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UCF Nursing

Access to Excellence
News from the School of Nursing at the University of Central Florida December 2004, Volume 2

Message from the Director News Highlights Excellence in Research Excellence in Academics UCF Nursing in the Community UCF Nursing around the World

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Publications People Faculty Students Alumni Advisory Board Report of Gifts

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Message from the Director

This issue of UCF Nursing Access to Excellence presents many outstanding highlights from the year: establishment of a nursing alumni chapter, commencement for the rst accelerated nursing class, a new home for research, and generous gifts to support our work in the School of Nursing. community each semester, for the duration of their studies. This longitudinal experience creates a sense of continuity for the student and the community. Clinical interventions are designed by both parties to effect a change in health status for individuals or groups in the community. Graduate students participate in the CNCs as well. Several stories are included that focus on the unique educational partnership we have with the community, referred to as the Community Nursing Centers (CNCs). The faculty has identied neighborhoods that face issues such as poverty, health disparities among minorities, high teen pregnancy rates, and child abuse and neglect. A relationship with the neighborhood is fostered in order to simultaneously provide health services for the residents while they participate in the education of nursing students, creating a shared partnership. Each CNC is unique with specic services and educational activities established through analysis of community needs and priorities. A School of Nursing faculty member and a group of 10 to12 undergraduate students are assigned to a neighborhood for the rst semester and the students return to the same UCF nursing students are visible throughout the community, working in shelters, neighborhood schools, long-term care facilities, hospice, community clinics, and alcohol and drug treatment centers, to name just a few of the many locations. More than 40,000 community residents were served by students from the School of Nursing this past year. The partnerships we have with the community are vital in order to educate nurses for a diverse society where the vast majority of peoples lives are spent in the community. UCF School of Nursing is visible in the community, and it is a privilege to be there!

Jean DMeza Leuner, Ph.D., RN Director and Professor

Patient Simulator Provides Human Interaction

The College of Health and Public Affairs and School of Nursing recently purchased a human patient simulator from Sarasota-based Medical Education Technologies (METI) Inc. for use in all levels of nursing education, from

News Highlights

undergraduate through doctoral. The portable

A METI Human Patient Simulator was purchased by the College of Health and Public for use by students in programs in nursing and health professions. (For full story, see right column.) A Doctoral Program and Research Ofce was established to support the schools Doctoral Program in Nursing and its research initiatives and grants. The research ofces of Professors Karen

mannequin provides students with invaluable experience in patient health assessment and care in a classroom setting. It also exposes students to complex patient scenarios that they may not encounter in routine clinical experiences. The METI human patient simulator can be intricately programmed to exhibit life-like signs, such as chest expansion; pulses; heart, lung and abdominal sounds; and cardiac rhythms. It can also be programmed to respond to interventions employed by students and can record the time, interventions and clinical signs for evaluation. These features enable students to practice procedures over and over again until the highest-quality patient care becomes second nature. Students can perform a wide variety of skills

The School of Nursing ranked rst in the state of Florida in research funding received from the National Institutes of Health for 2003. Nationally, the school ranked 37th out of 98 schools with NIH funding, up from 44th in 2002. The university agreed to fund an additional 24 undergraduate positions in nursing for 20042005, enabling the school to increase its enrollment at both the Orlando and Daytona Beach campuses. The school completed a comprehensive evaluation of its 11 community nursing centers, which served more than 40,000 community residents in 20032004.

Dennis and Karen Dow were relocated to the Central Florida Research Park, adjacent to the campus, to meet the expanded needs of their research activities. A School of Nursing Alumni Chapter was established. Two recruitment events were held at local hospitals and a steering committee was formed to plan future events and activities. (For full story, see page 17.) Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida generously gave the school a second $100,000 endowment to support a visiting professorship. (For full story, see page 23.) The school had the largest rate of faculty

with this mannequin, ranging from simple to complex, said Erica Hoyt, instructor and coordinator of the nursing lab. All of these features can be customized. If the student needs feedback from the patient, the simulator can even talk.

Undergraduates based at the Cocoa Community Nursing Center in Cocoa, Fla.

The rst students enrolled in the Accelerated Second Degree B.S.N. Program graduated in August 2004. (For full story, see page 7. ) The concurrent enrollment program with Seminole Community College continued. (For full story, see page 20. )

participation ever during the 2004 Annual Fund Campaign for the College of Health and Public Affairs.

Lab coordinator Erica Hoyt (right) discusses use of the METI human patient simulator with nursing undergraduate Robert Bout.

Excellence in Research

2 Adolescents Substance Abuse and HIV Behaviors and Consensus Building around the Selection and Renement of an Integrated Effective Faith-Based Substance Abuse and HIV Prevention Model for Rural AfricanAmerican Adolescents, were submitted in July 2004 for publication.

3 community gardens. The initiative will also include a review of current policies, with an

The School of Nursing excelled in research in 20032004, with external funding in excess of $5 million. In fact, the school ranked rst in the state of Florida in research funding in nursing from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2003. Three faculty members Emma E.J. Brown, Karen Dennis and Karen Dow are currently principal investigators for NIH RO1 research projects. Other faculty members are engaged in a variety of research activities as well.

emphasis on pedestrian and bike safety as well as development of open space. The Orlando initiative of ALbD could be a good model for an active living intervention for elderly and lowincome residents in a downtown area that is also in the midst of economic redevelopment, 2 Dennis said. Dennis is also completing the second year of a ve-year study, Home vs. Center-Based Weight Loss and Exercise in Menopause (RO1NR0773801A2), a $2 million grant funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research. In addition, she is conducting a study of walking among elementary school children and their adult family members and neighbors.

Karen Dennis, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

Professor Karen Dennis is the UCF leader

Emma E. J. Brown, Ph.D., RN, CS

The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) selected the site in North Florida of Associate Professor E. J. Browns research (RO1DA013162-02) as one of 22 sites nationally to provide minority undergraduate students with a 10-week applied research experience during the summer of 2004. This was Browns second summer as a mentor and she was the only nurse to serve in that role. NIDA selected two students from a national pool of applicants to work with Brown: Colette Waite, a 2004 graduate in chemistry from the University of Florida who had been accepted to medical school at the University of Miami, and Sean Wells, a senior in social work at Florida A&M University who will complete his degree in the fall of 2004 and plans to pursue graduate studies. The students participated in seminars conducted by Brown on grant writing and writing for publications; gained experience in the dissemination of research ndings; assisted

in the Orlando initiative of Active Living by Design (ALbD), a $16.5 million national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The goal of ALbD is to promote changes in local community design, transportation, architecture, policies and communication that make it easy for people to be physically active. The city of Orlando is the lead agency on this grant, which was awarded to only 25 communities from more than 900 community applicants nationwide. The Orlando initiative of ALbD targets walking and biking, and it focuses on four downtown neighborhoods that coincide with Orange Countys Community Redevelopment Area. According to Dennis, some census block groups within this downtown area have high percentages of older adults (87 percent), African Americans (up to 89 percent), people living below poverty (63 percent) and median household income as low as $10,000. During the fall of 2004, teams surveyed all city streets in the designated ALbD area for walk-ability and bike-ability. Among the possible plans for improvement are walking and bikeway maps, walking and cycling incentive programs, signage prompting physical activity, pedestrian and bike safety education, expansion of walking clubs, and

Karen Dow, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

Professor Karen Dow is the principal investigator of Fertility and Breast Cancer: A Web-Based Program, a project funded by The

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Its purpose is to develop, pilot test and evaluate a psychoeducational and support program for young women with breast cancer and concerns about fertility. Less than 20 percent of women with breast cancer are in their childbearing years, said Dow. The Internet is an ideal method to reach the target audience around the world. Conducting research using the Internet poses several methodological issues, according to Dow and co-investigator Patrick McNees, president and chief scientist at Applied Health Sciences Inc. in Orlando. What makes this project unique and particularly challenging is the reality that every aspect of it uses an

with library and online searches; wrote literature reviews; conducted simple qualitative data coding and analyses; and assisted in writing manuscripts. Two manuscripts, Rural AfricanAmericans Perceptions of Risk and Resiliency Factors Associated with African-American

5 Internet-based strategy, McNees said. The Internet is used for the delivery of information and support function interventions, as well as for recruitment, screening, informed consent, registration, data collection and data management. This obviously presents unprecedented challenges and opportunities for formulating technologies, strategies and protocols for assuring the protection of patient rights while facilitating the research process, he explained. Dow has also completed three years of a fouryear study funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research and Ofce of Cancer Survivorship at the National Cancer Institute (RO1NR05332). She and her research team are examining a quality-of-life intervention among women with early stage breast cancer. The study provides educational materials on managing common side effects that persist within the rst year of survivorship after cancer treatment is completed. We continue to have excellent accrual and retention of women in this study, said Project Director Victoria Loerzel.

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Jacqueline Byers, Ph.D., RN, CNAA

Associate Professor Jacqueline Byers studies interventions to decrease stress and promote positive outcomes in acutely ill patients. She initially focused on adults and has since expanded her work to include premature neonates. Byers also studies and writes about health-care leadership, services and quality.

With support from the American-Scandinavian Foundation, Kiehl traveled to Sweden in the summer of 2003 to survey and interview the Swedish mothers again. Her study revealed that mothers who were satised overall with the quality of their lives had a love of home, contentment with employment, fulllment from an active and healthy life, and support from a society that provides a wide range of social benets. In general, Swedish mothers seem to

Maureen Covelli, Ph.D., RN

be content with their lives and indicate minimal worry for their childrens future, Kiehl said.

Assistant Professor Maureen Covellis research on cardiovascular risk factors in adolescents includes interests in physiological biomarkers, salivary cortisol measurements, schoolbased intervention programs and vulnerable populations (African-American adolescents). She recently completed a UCF-funded project in which she investigated the relationship of blood pressure and cortisol levels to a family history of hypertension and low birth weight in African-American adolescents. Associate Professor Lorrie Powels current research project, Incontinence Morbidity Following Radical Prostatectomy: Psychosocial Impact on African-American and White Men, is funded by the Department of Defense. She is 7 examining how ethnicity inuences emotional response to physical symptoms and perception Associate Professor Ermalynn Kiehl continued her research on resiliency in mothers in 4 a longitudinal study she initiated in 1993. The objective of her study is to help nurses Powel has also been collaborating with colleagues within the context of a larger prostate cancer research program focusing on decisions and outcomes of early prostate cancer. Previously, Kiehl had interviewed mothers from Norway, Sweden and the United States during the last trimester of their rst pregnancy and again when their children were 2 months and 5 years old. She found that, in general, Swedish mothers adapted better to motherhood than mothers from Norway and the United States.
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Kiehl will continue her study by next surveying and interviewing the mothers from the United States.

Lorrie L. Powel, Ph.D., RN*

Ermalynn Kiehl, Ph.D., RN

of adjustment in African-American and white men with prostate cancer.

Pamela Ark, Ph.D., RN*

Assistant Professor Pamela Ark conducted her dissertation research on risk behaviors and coping strategies in children and she continues to be interested in this area. She has also studied religious coping styles, religiosity, life stressors and health-service use among elders, work that was funded by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality through the Center for Health Research at Tennessee State University in Nashville.
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understand maternal adaptation and family dynamics over time.

Through this work she has been able to move beyond focusing exclusively on the physical consequences of cancer treatment to examine in closer detail the ways in which cancer and its consequences affect how one lives.

Research Grants July 1, 2003June 30, 2004

E.J. Brown
9 Powel recently received a new grant from the College of Health and Public Affairs to study fatigue in men with recurrent prostate cancer. This pilot study will look specically at mens experiences after treatment using qualitative methodology. Mary Lou Sole, Ph.D., RN, CCNS, FAAN Professor Mary Lou Sole continued her research on airway management strategies to prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia. She is currently working with area hospitals to evaluate outcomes of oral care interventions in preventing infections in critically ill patients. Oral care is often neglected in the critical care setting. Implementation of protocols for oral care has the potential to reduce infections, explained Sole. Sole also began working with UCF Student Health Services to evaluate outcomes associated with Web-based triage. The university initiated 24/7 WebMed to enhance students accessibility to health services and to assist them in making decisions regarding seeking care. The project is a collaborative initiative with DSHI Systems of Rockledge, Fla., which provided the innovative decisionalgorithm software. A preliminary evaluation showed that more than one-third of those using the system in the rst six weeks were referred for emergent or immediate care and thus had earlier access to care. About 25 percent of the students received recommendations for self-care. Additional research will validate the accuracy of the system, student follow-up with the recommendations and student satisfaction with the system.
Web O.N.E. Oncology Nursing Education Project, $60,000 (multi-year). Bristol-Myers Squibb Oncology Education Grant. Fertility after Breast Cancer: A Web-Based Approach, $250,000 (multi-year). The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. An Ethnography: Drug Use Among AfricanAmerican Women in Rural North Florida, $917,918 (multi-year). National Institute on Drug Abuse. (RO1DA013162-02) Summer Minority Student Research Training, $13,522. National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Valerie Browne-Krimsley
Project Liftoff: Community-Based Healthy Start Services, $100,000. Prenatal and Infant Healthcare of Brevard County.

Jacqueline Byers
Graduate Leadership and Education Program Expansion, $726,413 (multi-year). Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, and Advanced Education Nursing Program. Evaluation of Coordinated Youth Incentive Programs, $25,000. Winter Park Health Foundation.

Professor Diane Wink (left) and Associate Professor Judith Ruland

Linda Hennig
Nurses NOW, $135,503 (multi-year). State of Florida Office of Workforce Innovation.

Karen Dennis
Home vs. Center-Based Weight Loss and Exercise in Menopause, $2 million (multi-year). National Institute for Nursing Research/National Institutes of Health. (RO1NR00773801A2) Intergenerational Physical Activity, $2,500 (multi-year). Winter Park Health Foundation. Intergenerational Physical Activity: Development and Test, $10,000. Senior Resource Alliance: The Area Agency on Aging of Central Florida. Active Living by Design, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (UCF coordinator), $200,000 (multiyear). Lead Agency: The City of Orlando.

Ermalynn Kiehl
AHEC: Community-Based Nursing Initiative, $15,000. Central Florida Area Health Education Center (AHEC). Evaluation of Coordinated Youth Initiative Programs, $25,000. Winter Park Health Foundation.

Jean Kijek
Professional Nursing Traineeship, $50,082. Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Health Professions and Health Resources and Services Administration.

Karen Dow
Quality of Life Intervention for Women with Breast Cancer, $1.6 million (multi-year). National Institute of Nursing Research and National Cancer Institute, Office of Cancer Survivorship. (RO1NR05332)

Judith P. Ruland and Diane Wink

Comparison of Outcomes of Community-Based Versus Traditional Generic Baccalaureate Programs: A Pilot Study, $19,048. National League for Nursing.

Excellence in Academics
Students Thrive in New Doctoral Program
Students in the schools new Doctoral Program in Nursing, launched in August 2003, demonstrated this year that they are well on their way to becoming leaders in the eld. Members of the programs rst cohort, which includes 11 students, published in healthcare journals and presented at professional conferences, including the Annual Congress of the Oncology Nursing Society and Annual Conference of the Southern Nursing Research Society. Their evaluations of the program have been extremely positive. Student Laura Gonzalez wrote, The faculty [members] have well exceeded my expectations; they are truly concerned about the needs of each and every one of their students. I have been very pleased with my decision to pursue a doctorate in nursing from UCF. Another student, Martin Schiavenato, reported, The faculty and administration are pro-student and always responsive. A second cohort of 10 students began the program in August 2004. Like the students in the rst cohort, they are being prepared for careers in teaching, research and executive administration. Approximately half of their course material is delivered online. The remainder is presented at classes held one day every one to two weeks. This structure enables the students to live in areas throughout Florida, and in the case of one student, live in another state, while enrolled in the program. The ability to complete the program in 15 months also offers great appeal. This program has been successful because of the length and ability for graduates to become nurses and move into a new career, said Professor Diane Wink, who coordinates the program. The rst group of students to complete the schools new Accelerated B.S.N. Program was recognized during a ceremony held July 30 in the Student Union on UCFs Orlando campus. A second, larger class of students began the program in May 2004 and will graduate in July 2005. in a discipline other than nursing when they started the program in May 2003. Many of these students found the diversity of student backgrounds to be among the best aspects of the program.

Associate Professor Jean Kijek (left) with members of the second cohort of doctoral students (from second from left to right) Martin Schiavenato, Debbie Moore, Claudia Wiseman, Gloria Velez-Barone, Lana Meyer, Mary Harper, Janet DuBois and Barbara Lange. Second cohort students not pictured here are Barbara Battin and Virgina Crandall.

Twenty-Seven Students Graduate from New Accelerated B.S.N. Program

Laura Gonzalez and Martin Schiavenato

All 27 students had prior bachelors degrees

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UCF Nursing in the Community

In 20032004, students and faculty members from the School of Nursing participated in many activities related to promoting health in the local schools and community.

JOY Project Focuses on Childhood Obesity

Assistant Professor Lygia Holcomb is leading an innovative effort the Jump on Obesity in Youth, or JOY, Project that offers strategies for preventing diseases related to childhood obesity. The project is being conducted in conjunction with the Nap Ford Community Charter School in the Parramore area of Orlando, which is largely a minority community, with support from a year-long grant from Aetna Insurance. At the beginning of the project in January 2004, the height, weight and blood pressure of the charter school children were measured. Twenty-two percent were overweight (the national average for this age group is 13 percent) and another 19 percent were at risk of becoming overweight. In addition, many of the parents had initial tness assessments and completed food frequency surveys. In the months that followed, the project

encouraged healthy eating and regular physical activity among its participants by distributing a monthly newsletter, providing consultations and educational activities, and creating a resource library of nutrition and activity books and videos. The participants progress was assessed after six months and will be assessed again after one year. UCF nursing undergraduates from the Parramore Community Nursing Center in Orlando, graduate students and faculty members are helping to implement the project. They will evaluate the success of the program when it ends in January 2005.

M.S.N. Students Deliver Continuing Education Programs

With an eye toward providing relevant continuing education for school nurses in Winter Park, Fla., M.S.N. students from UCF designed and delivered several programs for these practitioners in 20032004. The students rst program focused on ear examinations, including use of an otoscope, ear anatomy and forms of otitis. They went on to develop a second program on multiple topics: management of asthma, attention decit hyperactivity disorder, prevention of hyperlipidemia in the pediatric population, and fever evaluation and management. The programs were so well received that the students were asked to include nurses from county health departments and community agencies in their subsequent programs. The students beneted from both researching the topics and learning how to tailor their presentations to the audience. They were pleased to share their knowledge with practicing nurses who could in turn use it to improve the lives of children in the community. M.S.N. students will continue to be involved in these programs and students in the schools nursing and health professional education graduate certicate program are being encouraged to become involved as well.

Nutrition Education Has Its Rewards

In August 2003, Diane Mancini, an M.S.N. student in the Family Nurse Practitioner Track, met with a fourth-grade class at Zellwood Elementary School in Zellwood, Fla., where she identied a group of 10-year-olds who were overweight and in less than optimal physical shape. Over the course of the year, she provided the class with lessons on choosing healthy snacks, the effect of marketing on food selection, and the importance of balancing diet and exercise. She also gave lessons on cooking, reading food labels and assessing the nutritional value of a school cafeteria meal. As reinforcement, the students wrote summaries of what they learned after each lesson. Mancinis efforts were rewarded when she learned that the class chose fresh fruit and raw vegetables rather than a less-healthy alternative for a snack during the FCATs. The overall experience was extremely gratifying, Mancini reported.

Nursing Instructor Susan Rogers (standing in dark suit) oversees tness assessments of parents of children and faculty and staff members participating in the JOY Program.

UCFs Community Nursing Centers

Breaking News Students and Faculty Members Assist during Hurricanes

Ricki Hydorn and Tara Hopkins (below, left to right) were among the B.S.N. students from UCFs campus in Cocoa who helped the Wuesthoff Progressive Care Center, a skilled-nursing facility in nearby Viera, prepare for Hurricane Frances. The students helped secure the facility and prepare its residents for evacuation by ensuring they had intact

All undergraduates, including these students assigned to the Engelwood Community Nursing Center, begin their rst day at a center by taking public transportation to the facility.

Juniors and seniors based at the Winter Park Community Nursing Center provide information on diabetes during a wellattended health fair at ESTEEM, a local after-school program.

identication bracelets and a ve-day supply of clothing and toiletries. In addition to learning emergency response procedures, the students learned how to maintain a calm demeanor with frightened, elderly clients, nursing Instructor Barbara Lange reported. Lee Barriero, an M.S.N. student in the Leadership and Management Track, worked intensely during the hurricanes to assist persons with special needs in Flagler County, located on the central east coast of Florida. Two faculty members also provided care during the turbulent hurricane season. Professor Diane Wink volunteered at a shelter located on UCFs Orlando campus during hurricanes Frances and Jeanne, and Instructor Peggy Stickney volunteered at a special needs shelter in Seminole County during hurricanes Charley and Frances.

The School of Nursing operates 11 community nursing centers in Brevard, Orange and Seminole counties in Central Florida. All of the communities in which these centers are located struggle with poverty, health disparities among minorities, high teen pregnancy rates, child abuse and neglect, single parenting, and health issues across the lifespan. Each center also offers unique services and educational activities that are designed to meet the communitys specic needs and priorities. More than 40,000 community residents were served at the centers in 20032004. A nursing faculty member and a group of 10 to 12 junior, senior and accelerated students are assigned to each center. The students maintain this assignment for the duration of their undergraduate program. The total number of students at each center ranges from 45 to 145, providing many opportunities for students and residents. This past year, a comprehensive review of the 11 centers was conducted to assist in planning for the next academic year, developing additional service-learning opportunities and preparing for grant submissions.

Undergraduates Provide Health Services for School-Aged Children

During the past year, nursing students from the Engelwood Community Nursing Center in Orlando went to the communitys Neighborhood Recreational Center to offer services for elementary- and middleschool children. The students provided hearing and vision screenings, body-mass index testing and health education on topics such as sun and water safety for more than 4,700 elementaryand middle-school children attending the after-school program, OASIS, and a summer day camp. Nursing students from the Winter Park Community Nursing Center in Winter Park, Fla., traveled to nearby Brookshire Elementary School to conduct vision screenings for its pupils shortly after hurricanes Charley and Frances. Because the school had sustained heavy damage, including the loss of its cafeteria roof, the students had to conduct the screenings in the hallways.

UCF Nursing around the World

In her role as director of UCFs Eastern Associate Professor Lygia Holcomb led a group of 34 volunteers on a health-care mission to Honduras in May 2004. The group made up of nurses, nursing faculty members and students, doctors, translators and a construction team took medicine, vitamins, toothbrushes, toothpaste, toys and childrens clothing with them. While there, they treated more than 2,500 patients in make-shift clinics, trained 15 Hondurans as community-health promoters and helped with the construction of three block houses. European Linkage Institute, Associate Professor Jean Kijek (left) went to Slovakia in November 2003 to foster the development of a partnership between Roosevelt Hospital in Bansk Bystrica, Slovakia; the UCF School of Nursing; and Winter Park Memorial Hospital in Winter Park, Fla.. She is shown here with Roosevelt Hospitals director of nursing, Viera Sebekova. Back at UCF, Kijek welcomed Jolanta Toliusiene, a faculty member from the nursing department at Kaunas Medical University in Kaunas, Lithuania, to further their partnership in support of nursing education and research.


Associate Professor Ermalynn Kiehl (right) traveled to Sweden in the summer of 2003 to continue her study of women and their adaptation to motherhood. Here she interviews a mother in her backyard in Sweden. Kiehl also continues to coordinate a study abroad program with Lund University in Lund, Sweden. In May 2003, 11 UCF nursing students accompanied her to Lund and in the fall of 2003, six Lund students came to UCF.

In May 2004, Assistant Professor Huey-Shys Chen (center) traveled to Kaoshiung Medical University in Taiwan to present On the Cutting Edge of Nursing Education: Web-Based Teaching at UCF to nursing graduate students and faculty members at the university.

Pamela Jean Wagner (right), an Orlando student in the RN to M.S.N. program, is able to complete her course work online while gaining experience in community health at the Greams Road Clinic in Chennai (formerly Madras), India. She is shown here with a family visiting the clinic, where practicing nursing is a challenge, said Wagner. Most of the patients are malnourished and vitamin decient, and it is difcult to give children intramuscular injections because they have little muscle mass. Supplies such as tourniquets, vacutainers and exam gloves are either nonexistent or very scarce. What is not lacking, however, is the clinics appreciation for Wagners hard work and support.


Publications July 1, 2003June 30, 2004

E.J. Brown
Brown, E.J. (2003). STI/HIV-related structural and socio-structural barriers among black women residing in the rural southeast. Journal of Multicultural Nursing and Health, 9 (3), 40-48. Brown, E.J. & Trujillo, T. (2003). Bottoming-Out? among rural African-American women who use cocaine. Journal of Rural Health, 19 (4), 441-449. Bushy, A. (2003). Case management: Considerations for providing services to clients in remote and underserved rural areas. Lippincotts Case Management: Managing the Process of Patient Care, 8 (5), 214-213. Byers, J.F. & Aragon, E.D. (2003). What quality improvement professionals need to know about Institutional Review Boards. Journal for Healthcare Quality, 25, 4-9. Byers, J.F., Yovaish, W., Lowman, L.B. & Francis, J.F. (2003). Cobedding vs. single bedding premature multiple gestation infants Brown, E.J., Hill, M.A. & Giroux, S. (2004). A 28-day program aint helping the crack smoker: Perceptions of effective drug abuse prevention intervention by north Central Florida African-Americans who use cocaine. Journal of Rural Health, 20 (3), 286-295. Bremmer, P., Byers, J.F. & Kiehl, E. (2003). Noise and the premature infant: Physiological effects and practice implications. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 32, 447-454. Byers, J.F. (2004). Assessment of respiratory function. In S.C. Smeltzer & B. Bare (Eds.), Brunner & Suddarths Textbook of MedicalBushy, A. (2004). Community health nursing in rural environments. In V. Stanhope & J. Lancaster (Eds.), Community Health Nursing (6th ed.). St. Louis: Mosby. Bushy, A. (2003). Issues in rural health: Model for a Web-based course. In M. Hermann & K. Henrich Byers, J.F. & Thornley, K. (2004). Cueing into infant pain. MCN: The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, 29, 84-89. Surgical Nursing (10th ed., Ch. 21). Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. Meeker, P. & Byers, J.F. (2003). Data-driven curriculum redesign: A case study. Journal of Nursing Education, 42, 186-188. Byers, J.F. (2003). Quality improvement and research: Essential partners (editorial). Journal for Healthcare Quality, 25, 2 Luce, T., Dow, K.H. & Holcomb, L. (2003). The nurse practitioner role in screening and early detection of epithelial ovarian cancer. The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Health Care, 28 (12), 41-47. Loerzel, V. & Dow, K.H. (2003). Cardiac toxicity related to cancer treatment. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 7 (7), 557-562. Dow, K.H. (2004). Cancer survivorship. In C. Varricchio, P. Pierce, P. Hinds & T. Ades (Eds.), A cancer sourcebook for nurses (8th ed., pp. 513-522). Sudbury MA: Jones & Bartlett Publishers. in incubators. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing, 32, 340-347. Byers, J.F. (2004). Protecting your patient during clinical research. Critical Care Nurse, 24 (1), 53-59. (Eds.), Annual Review of Nursing Education. New York: Springer Publishing Company. Byers, J.F. (2003). Components of developmental care and the evidence for their use in the NICU. MCN: The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, 12 (1), 174-180. Nicklas, B.J., Penninx, B.W., Ryan, A., Berman, D.M., Lynch, N.A. & Dennis, K.E. (2003). Visceral adipose tissue cutoffs associated with metabolic risk factors for coronary heart disease in women. Diabetes Care, 26 (5), 1413-1420. Goldberg, A.P. (2004). Regulation of lipolysis and lipoprotein lipase after weight loss in obese, postmenopausal women. Obesity Research, 12 (1), 32-39.

Jacqueline Byers
Brown, E.J., Gubrium, A. & Ogbonna-Hicks, G. (2004). Rural Floridians perceptions of health, health values and health behaviors. Southern Online Nursing Research Journal, 5(3), 1-16. Byers, J.F. & White, S.V. (Eds.) (2004). Patient Safety: Principles and Practice. New York: Springer. (Also authored several chapters in this text.)

Karen Dow
Dow, K.H. (2004). Contemporary issues in breast cancer. Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett. (Also authored a chapter in this text.)

Angeline Bushy
Nalle, M., Speraw, S. & Bushy, A. (2004). Community care: The family and culture (Ch. 2). In D. Lowdermilk & S. Perry (Eds.), Maternity and Womens Health Care (8th ed.). St. Louis: Mosby.

Huey-Shys Chen
Chen, H.S., Horner, S.D. & Percy, M.S. (2003). Cross-cultural validation of the stages of the tobacco acquisition questionnaire and the decisional balance scale. Research in Nursing and Health, 26, 233-243.

Karen Dennis
Berman, D.M., Nicklas, B.J., Ryan, A.S., Rogus, E.M., Dennis, K.E. &


Dow, K.H. (2004). The inuence of fatigue on quality of life. In A.L. Schwartz (Ed.), Pocket guide to managing fatigue in cancer (pp. 115141). Sudbury MA: Jones & Bartlett Publishers. Dow K.H. & Kalinowski, B.H. (2004). Nursing care in patient management and quality of life. In J.R. Harris, M. E. Lippman, M. Morrow & C.K. Osborne (Eds.), Diseases of the Breast (3rd ed., pp. 1387-1402). Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. Dow, K.H. (2004). Psychosocial issues of fertility preservation in cancer survivors. In T. Tulandi & R.G. Gosden (Eds.), Preservation of fertility (pp. 237-246). London: Taylor & Francis. Loerzel, V. & Dow, K.H. (2004). Male breast cancer. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 8 (2), 191-192. Dow, K.H. & Kuhn, D. (2004). Fertility options in young breast cancer survivors: A review of the literature. Oncology Nursing Forum, 31 (3), E46-E53.

Bremmer, P., Byers, J.F. & Kiehl, E. (2003). Noise and the premature infant: Physiological effects and practice implications. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing, 32, 447-454. Kiehl, E. & White, M. (2003). Maternal adaptation during childbearing in Norway, Sweden and the United States. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, 17, 96-103.

Rash, E. M. (2004). Cholesteatomas: Early recognition is key. The Nurse Practitioner Journal, 29 (2), 24-27.

Faculty Journal Editors and Editorial Boards Members

Journal Editors
Jacqueline Byers Journal for Healthcare Quality (Associate Editor) Karen Dow Seminars in Oncology Nursing, Nursing Research (Associate Editor)

Mary Lou Sole

Montoya, V.L., Wink, D. & Sole, M.L. (2004). Anemia: What lies beneath. Nurse Made Incredibly Easy! 2 (1), 37-45.

Diane Wink
Wink, D. (2003). Community-based curricula at B.S.N. and graduate levels. In M. Oermann & K. Heinrich (Eds.), Annual Review of Nursing Education (Vol. 1, pp. 3-25). New York: Springer Publishing Company. Wink, D. (2004). Impact of double testing on course grades in an undergraduate nursing course. Journal of Nursing Education, 43, 138-143. Montoya, V.L., Wink, D. & Sole, M.L.

Jean Leuner
Burgess, S.E., Pruitt, R.H., Maybee, P., Metz, A.E. & Leuner, J.D. (2003). Rural and urban physicians perceptions regarding the role and practice of the nurse practitioner, physician assistant and certied nurse midwife. The Journal of Rural Health, 19 (Suppl), 321-328.

Editorial Boards
E.J. Brown Journal of Rural Health Jacqueline Byers Critical Care Nurse Karen Dennis Operant Subjectivity

Nancy Rudner Lugo

Rudner Lugo, N., Montoya, C., & Koslap Petraco, M. (2003). Parents perspectives on immunizations: A survey. American Journal of Nurse Practitioners, 7(11), 8-20.

(2004). Anemia: What lies beneath. Nurse Made Incredibly Easy! 2 (1), 37-45.

Karen Dow Cancer Nursing Judith Ruland The Journal of Student Centered Learning, Online Journal of Undergraduate Nursing Mary Lou Sole American Journal of Critical Care, Heart and Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care, AACN Clinical Issues: Advanced Practice in Acute and Critical Care, Nurse Author and Editor Diane Wink Nurse Educator, Journal of Nursing Education, ADVANCE for Nurses

Doctoral Student Publications

Edmonds, A.R. & Holm, G.B. (2004). Managing pain in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. CE-Today for Nurse Practitioners, 3 (7). Loerzel, V.W. & Dow, K.H. (2003). Cardiac toxicity related to cancer treatment. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 7 (5), 557-562. Loerzel, V.W. & Dow, K.H. (2004). Male breast cancer. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing 8 (2), 191-192.

Janice Peterson
Peterson, J.Z. (2004). Safety issues with the elderly and chronically ill. In J.F. Byers & S.V. White (Eds.), Patient safety handbook for healthcare providers. New York: Springer.

Lygia Holcomb
Luce, T.L., Dow, K.H. & Holcomb, L. (2003). Early diagnosis key to epithelial ovarian cancer detection. The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Health Care, 28 (12), 41-47.

Elizabeth Rash
Rash, E.M. (2003). Arthropods: Bites and stings. Advance for Nurse Practitioners, 11 (9), 87-102. Rash, E.M. (2003). Trigeminal neuralgia. Advance for Nurse Practitioners, 11 (11) 56-60.

Ermalynn Kiehl
Kiehl, E. (2004). Ultimate distance learning: The traveling classroom. Nurse Educator, 29 (2), 49-51.


Faculty Spotlight:
Dr. Karen Dow
For more than 30 years, Karen Dow has worked to improve the care of patients with cancer, particularly breast cancer. Her tremendous dedication and compassion have positively impacted the lives of people around the world. Dow began her clinical career in Boston, where she worked extensively with women with breast cancer. She was the rst to document the needs of younger women with the disease, including their need for more meaningful information. She has since made many outstanding contributions in support of breast cancer education. Dow has written extensively on the clinical care of patients with breast cancer for professional journals. She has also edited the only textbook and two pocket guides in oncology nursing devoted entirely to breast cancer. In addition, she developed WebO.N.E., an online, interactive program that educates nurses around the world about cancer, including breast cancer. The program has been translated from English into Japanese, Chinese, Spanish and Portuguese. Nurses from primarily developing countries have beneted from Dows efforts as both chair and educator for the International Breast Cancer Train the Trainer Program, sponsored by the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care. During the programs biennial workshops, these nurses have gained the skills and knowledge necessary to establish breast cancer education programs in their home countries. As a researcher, Dow is currently studying ways to address issues facing women dealing with breast cancer. With a $1.6 million grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research and Ofce of Cancer Survivorship at the National Cancer Institute, she is examining a quality-of-life intervention among women with early stage breast cancer. In another study, funded by the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, she and her team have developed a Web-based support program for women who have had breast cancer and are concerned about fertility. Dows knowledge about breast cancer led her to be appointed by President George H. W. Bush to the Presidents Cancer Panel, Special Commission on Breast Cancer. More recently, the national Oncology Nursing Society recognized her contributions by honoring her with the 2004 Excellence in Breast Cancer Education Award.

Faculty Members 20032004

Emma E.J. Brown, Ph.D., RN, CS Associate Professor Valerie Browne-Krimsley, Ed.D., RN Associate Professor Angeline Bushy, Ph.D., RN, CNS, FAAN Professor Jacqueline Byers, Ph.D., RN, CNAA Associate Professor Huey-Shys Chen, Ph.D., RN Assistant Professor Maureen Covelli, Ph.D., RN Assistant Professor Karen Dennis, Ph.D., RN, FAAN Professor Paul Desmarais, Ph.D., RN Visiting Assistant Professor Karen Dow, Ph.D., RN, FAAN Professor Jannie Gichia, Ph.D., CNM, RN Assistant Professor Sandy Greeno, M.S.N, RN Visiting Instructor Glenn Hagerstrom, M.S.N., ARNP Visiting Instructor Patricia Hazelwood, M.S.N., ARNP Visiting Instructor Linda Hennig, Ed.D., RN Assistant Professor Lygia Holcomb, D.S.N., ARNP Associate Professor Erica Hoyt, M.S.N., RN Instructor/Skills Lab Coordinator Ermalynn Kiehl, Ph.D., RN Associate Professor Jean Kijek, Ph.D., RN Associate Professor Patricia Lafferty, M.S.N., RN Instructor and Adviser Barbara Lange, M.S.N., RN Visiting Instructor Patricia Leli, M.S.N., RN Instructor Jean Leuner, Ph.D., RN Director and Professor Victoria Loerzel, M.S.N., RN Instructor Nancy Rudner Lugo, Dr.PH, RN Visiting Assistant Professor Betty Mayer, Ph.D., ARNP Visiting Assistant Professor Susan Pelliccio, M.S.N., RN Instructor Janice Peterson, Ph.D., RN Assistant Professor Elizabeth Rash, Ph.D., ARNP Visiting Instructor Susan Rogers, M.S.N., RN Visiting Instructor Judith Ruland, Ed.D., RN Visiting Associate Professor Karen Saenz, Ph.D., RN Visiting Instructor Kyle Savitz, M.S.N., ARNP Instructor Vicki Scott, M.S.N., RN Visiting Instructor Mary Lou Sole, Ph.D., RN, CCNS, FAAN Professor Frances Smith, Ed.D., RN Associate Professor Lisa Smith, M.S.N., RN Instructor Lynn Smith, Ph.D., ARNP Instructor Margaret Peggy Stickney, Ed.D., RN Instructor Diane Wink, Ed.D., RNC, ARNP Professor


Adjunct Faculty Members

Kelly Allred, M.S.N., RN Elizabeth Dale Aragon, Ph.D., RN Christine Banta, M.S.N., RN Melody Bennett, M.S.N., RN Sanford Boaz, M.S.N., ARNP Ellen Branoff, M.S.N., ARNP Lynne Bustraan, M.S.N., RN Stephanie Coffey, M.S.N., ARNP Jan Engel, M.S.N., RN Sandria George, M.S.N., RN Barbara Gross, M.S.N., RN Judy Head, M.S.N., ARNP Stephen Heglund, M.S.N., RN Sigrid Ladores, M.S.N., RN June Longway, M.S.N., ARNP MaryAnne Ludy, M.S.N., ARNP Jean MacCuspie, M.A Elizabeth MacDermott, M.S.N., ARNP Judy Morter, M.S.N., RN Kerry Mullen, M.S.N., ARNP Ivan Mustafa, M.S.N., ARNP Ngozi Odoh, M.S.N., ARNP Christine Panco, M.S.N., ARNP Susan Ricci, M.S.N., ARNP Pamela Royall, Ph.D., RN Kimberly Sandor, M.S.N., ARNP Georgia Shifette, M.S.N., RN Nancy Srebernak, M.H.M., RN Ingrid Swenson, Dr.PH, RN Diane Truex-Ives, M.S.N., ARNP Geraldine Tulley, M.S.N., ARNP Kathleen Yanks, M.S.N., ARNP

Faculty Awards and Honors

Associate Professor E.J. Brown 2004 Research in Minority Health, Southern Nursing Research Society 2003-2004 UCF Research Incentive Award Professor Angeline Bushy 2003 Volunteer of the Year Award from the National Rural Health Association Associate Professor Jacqueline Byers 2003-2004 UCF Research Incentive Award 2003-2004 UCF Teaching Incentive Award Professor Karen Dow 2004 Excellence in Breast Cancer Education Award from the Oncology Nursing Society Associate Professor Lygia Holcomb 2004 Excellence in Leadership Award from Theta Epsilon, the UCF Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Professor Mary Lou Sole 2004 Excellence in Research Award by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses 2003 Annual Excellence Award from the Florida Nurses Association 2004 UCF Scholarship Teaching and Learning Award Associate Professor Jean Kijek 2003 Honorary degree from Udmurt State University in Izhevsk, Russia (Professor Honoris Causa) Instructor Patricia Lafferty 2004 UCF Excellence in Faculty Academic Advising Award Assistant Professor Janice Peterson 2004 Excellence in Research Award from Theta Epsilon, the UCF Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

Award recipient E.J. Brown (center) with Judy Carbage Martin (left) and Jean McSweeney, board member and president of the Southern Nursing Research Society, respectively.


Student Awards, Scholarships and Honors

American Association of CriticalCare Nurses/National Student Nurses Association Scholarship Thomas Mulligan UCF Provosts Graduate Fellowship Bert Fish Foundation Melissa Hamilton Sherrie Poret Central Florida Kidney Center Scholarship Fund Holly Batten April Bradley Jodi Schnizel Janice Tan Rachel Tarrien Devon Van Fleet April Bradley Central Florida Navy Nurse Corps Association Scholarship Fund Kimberly Redmond Kelley Timmons Melanie Eby Heart of Volusia RN to B.S.N. Scholarship Jeanine Waterman Renee M. Keller Endowed Nursing Scholarship Connie Abbott Heather Henderson UCF Alumni Association Scholarship Thomas Weichart UCF College of Health and Public Affairs Professional Achievement Award Kerry Mullen UCF Graduate Merit Fellowship Carol Marie Gracia Steve Hegland Victoria Loerzel Nancy Mather Patricia Weinstein Shellesa Whisenant Benets of Military Nursing in Acute Care Settings Adviser: Dr. A. Bushy Katie Nagy Factors Associated with Noncompliance and Inadequate Care in Male Patients Adviser: Dr. F. Smith Comfort Measures at the End of Life Adviser: Dr. J. Peterson Amanda Jenkins Efcacy of Treatments for Seasonal Affective Disorders Adviser: Dr. F. Smith Jahi McGill Attitudes toward Male Nurses Adviser: Dr. L. Holcomb Pain Control in Patients with Cancer: Recognition and Treatment Adviser: Dr. J. Peterson Winter Park Memorial Hospital Endowed Scholarship Bridget Mulrooney UCF Undergraduate to Graduate Fellowship Steven Marc Capps Patricia Weinstein UCF Graduate Teaching/Research Assistantship Patricia Weinstein

Student Spotlight
M.S.N. Student Finds Nursing Career Abroad
Steven Marc Capps (M.S.N. 04, B.S.N. 02) recently moved his family, which includes four children, to La Esperanza, Honduras, where he will work as a nurse practitioner in a rural clinic that serves approximately 50,000 people. He wants to make a difference in the lives of the rural community, where the nearest hospital is more than an hour away by car. Capps is excited about his journey. The reality is that the decisions we make today inuence tomorrow, he said. Each of us should strive to make a change in the world. I hope that someday I can return and nd that health care is offered to all in need ...

Honors in the Major

U.S. Army Captain Puts UCF Education to Work

While stationed in Fort Bragg, N.C., Capt. Thomas K. Weichart (M.S.N. 04) serves as the assistant nurse manager of an emergency department at Womack Army Medical Center. He also works as a critical-care nurse for a combat support hospital. Weicharts career as a nurse in the U.S. Army has been challenging and fullling, he said. The most rewarding aspect is being able to care for our nations brightest and bravest young people. Weichart was one of the rst graduates of the Clinical Nurse Specialist Track at UCF. As a student, he received several awards and scholarships.



New School Alumni Chapter Offers Many Opportunities for Graduates

In 20032004, the School of Nursing and UCF Alumni Association formed a School of Nursing Alumni Chapter to serve the professional networking, fellowship and continuing education needs of the schools alumni, as well as to provide multiple levels of support for the school.

2003 Professional Achievement Award Recipient Kerry Mullen, B.S.N. 97, M.S.N. (University of Florida) Nursing Director, Boggy Creek Gang Camp
Kerry Mullen feels it is her calling to care for children in need. Her passion led her to the Boggy Creek Gang Camp in Eustis, Fla., which works to ease the burdens that chronic illnesses

In addition to her work at the Boggy Creek Gang Camp, Mullen has delivered numerous lectures on pediatric care and continues to be a lifelong scholar. She has also been involved in the Hug Me program, which provides care to children and adolescents who have been diagnosed with or exposed to HIV/AIDS.

An accomplished pediatric nurse, Mullen ensures that all children enjoy life whether they are healthy or have a chronic illness. Mullen works every day to improve the lives of children and families in the community.

In the past year, the alumni association developed and approved chapter bylaws and the school held two informational events at hospitals in Orlando. A steering committee has been formed and is currently planning a scholarship day to offer continuing education credits to local nurses and a family picnic. Plans are also under way to organize a banquet to recognize the schools 25th anniversary in 20052006.

pose on children and their families. The camps summer programs offer children a week of fun, adventure and independence in a setting that provides complete medical care. Its family weekend programs bring entire families to the camp, so parents can relax and nd needed support among other families dealing with similar emotional and nancial challenges.

Mullen works at the camps medical center, The newly elected ofcers of the School of Nursing Alumni Chapter are: President: Christopher Blackwell (M.S.N. 01, B.S.N. 00) Communication co-chairs: Lydia La Mott (B.S.N. 00) and Carole Williams (B.S.N. 92) Secretary: Erica Hoyt (B.S.N. 93) Special events chair: Pat Lafferty (M.S.N. 97, B.S.N. 86) affectionately known as The Patch, where campers go to be patched up. This 8,000square-foot, state-of-the-art facility is designed to be as non-institutional as possible, but is capable of accommodating a full array of treatments. Whether its chemotherapy treatment, a dialysis procedure or bandaging of a minor cut, Mullen ensures that each camper receives the necessary care.

Kerry Mullen accepts her 2003 Professional Achievement Award at the annual UCF Black and Gold Gala.

For more information or to get involved, contact Jennifer Roth Miller at or (407) 823-2723.


Class Notes*
Patti Cantillo-Kodzis, B.S.N., is an outreach educator for the Senior Resource Alliance in Orlando.

Cathy Groupe, B.S.N., M.P.H. (George Washington University), is a health science administrator for the U.S. Public Health Service (FDA) in Rockville, Md. From 1993-1999, she worked in the CCU/ICU. She was also a traveling nurse for four years. As a commissioned ofcer in the U.S. Public Health Services, she is planning a career within various agencies offering public health opportunities specically health policy and

Ami (Lenz) Brannon, B.S.N., is a nurse clinician in vascular thoracic surgery at Orlando Regional Medical Center.

Debra Moulavi, M.S.N., M.S. in health science (90), is the president and a nurse practitioner at Central Florida Wound and Skin Consultants in Oviedo, Fla. My desire to create a mobile medical practice specializing in wound and skin diagnosis stimulated the creation of the private

Nancy K. Lawson, B.S.N., is an RN (staff pediatrics) for Maxim Healthcare in Brandon, Fla. She won a Best Nurse of the Month award at Maxim in 1999 and a Best Nurse award at Addus Healthcare in Tampa, Fla., in 2000. I am trying to save money to go back to school to obtain my masters degree in nursing, she wrote.

policy analysis. She may even get involved with politics, she wrote.

Sonya R. Mead (Jenkins), B.S.N., is a labor and delivery RN at Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla, Mo. I really enjoy raising my two children, she wrote.

practice of Central Florida Wound and Skin Consultants, she wrote. It was developed by a team approach of a nurse practitioner, medical doctor and ofce administration. We now service patients in three counties that are homebound

Ginny Browning (Guth), B.S.N., is the director of Melbourne, Fla.s largest physician group the Melbourne Internal Medical Associates Coumadin Clinic. For the past three years, she has also worked a second job at Circles of Care, Melbournes main psychiatric hospital. She takes sick calls and conducts physicals.

or with limited mobility the forgotten patient.

Patricia S. Robinson, B.S.N., M.S.N. (University of Florida), is a nurse practitioner for the HUG Me program at Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando. She is a full-time doctoral student at the University of Florida (UF), where she is studying adolescent mothers with HIV, in addition to working as a visiting assistant professor at UF. Kerry Mullen, B.S.N., M.S.N. (University of Florida), is the nursing director of Boggy Creek Gang Camp in Eustis, Fla., which offers weeklong summer programs for children dealing with chronic and terminal illnesses. In October 2003, she received a Professional Achievement Award from the College of Health and Public Affairs at UCF.

Mary King, B.S.N., is employed as a certied registered nurse anesthetist at Bristol Regional Medical Center in Tennessee, where she resides with her husband, Scott, of 8 years and their three children Evan, 7; Ashlynn, 3; and Aidan, 2.

Anthony Wayne Winston, B.S.N., M.S.N. (Georgetown University), is a CRNA for the U.S. Navy in Bethesda, Md. His paper, Late postpartum eclampsia coincident with postdural puncture headache: A case report, was published in the October 2003 issue of the American Association of Nurse Anesthestists Journal. Dione Souza, B.S.N., is currently working in the NICU at Florida Hospital in Orlando. Kimberly Moore, B.S.N., is a case manager/life care planner for Intracorp in Lake Mary, Fla.

Terry Hirtz, B.S.N., is currently working for Vitas Innovative Hospice Care in Orlando.

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Karen S. Frost, B.S.N., M.B.A. (Case Western Reserve University), is a utilization nursing supervisor at Capital Health Plan in Tallahassee, Fla. She has three children. Kyle was born in 1994, Megan was born in 1997 and Mason was born in 2004. Charlotte Wigle, B.S.N., M.S. (University of South Florida College of Nursing), is a selfemployed nurse practitioner in Eustis, Fla. She has been the sole provider for Rural Clinic in Umatilla, Fla., for three years. She is now


starting her own independent practice in primary care, specializing in womens health and diabetes management.

in Orlando. She is currently working on her masters degree at UCF, in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Track.

Cindy B. Dillard, B.S.N., is an educator in the vascular/thoracic unit at Orlando Regional Medical Center. She is also completing her M.S.N. at

Sita Price, B.S.N., is a nurse clinician in cardio-

Jenny Mitre Pack, B.S.N., B.S. in business nance (91), is currently working as a staff RN in the emergency department at Florida Hospital East in Orlando. She has two children. Joshua was born in December 2002 and Elias was born in August 2004.

UCF in the Clinical Nurse Specialist Track.

vascular surgery at Orlando Regional Medical Center. She is currently in the nurse practitioner program at UCF. Maricca Galang Niemiec, M.S.N., B.S.N. (01), is a family nurse practitioner with University Family Medicine (Drs. Jane-Marie Raley and Elena Smith, B.S.N., is a staff RN in the neonatal ICU for Regency Medical Center in Winter Haven, Fla. She is working on her M.S.N. at the University of Florida and expects to graduate Kelly Stacy-Haines, M.S.N., is an ARNP working in adult health for Dr. Mark Brooks, Internal Medicine, in Ocoee, Fla. Ronald Burns).

Jody Rich, B.S.N., is a lieutenant in the Navy Nurse Corps and is stationed at the National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) in Bethesda, Md. She spent three years working on a multi-surgical inpatient ward, where part of the time she was the permanent day charge nurse. She is currently an assistant clinical manager in the Orthopedic Surgery Clinic at NNMC. In mid2005 she will attend the Navys perioperative nurse training, after which she will work as an operating room nurse at NNMC.

in December 2005. She had a baby, named Brianna Marie Smith, on Feb. 3, 2003.

Cynthia Titus, B.S.N., is a staff nurse in the Roseanne Teckman, B.S.N., is a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. She is currently working as a ight nurse and is based with the 315th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron in Charleston, S.C. Susan Tocco, M.S.N., B.S.N. (00), is a clinical nurse specialist in orthopedics/neurology at Orlando Regional Medical Center. cardiovascular unit at Holmes Regional Medical Center. She is currently enrolled in the Family Nurse Practitioner Track of the M.S.N. program at UCF.

Debita T. Badri, M.S.N., is a family nurse Neil Whitwam, M.S.N., B.S.N. (94), is an ARNP with First Response Orthopedic Group (Dr. Dean Cole). practitioner with Digestive Disease Consultants in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

Elizabeth Timpe, B.S.N., is a full-time, stay-at-home mom to Stephen, 4, and Maren, 16 months. She also works as a part-time/occasional RN in the critical care pool at Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital in San Antonio, Texas.

Christine M. Banta, M.S.N., B.S.N. (98), is a staff RN for Central Florida Regional Hospital (CFRH) in Sanford, Fla. In addition to my work with patients in the ICU, I am now an ACLS

Betsy Ambrose, B.S.N., is a primary nurse at Vitas Hospice Care in Orlando. I love my job, she wrote. I meet the greatest patients and their caregivers. Its a great organization.

Janell Verkaden, B.S.N., Nurse Practitioner Certicate (03), is currently working for cardiologist Humayun Jamidar in Daytona Beach, Fla.

instructor at CFRH, she wrote. I have also become a clinical nursing instructor for the undergraduate program at the UCF School of Nursing. I am also a clinical nursing instructor for Seminole Community Colleges

Steven Marc Capps, M.S.N., B.S.N. (02), is working as a nurse practitioner in a rural clinic in La Esperanza, Honduras. Debbie Greer, M.S.N., B.S.N. (02), is a cardiac

Lydia La Mott, B.S.N., is an infection control practitioner at Florida Hospital.

nursing program.

Shannon Lyles, B.S.N., is a registered nurse specialist at the University of Florida in Gainesville. She recently nished her second

nurse practitioner at Citrus Memorial Hospital a position she moved into on Dec. 1, 2004 after working as an adjunct faculty member at Central Florida Community College (CFCC) and the manager of a PCU at Citrus Memorial. She has two daughters, one who is studying

Julie Harris (Landrey), B.S.N., is a staff nurse in acute pediatrics at Arnold Palmer Hospital

year working in pediatric endocrinology. She specializes in diabetes education and directs the pediatric diabetes insulin pump program.


pre-law at UCF and the other who is studying elementary education at CFCC. She has been married 22 years.

Excellence in Academics
Continued from page 7

in December in 2004 and subsequently enroll

Angela Mullis-Ingram, M.S.N., passed the AANP family certication exam in September 2004. She is working for Emergency Physicians of Central Florida, primarily at Sand Lake Hospital in Orlando. She has recently had two articles/pictorals accepted for publication. Its elementary: How lack of childcare affects the nursing shortage has been accepted by Nursing Spectrum News. Atopic dermatitis, with photos by Mullis-Ingram, has been accepted by Consultant for Pediatricians magazine. In addition, she is a member of the Central Florida Advanced Practice Nursing Council. She lives in College Park, Fla., with her husband and two boys.

Flexible Programs Offer Opportunities for RNs to Earn Nursing Degrees

in the M.S.N. program. Another R.N. to M.S.N. student, Pamela Jean (P.J.) Wagner, is completing her course work and gaining clinical experience in community health in India. (See photo on page 11.)

School Continues Concurrent Enrollment with Seminole Community College

Thanks to an agreement formed in January

RN to B.S.N. student Stephen Grant (left) discusses operations with his colleagues in an Air Force medical commander center.

2003, students from Seminole Community College who have been wait-listed for enrollment in UCFs limited-access B.S.N. program are able to enroll in courses required by UCFs program while attending the community college, which is based in Sanford, Fla. Twenty students were in the rst cohort to participate in the concurrentenrollment program. In 20032004, a second cohort of 10 students was carefully guided into this program. Coordination between the programs has been a challenge and careful student advisement has been critical. The school and community college continue to develop processes and administrative oversight requirements. Once rmly established, the program will be rolled out to other community colleges in the region. This is a wonderful opportunity to facilitate baccalaureate education for those enrolled in a community college program, noted Associate Professor Judith Ruland, coordinator of the concurrent enrollment effort.

The RN to B.S.N. and RN to M.S.N. programs Diana Truex-Ives, M.S.N., B.S.N. (02), is an ARNP in internal medicine with Dr. David Cilbrith. continue to offer students exible opportunities to earn a college degree in nursing. The undergraduate courses are offered completely online and through classroom instruction at UCFs campuses in Orlando, Daytona Beach, Thomas K. Weichart, M.S.N., is a captain in the U.S. Army. He currently serves as the assistant nurse manager of an emergency department at Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg, N.C. In addition to his nurse manager position, he also works as a critical-care nurse for a combat support hospital. The RN to B.S.N. has been particularly successful, reaching students throughout the United States and abroad. Among its students is Stephen Grant, a second lieutenant in the Air Force Reserve and ight nurse who has been stationed at locations throughout the southeastern United States while completing his course work online. I have enjoyed every minute, wrote Grant in recent correspondence to Assistant Professor Linda Hennig, who coordinates the program. He plans to graduate Cocoa, Leesburg and Ocala. Selected M.S.N. courses are also available online, and the nursing Leadership and Management Track is offered completely online.


Florida Center for Nursing

The Florida Center for Nursing, established by the Florida Legislature in 2001 and housed at UCF, continues to address issues of supply and demand for nursing and to maintain a mutually benecial relationship with the School of Nursing, according to center Director Mary Lou Brunell, who holds a courtesy appointment in the school. The center provides opportunities for faculty members and students with health-policy and work-force interests. Weve had graduate students do practicums [at the center] and currently have a student who is working on a masters degree project with us, Brunell said. Earlier this year, Lynn Unruh and Antonio Trujillo, both assistant professors of health services administration, helped analyze the results of a license-renewal survey of Florida nurses conducted by the center to obtain muchneeded demographic information. Among the centers major accomplishments in 20032004 was the drafting of a Statewide Strategic Plan for Nursing Workforce in Florida in collaboration with 12 key stakeholder organizations and agencies. The plan has since been endorsed by nine major statewide organizations. It can be viewed online at www. Another achievement was the centers hosting of the Second Annual Workforce Centers Conference, Taking the Long View: Grassroots Nursing Workforce Initiatives, in Orlando. The conference enabled 148 participants from 36 states (including Washington, D.C.) to gather and share their regional efforts in nursing work-force planning and retention, education and care delivery.

Advisory Board
Community Leaders
Don Breeding Wuesthoff Hospital, Rockledge Linda Breum Central Florida Regional Hospital Dennis W. Cahill Central Florida Family Health Center Mercedes Clark Community Representative Willanne Colwell Orlando Regional Healthcare System Nancy Ellis Winter Park Health Foundation Priscilla Faucher Orange County Public Health Unit Robert Faust UCF Student Health Services Karen Grim-Marcarelli Florida Hospital Carol Krug Brevard County Public Health Unit Aura Lee Florida Hospital East Cindy Love Orlando Regional Healthcare System Betty Manco-Herman Holmes Regional Medical Center Jan McCoy Cape Canaveral Hospital Maureen Michael Central Florida Kidney Center Kathy Mitchell Florida Hospital, Celebration Sharon Moore University Behavioral Center Ann Peach MD Anderson Cancer Center Debbie Pusateri Florida Hospital Be Schafhauser Alumni Representative Robin Severance Parrish Medical Center Mary Ellen Shannon Wuesthoff Hospital, Melbourne Maria Stahl Brevard County Public Health Unit Diane Stover Adventist Care Centers Blake Warren Central Florida AHEC Jayne Willis Orlando Regional Healthcare System Claudia Witcher UCF Student Health Services

Community College Partners

Laura Aramando Seminole Community College Connie Bobik Brevard Community College Gwen Lapham-Alcorn Central Florida Community College Linda Miles Daytona Beach Community College Susan Ricci Lake Sumter Community College Hal White Valencia Community College

The Florida Center for Nursing team (left to right): Mary Lou Brunell, executive director; Cathy Lewis, executive secretary; Jo Ann Miller, support staff member; and Sue Jones, assistant director


Donations to the University of Central Florida, College of Health and Public Affairs and School of Nursing

Report of Gifts
July 1, 2003June 30, 2004

Presidents Medallion Society

Annual giving of $10,000 +
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Inc. Central Florida Kidney Center, Inc. Vivian Woods Trust

Pegasus Circle Partners

Annual giving of $500 to $999
Kathleen (85) and Thomas Gillman

Huey-Shys Chen Karen Dennis Paul Desmaris Christy Fitzgerald Ruth Halverson Patricia Hazelwood-Wiese Lygia Holcomb Ermalynn Kiehl Barbara Lange Rosemarie Walsh

Jean Kijek Marcia and Bert Postrado Mary Lou Sole

Presidents Circle Benefactors

Annual giving of $5,000 to $9,999
Renee Keller

Pegasus Circle Supporters

Annual giving of $250 to $499
Elizabeth Furia (86) Judy Housel (98) FRIENDS - Angeline Bush

Sigma Theta Tau

Other Gifts
(Up to $99)

LIFE at UCF, Inc.

Ruth A. Pratt 86 AnKelly (85) and Wayne Allred (87) Joanne Barnett (87) Rebecca Brewer (01) Kim Cartwright (87) Karen Frost (95) Rosemary Gavan (82) Glenn Hagerstrom (99) Linda (96) and E.G. Hennig, Jr. Erica Edgar Hoyt (93) Beverly Kardamilas (87) Kerry Putegnat (91) Miriam Therese Rafferty (82) Suzanne Robbins (00) Shetonya Summers (99) Bobby Whitson (97) Marilyn Willming (86) Betty Wilson (89)

Presidents Circle Contributors

Annual giving of $2,500 to $4,999
None applicable this year

Pegasus Circle Friends

Annual giving of $100 to $249

Presidents Circle Associates

Annual giving of $1,000 to $2,499
Valerie Browne-Krimsley Kay Howard Jean Leuner Janice Peterson

Roberta Ann (96) and Christopher Crutcher (95) Zellajane Goodwin (98) Joan Goss (98) Bruce Grant (90) William Hamilton (02) Mary Louise Jones-Freis (88) Mary King (91) Betty Mayer (96) Editha Ruiz (95) Christine Ughy (87) Carole Williams (92)

Central Florida Navy Nurse Corps Association Navy Nurse Corps Association


Renee Keller (right) with scholarship recipient Heather Henderson FRIENDS

Shari Austin Ida Baraybar Thalia Basora Karen Dow Cathy Fields Michele Fitzgerald Mary Fobell Jannie Gichia Evelyn Hassey Rene Meyer Regina Myones Heather Parker Susan Pelliccio Kristell Scott Vicki Scott Frances and Robert Smith Elizabeth Stullenbarger Danny Thornton Tracy Whitacre Angie White Karen and Mark Yerkes
Bert Fish Nursing Chair Blue Cross and Blue Shield Endowed Professorship in Nursing Central Florida Kidney Center Endowed Scholarship Chatlos Endowed Fund (scholarships and professorship) Dorothy Ann Perkins Tomlinson Endowed Scholarship Heather Scaglione Endowed Scholarship Winter Park Memorial Hospital Endowed Scholarship Vivian and Barry Woods Endowed Presidents Medallion Presidents Circle Pegasus Circle Donors are recognized in the UCF Foundation Annual Report and Honor Roll of Donors in the following levels:

Renee M. Keller, Friend and Philanthropist

In 2003, Renee M. Keller of Ormond Beach, FL, made a donation to establish two scholarships for UCF nursing students for one year. As a former nurse and widow of a physician, she was familiar with the challenges and needs of those who pursue a career in nursing and was interested in making a signicant impact in assisting nursing students to achieve their educational goals. Kellers enthusiasm and desire to help others did not stop there. After meeting with Professor Jean Leuner, director of the School of Nursing, and Professor Angeline Bushy, Bert Fish Eminent Scholar Chair in Nursing, to discuss the ongoing needs of nursing students, she established the Renee M. Keller Endowed Nursing Scholarship in 2004. This endowment provides two annual scholarships in perpetuity for students at UCF.


Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida Endowed Visiting Distinguished Professorship

In the spring of 2004, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Endowed Nursing Professorship was changed to the Blue Cross Blue Shield Endowed Distinguished Professorship following the schools careful review of the goals of this program in consultation with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida. The amended endowment reects the challenges of a changing and increasingly competitive nursing education environment. This year, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida also generously added another $100,000 to this endowment. The organizations initial endowment in 2002 was $100,000, which was subsequently increased by an additional $50,000 in matching funds from the state. The creation and continuing support for this endowment exemplies Blue Cross Blue Shield of Floridas commitment to nurture community health leadership and to foster and sustain quality health care.

Donor Recognition and Special Entitlements

An invitation to the presidents appreciation dinner and recognition in the UCF Foundation Annual Report and Honor Roll of Donors is given to donors in the following levels:

Scholarship Fund

Faculty Professorships
Bert Fish Endowed Chair Angeline Bushy

Chatlos Endowed Chair Presidents Medallion Presidents Circle Emma J. Brown

The University of Central Florida, College of Health and Public Affairs and School of Nursing appreciate all of your generous nancial contributions.


School of Nursing Academic Programs

Degree Programs Basic B.S.N. RN to B.S.N. Accelerated Second Degree B.S.N. M.S.N. RN to M.S.N. Doctoral Program in Nursing Certicate Programs Nursing and Health Professional Education Adult Nurse Practitioner* Family Nurse Practitioner* Pediatric Nurse Practitioner*
* Post-masters certicate

Regional Campuses and Online Opportunities

The School of Nursing offers programs and courses beyond the Orlando campus. For example, the basic B.S.N. program is offered at the regional campus in Cocoa. Courses toward the RN to B.S.N. program are offered at campuses in Daytona Beach, Cocoa, Leesburg and Ocala.

For comments, questions or more information:

UCF Nursing Access to Excellence School of Nursing College of Health and Public Affairs University of Central Florida P.O. Box 162210 Orlando, FL 32816-2210 (407) 823-2744 E-mail: School of Nursing Jean Leuner, Ph.D. Director and Professor Mary Lou Sole, Ph.D. Professor and Contributing Editor College of Health and Public Affairs Belinda McCarthy, Ph.D. Dean Karen Guin, M.A. Director of Communications Jennifer Roth, M.A. Community and Alumni Relations Ofcer Angela Lewis, B.A. Editor Alan Smilie Photographer
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In addition, the school is well known for its distance-learning opportunities. Both the RN to B.S.N. program and Leadership and Management Track of the M.S.N. program are offered as fully Web-based programs. Approximately 50 percent of the doctoral program is offered online.

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School of Nursing

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