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February 2020

Online Graduate Nursing Program Soars to No. 7 in U.S. News & World Report

FAU's Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing's online master's degree in nursing soared to No. 7 in the nation for "Best Online Graduate Programs" in 2020 by U.S. News & World Report from the No. 23 spot in 2019. It is the top-ranked program for private and public institutions in Florida.

“The rise in rankings of our online graduate programs is a testament to the caliber of our staff and faculty who lead and teach those programs and their and our students’ commitment to excellence,” said Dr. Safiya George, Dean of the College.

The FAU College of Nursing's online Master of Science degree programs include Nursing Administration and Financial Leadership, Clinical Nurse Leader, and Advanced Holistic Nursing. In addition, the College also offers a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post Masters Certificate Program.

FAU's College of Business, College of Education and overall online bachelor's programs also made the list this year. The 2020 Best Online Programs methodologies are based on a number of factors, including engagement, faculty credentials and training, expert opinion, student excellence, and services and technologies provided. Click here for the full story.

Nursing Study Examines Genetic Testing in Young Breast Cancer Patients  

Breast cancer patients diagnosed under age 50 represent about 18% of new invasive breast cancer cases in the U.S. Compared to postmenopausal women, younger women are more likely to develop aggressive subtypes of breast cancer, have a worse prognosis with increased risk of recurrence, and have a higher overall mortality. They are also more likely to be diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer, which is associated with a higher frequency of BRCA1 genetic mutations. Since the burden of breast cancer is particularly high among young black women, with a mortality rate that is two times greater among young women of European ancestry, there is a need to engage more young black breast cancer patients in genetic counseling education and to highlight the importance of performing hereditary breast and ovarian cancer genetic testing for minority women.

Dr. Tarsha Jones, assistant professor and researcher at FAU's College of Nursing, collaborated with researchers from Columbia University Irving Medical Center to examine racial and ethnic differences in genetic testing frequency and results among diverse breast cancer patients diagnosed at age 50 or younger.

“Our study provides insights into pathogenic/likely pathogenic variants and variants of uncertain significance in breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility genes among young breast cancer patients and highlights the need to increase genetic testing completion among racially/ethnically diverse populations,” said Dr. Jones. 

Read more here. Results of the study were published in the Journal of Cancer Education.

Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center Receives Grant 

Dr. María Ordóñez and her team were awarded a $100,000 Ed and Ethel Moore Alzheimer's Disease Research Grant from the Florida Department of Health for their project, "Opening and Sustaining Loving, Caring Conversation for Advance Care Planning for Patients and Families Living with Alzheimer's Disease." This is an interdisciplinary research project in partnership with Drs. George Luck, Associate Professor of Integrated Medical Science and Director of Professional Education for the Simulation Center, and JoAnn Bamdas, Director of the Office for Interprofessional Education & Transitioning Owls. The project focuses on conducting timely, meaningful conversation about Advanced Care Planning (ACP) with persons living with Alzheimer's Disease and their family caregivers, and educating them on the importance and benefits of understanding and completing this planning. Their goal is to change and simplify current unclear and negative language used in ACP documents and processes to words and phrases that are easily understood and express comfort, love and caring.

In Memoriam: Nettie Birnbach

Dr. Nettie Birnbach, legendary contributor to nursing, College of Nursing advisory board member and donor, and friend to many, passed away on December 18, 2019. She will be remembered for her zest for life, spirit of adventure, and passion for nursing and the arts.

Student Spotlight

Drs. Charlotte Barry, Shirley Gordon, and Rhonda Goodman accompanied 45 nursing students to Tallahassee to the Florida Nurses Association Advocacy Days. Students learned how to speak to their elected state senators and representatives, and advocate for full practice authority for RNs and APRNs, safe practice environments for health care workers, salary increases for state health care workers, and protection against surgical smoke.  What an excellent opportunity for professional growth!
The Student Nurses Association (SNA) is expanding! Students on FAU's Davie campus recently elected a Board of Directors to direct SNA activities at their branch campus, and recruitment is underway. Dr. Rhonda Goodman will serve as their advisor. The Davie SNA students are invited to all activities on the Boca Raton campus, as well as Advocacy Days, the FSNA state convention and NSNA national convention.

Congratulations to Isabel Cruz, BSN-DNP student; DeShaunah Dixon, DNP student, and Marlon Michel, accelerated BSN student. They all received scholarships from the Boca Woods Women’s Club. Well done!
Congratulations to Misako Nagata, who successfully defended her dissertation, "Exploring the Factors of Natural Space on Well-being of Urban-dwelling Children." Her Dissertation Chair was Dr. Patricia Liehr, and committee members included Dr. Marlaine Smith, Dr. Scott Markwith, Dr. David Newman and Dr. Andra Opalinski. Well done!

Faculty & Staff Spotlight

Dr. Terry Eggenberger and Dean Safiya George were both elected as a Distinguished Fellow of the National Academies of Practice. They will be inducted in March in San Diego. Congratulations!

Dr. Cheryl Krause-Parello was selected as a recipient of the Barbara Lumpkin Institute Scholarship to attend FNA Advocacy Days. What a wonderful opportunity!
We extend a warm welcome to the new Coordinator and Executive Assistant to the Dean, Bernadette Bastien. She brings more than a decade of experience as an Executive Assistant. In her roles, she was instrumental in supporting numerous academic processes, the tenure and promotion process, and the Board of Trustees. 
Thank you to Dr. Tracian Kelly and Jeaneen Muller, who volunteered to serve as Giving in Paradise Ambassadors for the College. Their goal is to educate, motivate and inspire faculty and staff to give during the Faculty/Staff campaign that will launch in February.
Dean Safiya George recently joined participants at the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center for a painting class. Participants were taught by artist, Pat Saidon. The participants were truly inspirational.
The World Health Organization designated 2020 as "Year of the Nurse." In recognition of this, the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center (MWC) recognizes Dr. Madeline Michel, Nurse Practitioner, for her many accomplishments. In Dec. 2019, she obtained her DNP from FAU. She joined the MWC in 2013 and provides comprehensive cognitive evaluations of older adults, in collaboration with the interprofessional team, guided by caring science. Thanks for making a difference in our community.

News & Events

FAU's Research Encounter provides an opportunity for you to explore the research occurring at FAU. See how FAU researchers are changing the world. While there, visit with Dr. Cheryl Krause-Parello, who will share how the canine/human bond has positive physical, psychological, and social benefits. Be sure to meet Fenway, a labradoodle support dog making a difference for those she meets. The event is Feb. 12, beginning at 4:30 p.m., at FAU's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
Cross Country Healthcare joined the College of Nursing to celebrate our new partnership. Together, we will pursue collaborative research, and educational and training activities to advance the nursing profession. We're excited for what is to come in 2020 and beyond!
In the News: Pets Helping Vets: Nonprofits train service dogs to help veterans with PTSD - C-P.A.W.W Proving Benefit of Service Dogs for Veterans. Click here for more from KSAT.
In the News: 98-year-old Boca Raton woman volunteers for 14 years at Florida Atlantic University. Click here for more from WPTV. 
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