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April 2022

FAU College of Nursing Master's Program Moves Up Two Spots

Several FAU graduate programs are included in the latest U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Programs” for 2023. Each year, U.S. News’ ranks professional school programs in business, education, engineering, law, medicine and nursing, including specialties in each area. 

Among the FAU programs listed in the 2023 “Best Graduate Programs” are overall education at No. 138 (up from No. 163 in 2022); part-time MBA at No. 92 (up from No. 115 in 2022); computer engineering at No. 103 (up from No. 122 in 2022); electrical engineering at No. 151 (up from No. 155 in 2022); nursing master’s at No. 54 (up from No. 56 in 2022); and overall public affairs at No. 81 (up from No. 83 in 2022); social work at No. 79; biology at No. 203; and computer science at No. 146. Read More

Program Matches FAU Military Veteran Students With Shelter Dogs

United States Marine Corps veteran, Lenny Polidor, 26, is the first FAU student to participate in the “FAU Veteran Canine Rescue Mission” program. The recently launched program matches FAU student veterans and alumni veterans with dogs from the Humane Society of Broward County, which will be trained by Happy With Dogs as either for service, emotional support or companionship. 

Housed within Canines Providing Assistance to Wounded Warriors® (C-P.A.W.W. ®) in FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, the FAU Veteran Canine Rescue Mission also is collaborating with FAU’s Military and Veterans Student Success Center to ensure students have the tools required for a smooth transition to civilian and academic life. 

“This program will decrease the number of shelter dogs in our community and provide a non-pharmacological therapeutic intervention for our veteran students who need support,” said Cheryl Krause-Parello, Ph.D., a professor, interim associate dean for nursing research and scholarship, director of C-P.A.W.W., and a faculty fellow of FAU’s Institute for Human Health and Disease Intervention (I-Health). “Our research shows that having a dog can be a lifeline for veterans struggling with reintegration into civilian life and living with psychological and cognitive wounds. We have shown that just walking with a dog can decrease the severity of veterans’ post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms and reduce stress in the shelter dog, making this work all the more vital.” Read More

FAU Researchers at Forefront of Alzheimer's Genetics and Diagnosis

FAU’s Randy D. Blakely, Ph.D., and Lisa Wiese, Ph.D., have received grants from the Florida Department of Health’s Ed and Ethel Moore Foundation for Alzheimer’s Disease Research, for programs focused on the mechanism of genes involved in neurodegeneration using novel genetic models, and to develop a culturally relevant model to diagnose and manage dementia in rural underserved communities.

Florida has the second highest prevalence for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in the United States and is the sixth leading cause of death for Floridians 65 and older. Moreover, estimates project that more than 720,000 Floridians will be living with AD by 2025. About 527,000 family caregivers bear the burden of the disease in Florida. 

“The Ed and Ethel Moore Alzheimer’s Disease Research Program plays a vital role in enabling us to address these disparities in dementia care in rural South Florida,” said Wiese. “Earlier detection of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias or ADRD is imperative. Early dementia detection and diagnosis provide opportunities for modifying behaviors such as smoking and managing comorbidities that contribute to ADRD risk, including diabetes and hypertension. Earlier detection also provides critical time to connect patients with community resources and reduce caregiver burden.” Read More

Telehealth Certificate: Essential Skills for Today's Healthcare Worker

Technology in healthcare is constantly advancing, and the future of telehealth continues to increase beyond expectations. The College's 16-hour, fully online telehealth certificate course provides the essential knowledge to deliver skilled telehealth services with competence and care. The course is open to the general public. Read More

FAU College of Nursing Land Acknowledgement Statement

FAU's College of Nursing recognizes that we are on taken land and acknowledges the indigenous people currently living on the lands, their ancestors, future generations, culture, harvest, language, poetry and living songs. The purpose of this land acknowledgement is to honor the indigenous history and to state our commitment to protect these places and people. Read More

Student News
This year's Kay Carpenter Scholars Luncheon will take place on Thursday, April 7. The unique "Pay it Forward" scholarship was established at the College in 2018, where, after graduation, students repay their scholarships over a 10-year period, creating a never-ending cycle of philanthropy and caring. 
The annual White Coat Ceremony was held on March 24 in the Carole and Barry Kaye Auditorium on the Boca Raton campus. That evening, 196 new students were welcomed into the Class of 2026. To view photos from the event, click here
Almost 100 prospective students enjoyed an exclusive College of Nursing open-house during "Choose FAU Days," March 14 and 21. Guests had a chance to discover first-hand what Owl life is like, complete with tours of the campus and residence halls and meetings with financial aid and admissions counselors. 
Two BSN students lended their musical talents to the Sigma IOTA XI at-large chapter's "Healing for Healer's Night" on March 25. Drs. Brown, Krause-Parello and Pratt also spoke at the event.
Student Spotlight
Flore Doctor, a current College of Nursing working professional part-time BSN student, is a native of Haiti, and a medical school graduate. While political instabilities forced her to leave Haiti, she is grateful to have found FAU where she is now thriving and continuing her education. Read More
News & Events
Dr. Lisa Wiese will present her talk, "Creating a Culture of Care for Older Adults in Rural Settings," on April 28 as part of the West Virginia University School of Nursing's Kandzari Memorial Lectureship. 
At the end of March, the College co-sponsored the "Utilizing Research to Address Global Healthcare Challenges" webinar event along with Sigma IOTA XI-at-Large. College of Nursing Ph.D. student Marie Tamara Adonis-Rizzo appeared as a guest speaker.
Last month, Dean Safiya George and Dr. Shirley Gordon hosted a free virtual event "Thinking Like a Nurse: Intent and Impact of Caring" with Creative Nursing Journal. Guest authors from around the globe contributed to the discussion. Miss the event? Listen to the recording here
Thank you to Dean Safiya George and FAU's insightful researchers and student leaders for an informative discussion on "Healthy Aging" during the College of Nursing Advisory Board event at the Royal Palm Yacht and County Club last month.
The College is excited to announce that the University has been granted "Age-Friendly University Global Network" (AFU) status. This designation makes FAU the 89th member of a rapidly growing network of higher education institutions that are committed to becoming more age-friendly in their programs and policies. 
Faculty & Staff Spotlights
Dr. Raquel Brown was honored to receive the International Association of Human Caring 2022 Leininger Culture Care Award. The award supports nurse scholars who focus on the culture of caring in the discipline of nursing.
Emeritus Professor Theris Touhy was awarded the American Journal of Nursing's "Book of the Year" award in Gerontological Nursing for the textbook she co-wrote with Kathleen Jett, entitled Gerontological Nursing and Health Aging (2022) (6h ed). 
Congratulations to Dr. Alice Miehl on her new position as research editor and analyst for the College!
Please welcome Alexandru Pasarariu to his new position as the coordinator of administrative services for the Eminent Scholars Office. Alex received his Bachelor of Business Administration from FAU in December 2021, with a concentration in accounting.
In the Media
WPTV visited the Boca Raton campus in mid-March and showcased the "FAU Veteran Canine Rescue Program," along with Dr. Cheryl Krause-Parello and the first student veteran participant, Lenny Polidor. Watch Video
Dean George was interviewed for a Future of Online Education campaign launched by Mediaplanet. Her featured article appeared as both a printed insert in the March 30th edition of USA Today in select markets and in an online version, as well. Read More
This TC Palm article highlights FAU College of Nursing faculty and students who treat patients at HANDS of St. Lucie County, a free clinic that provides primary healthcare services to qualified, low-income, uninsured adults in Fort Pierce. Read More
Dr. Karethy Edwards was interviewed on the 90.7FM K-LOVE "Closer Look" radio program about the FAU/NCHA Community Health Centers in West Palm Beach and their approach to the delivery of care and the wide array of services they provide. Listen Here
Dr. Joy Longo contributed to a Health.com article regarding the challenges many colleges and universities are facing as they attempt to expand their enrollment. Read More
Three graduates of the Second Degree Part-time BSN Track for Working Professionals program are in their residency orientations. Harpeet Kaur and Alice Pierre-Louis are in the ED at Memorial Hospital in Pembroke Pines, and Karen Jean Pierre is in the pediatric ICU at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital. 
Featured Publications

Johansson, M.F., McKee, K.J., Dahlberg, L., Meranius, M.S., Williams, C.L., & Hammar, L.M.  (2022).  Negative impact and positive value of caregiving in spouse carers of persons with dementia in Sweden.International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(3), 1788. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19031788

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