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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…

Healthcare Simulation Expert Elected to International Board

Associate Professor Mindi Anderson, PhD, APRN, CPNP-PC, CNE, CHSE-A, ANEF, FAAN, one of the world’s leading healthcare simulation experts, has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation & Learning (INACSL). Anderson was elected to vice president of operations of INACSL, and officially will begin her two-year…

Building Better Masks

Yuisa Colón-Rosado ’16 is a nursing doctoral student who has helped make over 200 masks for local medical workers. (Photo courtesy of Yuisa Colón-Rosado ’16) When Yuisa Colón-Rosado ’16 sees a problem, she’s compelled to be a part of the solution. Just look at why she got into nursing. After eight years of working in marketing for…

Call of Duty

Paul Kohler ’20MSN has limited time before he has to go, but he doesn’t sound rushed. “I want to make sure everyone has the same level of care that I’d want for my brother or for myself. Everyone deserves that. It’s why I like working at the VA.”— Paul Kohler ’20MSN He’s used to pressure. While…

UCF Online Doctoral Student Dedicates Career to Educating ER Nurses

Kellie Chapman serves four hospitals in Brevard County as an ER educator. For two decades, Kellie Chapman made a difference as a nurse at the bedside of her patients. About four years ago, the UCF Online doctoral student realized how she could extend that impact even further – by teaching the nurses around her. “As a nurse,…

UCF Professor Mentor to All, Whether in Classroom, ICU or Deployment

Frank Guido-Sanz (fifth from left) poses for a photo with fellow members from the National Disaster Medical System’s Trauma and Critical Care Team. (Photo courtesy of Frank Guido-Sanz) Sometime in the next few weeks, UCF nursing Assistant Professor Frank Guido-Sanz will have 12 hours to drop everything, grab his jump bag and travel to wherever he’s deployed as a member of the National…

Making History: The Spring Class of 2020

This weekend, 426 students from the UCF College of Nursing received their degrees – earning the title, “Knight Nurse.” The graduation celebration for the Spring Class of 2020 was one for the history books. It is the moment every student has worked hard to get to, when they realize their dreams of becoming a nurse…

BSN Graduate’s Research Inspires a New Generation

For her Honors Undergraduate Thesis, Chantelle Garcia Medina ’20BSN sought to make a lasting difference in the lives of underserved patients in Peru – by focusing on the health of the youngest generation. Her work will continue to make an impact after graduation. In 2019, Garcia was part of an interdisciplinary group of UCF students that…

Nursing Faculty and Student Honored with Founders’ Day Awards

Six UCF College of Nursing faculty members and one nursing student were among the honorees at this year’s Founders’ Day Honors Convocation. The annual event, which was held virtually this year due to the coronavirus, celebrates the outstanding academic achievements of university faculty members, students and staff. In addition to Endowed Chair Dr. Gregory Welch receiving…

Meet the 2020 Pegasus Professors

This year’s Pegasus Professors are world renowned researchers and respected teachers, certainly deserving of the university’s top award for faculty. During an entire career at UCF, faculty who are exceptional in every area — teaching, research and service — are recognized for their work. These awards are determined by the president, and recipients receive a…