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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The Magazine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 University of Miami
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 School of Nursing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 and Health Studies




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                                                                                               our students?
                                                                                                                              his year our school proudly celebrates its 60th anniversary. As we
                                                                                                                              reflect on a rich tradition of excellence and leadership, we also
                                                                                                                              stand on the threshold of an exciting period of growth.
                                                                                                                                   Times have certainly changed since our school was established
                                                                                                                              as a Department of Nursing in 1948. Given the profound nature
                                                                                                                              of these changes, how do we define excellence in health care
                                                                                               education today? By what measures do we assess our strengths and determine our strategic
                                                                                               priorities? And how does all of this translate into the educational experiences we provide to

                                                                                                     As a nationally ranked research university, the University of Miami benchmarks against
                                                                                               leading institutions on metrics ranging from NIH funding to graduation and retention rates.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                        \
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ina Shapiro Stoler, BSN ’82,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 MSN ’91, spent the first 23
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 years of her career working
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 virtually around the corner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 from the University of Miami.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 She’s covered a lot of ground
                                                                                                                                                                                                    since then, both geographically and professionally.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Stoler built a solid career at Miami Children’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hospital, managing responsibilities in perioperative
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  where she devel-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  oped the organi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  zation’s first
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  pediatric nursing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  course for nurses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  with associate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  degrees. “We had
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  no books and,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  often, no elec-
                                                                                               Many of these metrics form the basis for national rankings such as those of U.S. News                family and staff education throughout the hospital.           tricity,” she says.
                                                                                               and World Report, where the University of Miami currently ranks No. 51 among “America’s              With longtime colleague Jeannette Diana-Zerpa, MSN            Stoler again rose
                                                                                               Best Colleges.” Our university, which is in the National Universities category, has moved up         ’93, she developed the first nurse-practitioner-managed       to the challenge,
                                                                                               15 spots in just the past six years. UM is also ranked on the Great Schools, Great Prices            nitrous oxide analgesia program in
                                                                                               (National Universities) list. No other Florida institutions are ranked on this list.                 the nation, which inspired similar
                                                                                                     As the only graduate nursing program in South Florida ranked in U.S. News and World            programs around the country.
                                                                                               Report’s top 100, our school has set itself on an equally swift course of success. Our graduates           Then Stoler fell in love with an
                                                                                               enjoy a 100 percent passing rate on the national certification exams for nurse anesthetist,          international businessman, now her
                                                                                               family nurse practitioner, and acute care nurse practitioner. Our school’s passing rate on the       husband, and moved with him to
                                                                                               NCLEX-RN exam in the third quarter of this year stands at 92.2 percent, the highest in               South Africa. Though she had nearly
                                                                                               South Florida and fully ten points above the state passing rate of 81.8 percent. At more than        a quarter century of professional
                                                                                               $7 million, our school’s NIH funding is the highest in Florida and one of the highest among          experience, gaining permission to work there was a            even finding experts around the country to help her
                                                                                               nursing schools nationwide.                                                                          laborious 18-month process. “I discovered how diffi-          teach the course.
                                                                                                     What all of this means to our students is access to faculty who are leading nationally         cult it can be to use your skills in a foreign nation,” she         When her husband was transferred out of South
                                                                                               prominent research studies, camaraderie with fellow students who serve as mentors and role           says. “So I urge nurses who are interested in working         Africa, Stoler had to leave before her students gradu-
                                                                                               models, programs distinguished by clinically current, cutting-edge curricula, and opportunities      on a global level to do their homework first.”                ated. “They cried and begged me to stay—it was so
                                                                                               to learn and grow in an environment that nurtures and supports academic success. An essen-                 After winning certification, Stoler became an           touching,” she recalls. “Even those who worked in
                                                                                               tial goal of the University of Miami is to prepare students to work and succeed anywhere in          instructor for first-year nursing students at the Univer-     pediatrics for years were so appreciative for what they
                                                                                               the world. Equally important, our university strives to prepare students for success not only in     sity of Witswatersrand, Johannesburg. “Though Eng-            had learned.”
                                                                                               their first job but in their fifth and sixth jobs. At the School of Nursing and Health Studies, we   lish is the official language, more than 20 languages are           The couple’s new destination: Guyana, one of the
                                                                                               remain confident that the knowledge and skills our students are learning today will provide          spoken, so my students couldn’t always understand             world’s poorest countries. There, Stoler volunteered
                                                                                               them with a firm foundation for success for years to come.                                           me,” Stoler says. “And many of their health care prac-        with the Clinton Foundation, working closely with
                                                                                                     I hope that you all take great pride in your school and our collective accomplishments.        tices are what we would consider alternative—from             government officials, health care leaders, and non-
                                                                                               It’s never been a more exciting time to be a Miami Hurricane or an alumnus of the School of          herbal therapies to witch doctor spells.”                     governmental organizations to implement early pediatric
                                                                                               Nursing and Health Studies.                                                                                Stoler initially encountered a seemingly impenetra-     blood tests to fight HIV.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    ble reserve among her students. They were, she recalls,             Stoler, whose husband currently works in Israel,
                                                                                                                                                                                                    skeptical of her motives and her qualifications—yet so        recently returned to work at Miami Children’s and is
                                                                                                                                                                                                    subservient they would not meet her gaze. “So I took          pursuing a PhD in nursing at UM. She’s open to fur-
                                                                                                                                                                                                    my time and maintained an open-door policy,” she              ther adventures in the developing world.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    says. “Gradually, they realized that I truly wanted to              “Working in developing nations gives you the
                                                                                                                                                                                                    help them and knew what I was doing.”                         opportunity to make such a huge difference in people’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Stoler went on to Netcare, a private health care        lives,” she reflects. Despite the considerable challenges,
                                                                                                                                                                                                    and health education corporation in South Africa,             she adds, “I’d do it all again in a heartbeat.”
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  School launches new doctoral nursing program                                                                                                          CURRICULUM ELECTIVES EVOLVE TO MEET SOCIETAL NEEDS

                                                                                                                                                        COURSES                            A C T IO N
  Building Best Practice                                                                                                                                                          OF

                                                                                                                                                                  ddressing issues that range         psychological, cultural, gender, reli-        Collins, RN-BC, MSN, AOCN,

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                                                                                                                                                                  from the most sensitive             gious, historical, and political aspects      CHPN, who has taught a popular
                             he growing shortage of health                    The DNP’s three-semester curriculum comprises                                       aspects of sexual health to the     of human sexuality.                           oncology course at the school for the
                             care providers has created an               38 credits and offers three tracks—clinical practice,                          complex needs of patients                                  According to De Santis,          past several years. A nurse specialist for
                             urgent need for highly trained              administration, and education—within a flexible,                               and families coping                                        sexual health disparities of     pain, oncology, and palliative care at
                             nurses who can lead the deliv-              executive-education format.                                                    with cancer, the                                               various vulnerable pop-      South Miami Hospital, Collins relies
                             ery of high-quality clinical care.               According to Trybulski, the school’s varied clinical                      school’s curricu-                                                 ulations such as gays     on journal readings, guest experts, and
                             To help meet that need, the                 partners “offer unique opportunities for highly special-                       lum is keeping                                                     and lesbians, trans-     interactive activities to help students
    School of Nursing and Health Studies begins a                                                                                                       pace with the                                                       gendered people,        build the skills that are essential to
    new Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) pro-                                                                                                        challenges that                                                      and those who          caring for people with cancer.
    gram in January.                                                                                                                                    will face                                                            have experienced            “Cancer spans all age groups and
         The DNP program will prepare expert                                                                                                            tomorrow’s                                                          sexual violence are     crosses all specialty areas,” Collins
    nurse practitioners to develop and implement                                                                                                        nurses.                                                            a key theme. “The        notes. “The nurse has a pivotal role
    innovative, evidence-based practice interventions                                                                                                        A new                                                       course focuses on          in every phase of the disease, from
    and health care systems, with a focus on reduc-                                                                                                     course focusing on                                            vulnerable populations,       prevention through palliative care.
    ing health care disparities. Equally important,                                                                                                     human sexuality,                                           health disparities, and sex-          “Strong communication skills
    the program will help the school address the                                                                                                        taught by faculty member                             ual health,” he says. “It’s            are essential to success in every aspect
    national nursing shortage by increasing the                                                                                                         Joseph De Santis, PhD, ARNP,                  designed to help make students more           of nursing, from caring for patients
    number of clinical experts qualified to teach at                                                                                                    ACRN, studies the topic via multidis-         comfortable with sexual issues and sex-       to presenting at conferences,” she
    the graduate and undergraduate levels.                               JoAnne Trybulski (center, standing) discusses the new DNP program with         ciplinary theoretical perspectives and        ual history-taking.”                          adds. “This is a course that applies
         “Our DNP program will educate advanced-practice                 faculty colleagues Rosina Cianelli, Joanna Sikkema, Joseph De Santis, Elaine   research. Students examine the com-                “Oncology is a dynamic, rapidly          to all nurses through all phases of
    nurses who can implement the science developed by                    Kauschinger, and Rosemary Hall.                                                plex relationships of the physiological,      changing field,” says Patricia Manda          their careers.”
    PhD-prepared nurses and teach safe, clinically current
    practice to the next generation of nursing students,”                ized, cutting-edge clinical practica.” Selected courses
    says Dean Nena Peragallo, DrPH, RN, FAAN.                            taught by faculty at the University’s School of Business
         “The DNP program builds on the school’s strong                  Administration and School of Education are another dis-
    tradition of community service, cultural competency,                 tinctive feature. “Our DNP program is truly interdisci-                            Investigating Urgent Questions
    and evidence-based research,” notes JoAnn Trybulski,                 plinary,” Trybulski says. “It will provide graduates with a
    PhD, RN, associate dean for master’s programs, who
    will oversee the program.

     DOCTORAL NURSING PROGRAMS: KEY DIFFERENCES
                                                                         broad base of knowledge and a competitive edge.”
                                                                         For more information, visit miami.edu/sonhs/dnp.
                                                                                                                                                            W               hy do Hispanic-American men engage in
                                                                                                                                                                            health-endangering behaviors, and how can
                                                                                                                                                                            they be encouraged to take steps toward bet-
                                                                                                                                                            ter health? That’s the question that drives doctoral student
                                                                                                                                                            James J. Weidel, MSN, RN.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Guarda, PhD,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               MPH, RN, as well
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               as fellow doctoral
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               student Susan D.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Watson, BSN,
                                                      DNP                                                          PhD
     Program Objective          Prepare nurses at the highest level of practice         Prepare nurse researchers
                                                                                                                                                                 Weidel (pictured at right) recently received a fellow-        RN. The study
                                                                                                                                                            ship from the National Hispanic Science Network for his            highlighted cul-
     Student Goals              Career in clinical practice or service leadership,      Research career oriented toward development                         ongoing research into drug abuse among Hispanic-Ameri-             tural issues associ-
                                oriented toward improving care outcomes                 of new knowledge and productive scholarship
                                                                                                                                                            cans. “Latin men are at risk for drug abuse, sexually trans-       ated with HIV




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     Degree Requirement         Capstone project demonstrating mastery of               Doctoral dissertation                                               mitted diseases, and domestic violence,” Weidel says. “I’m         risk in Hispanics.
                                expert practice                                                                                                             looking at cultural variables affecting drug and alcohol use             Weidel has
                                                                                                                                                            in this population.”                                               long been interested in community health and health dis-




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     Graduate Career Paths      Contributes to improvement in health care               Contributes to and develops new knowledge and




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                                via direct service and policy change, and               other scholarly products that provide the founda-                        Weidel was the lead author of an article published this       parities research. “I have many friends of Mexican her-
                                implementation of evidence-based practice               tion for the advancement of nursing science                         July in the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care      itage,” he says. “Listening to them talk about their
     Primary Work Settings      Academic institutions, health care organizations,       Academic institutions, government agencies                          (JANAC), coauthored by faculty members Elias Provencio-            experiences helped focus my interest in understanding the




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                                clinical programs                                                                                                           Vasquez, PhD, NP, FAAN, FAANP, and Rosa Gonzalez-                  various ways that cultural issues can affect health status.”




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                                              The school’s international programs

                                            bring healing and hope to residents of

                                   distant regions, build powerful partnerships

                                            with caregivers and educators abroad,

                                                             and transform the lives of

                                                                  participating students.




A DISCOVERY
 of
    JOURNEY
                                                                                                           The school’s vigorous and rapidly
                                                                                                      expanding minimester programs are a
                                                                                                      vibrant reflection of its strong empha-
                                                                                                                                                 program in 2005, using connections in
                                                                                                                                                 her home country to fast-track a part-
                                                                                                                                                 nership between the nursing school
                                                                                                                                                                                            triaging patients without diagnostic
                                                                                                                                                                                            equipment or blood labs. Though the
                                                                                                                                                                                            relative lack of resources can be frus-
                                                                   BY LESLIE STERNLIEB                sis on cultural competency—an urgent       and the Universidad Nacional Andres        trating, the exposure to different
                                                                                                      priority in South Florida, whose           Bello in Santiago. Three years ago, the    health systems and nursing styles
                                                                                                      diverse demographics are a bellwether      nursing school launched a Haiti min-       inspires new levels of ingenuity, cama-
  Soothing a seriously ill child who lies bound to a ventilator in Santiago, Chile. Vaccinating a     for the nation’s future. “Miami is a       imester in coordination with the           raderie, and compassion.
                                                                                                      dynamic city that pulses with global       Miller School of Medicine and its               “Nursing is a caring profession,”
  woman against a life-threatening disease in Tampico, Mexico. Visiting the bedside of an 82-         energy,” says Dean Nilda Peragallo,        highly regarded Haiti-based health ini-    says Johis Ortega, MSN ’06, BSN ’02,
  year-old man calmly dying at his home in rural Thomonde, Haiti. For students taking part in         DrPH, RN, FAAN. “Given the range           tiative, Project Medishare. This sum-      a PhD student and lecturer who
                                                                                                      and complexity of issues that our grad-    mer, a group of nursing students           directs the Latin American portion of
  one of the minimesters abroad offered by the School of Nursing and Health Studies, these and        uates will face throughout their           traveled to Tampico, Mexico, in a          the international program. “I want my
                                                                                                      careers, exposure to international expe-   new minimester made possible by the        students to feel more and care more
  other intense experiences are all in an unforgettable day’s work. Last year alone, 48 students      riences is a vital component of the        school’s relationship with the Universi-   for the patient.”
  traveled to Chile, Haiti, and, for the first time, Mexico. In the process, they gained a deepened   education that we provide.                 dad Autónoma de Tamaulipas.                     Before the groups leave Miami,
                                                                                                           “These learning experiences                 During these journeys of discov-     Ortega familiarizes students with
  appreciation of the art of nursing, an inspiring validation of their chosen profession, and—in      enable students to challenge their         ery (which provide participants with       the cultural differences they will
                                                                                                      assumptions and to develop skills that     three elective credits), students have     encounter in Latin America, such as
  many cases—a whole new vision of their potential career path, whether here at home or               can be used successfully in work set-      the opportunity to hone classic nurs-      the common use of indigenous thera-
  around the world. As Ivette Cardelli, who went to Tampico this summer, put it, “This expe-          tings anywhere in the world.”              ing skills that were automated long        pies. Translators are teamed with
                                                                                                           Peragallo, who is Chilean,            ago in the U.S., such as checking          groups of students to help overcome
  rience broadened my thinking about what my future could be.”                                        launched the school’s first minimester     blood pressure, counting IV drips, and     language barriers.
Santiago, Chile                                                                          ings for young children, performed         doctors were moving so fast, yet were          Thomonde, Haiti                               people converge at a church or school
Resource Disparities,                                                                    Pap smears, started IVs, checked blood     so quiet and efficient. Their teamwork         Hope Amid Profound Poverty                    for medical services), dispense prenatal
Resourceful Nurses                                                                       sugar, and administered immuniza-          was awesome. I soaked up the experi-           “I’ve seen poverty in different places,”      vitamins, and provide for children’s
The three-week Chile minimester             children with chronic respiratory ail-       tions, many for the first time.            ence like a sponge.”                           says Laura Hlohinec, BSN ’08, who             nutritional needs at mobile clinics.
focuses on clinical observation and         ments. “We learned that there are dif-             They also learned the lessons of          The students were dismayed to             traveled to Haiti as a nursing student              Valerie Mathurin, BSN ’08, a
student-level participation in bedside      ferent kinds of care we can provide          life and death that are part of nursing.   discover that at one sparsely resourced        last January, “but this was shocking.”        pediatric ICU nurse at Jackson
nursing. Students practice at the pri-      beyond medical interventions—such            CRNA student Anthony Roig was              hospital, medical equipment consid-            Haiti, a 90-minute flight from Miami          Memorial Hospital who left her native
vate La Catolica and the public Sótero      as listening to and being there for the      particularly moved by the case of a        ered standard in U.S. hospitals was            and the poorest country in the West-          Port-au-Prince for the U.S. when she
del Rio hospitals and interact with         patient,” says Nadia Chung, BSN ’08.         woman who was bitten by a coral            only available for rental, if at all—and       ern hemisphere, has the highest child         was 10 years old, wanted to visit a
Chilean nursing students.                         In the same spirit of global           snake while asleep. Her family traveled    at rates that were unaffordable for            mortality rate in the hemisphere; its         part of her homeland she hadn’t seen
                        They discover the   exchange that inspired the Santiago          four hours from her pueblo to the hos-     many patients. “Working in the com-            youngsters are plagued by chronic             before. She vividly recalls seeing the
                  dramatic disparity        minimester, Chilean nursing students         pital, where she received seven doses of                                                  malnutrition and infectious diseases          crush of patients at a remote mobile
                  between the facilities    have visited UM for the past two sum-        antivenin. She lingered for a month—                                                      such as HIV and tuberculosis.                 clinic—many of whom crossed
                  available to the          mers to observe clinical practice at         most snakebite victims die within a                                                             Yet, says Marie Chery, BSN, RN,         rough terrain to obtain care and were
                  wealthy and the lack      local hospitals and learn through            few days—before succumbing; Roig                                                          director of the Haiti minimester and          grateful for any
                  of resources in the       hands-on simulations at the school.          was at her                                                                                in-country director for Project               assistance: “It got
                  region’s public hospi-    The experience of U.S. health care has       bedside                                                                                   Medishare, “Students are also inspired        me thinking:
                  tals. For example,        fascinated them and even inspired one        when she                                                                                  by the resilience, the optimism, and          ‘Wow, it’s the sim-
Adreana Bedoya-Leal, BSN ’08, recalls       student, Natalia Villegas, to return to      died. “The                                                                                the resolve of the people who want to         ple things that
seeing a nurse in the relatively poor       UM for her doctorate.                        venom                                                                                     make tomorrow better.”                        really matter.’”
public hospital draw blood from an                “I would like to improve nursing       won in the                                                                                      Created 14 years ago by Barth
HIV-positive patient—without gloving        care in Chile through research, educa-       end,” he                                                                                  Green, MD, and Arthur Fournier,
up. Blood draws are considered rou-         tion, and prevention,” says Villegas, a      says, “but                                                                                MD, of the Miller School of Medicine
tine, and gloves are typically reserved     nurse midwife with a master’s degree         she was a                                                                                 to provide quality medical care to
for emergency use only.                     in nursing administration. “The              fighter.”                                                                                 poor and isolated families, Project
      Yet the students also find that       school’s research expertise in                     Gilda Pamphile, a native of Haiti,   munity moved us to tears,” says Ivette         Medishare serves some 80,000 people
Chilean health care is more holistic        HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted            had never been in an ICU before Mex-       Cardelli, who is planning her own              in Haiti’s Central Plateau. Nursing
and prevention-oriented than that typ-      diseases is a perfect fit for my goals.”     ico. “One patient who had been in a        charity drive to support the health care       students joined the effort three years
ically found in the U.S. Though                                                          car accident was bleeding from his         and daily needs of the area’s poorest          ago. Though living conditions in the
Chilean nurses lack the supplies and        Tampico, Mexico                              mouth and nose,” she recalls. “The         families. Toward the end of their visit,       Project Medishare compound are
technology U.S. nurses take for             Lessons in Life and Death                    doctor said he needed an MRI, but it       the UM students made a special trip            basic, warm camaraderie and a strong
granted, “They know exactly what’s          The international program extended           was too dangerous to move him to a         to a local Wal-Mart to purchase school         sense of mission overcome the lack of
going on,” says Bedoya-Leal. “They          its reach this summer, when a group of       hospital where he could get one. He        supplies for local children. Cardelli          creature comforts. Working alongside
know how to handle everything.”             14 students embarked for Tampico, a          died from a blood clot. I was shocked,     and a group of Tampico alums are               staff, the students go door to door
      This year’s Chile minimester          major seaport on the gulf coast of           but I managed to hold it together. And     already planning to return to the area         with community health agents to vac-
included rotations at a hospital for        Mexico. The students provided screen-        I was fascinated because the nurses and    during spring break next year.                 cinate children, staff rally posts (where




A World of Possibilities
T         he school’s partnerships with academic institutions
          and hospitals throughout the hemisphere continue
          to expand, providing students with a growing array
of international learning opportunities. “Many have never
                                                                   been out of the country before,” says faculty member Johis
                                                                   Ortega. “They grow tremendously, both personally and profes-
                                                                   sionally.” He notes that several students who would like to go
                                                                   cannot afford the travel expenses, which could be
                                                                   offset by philanthropic donations to fund scholarships.
                                                                                                                                    do with the experience is really impor-
                                                                                                                                    tant,” she reflects. “You can build on it.”
                                                                                                                                         “I’ve become more optimistic about
                                                                                                                                    helping the world,” says Laura Hlohinec,
                                                                                                                                    who now plans to pursue a career in pub-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     of extra time, you focus on the lit-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     tle things, and they grow and make
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     a huge impact.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Since her experience in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Tampico, Cardelli—who first con-
                                                                        Meanwhile, the students who have gone on a minimester       lic health. Though she fell in love with the people and rich           sidered becoming a women’s health nurse practitioner—
                                                                   abroad come back forever changed. Julie Megler, BSN ’08, who     culture of Haiti, she says, “I would be willing to go anywhere.”       now hopes to open a community clinic and to also work in
                                                                   went to Haiti last year, says that her experiences reinforced         “The need can be overwhelming,” admits Ivette                     developing nations. In the journal she kept during her time in
                                                                   her growing interest in international public health. “What you   Cardelli. “But you make a dent. You provide education, a bit           Mexico, she wrote: “My heart is finally where it belongs.”
communityoutreach                                                                                                                       researchnotes



  Alumna provides health services for area residents in need                                                                            YOUNG RESEARCHERS STUDY HEALTH DISPARITY ISSUES

                                                                                                                                        SUMMER                         SCHOLARSHIP
 A Ministry of Care                                                                                                                                            OF




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                                                                                                                                                 or many of us, summer means lounging in the sun.          Hispanic men at risk for domestic violence and substance
                                                                                                                                                 But the three individuals who took part in El Centro’s    abuse. She also helped combine research data between the
                              hrough the door they come,                                                                                         first Summer Scholars program spent much of the           project and its female-oriented counterpart, SEPA (Salud/
                              several a day, dozens a week.                                                                               season seeking to shed light on urgent health issues. The        Educacion/Prevencion y Autocuidado). “I learned that there’s
                              Most are Spanish-speaking                                                                                   program matches students interested in health disparities        no one way to design a program—everyone has different
                              workers; some are legal U.S.                                                                                research with eight-week projects                                                         needs,” says Thomas, now pursuing a
                              residents, others not. All are                                                                              that complement their particular                                                          master’s degree in community
                              low-income and uninsured.                                                                                   areas of interest.                                                                        health at UCLA.
    Within the Good Samaritan mobile clinic, these needy                                                                                       Emory Graham, a student in the                                                             Patrick Williams, a native of
    Miami-Dade residents receive compassionate health                                                                                     MSN family nurse practitioner pro-                                                        Jamaica and a doctoral student
    care services from Debora Nery, BSN ’08, and her                                                                                      gram, worked with faculty member                                                          in the School of Education, currently
    husband, Jose R. Nery, MD.                                                                                                            and El Centro investigator Victoria                                                       teaches AP Spanish in a Hialeah high
         The Nerys, natives of Brazil who met in medical                                                                                  Mitrani, PhD, to compile and evalu-                                                       school. During his scholarship, he
    school, had long dreamed of practicing together, and         Debora Nery (above) has partnered with her husband Jose (below left)     ate retrospective chart reviews of                                                        helped create learning modules
    the Good Samaritan is the fulfillment of that dream.         to provide community-based primary care in South Dade County.            HIV-positive pregnant women being                                                         about healthy lifestyles for Hispanic
    Debora Nery trained and worked as a surgical patholo-                                                                                 cared for at the Prenatal Immunol-                                                        youth and their families. “Latin food
    gist before she and Jose moved to Miami, where he            and Homestead Hospital to provide diagnostic services                    ogy (PRIM) Clinic at Jackson Memo-                                                        can be very high in fat, and many
    joined the Miller School of Medicine as a transplant         such as clinical and surgical pathology, mammograms                      rial Hospital. The study sought to                                                        members of the Hispanic commu-
    surgeon. Once the couple’s children were out of the          and other X-rays, ultrasounds, CAT scans, MRIs, and                      correlate variables such as ethnicity, age, and mental health    nity lack access to nutrition information as well as places to
    nest (all three are now UM students), Debora decided         invasive procedures—as well as various specialized                       issues with rates of medical adherence. “The experience will     exercise inexpensively,” he says.
    to return to health care—this time on the nursing side.      treatments—at no cost. Some specialists have donated                     be very helpful in my role as a primary care provider,” Gra-          Williams, who has also taught in South Korea, hopes to
                         She completed the school’s acceler-     services; the Nerys hope to find others, from disciplines                ham (pictured above left with Mitrani) says.                     travel to China on a Fulbright scholarship. Of his commit-
                         ated BSN program last May.              such as gynecology, orthopaedics, and ophthalmology,                          Tainayah Thomas, BSN ’08, worked on research and            ment to continually immersing himself in different cultures,
                              Through the Kendall Brazilian      to help meet patient needs.                                              educational activities for Project Vida, which focuses on        he says, “That’s how you really understand someone.”
                         Church, of which they are founding           “Hispanic patients often have conditions such as
                         members, the Nerys befriended a         diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure,” Debora says.
                         family that donated the funds to        “Those who don’t have health insurance or financial
                         purchase and outfit the Good            resources are vulnerable to serious complications. We                  Pilot Studies Take Off
                         Samaritan. The clinic, which            take a very holistic approach to care—listening to our
                         opened last September, includes
                         two fully equipped examination
                         rooms. It is parked alternate weeks
                         outside the Wayside Baptist
    Church, home of the Kendall Brazilian Church, and
                                                                 patients’ concerns, then counseling and providing them
                                                                 with detailed information about their condition and
                                                                 how to manage it.
                                                                      “Most of our patients come back regularly for
                                                                 follow-ups, and that’s a good indicator of satisfaction,”
                                                                                                                                        T          wo pilot studies designed
                                                                                                                                                   to improve health among
                                                                                                                                                   Hispanic-Americans—
                                                                                                                                        both led by young Miller School of
                                                                                                                                        Medicine faculty—were recently
                                                                                                                                                                                    HIV+ Hispanic adults. The study is
                                                                                                                                                                                    led by Maria Lopez, PhD, an assistant
                                                                                                                                                                                    research professor in the Department
                                                                                                                                                                                    of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
                                                                                                                                                                                    at the University’s Miller School of
    at the Jordan Commons Residential Community in               she adds. Though they cannot pay, the patients show                    launched by El Centro.                      Medicine.
    Naranja, one of several villages developed by Habitat        their gratitude in multiple ways: “We get fresh greens,                     Health care utilization and med-            While circumcision has been
    for Humanity for low-income residents.                       boxes of corn, bunches of flowers, homemade cakes.                     ication adherence are critical issues       shown to reduce HIV infection risk,




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         In Naranja, the couple and a team of volunteers              “After practicing as a physician earlier in my                    for HIV-positive Latinos, as they are       Hispanics—with the second highest
    provide services from 4 to 10 p.m. to accommodate            career, I’ve enjoyed discovering the differences between               often diagnosed at more advanced            rates of HIV infection in the U.S.—          Hispanic couples who are expecting a
    their patients’ schedules, as most are farm workers.         nursing and medicine,” Debora reflects. “Nursing                       disease stages and are at greater risk      have low rates of circumcision. A study      baby. The study seeks to assist in the




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    “They’re very surprised to see the quality of the interior   addresses our patients’ deepest needs. And the                         for the development of AIDS and             led by Jose Guillermo Castro, MD, an         formulation of culturally appropriate
    and how much equipment we have,” Debora says.                University of Miami School of Nursing and Health                       early death. The HISPACARE study            infectious disease specialist on the         interventions to promote circumcision
         Through its Pastoral Care Service, Baptist Health       Studies provided me with excellent preparation to                      examines the impact of health literacy      Miller School faculty, examines atti-        as part of an HIV-prevention strategy




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    of South Florida has assigned South Miami Hospital           become a resourceful health care provider.”                            on medication adherence among               tudes toward circumcision among              in the Hispanic community.




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philanthropynews



  Couple supports nursing scholarships through estate plans                                                                  NEW GRANT EXPANDS ACCESS TO ACCELERATED BSN PROGRAM

                                                                                                                             Q U IC K E N I N G                          PAC E                      P RO G R E S S
  Giving from the Heart                                                                                                                                         THE                       OF




    B
                                                                                                                                      he school’s efforts to address   dean of undergraduate programs

                           eatrice “Bea” and William Sahm
                           have enjoyed a life rich with per-
                                                                                                                             T        the nation’s severe nursing
                                                                                                                                      shortage received a major
                                                                                                                             boost in the form of a $300,000 grant
                                                                                                                                                                       and associate professor. “Thanks in
                                                                                                                                                                       large part to support like this, our
                                                                                                                                                                       accelerated BSN program is helping
                           sonal joys and professional accom-                                                                from the Robert Wood Johnson Foun-        to change the face of nursing.”
                           plishments. The couple, who met                                                                   dation’s (RWJF) New Careers in Nurs-           As for the faces of students
                           as teenagers in New York City and                                                                 ing program. The award provides           who have been helped by the
                           recently celebrated their 54th wed-                                                               scholarships of $10,000 each to 30        scholarships, they’re full of smiles.
    ding anniversary, achieved success in different fields—                                                                  students who enroll in UM’s Acceler-      “Between studying, taking care of
    he as a longtime human resources manager for Berkey                                                                      ated Bachelor of Science in Nursing       my children, and working part
    Photo, she as vice president of marketing for high-end                                                                   (BSN) program this year.                  time, this has greatly reduced my
    Italian handbag designer RODO of Italy.                                                                                       UM is one of 58 schools nation-      stress,” says Beryl Teboh, who plans
          Since retiring and relocating to South Florida                                                                     wide and just three in Florida to         to become a nurse anesthetist. “I’m     Accelerated BSN students who have received RWJF scholarships
    eight years ago, Bea and Bill have become actively                                                                       receive funding in the inaugural round    so excited and grateful.”               include (from left) Beryl Teboh, Luke Stokes, Orlando Diaz Sr.,
    involved with organizations and causes that have                                                                         of the program, administered by                “I’m eager to work in intensive    David Lee Bridges Jr., and Jungsun Lee.
    affected their lives as well as those                                                                                    RWJF and the American Association         care or cardiology nursing,” says
    of friends and family. Their estate                                                                                      of College of Nursing. The program        Orlando Diaz Sr., a Cuban physician                   “I can now completely dedicate
    plans include generous contribu-                   “Life has afforded us                                                 targets nursing education issues such     who arrived in the U.S. just a year ago         myself to my nursing studies,” exults
    tions to the Diabetes Research                                                                                           as the need to support students in        and was overjoyed to learn he had               Luke Stokes, who plans to practice
    Institute, the Miami Lighthouse               many opportunities. It’s important                                         accelerated nursing programs—the          received an RWJF scholarship. “This             nursing in a rural setting. “What a
    for the Blind, and several divisions                   to give back.”                                                    most efficient route to licensure as a    makes me feel much closer to my goal.”          tremendous blessing!”
    of the University of Miami,                                                                                              registered nurse for adults who have
    including the School of Nursing                                                                                          completed a baccalaureate or graduate
    and Health Studies.                                                A native New Yorker, Bea entered the handbag          degree in another discipline. Launched
          Bill, who was born in the United States, moved
    with his family to Europe when he was six months old.
                                                                 business during her studies at the City University of
                                                                 New York. “I was originally hired for a clerical job,”
                                                                                                                             in 2004, the University of Miami’s
                                                                                                                             accelerated BSN program has already            Paving the Way
    He was a nine-year-old boarding student in Amster-
    dam when Hitler’s invasion of Holland forced him to
                                                                 she recalls. “One day the sales representative called in
                                                                 sick. I was asked to help out in the showroom, and I
                                                                                                                             added more than 170 nurses to the
                                                                                                                             local workforce.                               FOR THE                  NEXT GENERATION
                                                                                                                                                                            Y
    flee. With two teenagers, Bill set out on a harrowing        never looked back!” Bea rose to senior administrative            The RWJF scholarship program
    journey through Belgium and France. The trio crossed         positions for several firms and was highly regarded in      also supports the school’s commitment                   OU CAN HELP support ongoing needs
    the Pyrenees on foot to Spain, took a train to Lisbon,       the industry. “My sister passed away without making         to recruiting students from groups                      at the M. Christine Schwartz Center for
    then boarded the SS Exeter, the last American passen-        estate plans,” she notes. “It became important for Bill     underrepresented in nursing or disad-          Nursing and Health Studies by purchasing a brick
    ger-cargo ship out of Portugal. The ship was diverted        and me to shape our legacy to benefit others.”              vantaged backgrounds—essential to              in the Palm Courtyard. A wonderful way to
    by storm to Bermuda and ultimately escorted to New                 The couple’s support of the Miami Lighthouse          meeting the nation’s health care needs         recognize personal and family milestones, bricks are
                                                                                                                                                                            sold at the $250 level (4x8-inch bricks) and the $500 level (8x8-inch bricks).
    York City, where Bill was reunited with his family.          for the Blind was inspired by a lifelong friend who,        and reducing health disparities that
                                                                                                                                                                            Your engraved brick will become a permanent part of the Palm Courtyard.
          Bill served in the U.S. Army in Berlin after the       though legally blind, holds degrees from Harvard Uni-       exist among many underserved popu-




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    war and attended Pace University on the GI Bill, tak-        versity and the Wharton School of Business and served       lations. With a minority enrollment of
                                                                                                                                                                                                              INVEST IN THE FUTURE OF
    ing night courses for seven years. A company-based           as an elected judge in New York. A diabetes survivor,       over 60 percent, the School of Nursing
                                                                                                                                                                                                              NURSING AND HEALTH STUDIES
    scholarship enabled him to take graduate courses in          Bea recognizes the need for diabetes research and qual-     and Health Studies has one of the                                                AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI




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    human resources at New York University. “Education is        ity nursing care. “We’ve been so inspired by the won-       nation’s most diverse student bodies.                                            BY BUYING A BRICK.




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    very important, and the need for more nurses is cru-         derful relationships we’ve developed through our                 “This generous grant is designed
    cial,” he says. “My own education was made possible          philanthropy,” she says.                                    not only to expand program capacity                                              Call 305-284-8462 or visit
                                                                                                                                                                                                              www.miami.edu/nur/BuildingCampaign/WaystoGive.
    by scholarship support. Combining our interest in edu-             “Life has afforded us many opportunities,” reflects   but to increase diversity,” notes




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    cation with support for nurses was a natural choice.”        Bill. “It’s important to give back.”                        Rosemary Hall, PhD, RN, associate
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                                                                                                                                       hemophilia patients. She also        also a UM alum. They have four       Shannan Calhoon, CNM, MSN           nurse. Nursing has brought
                                                                                                  CLASS NOTES                          coordinated recruitment and          children: Josh, 6; Morgan, 4;        ’02, practices midwifery in a       many personal and professional
A D D R E S S I N G C R I T IC A L I S S U E S                                                    Helene Silverman Wittner,            activities for several multicenter   Ashleigh, 3; and Lindsay, 1.         small rural community in north-     satisfactions to my life. I look
                                                                                                  BSN ’79, works as an operating       research projects primarily                                               ern California. She also teaches    forward to graduating from UM
                                                                                                                                                                            Lemuel Anthony Dizon, BSN


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          afael Camejo, BSN ’06, a critical      our clinical expertise,” he says. “We are full   room operations nurse and desk       funded by                                                                 maternal-child health to LVN        and being actively involved in
                                                                                                                                                                            ’98, works as rehabilitation
          care nurse at Jackson Memorial         members of the team.”                            coordinator at a 550+ bed Level      the NIH                                                                   nursing students at the College     the advancement of the nursing
                                                                                                                                                                            medicine and transitional care
                                                                                                  I trauma center at Morristown        and the                                                                   of the Redwoods each summer.        profession.”
          Hospital’s Medical Intensive Care            Camejo’s proactive, team-oriented                                                                                    unit nurse for the US Depart-
                                                                                                  Memorial Hospital in Morris-         Centers for                                                               She writes, “Some of our
Unit, has a clear calling for the nursing pro-   approach to nursing recently led him to Tal-                                                                               ment of Veterans Affairs at the                                          Diana Christina Lopez, BSN
                                                                                                  town, New Jersey.                    Disease                                                                   patients come from two hours
fession. Though he earned a biology degree       lahassee. There, along with members of the                                                                                 Jesse Brown VA Medical Center                                            ’05, received her MSN from the
                                                                                                                                       Control                                                                   away. My husband, daughter, and
                                                                                                  Louise G. Santanna, BSN ’81,                                              in Chicago, Illinois.                                                    pediatric nurse practitioner pro-
from Florida International University and        Jackson Hospital nurses’ union, he lobbied                                            and Pre-                                                                  I are blessed to be a part of our
                                                                                                  MSN, MBA ’91, works as a                                                                                                                           gram at Florida International
attended medical school in the West Indies,      for issues affecting health care and care-                                            vention                              Richard Rivera, BSN ’99, works       community.”
                                                                                                  clinical implementation team                                                                                                                       University in 2008.
he soon realized that nursing, not medicine,     givers. Among them was proposed legisla-                                              (CDC).                               as an associate nurse manager
                                                                                                  leader at Virginia Hospital in                                                                                 Carly Bobar, BSN ’04, ACLS, is a
                                                                                                                                       Presently she coordinates            for Jackson Memorial Hospital,                                           Fiorella Speziani, BSN ’06,
was his true passion: “I wanted more             tion that would require hospitals to             Arlington, Virginia.                                                                                           travel nurse in the Bay Area of
                                                                                                                                       numerous research projects for       Ryder Trauma Center, 3A.                                                 worked as a nurse for Baptist
patient contact,” he says. Once he’d made        provide nurses with mechanical and physi-                                                                                                                       California.
                                                                                                  Donna L. Rice, BSN ’86, MSN,         women’s health in an interdisci-                                                                              Hospital’s Pediatric Emergency
that decision, the Miami native recalls, UM’s    cal support when lifting and transferring                                                                                  Kathryn G. Sapanas, PhD ’99,
                                                                                                  CCNE, works as a professor           plinary setting.                                                          Jeanette Reyes, BSN ’04, works      Room for two years after gradu-
nursing school—with its prestigious reputa-      certain patients. “Back injuries are the num-                                                                              CCRN, CNOR, has been nation-
                                                                                                  at the Barry University Division                                                                               as a trauma nurse at the Advo-      ation. She notes, “I have moved
                                                                                                                                       Audra Hutton Lopez, BSN ’90,         ally recognized for achievements
tion and strong focus on research—was            ber-one injury for nurses,” Camejo notes.        of Nursing. In addition to lectur-                                                                             cate Illinois Masonic in Chicago,   back to UM research as a nurse
                                                                                                                                       MSN ’93, ARNP, FNP-C, CNS,           in nursing informatics and was       Illinois.                           project manager for the presti-
the natural choice.                                    The experience, which provided an          ing and teaching via clinical and
                                                                                                                                       is nurse practitioner for the        recently appointed to a two-                                             gious Miami Institute for Human
      Camejo, president-elect of the school’s    opportunity to discover the power of nurs-       lab experiences, she is starting a                                                                             Tatiana Dominguez, BSN ’04,
                                                                                                                                       Liver Transplant Program at          year term as a member of the                                             Genomics at the Miller School
                                                                                                  simulation program for freshman                                                                                ARNP, received her MSN
alumni association, is now in the acute care     ing to change policy, reinforced Camejo’s                                             Broward General Medical Cen-         AONE Technology Task Force.
                                                                                                  and sophomore nursing students.                                                                                                                    of Medicine. I manage two NIH
MSN program. He is drawn to the field for        commitment to the field. “Nursing is a phys-                                          ter. She is also co-chair of the     She leads AONE workgroups on         degree this summer. She writes,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     grants for genetic studies of
                                                                                                  Yvonne M. Hall, BSN ’86,             APN International Transplant         wireless networks and disaster       “I love my nursing career and
both its technical complexity and emo-           ically and mentally challenging profession,”                                                                                                                                                        Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT)
                                                                                                  MSN, CNS ’88, PhD ’99, is a          Nursing Society (ITNS). She          informatics. Sapanas was             am very excited with my new
tional challenges: “I like exploring psychoso-   he reflects. “At times, it can be frustrating.                                                                                                                                                      disease and Hereditary Spastic
                                                                                                  licensed community nurse prac-       recently spoke at the ITNS           appointed to the Department          role as a nurse practitioner.
cial issues,” he says. He also appreciates the   But it’s also a beautiful profession, because                                                                                                                                                       Paraplegia (HSP) disease.”
                                                                                                  titioner with drug prescription      annual conference in St. Louis,      of Veterans Affairs, Office of       Thank you, UM, for paving the
autonomy provided by critical care. “When        you have the power to make a difference.”        privileges. Her experience in                                             Nursing Service, Nursing and         road to success.”                   Amber Cotton, BSN ’07, works
                                                                                                                                       Missouri, regarding evidence-
we offer doctors suggestions, they respect             When he’s not taking care of others,       research and teaching courses                                             Health Informatics Alliance,                                             as a charge nurse for the Med-
                                                                                                                                       based practice in transplant                                              Duane Cunningham, BSN ’04,
                                                 Camejo enjoys spending time with his fam-        in human sexuality led her to                                             which develops the strategic                                             ical Intensive Care Unit at
                                                                                                                                       care. She writes, “I have been                                            and Carolina (Cubillos) Cunning-
                                                                                                  teach criminal law, research,                                             direction for VA Nursing Infor-                                          Cleveland Clinic Florida. “I have
                                                 ily and traveling. One of his favorite experi-                                        married to my high school                                                 ham, BS ’03, BSN ’05, are proud
                                                                                                  criminal justice, and investiga-                                          matics. She is also a member of                                          accomplished so much,” she
                                                 ences during nursing school was a                                                     sweetheart for 19 years and                                               to announce the birth of a
                                                                                                  tions. She presently lives in                                             the Technology Innovation                                                writes, “and I look forward to
                                                 minimester exchange trip to Chile, which                                              have three children.”                                                     “baby Hurricane”—David
                                                                                                  Boston, Massachusetts, and is                                             Guiding Education Reform                                                 what the future holds for me.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Alexander Cunningham, born
                                                 broadened his views on health care prac-                                              Jonathan Brown, MSN ’94,             (T.I.G.E.R.) leadership collabora-
                                                                                                  enrolled in the Harvard School                                                                                 September 8, 2008.                  Brittany Hermann, BSN ’07,
                                                 tice. “Although there were definite differ-      of Public Health MPH program.        works as a nursing leadership        tive and leader of the national                                          works in the oncology/
                                                 ences in our perspective and approach,” he       In November 2008 she chaired         consultant in Nanuet, New York.      workgroup that is developing         Jacqueline Cereijo, BSN ’04,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     hematology and bone marrow
                                                                                                  two sections of the annual           He was selected as a nominee         nursing leadership informatics       worked as a metabolic research
                                                 says, “it was great to see that the heart of                                                                                                                                                        transplant units at Baptist Health
                                                                                                                                       for the 2007 distinguished           competencies.                        nurse at the Diabetes Research
                                                 nursing remains the same everywhere.”            meeting of the American Society                                                                                                                    of Northeast Florida’s Wolfson
                                                                                                                                       Certified Emergency Nurse                                                 Institute after graduation. She
                                                                                                  of Criminology in St. Louis and                                                                                                                    Pediatric Hospital in Jacksonville,
                                                                                                                                       (CEN) award by the Board of          Celeste F. Sojet, BSN ’02,           then became a neuro-oncology
                                                                                                  presented a paper on women                                                                                                                         Florida. She writes, “I absolutely
                                                                                                                                       Certification for Emergency          received her MSN degree in           nurse coordinator at Sylvester
                                                                                                  convicted of homicide from the                                                                                                                     love it here and love working
                                                                                                                                       Nursing.                             anesthesiology from FIU this         Cancer Center, where she coor-
                                                                                                  19th and 20th centuries for-                                                                                                                       with children. Each day I come
                                                                                                                                                                            December. She will be working        dinated treatment, procedures,
                                                                                                  ward. “In summary,” she says,        Christopher P. Weidlich, BSN                                                                                  to work I feel blessed to have
                                                                                                                                                                            as a nurse anesthetist for Sheri-    and care for brain tumor
                                                                                                  “stay with nursing!”                 ’94, MSN, is a major in the                                                                                   such a great job. I am proud to
                                                                                                                                                                            dan Corporation at Memorial          patients as well as caregiver
                                                                                                                                       US Army Nurse Corps serving          West Hospital, where she will                                            have graduated from UM and
                                                                                                  Wisvline Labrousse, BSN ’88,                                                                                   workshops, conferences, and a
                                                                                                                                       his second tour in Iraq with         also be a clinical instructor for                                        to represent the orange and
                                                                                                  PhD, ARNP, CS, has been a                                                                                      brain tumor board. She received




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                                                                                                                                       Operation Iraqi Freedom 07-09        future nurse anesthetists. She                                           green!”
                                                                                                  member of the University of                                                                                    her MBA degree with a concen-
                                                                                                  Miami Miller School of Medicine      as the commander of the              plans to pursue a doctoral           tration in health administration    Tiffany Vickers, BSN ’08, works
                                                                                                  community since 1997. Previ-         528th Medical Detachment,            degree and to teach future           from Nova Southeastern Uni-         in the heart and kidney unit at
                                                                                                  ously she served as a family         Combat Stress Control from           nurse anesthetists at the colle-     versity and was promoted to         Children’s National Medical




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                                                                                                  nurse practitioner and con-          Fort Bragg, N.C. He is working       giate level. She writes, “I thank    nurse manager at the University     Center in Washington, DC, pro-
                                                                                                  tributed to research in the areas    toward his psychiatric mental        the UM School of Nursing and         of Miami Hospital Spine Clinic.     viding care for newborns to age
                                                                                                  of outpatient clinic care and        health nurse practitioner degree     Health Studies for laying the        She is currently enrolled in the    21. She writes, “Thank you for all
                                                                                                  case management for the adult        and has been married for 13          foundation for an exciting and       MSN program at UM and               of your support and for prepar-




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                                                                                                  population of sickle cell and        years to Robin Weidlich, who is      rewarding career!”                   writes, “I’m very proud to be a     ing me for my nursing career.”
alumni& faculty


                                     ing as a recovery room nurse          have sex with men: Implications     Denise M. Korniewicz, PhD, RN,         weight child” in the Journal for      published two articles with
FACULTY NOTES
Todd Ambrosia, PhD, DNSc,
                                     in Vijayawada, India. Ninety-six
                                     patients, mostly children,
                                                                           for HIV prevention” in Hispanic
                                                                           Health Care International.
                                                                                                               FAAN, professor and senior
                                                                                                               associate dean for research, has
                                                                                                                                                      Specialists in Pediatric Nursing.     Denise Korniewicz: “Learning to
                                                                                                                                                                                            Glove Again” in Outpatient Sur-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   R ECENT R ESEARCH AND
MSN, FNP-BC, FACC, assistant
professor, was the keynote
                                     received surgical repairs of the
                                     cleft lip and palate. Asher has       Ann-Lynn Denker, PhD, RN,
                                                                                                               given several presentations
                                                                                                               nationally and internationally
                                                                                                                                                      Nilda “Nena” Peragallo, DrPH,
                                                                                                                                                      RN, FAAN, dean and professor,
                                                                                                                                                                                            gery Magazine and “Feasibility &
                                                                                                                                                                                            Hand Hygiene Compliance with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   S PONSORED P ROJECTS
speaker at the Symposium of          been a volunteer nurse with           ARNP, was appointed to the          including:                             presented the keynote speech at       the Use of a Pocket Hand Sani-
Natural Therapies hosted by the      Operation Smile since 1999.           Health Council of South Florida     “Keeping                               the 33rd Annual National Associ-      tizer” in Clinical Journal of Oncol-
National Taipei College of                                                 Ethics Committee.                   patients                               ation of Hispanic Nurses Confer-      ogy Nursing.                             Nilda Peragallo, Principal Investigator
Nursing and sponsored by the         Patricia Collins, MSN, RN, lec-                                           safe: Pre-                             ence in Boston on “Bridging the                                                ■   NCMHD Center for Culturally Tailored Hispanic Health Disparities (El
                                     turer, recently published “Clinical   Maite Garrido, MSN, FNP,                                                   Gap in Health Disparities among       Joanna D. Sikkema, MSN, RN,
Ministry of Education of Taiwan;                                                                               vention of                                                                                                                Centro). National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities of
                                     Excellence Through Evidence-          instructor, has been named                                                 Latinos”. She was also invited to     ARNP, clinical instructor, was
he presented “Integrative                                                                                      exogenous
                                     Based Practice (CETEP Model)”         director of distance learning for                                          speak at the Congresso Interna-       a speaker this summer at the                 the National Institutes of Health, $1,397,291.
Medicine – Clinical Applications                                                                               infections of
                                     in Topics in Advanced Practice        the School of Nursing and                                                  cional de Enfermeria, Unidos Por      WHO (World Congress of                   ■   Succeed, Florida-Crucial Professionals. Florida State Department of
in Pain Management.” He was                                                                                    surgical
                                     Nursing eJournal.                     Health Studies. She has devel-                                             La Salud regarding “Desarollo de
the primary speaker at the                                                                                     sites,” a                                                                    Cardiology) in Buenos Aires,                 Education, $150,000.
                                                                           oped a Blackboard platform for                                             un Programa de Investigacion
Taiwan Association of Nurse                                                                                    keynote                                                                      where she presented a paper              ■   An Innovative Interdisciplinary Nurse Anesthesia Program. Health
                                     Joseph De Santis, PhD, ARNP,          the school’s faculty that holds
Practitioners Clinical Meeting                                                                                 address at the Surgical Infections     Sobre VIH/SIDA” in Tampico,           titled “The Role of the Nurse
                                     ACRN, assistant professor,            resources for teaching courses                                                                                                                                Resources and Services Administration, $457,353.
and lectured regarding “Diagno-                                                                                Society of Europe 21st Annual          Mexico. She was an invited pan-       and Clinical Strategies for
                                     presented “Locating, recruiting       online. This fall she conducted a                                                                                                                         ■   Nurse Anesthetist Traineeships. Health Resources and Services
sis and Management of Low                                                                                      Congress in Antalya, Turkey;           elist at the United States Assis-     Reducing Heart Disease in the
                                     and enrolling participants from       workshop for faculty focusing on                                                                                                                              Administration, $9,739.
Back and Shoulder Pain.” He also                                                                               “Keeping patients safe through         tant Secretary of the Army            United States.”
                                     vulnerable populations for HIV        distance-learning resources.
lectured to advanced practice                                                                                  infection control methods” at the      Nursing Summit in Tacoma,                                                      ■   Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students. Health Resources and
                                     prevention research” at the                                                                                                                            Dorris N. Ugarriza, PhD, ARNP,
nursing students at the National                                           Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda, PhD,          Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital in           Washington in July, and was also                                                   Services Administration, $85,528.
                                     Association of Nurses in AIDS                                                                                                                          associate professor, was awarded
Taipei College of Nursing                                                  MSN, MPH, RN, assistant profes-     Ontario, Canada; “Faculty role in      invited to speak at the Depart-
                                     Care 21st Annual Conference                                                                                                                            a McLamore Award this summer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ■   Acute Care MSN Scholarships. Dr. John T. MacDonald Foundation,
regarding “Differential Diagnosis                                          sor, recently presented “Project    mentoring doctoral students” at        ment of Health and Human
                                     in Tucson, AZ. Recent articles                                                                                                                         for her study “The Postpartum                $30,000.
of Chest Pain.” He received a                                              “DYVA (Drogas Y Violencia en        The University of Windsor in           Services, Centers for Disease
                                     include: “The relationship of                                                                                                                          Period: A Concept Analysis.”
tour of local schools of nursing,                                          Las Americas: Drugs and Vio-        Ontario, Canada; “Successful           Control and Prevention about                                                   ■   El Centro Regional Seminar Series. National Center on Minority Health
                                     depressive symptoms, self
hospitals, and community health                                            lence in the                        Approaches for Enhancing the           “Current Challenges and Suc-                                                       and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health, $225,000.
                                     esteem and sexual behaviors in                                                                                                                         Elias P. Vasquez, PhD, FAAN,
organizations in Taipei and has                                            Americas):                          Globalization of Evidence-Based        cesses in HIV Prevention with
                                     a predominately Hispanic sample                                                                                                                        FAANP, associate professor, has
been asked to return for future                                            Major Find-                         Nursing” at the Canadian Nurses        Hispanics/Latinos” in Atlanta,                                                 Elias Vasquez, Principal Investigator
                                     of men who have sex with                                                                                                                               given several national and inter-
conferences.                                                               ings and                            Association Centennial Conven-         Georgia.                                                                       ■   PKG Proven HIV Behavioral Interventions. Centers for Disease Control
                                     men” in the American Journal of                                                                                                                        national presentations, including:
Mary E. Asher, MSN, RN,              Men’s Health and “Depressive          Future                              tion in Ottawa, Canada; and                                                                                               and Prevention, $221,011.
                                                                                                                                                      Kandyce M. Richards, PhD,             “Substance abuse, violence, and
CPAN, instructor, participated       symptoms, self-esteem and sex-        Directions”                         “Environmental and Professional
                                                                                                                                                      MSc, APN, assistant professor,        risky sexual behavior among
in her eighth Operation Smile        ual behaviors in foreign-born         at the                              Hygiene Policy Forum” at                                                                                              Nathaniel M. Apatov, Principal Investigator
                                                                                                                                                      received two intramural               Hispanics” at the Annual National
Mission this summer, volunteer-      and US-born Hispanic men who          National                            George Mason University, School
                                                                                                                                                      research awards: a General            Conference for the Association           ■   Expansion of Innovative and Culturally Diverse Nurse Anesthesia
                                                                           State of the                        of Public Policy. She has also pub-
                                                                                                                                                      Research Support Award                of Nurses in AIDS Care in                    Program. Health Resources and Services Administration, $296,385.
                                                                           Science                             lished several articles including:
                                                                                                                                                      (GRSA) from the University of         Orlando, FL; “Promoting transla-
                                                                           Congress on Nursing Research,       “A national online survey on the
                                                                                                                                                      Miami Research Council to             tional research in HIV prevention        Rosemary Hall, Principal Investigator
                                                                           The Council for the Advance-        effectiveness of clinical alarms” in
                                                                                                                                                      fund her study titled “Unraveling     for Latinas:                             ■   New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program. The Robert Wood
                                                                           ment of Nursing Science in
                 Send Us Your News                                         Washington, D.C. She also pre-
                                                                                                               the American Journal of Critical
                                                                                                               Care and “Effect of aloe-vera          of a Symptom Cluster in
                                                                                                                                                      Metastatic Breast Cancer”; and a
                                                                                                                                                                                            SEPA” at
                                                                                                                                                                                            the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Johnson Foundation, $300,000.
                                                                           sented “A framework for under-
                 S  hare some news about yourself in
                 a future issue of Heartbeat magazine.
                                                                           standing HIV/AIDS, substance
                                                                           abuse, and intimate partner vio-
                                                                                                               impregnated gloves on hand
                                                                                                               hygiene attitudes of healthcare
                                                                                                               workers” in MedSurg Nursing, for
                                                                                                                                                      James W. McLamore Award
                                                                                                                                                      from the Provost’s Summer
                                                                                                                                                                                            National
                                                                                                                                                                                            State of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Denise Korniewicz, Principal Investigator
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ■   Promoting Patient Safety with the VersaCare Bed System: A Quality
                                                                           lence as part of a syndemic                                                Award program, to support her         Science
                                                                                                               which she received the Academy                                                                                            Improvements Study. Hill-Rom, Inc., $218,820.
                                  BY MAIL                                  impacting Hispanics in the U.S.:                                           pilot study titled “Distress, Pain,   Congress
                                                                                                               for Medical Surgical Nursing
                                  Class Notes                              Implications for primary preven-                                           Quality of Life and Immune            on Nursing
                                                                                                               Research for Practice Award.
                                                                           tion interventions” at the                                                 Function in Women with                Research,
                                  School of Nursing and
                                                                           Association of Nurses in AIDS       Johis Ortega, MSN, BSN, lec-           Metastatic Breast Cancer”.            The Coun-
                                  Health Studies
                                                                           Care 21st Annual Conference in      turer, recently gave a presenta-       Her paper titled “The RAP-Ca          cil for the Advancement of Nurs-       for high risk infants” in Neonatal        Exploring
                                  University of Miami                                                                                                                                       ing Science in Washington, DC;         Network; “Cultural issues and HIV         and Identi-
                                                                           Tucson, AZ. She has published       tion on “The Role of Emergency         Project: Improving Pain Assess-
                                  P.O. Box 248153                          “Intimate partner violence,                                                                                      and “Breaking the silence: Latinas’    risk for Hispanics” in the Journal        fying Suc-
                                                                                                               Room Nurses in Patient Care”           ment in Cancer Survivors Using
                                  Coral Gables, Florida 33124                                                                                                                               experiences with substance             of the Association of Nurses in           cessful




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                                                                           depression and resource avail-      at an international conference in      the Richards Assessment of Pain
                                                                           ability among a community           Tampico, Mexico.                       Instrument” has also been             abuse, intimate partner violence       AIDS Care; and “Sex and drugs:            Learning
                                         ON THE WEB
                                                                           sample of Hispanic women” in                                               accepted as a podium presenta-        & risks for HIV” at the Sigma          High risk behaviors at circuit par-       Strategies”
                                         www.miamialumni.net                                                   Linda Parker, DSc, RD, research                                              Theta Tau International Honor          ties” in the American Journal of          at the
                                                                           Issues in Mental Health Nursing,                                           tion at the 12th International




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                                         alumni@miami.edu                  and intimate partner violence       Siegel, PhD, MSN, RN, assistant        and 6th Biennial Joanna Briggs        tional Nursing Research Con-                                                     National
                                                                           among Hispanic females and          professor, recently published an       Colloquium in Cordoba, Spain.         gress in Vienna, Austria. He has       Alma Vega, EdD, MSN, ARNP-C,              Human Resources Services
                                                                           their intimate partners” in the     article on childhood obesity: “A                                             published “A model program:            clinical assistant professor, gave a      Administration (HRSA) Ryan
                                                                           Journal of the Association of       collaborative approach to nutri-       Jeanne H. Siegel, PhD, MSN,           Neonatal nurse practitioners           presentation on “Learned Expe-            White Conference in Washing-




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                                                                           Nurses in AIDS Care.                tional counseling of the over-         RN, assistant professor, recently     providing community health care        riences of HIV Specialty Nurses:          ton, D.C., in August.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        G R A D UAT IO N G A L L E RY
                    T E N Q U E S T IO N S F O R M A S T E R ’ S S T U D E N T                                                                                                                              2                                         3
                    M A RG A R E T T E B E L L E V U E , BSN ’08
1. HOMETOWN: Miami, Florida.                                           work is rewarding and that learning is a never-ending
2. CURRENT POSITION: Senior Nurse II in CTU at                         process. Objectives can be achieved with discipline, and
  Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center                                one should never doubt one’s power to accomplish
                                                                       anything. I was able to complete the nursing program
3. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE UM? Because of the
                                                                       because of hard work, professional discipline, and the
  University of Miami’s standards. UM has an excellent
                                                                       help and support of my teachers and classmates.
  reputation and a stong culture of setting a foundation for
  students so that they can achieve higher learning.                6. ADVICE TO STUDENTS: Never give up—and never
                                                                       be afraid to voice your concerns or ask for help
4. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE NURSING? Nursing is a
                                                                       whenever you feel overwhelmed in any situation. Your
  profession that requires a personal vision from the nurse
                                                                       teachers are there not to see you fail, but to help you                                                                                                     4
  as a health care professional. As a caring and
                                                                       achieve your goals.
  compassionate individual, I feel that nursing brings out
  the best qualities in me. Promoting quality health care           7. CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: I started out as an LPN and

  has always been one of my professional goals.                        have worked up the ladder to become an RN with a
                                                                       bachelor’s degree. This fall I started on my MSN.
5. WHAT HAVE BEEN YOUR MOST MEMORABLE
  UM EXPERIENCES AND HOW HAVE THEY                                  8. EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND HOBBIES:                                    5
  CHANGED YOU? During the first weeks of school,                       I am an active member of the charismatic group
  I realized that we have really excellent teachers. The               of my church. I like to read and bake for my family
  program was intense and challenging.                                 and friends.
      Fortunately, professors like Dr. Vasquez listened             9. FUTURE PLANS AND GOALS: I am currently enrolled
  patiently to our concerns. They helped us as a group                 in the school’s new master’s program for clinical
  to adjust our professional and personal lives to deal                education. When I graduate, I would love to join the
  with the challenges of the nursing program. In addition,             great faculty of the UM School of Nursing and Health                                                                                                                       6
  while I was in school, I lost my mother. The support                 Studies. I hope I will be able to inspire many students
  and understanding of my classmates and my teachers,                  just as I was inspired by my teachers.
  especially Professor Jeannette Diana, helped me get              10. YOUR PERSONAL NURSING MOTTO: Always put the
  through the semester and cope with this difficult time.              patient first.
      From these experiences, I discovered that hard

                                                                                                                                                  1. Seniors pose for a portrait with Dean Peragallo and Sebastian at the 2008
                                                                                                                                                     Graduation Luncheon.
                                                                                                                                                  2. Kathryn Ewers, MEd, RN, BA, a nurse educator at Jackson Memorial Hospital, presents
  School Receives Special Recognition                                                                                                                senior Qian Chen with the Jackson Health Systems Academic Excellence Award.
  on 60th Anniversary                                                                                                                             3. Alumnus Joan Abess, BSN ’86, RN, congratulates faculty member Carole Roseau, MSN,
                                                                                                                                                     for receiving the school’s Clinical Excellence Award.



  O           n its Diamond Anniversary, the School of Nursing and
              Health Studies was recognized by Miami-Dade County for its
                                                                                                                                                  4. Faculty members Joseph De Santis, PhD, ARNP, ACRN, and Diego De Leon, MD, (center
                                                                                                                                                     left and right) join Sebastian in congratulating nursing students (standing left to          7




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              commitment to academic excellence and service to our society.                                                                          right) Erica Pardo, Valerie Perez, Ashley Gelinas, (seated left to right) Tiffany Vickers,
  Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez and the Board of County                                                                                     Chiavani Case, Stephanie Estael.
  Commissioners declared October 7, 2008, as University of Miami School                                                                           5. Dean Peragallo presents Emily Stauffer and Lindsey Busscher with the School of




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  of Nursing and Health Studies 60th Anniversary Day.                                                                                                Nursing and Health Studies Excellence in Leadership Award.




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       “I would like to congratulate the University of Miami’s School of           Dean Peragallo displays the proclamation plaque with           6. Dean Peragallo presents Jonathan Aledda with the School of Nursing and Health
  Nursing and Health Studies on their 60th anniversary of educating and            (from left) master’s student Rafael Camejo, RN, BSN ’06;          Studies Bachelor of Science in Health Science Academic Excellence Award.
  excellence,” said County Commissioner Carlos Gimenez as he made the              Miami-Dade County Commissioner Carlos Gimenez; and             7. UM Board of Trustees Chair Marta Weeks congratulates faculty member Mary McKay,




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  presentation honoring the milestone to Dean Nilda Peragallo.                     Nilson Mejia, RN, BSN ’06, MSN ’07.                               MSN, ARNP, with the school’s Faculty of the Year Award.

				
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