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Funding Priorities

Center of Excellence in Palliative Care Research

The Promise of Comfort

The goal of palliative care is to ease the suffering of patients and bring comfort to their families, which are core values of nursing. Hired as part of an effort to fuel continued expansion of one of the state’s largest, most comprehensive cancer programs staffed by some of the nation’s top oncology experts, Dr. Diana Wilkie, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Prairieview Trust-Earl and Margo Powers Endowed Professor, will be leading efforts across the entire UF Health Science Center to establish a Center of Excellence in Palliative Care Research housed within the College of Nursing.

Faculty Endowments

Support for Excellence in Research and Teaching

Professorship endowments for the College will help us recruit and retain premiere faculty members who excel in research and teaching.  These endowments provide the necessary funding for salaries and program initiatives that can attract and retain the best nursing faculty members in a very competitive national market.

Support for Innovation and Learning

Advances in Teaching

Private funds help ensure that the College’s Nursing Resource Center continues to have up-to-date simulation and lab equipment and that distance learning applications are current and of high quality.  These resources allow College faculty members to combine teaching talent with the best technologies.

Support for Practice

Excellence in Patient Care and Teaching

For both undergraduate and graduate nursing students, clinical practice sites offer rich learning experiences where they join faculty members in providing care. Faculty members provide health care to underserved and special populations in urban and rural settings throughout Florida. For example, Archer Family Health Care, the College’s nurse-managed practice, offers comprehensive primary care in a rural area of north Florida. Private giving can assist with operational funds for this clinic and other sites like it, expanding needed services while enriching clinical education.

Brightest Students to Faculty

Graduate Student Support

The College’s BSN-to-PhD and BSN-to-DNP programs are focused on attracting excellent graduates into doctoral study quickly.  The College offers educational preparation for advanced practice, leadership and/or research excellence in a future faculty role.   The goal is to provide each graduate student with needed financial resources to continue study without the stress of full-time employment.