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Leaders on the Move

The College of Nursing at the University of South Florida is on the move! In 2010, the College of Nursing passed many milestones in our progress to greater national prominence. We danced to the news of successful CCNE re-accreditation, stepped lively to my pace as new Dean, and realigned our organizational structure and strategic goals -deep

breath-. Our faculty refocused efforts into Centers of Research Excellence,

shifted gears to help veterans RESTORE LIVES, and nudged past national competitors to be ranked 28th nationally in NIH funding -deeper breath-. We redeployed resources to expand our clinical collaborations, promoted excellence with DNP Signature Residencies, and challenged traditional boundaries through interprofessional partnerships -really deep breath-. Our students raced to higher levels of success, pushed past the pack in NCLEX pass rates, and traveled far to gain a global perspective. Whew! Do we stop here? We are actually just getting started! The College of Nursing has been infused with the energy, enthusiasm and expertise of three world-class nursing professionals who have joined us as Associate Deans. Moving from across the nation, these leaders have been drawn to USF by our success in improving health through education, research, collaboration and practice. Together with our existing leadership, they will guide the efforts of our faculty, staff and students as we create the nursing leaders of tomorrow and the research that improves health. Dianne Morrison-Beedy, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN Senior Associate Vice President, USF Health


Leaders on the Move

Cindy L. Munro, RN, ANP, PhD, FAAN moved from Virginia Commonwealth University to join us as Associate Dean for Research and Innovation. Dr. Munro will lead the research efforts of an innovative nursing faculty that has been ranked 28th nationally in NIH funding. With a Center for Nursing Research and Centers of Research Excellence in Symptom Management, Oncology/Palliative/End-of-Life Care, Women’s Health, and Psychoneuroimmunology, the College of Nursing achieved more than $3.3 million in external funding for faculty and students in 2010. This includes a $2.1 million federal grant to fund the RESTORE LIVES Center to help veterans heal from symptoms of combat exposure like PSTD and TBI. Dr. Munro will ensure that the Nursing PhD Program remains integral to our research efforts and continues producing the next generation of nurse scientists. We are creating the research that improves health by developing the science that redefines patient care.

Rita F. D’Aoust, PhD, ACNP, ANP-BC, CNE, FAANP moved from the University of Rochester to join USF as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Interprofessional Initiatives. Dr. D’Aoust will lead academic nursing education programs at the baccalaureate, masters and doctoral levels that are known throughout the region for excellence and responsiveness to community needs. USF has one of the first DNP programs approved in Florida, and is the first to offer Signature Residencies in high demand specialty areas. We are one of only two institutions to receive a $1.3 million federal grant to train nursing faculty in the use of simulation learning, informatics and telehealth. We are creating the nursing leaders of tomorrow who improve health through excellence in education and interprofessional initiatives along with other health professionals including our Colleges of Medicine, Public Health, Pharmacy, and the School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitative Services.

Constance G. Visovsky, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC moved from the University of Nebraska Medical Center to join us as the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Community Engagement. USF Nursing students continue to succeed at levels in the top tier nationally in NCLEX and certification scores. The college increases the USF global presence through educational opportunities such as our Community Health International Clinical Experiences in Panama. The college supports student success with initiatives such as focused advising, peer tutoring, learning services, professional counseling services, and international education experiences. Financially, we support our students by obtaining and distributing over $1 million annually in college-based aid. In addition, we are expanding clinical partnerships into an extended service area to meet community needs. Dr. Visovsky will ensure that the college continues to engage our community and offer opportunities for students to experience diverse populations and global health issues. We improve health as we create the nursing leaders of tomorrow by supporting student success, community collaboration, continuing education and global interaction.

The USF College of Nursing is at a remarkable time with Leaders on the Move… envisioning the brightest tomorrow and blazing the trail to get there.


“The College of Nursing at USF has a history

of excellence and under Dean

Morrison-Beedy’s leadership is poised to be even

more successful. We continue to make great

strides in national prominence through ever

increasing research funding and scholarly

activity. I am excited to bring my expertise to

USF and am ready to push on to new vistas

of research and innovation. The College of

Nursing has emerged as a national player

in research and is moving to even greater


I am proud to be known as one of our USF

Nursing Leaders on the Move!”


Cindy L. Munro

Associate Dean of Research and Innovation

Cindy L. Munro, RN, ANP, PhD, FAAN is the Associate Dean of Research and Innovation at the USF College of Nursing in Tampa, FL. Dr. Munro joins USF from the Virgina Commonwealth University School of Nursing where she held a Nursing Alumni Endowed Professorship and was a faculty member for almost 20 years. She has held affiliate appointments in the VCU School of Medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

Dr. Munro began her nursing career as a diploma graduate of York Hospital School of Nursing in York, PA. She earned her Bachelor’s in Nursing Science at Millersville University of Pennsylvania, a Masters in Nursing Science at University of Delaware, and a PhD in Nursing and Microbiology and Immunology at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Dr. Munro has published more than 80 articles. She also served as the measurement services coordinator at the Virginia Commonwealth University Center for Biobehavioral Clinical Research.

Dr. Munro’s research activities focus consistently on the relationship between oral health and the prevention of systemic disease, and have been supported by funding of more than $8 million in direct costs as a principal or co-investigator. She recently received a $1.78 million continuation grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research focused on oral care in critically ill adults, and is currently studying the impact of chlorhexidine mouthwash prior to intubation procedures on the prevention of pneumonia in mechanically ventilated patients.

Dr. Munro is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and serves on the Academy’s Acute and Critical Care Expert Panel. She is nurse co-editor of the American Journal of Critical Care. Dr. Munro practiced as an adult nurse practitioner at Petersburg Health Care Alliance in Petersburg, Virginia, and was an active member of the Chesterfield County Virginia Medical Reserve Corps.


“USF Nursing is already known as a leader

with cutting-edge educational programs

that address national standards while being

responsive to local and global health needs.

The support for Interprofessional Education

throughout USF Health is crucial as nurses

and other health professionals learn to work

collaboratively. I fell in love with the faculty

and energy here; everyone has a can-do

attitude. I will apply my expertise to moving

us toward greater educational excellence

and interprofessional initiatives.

I am proud to be one of the USF Nursing

Leaders on the Move!”


Rita F. D’Aoust

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Inter-professional Initiatives

Rita F. D’Aoust, PhD, ACNP, ANP-BC, CNE, FAANP is the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Interprofessional Initiatives at the College of Nursing in Tampa, FL. Dr. D’Aoust joins the University of South Florida from the University of Rochester School of Nursing in Rochester, NY, where she was director of the accelerated bachelor’s and master’s programs for non-nurses. She was also Director of the Center for Education and Simulation Technology at University of Rochester.

Dr. D’Aoust earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, as well as three master’s degrees: first, in advanced practice nursing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in medical-surgical nursing; second, as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner; and third, as an Adult Nurse Practitioner. Dr. D’Aoust earned her PhD from the University of Rochester Warner School of Education and Human Development where she studied teaching and learning in higher education with a focus in health profession education. She maintained an active practice as an Adult Nurse Practitioner serving the uninsured in a neighborhood clinic in Rochester for more than 11 years.

Dr. D’Aoust secured education funding and was the Principal Investigator on a $900,000 HRSA D10 grant to increase enrollment in the accelerated nursing program. Other funding includes the Helene Fuld Foundation, USBC Bank, a USA Trustee grant for more than $6 million dollars, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for accelerated nursing student scholarships.

Dr. D’Aoust is actively involved in interprofessional education and interdisciplinary practice. She serves as book review editor for the Journal of Interprofessional Care and was appointed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to a national task force to examine the IOM Report and its impact on AACN’s Essentials of Baccalaureate and Essentials of Master’s

Education national curriculum standards. She participated in a national

consortium of nursing education, practice and research partners hosted by Duke University and AACN to evaluate the outcomes of nursing education. Dr. D’Aoust has received several honors and awards including awards for excellence in teaching and fellowship in the National Academy of Nurse Practitioners.


“The USF College of Nursing has a long

history of producing top-quality nurses and

engaging the community to ensure program

excellence. I believe our customer base is

more than students; it also includes faculty,

staff, alumni, hospitals and our community

partners. I bring my expertise in student

services and community engagement to the

table to move the college into position for

attracting the best students and producing

the best nurses to compete in today’s global

nursing profession.

I am proud to be at USF as one of our leaders

on the move!”


Constance G. Visovsky

Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Community Engagement

Constance G. Visovsky, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC is the College of Nursing’s Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Community Engagement at the University of South Florida. Dr. Visovsky joins USF from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing where she was an Associate Professor of Nursing and Director of the Master’s Program.

Dr. Visovsky received her BSN and MSN, as an acute care nurse practitioner in oncology, from the University of Rochester School of Nursing, in Rochester, NY. She received her PhD from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH while working as a clinical instructor at the institution.

Dr. Visovsky’s recent research studies investigate the efficacy and feasibility of a home-based resistance program for ameliorating neuromuscular fatigue and weakness in women undergoing chemotherapy for the treatment of breast cancer.

Dr. Visovsky also completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at CWRU on a translational research oncology grant sponsored by the National Cancer Institute. This research focused on exercise as an intervention for patients with peripheral neuropathy. She worked as a nurse practitioner throughout her studies, and her patient experiences helped her to define the challenges faced by patients as they undergo treatment for cancer.

As a researcher and oncology nurse practitioner with an interest in the neurotoxic and myotoxic effects of chemotherapy, Dr. Visovsky has served as a reviewer or editoral board member on more than a half dozen scholarly journals. She has been appointed to numerous National Cancer Institute grant review panels and is recognized by the National Cancer Institute as a leader in the area of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy and cancer symptom management. Dr. Visovsky practiced as an oncology nurse practitioner at the University of Nebraska’s Peggy Codrey Patient Care Center.


About the College of Nursing

Research on the Move

• Ranked 28th in NIH funding for 2010 • Centers of Research Excellence and

specialized programs that build on our strengths and meet the changing health care needs of the region, nation and the world including: - Symptom Management - Oncology/Palliative/End-of-Life Care - Women’s Health - Psychoneuroimmunology - Veteran’s Health

• World-class faculty integrating technology, education and research

• PhD Program with many innovative research foci

Academics on the Move

• Innovative educational programs responsive to the changing needs of our dynamic community.

- Bachelors degree with 4 sequences - Masters degree with 9 concentrations - DNP with 11 Signature Residencies • CCNE accreditation of BS, MS and DNP

programs for longest period allowed • USF Health supports interprofessional

opportunities for faculty and students • New facilities with state-of-the-art

simulation center and a cutting-edge biobehavioral laboratory

• The Center for Interprofessional Education and Simulation is a state-of-the-art, 100,000 sq. ft. facility for interdisciplinary training and research in simulation and innovative continuing education models

Students on the Move

• More than $1 million in college-based student aid in 2010

• Clinical collaborations with 11 major hospitals and more than 350 clinical sites • International student learning experiences

in Panama

• Consistently in top tier nationally of NCLEX-RN exam and national certification exam pass rates


University of South Florida College of Nursing

12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., MDC 22

Tampa, Florida 33612

Phone: (813)974-7863






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