SUMMER 2018

Transformation: How the New College of Nursing Curriculum Will Educate the Ideal Nurse

The landscape and science of health care is constantly evolving, and as members of the largest health profession in the United States, nurses must learn to grow and evolve as well.

To ensure Gator Nurses are prepared to enter this changing environment, the College of Nursing faculty and administration embarked on a 14-month journey to transform the Bachelor of Science in Nursing curriculum. The new curriculum, which has been approved by the University Curriculum Committee, will be implemented this fall for the incoming junior cohort.

Courses within the curriculum were developed using the concepts from the college’s tri-part motto: Care, Lead, Inspire. Throughout each semester, students are educated as nurses who embody the concepts of caring, leadership and inspiration.

“This enhanced curriculum aligns with the college’s new strategic plan to produce the ideal nursing graduate and with current national recommendations that will match the performance of our students with their potential and prepare them to practice nursing with what Founding Dean Dorothy Smith termed knowledge-based clinical excellence,” said Dean Anna McDaniel, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN. “The transformation improves the BSN program outcomes through systematic use of evidence-based education approaches and sound principles of curriculum development.”

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Dean's Message

Every year, we develop a theme that will guide our efforts and focus at the College of Nursing. Previous themes have included diversity and inclusion and innovation. This year, our focus landed on transformation. Simply “keeping up” with the changes in health care is not an option. At the College of Nursing, we choose not only to “keep up” but to “transform” ourselves and advance the nursing profession.

Transformation is not an easy process, but it is one that we take pride in on a daily basis. Every day, we evaluate not just “what” we are doing but “why” we are doing it. This evaluation led us to the determination that the BSN curriculum required a transformation in order to continue to graduate nurses who will use clinical reasoning skills and become leaders in health care. This issue’s cover story details the 14-month process our faculty undertook to revise and transform the curriculum into what we have deemed the “Care, Lead, Inspire Curriculum” (CLIC).

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FACULTY NEWS

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Dr. Brian Holland

Dr. Brian Holland Appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Holland was appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, effective May 29, by Dean Anna M. McDaniel, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN.

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Lyon, Stechmiller Awarded Five Year, $2.7 Million NINR R01 Grant

The five-year, $2.7 million grant is for ‘Biobehavioral mechanisms underlying symptoms and healing outcomes in older individuals with CVLU.’

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Leslie Parker

Parker Awarded $2.4 Million R01 Grant

University of Florida Associate Professor Leslie Parker, PhD, ARNP (NNP-BC), was notified August 3 by the National Institute of Nursing Research that her research grant proposal, Optimal Feeding Tube Dwell Time in VLBW to Reduce Feeding Tube Contamination, would be funded. This four-year, $2.4 million project will study optimal feeding tube dwell time in premature infants to improve short and long-term …

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FAAN

Ezenwa, Pieper to be Inducted as American Academy of Nursing Fellows

Ezenwa and Pieper are among 195 highly distinguished nurse leaders slated to be inducted as American Academy of Nursing fellows. The 2018 Class of Fellows will be inducted in November in Washington, D.C. 

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The College of Nursing welcomes new faculty! Learn more about the individuals who are shaping tomorrow's nurses:

Aul, Karen
Bagnall, Lisa
Bjarnadottir, Ragnildur (Raga)
Dillard, Anne
Ferguson, Lisa
Laframboise-Otto, Joanne
Scarton, Lisa
Shipman, Sallie
Vendt, Jennifer

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STUDENT NEWS

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Dr. Leslie Parker and Darchelle Excellent

Three BSN Students Named UF McNair Scholars

Congratulations to UF College of Nursing BSN juniors Ilse Velazquez, Tanisia Esalomi and Darchelle Excellent, who were named UF McNair Scholars for 2018-2019.

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Doctoral students receive Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Awards

Two College of Nursing doctoral students were selected to receive the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar Award. Ph.D. students Nyema Eades and Larissa Iapicca were notified this summer that they were recipients of the Future of Nursing Scholar Award, one of the most prestigious awards offered to incoming graduate students at the UF College of Nursing. The total award for each student amounts to $125,000 over three years and signifies the college’s enthusiasm and commitment to supporting these students’ doctoral studies and professional development.

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England Study Abroad Group Pic

2018 Summer Study Abroad Blog: England

A group of University of Florida College of Nursing students will adventure across the pond for a two-week study abroad trip in England.

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2018 Spring Break Study Abroad Blog: Grenada

2018 Spring Break Study Abroad Blog: Grenada

Students from the College of Nursing will embark on an educational service trip in Grenada March 2-11. Read about their experiences here.

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Nurse Therese graduation cap

Celebrating 2018 Commencement and Pinning

May is always a special time for graduates at the University of Florida — the end of an era and the beginning of another chapter in life.

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Ilyssa Schatz with Dr. Fuchs

Incoming ABSN Student Ilyssa Schatz Brings a Commitment to Service and Love of Pediatrics to the CON

Schatz, a 2018 graduate of the College of Public Health and Health Professions, was awarded a UF Presidential Service Award in May and will begin UF Nursing's ABSN program this summer.

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Christina Jones Honored as Johnson & Johnson/AACN 2017 Minority Nurse Faculty Scholar

Jones was one of five scholars in the nation named a prestigious 2017 Minority Nurse Faculty Scholar.

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ALUMNI & FRIENDS

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President's Message

Dear Gator Nurses,

Another summer is drawing to a close and, with it, my term as president of the UF Nursing Alumni Council. I cannot believe it has already been two years! It seems like just yesterday I was writing my first president’s message and introducing myself to you all. I have been a member of the Alumni Council for 18 years and will remain involved with this amazing group of Gator Nurses because I believe in the UF College of Nursing and what Dean McDaniel is accomplishing every day for our profession.

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2019 Rita Kobb Nursing Informatics Symposium

Save the date! The 2019 Rita Kobb Nursing Informatics Symposium will be February 14-15, 2019, at the J. Wayne Reitz Union.

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Dean McDaniel and Courtney Irwin

Courtney Irwin Named University of Florida Outstanding Young Alumna

Gator Nurse Courtney Irwin (B.S.N. 2005, M.S.N. 2011) was one of 30 University of Florida alumni who received this year’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

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Linda Aiken, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, FRCN, is a passionate Gator Nurse and credits her education at the University of Florida for helping launch her successful career in nursing and policy research.

In 2016, Dr. Aiken pledged $1 million to establish the Linda Harman Aiken Professorship to support excellence in nursing research at the UF College of Nursing. To honor Dr. Aiken, one of nursing’s most-revered and influential leaders and scientists, we hope to achieve a level of philanthropy that will allow us to create an endowed chair in her name. This endowed chair will make it possible for UF to attract the very best scientists to help our nation and our state to address the many critical
challenges in health care.

With your support, this fund will allow us to make new discoveries in nursing and provide outstanding research opportunities so that we can follow the innovative trail established by Dr. Aiken.

Please contact the UF College of Nursing Office of Advancement at 352-273-6360  or aemiller@ufl.edu to find out how you can help us reach our goal of creating this lasting legacy.

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Patience is a Virtue: After Eight Years, Alumna’s Dream to Open Wellness Clinic Finally Comes True

After eight long years, the Estella Byrd Whitman Wellness Center in Ocala, Fla., finally opened this spring. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held March 19 at the new clinic, and about 100 members of the community attended, including the mayor, the city manager and former Governor Buddy McKay, who gave the center its first donation years ago.

The wellness center is the brainchild of Carolyn Adams (BSN 1972, MSN 1973) and grew from a need for health care she and husband, Arthur, recognized in the community years ago. The clinic experienced many delays throughout the years due to uninhabitable space, illness, funding and approvals.

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In Memoriam 

The College of Nursing sadly mourns the passing of these Gator Nurse alumni.

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