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Florida Veterans

Florida State University's College of Nursing will receive almost $800,000 over the next three years to serve the educational needs of military veterans who aspire to pursue nursing careers. 

Florida State was one of 11 institutions in the nation awarded a Nurse Education, Quality and Retention: Veterans' Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing Program (VBSN) grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

 HRSA's objective is to increase the enrollment, progression and graduation of military veterans from baccalaureate nursing programs in an effort to expand the nursing workforce and improve employment opportunities for veterans in high-demand careers such as nursing. 

"This funding will provide the college with the infrastructure support needed to assess and educate qualified veterans interested in pursuing a career in nursing," said Judith McFetridge-Durdle, dean of FSU's College of Nursing. "This grant will also strengthen the college's position as a participant in Florida State's veterans support initiatives and its goal to be the most veteran-friendly university in the nation." 

The grant will support College of Nursing faculty to assess veteran eligibility for the VBSN program. The program will grant military veterans credit for their previous experiences and allow them to enter either the Traditional or Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program. Veterans who enter the Accelerated BSN program may become BSN prepared registered nurses in just one year.  

"This grant will allow the college to offer qualified veterans who served as medics or corpsman a more rapid pathway to licensure as a registered nurse," said Associate Professor Jim Whyte, program director for the grant. "Based on my own naval career, I feel this program will allow us to capitalize on these highly skilled veterans and help them to expand their scope of practice at the BSN level." 

The grant also will fund a variety of activities such as mentoring and other forms of support, and is focused on preparing the faculty to address the needs of veterans, especially those with extensive combat experience in the wars over the past decade.  

"Florida State is committed to the success of our veterans and their post service transition into our society as resilient, effective leaders," said Billy Francis, director of FSU's Student Veterans Center. "This program grant is a union of civilian-veteran understanding that will propel veterans into exciting futures."

Daisy Award
Nominations for the Daisy Faculty Award are now open  
LeaderShape 2015

Four FSU College of Nursing students (Sara Jacobs, Lauren Mix, Darby Payne, and Megan Smith) recently completed LeaderShape 2015. The LeaderShape Institute is a nationally recognized six-day program that seeks to energize, inspire, develop, and support students who have a commitment to lead with a high level of integrity. LeaderShape is one of many programs at FSU's The Center for Leadership and Social Change. More information can be found on the LeaderShape site.


Graduate Research Exposition

Thanks to everyone who came out to the 3rd Annual Spring Doctor of Nursing Practice Research Exposition!
The Spring Doctor of Nursing Practice Research Exposition is an annual showcase featuring DNP nursing capstone projects to the University and community. We had 19 graduate students showcasing their research through poster and oral presentations.
If you are interested in the research programs, the research program is available via this link . 


Undergraduate Research

Faculty and graduate student applications are now open for FSU's 2015-2016 Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP). UROP is a nationally recognized, year-long program in which over 250 high-achieving underclassmen, transfer, and veterans students serve as research assistants to faculty and graduate students. Faculty and graduate student mentors interview and select admitted UROP students and direct their work during the year. All UROP students attend a year-long research colloquium and present at the annual FSU Undergraduate Research Symposium.

As UROP Research Sponsors, faculty members, postdocs, and graduate students from any department can have undergraduate research assistants at no cost to them. Faculty can also receive a materials grant of up to $1,000 and be eligible for a $2,000 Undergraduate Research Mentor award. 

We encourage you to upload a research or creative project for which you would like research assistants (and view previous UROP projects) through our site: Projects must be uploaded by August 23rd, 2015.

For more information on UROP, contact Dr. Joe O'Shea, Director of the Center for Undergraduate Research & Academic Engagement, at

Dr. Mai Kung

Nurses make up the largest segment of the nation’s health care workforce, yet their vital role on the front lines of patient care is not always fully realized or utilized.

Mai Kung, a faculty member at Florida State University’s College of Nursing since 2007, is seeking to change that through influencing and shaping health care policy to remove unnecessary government limitations on the nursing profession in order to improve patient care. (click for more)