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2 UCF Faculty Inducted in the American Academy of Nursing 2020 Class of Fellows

Two faculty members at the UCF College of Nursing have received the distinguished honor of fellows of the prestigious American Academy of Nursing (FAAN). Associate Professor Desiree Díaz and Clinical Associate Professor Laura Gonzalez, who are among only 50 certified advanced healthcare simulation educators in the world, were inducted as fellows at the Academy’s annual conference held virtually Oct. 29-31.…

UCF Nursing Instructor Uses Her Cancer Battle to Teach Students

Joyce DeGennaro ’03 ’09BSN ’13MS is using her own personal fight against breast cancer to provide UCF students with rare, real-world learning opportunities. A UCF nursing instructor since 2013, DeGennaro regularly incorporates aspects of her cancer treatments into her coursework. These include recordings of invasive medical procedures and frank conversations about her health status. “Everything from my chemotherapy…

UCF Scroll and Quill Society Welcomes 14 Faculty Inductees for 2020

Each fall, the university recognizes faculty who have made a national and international impact through their research, teaching and service, by inducting new members into the Scroll and Quill Society. What started as two different prestigious faculty clubs in the 1980s is now a recognition program for faculty of all disciplines. “This society is a…

Helping Nurses Build Resilience in COVID-19 and Beyond

To help nurses thrive in the turbulent times of COVID-19 and beyond, Orlando Health and the UCF College of Nursing are hosting a free online lecture with national resilience expert J. Bryan Sexton from the Duke School of Medicine. Open to all healthcare professionals, the event will be held on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, at 2 p.m.…

Nursing Student and Canine Companion on Journey to Help Others

After overcoming many challenges, Marlee Rose Linnell is following in both of her parent’s footsteps to pursue a career in nursing. By her side is a four-legged pup who is also learning to care for others. Growing up, Marlee Rose Linnell would visit the hospital where her mom worked the night shift as a labor…

Do Gloves Protect You from COVID-19?

Should you be wearing gloves in public and at work to protect yourself against COVID-19? For answers, we turn this week to Erica Hoyt, a College of Nursing faculty member who teaches the fundamentals of nursing, including gloving. As part of this tip, she had her Community Nursing students research the effectiveness of gloves in…

Are We as Great If Our Nation is Built on Hate?

Each day as our world evolves, we are witness to momentous, and at times, senseless and detestable moments in our country and the world’s center stage. As some of the more heinous events unfold, we often find the same underlying factor: hate. Ever disheartened by current affairs (and thinking back on a myriad of tragedies…

Message from UCF’s Clinical Leaders – Get Your Flu Shot Now

UCF’s clinical leaders gathered Monday to give the community a simple message: Get your flu shot. And then they rolled up their sleeves and were vaccinated at a new mobile flu shot golf cart that’s making the rounds on campus to protect even more people from the virus. Drs. Deborah German, vice president for health…

Learn from UCF Experts During Healthcare Simulation Week 2020

Telehealth, virtual reality, and using simulation to address healthcare disparities are among the topics being discussed at events this week hosted by the UCF College of Nursing. To increase awareness of the importance of simulation in healthcare, UCF College of Nursing is joining the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and an international community of simulation…

New Nursing Students Commit to Compassionate Care at Virtual White Coat Ceremony

At the 2020 Virtual White Coat Ceremony, UCF College of Nursing welcomed nearly 300 new BSN students into the healthcare profession. Today’s virtual celebration does not lessen its significance. The White Coat Ceremony is an important event in your journey to become a nurse and for the future patients you will serve.Leslee D’Amato-Kubiet, ’13PhD, APRN “Today our…

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…