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May 2021

Dr. Safiya George, Dean and Professor

Celebrating Nurses - The Heart and Soul of Our Community

As part of Nurses Week, commemorated May 6-12, we honor those dedicated and compassionate healthcare professionals who have given so much. Together, nurses are answering the call to care. We thank them for their personal commitment and sacrifice. At Florida Atlantic University's Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, we are grateful for the opportunity to educate the next generation of nurses. Our FAU nurses, nursing faculty and nursing students remain committed to improving the health of our community. Thank you for all you do.

Mindfulness in Summer Camp Decreases Emotional Stress

With summer around the corner, an FAU nursing project shows how implementing an evidence-based mindfulness program in a summer camp setting decreases emotional distress in school age children and empowers campers and counselors alike – enhancing camper-counselor relationships. Mindfulness – a state of consciousness that fosters awareness – has the potential to help regulate emotions and behaviors. 

Researchers from the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing implemented an eight-week program guided by the Mindful Schools© curricula in a large urban summer day camp program (ages 3 to seventh grade). Results of the program evaluation, published in the Journal of Pediatric Nursing, showed that weekly mindfulness sessions appeared to empower campers with the ability to pay attention to self and surroundings while regulating emotions and behaviors. Mindfulness sessions for counselors empowered them to intentionally role model, utilize mindful strategies when dealing with difficult behaviors of campers and reinforced mindful practices to campers between weekly Mindful Schools© sessions.

“We found that mindful breathing, mindful bodies, and mindful listening assisted in bringing awareness to campers in the program and provided skills to address stressful experiences,” said Dr. Andra S. Opalinski, co-author, an associate professor and assistant dean of graduate studies. 

Dr. Laurie A. Martinez, registered nurse and a project coordinator in FAU's College of Nursing, co-authored the article. This work was funded by FloridaBlue and the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. For more information, click here.

FAU Hosts 52nd Honors Convocation

FAU recently celebrated its 52nd Honors Convocation, recognizing the University's most outstanding students and faculty. A special congratulations to those recognized within the College of Nursing - Caroline Brodi, University Scholar and Undergraduate Researcher of the Year; Mary Doan, Distinguished Student Award, and Dr. Mary Ann Leavitt, Excellence and Innovation in Undergraduate Teaching. Dr. Lisa Wiese was recognized as a finalist for Distinguished Teacher of the Year. Click here for more on Honors Convocation awardees.

Student News

Congratulations to the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing's Class of 2021! FAU hosted an outdoor ceremony on April 29 for its spring graduates. We're so proud of your many accomplishments and wish you the best on your next journey. Congratulations, Nursing Owls!
The Florida Nurses Association held its annual Advocacy Days virtually this year. Several DNP and undergraduate students attended the event. They learned about legislative bills, and how they will impact nursing and health care. They also learned how to advocate for an affirmative or negative vote from elected officials. Zoom meetings were held with Senators Tina Polsky and Colleen Burton, Representative Emily Slosberg and others.
Congratulations to nursing freshman Camila Fred, who was elected to the National Student Nurses' Association (NSNA) Board of Directors as the Director of the Southern Division. We also want to congratulate our nursing students for their NSNA Stellar School Chapter recognition.
Congratulations to the FAU Student Nurses Association's new 2021-22 board: Brooke Nicholas, President; Sarah Wesson, Davie Co-President; Breanna Trigona, Vice President; Mikayla Verzi, Treasurer; Lillian Wakeman, Recording Secretary; Allyson Kifer, Historian; Paolina Juan-Sebastian, Fundraising and Merchandise; Camila Fred, Community Health and Outreach; Courtney Healy, Breakthrough to Nursing; Kylee Johnson, Scholarship Chair; Kiley Thibodeau, Sophomore Class Freshman Direct Track Representative; Candace Zamoski and Katie Mucino, SNA ABSN Class Representative, and Samantha Ayoub and Myesha Ponder, SNA Second Degree Part-Time Representative.
Congratulations to FAU's graduate students who served as interns for the American Holistic Nurses Association and participated in projects to support holistic nursing - Tercy Nunez, Ann Zarella, Desonta Holder, Wakelsha Holder, and Laura Burgos.
The Sigma Iota Xi at-large chapter inducted approximately 50 students from FAU, Palm Beach State College and Broward College during its April ceremony. Thank you to Dr. Linda Washington-Brown for her keynote address.
FAU's Summer 2021 classes begin on Saturday, May 15. Have you registered for classes? Register today.

Faculty & Staff Spotlight

Dr. Tarsha Jones is serving as co-investigator on a "Multicenter trial of decision support for breast cancer chemoprevention" in partnership with Columbia University.
Dr. Debra Hain, Chapter President of the American Nephrology Nurses Association South Flamingo Chapter (Palm Beach, Broward Miami-Dade, and Monroe counties), and chapter officers led a food drive for people with chronic kidney disease receiving hemodialysis.
The Giving in Paradise 2020/21 Faculty Staff Campaign, an opportunity to raise funds for scholarships and programs at FAU, is underway. By giving, we are changing the lives of many of our students. No amount is too small to make a difference. There are several hundred different funds at FAU that you can offer your support. The goal is for the College of Nursing faculty and staff  to achieve 100% participation this year. Click here for more details. 

News & Events

This May, Older Americans Month is themed "Communities of Strength." The Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center (MWC) recognizes the importance of community when it comes to its approach to care. The MWC focuses on a nurse-led, caring science model, which places the needs of each person, caregivers and family members, at the center of their lived experience and unique journey, and uses a person- and family-centered approach to provide culturally competent and linguistically appropriate services, education, and outreach. To learn more, call 561-297-0502.
Save the Date: The annual Anne Boykin Institute Summer Academy will be held virtually on June 7 and 8. This year’s Academy is titled Caring Based Leadership in Healthcare. The guest artists-in-residence are the Synergy Twins, who are nationally-known artists who play electronic violins. Cost of the academy is $100, and registration is limited.
Save the Date: The International Association for Human Caring's Conversation with a Theorist Series continues with a presentation on the "Community Nursing Practice Model with Dr. Charlotte Barry & Dr. Beth King" on May 5. Register here.
The Spring/Summer 2021 issue of the Journal of Art and Aesthetics in Nursing and Health Sciences is now available online. This issue includes a poem, "Called to Care," by Dean Safiya George, as well as a drawing, titled "The Journey," by FAU nursing student Alaiya Dewji.
The College's 2021-2026 new Strategic Plan, The Race to Care and Excellence, is complete. Thank you to those who contributed to the planning of this living document. We're in the process of launching the plan's Two Quarter Projects in the coming weeks. If you would like to join one of the eight project teams, click here.
How Does Memory Relate to Driving? AND Florida Atlantic University: A Memory and Driving Study (Livable Communities Newsletter, a Publication of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs)
Digital Health Information Divide Puts Many Older Adults at a Disadvantage (Renal & Urology News)
Driving Toward Detection: Can Vehicle Sensors Track Cognitive Impairment? (Owl Research and Innovation)
Join the FAU Nursing faculty: Explore the roles of Associate Dean of Research and Professor, Assistant Professor - Practice Teaching Track (Davie campus)Assistant/Associate Professor, Assistant/Associate Professor, and Instructor.
FAU Community Health Center
Louis and Anne Green Memory & Wellness Center
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