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Transforming Healthcare Transforming Lives:
Creating the Nursing Leaders of Tomorrow and the Research that Improves Health

Bulls Encouraging and Assisting through Research and Scholarship

Teddy Bear wearing USF Nursing shirt

Help USF Nursing brighten a child's hospital stay this holiday season with the B.E.A.R.S. program!

Send a Bear

Through the USF College of Nursing’s B.E.A.R.S. Program, you can help our Nursing Students bring smiles to sick children all over Tampa Bay! Our custom commemorative bears, dressed in their very own 2015 USF Nursing uniforms, will be hand delivered by our Nursing students this holiday season.

Child receiving a bear
Child receiving a bear
Child receiving a bear
Child receiving a bear

Not only will your gift give a smile, but 100% of the proceeds benefit the USF College of Nursing through research and student success initiatives.

Each bear, or basket of bears, you sponsor through B.E.A.R.S. helps us transform healthcare and transform lives. At some point in our lives, we will all need a nurse and your support will ensure that USF continues to produce the outstanding nurses who will care for you and your family.

B.E.A.R.S. deliveries will take place during the holidays at the following participating hospitals:

  • St. Joseph's Children's Hospital
  • Sarasota Memorial Hospital
  • Tampa General Hospital
  • Morton Plant Hospital
  • Morton Plant Mease
  • Florida Hospital Tampa
  • All Children's Hospital, St. Petersburg

For more information about USF Nursing fundraising priorities, please contact Holly Lisle at or 813.974.2570, or visit

The USF Foundation is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. Contributions to the USF Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.