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April 2021

FAU College of Nursing Earns Top National Rankings by U.S. News & World Report

The FAU College of Nursing's Doctor of Nursing program climbed to #60 in the nation for "Best Graduate Schools" in Nursing in 2022 by U.S. News & World Report. In this same report, the College's master's degree program ranked #56. 

“Graduate education is a very important part of our mission, and it is gratifying to once again see this national recognition of our nursing programs," said Safiya George, Dean of FAU's College of Nursing. "I am grateful for the outstanding contributions of our faculty and staff, who are advancing academics, research and practice. Our students are gaining the preparation needed to make a difference in the quality of life of their patients."

FAU Nursing Hosts Virtual Open House

FAU's College of Nursing will host a virtual Open House on Monday, April 12 at 5:30 p.m. The free event will provide detailed information on the RN-BSN program and Master's Degree programs in Advanced Holistic Nursing, Nurse Administration and Financial Leadership, and Nurse Educator through breakout sessions. Those in attendance will learn about the benefits of the degrees, admission requirements, courses in the curriculum, and length and cost of the program. Faculty will be in attendance and available for questions. 

Register for the Open House at If you have any questions, contact 561-297-3887 or

College Welcomes Nursing Students with White Coat Ceremony

As a symbol of the start of the nursing journey, the white coat confirms a commitment to compassion, humanism and professionalism within the field. To celebrate this momentous occasion, the College held a White Coat Ceremony for its more than 200 freshman, accelerated and part-time working professional nursing students. The event featured remarks from Dr. Safiya George, Dean; Dr. Bret Danilowicz, Provost; Barb Schmidt, Founder of Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life; and Dr. Audwin Fletcher, Professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

“The White Coat Ceremony serves as a symbolic welcome to our nursing students who are beginning the path of their professional journey,” said Dean Safiya George of FAU’s College of Nursing. “Nursing is consistently ranked as one of the most trusted professions. I want to congratulate our students for accepting the call to care. Based on our faculty and staff's commitment to academic excellence, our top national rankings, and our graduates' history of success on licensure and certification exams, I am confident in the College’s ability to effectively prepare each student to be part of the next generation of nursing leaders.”

To help our students boldly step into nursing during such challenging times, more than 50 donors joined to gift a white coat to each of the 200+ students. We thank them for their generosity and support of FAU's nursing students.

Q&A with College Advisory Board Member Cindy Krebsbach

1.    What inspired you to get involved and support the College of Nursing as an advisory board member?

I was inspired to join the College advisory board and support the nursing profession in great part due to the College’s philosophy related to Caring Science and its focus on health, healing and the well-being of the whole person within the context of the family, community, society and the global environment. FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing is constantly striving for excellence. It is my goal to fundraise, as well as spread the word and news about this important College.

2.    What do you admire most about the College’s students?

FAU College of Nursing students are smart and dedicated. They exude such passion for their profession.  I love meeting students on a personal level through the College’s Lamplighter Program every fall and other periodic events, where we can gather and discuss topics important to them. Earlier this year, I was thrilled to chair the Advisory Board committee that worked to enhance the College’s White Coat ceremony. We hosted a successful fundraiser, raising nearly $100,000 so each student could receive a white coat scholarship, and additional funding was received to support the nursing students.

3.    What is your hope for the future of the College?

Every year, the College climbs in national rankings. I’d like to see the College in the top 5% in every area that it is judged.  I also support the Advisory Board chair’s desire for the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing to be the top college at FAU.  

4.    Would you share your professional and personal Interests?

I have worked in a variety of nursing roles. I love the nursing profession and felt challenged by it every day. More recently, I work to promote women and philanthropy. Ten years ago, I was a co-founder of Impact 100 Palm Beach County. We strive to connect, engage and inspire women to improve our community by collectively funding impactful $100,000 grants to nonprofits in our region that are dedicated to addressing the challenges facing our community. Focus areas each year include health, family, education, arts, culture and historical preservation, environment and animal welfare. Members of Impact 100 Palm Beach County have donated more than $3.8 million in grants to 68 local nonprofits. I am currently chairing the “Big Dream” campaign for Impact 100 to grow women’s philanthropy in our region. Additionally, I enjoy antiquing, exercising, reading, and event planning. 

Photo Credit: LuAnn Warner Prokos

In Memoriam: Shawn Friedkin

We are saddened by the loss of Shawn Friedkin, Founder and Chair of Stand Among Friends, who lost his battle with cancer at age 56. He was a true visionary, inspiration, and advocate for those within the disability community. For 15 years, Stand Among Friends has been a partner to FAU's College of Nursing. We mourn this loss and will look for ways to continue Shawn's legacy.

Student News

The FAU College of Nursing's 2020 AGNP certification pass rate was 100% and FNP was 97.92%. We want to extend our gratitude to our faculty and staff for their significant contributions. Congratulations, students!
Congratulations to Dr. Armiel Suriaga for the successful defense of his dissertation, "A Statewide Analysis of the Social Determinants of Opioid-Related Deaths in Older Adults." His dissertation chair was Dr. Ruth Tappen and committee members included Drs. David Newman, Lenny Chiang-Hanisko, and JuYoung Park. Well done!
Members of the FAU Student Nurses Association attended a private goat yoga class on a farm in Loxahatchee. Following yoga, students toured the farm and enjoyed time with other farm animals, including some baby goats born that day.

Faculty & Staff Spotlight

Congratulations to Dr. Patricia Liehr, who was named Emeritus Professor in FAU's College of Nursing. Dr. Liehr is recognized internationally for her knowledge and expertise. We congratulate her on this distinguished recognition.
Congratulations to Drs. Ruth Tappen and Cheryl Krause-Parello, who were selected to receive an award from the Southern Nursing Research Society in April. Dr. Tappen will receive the 2020 SNRS Distinguished Researcher Award. Dr. Krause-Parello will receive the 2020 Leadership in Research Award. Well done!

News & Events

Save the Date: During the COVID-19 pandemic, the care and survival of both patients and health care providers have become increasingly dependent on technologies. The International Association for Human Caring invites Dr. Rozzano Locsin for a conversation with Dr. Nancy France on April 7 at 7 p.m. to discuss co-creating compassionate unity through the interface of human technology as caring during the pandemic. Click here to register.
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.
The Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center is now offering a virtual educational series in Spanish, “Memory Café Hispano/Latinx,” which takes place every other Friday at noon. Components include Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) and mental health specific psychoeducation, as well as a safe space for open discussion, questions, and concerns. For more information or to register, contact
In partnership with Cross Country Healthcare, the College hosted a webinar, "The Mental Health Toll of COVID-19 on Healthcare Workers," to discuss the pandemic's impact on the mental health and wellbeing of healthcare professionals. For those who were unable to attend, a recording is available here.
Join the FAU Nursing faculty: Explore the roles of Associate Dean of Research and Professor, Assistant/Associate Professor, Assistant/Associate Professor, and Instructor.
Walkable clinic helps West Palm Beach community (WPTV)
Dean Safiya George, Ph.D., MSN, on Academia, Healthcare Equity, and Access to Care (Cross Country Healthcare)
Is the Digital Divide the Newest Social Determinant of Health? (Patient Engagement Hit)
Workplace Violence Training Programs for Nursing Students: A Literature Review (Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association)
FAU Community Health Center
Louis and Anne Green Memory & Wellness Center
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