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November 2021

Impact of Breastfeeding on Postpartum Depression Risk

According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 11 and 20 percent of women who give birth each year in the U.S. have postpartum depression symptoms, which is the greatest risk factor for maternal suicide and infanticide. Current biological and psychosocial models of breastfeeding suggest it could possibly reduce a woman’s risk for postpartum depression.

Researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and collaborators are the first to examine current breastfeeding status in association with postpartum depression risk using a large, national population-based dataset of 29,685 women living in 26 states. Results of the study were published in Public Health Nursing.

“Women suffering from postpartum depression, which occurs within four weeks and up to 12 months after childbirth, endure feelings of sadness, anxiety and extreme fatigue that makes it difficult for them to function,” said Dr. Christine Toledo, Assistant Professor in FAU’s College of Nursing.

“Findings from this important study suggest that breastfeeding is a cost efficient and healthy behavior that can decrease a woman’s risk for postpartum depression,” said Dr. Safiya George, Ph.D., Dean, FAU's College of Nursing. “Nurses, in particular, play an important role in educating and promoting both the maternal health benefits of breastfeeding and infant benefits, such as providing necessary nutrients and protecting them against allergies, diseases and infections.”

Study co-authors are Drs. Rosina Cianelli, Giovanna De Olivera, and Karina Gattamorta, all with the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies; Dr. Natalia Villegas Rodriguez, University of North Carolina School of Nursing, Chapel Hill; Dr. Danuta Wojnar, Seattle University of Nursing; and Dr.  Emmanuela Ojukwu, The University of British Columbia School of Nursing.

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FAU/NCHA Community Health Center Honored for Assisting Minority Women

The FAU/NCHA Community Health Center, operated by FAU's College of Nursing, together with the West Palm Beach YWCA, recently received the “2021 Community Collaborators Award” from Nonprofits First, Inc., the leading resource for strengthening the administrative and operational capacity of nonprofit organizations in the community. Among the honorees were Dr. Karethy Edwards, APRN, Associate Dean of Academic Programs and Executive Director of the FAU/NCHA CHC, and Dr. Karen Chambers, APRN, Assistant Professor, for their untiring efforts to mitigate health care disparities among women from minority groups with limited access to quality care. 

“We are truly honored to receive this award and recognition in collaboration with our wonderful partners at the West Palm Beach YWCA,” said Dr. Edwards. “By combining our strengths and resources to serve a common purpose, our collaboration is helping to provide vital health care services to women in West Palm Beach and throughout Palm Beach County, especially those from underserved and low-income populations with limited or no access to health care.” 

“Individuals from various racial and ethnic groups experience many health disparities and outcomes, such as maternal mortality or chronic health conditions, that could be prevented or addressed with programs like ours,” said Dr. Chambers. “Almost one quarter of the population in the community we serve is uninsured and many of them have chronic conditions. We are so appreciative that together with our partners at the West Palm Beach YWCA we are able to serve as a lifeline for primary and behavioral health care for this population.”  

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Illuminate the Way as a Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Lamplighter

Nurses are — and always have been — a shining light in our community. Now more than ever, we see the vital role nurses serve in our community, even putting their own life on the line during this global health crisis.

Help us support the next generation of nurses by illuminating the way as a Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Lamplighter. The $500 Lamplighter scholarship helps our aspiring nurses afford the extra costs required to study nursing, including uniforms, stethoscopes, medical supplies, books and more.

The annual Lamplighter Scholars program and reception will be held on Thursday, November 18, at 5:30 p.m.

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Join the 15th Annual "Keep Memories Alive" Walk-in-the-Mall

Join FAU's College of Nursing and the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center for the 15th annual "Keep Memories Alive" Walk-in-the-Mall on Sunday, November 7, beginning at 9 a.m. The fundraising dollars will be used to support day center scholarships and caregiver programs.

Averaging 10,000 visits per year, the Memory and Wellness Center offers a wide range of services and programs to individuals with mild to moderate memory disorders and their families/caregivers, including Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. With your support, we can continue to grow the important programs. 

You can form your own walker team or become a sponsor. For more information, contact

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FAU Nursing Advisory Board Welcomes Danny Ducello

FAU's College of Nursing welcomes Danny Ducello, assistant chief nursing officer at JFK Medical Center, to its advisory board. Formed in 2012, the advisory board supports the College by leading advocacy and fundraising efforts. 

“My personal legacy statement is ‘to provide environments where kindness, compassion, quality, and healing are the pillars lifting up the human experience,’ and I can think of no better way to do so than to support the dynamic Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing as a member of the advisory board. Nursing changed my life dramatically, and I hope to help others have a similar experience,” said Ducello.

“With more than 26 years of experience in nursing leadership, primarily in South Florida, we are excited that Danny is joining our College advisory board. His deep understanding of business administration related to the nursing profession brings a valuable perspective to the board,” said Dr. Safiya George, Dean, FAU's College of Nursing.

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Student News

The Florida Board of Governors recently reported that FAU ranked first amongst other colleges of nursing for its first-time in college (FTIC) student graduation rate. The FAU College of Nursing's graduation rate is 87%, followed by the University of Florida at 82%. This graduation rate is the result of a strong retention plan with faculty mentors, student advisors, and junior and senior mentors. 
FAU welcomed back its Class of 2020 graduates for traditional commencement ceremonies on Oct. 26 and 27. More than 40 graduates from FAU's College of Nursing returned to cross the stage and accept their degree. Congratulations, Nursing Owls! We're so proud of your many accomplishments.
FAU Nursing Dean Safiya George joined the Working Professionals Second Degree Part-Time BSN students on the Davie campus for a welcome dinner as part of the start of the new academic year.
The new officers for the Sigma Iota Xi at-Large Chapter include Dr. Armiel Suriaga, President; Dr. Barbara Lovell-Martin, President-Elect, and Mary Davis, Secretary. 

Faculty & Staff Spotlights

The College welcomed Dr. Elizabeth Adenmosun as a Visiting Instructor to FAU's Davie campus. Her research interest is in adolescent sexual risk behavior and related factors, including HIV, STIs, mental health, substance abuse, religion/spirituality, and parental relationships. Her research goal is to promote health equity, reduce diseases, and assist adolescents to become healthy adults who contribute positively to society.
Professor Emeritus Jill Winland-Brown will broaden her volunteer activities at the HANDS/Volunteers in Medicine Clinic as the head of the new mobile health unit. The HANDS clinic provides primary healthcare to qualified, low income, uninsured residents in St. Lucie County. The new mobile unit will travel throughout the county and offer free services to individuals who cannot get to the clinic. Nurse practitioner students from FAU's Harbor Branch campus will join Dr. Brown on the mobile health unit. 
Dean Safiya George joined Angelika Schlanger, Director of the Frederick A. Deluca Foundation, Melissa Stires, and Suzanne Ffolkes at the Jack & Jill Center Power Lunch. This organization, which provides scholarships and support services to families, is among the College's clinical practice partners.
FAU Nursing Professor Shirley Gordon recently spoke at the Florida Environmental Health Association's annual conference on the impact of harmful algal blooms on human health. 

Alumni News

Congratulations to FAU Nursing Alumna Eugenia Millender on being inducted into the latest Class of Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing. Induction into the academy is a significant milestone in a nurse leader’s career in which their accomplishments are honored by their colleagues within the profession. Dr. Millender is a three-time alumna of FAU and former faculty of FAU's College of Nursing. 

News & Events

November is Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month and Family Caregiver Awareness Month. The Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center focuses on a nurse-led, caring science model, which places the needs of each person, patient, caregiver, and family member at the forefront. The Center provides culturally competent and linguistically appropriate specialized services, education, and outreach, including diagnostic testing and follow-up, mental health services, and free weekly support groups for family caregivers. For more information, contact 561-297-0502.
FAU Nursing joined Cross Country Healthcare for a pizza party to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Light the Night fundraising event and a scholarship for FAU oncology nursing student McKenna Keith. Thank you to all those who joined the event.
More than 30 attendees joined Dr. Narciso Quidley-Rodriguez on National Coming Out Day for the presentation, "A Nursing Situation about Coming Out: Representation Matters," recognizing the importance of nurses in the process of patients disclosing their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Dr. Armiel Suriaga recently presented to the national Association for Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance Use and Addiction (AMERSA). He discussed "The Manner of Opioid-Related Deaths in Older Adults" that have taken place in Florida from 2014-2019, particularly opioid-related accidents and suicides.
Nursing Dean Safiya George served as a featured panelist at the Invest: Palm Beach 2021 Launch Conference. The panel focused on healthcare innovation and tackling challenges within the system.
The College recently hosted FAU's Instruction and Engagement Services Librarian Lauri Rebar, who spoke on the resources available to support nursing students at all levels of learning.
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: Survivor Studying To Be Nurse After Being Inspired by Medical Professionals Who Helped Her (CBS 4, September 27)
Breastfeeding Longer May Lower Postpartum Depression Risk (HealthDay, October 1)
Join the FAU Nursing faculty: Explore the roles of Associate Dean of Research and Professor, Assistant/Associate Tenure Track Professor and Clinical Adjuncts on FAU's Boca Raton campus, and Visiting Instructor on FAU's Davie campus.

Featured Publications

Adenmosum, E., Liehr, P., & Smith, M.J. (2021).  Measuring ease: Content validity and early reliability of a newly developed measure.  Applied Nursing Research, 61, 15149.

Hain, D.  (2021).  Community outreach for immigrant adults with diabetes and chronic kidney disease.  Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 33(9), 670-672.
LaRose, S. B., Wiese, L., & Ortega, M.  Improving Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms and Cognitive Status of Participants with Dementia through the Use of Therapeutic Interactive Pets. Issues in Mental Health Nursing.

Wiese, L.K., Love, T., & Goodman, R. (2021). Responding to a simulated disaster in the virtual or live classroom: Is there a difference in BSN student learning? Journal of Nurse Education in Practice, 55:103170.  
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