March 2022

Dear Gator Nurses,

We hope that everyone had a safe and restful Spring Break! The next UF Student Nurses' Association Meeting is on Thursday, March 24 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the HPNP building, room G-114. We will be doing our final round of voting for new executive board members for the year 2022-2023! Please come and join us to meet our new officers. We hope to see everybody there!

I am happy to share that UFSNA finally has our very own website, created by our brilliant treasurer Sophia Sanchez. We will be posting updates on the website and other social media platforms! Visit the website here.

-Reyna Cuales

UFSNA Vice President


2022 Nursing Research Summit and Malasanos Lectureship

The College of Nursing, UF Health, and the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System are partnering to present the 2022 Nursing Research Summit and Malasanos Lectureship. The Nursing Research Summit will showcase innovative research that can be used to solve complex health problems.


Meet the Student Services Team!

 Learn more about the Office of Student Services below:


February Recap

Nurses Leading Change held a general body meeting in February with Taylor Bell, DNP student and president of LGBTQ+ Nursing as the guest speaker. They highlighted Black Nursing History and the importance of decolonization in modern nursing practice. The presentation was informative and highlighted notable black nurses and aspects of foundational nursing history that are not thoroughly emphasized for current nursing students. NLC highlighted numerous black nurses that have pioneered and furthered the nursing profession on our Instagram. African American women and cardiac disparities was another important topic posted on our Instagram, which was inspired by Dr. Jennifer Dungan’s research. Make sure to check out our Instagram page to educate yourself on influential black nurses and disparities the African American population faces in health care. Black History Month is an important time to emphasize how black nurses are fundamental in the nursing profession. Nurses Leading Change wants to convey that it is always important to understand the disparities and history African Americans face in the health care system. Our diverse nation deserves a diverse health care team to provide care.


The 23rd Annual Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium

April 7, 2022 (1 – 5 p.m.)

Stephen C. O’Connell Center

The Undergraduate Research Symposium is a chance for students to present their research. All areas of research are accepted and this is a great opportunity for students to present their summer work, such as research done at a Research Experience for Undergraduates, abroad or at the University of Florida. Presenting at the symposium gives students valuable presentation experience, as well as a place to network and learn about research in a variety of fields.

Pre-nursing and nursing students interested in doing research are more than welcome to attend the symposium! Guests with all levels of experience are welcome to explore the symposium!

For any additional questions, please contact the Center for Undergraduate Research.


Student News

The executive team of NLC is working on one final general body meeting for the spring semester. Please keep an eye out for the announcement and date of this final GBM, we would love to have a good final turnout! Our mentee-mentor program has also completed their matches, which will be released soon, so members please make sure to keep an eye out for that as well!

Applications for the NLC Executive Board 2023-2024 are now open. These positions are only available to nursing students. The form will close on March 23; however, it will be re-opened in the summer when the College of Nursing delivers new decisions for the upcoming cohorts. If you are dedicated to influencing change and creating transparency within nursing education and the profession, we encourage you to apply. The link can be found here!


EMBRACE Gratitude

The EMBRACE Program’s wellness group has created a project called the Gratitude Project.  Use your phone's rear facing camera to create your own six-word story and share how your experiences have shaped how you view gratitude.


Student Spotlight

Our member spotlight goes to a member of the Pay It Forward Committee, Sami Paulen! Sami is a pre-nursing student who worked diligently to plan a Chipotle fundraiser to help provide resources for NLC to continue impacting our community. Thank you for your dedication to NLC, Sami!

-Nurses Leading Change


College of Nursing Trivia

Prizes will be awarded to the first five students who email Dr. Karen Aul ( with the answer to the following Trivia question: 

QUESTION: What AI supercomputer at the University of Florida has been named one of the most powerful worldwide? 

Congratulations to the February trivia winners: Katrina Bogle, Kathryn Byers, Alexis Bouters, and Alexis Roguski for answering the following question:

Broken heart syndrome occurs when a person experiences sudden acute stress that can rapidly weaken the heart muscle. What are the two medical words that broken heart syndrome is also known as? 



Professional Development Classes

Advanced Cardiac Life Support with Basic Life Support Class

• March 25: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. 

• April 8: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Basic Life Support

• March 22: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. 

• April 1: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. 

• April 22: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. 

Neonatal Resuscitation Program 

• March 25: 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.

• April 8: 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

• April 29: 10:30 a.m. - 1:30pm

For all signups please visit this link. Email our UFSNA professional development officer, Haley Mahoney-Werner, with any questions.

Classes quickly fill up, so don’t wait until the last minute!


Florida Nursing Crewnecks

The next two final pickup dates for March will be:

•  March 22: 12-2 p.m.

•  March 24 after the UFSNA general body meeting held from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Email merchandise officer Daniela Lopez with any questions or concerns.

-University of Florida Student Nurses' Association



April 723rd Annual Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium

April 8: 2022 Nursing Research Summit and Malasanos Lectureship

April 20: Last day of classes


If you have information for The HeartBeat newsletter, send it to one of the College of Nursing's student organizations!

Nurses Leading Change: Jessica Mesa, President

University of Florida Student Nursing Association: Reyna Cuales, Vice president

Nursing College Council: Francisco Sheno, President


See you this Summer, Gator Nurses!

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