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December 2020

FAU Launches Dermatology NP
Post-Graduate Certificate Program


FAU's Dermatology Nurse Practitioners Certificate Program prepares nurse practitioners with the knowledge, skills and competencies needed for specialization in general dermatology to care for patients across the life span.

Nurse practitioners who complete the Dermatology Nurse Practitioner Post-graduate Certificate Program will acquire the breadth and depth of dermatology specialty knowledge, skills and abilities essential for the development of entry-level competencies. Focus will be placed on advancing their scientific knowledge in areas such as immunology, dermatopathology and pharmacology. In addition, sequential sessions will prepare nurse practitioners for the assessment, diagnosis, management and monitoring of patients with acute and chronic dermatologic conditions. 

“Most often, nurse practitioner educational preparation includes little dermatology education and training. Therefore, nurse practitioners who desire to specialize in dermatology are left to develop competencies through on-the-job training or in a rare fellowship program,” said Dr. Susan Bulfin, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC, Program Director, Professor and DNP Director of the Practice Teaching Track.

“Nurse practitioners fill a critical role in the delivery of healthcare, especially as our nation faces physician shortages in primary care and other specialties, including a projected inadequate supply of dermatologists to meet the demand for service,” said Dr. Safiya George, Dean of FAU’s College of Nursing. “The Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing is at the forefront of providing innovative programs and services to address these gaps. Our latest Dermatology Post-graduate Certificate Program will equip advanced-practice nurses with the tools required to provide high-quality, holistic care for their patients with dermatological conditions.”

The program begins on January 9, 2021 and runs through December 4, 2021. The application deadline is December 15, 2020. For more information on this program, click here.

National Alzheimer's Awareness Month


The Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center is focused on meeting the complex needs of person with memory disorders and their families through a comprehensive array of individualized, compassionate and innovative programs of care. To raise awareness in November during National Alzheimer's Awareness Month, the Center partnered with the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine and Marcus Neuroscience Institute to identify ways to address Alzheimer's Disease in 2020. To support the Memory and Wellness Center and their vital programs, click here.
 

FAU Hosts Virtual Symposium with Quindio University, Colombia


FAU has begun discussions with Quindio University in Colombia to explore possibilities for the social work, nursing and medicine programs at both universities to engage in research collaboration, interprofessional education and practice, as well as study abroad programs.

To kick off the conversation, the Phyllis & Harvey Sandler School of Social Work in the College of Social Work & Criminal Justice, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine and Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing hosted a bi-lingual (English and Spanish) symposium on November 13, 2020.  More than 250 students, faculty and staff attended the virtual event, during which they were introduced to both universities’ program offerings.

“This transdisciplinary partnership with Quindio University in Colombia demonstrates the unbridled ambition and commitment of our institution to elevate our academic excellence through international alliances that enable us to improve the lives of individuals, families and communities around the world,” said Dr. Naelys Luna, MSW, Interim Dean of the College of Social Work & Criminal Justice.

“The partnership between FAU and Quindio University provides great academic, practice and research opportunities for our students and faculty with the goal of creating healthy communities around the globe,” said Dr. Safiya George, Dean of FAU’s College of Nursing.

Faculty and administrators from both universities will continue working together to explore a more formal collaboration.  Additional details are expected in early 2021.
 

Caring through COVID-19: Nursing Student Answers the Call to Care


FAU College of Nursing student Justin Chamberland, BSN, RN, CEN, has been working on the front line of some of the hardest hit areas during the COVID-19 pandemic as part of the Veterans Health Administration’s Disaster Emergency Medical Personnel System (DEMPS). He has been deployed twice this year as a result of COVID to emergency/disaster areas, including working with the Navajo Nation in New Mexico in June and July, then serving veterans on the Big Island of Hawaii in September. 

“Prior to this year, I never would have thought my career and education in nursing would take me so far, both in distance and experience. The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged nurses and all in healthcare to answer the call to care in ways we could never have imagined. In these trying times, we have seen the best of humanity shine through, and I’m grateful for this experience.” said Chamberland.

Justin experienced critical, real-world applications of his Clinical Nurse Leader studies, teaching him firsthand to become a better educator through collaboration and understanding of new cultures and environments. Learn more about Justin Chamberland's story here.
 

Student News

Approximately ninety FAU students virtually attended the Florida Nursing Students Association convention. FAU student Jessica Yoder presided over the convention, assisted by Nicole Petro and Hannah Wexler. For the fifth year in a row, FAU's Student Nurses Association took home the Diamond Chapter Circle Award. Also, five SNA members joined the 2020-21 FNSA board - Nicole Petro was named FNSA President; Abigail Olmeda, FNSA 1st Vice President; Jayson Ledford, FNSA Recording Secretary; Raghesh Sambasivan, FNSA Treasurer, and Breanna Trigona, FNSA Region 5 Director. In addition, FAU students won first place in the banner contest and passed two resolutions in the House of Delegates. Congratulations to all these rising nurse leaders!
Congratulations to Kathleen Juezan, accelerated BSN student, who was awarded the Florida Nursing Students Association (FNSA) Mary Tittle Leadership Scholarship. 
Congratulations to Elizabeth Olafson for successfully defending her dissertation, "Finding Our Unique Path: Embodying Parenting in the Midst of Conflicting Complexity." Her dissertation chair is Dr. Charlotte Barry and committee members include Drs. Shirley Gordon, Mary Cameron, Dawn Hawthorne and Beth King. Well done!
The Student Nurses Association's Breakthrough to Nursing and Image of Nursing committees held Zoom meetings this semester with students from local high schools, where careers in nursing were discussed with the students, as well as an overview of FAU degree programs, student organizations and more. 
The Student Nurses Association hosted a Halloween party on Zoom. Prizes were awarded for best costumes, homemade treats, scary story, karaoke song and more. Thank you to those who joined in the fun.
The Nurses Christian Fellowship student organization partnered with Sigma Theta Tau for their holiday service projects, including collecting donations for a toy drive and food for families of Village Academy for Thanksgiving. They also partnered with Dr. Brown-King and collected food donations for The Pantry of Broward, which serves low-income families and seniors in Broward County. 

Faculty & Staff Spotlight

Dr. Rhonda Goodman, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, AHN-BC, FAANP, Associate Professor, was inducted on October 31 as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing. She is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. In her study abroad and service-learning programs, Dr. Goodman has taken hundreds of nursing students to Guatemala and Ecuador, providing indigenous populations with culturally-appropriate health care. She also serves as faculty advisor to FAU’s Student Nurses Association, and mentors students in policy and advocacy.
Staff at the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center (MWC) celebrated Nurse Practitioner Week in November. The MWC is driven by a nurse-led, caring science model placing the needs of each person, patients, caregivers and family members at the center of their experience and unique journey. The MWC's nurse practitioners are an essential part of the Caring Science Model of Specialized Dementia Care and Supportive Services.

News & Events

"The COVID pandemic is one of the most dangerous challenges this world has faced in our lifetime. It is above all a human crisis with severe health and socioeconomic consequences (statement by the Secretary General of the U.N., April, 2020).” At this December 7 roundtable, experts analyze the future after COVID in the areas of higher education with Dr. Michael Horswell, healthcare with Dr. Safiya George, and architecture with Jeffrey E. Huber. Each speaker will explore how their area of expertise has responded to the impact of COVID and what citizens should expect in the years to come. Register today.
The College recently held a White Coat Ceremony to celebrate and install 73 of FAU's Second Degree Part-time Working Professionals BSN Track students from the Davie campus. Dr. Sharron Crowder, RN, ATSF, Robert Wood Johnson Policy Fellow and Clinical Associate Professor & Special Assistant to Dean on Health Policy, Indiana University School of Nursing, served as the keynote speaker.
In collaboration with community partners, the College hosted CAPE-V Veterans Day Celebration: Honoring Nurse Veterans. The keynote speaker was Mary Jo McConnell, Captain (Ret.) U.S. Army Nurse Corps, a  veteran who in response to the pandemic co-founded the Veterans Arts Workshop-Online Portal, which offers free virtual classes in arts/mindfulness for veterans and their families. She also co-developed and facilitates Veteran Voices, supporting veterans in telling their stories.
The College held its 12th annual Convocation, an opportunity to welcome and celebrate the academic year. A special thank you to our many speakers, including Dr. Richard Ricciardi, Professor and Director of the School of Nursing at George Washington University, who provided the keynote address.
The International Association for Human Caring Journal Club hosted a discussion on barriers and facilitators to cervical cancer screening among indigenous Maya women in Guatemala with presenters, Drs. Susan Driscol and Rhonda Goodman.
Register today! FAU's spring semester begins January 9, 2021. 
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