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Francesca (Chi Chi) Losita, a 2013 graduate of the DNP Executive Leadership Program and 2011 graduate of the HCSM MSN Program was recently appointed as the Magnet Recognition Program Coordinator at Winter Park Memorial Hospital a Division of Florida Hospital in Winter Park, Florida.  The ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® is the most prestigious distinction a healthcare organization can receive for nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes.

Dr Cynthia Collins, Associate Professor of Nursing in the College of Social Sciences presented her research at the annual conference of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA) that met in Chicago in September 2013.  Her work, “The evolving role of sons in the health promotion of their elderly parents”, represents a secondary analysis of the data from her larger qualitative study on the well-being of older persons and social support as an influence on health-promoting behaviors (Collins, 2002).

On November 14, 2013 the School of Nursing, in the College of Social Sciences will host the prestigious Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), XI PSI Chapter annual research day in the Danna Center.  With members in approximately 490 chapters, throughout 85 countries, STTI supports learning and recognizes the intellectual and professional achievements of nurses making a difference in global health.  The XI PSI Chapter in New Orleans is an at-large chapter that includes among its membership faculty   and nursing alumnae from Loyola University, Dillard University, and Our Lady of Holy Cross Co

Pearce, P. F., Christian, B. J., Smith, S. L., & Vance, D. E. (2013). Research methods for graduate students: A practical framework to guide teachers and learners. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Early Preview, 0(0), pages 0-0. doi: 10.1002/2327-6924.12080 [Print version anticipated for December 2013]


Diana Elwell, a BSN-DNP student, has been awarded the 2013 Hill-Rom Doctoral Scholarship in association with the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) in the amount of $4000. The mission of the ENA Foundation, established in 1991 by the Emergency Nurses Association, is to provide educational scholarships and research grants in the discipline of emergency nursing. The foundation achieves its mission by accepting contributions to fund academic scholarships, continuing education and research grants.

Our sincere congratulations go out to Johanna McKinsey of Austin, Texas who was recently awarded the 2013 Anthony J. Jannetti, Nursing Economic$ Foundation Scholarship in the amount of $5000.  Johanna is a student in the Health Care Systems Management MSN Program.


The Nursing Economic$ Foundation supports graduate nursing education by awarding up to four $5,000 scholarships each year to registered nurses in a Masters or Doctoral nursing program with an emphasis on administration or management.

“Being a leader in nursing means being forward thinking. Obtaining my doctorate would allow me to be prepared for the many roles in nursing at a time when the nursing landscape is shifting. My second reason to enroll stemmed from a passion that has evolved to improve practice and improve outcomes in an organization and in nursing as a whole whether through an academic position or a healthcare administration position. My current goal is to attain a faculty position where I can help develop and prepare nurses to help advance the practice of nursing.


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