College of Health & Human Services
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Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701
According to Gina Bufe, a 1987 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, the
secret to success is “a strong sense of faith, determination and perseverance.”
Bufe is the director of nursing education, quality and research at New York Presbyterian
(NYP) hospital in New York City. She earned a nursing degree from Southeast and eventually
went on to earn a doctoral degree in nursing from Saint Louis University. Bufe also
serves as the president of the Alpha Zeta chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International
Honor Society for Nursing.
She credits much of her success to the support of her family, especially her brothers,
Bob and Tom, and a nephew, T.J.
Bufe received a grant from the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence for implementing
the NYP Nursing Residency Center to assist with the acclimation and transition of
new graduate RNs to NYP. The program is aimed at preventing turnover in the high-risk
population of recently graduated RNs.
“The success of the program has been extremely rewarding,” says Bufe. “It is enjoyable
to watch young nurses thrive in their careers as a result of a program I was able
Bufe says that Southeast provided her with strong nursing fundamentals that have helped
her to succeed in the nursing profession for more than 20 years. She also says that
she was very fortunate to have been able to obtain her nursing degree through athletic
scholarships at Southeast. Bufe was a member of the gymnastics team.
“I was very honored to be a team member of the 1987 United States Gymnastics Federation
collegiate national championship team,” says Bufe.
The team was also inducted into the Southeast Missouri State University Athletic Hall