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January 2022

Message from Nursing Dean Safiya George

As we look forward with anticipation to all that is to come in 2022, I want to thank all of you -- faculty, staff, students, community partners, and friends of the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing -- for the role you have played in helping our College's academic programs, clinical practice programs, community service, and research thrive this past year. The last two years required us to be flexible, courageous and resilient to address challenges we never imagined.  As Brene Brown has said: "Integrity is choosing courage over comfort; choosing what is right over what is fun, fast, or easy; and choosing to practice our values rather than simply professing them." The pandemic taught the world just how incredibly valuable nurses are to our healthcare system. I look to the new year feeling refreshed, renewed and ready to continue this journey with you.

With Care,
Dean Safiya George

New Survey Unveils Major Impact of COVID-19 on the Future of Nursing

FAU's College of Nursing, in partnership with Cross Country Healthcare, Inc., announced the results from a nationally represented survey of nurses and nursing students showing that the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced long-lasting negative perceptions of their future careers. The survey identifies root causes of the current stressors among healthcare professionals and provides actionable areas to help improve nursing satisfaction, career outlook and mental well-being.

The survey reports that nearly 37 percent of nurses identify as being burned out, stressed and/or overworked. The poll results further reveal  29 percent of nurses say their desire to leave the profession is dramatically higher now versus pre-pandemic, noting the nursing shortage and inadequate staffing levels as top contributors to the low satisfaction. Sixty-six percent of nurses expressed some level of consideration to leave the profession, signaling long-term impacts on our health system post-pandemic. 

“Our nurses are the backbone of the healthcare system and if too many leave or decide not to pursue a career in nursing, the consequences would be catastrophic,” said Dean Safiya George. “Our nurses need solutions, many of them outlined in this research, that will ease burnout and reduce stress, as well as help them enjoy long-term and satisfying careers.”

The survey collected 570 responses between May and June of 2021. The results showcase a robust and comprehensive audit of the new post-pandemic landscape of nursing from the perspective of current nurses and nursing students.

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FAU Seeks Study Subjects for Health Effects of Harmful Algal Blooms

Florida has experienced numerous harmful algal blooms in recent years. Human exposure comes from ingestion, direct skin contact or inhalation, and can lead to a variety of symptoms ranging from gastroenteritis, nausea, allergic reactions and skin rashes to liver damage in severe cases. 

Researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s College of Nursing and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute are currently seeking participants for a study evaluating potential impacts of exposure to harmful algal blooms. They received a grant from the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), to continue a first-of-its-kind evaluation of both the short-term and potential long-term health effects among Florida residents. The “Long-term Effects of Exposure to Harmful Algal Blooms” (LEE-HABs) study uses a collaborative, multisite approach, which includes researchers from Florida Gulf Coast University. In addition, the study will be the first-of-its-kind to evaluate the potential effect of exposure to SARS-CoV-2 virus, the causative agent of COVID-19. Researchers will explore if there is a relationship between a history of SARS-CoV-2 virus infection and susceptibility to the effects of harmful algal blooms exposure. 

“Despite the intensity and frequency of cyanobacterial blooms in South Florida, data on human exposure to these blooms and microcystin concentrations in tissues of people who have been exposed is limited,” said Dr. Shirley Gordon, Principal Investigator and Professor in FAU's College of Nursing. “This research is instrumental in developing the tools needed to measure concentrations of harmful algal blooms toxins in the environment and multiple human tissues to better understand this ongoing issue in Florida and globally.” 

The research team also includes Dr. Kathi Harvey, Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing, and Dr. Michael Parsons, Co-investigator and Professor of Marine Science at Florida Gulf Coast University. For more information or to participate in the study, call or text 561-297-4631, or email Dr. Gordon at

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FAU Dementia Care Model Designated 'Edge Runner' by AAN

“A Caring Science Model of Specialized Dementia Care for Transforming Practice and Advancing Health Equity,” created by Dr. María de los Ángeles Ortega, Professor and Director of the FAU Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center, has been designated as an “Edge Runner” by the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). Edge Runners are nurse-designed, innovative models of care or interventions with significant, demonstrated outcomes to improve health, impact cost, and influence policy.

Through its Edge Runners program, the Academy recognizes the nursing profession’s contributions to new, innovative ideas that transform the health system. Edge Runners represent the powerful connection nurses have to the healthcare system, the public, and society as they mark the essence of the profession – science and compassion. 

“Dr. Ortega’s expertise in specialized dementia work will continue to transform the system of dementia care delivery with its focus on personalized services and community-based resources. Through the power of social connection and authentic engagement, Dr. Ortega is a leader in making Florida a healthier place to live for individuals with Alzheimer's Disease or Related Dementias (ADRD) and their families,” said Dr. Kenneth R. White, AAN President.

“The objective of this program, which is grounded in caring, is to create a healing environment to assist individuals with ADRD and their families be as physically, socially, and emotionally healthy as possible,” said Dr. Ortega. “Our focus is on opening, advancing, and expanding the specialized dementia work needed to increase access to and meet the complex needs of individuals with memory disorders and their families and caregivers. Through a comprehensive array of personalized services and programs of care, support, research, education, and community outreach, our model is advancing the future of dementia care.”

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Congratulations, Nursing Graduates

At the end of the Fall 2021 semester, approximately 267 students graduated from FAU's Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing. We're so proud of their many accomplishments and excited for all their future holds for them.

Among the College's graduates are identical twins Keren and Kerline Geffrard, who graduated from the second-degree part-time track in the BSN program. They worked, went to classes, and provided 24/7 care for their special needs brother. Learn more about their story at the link below.

Congratulations to all our Nursing Owls!

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Faculty Retirement Celebration

On December 17, College faculty, staff, and university and community partners celebrated the retirement of several faculty, including Drs. Cynthia Archibald, Charlotte Barry, Susan Bulfin, and Nancey France. The event included a reception and dinner, featuring musicians from FAU's Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters Jazz and Chambers Ensemble. We wish our beloved colleagues and friends a very happy retirement and a wonderful new chapter in their lives.

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Q&A with College Advisory Board Member
Melissa Durbin

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

As a nurse leader and graduate of FAU's Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, I was truly honored to become an advisory board member. The advisory board works collaboratively with the College to support initiatives and connect the community with our wonderful College, ensuring continued growth in developing our nurses and academic programs.

What do you admire most about our students? 

The caring philosophy of the College is very dear to my heart. It is the Art of Nursing that is so special. The studies required for a nursing degree prepare students with knowledge related to nursing practice. It is the mixture of the science and art of nursing that makes FAU nursing graduates very special. You can see, hear and feel their caring and compassion.

What is your hope for the future of the College?

The Christine E Lynn College of Nursing is known for its community service, academic excellence and nursing research. Its programs are innovative and provide various career paths for nurses. I hope this work continues to expand. 

Could you share professional and personal interests?

My five grandchildren bring so much joy to my life. I love spending time with them and creating memories with them. I love to travel and am an avid cruiser with my oldest grandson.
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Student News

The College held pinning ceremonies for its Boca Raton and Davie campus students. When a student receives a pin from the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, it is an affirmation from faculty that they are prepared for a nursing career. We wish you the very best!
FAU College of Nursing Dean Safiya George joined students with the Second Degree Part-Time BSN Track for working professionals at a dinner to celebrate the holiday season.
As part of The Season of Giving, the Nurses Christian Fellowship (NCF) student organization, under the leadership of Drs. Mary Ann Leavitt and Lisa Weise, donated funds to support the school nurse at the South Florida Haiti Project in Bondeau, Haiti. The school nurse provides the only access to ongoing health care in this low resource country. NCF also participated with Sigma Theta Tau in a holiday gift drive for the Children's Aid Society.

Faculty & Staff Spotlights

The College recently welcomed Kayla Sokolowski as a Community Health Navigator at the FAU/NCHA Community Health Center. In January, Vanessa Robinson will begin her role as Program Coordinator on the Davie campus. We welcome you both!
This year, the FAU College of Nursing Strategic Project Teams will develop proposals for 2 Quarter Projects for immediate launch as part of the College’s Strategic Plan. Several teams were established to focus on a variety of strategies, including creating an FAU CELCON Alumni Association; culture of inclusive excellence; robust research enterprise of federally funded nursing and caring science research; expansion plans; providing awards and recognition for faculty, staff and students; enhancing external communications and community engagement, and publishing more articles on caring theories in peer-reviewed journals. The teams are expected to submit their reports in April 2022.
The National Kidney Foundation Council of Advanced Practice Research has awarded Drs. Debra Hain and Sareen Gropper a grant of $10,000 for their study titled “Inflammation, Nutrition, Depression in Adults with CKD.”
Sigma Theta Tau and other friends of the College generously donated 34 gift cards to Village Academy's Head Start program.

News & Events

The Spring 2022 semester will kick off on January 8. As we welcome everyone back for the new semester, it is important to remain focused on health and safety efforts. Please remember that face masks and staying six feet apart from others will go a long way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you are feeling unwell, please stay home.
In December, "Older Driver Safety Awareness Week" was commemorated, emphasizing the responsibility each driver has to ensure their own safety and the safety of others while operating a motor vehicle. The Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center provides comprehensive driving evaluations that consist of an in-office assessment and a practical, on-the-road exam; insight into one’s neurocognitive functioning as it relates to driving is assessed and clinical recommendations are made. Please call 561-297-0502 for driving evaluation details.
The University will be closed on Monday, January 17, in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The Office of Nursing Research and Scholarship hosted a Research Colloquia session on HIV/AIDS research.  Panelists included Drs. Archibald, Quidley-Rodriguez and ToledoDr. Elizabeth Adenmosun was the session moderator.
New survey shows just how much COVID-19 will affect future of nursing (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, December 1)
Toxic algae is unhealthy, but just how bad is it? (WPBFNovember 19)
Omicron variant could cause even further burnout for healthcare workers (KCBS, December 5)
Dermatology Nurse Practitioner Programs - 2021 (, December 2021)
Join the FAU Nursing faculty: Explore the roles of Associate Dean of Research and Professor, Assistant Professor Tenure Track, Assistant Professor/Associate Professor Practice Teaching Track, and Clinical Adjunct on FAU's Boca Raton campus, and Assistant Professor Tenure Track and Instructor and Clinical Coordinator on FAU's Davie campus. 

Featured Publications

Adenmosun, E. O. & Archibald, C. M. (in press). Caring attributes in interventions for sexual risk behaviors among adolescents.  International Journal for Human Caring. 

Chiang-Hanisko, L. (2021). Cannabis, COVID-19 and Culture: Behind the Mask. Journal of Transcultural Nursing. 32(6), 810.  

Iqbal, S.M.A., Mahgoub, I., Du, E., Leavitt, M.A., & Asghar, W. (2021). Advances in healthcare wearable devices. npj Flex Electron, 5(9).  

Iriarte, E., Cianelli, R., Villegas, N., De Oliveira, G., Toledo, C., Smith, L., & Castro, J. G. (2021). Factors associated with psychosocial illness impact among Black/African American and Hispanic older women living with HIV. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 10783903211058786. Advance online publication. 

Leavitt, M.A. (2021). Multimodality imaging to determine mechanism and severity of mitral regurgitation. The Connection: American Association of Heart Failure Nurses, 68. 

Wiese, L., Williams, I., Schoenberg, N.., Galvin, J., & Lingler, J. (2021). Overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic for dementia research: Engaging rural, older, racially and ethnically diverse church attendees in remote recruitment, intervention and assessment. Journal of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, 7  

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