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October 2019

Therapy Dogs Help Struggling Veterans

Members of the United States military who serve abroad sometimes return to the U.S. to treat their injuries and must be transported by aeromedical evacuation between facilities. They are physically and emotionally wounded, and experiencing chronic and acute stress.

A study led by Cheryl A. Krause-Parello, PhD, RN, a
researcher in Florida Atlantic University's Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, and collaborators, sought to test the feasibility and effectiveness of animal-assisted interventions to reduce stress in aeromedical staging facilities. For the study, they teamed up with a local not-for-profit animal organization that trains therapy dogs to visit health care facilities and other settings with a certified dog handler.

“Results from this cutting-edge, nurse-led study by Dr. Krause-Parello and her colleagues offer promising, significant contributions to the field and to the military to support care of wounded service members. The finding that the animal-assisted intervention significantly reduced stress levels in post-traumatic stress symptom severity is powerful, especially in light of high rates of PTSD, cost of treatment, and the related co-morbidities,” said Safiya George,
PhD, RN, Dean of FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing. 

Click here for more information. A story was also published in U.S. News & World Report.

Welcome, Dean George

The Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing held a Welcome Reception for Dean Safiya George. Many from across the university and throughout the community, including FAU President John Kelly, Provost Bret Danilowicz, and Christine E. Lynn, offered an official welcome. Thank you to all those who joined the College for this special event.

Online MSN Ranks as One of the Best

FAU's College of Nursing ranked as one of the 15 Best Online MSN Degree Program for 2020 by Best Health Degrees. According to their editors, they researched every accredited, trusting nursing school offering a fully online or hybrid MSN program. They ranked programs according to factors that help students know the quality and return on investment: cost, graduation rate, job placement, salary potential, and student satisfaction.  

In Memoriam: Evelyn Weinberger

Evelyn Weinberger, whom the Dean's Suite is named in honor of and who established an endowed scholarship, passed away on Tuesday, September 17, 2019. Mrs. Weinberger, age 86, resided in Boynton Beach. 

Per her request, donations may be made to FAU's College of Nursing - The Evelyn Weinberger Scholarship or Trustbridge Hospice Foundation.

Student Spotlight

Dean George joined nearly 100 students for "Dinner with the Dean at Davie." Thank you to all those who came out for the event. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet, greet and learn more.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Bahamas Donations Drive. The collected supplies were provided to Fire Station 5 in Boca Raton. When the donations were received in the Bahamas, they were personally delivered to families in need. 

Faculty & Staff Spotlight

Dr. Marlene Brennen was selected by the National Advisory Committee of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for the Minority Fellowship Program at the American Nurses Association.
Drs. Beth King and Donna Linette, and their colleagues won the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services 2019 Shirley A. Smoyak Article of the Year Award for “Relationship Between Perceived Nurse Caring and Patient Satisfaction in Patients in a Psychiatric Acute Care Setting." 

Dr. Andra Opalinski traveled with Friends of Barnabas, an organization that provides primary care twice a year to 30 villages in the remote mountains of Honduras.

If you have not already done so, check out the latest issue of the Journal of Art and Aesthetics in Nursing and Health Sciences


Save the date and form a team! The 14th annual "Keep Memories Alive" Walk-in-the-Mall is scheduled for Nov. 3, 2019. These important fundraising dollars are used to support day center scholarships and care giver programs at the Louis and Anne Green Memory & Wellness Center. Hope to see you there! 
FAU Community Health Center
Louis and Anne Green Memory & Wellness Center
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