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January 2020

Bea Weiser, 98, Volunteers to Help People with Alzheimer's

For more than 14 years, Bea Weiser, 98, has been the heart and soul of the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center, operated by FAU's Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing. As a volunteer front desk receptionist, she warmly welcomes center attendees who are struggling with Alzheimer's disease and other related dementias, as well as their caregivers and other guests.

“Bea is truly an inspiration to our Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center participants, faculty, staff, students, and people of all ages everywhere,” said María de los Ángeles Ordóñez, DNP, APRN, an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing and Director of the Center. “Her perseverance, enthusiasm, warm heart and desire to help others is proof that you can make a difference in your community at any age.”

Weiser’s altruism and commitment to the center enables other staff members to focus on conducting innovative outreach, education and research programs. For years, Weiser has maintained the recreational assessment record, which is a log of what center participants enjoy doing most, allowing staff to personalize their daily activities. She also checks in participants, provides nametags, handles their walkers, maintains a strict attendance record, safeguards participants' art projects, and helps with special events.

“I love working at the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center, and I can’t imagine doing anything else,” said Weiser. “The faculty and staff are like family to me, and it gives me immense satisfaction to know that I’m making a difference in people’s lives.”

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College of Nursing Advisory Board Visits FAU Community Health Center 

Members of the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Advisory Board recently visited the FAU Community Health Center, located in West Palm Beach. They spoke with the Center's team and learned more about the services provided there, including comprehensive primary care services, mental health, diabetes management, telehealth, as well as social services. The FAU Community Health Center provides services to the most vulnerable in Palm Beach County. Patients are largely uninsured and often seek treatment in emergency rooms at their local hospital. To learn more about the Center or provide support, click here.

Congratulations, Nursing Graduates!

More than 100 students graduated from the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing as part of Florida Atlantic University's Fall 2019 commencement ceremonies. We're so proud of their many accomplishments and excited for all their future holds for them. Congratulations, Nursing Owls! 

Hot off the Press!

The Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing published its annual Transforming Care magazine. Themed, "40th Anniversary: Honoring our Past, Visioning Our Future," learn how FAU's College of Nursing is pursuing excellence in its mission of teaching, service and research. Click here to view.

Student Spotlight

Approximately 100 incoming professional BSN track students joined the College for orientation at FAU's Davie campus. They come to the College with a variety of career backgrounds, including law enforcement, mental health case managers, licensed therapists, teachers, nursing home administrators, medical school graduates, healthcare administrators and more. Welcome, Nursing Owls!
The College hosted "Healing the Healers: A Holistic Night," an opportunity to engage in a variety of non-pharmacological, holistic methods of health that can be practiced within the community and workplace setting. Methods of holistic healing included aromatherapy, pet therapy, musical therapy, art therapy, chair massage, chair yoga and more. The event was sponsored by Sigma Theta Tau Iota Xi at Large, AHNA, NAPS, and The Initiative for Intentional Health.
A group of 15 nursing students joined Dr. Rhonda Goodman for a service-learning project in Guatemala. They provided health screenings to more than 400 children at a local school. They gave each child a toothbrush/toothpaste and taught them how to properly brush their teeth. Dr. Goodman has brought nursing students to this school for four years, and they are finding great health improvements due to nursing interventions. They also provided a foot care clinic at Hogar des Ancianos, a home for very old and frail adults who have been abandoned. 
Congratulations to Nigam Reddy, Jessica Grant and Lee-Vaughn Dindial, recipients of a free Premium LinkedIn account for one year, provided by Cross Country Healthcare. We appreciate this community support.

 
Congratulations to Dr. Natalie Bermudez, who successfully defended her dissertation, titled "Psychometric Evaluation of the Moral Comfort Questionnaire amongst Hospital-based Direct-Care Registered Nurses." Dissertation Chair: Dr. Ruth Tappen; Dissertation Committee Members: Drs. Joy Longo and Katherine Freeman-Costin

 

Faculty & Staff Spotlight

Drs. Nancy Harris, Kathi Harvey, Shirley Gordon and Diane Esposito will participate in research on the potential long-term health impacts of harmful algal bloom exposure, funded by the Florida Department of Health.  The CON team will work directly with Adam Schaefer, MPH, Principal Investigator from FAU's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute on the study. The $650,000 DOH grant  was awarded to Florida Atlantic University, University of Florida, University of Miami and Florida Gulf Coast University to support efforts to improve the understanding of the potential long-term impacts of harmful algal blooms like blue-green algae and red tide.  The College of Nursing investigative team will be working to collect human biological samples from residents living in Stuart, Clewiston, and Fort Myers.
Drs. Nancey France and Shirley C. Gordon became board certified as Health and Wellness Nurse Coaches through the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation. In preparation for the certification exam, they completed the rigorous 120 hour International Nurse Coach Association certification program which included didactic and supervised clinical practice hours. Five FAU College of Nursing faculty members now hold this distinction. Drs France and Gordon were also recently appointed as co-directors of the College's Initiative for Intentional Health and plan to offer needed Health and Wellness Nurse Coaching services to FAU students, faculty and staff.
Dr. Howard Butcher presented two keynote addresses at an international conference in Brazil - "Building and Testing Complex Interventions" and "Practical Applications of the Nursing Intervention Classification in Different Countries." He also served on a panel addressing issues concerning the future of nursing practice, research, and education, as well as a roundtable focused on two research presenations that involved the testing of nursing interventions.
Congratulations to Louisa Kelly, Business Manager, on graduating from FAU with her MBA. This adds to her existing credentials, including her previous bachelor’s degree, CPA, and CHFP. Well done!
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