Fall is the time of year that I yearn to be back in the Carolina hills, watching leaves turn color and enjoying the sound and feel of stepping on acorns as you walk. And did I mention the cool, crisp mornings and clear blue skies? Even though that’s not what we get in Florida, I do not complain! I am very aware that some of you would swap places with me — those of you who are in paths of relentless fires or sudden hurricanes, digging out of devastating damage and loss, or assessing damage from floods and wind. To those who have experienced loss and challenges due to weather — or COVID-19 — know that your Gator sisters and brothers are thinking of you and send our best wishes for your safety and well-being.
Our virtual fall Alumni Council meeting in September was a hint that fall was at the doorstep — if we just had a football game to cap that off! It was wonderful to “be together” with everyone who was able to connect virtually. The virtual Mentor Meet-and-Greet that followed was a big success! We had over 140 students and 25 alumni mentors who participated. If you were on any of those sessions, we would enjoy hearing your feedback. And if you are interested in sharing your nursing experiences in future sessions, please let us know. You will quickly learn our UF nursing students are fantastic.
We were able to award 15 students with our Alumni Council Book Awards. It was a wonderful experience for those on the committee to call a couple of students each and inform them of their scholarships.
Also this fall, several virtual Gator Nurse Gatherings were held across Florida. Many of you have participated in past gatherings held in various areas. The virtual events have been so successful that many others are being planned, so stay alert for one in your area! The virtual format means our gatherings can be held in many areas that we have not previously been able to go physically.
In addition, I hope many of you will join me for the Rita Kobb Nursing & Health Informatics National Symposium on Feb. 19. Visit here for more information and to register.
COVID-19 still threatens lives — BE SAFE, Gator Nurse heroes. ALL Gator Nurses, please educate, mentor and lead in wearing masks, distancing and avoiding crowds.
Care, Lead, and Inspire … and Go Gators!
BSN 1965, MSN 1988