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USF College of Nursing Dean Dr. Dianne Morrison-Beedy (center) & Nursing students pose with patient, USF freshman Krista Karlsen(photo courtesy USF College of Nursing/Fl. Hospital Tampa)
USF Nursing B.E.A.R.S. Program
The holidays may be just a bit happier for some children thanks to the USF College of Nursing and its B.E.A.R.S. program. University Beat on WUSF TV tags along as participants hand out some of the 800 furry friends the program is delivering to young people at Tampa Bay area hospitals.

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USF Nursing students deliver bears to children at Florida Hospital Tampa as part of the B.E.A.R.S. program (photo courtesy USF College of Nursing/Fl. Hospital Tampa)
USF Nursing B.E.A.R.S. Program

Being stuck in the hospital for the holidays is tough for anyone, but it’s especially hard on young people. Students and faculty at the USF College of Nursing are reaching out in a small, but heartfelt way, by handing out teddy bears to 800 young patients in Tampa Bay area hospitals. University Beat on WUSF 89.7 tags along on one of their deliveries, which was only missing Santa and his reindeer.

Program Schedule

Radio - During "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 Tuesday after the 6:45 AM and 8:45 AM newscasts | During "All Things Considered" on WUSF 89.7 Tuesday at 5:44 PM | After "Florida Matters" on WSMR 89.1 Monday just before 10:30 PM
- Tuesdays at 11:55 AM and 8:55 PM, and various times throughout the rest of the week

For more information

B.E.A.R.S. (Bulls Encouraging and Assisting through Research and Scholarship) website

$50 to send one child in a Bay area hospital a bear, or a basket of 12 for an entire floor for $500.

Contact Don Snyder (dsnyder3@health.usf.edu) or 813-974-2570 for more information



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