FA L L 2 0 0 8 The Magazine of the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies [ Sharing Expertise in Africa ] [ Doctor of Nursing Practice ] [ A Mobile Approach to Outreach ] [ Accelerating Learning ] Our future health care. Touch the future with a planned gift to the School of Nursing and Health Studies. Have you considered a planned or estate gift to the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies? Bequests and other planned gifts help to increase scholarship opportunities, expand academic programs, and support innovative research for years to come. Planned gifts may offer you savings and other benefits in the areas of income tax, capital gains tax, and/or estate taxes and provide you or another beneficiary with income now and in retirement. Leave a legacy of caring and healing. The University of Miami can assist you with your gift plans. For information, please contact: Advancement and Alumni Affairs • School of Nursing and Health Studies • 305-284-8462 Office of Estate and Gift Planning • 305-284-2914 • 800-529-6935 • www.miami.edu/estateandgiftplanning Nonprofit Organization U.S. Postage PAID Miami, FL Permit No. 438 School of Nursing and Health Studies P.O. Box 248153 Coral Gables, Florida 33124 In this issue: AMBITIOUS G,OGAVEME G N S T 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. T \ 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.” T1 / 6 -. ETQ 1 ’656.7(s)]TJ 741Tf 8625746252512549scn32.46310TD 0101Tc(messageT)Tj qq i675065787 academicspotlight 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, A T 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 heartbeat 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- • Graduate Career Paths Contributes to improvement in health care Contributes to and develops new knowledge and FA L L 2 0 0 8 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 • clinical programs Vasquez, PhD, NP, FAAN, FAANP, and Rosa Gonzalez- various ways that cultural issues can affect health status.” 3 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 T F 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, heartbeat 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 • FA L L 2 0 0 8 “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 • 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. 9 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- heartbeat 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 • 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. FA L L 2 0 0 8 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 • 11 cation with support for nurses was a natural choice.” Bill. “It’s important to give back.” Rosemary Hall, PhD, RN, associate alumni& faculty 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 R 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 heartbeat 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 • FA L L 2 0 0 8 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- • 13 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 heartbeat 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 • VIA E-MAIL and “HIV risks, substance abuse assistant professor, and Jean Nursing Research Conference Society of Nursing 18th Interna- Men’s Health. Federal/ FA L L 2 0 0 8 firstname.lastname@example.org 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- • 15 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. ’Canedomain 1 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 heartbeat 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 • of Nursing and Health Studies 60th Anniversary Day. Nursing and Health Studies Excellence in Leadership Award. FA L L 2 0 0 8 “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, • 17 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.
Pages to are hidden for
"Nursing magazine - University of Miami"Please download to view full document