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Press Release for Tuesday, April 26, 2011

UNF School of Nursing Awarded Stellar School Chapter Recognition

Joanna Norris, Associate Director 

Department of Public Relations 

(904) 620-2102 





The University of North Florida’s School of Nursing and the University of North Florida Student Nurses’ Association are among 10 nursing programs across the country to receive Stellar School Chapter Recognition by the National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA). UNF is the first and only Florida nursing program to receive this national recognition.  


UNF nursing students were recently recognized during the opening ceremonies of the 59th Annual NSNA Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Stellar School Chapter Recognition is awarded to schools that demonstrate and exemplify leadership as well as professionalism among nursing students and is awarded for five years.  


“This is such a great testament to the dedication of students and faculty in the School of Nursing,” said Dr. Li Loriz, director of the School of Nursing at UNF. “We continue to be so proud of all of their ongoing accomplishments.” 


 Fourteen UNF nursing students, all partially supported by the Charles and Doris Nevaiser Endowed Nursing Scholarship, were represented at the national convention, including Harris Zeliff, president of the UNF SNA, and UNF assistant nursing professor Dr. Judy Comeaux. UNF had the highest number of posters selected for presentation at the convention. Presentation of posters is a scholarly way for students to present the outcomes of their projects.  


The application process for Stellar School Chapter Recognition is elaborate and showcased the many accomplishments of the UNF SNA during the past five years, including the Platinum School Community Award in 2007 for community education programs. Between 2000 and 2009, nursing students at the University completed 337 community projects.  


Nursing students are assigned to a home base at the beginning of the nursing program and remain in that same assigned home base throughout their nursing school experience. The goal is to provide education and learning resources regarding relevant health issues tailored to the specific needs of each individual population. 


One of the projects headed up by UNF nursing students include the Panda Project, a partnership with Wolfson Children’s Hospital. The project entails using innovative methods to decrease fear, anxiety and pain in children who undergo painful procedures. UNF SNA raised funds to purchase toys, books and games to fill a “Panda Box” for pediatric patients and continues to keep supplies in the boxes replenished as they are depleted by the children.  


 Additionally, the UNF SNA chapter has a strong record of leadership at both the national and state levels. In recent years, students from the chapter have held a number of statewide offices, including president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer to name a few.  


The School of Nursing at the Brooks College of Health offers a wide variety of programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The nursing program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the Florida Board of Nursing. 


The Brooks College of Health offers a full complement of degree programs and specialized certifications in community and public health, rehabilitation counseling, nutrition, health administration, nursing and nurse anesthesia, exercise physiology, athletic training and physical therapy.