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UCF Grad Surprises Mother with Doctoral Degree

Loida Guillen Strong ’20DNP has always been inspired by her mother, Mercedes. Mercedes, grew up in the Dominican Republic and wanted to be a doctor. But right after Mercedes began medical school, her father died, and she had to abruptly drop out and give up her dream to help take care of her siblings. Later, as…

Caring for Someone With COVID-19

As coronavirus infections increase across our community, so does the chance that any one of us may be caring for someone with the virus. That is especially concerning to parents who could be sending their youngsters back to school in the fall. As a caregiver — to an adult or child patient — there are…

UCF Nursing Students Complete On-Campus Lab for 1st Time Since Pandemic

Aselect cohort of nursing students has returned to campus to practice critical hands-on skills in campus labs for the first time since UCF moved to remote learning in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. The training experiences were organized with proper physical distancing, protective gear and cleaning practices to help increase safety precautions for students,…

Record Number of Nursing Doctoral Graduates in Summer Class of 2020

It’s a fact. Nurses with the highest level of degree are in high demand. Nursing, like many other healthcare professions, is moving to the Doctor in Nursing Practice (DNP) as a standard for advance practice to assure the highest level of scientific knowledge and expertise. And nurse practitioners are in demand. The U.S. Bureau of…

Gaining Global Health Education from Home

Under the guidance of interpreters and two faculty members, a group of 10 undergraduate nursing students practiced how to provide pre-, intra- and post-operative care to medically underserved patients in rural Peru. It is what the students would have encountered on a study abroad trip with UCF to the Yantaló Clinic – an experience they had been planning and…

At the Forefront of Nursing Simulation

Mary Lou Sole pauses for a moment before allowing herself to go there. Back to the day in 1991 when she was flipping through a magazine and saw these words: University of Central Florida. The old days, you might say. Over the past 40 years, UCF’s nursing program has graduated more than 11,000 alumni who have…

Each Human Being is Precious

Many have taken offense to the slogan Black Lives Matter. The rebuttal is often that All Lives Matter. They absolutely should all matter, but this reply misses the point: A population of Americans – Black Americans – is in danger due to discrimination and violence. While the intention of the phrase, All Lives Matter, may…

UCF Earns International Accreditation in Healthcare Simulation Education

UCF’s Simulation, Technology, Innovation & Modeling (STIM) Center has received international accreditation from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. The STIM Center, based in the College of Nursing was granted full accreditation in the area of teaching and education from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and the Council for Accreditation of Healthcare Simulation Programs. To receive accreditation, UCF…

Championing the Career Changers: Six Nursing Students Awarded National Scholarship

UCF was one of the first 10 schools nationwide to receive funding from the Helene Fuld Health Trust, which is helping Second Degree BSN nursing students change careers to pursue their passion.  From a dolphin trainer to a marketing director, their prior careers are diverse. But now these six students have two things in common.   The undergraduate nursing students are returning to school to change careers…

UCF Diabetes Expert Awarded National Fellow Designation

Jacqueline LaManna, director of UCF’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program and assistant professor at the College of Nursing, is among six experts inducted in the class of 2020 fellows of the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists. The fellow designation from the association recognizes individuals for outstanding contributions to diabetes care and education through clinical…

UCF Students Spearhead Juneteenth Celebration

Health sciences major Karein Lacroix,  journalism major Hector Garcia, nursing major Jessica Pugh and interdisciplinary studies major Shaika Surprise of the UCF Gospel and Cultural Choir sang two songs to open the event. Nearly 100 UCF students, faculty and staff gathered in celebration of Juneteenth — the June 19 commemoration of the belated announcement in Texas of…

Caring for Seniors During COVID-19

People over age 70 have been especially devastated by COVID-19. What can we do to help and protect our older parents, neighbors, family and friends? This week’s health tip is from College of Nursing faculty member Jacqueline LaManna, who specializes in geriatric primary care. It’s important to remember that social distancing has caused many seniors to live…

The Power of Creativity and Caring During Challenging Times

Created by Jeff Kepler ’11 of @seventh.voyage for Adobe’s Honor Heroes Campaign. Photo taken by Michael Obermeyer ’14, a UCF alumnus and Burnett Honors Scholar. Apicture is worth a thousand words. Jeff Kepler ’11 is doing just that by telling a story through a powerful design that is honoring millions of heroes around the world. It all…

Honoring 40 Noble Knight Nurses

In celebration of the 40th anniversary, an academic year celebration that concluded this spring, the UCF College of Nursing is honoring 40 alumni who reflect its values of excellence, innovation, integrity, compassion, service and community. The official celebration of these honorees and the 40th anniversary gala were originally scheduled for this month but were delayed as…

Mental Health Awareness Month Spotlight: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Education

The greatest good to society is to serve those with the least,” says Assistant Professor Michael Valenti, a mental health nursing provider, researcher and current president of the board of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, Florida Chapter. In his Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing course, Valenti prepares undergraduate nursing students to care for people of all ages with mental illness,…

Assistant Professor Honored with Outstanding Researcher Award

Assistant Professor Frank Guido-Sanz, PhD, APRN, ANP-BC, AGACNP-BC, has been honored by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties with a 2020 Outstanding Researcher Award. The award recognizes a nurse practitioner educator who has contributed to the knowledge development of nurse practitioner practice, education and policy through research. A board-certified Adult Nurse Practitioner and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care…

Program Director Selected to Participate in Acute Care Nurse Practitioner National Certification Exam Field Test

Associate Professor and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) Program Director Christopher W. Blackwell has been selected to participate in a field test for the national AGACNP certification exam. Responses on field tests allow the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Content Expert Panels to select, revise and eliminate items for updated board certification exams. Blackwell is a board…

Now More Than Ever We Need to be Vigilant for Symptoms of Distress

We’ve all heard “April showers bring May flowers,” a favorite quote that reminds us that a new season is upon us and the possibilities of brighter days are just around the corner. But this year is different. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and during this unprecedented time we should all take assessment of our…

Nursing Faculty Honored with 2019-2020 UCF Incentive Awards

Four College of Nursing faculty were honored among the 2019-2020 recipients of the UCF Teaching, Research and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning incentive awards. The annual university awards recognize the contributions of faculty who deliver high-quality undergraduate and graduate educations; advance the body of knowledge in their field through research, scholarship and creative activity; and…

Fighting an Invisible Enemy on the Frontlines

Lt. Cmdr. Jason A. Duprat ’09BSN is a UCF nursing grad who has been deployed with the U.S. Navy Reserves to treat COVID-19 patients in New York City. Only 24 hours. That’s all the time that it took for Lt. Cmdr. Jason A. Duprat ’09BSN to go from civilian life to boarding a plane for New York…