Committee To Recommend Nursing Dean Candidates

Leuner, a professor from the University of Central Florida, talked about how she plans to face challenges from different issues as the dean of the College of Nursing. (The Shorthorn: Rafiul Alam) Courtesy: Anne Bavier Anne Bavier, former dean for the University of Connecticut School of Nursing, is a candidate for the college of nursing dean position. Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 12:15 am | Updated: 11:16 am, Wed Feb 12, 2014. The search committee will meet Wednesday to look over their assessments and feedback from the nursing staff, faculty and students on each candidate, Dunn said. It was a good search, Dunn said. Im glad that we have good applicants who speak highly of the campus. Each candidate visited the campus for a two-day interview where they were able to present their ideas, experiences and goals for the College of Nursing. The first candidate that visited campus was Chandice Covington, Rush University professor and chairwoman. Covington focused her presentation on how to teach nursing practice to the students and on faculty and staff development and support. Lisa Plowfield, Penn State professor and the second candidate, spoke about the challenges of nursing education today and being a lifetime learner and also addressed faculty support. The third candidate, Jean Leuner, former founding dean at the University of Central Florida, focused on the current issues affecting nursing education, including encouraging higher training to produce more well-rounded nurses and maintaining high-quality nursing as faculty members. The fourth and final candidate was Anne Bavier, former University of Connecticut dean. Bavier was not able to have an open forum presentation because of inclement weather Thursday during her campus visit. Bavier did continue her second day of interviews for the faculty and staff when school opened Friday, said Dunn. Once the recommendations are delivered to the president and provost, Dunn said she is not sure how long the process will take before they select a single candidate. One of the recurring issues brought up during each presentation by faculty was the possible collaboration between the College of Nursing and the Department of Kinesiology. For the original version visit

Nurse education expansion creates failing programs

Its clearly an issue that needs to be addressed, and I think it will be in the next session. Some believe the drop in test scores is due to a watered-down nursing education system in Florida that is not preparing students for their jobs. The premise behind the legislation was that if a program was successful, it will survive and that everyone has the right to offer all types of programs, said Mary Lou Brunell, head of the Florida Center for Nursing, which was created by the Legislature in 2001 to analyze the states alleged nursing shortage. What was missing is the impact on students as well as a shortage of faculty to teach these new students. The bills, supported by lobbying money and lawmakers with campaign contributions from the education industry, claimed to address a dramatic need for more nursing education curriculums in Florida. There isno shortage of potential nurses in Florida, a legislative analysis announced in 2010. Instead, the report cited figures from the Florida Center for Nursing that showed Florida nursing programs turned away over 12,000 applicants because programs were at capacity. But for years, the Florida Center for Nursing has been predicting shortages, claims that are repeated in news reports. Instead, nursing levels tend to be cyclical, said Anna Small, a Tampa lawyer and past vice president of the Florida Nurses Association. Actually, if you look at the numbers right now, I dont think this shortage is bad, because there are many people in the workforce who dont want to be, said Small, herself a licensed nurse. Many nurses stop working as they age due to the strain of floor duty and 12-hour shifts. With the still-struggling economy, which has hit Florida substantially more than many other states, nurses are carrying households hobbled by out-of-work spouses and other economic factors. When I graduated from nursing school in the late 90s, you could name the place you wanted to work. You could pick your floor, Small said. Grimsley promised follow-up legislation that could address the issue of poorly performing and sometimes exploitative for-profit schools by requiring federal accreditation of nursing programs. Accreditation will be the centerpiece of that new legislation, mandating that all nursing programs are certified by a nationally recognized endorser, an often expensive requirement that could weed out some of the lesser programs. Anderson, the lobbyist, said most rules as far-reaching as the earlier measures require tweaking down the line. As with anything when you pass a piece of legislation there will be follow-ups and some glitches, he said. For the original version visit