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2022-2023 Catalog
Nursing student

School of Nursing

The School of Nursing offers a wide variety of programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The program has a community-based, population-focused curriculum corresponding to changes in healthcare delivery trends. The curriculum helps students understand community environments as well as nurturing and building relationships with community agencies. In 2005, the School of Nursing was selected as the first flagship program at UNF.

Our nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the Florida Board of Nursing, and the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (CoA-NA.) The School of Nursing is committed to providing opportunities for students to pursue their professional degrees in nursing. The program is designed to encompass both liberal arts and professional studies.

The primary goal of the programs is to prepare nurses to practice effectively in a variety of settings and administer nursing care, which promotes, maintains, and restores health to individuals, families and communities. Leadership and a commitment to the profession through research are included in the competencies of the programs. Graduates are prepared to function not only as professional practitioners, but also as educated citizens capable of effecting and dealing with change in society.

Interested candidates should review the essential functions that are necessary of all enrolled nursing students.

Baccalaureate Nursing Program

The School of Nursing at the Brooks College of Health offers four (4) tracks for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). The curriculum is community-based in that it supports engagement with the community throughout the nursing major, nurturing and building relationships with community agencies throughout their time in the nursing program. The program also provides a strong basis for continuing education and graduate study in nursing. View information on undergraduate admission and degree requirements

Graduate Nursing Programs

School of Nursing at the Brooks College of Health offers four (4) tracks Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). These tracks include the post-MSN DNP for those holding active certification in a designated specialty who wish to complete the clinical doctorate as well as the post-MSN DNP for those wishing to complete a DNP and obtain certification as a Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Additionally, the School of Nursing offers BSN-DNP tracks for those who wish to become Family Nurse Practitioners or Certified Registered Nurses Anesthetists. The School of Nursing will begin offering a post-MSN certificate track in 2021 for those who do not desire a DNP, but wish to obtain certification as a PMHNP. Details regarding each of our graduate nursing tracks are available through the below links. The school of Nursing also offers a MSN program with 2 tracks, Nursing Education and Leadership/Administration.

Admission requirements for our graduate programs are posted through the "Admissions" link on the left-side menu on the graduate nursing programs website through the link below.. Please note that they vary by track as do application deadlines and start terms. Questions regarding admission to the Nurse Anesthetist track should be directed to Questions regarding admission to all other tracks should be directed to
View Information on graduate admission and degree requirements.

School of Nursing Faculty

Michelle L. Edmonds, Ph.D., F.N.P.-B.C., Director, School of Nursing

Undergraduate Program Coordinators

Judy M. Comeaux, D.N.P., A.P.R.N.,P.N.P, Director, FAN & Regular Prelicensure B.S.N.
Deirdre Shoemake, D.N.P.,C.N.S Director, Accelerated Prelicensure B.S.N. 
Linda K. Connelly, Ph.D., A.P.R.N., Director, R.N.-B.S.N. Bridge


Faith Adams, D.N.P., A.P.R.N. F.N.P.-B.C., Clinical Assistant Professor
Mary Grace Amendola, Ph.D., R.N. Assistant Professor
Elizabeth Aull, M.S.N., RNC-MNN, IBCLC, Instructor
Joy Bailey, Ph.D., R.N., Assistant Professor
Julie Baker-Townsend, D.N.P., A.P.R.N., Assistant Professor
Chaka Brittain, D.N.P., R.N., C.N.E
Lauren Boardman, D.N.P., M.S.N., R.N., Assistant Professor
Amy Connor, M.S.N., R.N., Instructor
Cora Evensen, M.S.N., R.N., Instructor
Katherine Meuti, D.N.P., C.R.N.A., Assistant Professor
Miriam Griffin, Ph.D., R.N., Instructor
Stacey Hobbick, D.N.P., M.S.N., R.N., Assistant Professor
Lillia M. Loriz, Ph.D., G.N.P., B.C., Professor
Katrina Magyar, M.S.N., R.N., Instructor
Jan Meires, Ed.D., A.P.R.N., F.N.P.-B.C., Professor
Bridget McQuaig, D.N.P., A.P.R.N., F.N.P.-B.C.
Brittany Nettles, D.N.P., A.P.R.N., F.N.P.-B.C., Assistant Professor
Patricia Richards, D.N.P., A.P.R.N., F.N.P.-B.C., Assistant Professor
Connie Roush, Ph.D., R.N., Associate Professor
Jane Sander, D.N.P., A.P.R.N.,P.M.H.N.P.-B.C, F.N.P.-B.C Assistant Professor
Bethanie Simmons-Becil, D.N.P., A.P.R.N., PMHNP-BC, Assistant Professor
Dawn Turk, DNP, APRN, PNP-BC, Clinical Assistant Professor
Christina Wright, D.N.P. A.P.R.N., C.N.C-B.C.

Graduate School of Nursing

Michelle L. Edmonds, Ph.D., F.N.P.-B.C., Director, School of Nursing

Graduate Program Directors
Michele Bednarzyk, D.N.P, A.P.R.N., F.N.P.- B.C., Associate Clinical Professor Professor & Program Director, Family Nurse Practitioner Program
Ryan Shores, DNP, CRNA, Assistant Professor, Program Director Nurse Anesthesiology
Bethanie Simmons-Becil, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, Assistant Professor, Program Director PMHNP program


Lauren Boardman, D.N.P., M.S.N., R.N., Assistant Professor
Judy Comeaux, D.N.P., A.P.R.N., P.N.P., Associate Professor
Cynthia Cummings, Ed.D., R.N., Associate Professor
Katherine Meuti, D.N.P., A.P.R.N., C.R.N.A.- Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator
Debran Harmon-O'Connor, D.N.P., A.P.R.N.,C.R.N.A., Assistant Professor
Lillia Loriz, Ph.D., A.P.R.N. G.N.P.-B.C., Professor
Jan Meires, Ed.D., A.P.R.N., F.N.P.-B. C., Professor
Jane McCarthy, Ph.D., A.P.R.N, C.R.N.A, F.A.A.N, Professor
Bridgette McQuaig, D.N.P., A.P.R.N., F.N.P.-B.C., Assistant Professor
Daniel Miller, D.N.P., A.P.R.N., C.R.N.A. Instructor
Jurgen Osterbrink, Ph.D., R.N.A., Clinical Professor
Jonathon Pabalate, D.N.P., A.P.R.N., C.R.N.A., Instructor
Patricia Richards, D.N.P., A.P.R.N., F.N.P- B.C., Instructor
Connie Roush, Ph.D., R.N., Associate Professor
Carol Roland, D.N.P., C.R.N.A., Assistant Professor
Ryan Shores, D.N.P., A.P.R.N., C.R.N.A, Assistant Professor and Assistant Program Director, Nurse Anesthesia Program
Nina Smith, M.S.N., A.P.R.N., F.N.P.-B.C., Instructor
Dawn Turk, D.N.P., A.P.R.N., P.N.P.-B.C., Assistant Professor
Amy Suralis, D.N.P., C.R.N.A, Assistant Professor