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May 2020

FAU nurses are working on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are doing their part in huge and impactful ways. #Gratitude

Caring through COVID-19

Florida Atlantic University's College of Nursing is grateful to its alumni, students and faculty, who are providing support in a variety of ways to keep our communities safe and healthy.

"2020 is the 'Year of the Nurse' and a pivotal year for the world. Nurses represent the millions of brave women and men who are on the frontlines providing critical care for all those affected by this pandemic, while making personal sacrifices. FAU nurses and nurses worldwide are making a difference every day." ~ Safiya George, Dean of FAU's Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing

Together, we will get through this, even if we need to be geographically distant. Consider supporting nursing students today. They are on the frontlines keeping us safe. It's imperative we educate and assist our future nurses so they are well prepared for the future. 

Tips for Caregivers Coping with Alzheimer's During COVID-19 Pandemic

With the COVID-19 pandemic, many caregivers of loved ones living with Alzheimer's disease and/or related dementias are experiencing unique challenges. Faculty from FAU's College of Nursing and the Louis and Anne Green Memory & Wellness Center provided coping and care strategies for caregivers to help sustain their health, as well as the health of those in their care during quarantine.  

For tips on personal care, socializing, home hygiene, and medical care, click here. In addition, caregivers who need guidance and support can contact FAU’s Louis and Anne Green Memory & Wellness Center at 561-297-0502 to speak with staff members who are available to answer questions and share resources to assist caregivers and their loved ones.

Memory & Wellness Center Offers Virtual Caregiver Support Groups

The COVID-19 pandemic is stressful for many and brings unique challenges to those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias. During this time of social distancing, social isolation, which is known to increase symptoms of depression and anxiety, is beginning to make its dangerous mark in our vibrant community, and especially amongst our caregivers.

At FAU's Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center of the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, all regularly scheduled support groups are now virtual through their newly established “Support Line.” The support line allows caregivers to participate via group video chat or a telephone. These virtual support groups allow family/friend caregivers to connect and privately discuss various challenges, insights, solutions, and resources associated with caring for someone with a memory disorder during the current health crisis. The Memory and Wellness Center currently has four scheduled support groups, including an Adult Children Caregiver Support Group, a Young Onset Caregiver Support Group, and two General Caregiver Support Groups. A group for Spanish-speaking caregivers is currently in creation and will be announced soon.

If you would like additional information, please contact Patricia at 561-297-3916 or e-mail

FAU Celebrates Honors Convocation Awardees

Florida Atlantic University President John Kelly and Provost Bret Danilowicz announced the recipients of the 51st annual Honors Convocation awards. The celebration recognizes the University’s most outstanding students and faculty.

The 2020 FAU Honors Convocation Awardees from the College of Nursing include:

  • University Scholar: Victoria Falcone
  • Undergraduate Researcher of the Year: Katie Abel
  • Alumni "Degree of Difference" Award: Lisa Wiese, Ph.D.
  • Excellence and Innovation in Undergraduate Teaching: Tarsha Jones, Ph.D.
  • Presidential Awards for Engaged Faculty: Cheryl Krause-Parello, Ph.D.

Congratulations, Nursing Graduates!

Nearly 300 students are slated to graduate from FAU's Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing in Spring 2020. Unfortunately, as a result of COVID-19, they will not be able to walk across the stage; however, every effort will be made by FAU to ensure these graduates (and their families) are given the opportunity to participate in a future commencement ceremony.

This spring, there are 159 BSN graduates, 131 MSN graduates, and 2 Ph.D. graduates.  We're so proud of their many accomplishments and excited for all their future holds for them. Congratulations, Nursing Owls! We look forward to celebrating with you soon.


Student Spotlight

The Florida Blue Nursing Scholarship, provided by the Florida Blue Foundation, is designed to provide financial assistance and mentoring to students in the Part-time 2nd Degree Professional BSN Track. Congratulations to the following awardees: Ma. Aileen Go, Delique Haymon, Darrell Henry, Philomena Mafeni, Marcco Petit-Bien, Rachelle Pigeot, Myesha Ponder, Tyler Rapaport, Tashia Richards, Dwayne Williams, Nicole Zender, Michael Ugarte, Asheria Jackson, Joane Lisma, and Edwouitte Noel. 

Barika Williams, a member of the College's accelerated program, has been awarded the Emma Jane Dion Scholarship from the Foundation of the National Student Nurses Association. This FNSNA scholarship is very competitive. Congratulations!
Congratulations to our Student Nurses Association, who were named 2020 Program Award Winners by the National Student Nurses Association. FAU's College of Nursing received the 2019-20 Stellar School Chapter Recognition, awarded to only three chapters in the country, as well as the Breakthrough to Nursing Award for our work with area schools to promote nursing education and nursing as a career. (Thank you to Darlene Deneus and Alyssa Boren for co-chairing that committee.) Additional congratulations to Alaiya Dewji, named the Core Values Award Winner for best exemplifying the core values and ethics of NSNA. We're so proud of your accomplishments!
Reflection: An excerpt from “No Longer a Nursing Student,” by Tatiana Cavarretta, FAU nursing student and nurse extern - “I believe with my entire being this is my calling. I am called to be a calming force in the midst of chaos, a shoulder to cry on in times of uncertainty, and a voice of reason when all else seems to be caving in. The hospital culture will never be the same as it was prior to COVID-19. I will never be the same as I was before COVID-19. But this tribulation has made me stronger, wiser, and braver to stand up for myself and my patients during this time. So, I am ready. I am ready to walk into this pandemic in a few months as a registered nurse. I do not fear because I am already in the midst of this pandemic. I know that with God’s strength in me, the knowledge I will carry with me, and the attitude of bravery I will show to my patients, that I can and will be a force in this pandemic. It is time to take my fear and turn it into bravery. I no longer view myself as ‘just a nursing student,’ I am, in fact, a nurse.” (Illustration by artist and nurse Martin Sam V. Perez.)

Faculty & Staff Spotlight

Dr. Dawn Hawthorne has been awarded funding from the Association of Women's Health, Obstetrics & Neonatal Nurses to study the Effect of a Mobile Mindfulness-based Intervention on Decreasing Stress and Anxiety in High-Risk Pregnant Women. Dr. Beth Pratt will serve as a co-investigator.  

Dr. Howard Butcher was appointed as Director of the Ph.D. in Nursing program. He joined the faculty at the College after serving as an Associate Professor at the University of Iowa College of Nursing for 21 years. His appointment begins May 16. 

College of Nursing Dean Safiya George was elected to a two-year term on the Board of Directors of the Nursing Consortium of South Florida.
Joanna Kentolall, who served as Assistant Director, Research Programs/Services, recently left the College for a position at FAU's College of Business, serving as the Coordinator for the Management Programs/Entrepreneurship Center. She will be greatly missed, but we congratulate her on her new role.


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