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February 2022

FAU's Online Master's in Nursing Programs Ranked in Top 20


Florida Atlantic University’s online master’s in nursing programs are ranked in the top 20 in the nation for 2022 (No. 20) by U.S. News & World Report, rising from No. 32 in 2021. In addition, FAU’s online master’s in educational administration and supervision is ranked No. 13 in the nation this year, climbing from No. 19 in last year’s rankings. FAU’s online master’s business programs (Non-MBA) also rose to No. 41 in this year’s rankings, up from No. 45 in 2021.

Being ranked as a top 20 nursing master’s program in the nation is especially meaningful as America continues to battle new waves of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The recognition of the online master’s in nursing programs we received speaks to the quality of the college’s programs and the dedication of our faculty and staff,” said Safiya George, Ph.D., dean of FAU's Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing. “We pride ourselves on educating the next generation of exceptional healthcare providers that can help our nation in its continued struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.” Read More

FAU Named Top Online Nursing Program 


The Princeton Review named FAU's Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing master's of nursing online program as a top program in 2022. The program also received the prestigious designation in 2021. Read More

FAU Nursing Advisory Board Welcomes
Rosie Inguanzo-Martin


Rosie Inguanzo-Martin, CEO and co-founder of Allegiance Home Health, has joined FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing’s Advisory Board.

“The College will benefit from Rosie’s vast experience as a leader in the community and within our healthcare system,” said Safiya George, Ph.D., dean, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing. “In addition to her generous support for seniors, she has been a strong advocate for nursing students and the profession. We are grateful her strategic insights will help shape the future of our academic programs, research and community service.”

“It is a great privilege and honor to be a member of the College of Nursing Advisory Board,” said Inguanzo-Martin. “As a business owner in the field of nursing and graduate of FAU, I am grateful to give back to my alma mater. The nursing program at FAU is exceptional. Specifically, at this time, there is a dire need for nurses in several healthcare settings. I can confidently state that the nursing students FAU is producing will be an asset to any health care employer.” Read More

Q&A With Advisory Board Member
Ann Brown


What inspired you to get involved and support FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing as an advisory board member?
Several years ago, a new friend who was on the advisory board asked me to have lunch with Marlaine Smith, who at the time was dean of the FAU College of Nursing. I was excited to just go and learn and see the nursing facility and hear about the students, curriculum and goals — and that is where the inspiration started for me!

From the LEED-certified building, to some of the current and future goals, I was over the moon to put my business and entrepreneurial skills to work, if given a chance. I think Dr. Smith recognized that my mindset was not based on education, or a nursing background, but more on business/budgets/
deliverables/timelines and she felt that could benefit the board.

Being on the board has been a blessing to me, as I got the opportunity to interview all three potential dean candidates in 2019, when Dr. Smith retired. To interview top college professionals with 39-page resumes and such successful educational merit — it was a wow! and really gave the board a chance to work together to select Dr. Safiya George (who is amazing) as the new dean and true visionary. 

What do you admire most about our students?
I admire their tenacity to do what is their true calling. They all have such amazing personal stories and growth about why nursing is their calling! They are all so full of intention to learn and give back in the medical field.

What is your hope for the future of the College?
With Dean George at the helm, there is so much hope. She has an amazing team and has really enabled the College of Nursing to work with the business school, the engineering school ... and pursue opportunities for marketing and fundraising as well. She’s a true visionary who looks at limited opportunities as limitless. Sharing the journey and watching these ideas come to fruition is amazing!
 
Could you share professional and personal interests?
I love the day-to-day activities, challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship and the empowerment that comes from operating a woman-owned business. I am fueled each day by where I live — the ocean and beach, East Boca and its surroundings. Staying healthy and strong, emotionally and physically, is important to me, so I spend a lot of my personal time boxing, doing hot yoga, practicing morning meditation, as well as cooking and connecting with friends. Read More

Student News

The Spring 2022 Virtual Nursing Career Fair will take place on Monday, February 28, 9 a.m. to noon. The event is open to all students and alumni. Register in advance with Handshake.
FAU has updated its COVID-19 guidance for the Spring 2022 semester. The rapid spread of the Omicron variant is a reminder that the COVID-19 pandemic is not over and all members of the university community have a shared responsibility to Protect Your Owl Family.
Congratulations to the FAU Student Nurses Association! For the sixth year in a row, they received the Florida Nurses Student Association's Diamond Chapter Award for their high level of activity and engagement during challenging times.

Faculty & Staff Spotlights

Drs. Cheryl Krause-Parello and Beth Pratt were recently awarded two FAU Pilot Awards. The team has been awarded an I-HEALTH Pilot Award for $25,000 for a study titled “The effects of photobiomodulation on executive function brain network connectivity and leukocyte gene expression profile in Veterans with mild TBI.”

The team was also awarded a $22,000 I-SENSE Pilot Grant for a study titled “Proof-of-Concept of a Novel Non-Invasive Treatment for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Using Novel Signal Analysis and Machine Learning Methods.”

Congratulations to Dr. Lisa Wiese for receiving $250,000 in funding for a Consortium Grant from the Florida Department of Health, Ed and Ethel Moore Alzheimer’s Disease Research Program. Their project is titled “Optimizing Rural Community Health Through Interdisciplinary Dementia Detection and Care.”
Wislaine Bazile Herard recently joined the Davie campus as a visiting instructor. Welcome to FAU!
Amy Butler joined the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing as a part-time marketing specialist. She is delighted to be part of the communications team and help raise awareness about the College’s academic programs, research, community service and other initiatives. Amy previously worked in FAU’s Division of Public Affairs.

News & Events

FAU College of Nursing Drs. Patricia Dittman, Terry Eggenberger, and Graduate Nursing Administration Student Kathryn Saunders participated in the Florida Organization of Nurse Executives 50th Anniversary Celebration January 12 - 14 in Orlando.
Congratulations to Dr. María Ortega and her team for receiving a $60,000 award from the Boca Regional Hospital Foundation through their Community Outreach Grant program.
Dr. Debra Hain was awarded a $10,000 grant from the National Kidney Foundation Council of Advanced Practitioners for her “Inflammation, Nutrition, Depression in Adults with CKD” study. Dr. Sareen Gropper is a collaborating investigator. Congratulations on obtaining funding for this important work!
The FNINR Award nominations are now open. Consider nominating one of your amazing CELCON colleagues for a research award! The deadline to submit is April 8.
The Sun Sentinel is accepting nominations for the second annual Celebrating Nurses awards celebration now through March 18. Nominate an outstanding nurse today!

In the Media

Dr. Lisa Wiese appeared as a guest on NPR's Talking Animals Radio Show. (NPR, January 5)
FAU College of Nursing graduates of the second-degree part-time BSN program Kerline and Keren Geffrard describe their journey as students and caregivers in this recent Medscape article. (Medscape, January 6). 

Employment Opportunities

Join the FAU Nursing faculty: Explore the roles of Associate Dean of Research and Professor, Assistant Professor Tenure Track and also the Assistant Professor Tenure TrackAssistant Professor/Associate Professor Practice Teaching Track, and Clinical Adjunct on FAU's Boca Raton campus, and Assistant Professor Tenure Track on FAU's Davie campus, as well as Assistant Professor Practice Teaching Track on FAU's HBOI campus. 

Featured Publications

Kirkpatrick, B., Foster, P. P., Cody, S., & George, S. (2021). Combating HIV Stigma in Rural Alabama. In M. Silberberg (Ed.), Engaging the Intersection of Housing and Health. Cincinnati, OH: University Of Cincinatti Press.  

George, S., Foster, P.P., Mugoya, G.C.T., Kirkpatrick, B., Kraemer, K.R., Bonner, F. Merritt, J., and Martinez, L.A. (2021). A community-engaged, team-based approach to HIV care and research in the mostly rural deep south. Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, 14(1). https://digitalcommons.northgeorgia.edu/jces/vol14/iss1/23/ 
 
Guimaraes, M.C. L.P., Coelho, J.C., Silva, G.V., Drager, L.F., Butcher, R C.G. S., Butcher, H.K., & Pierin, A.M., G. (2021). Control of hypertension and treatment adherence. The International Journal of Nursing Practice, 15 1–13. 
 
Muijeen, K., Rangsiman, S., & Butcher, H.K. (2021). The Experience of Depression Relapse among Adult Thai Patients with Depressive Disorder: A Qualitative Study. Current Psychiatry Research and Reviews. DOI:10.2174/2666082217666211210101653 

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