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Anne Norris Named Interim Dean of School of Nursing and Health Studies


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Anne Norris, associate dean for the Ph.D. program and professor in the School of Nursing and Health Studies, has been named interim dean of the school, effective January 3, 2017. Dean Nilda (Nena) Peragallo Montano, who has led the school for 13 years, announced in August that she will resign at the end of the fall semester to become dean of the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

A member of the faculty since 2014, Norris is an internationally recognized nursing scientist, specializing in sexual and reproductive health, particularly the role of culture and other social influences on behavior, as well as statistics and measurement.

“As a renowned nurse, educator, and scholar, Dr. Norris is an outstanding faculty member to fill this important role while we conduct the search for a new dean,” said Thomas J. LeBlanc, executive vice president and provost. “She will help ensure continuity of the school’s excellence during this transitional period.”

The author of more than 90 scholarly publications, Norris was inducted earlier this year into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society’s International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. This highly prestigious distinction recognizes her pioneering research, in which she frequently incorporates cutting-edge technology, and her mentorship of nurse educators and scientists. She is the 2011 recipient of the Mary Cash Award for Outstanding Contribution to Cultural Diversity in Nursing and Health Care and a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

“I’m looking forward to building on Dean Peragallo’s legacy,” Norris said.

Norris earned her Ph.D. in nursing and psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has held faculty and leadership positions at The Ohio State University, Boston College, and the University of Central Florida. She is the principal investigator for JUEGA! (PLAY!), a study funded by a $3.3 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health that is testing the efficacy of her Mighty Girls program in 20 Miami-Dade County public middle schools. Mighty Girls combines classroom sessions with an avatar-based computer game to teach adolescent girls about choices, consequences, and assertiveness in risky situations.

 

 

 

 

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Nursing Faculty Tapped for Profession’s Highest Honor

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Nursing Faculty Tapped for Profession’s Highest Honor


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Johis Ortega and Steve Alves

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (November 3, 2016) — Two School of Nursing and Health Studies faculty members, Johis Ortega and Steve Alves, were inducted last month as fellows of the American Academy of Nursing, at the academy’s annual conference in Washington, D.C.  The academy comprises nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy, and research, and fellows include hospital and government administrators, college deans, and renowned nurse scientists worldwide.

“I am delighted to welcome this superb cohort of talented clinicians, researchers, policy leaders, educators, and executives as they join the ranks of the nation’s leading nursing and health care thought leaders,” Academy President Bobbie Berkowitz said. “We look forward to … working with them to advance the academy’s mission of transforming health policy and practice by applying our collective nursing knowledge.”

The academy’s highly selective criteria for the nursing profession’s highest honor include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care, and sponsorship by two current academy fellows. Applicants are reviewed by a panel of elected and appointed fellows, and selection is based on the extent the nominee’s nursing career has influenced health policies and the public’s well-being.

“Selection for AAN fellowship is an amazing honor and a high point of my nursing career,” said Ortega, who was selected for his contributions to global nursing education capacity and workforce development, and for helping to develop the U.S. nurse practitioner role. “I look forward to the opportunity to join the academy’s distinguished fellows in advancing health policy and practice through the nursing profession.”

Alves, who is recognized for his research on occupational stress and restrictive scope of practice in nurse anesthetists, said, “I am honored to have been selected as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing; being recognized for my contributions by the academy is clearly one of the highest accomplishments in my career. It is my belief that nursing practice, education, and policy are interdependent and have shaped my role as a researcher, educator, and practitioner.”

As new fellows, Ortega and Alves are now entitled to use the FAAN (Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing) credentials after their name.

 

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Dean Peragallo Montano to Step Down

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Dean Peragallo Montano to Step Down


By Robert C. Jones Jr.
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PeragalloCORAL GABLES, Fla. (August 4, 2016) — Nilda (Nena) Peragallo Montano, who fostered monumental growth and significant improvement in the curriculum, facilities, and programs of the University of Miami’s School of Nursing and Health Studies during her 13 years as dean, will step down at the end of the fall 2016 semester.

An internationally recognized nursing scientist, Peragallo Montano will become dean of the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“Nena’s leadership and the contributions of the school’s outstanding faculty led to many significant accomplishments,” said Thomas J. LeBlanc, UM’s executive vice president and provost, noting that Peragallo Montano “has elevated the School of Nursing and Health Studies into the ranks of the nation’s best.”

Recalling how she was welcomed into the University family in 2003, Peragallo Montano said, “I came here with a vision: to leverage the singular strengths of the School of Nursing and Health Studies to elevate its national and global standing, promote academic excellence, and prepare health care leaders for the 21st century. Through the remarkable dedication, talent and generosity of our students, faculty, community partners and friends, we have achieved this dream. I leave the U with great pride and a firm confidence in the spectacular future that lies ahead for the School of Nursing and Health Studies.”

During her tenure, Peragallo Montano helped usher in a new era for the nursing school, leading its transition from a small, cramped World War II-era building located on the edge of the Coral Gables campus to a modern 53,000-square-foot, four-story facility with smart classrooms and a clinical simulation and research area where students now practice real medical crises on high-tech patient mannequins that can register a heartbeat and other vital signs and even sweat.

Today, the M. Christine Schwartz Center for Nursing and Health Studies, a building for which Peragallo Montano helped raise the remaining funding needed to make it possible, houses the school’s faculty, staff, and students under one roof.

Long a proponent of simulation-based scenarios and the benefits such activities offer in preventing mistakes before nursing students work in live clinical situations, Peragallo Montano pushed for the creation of a Simulation Hospital at UM. Next year, the school will open such a facility, bringing her efforts to fruition.

Stepping into her role as dean at a time when an acute shortage of nurses at the state, national, and global levels began to affect the health care sector at alarming rates, Peragallo Montano instituted new programs to address the crisis. Under her leadership, for example, the school launched an Accelerated B.S.N. Program that allows students with bachelor’s degrees in other fields to earn a nursing degree in a year.

She spearheaded expansion of the school’s curriculum in other areas as well, introducing Doctor of Nursing Practice and Bachelor of Science in Health Science programs as well as Florida’s first B.S.N.-to-D.N.P. in nurse anesthesia track and South Florida’s first Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree.

During her deanship, the school’s student enrollment tripled, its M.S.N. and D.N.P. programs are now ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best Graduate Schools, and it emerged as a leading recipient of National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants—it is No.1 in Florida and 22nd nationwide in NIH funding among nursing schools.

Peragallo Montano ramped up the school’s academic and clinical practice standards, which led to record passing rates on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. In 2012, 98 percent of UM’s nursing graduates passed the exam on their first try.

With a career devoted to improving the health status of minorities and other underserved populations, she expanded the school’s prominence in the global health arena, leading the 2007 birth of its Center of Excellence for Health Disparities Research, or El Centro, made possible by a NIH grant of more than $7 million. In 2012, El Centro received renewed NIH funding through 2017, and the nursing school was re-designated a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Nursing Human Resources Development and Patient Safety.

Peragallo Montano is an inductee of the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame of the Sigma Theta Tau International nursing honor society and a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She also is on HispanicBusiness magazine’s list of the nation’s 100 Most Influential Leaders.

LeBlanc will appoint a committee to conduct a national search for her successor.

 

 

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White House Recognizes Ph.D. Candidate as Champion of Change


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UM's is recognized by Vice President Joe Biden.

Vice President Joe Biden recognizes UM nursing student Valerie Halstead.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 26, 2016)The White House has honored 10 student leaders, including the School of Nursing and Health Studies’ own Valerie Halstead, for their efforts to change the culture around sexual assault and dating violence on their campuses.

Halstead, a registered nurse who is pursuing her Ph.D. in nursing at UM, was recognized as one of the nation’s “It’s On Us White House Champions of Change” for her work with the University of Miami President’s Campus Coalition on Sexual Violence and Prevention. She was nominated for the award by coalition leaders.

“This honor recognizes not only my work but the work of the campus coalition,” said Halstead, whose dissertation research is exploring how campus health centers can implement best practices when caring for victims of sexual violence. “It empowered me to keep striving to make a difference in students’ lives.”

The April 14 gathering included a roundtable discussion with White House officials and policymakers who wanted to learn about the frontline campus initiatives represented by the students. It was followed by student-led panels on ending the rape culture and on engaging men and communities in this effort. Halstead spoke about the coalition’s efforts to engage students in an ongoing dialogue on sexual assault and about the importance of providing victims with appropriate health care resources.

The event closed with remarks by Vice President Joe Biden, who with President Obama launched the It’s On Us campaign in September 2014 to wake up  colleges and universities—and the nation—to the epidemic of sexual violence on their campuses. Halstead had an opportunity to share her thoughts about her work with the vice president, who, as a U.S. senator, sponsored the landmark 1994 Violence Against Women Act. “He’s very dedicated to this issue and genuinely invested in changing the culture,” Halstead said.

Halstead plans to stay in touch with the other awardees and to collaborate at the national level. “It was inspiring to be a part of the national conversation and to meet others who are passionate about the same challenges,” she said. “The gathering was a huge force for collaboration and change.”

 

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Health Trust Awards UM $1.7M for Nursing Resource Center


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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 18, 2016)—One of the nation’s largest private funders devoted exclusively to nursing students and nursing education has awarded $1.7 million to the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. In November 2015, the school broke ground on the five-story, 41,000 square-foot Simulation Hospital. This transformative facility is expected to provide an enhanced education center for students by replicating the true activity of a clinical practice and hospital. The Helene Fuld Skills Resource Center, supported by the Helene Fuld Health Trust grant, will occupy the entire fifth floor of the hospital and provide a setting for students to master fundamental techniques and procedures.

The award also will fund three years of scholarships for eight full-time students per year enrolled in the school’s accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) degree program. The ABSN is a rigorous, fast-track, second-degree program which enables individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing to complete the BSN. The financial aid to these students is critical because most have exhausted other scholarship support while earning their first non-nursing degrees.

“We are excited that a national leader of the caliber of the Helene Fuld Health Trust is joining us in our mission to deliver innovative, state-of-the-art education to our nation’s future nursing professionals,” said Nilda Peragallo Montano, dean of the School of Nursing and Health Studies.

The primary mission of the Helene Fuld Health Trust is to support and promote the health, welfare, and education of nursing students.

 

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