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Posted on Sep 13, 2012

U.S. Air Force Nurse Transition Program Returns to USF College of Nursing

U.S. Air Force Nurse Transition Program Returns to USF College of Nursing

University of South Florida College of Nursing proudly hosted the U.S. Air Force “Nurse Transition Program” (ASAF NTP) for the second time this year on August 29, 2012.  Marisa Belote, RN, BSN, MBA, Instructor and Director of Virtual Simulation Center of Excellence and Clinical Education, and Alicia Rossiter, MSN, ARNP, FNP, PNP-BC, Instructor and Coordinator of Graduate Simulation shared their experiences as they assisted with the training program for novice nurses preparing for the Air Force. Ms. Rossiter is also a Lt. Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserves and Adjunct Faculty/Assistant to United States Air Force Chief Nurse, Uniformed Services University of the Health Science, and Graduate School of Nursing in Bethesda, Maryland. Brittny Chabalowski, RN, MSN, Instructor and Program Director for Upper Division/2nd Degree Nursing and Sequence Coordinator of Undergraduate Simulation, and Troy Hambrick, Lab Assistant  for Virtual Simulation at USF College of Nursing, also played a vital role in the simulation training aspect of the program.

University of South Florida College of Nursing proudly hosted the U.S. Air Force “Nurse Transition Program” for the second time this year. USF Nursing hosted the program in College’s Simulation Learning Lab on August 29, 2012.
Marisa Belote(far right) and Alicia Rossiter (far back left) instructing Air Force nurses during the U.S. Air Force Nurse Transition Program.

“We developed and directed the simulations in order to provide them with basic skills training such as starting IV’s, chest tubes, as well as an opportunity to run through a mock code situation,” Rossiter said. “It was a good skills refresher as they begin their preceptorships. Participation and graduation from the USAF NTP offers the participants the skills and confidence they need to hit the ground running once they arrive at their various duty assignments at  Air Force hospitals around the country.”

Two USF College of Nursing faculty members were involved including Marisa Belote, RN, BSN, MBA, Instructor and Director of Virtual Simulation Center of Excellence and Clinical Education, and Alicia Rossiter, MSN, ARNP, FNP, PNP-BC, Instructor and Coordinator of  Graduate Simulation.
Marisa Belote(far right, front) helping Nurses during the U.S. Air Force Nurse Transition Program

Two active duty Air Force nurses, Wanda Stauffer, Maj, USAF, NC and Tamara Leitaker-Myers, Major, USAF, NC, conducted training for 12 Air Force nurses alongside USF Nursing faculty.

Active duty Air Force nurse, Wanda Stauffer, Maj., USAF, NC, conducted training for 12 Air Force nurses using the College’s human patient simulators.
Maj. Stauffer training U.S. Air Force Nurses in the USF College of Nursing Virtual Simulation Center of Excellence and Clinical Education

“We’re extremely pleased with the experience we’ve had at USF College of Nursing so far,” Maj. Stauffer said. “This is a pure example of the USF Nursing’s commitment to our military. We look forward to a long-term continued relationship and collaboration with the College.”

The Air Force “Nurse Transition Program” prepares ‘novice’ nurses for active duty service, and eases their transition from inexperienced active duty nurses to competent practitioners and officers in the United States Air Force, according to the U.S. Air Force website.

“This collaboration demonstrates that the USF College of Nursing is committed to military and veteran health on all levels–from education, to research, to military partnerships,” Rossiter said. “We are so fortunate to have a Dean, Associate/Assistant Deans, faculty, and staff who are so committed to military and veterans health, many of whom have served in the military and can offer valuable expertise and experiences they need as they transition into the military.  Through this partnership, the College plays a role in preparing future Air Force nurses in Transforming Healthcare, Transforming Lives of our nation’s 2.64 million military beneficiaries and 22.4 million veteran beneficiaries. It is a great honor to be part of a program that trains military nurses who will care for those serving or have served in harm’s way.”

To read about the first ASAF NTP training program held at the USF College of Nursing visit: “USF Nursing proudly hosts the U.S. Air Force “Nurse Transition Program.” If you would like to see more photos from the second U.S. Air Force Nurse Transition Program training at the USF College of Nursing click Here.

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