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September 2020

Protect Your Owl Family

The Fall 2020 semester kicked off on August 22. FAU recognizes this is a time of uncertainty, and remains focused on the health and safety of the university community. Please remember, it is everyone's individual responsibility to Protect Your Owl Family. Students, faculty and staff should review FAU's COVID-19 Safety Plan document in its entirety. Individuals not complying with guidelines are subject to disciplinary actions. Examples of non-compliance include: failure to wear a face covering; failure to physically distance from others; failure by a supervisor to enforce health and safety requirements; employees who exhibit signs of illness at work and refuse to return home; and employees failing to report to work when requested. FAU's COVID-19 updates and other resources may be found here. Additional COVID-19 procedures for faculty and staff are located here.

Memory and Wellness Center Offers Virtual SPA Day 

At the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center, the Self-Preservation Activities (SPA) program is designed to help inform caregivers about a variety of issues and resources associated with caring for someone with a memory disorder, such as Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. The Center's goal is to provide a core grouping of educational topics to prepare caregivers for the future, as well as assist them in coping with their daily caregiving challenges. The topics vary each month depending on the needs, interest, and input of the caregivers. The Center will now be hosting the SPA Day program virtually for our family caregivers on a monthly basis. For more information, call 561-297-0870. Join us and stay informed!

Caring through COVID-19: Lessons Learned on the Frontline

FAU's College of Nursing and Cross Country Healthcare recently partnered on a webinar to address the impact of COVID-19 on frontline healthcare workers - "COVID-19: Lessons Learned from Nurses, Doctors and Frontline Workers." Panelists shared their personal experiences treating patients during the pandemic. A recording of the webinar is here.

Social and Chronic Pain: Veterans Share a Path in Developing a Patient-Centered Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

With a large population of veterans experiencing chronic pain on a daily basis, interventions for pain management and relief are difficult, if not impossible, for many to achieve. Neurological and psychological evidence has shown that socially distressing circumstances, such as social distancing and isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic, may increase the susceptibility to chronic pain. In order to address the needs of veterans’ living with chronic pain, the Veterans’ Action League (VAL) 2.0 was created to provide veterans with a platform to actively voice their unique needs and challenges regarding chronic pain management and treatment options that are most important to them.

With an enhancement award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), Dr. Cheryl Krause-Parello and her colleagues from FAU, Rutgers, Augusta, Ohio State, and University of Rochester were given the opportunity to advance VAL 2.0 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic to continue engaging veterans in patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) and comparative effectiveness research (CER). Veterans and key stakeholders will collaborate to explore and discuss past successful interventions, dilemmas veterans and stakeholders are facing during the pandemic, and methods to increase veterans’ social engagement and engagement capacity in PCOR/CER as full partners in the search for chronic pain treatment interventions that are meaningful to the veteran population in times of social distancing and isolation. For information on the project, visit the C-P.A.W.W. webpage

This project is funded through a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute® (PCORI®) Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award (10454-IC).

Support Our Lamplighter Scholars

Nurses are - and always have been - a shining light in our community. Representing the most-trusted profession, they are the patient's biggest advocate and provide families with unwavering support. Now more than ever, we see the vital role nurses play in saving lives, even putting their own life on the line during this global health crisis.

Help us support the next generation of nurses - the 121 students in our freshmen class - and illuminate the way as a Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Lamplighter. Our ambitious goal is to secure a Lamplighter sponsor for every freshman to empower them to stay the course. The $500 Lamplighter scholarship helps our aspiring nurses afford the extra costs required to study nursing, including uniforms, stethoscopes, medical supplies, books and more. To become a lamplighter, click here. Also, as a sponsor, please save October 13 to celebrate our lamplighter scholars.

In Memoriam: Dr. Howard Voss

We mourn the loss of Dr. Howard Voss, Affiliate Professor and Medical Director for the Volunteers in Medicine Clinic of Stuart for over 20 years. He mentored and precepted many of FAU's nursing students over those years. Dr. Voss was extraordinarily bright and truly cared for each patient he met. His love of teaching and caring for others were driving forces in his life. One of his goals was to play a part in ensuring that all who needed healthcare had access to it, regardless of ability to pay. In his corner of the world, he accomplished this.

Student News

Congratulations to the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing's Class of 2020! FAU hosted a virtual commencement ceremony on August 12 for its Spring and Summer graduates. We're so proud of your many accomplishments and wish you the best on your next journey.
Sixteen Student Nurses Association board members and Dr. Rhonda Goodman, Faculty Advisor, attended a two day virtual National Student Nurses Association Leadership U Conference 2020. Each participant will receive the Leadership U Certificate. This was a great opportunity for FAU's SNA officers and chairs to learn more about being nurse leaders.
Congratulations to Dr. Régine Placide Reaves, who successfully defended her dissertation. She discussed "The Lived Experience of Parents of Children with Special Healthcare Needs on Public and Private Insurance: A Phenomenological Study." The chair of her committee was Dr. Lenny Chiang-Hanisko. Committee members included Drs. Patricia Liehr and Karina Gattamorta. 
Congratulations to Dr. Laurie Martinez, who successfully defended her dissertation. Her topic was "The Lived Experiences of Adolescents with Food Allergies During a Usual Weekday." The chair of her committee was Dr. Andra Opalinski. Committee members included Drs. Patricia Liehr and Linda Herbert. 

Faculty & Staff Spotlight

The College hosted a virtual retirement celebration honoring Dr. Patricia Liehr, Associate Dean for Nursing Research and Scholarship. More than 100 attendees congratulated her on retirement with many sharing messages of joy and love. As a gift, faculty, staff and friends created the Patricia Liehr Doctoral Research Scholarship. Those who would like to contribute to the scholarship may do so here. Enjoy your next journey, Dr. Liehr! 
The American Academy of Nursing has announced Dr. Rhonda Goodman will be inducted as a Fellow at the Academy’s annual conference in October 2020. Distinguished nurse leaders are selected for their significant contributions to health and health care. The Academy strives to improve health and achieve health equity through nursing leadership, innovation, and science. Dr. Goodman is recognized as an FAU Distinguished Teacher of the Year and has created a study abroad program in Guatemala that has documented 13,000 patient encounters in the indigenous Maya population. She is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and is also a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Congratulations, Dr. Goodman!
As we begin the Fall semester, we celebrate the following new and promoted faculty: Dr. Michelle Ferguson, Assistant Professor Practice Teaching Track on the Davie campus; Patricia Holmes, MSN, Instructor & BSN Clinical Coordinator; Dr. Joy Longo, Associate Professor and Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Programs; Dr. Andra Opalinski, Assistant Dean, Graduate Practice Programs; Dr. Beth Pratt, Assistant Professor on the Davie Campus; and Dr. Christine Toledo, Visiting Assistant Professor. 

News & Events

In the News: International recommendations for an effective control of head louse infestations (International Journal of Dermatology)
In the News: Algal Bloom-Related Illness: Improving Health Outcomes in Primary Care (The Journal for Nurse Practitioners)
FAU Community Health Center
Louis and Anne Green Memory & Wellness Center
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