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
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
“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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.