Rene Love, PhD, DNP, PMHNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs — Graduate Clinical Education
What are some of your responsibilities as an associate dean?
My responsibilities include establishing an environment for our Doctor of Nursing Practice, or DNP, faculty and students that supports the academic degree and ultimately leads to improving patient outcomes through our graduates. To that end, I work with DNP faculty to review curriculum and clinical sites, ensuring that the College of Nursing’s program is consistent with national and state standards. I work with students to help them move along their academic journey successfully.
Do you have any particular goals you hope to achieve as associate dean?
I had goals that extended to five years after arriving in February of this year. Well, now that’s all changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. My goals include the following: 1) moving our program up in the rankings to No. 1 in the nation, 2) guiding students toward establishing and achieving their practice and scholarship goals and 3) supporting DNP faculty with their scholarship as they move toward becoming leaders in Florida and the nation.
Who in the nursing world influences you?
I have been very fortunate to have been mentored by some incredible nurse leaders and clinicians. I would like to acknowledge Dr. Donna McArthur and Hildegard Peplau as influencing me in my career. Dr. McArthur emulates the idea of “paying it forward” in her dedication to mentoring and teaching. I first met Dr. McArthur when I entered my DNP program at Vanderbilt. She was the DNP director of the program and not only supported my DNP degree, she connected me to a PhD program where I was able to successfully complete my academic journey. I share the conviction of paying it forward with both faculty and students.
Hildegard Peplau is the “mother of psych-mental health nursing” and is the reason I practiced psych-mental health. Her work in psych-mental health laid the foundation for nurses like myself to enter the specialty. If you have not read her theory on interpersonal relations, you may want to take a moment to review it, as it supports all nursing relationships with both patients and colleagues.
Can you share an interesting fact about yourself?
I have a philosophy of trying things, challenging myself. So, when faced with an opportunity to ride a camel, I did. And while in Australia, I fed a kangaroo and held a koala bear. I tried to touch a snake but I have yet to be successful at that challenge. I have also had the pleasure of having dinner with Margaret Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada’s mother. She was very entertaining and spoke with great insight. I was an active volunteer for the Red Cross and debriefed volunteers in New Jersey and New York who worked during the 9/11 crisis.
What hobbies do you enjoy outside of work?
My favorite hobbies are anything outdoors, including hiking and yard work. Since the pandemic, I have started painting landscapes with acrylics by using YouTube videos for beginners.