November 2021

Dear Gator Nurses,

It is my pleasure to formally introduce myself as the Nursing College Council president for this school year. For those who do not know me, I am a senior BSN student with an interest in cultivating stronger ties among our college.   

The NCC’s external goals for this year will include delivering high quality career resources, guest speakers and networking education. Within the College of Nursing, we will work on maintaining strong student-faculty communication and amending any COVID-19 induced difficulties among our cohorts. By the end of the year, I want to see us united as good friends with blazing bright futures ahead of them.

- Francisco Sheno, NCC president


Student Reflections

This past summer, I had the opportunity to work as a nurse intern at Orlando Regional Medical Center. This job allowed me to get a glimpse of what my life will look like after graduating. Each shift I was assigned to a different unit in the hospital where I was able to encounter patients in various conditions. I worked alongside nurses and nurse assistants to coordinate care for seven to eight patients at a time. This opportunity opened my eyes to the realities of what a nursing career will look like for me. I learned things about nursing, as well as about myself. I was drawn to the faster pace of the ICU, which is where I decided I would like to end up. I also got to experience working in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, which allowed me to see and be a part of the chaos. This internship definitely solidified the confidence I have for my future career in nursing. 

-Annie Murrah, BSN 2022

This past summer, I was able to shadow my practitioner, a certified nurse midwife, back in my hometown. Through this experience, I was able to gain a better understanding of what typical work days for a nurse midwife may look like.

Tuesday through Thursday, we were at the office seeing patients. Mondays and Friday, we were in the hospital doing rounds and helping with deliveries. This opportunity was very educational and I learned more than I ever imagined. This experience was also very beneficial in helping to prepare me for our Women, Children, Families class as it gave me a good foundation of knowledge on the specialty! I am very grateful for the opportunity I had to shadow not only because I gained so much knowledge, but also because it truly solidified my dreams and goals of becoming a nurse midwife. Shadowing made a huge impact on my career decision and I highly recommend it to all nursing students!

-Monica Blaue, BSN 2022


Kudos Corner

We would like to highlight NLC’s historian, Kelly Mas! Kelly is a driven and talented historian who keeps our social media accounts running with educational and informational posts for our members. Kelly, thank you for your constant dedication to NLC, you are so appreciated! 


Student News

Submitted by NLC

Nurses Leading Change held its second GBM during the month of October dedicated to World Mental Health Day. This meeting provided an opportunity for students and faculty to expand their knowledge on an era coined the “Sixties Scoop,” a period in time in Canada where Indigenous children were often removed from their families to be resettled with white ones. Our guest speaker was Barbara Bad Elk, one of indigenous children who was separated from her family during the “Sixties Scoop.” Bad Elk provided a timeline of events and the traumatic conditions she faces in her current life. Our guest speaker’s story was one of inspiration, bravery, survival and pursuit to find oneself. We were honored to listen to Bad Elk’s story and are extremely grateful she was able to present to our students and faculty. Nurses Leading Change hopes that this GBM conveyed the importance of patient mental health, cultural history and personalized care. 


We Need Your Help!

The Academic Affairs Committee needs student representation from the BSN and DNP programs to serve on the AAC. The Academic Affairs Committee reviews and make recommendations regarding all course and curricular materials within the College of Nursing. The committee studies curricular proposals with respect to their relationship to the Mission and Goals of the college. The committees focus includes admission, progression and graduation policies.

This appointment would begin Spring 2022 and students from both the Gainesville and Jacksonville campuses are invited to apply.

If you are interested in serving, contact Dr. Anne Dillard  or Dr. Michaela Hogan (DNP). You may also reach out to AAC chair, Dr. Allison Peters, with any questions. The deadline to reach out is Nov. 26.


College of Nursing Trivia

 Prizes will be awarded to the first five students who email Dr. Karen Aul with the correct answer to the following trivia question!

What is one of the College of Nursing's “Points of Pride”?

Hint: College of Nursing website.

(submitted by Lyndsay Ulmer from Student Services)



NLC is excited  to share our progress on community projects! Currently we have donation boxes set up in front of the Student Services office in the HPNP building. Our red boxes are set to collect feminine hygiene products for the homeless women population. Donations are being collected until Nov. 17.

We also have a basics donation box for snacks, water bottles and freezer bags for our homeless population in the Gainesville community; these donations will be accepted until Nov. 19.

NLC is also planning another vaccine tabling event at GRACE Marketplace in an attempt to increase vaccination rates among the homeless population. Stay tuned! 

-Submitted by NLC

UFSNA is excited to announce we will be holding a raffle for a 3M Littmann Classic III Stethoscope! Raffle forms can be found here.

• Anyone interested in purchasing any UF College of Nursing merchandise please follow the Facebook page: UF CON Merchandise. Interest forms will be made available there!

• For any questions, please email our merchandise officers, Victoria Hammond and Daniela Lopez

- Submitted by UFNSA



Don’t miss out on your chance to shop UF College of Nursing official merchandise while also supporting #GatoRNursing students! All proceeds go to benefit the College of Nursing Student Nursing Association. Use the directions provided below to order today! 

• Visit here (

• Enter Access Code: UFff352

• Login and shop – if you do not create a login, one will be created for you during your first purchase

• Choose your logo for your product

• If adding text embroidery – such as DAD, MOM, ALUMNI – it will be added under the chosen logo



Nov. 11: Veterans Day (college closed)

Mid-November: Pediatric ICU Holiday Donation Drive (stay tuned for more info!)

Nov. 17: "Code Red" donations due

Nov. 19: "Basics bags" donations due

Nov 21: A Reason To Give community service event (begins 11 a.m. at Sigma Phi Epsilon)

Nov. 26: ACC applications due


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


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