Congratulations from NCC!
As the University of Florida’s Nursing College Council, we would like to congratulate you on
being accepted into the College of Nursing! Beginning this fall, you will be making new friends, joining
activities, and gaining the knowledge and competencies needed to provide nursing care to clients in
the hospital and in the community.
The Nursing College Council (NCC) consists of the entire undergraduate student body at the
College of Nursing. This means you! The officers act as elected representatives of the students and
we provide a voice to faculty, alumni, and other colleges at the University of Florida. One of our main
functions is to help you with your transition to nursing school by providing you with all the information
you will need to begin classes as well as assisting with the College of Nursing Orientation.
Students are encouraged to actively participate in the Nursing College Council (NCC). NCC is
the student governance body for the College of Nursing, and as a nursing student, you are
automatically a member. NCC has meetings every other Monday where issues are discussed that are
pertinent to students at the College of Nursing, service projects are organized, guest speakers
present, and events with other colleges are discussed. We are also the organization to which faculty
turns to when decisions affecting students need to be made. This is one of the most important
reasons to become involved. It is important that the students’ voices and opinions are accurately
represented. NCC has its meetings along with the University of Florida Nursing Student Association
(UFNSA). UFNSA is the student chapter of the state and national professional nursing organizations.
More information about this organization is enclosed. Active membership in these organizations is a
way to become involved, meet other students and faculty, and help enhance your career in nursing.
Enclosed you will find the answers to many frequently asked questions as well as a list of
things you must have completed before you begin class. Try to space things out and get them done
early. This will help you to manage your time so you are not rushing to get everything done at the
Starting a new program, moving, and finding classes can be a confusing experience. For this
reason, you will be assigned a senior mentor who will work with you to ease this transition. Mentors
will meet you at your orientation. They will be your guides and will be an available resource for you
during your first year in the College of Nursing. We have been in your shoes and we want to help you
in any way we can by sharing information and our experiences.
We look forward to meeting you at the College of Nursing Orientation and working with you
throughout your first year! If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact
any of the NCC officers.
Congratulations and Welcome to the Class of 2010
From the Nursing College Council
NCC President: NCC Secretary: NCC EAR Committee:
Casey Vera Natalie Mixson Katie Sullivan
firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Sully11@ufl.edu
NCC Vice President: NCC Social chairs (2): NCC Research Committee:
Danielle Smith Whitney Waters Danielle Smith
firstname.lastname@example.org Whit86w@ufl.edu email@example.com
NCC Treasurer: Sydney Vandeveer NCC Academic Affairs
Holly Williamsen firstname.lastname@example.org Committee:
Hollyw22@ufl.edu Bernadette Antle
Welcome from UFNSA!
Congratulations on your admission to the University Of Florida College Of Nursing. Your
personal and educational perseverance has succeeded and you are on your way to becoming a great
Gator Nurse! We eagerly anticipate your arrival!
We would like to personally invite you to become a member of the National Student Nurses
Association at University of Florida (NSNA at UF). NSNA at UF is the College of Nursing’s pre-
professional organization that allows students to grow through service, leadership, and mentorship.
NSNA at UF empowers students to have an impact on issues that will affect us in each of our careers,
wherever they may take us.
Locally, we have many projects we are associated with, including Breakthrough to Nursing,
Relay for Life, Bone Zone, and many more! At the state and national level, NSNA at UF is involved in
student conventions where activities include voting on new programs, attending focus sessions, and
networking with statewide or nationwide employers. At the conventions, students also have the
opportunity to run for various offices. Currently and previously, members of the NSNA at UF have
held positions on the state and national level. There is always room for more Gator Nurse
There are many commercial benefits to membership. These include insurance discounts, free
American Nurses Association (ANA) membership after graduation, and MasterCard deals. The personal
benefits of meeting and working with fellow students may be the best benefit of all. The friendships
and time spent together will make your time at the College of Nursing more memorable.
At Orientation, you will receive the National Student Nurses Association Membership
packet. You will be able to join NSNA at orientation, so please bring your checkbook to purchase a
first time membership at a cost of $30.00. We hope to see you at out first meeting in the fall. The
time and location will be announced at Orientation. At the meeting, we will offer more information to
Congratulations and Welcome to the Class of 2010
From the National Student Nurses Association at the University of Florida
UFNSA President: UFNSA Corresponding UFNSA Breakthrough to
Jillian Krickovich Secretary: Nursing Chair:
email@example.com Bethany Brautigam Karina Matti
UFNSA Vice President:
Ashley Powell UFNSA Historians (2): UFNSA Bone Zone chair:
Powell1@ufl.edu Stephanie Burkhardt Vonetta Erskine
Sandra Madaleno Theresa Holsten UFNSA Political Action Chair:
Sandra1124@ufl.edu Tmh000@ufl.edu Liz Lafoe
UFNSA Recording Secretary: UFNSA Accelerated Chair:
Michael Cocavessis Suzy Kemper UFNSA Sergeant at Arms:
Mcocaves@ufl.edu firstname.lastname@example.org Chad Smith
UFNSA Community Service
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What supplies do I need?
A: 1. Stethoscope: Order forms are enclosed.
2. Pair of multi-purpose scissors: These will be provided at Orientation.
3. Penlight: These will be provided at Orientation.
4. Calendar/Organizer: This is not mandatory, but highly recommended.
Q: How many uniforms will I need?
A: You will need a white uniform and white shoes for your hospital clinical experience beginning approximately
the second week of the semester. White scrub tops and pants/skirts can be purchased at any medical
uniform store. We recommend uniforms made of substantial material with plenty of pockets! The average
number of uniforms students buy is 1-2. It usually depends on how much you like to do laundry! White
nursing shoes or white leather (non-permeable) tennis shoes with toes and heels are acceptable.
Shoes must be at least 80% white. You will also need a white lab coat for your clinical rotations. A
College of Nursing fabric patch is required to be worn on the left supper sleeve of your uniform and lab
coat. This patch can be purchased at the Health Science Center Bookstore.
Any time you are in the hospital obtaining information about your patients (other than during clinicals) or in the
community you will need the appropriate professional attire. Professional attire consists of navy or khaki
slacks or skirts and a navy or white polo shirt. Skirts must be longer than your lab coat. Polo shirts with
an embroidered College of Nursing logo are available to purchase from UFNSA. An order form is enclosed
and the shirts will be given to you during Orientation.
You are more than welcome to purchase these items at any time. However, if you are still confused or
worried about buying the wrong things, some of the seniors will be performing a fashion show of the
appropriate clinical uniforms during Orientation. You may wait to purchase your supplies until after
Orientation, but be aware that you may be required to have all supplies by the second week of the semester.
Q: What ID badge do I need?
A: Students will need to secure a Health Science Center Gator1 ID badge and pouch after they have received a
letter of admission from the College of Nursing. Both the badge and the pouch are required. These badges
can be obtained through Biomedical Media Services (BMS) on the 3rd floor of the Communicore building or
through ID card services at the UF Bookstore and Welcome Center. There is a fee for the badge. Visit
www.bms.ufl.edu or www.bsd.ufl.edu for more information. It is important to remember that students must
identify themselves as College of Nursing/Health Science Center students to receive the correct ID badge!
Q: What about books?
A: A list of most of the texts required for your classes can be obtained from the UF website. When you register
for classes in July, there will be a link on that page which will show you the books required by your
instructors. All of your books can be purchased at the Health Science Center Bookstore, and some of the
books can be purchased at other bookstores in Gainesville. We recommend the Health Science Center
Bookstore, as they carry all of the required texts and the staff is always willing to assist you. Some people
like to purchase everything ahead of time, but it is okay to wait until the day of Orientation to purchase books.
Your senior mentors and the bookstore staff will be more than willing to assist you with this process. Plan to
budget at least $800 for books, equipment, and uniforms so that there will be no surprises.
Q: Where can I get a physical examination and how much does it cost?
A: The Student Health Care Center (SHCC) at the University of Florida provides physical examinations and any
ordered laboratory work. If you have any questions or concerns, you can call the SHCC at (352) 392-1161.
Most general practice physicians or health care clinics provide this service. The exam can be performed by
a physician, a nurse practitioner (ARNP), or a physician’s assistant (PA).
Q: How do I get an appointment at the Student Health Care Center?
A: You can contact the SHCC by calling (352) 392-1161. Follow the links to make appointments for
immunizations and physical examinations. They can also provide you with directions to the clinic.
Q: What kind of CPR certification should I get?
A: There are two options. It should be the “BLS for Health Care Providers” which you can get through the
American Heart Association. You can access course information and dates through the official American
Heart Association website (www.americanheart.org) or visit the UF site at http://shcc.ufl.edu/cpr/cpr.htm. This
certification will last for 2 years. Your second option is to get your certification through the American Red
Cross (www.redcross.org), which offers a course called “CPR for Professional Rescuers” located under their
“Health and Safety Services” This certification, however, lasts for only 1 year, and will need to be renewed.
Q: What is a Gator Link Account, why do I need it, and how do I get one?
A: Gator Link is available to every student at the University of Florida to provide them with free access to the
Internet as well as an e-mail address to establish communication between students and faculty. Web
enhanced courses require the use of a Gator Link account. Therefore, it is extremely important that you
have a Gator Link account prior to the start of classes. Please have your account set up prior to Orientation
since we will be using it that day. You will need it to access notes and other information for your classes as
well as receive announcements. In order to create your Gator Link account, go to www.gatorlink.ufl.edu and
click on “Create a New Account”.
Q: How do I register for classes?
A: You need to register for the following classes: NUR3067, NUR3067L, NUR3129, NUR3145, and NUR3825.
You may register through ISIS, the electronic registration system. The website is www.isis.ufl.edu. Section
numbers for these courses will be posted on the College of Nursing website (www.con.ufl.edu) mid-July.
Q: How do I get to and from clinicals?
A: Each student is responsible for his or her own transportation to and from the clinical sites. Many students
choose to carpool with others in their clinical group.
Q: Can I work and attend school?
A: The combined classroom and clinical experiences leave little time for employment. Clinical times vary each
week and may include evenings and weekends. Some students find employment on the weekends possible
after they have established their class, lab, and clinical routine. Area hospitals employ some students as
Patient Care Assistants (PCA) after the first semester.
Q: What if I have more questions?
A: For more information, visit the College of Nursing website at www.con.ufl.edu or you may contact Danielle
Smith, Nursing College Council (NCC) Vice President at email@example.com.
Checklist of things to have accomplished by:
Orientation (August 21 and 22): Before first day of clinical:
Health Care Provider CPR certification Gator1 ID badge
Immunizations Blood borne Pathogens
Physical exam (will be done at Orientation)
Gator Link account
Register for classes on ISIS List of things to buy:
Background check Books
Uniforms (scrubs and shoes)
Calendar (suggested, not mandatory)
College of Nursing Polo Shirt
Description of First Semester Courses
NUR 3067 Introduction to Nursing Care Management (4 credits)
Dr. Carmen Rodriguez
Dr. Cynthia Haas
This is the first of seven core courses in Nursing Care Management incorporated in your curriculum plan. The goal of
this course is to provide the foundation for the provision of safe and effective nursing care to clients. The course emphasizes on
the integration of the nursing process as it applies to the assessment of clients; basic skills, procedures, and nursing interventions;
and critical principles for a comprehensive approach in nursing practice.
Time management skills are essential to meet the demands of this course and succeed in learning and understanding
the volume of information associated with this course. It is strongly suggested that you prepare a daily/weekly schedule
with specific blocks of time dedicated to each of the courses assigned during the semester.
Tests will be formatted following NCLEX style tests to assist you with necessary adjustment prior to board examination.
Study group sessions are of great benefit for many students. Take the lead and organize a study group and/or become
an active participant of a study group in process.
NUR 3067L Clinical Nursing: Fundamentals of Nursing Care Management (3 credits)
Dr. Karen Reed
The purpose of this course is to provide the student with clinical experiences in a variety of health care environments.
Students will provide basic care to clients from diverse backgrounds. Emphasis is on the application of the nursing process. The
art and science of nursing, as well as knowledge from the arts, humanities, and sciences are integrated into the framework of the
nursing process to provide students opportunities to use critical thinking and decision making for clinical problem solving.
Communication and health assessment techniques are utilized.
NUR 3145 Pharmacology for Nursing (3 credits)
Dr. James Jessup
The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the role of pharmocotherapeutic agents in the treatment of
diseases and the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of wellness in patients. A major role of nursing is the administration of
medications. Nurses work closely with physicians, advance registered nurse practitioners (ARNP), physician assistants (PA), and
pharmacists in carrying out this duty. The physician, ARNP, or PA may prescribe the drug, the pharmacist may formulate the
drug, but it is the nurse who must address two major concerns: the drug’s effect on the patient and the patient’s response to the
drug – 24 hours per day! In order to observe and evaluate drug responses and intervene rapidly and appropriately, nurses must
know in advance the responses that a drug is likely to elicit. The stronger your knowledge of pharmacology, the more you will be
able to anticipate drug responses and not simply react to them after they occur. In today’s health care environment, the nurse
also serves in the role of patient advocate. It is the nurse’s responsibility to detect errors made by other health care providers –
and mistakes will be made! In serving as patient advocate, it is impossible to know too much about drug therapy. Welcome to
Pharmacology for Nursing!
NUR3129 Pathophysiology (3 credits)
Professor David Derrico
The purpose of this course is to provide the student with a basic understanding of pathophysiology related to human
illness within a systems framework. Emphasis is placed on biological theories and principles that provide a basis for
understanding pathophysiology as an alteration in the normal physiological functioning of subsystems across the adult lifespan.
Reviewing materials from Anatomy and Physiology over the summer is recommended. A good computer and printing resources
to engage in this course will also be helpful.
NUR 3825 Introduction to Professional Nursing (2 credits)
The purpose of this course is to orient the student to the profession of nursing. Issues both historical as well as present
are discussed and the professional values of nursing are introduced. Additionally, the College of Nursing’s philosophy and
conceptual framework are introduced along with expectations of and competencies of graduates of baccalaureate nursing
Stethoscope Order Form
As a nursing student, you will need the right equipment to fine-tune your skills. UFNSA is able
to offer you a 3M Littmann Classic II SE stethoscope at a discounted price. These stethoscopes
include a 3-year warranty. They include extra ear tips and nametags and are known for their
“acoustical excellence and versatility”. The Littmann Classics are available at a low price of $70.00. If
you would like to see what these stethoscopes look like, please visit www.standris.com.
You do not have to purchase your stethoscope through UFNSA; however, we offer you these
high quality stethoscopes at a discounted price, and a portion of the proceeds from our sales comes
back to the school.
CHECKS AND ORDER FORMS FOR STETHOSCOPES
MUST BE FILLED OUT AND POSTMARKED BY:
July 25th, 2008
Please send this entire order form for the STETHOSCOPES and checks made payable to STANDRIS
MEDICAL SUPPLY, INC. to:
3813 SW 34 ST #G68
Gainesville, FL 32608
Your Name: _________________________
Phone #: ___________________________
The colors available for the Littmann Classic II SE are:
Hunter Green Purple
Navy Blue Burgundy
Caribbean Blue Raspberry
Ceil Blue Seafoam Green
Orange Pine Green
*Peach *Ocean Blue
*Pink Breast Cancer Awareness
(Please circle a color above if you choose to order the Littmann Classic II SE for $70.00)
* These colors may not be available to preview online.
CON Polo Shirts Order Form
UF Nursing Student Association (UFNSA) is pre-selling College of Nursing logo polo shirts. These
shirts are required for various events and classes, so we recommend purchasing at least one. The
shirts will be available for pick up during Orientation in August. All sales are final and no exchanges
will be accepted. The polo shirts tend to run big, as they are men’s sizes, so please use your
discretion. (Note: Pre-ordering the polo shirt will aid in making the first two weeks in the program
more organized.) Each polo shirt is $25.00 and comes in white or navy blue.
Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XL, and XXL
CHECKS AND ORDER FORMS FOR POLOS
MUST BE FILLED OUT AND POSTMARKED BY:
July 25th, 2007
Please cut off this order form for the POLO SHIRTS and send checks made payable to UFNSA to:
2930 SW 23rd Terrace Apt #2204
Gainesville, FL 32608
Your Name: _________________________
Phone #: ___________________________
Shirt Color Quantity Size Amount $