In the midst of UF’s inaugural Gator Nation Giving Day on Feb. 26, the College of Nursing made the announcement that a $100,000 estate gift had been committed to benefit nursing scholarships. The gift was made by Gator Nurse and Alumni Council member Ann-Lynn Denker (BSN 1973, MN 1974), PhD, ARNP, who wished to use the momentum of Giving Day to announce her gift in the hopes it would encourage others to give.
“Nursing has been more than just a career for me,” Denker said. “Nursing has opened so many doors, and the UF College of Nursing has inspired me and laid the foundation and belief that I could do more.”
Denker has served as a chief clinical officer, nurse educator, researcher, nursing consultant and health policy expert. She has extensive experience in clinical practice, education and research, including roles of pediatric clinical nurse specialist and director of research, privacy and clinical electronic systems. Previously, she served on the Florida Board of Nursing as chair. During her tenure, she served as a fellow of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, studying regulatory issues with an interest in quality and ethical issues around for-profit nursing education.