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February 2021

FAU Launches Telehealth Certification Course


As a result of COVID-19, more healthcare professionals nationwide are turning to telehealth or telemedicine to remain engaged with their patients. In response, FAU's Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing has launched a telehealth certification course that provides the essential knowledge to deliver skilled telehealth services with competence and care.

The 20-hour, fully online course addresses telehealth platforms and models for practice; evidence-based telehealth technology; quality improvement measures; regulation, policy and reimbursement; telehealth inter-professional practice and specialized populations; and telehealth and the future. Experts will focus on topics related to health equity, improving access, health disparities, and inter-professional practice with specific populations in relationship to the application and implementation of various telehealth platforms. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with each other as well as experts in the translation of telehealth technology into practice.

“We want to ensure that clinicians are effectively prepared," said Dr. Tamara Love, APRN, FNP-BC, Assistant Professor. "This program will provide them with the tools and knowledge they need when communicating virtually so that all patients receive the compassionate care they are seeking and moreover, to preserve the ‘human touch’ during these challenging times.”

“The current global COVID-19 pandemic significantly catalyzed the implementation of telehealth and access to care via telehealth modalities. Outpatient clinics, hospitals and others are using telehealth tools to connect with patients for care and follow-up. Yet, many providers – across the spectrum – have received little to no formal training on best practices for telehealth. We wanted to help address this knowledge and technical skills gap to optimize the telehealth experience for both patients and providers,” said Dr. Safiya George, APRN, ANP-BC, Dean and Professor of FAU’s College of Nursing.

The FAU telehealth certification course costs $495, and classes begin on Feb. 13. The deadline to register is Feb. 10. For more information, visit nursing.fau.edu/telehealth, call 561-297-6261 or email telehealth@health.fau.edu

Online Nursing Administration/Leadership Program Climbs to No. 11 in National Rankings


The FAU College of Nursing's online Nursing Administration/Leadership program climbed to the No. 11 spot in the nation for "Best Online Master's in Nursing Administration Programs" in 2021 by U.S. News & World Report. The College's master's degree is ranked No. 32 in "Best Online Master's in Nursing Programs."

"The recognition the online Nursing Administration/Leadership program received speaks to the quality of the College’s programs, our faculty and staff," said Dr. Safiya George, Dean of FAU's College of Nursing. "Together, we work to create a positive online learning experience for our students that integrates the College's caring philosophy into nursing, organizational management and health care administration."

FAU's College of Business, College of Education and overall online bachelor's programs also made the list this year. 
 

College Welcomes Nursing Students with White Coat Ceremony


As a symbol of the start of the nursing journey, the white coat confirms a commitment to compassion, humanism and professionalism within the field. Now more than ever, choosing a career in nursing is a portrait of courage and dedication that merits recognition. To celebrate this momentous occasion, we invite you to join us as we mark this milestone with the College's nursing students.

On March 5, at 6 p.m., FAU's College of Nursing will install more than 200 freshman, accelerated and part-time working professional nursing students during its virtual White Coat Ceremony. The event will feature remarks from Dr. Safiya George, Dean; Dr. Bret Danilowicz, Provost; Barb Schmidt, Founder of Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life; and Dr. Audwin Fletcher, Professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, who will provide the keynote address.

As our students boldly step into nursing during such challenging times, they need the support of the collective community like never before. Please consider gifting a white coat to our students for $200 or further investing in the next generation of nursing students. Visit fauf.fau.edu/Nursing-White-Coats for more details. If you would like additional information, contact Melissa Stires.
 

Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center Collaborates with the Brain Bank


"Alzheimer's disease can be definitively diagnosed only after death, by linking clinical measures with an examination of brain tissue in an autopsy” (US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute on Aging, n.d.). The Florida Brain Bank was created by the state legislature in 1985 and established at Mt. Sinai in 1986 through funding received from the Dept. of Elder Affairs’ Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative (ADI).

As a state-designated memory disorder clinic under ADI, the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center of the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing collaborates with the Brain Bank, which has made possible an essential step in one day finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Learn more about the Brain Bank that serves South Florida here, or contact the Memory and Wellness Center at 561-297-0502.
 

Student News

Save the Date: Whether you are graduating and will be looking for an RN role or just starting and want to begin networking with professionals in your planned career, plan to attend the College of Nursing's Virtual Career Fair on Tuesday, Feb. 9, from 9 a.m. to noon. Register here.
FAU's Harbor Branch faculty and staff expressed their appreciation to their own health care heroes, the nurse practitioner class of 2021, on the first day of the Spring 2021 semester. "We know how hard they have worked this past year in the hospitals in our community and want to let them know we appreciate them," said Norma Gammons, Assistant to the Executive Director.

Faculty & Staff Spotlight

Congratulations to Dr. Rhonda Goodman, who retired from the College after serving as faculty for the past 10 years. Dr. Goodman is well-known for her passion and love for nursing students inside and outside the classroom. She served as faculty advisor to FAU’s Student Nurses Association (SNA), and mentored students in policy and advocacy. For several years, she has shepherded an impressive level of student involvement in SNA, leading to numerous and notable chapter and student achievements. Additionally, since creating a study abroad program in 2012, Dr. Goodman has taken hundreds of nursing students to Guatemala, providing culturally-appropriate health care to more than 13,000 indigenous Maya people. We look forward to our continued relationship with Dr. Goodman. If you would like to make a donation in Dr. Goodman's honor, consider giving to the Rhonda Goodman Caring Through Service fund (on the dropdown menu, scroll to the fund name).
Congratulations to Dr. Narciso Quidley-Rodriguez, who was selected for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Alumni Network Fund. He and his colleagues, Drs. Lila de Tantillo and Hilary Morgan from Jacksonville University, will explore how online mindfulness training may support nurses overwhelmed by COVID-19. The project will commence in Feb. 2021.
Dr. Karen Wisdom-Chambers and the Community Health Center at U.B. Kinsey recently participated in the distribution of 500 catered hot meals to homeless individuals and families in the region. This was made possible by a gift from a private donor to the Tabernacle Learning Center.  
Drs. Nancy Harris and Betty Tsarnas are volunteering with the Florida Department of Health to administer Covid-19 vaccines to the residents of St. Lucie County. "Dr. Tsarnas and I are happy to contribute to the work of the DOH in protecting the members of our community," said  Dr. Nancy Harris.   
The College welcomes Dr. Tracian Kelly as coordinator of the Family Nurse Practitioner Master's of Science in Nursing concentration.  Among her many responsibilities, she will coordinate the admission of students, organize student orientations, assist with course scheduling, maintain student records, provide leadership in student placement for clinical practicums, and more. Welcome!
We welcome Ms. Monique Prosper, College alumna, as an Instructor. She began her career in public health. As an RN, she practiced within women’s and children’s health. She is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Florida. Her areas of interest include maternal/newborn care, health education, and community health, particularly health equity and elimination of health disparities. 
We extend our gratitude and appreciation to Dr. Anne Meoli, who served as in Instructor as part of the practice-teaching track. We wish her well on her continued journey.
Congratulations to Drs. Karen Wisdom-Chambers and Tracian Kelly, who received the designation of Autonomous Practice as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse from the Florida Board of Health. Well done!
Several faculty joined together to donate "The Healer's Touch" to the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing in honor of all nurses. This beautiful statue, hand-carved by artisans in Zimbabwe, is a larger version of the statue awarded to those nurses who receive the Daisy Award. The statue resides in the Center for Caring at the College. 

News & Events

Dean Safiya George recently presented as part of the Nursing Consortium of South Florida's virtual town hall meeting, "COVID-19 in the Year of the Nurse: Turning Novel Challenges into Best Practices," on how COVID-19 is impacting the nursing school experience. As part of the presentation, she also discussed the future of telehealth in healthcare.
The Office of Nursing Research and Scholarship recently held a Research Colloquia.  Associate University Librarian & Scholarly Communication Coordinator Kristy Padrón presented on bibliometrics tools to find citation and content analysis of journals, and also discussed the complement to bibliometrics, altemetrics, which looks at web-based interactions with publications.
Hot off the press! FAU's Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing published its annual Transforming Care magazine. Learn more about how FAU's College of Nursing is "Answering the Call to Care."
In the News: Alzheimer's Disease and Lewy Body Dementia: Discerning the Differences (American Nurse)
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