February 2022

Dear Gator Nurses,

My name is Alexis, and I am the University of Florida Student Nurses Association (UFSNA) president. If you are a nursing student, we welcome you to join us! We have many great opportunities in community service, fundraising, professional development and academics. In each meeting, speakers from different nursing specialties will be attending. We hope to see you all at our general body meetings this semester. Please email me if you have any questions or concerns. GO GATOR NURSING!!

Alexis Bouters

UFSNA President


Career Fair

The UF College of Nursing is excited to host a Virtual Career Fair on Friday, Feb. 11 from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. The deadline to register is today, Feb. 4, for students. This annual event allows health care recruiters from UF Health, the North Florida / South Georgia Veterans System and more to meet University of Florida College of Nursing students and discuss the opportunities available within their organization.

Visit here to register!


We Need your Help!

The Academic Affairs Committee needs student representation from the BSN program to serve on the AAC. The 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 Professor Michael Aull.


January Recap

Nurses Leading Change kicked off the spring semester with another informational meeting aimed to educate the future generation of nurses on important competencies. Dr. Lynx McClellan was our January General Body Meeting (GBM) guest speaker who provided an educational presentation on how nurses can catch and prevent human trafficking in their practice. McClellan highlighted important skills needed to identify and assist a sex trafficking victim. Developing trust, following the chain of command, stopping to consider possibilities, observing behaviors, asking if the patient’s actions are being controlled, and responding by working with law enforcement or other services to maintain the safety of survivors are all vital practices for human trafficking victims. McClellan also touched upon cultural competency and how being informed about different cultures and views on sex and violence is important for identifying possible human trafficking. Nurses Leading Change was honored to have such an influential and informative guest speaker for this meeting. 

- Nurses Leading Change

Thank you to all the pre-nursing students and academic adviser Ken Foote for attending and participating in our second pre-nursing Q&A meeting. Check out the College of Nursing’s website for details regarding program applications here. Also, please encourage any prospective nursing students to join the pre-nursing support committee group for any questions and concerns. Thank you and, we wish everyone good luck for the semester.

- UF Student Nurses Association


Student News

Nurses Leading Change will continue to expand its influence with different community impact projects this semester. NLC launched a mentor-mentee program to enhance relationships within the nursing student community. Additionally, NLC re-opened member applications for any pre-nursing and nursing students at both Gainesville and Jacksonville locations for anyone interested. NLC is excited for the rest of spring 2022 and sharing more of its work on providing marginalized populations with a platform to speak and educate! 


Student Spotlight

Our member spotlight goes to both of our Vice Presidents: Hannah Guillen (TBSN) and Kylie Stojak (ABSN) who worked diligently to create our mentor-mentee program for our general members. Both vice presidents continue to show dedication and passion to our mission and values. Thank you, Hannah and Kylie! 


SAVE THE DATE: Stand Up & Holler Gator Nation Giving Day 

This year’s Stand Up & Holler Gator Nation Giving Day will take place on Feb. 17, 2022. This 24-hour fundraising event is an opportunity for all Gators to give back to support UF in a way that is most meaningful to them. Over the past three years, the UF College of Nursing has been among the top units within the Health Science Center for participation and dollars raised, and we need your help to do it again! We hope you will join us in “Standing Up” for Nursing this Giving Day. Gifts of all sizes count and all gifts make an impact. Stay tuned for more information coming soon about ways you can be involved!


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:

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? 

Please congratulate Kelsey Rivers from the JAX campus as the winner for the Dec. trivia question!



• Click here for the UFSNA stethoscope raffle interest form

• The spring 2022 certification courses BLS/ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support), BLS/PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)  and NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation) are available. Click here for more info.

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

• Email UFSNA professional development officer, Haley Mahoney-Werner, with any questions or concerns.

• Visit here for UFSNA official group me! Add us for updates and opportunities for volunteering! 



Feb. 11: College of Nursing Career Fair

Feb. 22: UFSNA Blaze Pizza Fundraising Night  (6 p.m. - 10 p.m)


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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