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April 2020

Public Health Leadership Paramount to Coronavirus Pandemic


Note from the Dean: On behalf of Florida Atlantic University's Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, we want you to know we're thinking of you and your families during this challenging time. Since most recipients of our newsletter are healthcare professionals or educators, please know, I am extremely grateful to each of you for your heart to serve students, patients and members of our community. We will get through this together! With care and sincere gratitude, Safiya George
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For decades, public health officials have directed the containment of emerging pandemics. With the sophistication of data collection, analysis and communication, systematic reporting systems, and prompt action based on results, public health officials are enabled to lead the charge in containing emerging pandemics.


Researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s Schmidt College of Medicine and Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, in collaboration with the Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Center, Boca Raton Regional Hospital/ Baptist Health South Florida and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health, have published a commentary online ahead of print in The American Journal of Medicine about the urgent need for public health leadership in the wake of the emerging coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Their message? Public health leaders, namely, Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., director of the United States National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, should guide the nation and other comparable world leaders through this pandemic and ensure preparedness for the challenges ahead. Read more here.

Authors of the commentary include Charles H. Hennekens, M.D., Dr.P.H., first author and first Sir Richard Doll Professor in FAU’s Schmidt College of Medicine, and co-authors Safiya George, Ph.D., dean of FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing; Terry A. Adirim, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., senior associate dean for clinical affairs and chair of the Department of Integrated Medical Sciences in FAU’s Schmidt College of Medicine; Heather Johnson, M.D., preventive cardiologist/cardiologist at the Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Center, Boca Raton Regional Hospital/Baptist Health South Florida; and Dennis G. Maki, M.D., professor of medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health, and an internationally renowned infectious disease clinician and epidemiologist who was a fellow EIS officer with Hennekens under Langmuir and Henderson.

FAU College of Nursing Graduate Programs Rank in U.S. News & World Report

More than one dozen Florida Atlantic University graduate programs are included in the latest U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Programs” for 2021. Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing programs include its master’s (No. 47), which is the top-ranked program for public schools in Florida, and doctorate (No. 62). 

“To once again be recognized by U.S. News & World Report is a great accomplishment for Florida Atlantic University and a tribute to our outstanding faculty and staff who provide top-notch and innovative graduate programs that span multiple disciplines,” said Bret Danilowicz, Ph.D., FAU provost and vice president for academic affairs.

In January, U.S. News & World Report published its ranking for the “Best Online Graduate Programs,” with the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing’s online master’s degree soaring to the No. 7 spot in the nation and the top-ranked program in Florida. For more information on the latest rankings, click here.

College Hosts White Coat Ceremony

FAU's College of Nursing recently hosted a White Coat Ceremony for students in the Second Degree Part-Time Working Professionals BSN Track. The White Coat Ceremony, an initiation ritual for nursing students, instills a commitment to provide compassionate care among future health professionals. This program promotes humanistic, patient-centered care among incoming nursing students.

FAU Receives National Student Nurses' Association Stellar School Chapter Recognition

The National Student Nurses' Association (NSNA) announced FAU as the recipient of the NSNA Stellar School Chapter Recognition. This program recognizes NSNA school chapters for their ongoing involvement in NSNA and their commitment to shared governance and professional development. A plaque and pins will be present at the NSNA 68th Annual Convention. Congratulations, SNA, on this national top chapter award!

Advisory Board Member Joan Wargo Celebrates 90

Our beloved Joan Wargo, College of Nursing Advisory Board member, a retired nurse and tireless volunteer in our community, turned 90 on March 19. She has given a lifetime of service to the public, and continues to guide and support the College. We love you, Joan, and wish you a wonderful 90th!

"I am beyond blessed to have shared over 30 years of love, respect, friendship and laughter with my dear friend, Joan. Her compassionate and generous nature embodies the true spirit of nursing. Our community has been made richer through her leadership and grace. This fun and brilliant woman is admired by so many, and I am honored to be called her friend." - Philanthropist Anne Green 

 
"Wishing my good, dear friend, Joan, a very happy 90th birthday. You are very special to us all, especially us nurses, who know what a big, caring heart you have. You are just amazing and still going strong!!! We love you." - Philanthropist Christine E. Lynn

In Memoriam: Bobby Campbell

We mourn the loss of Bobby Campbell, a leader in business, education and a true champion for children. True friends to FAU, the Campbells have supported the annual Keep Memories Alive Walk, benefitting the Louis and Anne Green Memory & Wellness Center (MWC) at FAU's College of Nursing, through donations and a large team of walkers for many years. They also gave to the MWC’s Caring Hearts Auxiliary. Bobby received an honorary doctorate in 2017 for his dedication to FAU students, as well as his outstanding achievements in his field.

In Memoriam: Kay Carpenter

Kay Carpenter, nurse and advocate for student nurses, passed away on March 18, 2020. She will be remembered for her joy, compassion, strength, and generosity. Her legacy lives on through the student nurses she supported and inspired.

In 2018, Kay established the "Kay Carpenter Nursing Scholarship" in FAU's College of Nursing. Per the family's request, donations may be made to this fund in her memory. 

Student Spotlight

Drs. Rhonda Goodman and Sally Noriega led a team of 12 BSN students, three nursing education students and one PhD student to provide care for underserved communities of indigenous Maya. They screened almost 500 school children and referred those who needed further care to a local physician. They also provided a foot care clinic for older adults who have diabetes. In addition, they donated and installed 12 wood stoves for families.
Congratulations to Katie Abel, who was selected as the 2019 Undergraduate Researcher of the Year for the College of Nursing, and Victoria Falcone, who was selected for the University Scholar Award for the College of Nursing. Both students were nominated and awarded based on their research and/or scholarly endeavors.
Faculty, students and alumni from FAU's College of Nursing recently attended the Clinical Nurse Leader Summit, themed "Achieving the Next Level of Excellence: In Practice, Education and Career." Some of those participating included Roberta Wynter, RN, BSN, CMSRN; Tiffany Eichhorn, RN, MSN, CNL; and Andrea Blackwood, RN, BSN, CMSRN.

Faculty & Staff Spotlight

Congratulations to Dr. Sue Bulfin on her selection to become a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. This is a tremendous honor, accomplishment and testament to her contributions to the profession and advanced practice nursing. 
Dr. Debra Hain was recently awarded a research grant from the American Nephrology Nurses Association for "Kidney Disease Management Workshops for Community Health Workers." Her research will study the effect of training community health workers who provide kidney disease management education to Hispanic adult immigrants with diabetes and with/at risk of chronic kidney disease.
The Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center recognizes Shari Sanzo, Day Center Activities Supervisor. Shari has been a part of the Center’s staff for 14 years. She has a passion for drawing portraits, and leads many of the arts and crafts projects at the Center. She assists and engages participants in making recycled art, jewelry, collages, floral arrangements, and paintings. We thank her for making a difference in the lives of others through the power of art.
Drs. Beth Pratt and Dawn Hawthorne are recipients of the Christine E. Lynn Center for Caring Research Awards, providing funding to College faculty to conduct studies that lead to the submission of proposals for additional research funding. Well done!
Drs. Joy Longo and Terry Eggenberger were recently accepted into the inaugural cohort of the 2020-21 FAU Leadership Flight Academy through the Office of the Provost. What a wonderful accomplishment and opportunity!

News & Events

Drs. Lisa Wiese, Christine Williams and Madeline Michel, and members of the Student Nurses Association provided health screening at the 5th annual Glades Family Fun Fest. Thank you for your service to the community.

FAU College of Nursing students and staff volunteered this past month at the Boating & Beach Bash for People with Disabilities in Boca Raton. What a wonderful event for our community!
In the News: What is holistic nursing and what are some of the top programs? FAU's College of Nursing was named a top program in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.


In the News: Move for Lower Back Pain - The research of Drs. Juyoung Park and Cheryl Krause-Parello was recently cited by Drs. Oz & Roizen. More in the Athens Banner-Herald.


In the News: FAU's Dr. Christine Williams: The Caregiver's Translator. The story is at Boca Magazine.


In the News: The Lifesaving Impact of Canines on our Military Veteran Population. More on this story from Palm Health Foundation.

In the News: FAU's Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing recognized by Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation in its "Champion Spotlight."
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