Posted on Feb 21, 2014

USF Nursing warms patients’ hearts on Valentine’s Day

USF Nursing warms patients’ hearts on Valentine’s Day

University of South Florida College of Nursing delivered 100 cuddly teddy bears to patients at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg on Valentine’s Day. USF Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) cadets joined USF College of Nursing students, alumni and friends to personally deliver the teddy bears.

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All Children’s Hospital patient, Duane White, 2, hugs University of South Florida ROTC cadet, Jordan Stauffer, as fellow cadet, Jamie Larson, looks on during the bears delivery on Valentine’s Day. Photo by Allyn DiVito, All Children’s Hospital

“We were thrilled to bring joy to these little patients on Valentine’s Day,” said Dianne Morrison-Beedy, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN, senior associate vice president of USF Health and dean of the College of Nursing. “This initiative demonstrates USF College of Nursing as a positive force in Tampa Bay in partnership with our hospital and corporate partners, allowing us to fund new research and scholarship.”

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USF College of Nursing student, Katie Severson, helps Duane White, 2, open the box containing a stuffed bear wearing the USF Nursing uniform. Photo by Allyn DiVito, All Children’s Hospital

USF College of Nursing does this as part of the USF College of Nursing Bulls Encouraging and Assisting through Research and Scholarship (B.E.A.R.S.) program. The college created B.E.A.R.S. in an effort to provide alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends with a new way to support USF College of Nursing while impacting the community.

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All Children’s Hospital patient embraces USF Nursing teddy bear 

During the 2013 holiday season, more than 100 students, faculty, alumni and friends delivered 800 bears to pediatric patients at six hospitals in the Tampa Bay area including Mease Countryside Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Tampa General Hospital, Florida Hospital Tampa, Morton Plant Hospital, and Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

USF Nursing students and USF ROTC Cadets deliver bears to patients at ALl Children's Hospital on Valentine's Day
USF Nursing students and USF ROTC Cadets deliver bears to patients at All Children’s Hospital on Valentine’s Day

The donated teddy bears are charitable gifts that contribute to the USF Unstoppable campaign, a comprehensive fundraising effort by the University of South Florida to celebrate the energy, vision and future of one of the country’s most exciting and engaged universities.

For information on how to participate in the B.E.A.R.S. program, visit

-USF Health-

USF Health’s mission is to envision and implement the future of health. It is the partnership of the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, the College of Nursing, the College of Public Health, the College of Pharmacy, the School of Biomedical Sciences and the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences; and the USF Physician’s Group. The University of South Florida is a global research university ranked 50th in the nation by the National Science Foundation for both federal and total research expenditures among all U.S. universities. For more information, visit