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UF DNP Student Tree Planting Honors U.S. Surgeon General

While receiving the U.S. Surgeon General’s Medallion in 2023 for his efforts during the pandemic, Kevin Cho Tipton, a student in UF’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program, extended an invitation to Surgeon General Vivek Murthy to attend a tree planting ceremony in South Florida. Tipton wanted to plant a…

Nominate a Gator Nursing Preceptor!

The UF College of Nursing is grateful for our Gator Nursing Preceptors who lead the way in shaping the future of nursing through their dedication and expertise. Our preceptors play a crucial role in the education and professional development of our nursing students, providing them with invaluable real-world experience and…

Star Booker Receives $1 Million NIH Grant for Pain Study

Staja “Star” Booker, PhD, RN, recently received a $1 million National Institutes of Health grant investigating a pain self-management intervention that encourages behavioral changes in older Black participants. The study, funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research, is titled: “Testing the Pain Relief of Musculoskeletal Conditions…

Lyon Selected UF Research Foundation Professor 

The College of Nursing’s Debra Lyon, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FNAP, FAAN, was selected as a University of Florida Research Foundation Professor for 2024. “UFRF Professors earn significant grants, publish in the leading journals in their field, hold university leadership positions and contribute to the university…

Sandra Citty Receives Prestigious Secretary of Veterans Affairs Award

On May 1, Sandra Citty was in Washington D.C., receiving the prestigious 2024 Secretary of Veterans Affairs Award for Excellence in Nursing in the Nurse/Expanded Role category. Citty’s remarkable contributions at the Gainesville Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Centers within the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System have advanced the fields…

Congratulations to the UF College of Nursing Spring Class 2024

More than one thousand family members and friends packed the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on May 3 for the traditional UF College of Nursing Pinning and Recognition Ceremony.  The pin ceremony welcomes the recipient to the nursing profession and signifies the wearer has completed the rigorous…

Neil McFarlane, 2024 College of Nursing Alumnus of the Year

Neil McFarlane, 2024 UF College of Nursing Alumnus of the Year, poses with Dean Shakira Henderson, left, and Ashley-Marie Mendez on May 3. Neil McFarlane was named the 2024 UF College of Nursing Alumnus of the Year during the annual Pinning and Recognition Ceremony on May 3. McFarlane’s recognition came from…

Seeing Double: Twin Graduates Share a Passion for Nursing

Allison and Graison Davis started life sharing an amniotic sac and placenta. Ever since, the identical twins have mostly shared everything else, including a love of nursing. This week, both will graduate from the University of Florida College of Nursing and embark on their careers – together. “We have signed…

Gator Nurse Graduate is Third Sister to Attend UF College of Nursing

Sisters Jordan Smith, Sarah Baltes and Jenna Van Ryhn all graduated from the University of Florida College of Nursing. Baltes, center, is the latest to graduate. As a girl, Sarah Baltes remembers playing with medical equipment in the UF College of Nursing simulation lab during family visits to her two…

College of Nursing Alumni Lead Three Gator100 Companies

The 2024 Gator100 list, featuring some of the world’s fastest-growing businesses led by Gator Alumni, included three companies headed by UF College of Nursing graduates. Started 10 years ago by the UF Alumni Association, the Gator100 shines a spotlight on the entrepreneurial spirit and success of University of Florida graduates.