.” Dr. Riggin served as the College of

and college and therefore wanted to help

Nursing’s Assistant Dean for Education and

others in the same way.”

Research from 1977 until 1990, and while in


NAMED SCHOLARSHIPS Ruth E Semmelroth Gay Memorial Scholarship Beatrice Thompson Scholarship for the College of Nursing Gwen Gregory Helmer Cardiovascular Nursing Scholarship Barbara Monsour Scholarship Ona & John Riggin Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing College of Nursing Faculty/Staff Scholarship Miami Heart Institute Cardiovascular Nursing Scholarship Linda E. Moody Doctoral Dissertation Support Fund Lunelle Allen Gassner American Indian Nursing Scholarship


Else Russell-Olen Fund Sandra L. Murman Nursing Scholarship Patricia A. Burns Ph.D. Scholarship in Nursing Werner and Charlotte Gunzburger Scholarship Mary Lucille Sopkin Memorial Nursing Scholarship Vincent & Heidi Bekiempis Scholarship College of Nursing Endowed Memorial Scholarship this role she began and became Chair of the College’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Masters program. “There is a tremendous need for advanced nurses in the community, especially psychiatric mental health nurses,” said Dr. Riggin. “With the veterans returning from war there are often untreated mental health issues, not only with the service men and women, but also their caregivers. I certainly plan to continue giving.”

Endowed Memorial - Sandra Holley Oncology Scholarship Minerva A. Webb Rhinehart Oncology Scholarship in Nursing Edith and Abraham Freedman Endowed Scholarship in Nursing Imogene King Scholarship in Graduate Education Gwendoline MacDonald Scholarship in Nursing Vivian Ross Scholarship in Gerontology Studies John and Leanne Scott Endowed Scholarship for Nursing

“Starting a scholarship fund, as well

Linda Hunter Memorial Scholarship in Oncology

contributing to an existing fund is rewarding

Sarah Boyd Scholarship for Minorities in Nursing

because it not only benefits the next generation of nurses, but also helps remember those who have made a difference in your life and your career, “said Dean Burns. “It is rewarding and important to give back to nursing.” NL

Francis J. Bilisky Endowed Memorial Scholarship in Nursing Martha Townsend Longacre Endowed Scholarship in Nursing Frank Birch Memorial Fund USF College of Nursing Green Cross Scholarship Sigma Theta Tau Delta Beta Chapter Endowed Scholarship


initial reservations, he agreed to accom-

ment for not allowing disaster relief and

interview with WUSF-FM’s Carson

pany his friend to Myanmar. He made

assistance from the international

Cooper on disaster preparedness for

the trip May 11-16. So that he would


the upcoming hurricane season, Steve

not call attention to himself and possibly

Morris, MD, received a phone call from

put his Thai friends at risk, Dr. Morris


a long-time friend who was planning to

left his camera behind. His only photo


travel to Myanmar to provide medi-

was taken at an airfield in Thailand. The

Later that day, a long-time friend of

cal assistance in the aftermath of the

story of his Myanmar experience, in his

mine, Awing Saawat of Thailand, called

deadly cyclone and its storm surge.

own words, follows:

me. Awing is a nurse midwife. She

The same day he recorded an

“Call it fate; call it a coincidence; but I

Dr. Morris, codirector of Bioterrorism

has provided services in the northern

and Disaster Training at USF College

guess some things were meant to hap-

regions of Thailand for more than 25

of Nursing, spent a month volunteering

pen. Ironically during my interview with

years. She has a special interest

in southern Mississippi in the wake of

Carson Cooper, he asked my opinion

in caring for the immigrant mothers

Hurricane Katrina and has extensive

about the situation in Myanmar. We

who travel the sometimes dangerous

experience working in a variety of disas-

reflected upon the devastation and the

routes from Myanmar (formerly called

ters and disaster scenarios. After some

disappointment in the Myanmar govern-

Burma) to cross the border illegally into



Story by Anne DeLotto Baier MORRIS COLLECTION

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27 Thailand. Most of these immigrants risk the

Since she had provided service to the area

me that her contacts were solid and that I

travel to Thailand to find work and escape

for many years, she had many well estab-

would have no problems. Just keep your

the desperate conditions in Myanmar.

lished contacts and had made the journey

mouth shut, she told me -- an inside joke we

on multiple occasions. I casually mentioned

often shared when she was allowing me to

in the country in 2002 and 2003, when I

to her that I would love to share the expe-

observe the birthing process years ago with

volunteered with her non-profit organization.

rience, and surprisingly she responded,

her. Like then, she would do all the talking.

She often calls to say hello and to get an

“Come on!”

She again reassured me that I would be fine.

Awing and I are friends from my time

occasional internal medicine consultation on

My mom always said, be careful what

one of her many patients. This call was no

you ask for. I couldn’t believe it. I had

different; she and I discussed a young refu-

heard on the news about the problems

gee patient who had recently crossed the

foreign aid workers were having getting into

would turn out to be one of the most remark-

border. Unfortunately, according to Awning,

the region, so, of course, I started speaking

able experiences of my professional career.

this patient would be quickly returned back

of passports and visas, which I knew would

The flight to Bangkok, Thailand, was 26

to Myanmar. Awing told me that she was

take time. Awing informed me that there

hours with stops in Detroit and Japan. I then

planning a trip of her own to the impacted

were ways to expedite the process. When I

traveled two hours by bus from Bangkok

cyclone area of Myanmar in the next week.

expressed safety concerns, she reassured

to Nakhon province, where I met up with

THE LONG JOURNEY TO MYANMAR With that, I packed my bags for what

I thought my relief work with Hurricane Katrina ... would have somewhat prepared me for what I about to witness in Myanmar, but I could not have imagined the incredible destruction I would see.

28 Awing. The rain delayed our departure to

intense moldy smell. There were no interior

Hurricane Katrina on the Mississippi Gulf

northern Thailand for a day; but soon we

lights and no formal seats, just some tarp-

Coast would have somewhat prepared me

were off on another bus ride to an area just

like material that we fashioned into seats. I

for what I about to witness in Myanmar,

south of the town of Chang Mai, Thailand.

expected to see large quantities of supplies.

but I could not have imagined the incred-

The next leg of our trip to Myanmar began

My memories of Hurricane Katrina led

ible destruction I would see. Through the

early in the morning hours. Since there is

me to expect a tremendous outpouring of

side boards of our truck, I could see vast

literally a 12-hour time difference between

relief supplies. To my dismay, there were

areas laid waste by the storm. What must

Florida and Thailand, I was wide awake.

no medical supplies, no fresh water, no

have once been towns looked like garbage

Add the time difference to my anxiety, and I

meals-ready-to-eat or food of any kind, no

dumps. People appeared to be sifting

was literally on pins and needles.

clothing…absolutely nothing to indicate that

through these heaps of debris. Many sat

we were on a relief mission. Trying to bring

hopelessly by the roadside or under impro-

My U.S. passport was left in Thailand with

in supplies was not an option according to

vised structures made from the debris. I

Awing’s associate. We departed from a

Awing, whatever we would use would be

saw no begging, no outstretched arms; the

small airfield in two light aircraft for a 500-

provided to us by our host when we got

people just simply looked beaten. Many

plus mile flight from Thailand into Myanmar.


wore rags; some had no clothing at all. I

Travel into Myanmar was quite unofficial.

saw all ages from the very young to the very

We were accompanied by 10 other people. I did not know their names or what their roles on this trip would be, and following

GREETED BY ARMED GUARDS We landed after a little more than two

old; however, there seemed to be many more children. Most remarkable was the horrible smell.

Awing’s lead, I did not ask. One of the

hours on an even more remote airfield in

pilots was a relative of Awing’s. They had

the mid-south region of Myanmar. Nothing

So foul, so pungent, that at times it would

long conversation prior to our departure.

was there other than a small abandoned

cause me to gag. I have experience with

Their cordial manner eased my mind and I

tin-covered structure. We sat at this location

death in my profession; but death, hope-

was again reassured that I would have no

for another hour and a half, before I heard

lessness and despair at this magnitude was


the sounds of vehicles approaching. Three

just unbelievable. The pictures on television

Though the smell of insect replant per-

large short-bed trucks (the kind you would

and in the newspapers could not possibly

meated my clothing, Awing beared it and

typically see livestock in) pulled up. Two or

capture this suffering.

stayed close by my side the entire journey.

three heavily armed men exited each truck.

It was important that I look somewhat

The pilots of our planes and the people in


disheveled as not to stand out. She added

the trucks obviously knew each other. They


to my blending-in process by sharing a local

greeted and talked for a period of time.

The truck ride was about 90 minutes from

skin powder/insect repellant to put on my

There was an occasional look in my direc-

the air field. We arrived at a stone-and-

face, arms and legs. My wrist watch was left

tion, but I never had any indications that

wood structure that would be our home for

behind and replaced with a simpler watch

caused me to worry. Awing was completely

the next 60-plus hours. This was a clinic.

that I kept in my pocket. It had no wrist

at ease, so I was able to remain calm.

It had been built by a mission group many

band and a scratched dirty face. Because I

When the time came, the men directed

years ago, and withstood the test of time.

am African-American, we both felt, that as

us to climb into the back of their trucks.

Awing had worked from this location before.

long as I did not open my mouth, few if any,

Though our view was somewhat obscured

Surprisingly, there were a few medical sup-

would know my nationality. (Don’t misun-

by wooden boards lining the sides of the

plies -- a few old stethoscopes, antiseptic

derstand, I am a proud American, but in this

truck bed, we could easily see between

and basic bandages; but no medications.

instance, waving the U.S. flag was not an

them. As the early morning hours faded the

Awing told me that we would be receiving a


heat of the day could be felt. The truck was

few additional supplies later. There was a

not covered. The heat and the humidity

generator with fuel and a few working lights,

in good shape. They were designed to haul

reminded me of Florida. The terrain was

but nothing on the scale of the Disaster

cargo, but other than us, a few personal

extremely rough. I know I am spoiled by

Mobile Assistant Team that I had worked

items, drinking water and the meager provi-

paved roads, but this was a difficult journey.

with in Katrina.

sions prepared by Awing there was no other

I can see the need for the big trucks. Any

cargo. Our diet for the next three days con-

organized relief mission into this area would

ing told me that our host had selected the

sisted of cooked pork and rice. The cargo

be difficult by ground.

people that we would see. How that process

area of the plane was stripped and had an

I suppose, I thought my relief work with

worked, I guess I will never really know. The

Our planes were old but appeared to be

The patients were already waiting. Aw-



USF Health’s Dr. Steve Morris (center back) and friend Awing Saawat (yellow shirt and glasses), a nurse midwife, pose with a group of refugees who fled to Thailand from Myanmar after the devastating cyclone. Dr. Morris and Saawat made a risky humanitarian journey into a remote southern region of Myanmar to aid cyclone survivors.

people we cared for clearly had a relation-

inside the clinic. Throughout the night, there

days later in a field of debris. Since he was

ship with the people who had arranged this

was conversation and activity outside.

unable to walk, they made a sled from the piece of tin to pull him around. The three

trip. Going into the village to offer services was clearly not an option. The complexities


had been together for many days, but they

of the problems were many. Without any

The next morning we awakened to see three

were not sure how long. They could only

necessary equipment and supplies, the task

small boys, probably ages- 8 to 10. They

assume that their families were dead. There

was extremely difficult. Awing translated for

were asleep at the door of the clinic. Two sat

was nothing left of the village where they

me promptly along with doing a million other

up immediately when we opened the door.

stayed. They lived off scraps that they found

things. No one ever seemed to complain;

One child was lying on a piece of tin, which

or whatever they could get by begging.

there was no crowd; few people even spoke

had been fashioned as a sled. I could sur-

unless addressed by our guards or by us.

mise that the two other children had pulled

ill and near death. It did not take an X-ray

We worked continuously until the night.

The child on the sled appeared extremely

him there on the sled. I don’t know how far

for me to determine that the injured boy

Awing and I took our first break after about

the children traveled, but I don’t think they

had a compound fracture of his right tibia

six hours. Following her lead, I would pause

would have been allowed at our door if the

and fibula. Distal to the fracture his leg was

for a break only when she did. We were with

guards had seen them. I am not even sure

cold and to a point of necrosis (decay). His

armed guards the entire time, though they

how they slipped past our guards. Awing

eyes were sunken, jaundiced and his body

seemed quite relaxed. There were several

began to talk with the boys as one of the

was wasted. He was dying from sepsis,

groups of people all around the clinic area,

guards approached to chase them away. I

dehydration and malnutrition. His fate had

but we never had contact with them. I am

had already starting assessing the child on

been written when the storm struck. His

still not sure if the guards were there to pro-

the sled. Awing argued with the guard for a

needs were far beyond our capabilities and

tect us or to keep us from exploring on our

bit. He backed away and left us to our work.

resources. Even with hospitalization, an

own, but I suppose, probably both. It’s not

According to Awing, the child on the sled

amputation, massive doses of IV antibiotics,

like exploring would have been an option for

was injured during the storm. None of the

nutrition and hydration, I doubt he would

me anyway. I didn’t speak the language, I

three had known one another before the

have survived. It was simply too late; and

had no idea where I was, and I certainly did

storm. Two boys met immediately after the

we obviously had no way to provide any of

not want to get lost. We slept on the floor

storm, and they found the injured child a few

those needed services.


Awing and I spoke few words on the truck and plane ride back to Thailand. I know we were tired and hungry, but I know she and I


both felt depressed that we could not do or provide more. The Thai people refer to Myanmar as “paan má-noh” or “bad heart” -- a term

that at least the young child was in no pain. He could not feel the

that certainly reflects a government that refused to allow aid to reach

injured leg. Awing fed the boys from our provisions. The injured boy

its people in dire need.”

was too weak to eat very much at all. Unfortunately, we had to move

Since Dr. Morris returned from Myanmar, he has spoken several

on to our already waiting patients, and we did not want to upset the

times to his friend Awing, who plans to return to on another hu-

guards anymore than they were already. Awing reluctantly motioned

manitarian trip. The situation in Myanmar is still precarious, as the

for the guards and with that the boys were scurried off; pulling their injured friend behind them. We never saw them again. The next day and a half brought more of

country’s military junta continues to refuse offers of outside support including the use of military helicopters to ferry aid to remote regions. Unfortunately, Dr. Morris says, many donated supplies never reach the people who need it – much of it taken by the military or black

the same. The sad and sometimes horrify-

market agents who will sell it for a profit. With the monsoon season

ing stories were endless. I left feeling like

beginning, hundreds of thousands of cyclone survivors remain with-

a drop of water on a searing desert. Our

out shelter. “I had tremendous support from the College of Nursing

promised supplies never came. I had to

and Dean Burns in supporting my decision to make this trip on short

ask myself, did our little mission make

notice,” Dr. Morris says, “and I owe special thanks to my colleagues

a difference? I know it would not be for me to judge.

Sandra Cadena, PhD, RN, and Fred Slone, MD, who covered for me while I was away.” NL


Awing and I could find only a small degree of peace in the fact



The College of Nursing is very active

Hope Lodge Picnic, Love a Senior Day

in the USF Health Service Corps. Nurs-

at the Weinberg Village, The St. Jude

ing students are involved in at least two

Children’s Research Hospital Raffle,

events each month including service

The American Heart Association Walk,

events such as flu shot drives, health

Passionately Pink for the Susan G.

fairs, donation picnics, angel tree dona-

Komen Foundation, and The American

tions, as well as food and collection

Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.


“They have all been pretty rewarding. Its great to take one day or two a month to take a break from school and devote

do collection drives, we know those

it to helping the community, “said Me-

people can really use the items we are

lissa Calton.

supplying so it makes you feel good,”

This year, the USF College of Nurs-

said Melissa Calton College of Nurs-

ing received the Top Team Fundraiser

ing Representative for the USF Health

Award for USF’s 2008 Relay for Life

Service Corps. “While it’s rewarding, it

by raising $5,600. In addition, nursing

is a lot of fun.”

student and the College’s Relay for

The USF Health Service Corps spon-

Life Team Captain, Tania Cruickshank

sors all of the events in which the USF

was honored with the Top Fundraising

College of Nursing Student Council

Individual award.

participates, and everyone in the College is invited. Large events may

“Cancer has affected my family, but luckily my mom is healthy and is now

involve not only the College

nine years in remission. I hope that

of Nursing, but also the

by raising money to promote more

Colleges of Medicine and Public Health.

research and awareness, we can help prevent cancer happening to others,”

Students enjoy

said College of Nursing Relay for Life

spending time with

Team Captain, Tania Cruickshank. ”To

local patients and

see all of us come together like that

cancer victims while

to support a great cause was truly an

participating in The

amazing experience.” NL


“It’s great because it’s really appreciated, and when we raise money or

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HOME HEALTH BULL NURSE Story by Mandelyn Hutcherson and founded Horizon Homecare in February 2005. The two

travel through a field of bull? Not figuratively speaking, but

women, who worked for competing home care agencies at


the time, were both frustrated with how patients were being

As Stephanie Henchey, BSN ’01, would explain, home care nurses are a bit of a different breed. She had one of her employees, a nurse with Horizon

managed in the corporate business model. They wanted to return to a more patient-centered focus. “It was really all about the patients. We were both

Homecare, actually call her from a backwoods, muddy

passionate about home care, and we said, we can do this,

country road that was inhabited with bulls along the way…

and we can do it better,” said Henchey.

and not USF Bulls, as in alumni or athletic fans, but real

Henchey and Baxley ventured out on their own, each

bulls! The nurse was on her way to see a patient and along

one giving their notice about two weeks apart, and rented

the way encountered more bull than she’d been expecting!

500 square feet of space; their first year they planned, did

Stephanie’s advice: honk the horn and make your way up

their research and honed up on the regulations through

to the home and get someone’s attention.

the Agency for Health Care Administration. Just three

Henchey partnered with another nurse, Velvet Baxley,

years later, Horizon Homecare, the only nurse owned and


In what profession might you find an employee willing to


operated home care agency in Hernando County, employs approximately 50 health care professionals and manages 120-150 patients at any given time. Their business boasts three offices, one each in Citrus, Hernando and Pasco counties, and was recently honored by being named one of the top 500 home health agencies in the nation by Home Care Elite. “As a nurse, you really can make a difference. We brought back that little bit of loving care and are staying patient centered. Three years ago I was frustrated and unhappy with the management of Stephanie Henchey, BS ’01, partnered with another nurse and founded Horizon Homecare which was recently named one of the top 500 home health agencies in the nation by Home Care Elite.

patients. Today, where we are, we’ve accomplished what we set out to do, and we haven’t lost touch with the patient. Patient satisfaction means a lot to us, and it makes everything we do, all worth it.

dealt with the person, me!” said Kathleen

then she received her BSN from the USF

Our patients have been genuinely touched

in a thank you note. (See scanned in thank

College of Nursing in 2001.

by our nurses, and we think it makes a

you note – Henchey has permission to use

difference to feed and filter our profits back

note and patient’s name.)

into patient care.” Henchey said. Henchey shared the story of Kathleen

“We’re able to tend to the basic needs

“I felt somewhat limited early on in my career as to what kind of difference I was able to make, and with the more education

of our patients, but we also educate and

I garnered, the more I was able to

Mellen who recently had knee surgery.

teach them to be their own advocate.

accomplish,” she said. “The beauty of the

She was discharged from the hospital but

Patients are very appreciative of time well

nursing profession is that your hands are

had difficulty finding an agency that would

spent, and they get that kind of one-on-

never tied to stop. There is always more

take her insurance, and she had already

one experience with our home care,” said

to learn. There’s always a way to make a

tried several. Initially she was unable to


bigger difference. You can always learn

ambulate her knee, then she encountered

Henchey has spent her entire career as

difficulty with her pain management. So

she puts it, as a nurturer, “I like to take care

on top of trouble walking and moving

of everyone else.”

around after surgery, she had nausea from

At the age of thirteen she volunteered

more.” “My experience at the USF College of Nursing helped me to realize that I truly

her pain medicine. The nurses assessed

at a nursing home and fell in love with

love the science of nursing. As a whole,

her situation, took control of her wound

geriatrics. She said she knew even then

that’s what has inspired me to want to

and pain management, and then worked

that she’d become a nurse. Henchey

teach. The professors we had were so

collaboratively with physical therapists to

earned her LPN degree in 1991 from

passionate about wanting to teach us and

get her mobile again. By the end of her

the St. Petersburg Campus of Pinellas

help us to give back to our profession. I

home care treatment, Kathleen was one of

Technical Education Centers while she

wouldn’t be where I am today without the

their agency’s favorite success stories.

worked as a home health aide in a nursing

education I received. I’ll be back for more

“The fact that registered nurses got

home. She worked her way through school

training, because I would like to share all

together to get this service up and running

over the next 10 years to earn her RN

I’ve experienced with our future nurses one

is important to me. Yes, the doctors and

degree at St. Petersburg College, and

day!” said Henchey. NL

the hospital dealt with the surgery, but you

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Story by Ashlea Hudak

35 Patricia Quigley, PhD, MPH, ARNP,

with Disabilities”, funded by an office in the

CRRN, FAAN, graduated in University of

Veterans Affairs system. Quigley’s practice

someone’s life… the whole person… to

South Florida College of Nursing’s charter

influences healthcare policy and standards at

influence one’s life. If you believe in and love

class in 1975 as the first graduating nursing

local, regional, and national levels. She says

what you do, it’s transforming,” said Quigley.

baccalaureate class in the Tampa Bay

that she is grateful for each day to live her

area. All of Dr. Quigley’s nursing program

dream and is never limited by the demands of

various nursing organizations in order to

graduations were from charter nursing

a day.

shape, give back, and influence the field of

classes. Quigley was also a member of USF

“I always knew what I wanted to be – to

“Nursing gets to touch every part of

Quigley enjoys being highly involved with

nursing today and in the future. She believes

College of Nursing’s first graduating class

be a nurse,” said Quigley. “Realizing this

that nursing is a team effort. The nursing

of master’s students in 1982, completing all

dream, a gift in and of itself, I have committed

profession today is more globally involved

3 tracks: Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse

my life to intimately knowing the history of

and engaged, according to Quigley. She

Specialist, and Nurse Educator. Quigley

this great profession, to share today and

believes that this influences each nurse’s

received a PhD in nursing from the University

tomorrow. I’m driven towards that dream

place of work. As a nurse researcher, Quigley

of Florida in 1992, the first doctoral program

and I continue to aspire – fortunately, I have

still provides direct patient care.

for nursing in Florida. Today, The University

practiced in environments of excellence and

of South Florida College of Nursing has both

innovation – where nurses can aspire within

there’s so much more science and knowledge

Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) and Doctorate

the profession. Nursing has never just been

in the curriculum,” said Quigley. “Every

of Nursing Practice (DNP) doctoral degrees.

a job for me, rather a way of life of great

experience has meaning and you know

“Nursing is interdisciplinary, and today

Nursing gets to touch every part of someone’s life… the whole person… to influence one’s life. If you believe in and love what you do, it’s transforming

“USF sets the stage for advancing nursing in

importance. I’m not afraid to take risks, but

you’re opening yourself to the joy and lessons

the community, with organizational partners

rather learn from them. I stay positive and

of each experience.”

providing healthcare,” said Quigley.

remain constantly appreciative of the privilege

Quigley’s dream was always to be a

Quigley observes that nursing students

to be a nurse and serve others. No one can

today grasp how knowledge is transient.

nurse, and secondly to shape the profession

take the joy out of my day, my life, of nursing.

She believes this is a result of their learning

and serve as a leader in the field. At Bayfront

I give thanks everyday for these gifts.”

environments and today’s “innovation society”

Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Florida,

Quigley’s specialty is rehabilitation.

fostering a spirit of inquiry. She mentions that

she launched her professional nursing career

Through her work, Quigley helps those with

today’s nursing students have a greater ability

and practiced for almost a decade in clinical

disease and traumas regain their maximum

to matriculate academic degrees and sees

and administrative roles. Following graduate

potential and “keep on, keeping on – to be

that they have a better grasp on what it is to

education and clinicals at the James A. Haley

the best they can be with the abilities one

be life-long-learners.

VA, in Tampa, Dr. Quigley joined the VA as

has.” She feels that nurses have a special

a Rehabilitation Clinical Nurse Specialist

opportunity to help others during vulnerable

your life. It’s a way of life,” said Quigley.

and has remained at the James A. Haley

times in their lives: to teach, support, and

“Nursing is all I’ve ever wanted to do, so

Veterans Hospital for over 25 years.

encourage. Quigley helps rehabilitation

nursing is my life. I hope to practice until

patients “feel special and feel whole – that

I’m 100 – or at least be part of this great

practitioner, nurse researcher, and Assistant

someone is no less of a person just because

profession; I could not imagine my life without

Director in the Veterans Integrated Services

of disabling disease or trauma” not only

nursing; I thank the University of South

Network 8 Patient Safety Center of Inquiry:

through physical care, but also by touching

Florida, College of Nursing, for helping me to

“Safe Mobility for Frail Elderly and Persons

their heart and soul.

make my dreams come true.” NL

Today, Dr. Quigley practices as a nurse

“More than just a job, nursing becomes

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ALUMNI CLASS NOTES Tabitha Ann Oravetz,

and the Cardiac Cath Lab. She is married

Erin Jones (Fernandes), ’77,

works in Intensive Surgical Care at the

to Alan and they are expecting their first

is an RN at St. Luke’s Hospital in

Halifax Hospital.

child in March of 2008.

Denver, CO.

John Toye, ’96,

Dena Gay, ’85,

She currently resides

in Ormond Beach, FL with her husband, Casey, and their two children.

received his MSN in Health Care Sys-

is a registered nurse specialist for the state

Lisa Anne Weld White, ’77,


of Florida.

is currently working at the Andrew Rader

agement/Informatics) from UNC/Chapel

U.S. Army Health Clinic as Perfomance

Hill and is currently the Director of Qual-

Ronald Elwood Dubree, ‘94,

Improvement Coordinator, Infection Con-

ity Programs at Duke University. He also

retired in 2006 from his work in primary

trol Officer, Nurse Case Manager, and

is a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.

care at James A. Haley Veterans Hospital

Nursing Supervisor.



in Tampa, FL.

She is married to

LTC (CH) Barry White (US Army) and they

Misha Rae Caldwell, ’02,

have two sons, Matthew and Mark, who

is currently working in the PICU at All Chil-

Guadalupe Chavez Lamas, ’95,

reside in the Tampa Bay area.

dren’s Hospital. She also started back to

is a parish nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital in

the USF College of Nursing in the summer

Tampa, FL.

Susan Craven Thrower, MN (FNP), ’90,

of 2007 and is studying for a Master’s degree to be a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.

Susy Maria Astuto, ’97,

works at the Epworth Children’s Home in

She is married to Dylan, who serves ac-

is a nurse at Regional Medical Center

Columbia, South Carolina. She is married

tive duty in the U.S. Coast Guard and they

Bayonet Point in Hudson, Florida. She is

to Charles and they have two children, Ca-

have one son, Ethan, who is 4 years old.

married to Jim and they have two sons,

leb and Matthew.

Charles (6) and James (4).

Tesia Altman, BSN, ’07, Cari Lynn Caraway, MSN, ’96,

works in the ICU at Tampa General Hos-

Jeffrey Richard McDermott, ’06,

is an ARNP for a local Cardiologist in the

pital. She is married to Michael and they

is an RN at Oak Hill Hospital in

Tampa Bay area. She has enjoyed travel

have one daughter. She has plans to con-

Brooksville, FL.

nursing for many years and has worked all

tinue her education at the USF College of

over the country in many different areas

Nursing by returning to get her acute care

Katie Lenning, ’08,

including the ER, pedi ER, Pedi ICU, Pedi

nurse practitioner license.

is a RN at Moffitt Cancer Center in

Burn Unit, SICU & MICU (Adult), CCU,

Tampa, FL.


DISTINGUISHED LECTURE SERIES Schedule at a Glance: 2008-2009 September 2008 5th | CAPT. Dr. Roberta Lavin Disaster case management: Captain, United States Public Health Service; Director of Emergency Preparedness, Administration on Children and Families

October 2008 10th | Dr. Brenda Hosley Nursing and vulnerable populations: Psychiatric and community health nurse with expertise in complementary medicine, cultural diversity, and Appalachian studies 24th | Dr. Jan Dorman Genomics in nursing research: Associate Dean for Scientific School of Nursing & International Affairs, Professor of Health Promotion & Development, Professor of Epidemiology; University of Pittsburgh

February 2009 11th | Dr. Marita Titler Translating research into practice: Senior Assistant Director at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics; Director of Research, Quality, and Outcomes Management in the Department of Nursing Services and Patient Care at UIHC; Clinical Professor at the University of Iowa College of Nursing 27th | Dr. Nalo Hamilton Breast cancer in African Americans: Assistant Professor of Nursing at Loma Linda University; emphasis in women’s, adult health and breast cancer

March 2009 13th | Dr. David Williams Interventional cardiologist: Professor of Medicine, Division of Biological and Medical Sciences Brown University School of Medicine; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, University of Rhode Island 27th | Dr. Carol Taylor Integrity and everyday ethical decision making”: Director, Center for Clinical Bioethics; Senior Research Scholar, Kennedy Institute of Ethics; Associate Professor of Nursing and Director, Values-Based Health Care Education, School of Nursing; Georgetown University

November 2008 14th | Dr. Duck Hee Kang Psychoneuroimmunology: Senior ScientistUAB Center for Free Radical Biology and UAB Center for Aging, Professor, University of Alabama-Birmingham, Adjunct Professor, Yonsei University College of Nursing, Seoul, Korea

April 2009

20th | Dr. Peter Buerhaus Nursing workforce studies: Valere Potter Distinguished Professor of Nursing and Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies; the Institute for Medicine and Public Health at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

21st | Dr. Bruce McEwen Allostatic load: Alfred E. Mirsky Professor and Head of the Harold and Margaret Milliken Hatch Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology at The Rockefeller University

17th | Dr. Jean Giddens Concept mapping: Professor and Interim Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the College of Nursing, Health Sciences Center, University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

May 2009 4th | Dr. Barbara Parker Women‘s health: Director, PhD Program and Professor, University of Virginia School of Nursing, Charlottesville, VA

29th| Dr. Ken Phillips Emotions and immune function: Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Evaluation, College of Nursing, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

January 2009

June 2009

16th | Dr. Barbara Riegel Evolution of a theory of heart failure selfcare: Professor, School of Nursing; Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

26th | Dr. Barbara Hansen Chronomics of obesity, diabetes and aging: Professor, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and Director, Obesity, Diabetes, and Aging Research Center, University of South Florida College of Medicine Signature Interdisciplinary Program in Allergy, Immunology and Infectious Disease


December 2008

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