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Press Release for Friday, September 25, 2009

UNF Nursing Faculty Receive Great 100 Nurses State Award


Joanna Norris, Assistant Director

Department of Media Relations and Events

(904) 620-2102



Several nursing faculty at the University of North Florida were recognized by the Florida Nurses Association as being among the Great 100 Nurses in the state, marking the celebration of the Association’s 100 years of service.


 “I have always known that the School of Nursing at UNF and its faculty members were exceptional,” said Dr. Pam Chally, dean of the Brooks College of Health at UNF. “Now the entire state has recognized our faculty!”


Ten School of Nursing faculty members in the Brooks College of Health at UNF were recognized as being exemplary either in the areas of administration, practice, community nursing, research, education and advocacy/role models last night at the Trade Winds Island Grand Resort in St. Petersburg during an awards ceremony.


The selected Great 100 Nurses include: Bill Ahrens (Mandarin); Dr. Kathy Bloom (San Pablo); Dr. Pam Chally (Intracoastal West); Dr. Barbara Drummond-Huth (St. Augustine); Kay Fullwood (Southside); Dr. Barbara Kruger (Orange Park); Dr. Li Loriz (Neptune Beach); Dr. John McDonough (Yulee); Doreen Perez (Mandarin); and Dr. Lucy Trice (Intracoastal West).


Ahrens has been a member of the School of Nursing faculty at UNF since 1998. He has received numerous awards, including the Jo Ann Barnett Award for Compassionate Nursing Care in Education from the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Nursing Alumni Chapter this year, a Brooks College of Health Undergraduate Teaching Award and a Students’ Choice Outstanding Professor award. This month, he completes a two-year term on the Florida Nurses Association Board of Directors.


Bloom is an exemplary nurse researcher. Not only does she have an extensive record of research, she is a mentor to junior faculty and to students alike. A nurse researcher should not only be someone who conducts expert research, but rather someone who is able to inspire others to continue along with their own research.


Chally serves as the dean of the Brooks College of Health at UNF. She has been an educator for more than 35 years and has received six teaching awards, including an Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award from UNF. Chally plays an active role on many community boards and professional organizations, and as a former chair of the Board of Nursing, she worked to improve the nursing shortage in Florida. As an advocate for health care and nursing, she has received the Desmond Tutu Peace and Reconciliation Award, UNF Distinguished Professor, EVE Award and Woman of Influence from the Jacksonville Business Journal.


Drummond-Huth has more than 30 years of experience as a nursing administrator and led Flagler Hospital to be the first hospital in Northeast Florida to achieve Magnet status, a symbol of excellence. This distinction mirrors her own personal commitment to the education of her staff in support of quality nursing care. She has twice been chair of the Florida Organization of Nurse Executives.


Kay Fullwood had a great role model throughout her nursing life and as a result, tries to be an excellent role model to others in the nursing profession. She works to incorporate professionalism into practice and identification with the values of the nursing profession.


Kruger is the perfect example of a community/public health nurse and has been instrumental in the development of the community-based, population focused curriculum at UNF. She has ascertained all faculty (not just the community nursing faculty) have a working knowledge of public health principles.


Loriz serves as the director of the School of Nursing at UNF. Her leadership and advocacy are driving forces behind a community nursing program that has made a difference in the lives within the Northeast Florida five-county region. Placing the community at the center of the School’s practice, responding to their issues, and building on available resources, these collective efforts have supported and strengthened partner capacities, positively impacting health care and access to care. Some 350 service-learning projects have provided 25,000 student-hours each year in initiatives involving more than 50 community partners, with significant benefits experienced by those served.


McDonough has been actively involved in the education of nurse anesthetists since 1994, developing various nurse anesthetist programs that have a reputation as being high quality, innovative programs. He has developed a truly stellar program, utilizing state-of-the-art technology in order to maintain the same quality at all points of instruction.


Perez serves as director of Student Medical Services. As a nurse for 31 years, she always felt advocacy was one of the most important roles nurses could embrace. She has had the opportunity and privilege to participate in national, state and local activities that support policy reform related to student health care. During her last five visits to Washington, D.C., she worked on issues related to women’s health, drug and alcohol use in higher education and contraceptive pricing.


Trice is the associate dean in the Brooks College of Health and has been an administrator in nursing education since 1992, when she was appointed as interim chair for the then Department of Nursing at UNF. During her tenure as chair, she was instrumental in the movement of the Department of Nursing to its designation as the School of Nursing. Under her guidance as director of the School of Nursing, faculty collaboration became more evident and the attrition of nursing faculty decreased. Together with the Brooks College of Health dean, Trice was able to secure funding for expansion of the nursing program.