USF Nursing proudly hosts the U.S. Air Force “Nurse Transition Program”
The College of Nursing at the University of South Florida hosted the U.S. Air Force “Nurse Transition Program” in the College’s high-tech Simulation Learning Lab on Feb. 21, 2012. USF Nursing Simulation Lab faculty and staff set up the specialized simulation exercises needed for the Air Force program, and debriefed the nurses after completion of simulation exercises using video recordings of them in action. One of the USF College of Nursing faculty involved was Alicia Rossiter, MS, FNP, PNP-BC, Director of Graduate Simulation who 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, Graduate School of Nursing, Bethesda, MD. Ms. Rossiter was able to share her experience with the other Air Force Nurses as she assisted with the training program.
Air Force Nurses train using Nursing’s human patient simulators. (Major Stauffer second from right).
“Our Nurses were in awe of the USF College of Nursing and continue to talk about how great the staff students are,” said Wanda Stauffer, Major, USAF, NC, Nurse Transition Program Coordinator, TGH/6 MDB Joint Partnership, MacDill AFB. “We truly appreciate the time you [Rossiter] were able to spend with our nurses you gave them additional confidence in their choices to become Air Force nurses and helped alleviate some of their anxiety of what their futures may hold.”
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 using the College’s human patient simulators. Faculty, staff, and students were invited to meet and greet the Air Force nurses.
Student evaluation comments included:
Dean Morrison-Beedy (center) with Major Stauffer (1st on right), Major Laitaker-Myers (2nd from left), and Air Force nurses in the USF Nursing Skills Lab.
“I have done code sims before but this has by far been the best experience!”
“Why didn’t I get to do this during my undergrad? Really great, thank you!”
“This was a great refresher course for going to active duty. The assigned roles were very beneficial.”
“I appreciated being able to “watch” myself in action. That was very beneficial to me!”
“Great instruction really enjoyed the video playback.”
USF Nursing Dean Dianne Morrison-Beedy, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN, who visited the Air Force nurses during training in the learning lab, said the College is proud to collaborate with our armed services in such endeavors. “This event with the Air Force is the latest example of our ‘Nursing in the Military’ efforts,” Dean Morrison-Beedy said.
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 web site.