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November 2019

Nursing Research Shows Protein Intake in Older Adults Differs by Ethnicity/Race

As the older adult population in the U.S. continues to grow and become more diverse, health concerns increase in parallel. Evaluating differences in protein intake and health indicators among racial/ethnic groups is important to identify group characteristics, risks, assess vulnerabilities and develop targeted interventions.

Researchers from FAU's College of Nursing and collaborators conducted a study to evaluate if there were differences in protein intake, nutritional status, and physical health among various ethnic groups.

"The signifant differences in protein intake and physical function among older African Americans, European Americans and Hispanic Americans in our study indicate a clear need for targeted interventions to improve nutrition and physical health especially among  African Americans and European American females," said Sareen Gropper, Ph.D., lead author and Professor in FAU's College of Nursing.

Co-authors of the study are Ruth M. Tappen, Ed.D., Eminent Scholar and Professor in FAU's College of Nursing, and Edgar  Ramos Viera, Ph.D., Florida International University.

Click here for more information on the study. Results were also published in the Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics.

Florida Blue Foundation Generously Supports Nursing Student Scholarships

With many nurses retiring and an aging population in South Florida growing, an already-existing nursing shortage is anticipated to intensify. The College of Nursing identified a need in the community and launched a second-degree part-time track in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at FAU's Davie campus. A $300,000 grant from the Florida Blue Foundation was awarded to the College to support this education program and provide student scholarships. The grant will increase the number of BSN graduates who will be practice-ready and willing to serve the South Florida community.

2019 President's Talon Award

We congratulate Christine E. Lynn on receiving the 2019 President's Talon Award. We are grateful for her leadership and generous support of the faculty, staff and students of FAU's Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing.

Student Spotlight

Student Nurses Association members attended the annual Florida Nursing Student Association convention. FAU's chapter won the Community Health Outreach award for local and global outreach; Legislative Advocacy award for diligent work on advocacy for health care and patient outcomes; Breakthrough to Nursing award for advocacy of diversity in nursing; and, for the fourth year in a row, FAU's SNA was named the Diamond Chapter for Florida. We're so proud of all their accomplishments. 
Student nurse leaders and SNA members organized an informative and fun transcultural event. Dr. Marilyn Ray spoke about transcultural nursing and her leadership on the topic.

The Student Nurses Association Halloween Party was spook-tacular. The event also raised funds for the College's clinical partner, Foot Print to Success. Thank you to all those, including Suzie Kaye, for coordinating the festivities.

Faculty & Staff Spotlight

Congratulations to Dr. Sareen Gropper and her colleagues for taking first place for nursing at the FAU Research Showcase. Thank you to those from the College of Nursing who participated, including Dr. Cheryl Krause-Parello, who spoke. It was wonderful to see the College so well represented.

Congratulations to Dr. Diane Esposito, who was selected by her peers at the American Psychiatric Nurses Association for the 2019 Award for Excellence in Education. Well done! 
Nursing Dean Safiya George joined Dr. Michael Smith and other faculty and guests of FAU's College of Medicine for their annual T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society  - Student National Medical Association Mentorship Mixer. The networking affair promotes an evening of conversation between students of medicine, physicans and healthcare professionals to exchange ideas related to success in advanced medical and health careers.


Thank you to all those who joined the College of Nursing for its 40th anniversary Football Pregame Tailgate at the FAU Alumni Center. Go Owls!

Micaela Wolf, a graduate of the HBOI Family Nurse Practitioner program, joined medical professionals from Cleveland Clinic Martin Memorial Health Systems and Martin County Fire Rescue to help the injured in the Bahamas. They set up mash units and cared for people anywhere they saw the need, from setting up IVs inside vehicles to finding injured on the side of the road. We're so proud of our alumni - often helping the most vulnerable populations.
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