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October 2021

FAU Nursing Undergraduate Program Achieves U.S. News & World Report Ranking

The Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing is ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s top undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs in the nation. Caring science guides the philosophy and program outcomes of the College which informs the curriculum, research and practice within the nursing profession.

“The U.S. News & World Report ranking speaks to our commitment to offer the highest quality educational program to a diverse student body,” said Nursing Dean Safiya George. “We are pleased the College of Nursing is receiving well-deserved recognition for advancing nursing knowledge and providing opportunities for students to pursue careers in this field.”

FAU's College of Nursing is ranked No. 11 by U.S. News & World Report in 2021 for "Best Online Master's in Nursing Administration Programs;" No. 32 for the "Best Online Master's in Nursing Programs;" No. 56 for “Best MSN Graduate Programs,” No. 60 for “Best Nursing Doctorate Graduate Programs” in 2022; and No. 120 for “Best Undergraduate Nursing Programs” in 2022.

For more information on the College's ranking, click here

Older Adults Need More Than Knowledge and Clichés to Stay Healthy

The importance of physical activity is well recognized by both science and the public. Yet, more than 80 percent of adults in the United States fail to meet the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans,” which recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity per week. Moreover, 40 percent of Americans over the age of 75 are entirely inactive.

A study by Florida Atlantic University’s College of Nursing and collaborators explored what drives older adults from diverse backgrounds to start or sustain physical activity and what prevents them from doing so. 

“Our study highlights the inadequacy of a general ‘exercise is good for you’ message and the importance of having personal, meaningful goals for remaining active and overcoming the physical and emotional barriers noted by our participants,” said Dr. Ruth Tappen, R.N., Christine E. Lynn Eminent Scholar and Professor in the College of Nursing, and a member of the FAU Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute and FAU Institute for Human Health and Disease Intervention (I-HEALTH). “Our findings add to and reinforce calls for a re-framing of our approach to physical activity for older adults. From encouragement of a lifetime of physical activity to individual tailoring of the physical activity assessment and prescription, there is still much to learn and to do to help older adults sustain their physical activity through the later years.”

Study co-authors are Dr. Edgar Ramos Viera, Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing, Florida International University; Dr. Sareen S. Gropper, RDN, Professor; Dr. David Newman, Associate Professor and Statistician; and Cassandre Horne, a graduate student, all with FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing. Results of the study are published in Geriatrics. Learn more about this research here.

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.

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

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 Register

Q&A with College Advisory Board Member Peggy Pettit

What inspired you to get involved and support the College of Nursing as an advisory board member?

I was eager to support FAU’s College of Nursing because of its excellent reputation and impressive graduation and nursing exam pass rates. After speaking with Dean George about the long-term goals for the College, I became very excited to share in the College’s mission as a board member. In addition, the opportunity to be involved with the students, spreading awareness of hospice and palliative care as a career choice is important to me.

What do you admire most about our students?

Since the pandemic began, I have been increasingly impressed at the dedication of those students continuing to pursue a nursing career.  The stressors, physically, mentally and emotionally, continue to become more burdensome. I am so inspired by the commitment and drive to deal with this unprecedented crisis and remain dedicated to providing care to patients.

What is your hope for the future of the College?

My hope is that the College continues its excellent track record, and grows the enrollment and offerings annually. I also look forward to VITAS' participation in the instructional, research and service activities throughout the College and the community.

How long have you called South Florida home? Could you share a couple professional and personal interests?

I have been a resident of South Florida since 1971 and love the Florida lifestyle. I raised my two children in Broward County, and now enjoy time spent on the water with our five grandchildren in Martin County. Through my board seat with the Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Association, as well as the Florida Council on Aging, I actively advocate on behalf of hospice and palliative care organizations, as well as for Florida's seniors.

Student News

The Florida Nurses Foundation awarded scholarships to the following FAU Nursing students: Jean-Joseph Rendel, Nicole Morrison, and Somi Panday, District 6 Scholarships; Renee Samuela, Edna Hicks Scholarship; Kiley Thibodeau, Goodman Family Nursing Scholarship; Kylee Johnson, Marion County District 3 Scholarship; Myesha Ponder, Nina Brookins District 5 Charitable Trust Scholarship; and Amanda Lazcano, Ruth Finamore Scholarship.
The Student Nurses Association (SNA) recently held a leadership retreat for new executive board members. As part of the retreat, students participated in SNA's Amazing Race, a team bonding exercise requiring collaboration to win the race. Following the exercise, the entire board joined Dr. Rhonda Goodman for a waffle breakfast and planning session for the academic year.
The Nurses Christian Fellowship had their first meeting of the academic year. The 2021-22 board includes Mariah Cretella, President; Kailyn Mikulus, Vice President; Pelia Blando, Secretary; Brigid Kiely, Events/Outreach, and Lillian Wakefield, Communication. The next meeting will be held on October 19 at 6 p.m. Contact Dr. Mary Ann Leavitt, Faculty Advisor, for details.
The Iota Xi at-Large Chapter has been recognized as a recipient of the 2021 Chapter Key Awards by Sigma for community & research efforts. 
The College of Nursing's 13th annual Convocation was held virtually on September 17 to welcome the 2021-22 academic year. Dr. Patricia Liehr, Professor Emeritus, served as the keynote speaker, offering stories from practice that inspire reflection and direction. To view Convocation, click here.
As we approach World Mental Health Day, commemorated on Sunday, October 10, please remember you can access mental health services at the FAU Counseling and Psychological Services Center

Faculty & Staff Spotlights

Congratulations to Dr. Susan Bulfin, DNP Director & Professor, for her induction as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). AANP Fellows are recognized for their contributions to the profession and the nation’s health.
We welcomed several new faculty and staff to the College, including Amanda Beasley, Academic Advisor II; Anthony Holmes, Academic Advisor II; Dr. Louise Aurélien Buie, Assistant Dean of Executive and Continuing Education and Academic-Practice Partnerships, and Dr. Sarah Snyder, Visiting Instructor.
Dr. Shirley Gordon volunteered with the Federal Medical Reserve Corp this month to provide medical screenings at Stuart Middle School. Thank you for your community service.
FAU Nursing Dean Safiya George presented to the Black Nurse Practitioners of Palm Beach County. She spoke on the topic, "Building & Connecting the NP Community through Education." We're so grateful for this partnership.
FAU Nursing Professor Lisa Weise was invited to co-chair the Rural Health Disparities workgroup of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Diversity and Disparities Professional Interest Association.
FAU Nursing Professor Debra Hain represented nurse practitioners on Florida Network 7 for the Forum Medical Advisory Council. 

News & Events

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. The FAU Community Health Center (CHC) recently introduced a Patient Navigator, Edwouitte Noel, to help eliminate barriers and provide women with breast and cervical cancer screenings, and follow-up treatments, if needed. Many of the patients at the CHC are uninsured and medically vulnerable, so a patient navigator will help ensure patients don't miss preventative screenings and follow-up care.
Grieving the loss of someone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias is a complex process that starts well before one’s loved one has physically passed. In an effort to meet the needs of caregivers whose loved ones have recently passed on, the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center has started a new support group — Transitions — which focuses on navigating the transitions relating to and within the family caregiver role after the loss of a loved one. This group will be held weekly on Mondays at 2 PM. For more information or to register, contact Krista at 561-297-0502 or
We would like to express our gratitude to Marilyn Swillinger and Joe Martin for their service on the College's Advisory Board and their continued support of FAU's College of Nursing.
DYK you can find FAU's College of Nursing on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram? Connect with us!
FAU trains next generation of nurses amid shortage in pandemic (WPEC, September 15)
Study explores factors that drive older adults to start or sustain physical activity (News-Medical, September 1)
Join the FAU Nursing faculty: Explore the roles of Associate Dean of Research and ProfessorAssociate Professor/Professor and Assistant/Associate Professor on FAU's Boca Raton campus, and Visiting Instructor on FAU's Davie campus.
FAU Community Health Center
Louis and Anne Green Memory & Wellness Center
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