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National Scholarship Aids Second Degree Nursing Students

An educator from a low-income immigrant family. A private pilot. An NCAA soccer standout. These are some of this year’s Helene Fuld Health Trust scholars who are now called to care for others. Thanks to the generosity of the Helene Fuld Health Trust, these scholars are able to focus fully on their studies. It is an exclusive…

UCF Names New Department and Endowed Chair in Nursing

Mona Shattell, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been named the new chair for the Department of Nursing Systems and the Hugh F. and Jeannette G. McKean Endowed Chair in the UCF College of Nursing. As department chair, Shattell will oversee and manage undergraduate and graduate nursing degree programs that prepare students for leadership roles in healthcare.…

UCF Expert is First Recipient of International Award for Diversity, Inclusivity, and Equity in Simulation

Leading healthcare simulation expert Desiree A. Díaz, PhD, FNP-BC, CNE, CHSE-A, ANEF, FAAN, has been honored with the inaugural Diversity, Inclusivity, and Equity Excellence Award from the International Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL). Awards were presented during the 2021 INACSL Annual Conference last week. The award recognizes an exemplary role model dedicated to diversity,…

Pandemic Inspires Surge of Interest in UCF Nursing Degree

Morgan Ruggiero started off the year 2020 with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and injured meniscus. The damage was severe enough that even though the COVID-19 pandemic was in full swing, doctors urged her to move forward with surgery in May 2020. As she mentally prepared herself, she expected to at least have the…

Celebrating the Spring Nursing Class of 2021

The spring Class of 2021 has truly exemplified the UCF calling to “Charge On!” – having completed the last year of their degree during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our students have grown during this unique time in history and demonstrated that they are ready to show the world what it means to be a Knight nurse.”…

Healthcare Organization Honors Simulation Expert in College of Nursing

Syretta Spears, assistant director of the UCF Simulation, Technology, Innovation and Modeling Center in the College of Nursing, is among the first to receive the advanced certified healthcare simulation operations specialist designation from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. Spears was in the first cohort of 25 professionals from four countries to earn the international…

Healthcare Organization Honors Simulation Expert in College of Nursing

Syretta Spears, assistant director of the UCF Simulation, Technology, Innovation and Modeling Center in the College of Nursing, has been awarded the first advanced certified healthcare simulation operations specialist designation from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. Spears was in the first cohort of 25 professionals from four countries to earn the international credentials. The…

A Holistic Look at Aging Populations: Technology to Anticipate Fall Rates

Nursing Assistant Professor Ladda Thiamwong works with elderly patients and tackles one of the most pressing issues facing this population: the mental and physical instability surrounding life-threatening falls. With the help of an interdisciplinary team of researchers, Thiamwong has developed a treatment regiment for aging patients, which assesses not only their physical abilities but their…

Nursing Senior, a First-generation Student, Awarded UCF’s Highest Honor

“Iam passionate about education and I hold myself to high standards,” says Sadie Richards, a senior in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program and 2021 recipient of the Order of Pegasus award. “As a first-generation college student, I consider it a privilege to have the opportunity of a college education, so I don’t take it…

Nursing Professor Named Healthcare-Simulation Educator of the Year

Professor Mindi Anderson, inaugural director of UCF’s Healthcare Simulation graduate program in the College of Nursing, today was named 2020 Educator of the Year by the International Society for Simulation in Healthcare. An educator for more than two decades, Anderson was an early pioneer in adopting healthcare simulation in academic settings and today is one of the…

UCF Ranked Among Nation’s Best Online Nursing Programs

Once again U.S. News & World Report has ranked UCF among the best online programs in the nation for both undergraduate and graduate nursing degrees. In the 2021 Best Online Programs rankings, UCF is ranked No. 8 for Best Online Nursing Education Master’s programs, No. 14 for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs, and No. 27 (tie) for Best Online Master’s…

UCF Nursing Students Step Up to Support Community Vaccination Sites

Delainey Dietz was happy and relaxed as she sat under a large white tent, one of dozens set up in what was once a long-term parking lot near the Orlando International Airport now converted into a mass vaccination site for the community. “I’m not nervous,” she says, her eyes smiling above her face covering. “I’ve…

New Healthcare Simulation Continuing Education Opportunity

The one-day, live and interactive online course will be led by UCF’s healthcare simulation experts and will prepare healthcare professionals to become a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE). The CHSE Blueprint Review Course will be held on Friday, March 5, 2021. Attendees will be awarded 7 CEUs and discounts are available for UCF faculty, staff and students.…

Help for Nursing Students Facing Financial Crises

Next week, when the Spring 2021 semester begins, senior nursing student Josée Etienne will return to UCF to complete her clinicals, coursework and honors thesis. But for Etienne and several other nursing students, the semester almost didn’t happen. Last year, at the beginning of March, halfway through the second semester of her junior year, things…

Study: Using Technology-based Fall Risk Assessments for Older Adults

Falls in older adults are the leading cause of fatal injury, and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admission according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s a global issue that aging expert Ladda Thiamwong has been focused on for 20 years. After seeing older adults die from a fall in her native…

UCF Nursing Grad: Unity Will Help Defeat Coronavirus

Every day I wake up wondering, “Is today the day?” Is today the day I am going to have to care for someone infected with the virus that has the whole world quarantined? While most of the world is practicing social distancing and avoiding contact to protect themselves and their families, there are a handful…

Nursing Professor and Veteran Reflects on Service

Of our nation’s nearly 20 million veterans, 5.1 million live in rural America. Assisting rural ex-military who have served us, one of UCF’s veterans has a key role by sitting on the national Veterans Rural Health Advisory Committee that advises the U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary. Angeline Bushy, a UCF College of Nursing professor and the…