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Fast Facts

Vision Statement

The College of Nursing aspires to be a model of excellence, recognized nationally and internationally, for innovative education, dynamic programs of research and creative approaches to practice. We are committed to preparing nurses as practitioners and scientists who reflect and care for a diverse society, and to fostering interdisciplinary approaches to address the complexity of health care.

Points of Pride

  • The College is consistently ranked in the top ten percent of all graduate degree-awarding nursing schools in the nation
  • The College’s BSN graduating class in among the largest in the state each year, and graduates consistently exceed state and national pass rates on the NCLEX_RN licensure exam. UF began the first master’s and the first doctoral programs in the state.
  • UF has pioneered many innovative nursing education models due to the leadership spirit of the faculty, e.g. first nurse practitioner program in Florida, first BSN to PhD track in Florida, new Clinical Nurse Leader track and the new Doctor of Nursing Practice program.
  • The only college of nursing in Florida affiliated with a top-ranked AAU university
  • Excellent students – Currently the average GPA for BSN graduates is between 3.5 and 3.6, and 70% pursue graduate education within three years of earning the BSN.
  • The UF College of Nursing was a founding member of the national  VA-Nursing Academy, which was designed to address the nation’s severe nursing shortage

Background

  • Founded in 1956, the UF College of Nursing is one of six colleges in the UF Health Science Center (HSC), which is one of the most comprehensive academic health care centers in the Southeast.
  • The UF College of Nursing collaborates with the other HSC colleges – Dentistry, Health Professions, Medicine, Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine – as well as with the Shands HealthCare System and more than 40 other programs, institutes and centers of excellence located within the University and the UF Health Science Center.
  • The College’s founder and first dean, Dorothy M. Smith, pioneered new and controversial approaches to nursing education and practice when she developed a school where knowledge-based clinical excellence was the norm for administrators, faculty members, staff nurses and students alike.
  • The College continued its strong tradition of education and science with Lois Malasanos, PhD, RN who served as Dean of the UF College of Nursing for 14 years from 1980 to 1994. During Malasanos’ tenure as dean, the UF College of Nursing strengthened its involvement in research, expanded its master’s degree program from five to 13 specialties and implemented Florida’s first doctoral program in nursing.
  • The College now has over 80 faculty members and about 700 undergraduate students and 370 graduate students, including approximately 80 doctoral students in three departments: Adult and Elderly Nursing; Health Care Environments and Systems; and Women’s, Children’s and Family Nursing.

Education

  • The College’s degree programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, which issued its recommendation for the best-possible ten year accreditation in the Spring of 2012.
  • The College is a member of the Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing of the Southern Regional Education Board and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
  • Graduates of nurse practitioner and nurse midwifery tracks are eligible for the relevant national certification examination in each area of clinical specialization and for State of Florida licensure.
  • The College of Nursing building is housed in the 173,000 square foot Health Professions/Nursing/Pharmacy complex. The state-of-the-art facility provides ample space for the college’s classrooms, offices, and research laboratories, and houses shared resources with the other colleges including a 500-seat auditorium, student services center, and other facilities.
  • The College of Nursing commitment to diversity is emphasized through a number of academic programs, including the North Florida Nursing PhD Consortium, and participation in a number of UF and Health Science Center diversity programs, all aimed at encouraging students from diverse backgrounds to achieve a higher level of nursing education.

Research

  • College faculty receive funding from a number of sources including the National Institute for Nursing Research, the National Science Foundation, the John A. Hartford Foundation, and the Health Resources and Services Administration.
  • Research studies conducted by College of Nursing faculty make national headlines, appearing in news outlets such as the New York Times, CNN, MSNBC, WebMD and AARP magazine.
  • Students are actively involved with faculty members’ research, thus helping students understand and value clinical research. Undergraduate nursing students are encouraged to be a part of the UF Scholars program which allows them to shadow a nursing faculty researcher while nursing doctoral students receive strong mentoring and support in pursuit of their dissertation research.
  • Research facilities in the College are state-of-the-art and include four research subject data collection/examination rooms, including a biofeedback area and two-way observation room. A physiology wet laboratory allows researchers to process store and analyze lab samples.

Practice

  • Through affiliations, partnerships and the College’s faculty practice initiatives, faculty members and students provide clinical care to patients in community settings and clinics, statewide home health care, the Veterans Administration system, the Shands HealthCare system, and hospitals and outpatient settings across north Florida.
  • The College of Nursing maintains and participates in nursing and interdisciplinary clinics for women, children, adults and the elderly with special emphasis on underserved and rural populations. Patients include acutely ill newborns, HIV and AIDS patients, pregnant teens, adults with mental illnesses, elderly people with disabilities and sensory-impaired children.
  • In 1998, the college incorporated its Faculty Practice Association, which allows the generation of income used to strengthen the College’s education and research programs, and provides financial incentives to practicing faculty members. For both undergraduate and graduate nursing students, practice sites serve as extended classrooms, where they can join faculty members in providing care. Twenty-two faculty members work at more than 15 sites across the region.
  • Archer Family Health Care is the College’s nurse-managed primary care practice and provides high-quality health care to mostly underserved populations in rural Archer. Approximately 80% of the practice’s patients have incomes below the 125% poverty level, and more than 60% of AFHC patients have no other source of health insurance.  The practice has become a national model.