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Nursing School Awarded Grant to Enhance Pharmacology Education and Improve Safety

Mary McKay

Mary McKay will serve as principal investigator of the two-year study.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 4, 2014)—To better prepare future nurses, who will comprise the largest segment of the health care workforce and have a significant role in patient outcomes, the Florida Blue Foundation has awarded the School of Nursing and Health Studies funding to develop and test a simulation-enhanced pharmacology education program.

Assistant Professor Mary McKay, the school’s safety assurance director and Wallace Gilroy Endowed Chair in Nursing, will serve as principal investigator of the two-year study, “Bridging the gap: Making medication administration safer through simulation enhanced pharmacology education.” The overarching goal of the research project is to address among nursing students the issue of medication error-associated adverse events.
“From an educational standpoint, success of the program will have long-lasting impacts on the way pharmacology is taught at our school and other schools of nursing,” said McKay. “From a research perspective, the project will contribute to the body of knowledge in regards to simulation as a teaching methodology. Finally, from a patient safety vantage point, its success will improve safety around medication handling.”
The award was funded through Florida Blue Foundation’s competitive grant process, which is aligned with the goals of the Florida Healthcare Simulation Alliance to accelerate and optimize use of patient simulation labs in nurse education and training. One of Florida Blue Foundation’s areas of focus is to improve the quality and safety of patient care. Many of the foundation’s efforts in this area are aimed at developing a well-prepared nurse workforce to meet the growing and complete health care needs of the people of Florida.
“We are proud that with the support of the Florida Blue Foundation, we are contributing to the building of competencies that enhance patient safety and quality patient care,” said Dean Nilda Peragallo Montano. “This project has the potential to impact the delivery of nursing education as well as the science of health care simulation. Its success will create a model of effective pharmacology education for other schools of nursing to follow.”

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UM’s Public Health Students Can Now Earn Their Master’s in Five Years—at a Discount

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 31, 2014)—The School of Nursing and Health Studies is offering an enticing deal to current and future students interested in careers in the growing public health field: They can earn both their Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) and, in partnership with the Department of Public Health Sciences at the Miller School of Medicine, their Master of Public Health (MPH) in just five years—and with up to 12 free credits.

Recently approved by the Faculty Senate, the “4 + 1” combined bachelor’s and master’s degree program was designed to meet the growing demand for public health professionals by building synergies between the University of Miami’s schools of nursing and medicine that will enable outstanding students to enter the public health workforce faster to pursue their desire to address the complex public health issues facing our nation.

“There is a tremendous demand for public health professionals—the projected need is 250,000 by the year 2020—and there are many subsets in public health so there are many career paths you can take,’’ said Martin M. Zdanowicz, associate dean for health studies at the School of Nursing and Health Studies. “Our goal is to get the best and brightest there on the fast track.”

Under the program, academically qualified students enrolled in the School of Nursing and Health Studies’s BSPH program will be able to apply for the MPH program their junior year and, if accepted, take up to 12 credits of master’s level courses at the Miller School’s Department of Public Health Sciences during their senior year.

Included in the cost of their undergraduate tuition, the master’s level courses will count towards the 45 credits the students will need to earn their MPH degree, which they will continue to pursue at the Miller School after completing their bachelor’s. The same deal is offered to students wishing to earn their Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH).

“It’s an excellent opportunity,” said Julie Kornfeld, assistant dean for public health at the Miller School, who notes it usually takes 18 to 24 months to earn a Master’s in Public Health. “We have a lot of students who graduate from UM come to our public health program, but this fast-track program allows us to recruit talented undergraduate students and provide them with a reduction in time and cost to complete two UM public health degrees.”

The seeds—and demand—for the “4 + 1” program were planted two years ago, when the School of Nursing and Health Studies established the first Bachelor of Public Health program in South Florida. That program, which will graduate its first class of four students this May, attracted 133 applicants this year—up from two last year.



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Nursing Dean Nilda Peragallo Montano and Communications VP Jacqueline R. Menendez Walk ‘In the Company of Women’

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Nursing Dean Nilda Peragallo Montano and Communications VP Jacqueline R. Menendez Walk ‘In the Company of Women’

Jacqueline R. Menendez and Nilda (Nena) Peragallo Montano

Jacqueline R. Menendez and Nilda (Nena) Peragallo Montano

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 14, 2014)—Coinciding with Women’s History Month, two of the University of Miami’s most accomplished women—Nilda (Nena) Peragallo Montano, dean of the School of Nursing and Health Studies, and Jacqueline R. Menendez, vice president of University Communications—were honored last week with Miami-Dade County’s prestigious “In the Company of Women” awards, bestowed on women who exemplify professional development, community responsibility, leadership and vision in their respective fields.

An internationally recognized nurse scientist, Peragallo Montano received the award for health and human services for her expertise in and devotion to improving the health status of minorities and other medically underserved populations.

A noted educator, clinician, author, and mentor who joined the University in 2003, she has collaborated with the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization, and academic community nursing and mental health agencies, authoring or co-authoring nearly 50 government reports on critical women’s health issues, including HIV/AIDS, women’s cancers, domestic violence and specific health issues relating to Latina women.  Under her leadership, the School of Nursing and Health Studies has joined with 100 community partners to provide mentoring opportunities in healthcare and clinical settings across South Florida.

Recently tapped for induction into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame of the Sigma Theta Tau International nursing honor society, Peragallo Montano also is on HispanicBusiness magazine’s list of the nation’s 100 Most Influential Leaders.

But as impressive as Peragallo Montano’s accomplishments are, she was inspired by her fellow honorees at the In the Company of Women Awards Ceremony held March 13 at the Coral Gables Country Club.

“I am honored to join such an accomplished group of our community’s leaders in so many fields,” Peragallo Montano said. “And to have my colleague Jackie Menendez here makes it all the more special, and will hopefully serve as an inspiration to the next generation of female leaders!”

Indeed, Menendez, who received the award for Communications and Literature, has stepped into and excelled in areas traditionally dominated by men—from television news reporter to senior administrator in municipal and county government to the head of communications and marketing for a leading research university.

“Sometimes the opportunities least expected are the most rewarding,” Menendez said of the many detours she has taken. “It’s not just about testing my limits, it’s about appreciating the path my career has taken.”

Never one to “shy away from challenges” and always ready to “roll up her sleeves to get the job done,” as her award nomination letter reads, Menendez joined UM in 2007, charged with promoting the institution to internal and external audiences, including students and their families, faculty and staff, alumni, patients, Hurricane athletic fans, and the community—all while working closely with University President Donna E. Shalala, the former U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services.

Menendez oversees all communications efforts for the school’s $1.6 billion Momentum2 campaign, and she spearheaded the successful rebranding initiative that adopted the universally recognized “U” athletics logo across the University’s educational, research, and healthcare platforms. Most recently, in addition to the university’s central communications and marketing efforts, she assumed direct responsibility for communications and marketing for the Miller School of Medicine and UHealth system.

Even while taking on such daunting tasks, Menendez has maintained her hallmark style of being “inclusive and transparent.”

Among the other ten Miami-Dade women honored with In the Company of Women awards this year was UM alumna Angela Smith, director of community outreach for the Miami Marlins, who received the award for sports and athletics.

Established in 1989, the In the Company of Women awards are hosted by Miami-Dade Parks, The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and the Miami-Dade Commission for Women.

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Dean Peragallo Montano to Be Inducted into Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame


Nilda (Nena) Peragallo Montano

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February 11, 2014) — Nilda (Nena) Peragallo Montano, dean and professor of the School of Nursing and Health Studies, has been selected for induction into the Sigma Theta Tau International’s (STTI) International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. The honor society of nursing will recognize Peragallo Montano for her lifetime achievements as a nurse scientist at an induction ceremony at the 24th STTI Nursing Research Congress in Hong Kong in July.

Peragallo Montano, an internationally recognized nursing scientist who specializes in health disparities and culturally competent interventions with minority populations, has devoted her 35-plus-year research and academic career to improving the health status of minorities and other medically underserved populations.

The International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame eternally honors nurse researchers who are Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing members, who have achieved significant and sustained national and/or international recognition for their work, and whose research has impacted the profession and the people it serves.

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Faculty and Staff Support the U: Nurse Educator and Researcher Opens Doors for Others

Doris Ugarriza

Doris Ugarriza

In her distinguished 25-year career at the University of Miami, Professor Doris Ugarriza has made a powerful impact on nursing education and research around the world. Now, the senior associate dean for academic programs at the School of Nursing and Health Studies is giving back to her alma mater and academic home.

“I feel a deep sense of gratitude toward our university, both for my education and for the opportunity to contribute to the advancement of the nursing profession,” says Ugarriza, who supports UM through the Annual Fund and United Way campaigns, as well as through special scholarships and memorial donations. “I like to remember special people by leaving a legacy in their name.”

A native of Cleveland, Ugarriza moved to Miami in 1966 because of “the beautiful weather and rich diversity of people.” She worked as a head nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital, and earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Florida International University in 1978, followed by a master’s degree in psychiatric mental health nursing from the University of Miami in 1981 and a doctorate in nursing at Case Western Reserve University in 1989.

Her daughter Nicolle Ugarriza is also a proud graduate of UM, earning a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the School of Communication in 1995. She received her master’s degree in communication in 2001.

After joining the faculty in 1987, Doris Ugarriza focused her research on mental health and has conducted many studies on postpartum depression. For her work on “Nursing Intervention for Postpartum Depression,” the American Nurses Foundation named her its Hildegard Peplau Scholar in 1999.

In 2003 Ugarriza received a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award and spent almost a year in Cyprus teaching mental health nursing to both the Greek and Turkish sides of the Mediterranean island nation. “I met many nurse educators and health studies professionals, and have remained friends with them through the years, helping several with their doctoral studies.”

In addition to the Fulbright, Ugarriza has been honored with the GEM (Giving Excellence Meaning) award for volunteerism and service from Nurse.com (2013); the Florida Nurses Association District V Outstanding Research Award (2005); and the William R. Jones Outstanding Mentor Award (2004) by The Florida Education Fund on Behalf of the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship Program.

“My most valued degree was the M.S.N. from the University of Miami,” Ugarriza says, reflecting on her career. “It opened the door for me to become a nurse educator and conduct a very meaningful program of research for more than 20 years.  It is a pleasure to give something back to our University.”

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