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  • University of Texas School of Nursing at Houston | Centers and Programs
    Nursing Continuing Education Program provides professionals from various backgrounds the opportunity to maintain or enrich their current knowledge base as well as maintain the skills and competencies to meet their current and future needs in nursing practice Center for Education and Information Resources CEIR The Center for Education and Information Resources is responsible for providing comprehensive and advanced technology solutions for the faculty and students of the School of Nursing The CEIR department researches and implements student application software performance measurement tracking applications web communication systems and state of the art classroom instructional technology The department also supports faculty and students in the areas of instructional design and distance education Through the continual implementation of the latest instructional and medical electronic applications the CEIR provides tomorrow s nurses and today s faculty with the technological information they need to become leaders in the changing medical arena Center for Nursing Research CNR The Center for Nursing Research promotes collaborative research and provides a research centric environment in which faculty and students can increase their research productivity The Center s primary goals are to enhance the quality of research on both an individual and institutional basis and to attain clinical research leadership that will in turn attract leading nurse researchers as well as extramural funding to support the various programs of research The Center for Nursing Research s 22 000 square feet are dedicated to biomedical laboratory space including tissue culture and radioisotope rooms a support lab several behavioral labs a biomedical engineering lab a controlled environment lab and core support services Center for Substance Abuse Education Prevention and Research The Center for Substance Abuse Education Prevention and Research promotes education evidence based practice and research on substance use disorders The Center provides direction for national multidisciplinary faculty initiatives to foster substance

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  • University of Texas School of Nursing at Houston | School of Nursing Newsroom
    Richard recalls I didn t really know much about fit in clothing I just went to the department where they had large sizes Even buying undergarments was hard Clothes and underwear sizes are not the same I also had to buy different size shoes As I was losing weight my feet were getting smaller It was a shock Dr Schumann knew about that too After dieting for several months I went to the department where I normally shopped and couldn t find anything to fit me I didn t know what to do I don t remember feeling so helpless ever I actually started crying and called my daughter on my cell phone She said Mother go to another store where they can fit you When I did a clerk helped me I needed a size 4 Clocks menus scales and cheers Time management was a big challenge finding time to shop and cook says Richard And there was a lot to learn about food like the right combination of foods to eat to get fuel for the body The whole group got a health magazine for Christmas from Laurie Rutherford M B A director of student affairs Richard notes I have to write down what I eat Then I own it I see where I need to modify If I m going out to dinner I plan ahead I look at labels on food And I watch Biggest Loser on the treadmill Although in some cases it was hard to celebrate their fitness achievements with friends or even in families there was encouragement from unexpected sources Members of Dr Schumann s exercise group were cheerleaders for the SAO Special Project And everyone agrees that their children were great ready to join in the get healthy program Pressley had been changing her style of eating but had basically left her children s diets alone Then one day her daughter said I want to eat like you do She laughs Once when she saw me making an unhealthy choice she said Should you be eating that The contagion spreads Of course it wasn t just about food Dr Schumann measured Grant Fay Park They walked around the park Soon they were getting noticed Schumann who now is dean of Houston Baptist University s School of Nursing and Allied Health comments I see more students walk They come to you One of my students ran a 5K with me The clinical students are wearing pedometers There s a halo effect Richard s grand daughter wanted to go along when she went out to exercise Kids mimic They want to walk to bike she explains Pressley adds I m going to help my sister She wants to lose weight now Richard started a spin class It was all highly appropriate for a workplace like UTHealth where good health is the core business Dr Schumann notes This is about trust A heavy set nurse does not create trust Tweaking The past few months members

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  • University of Texas School of Nursing at Houston | School of Nursing Newsroom
    decision of this long time faculty pacesetter School of Nursing Dean Patricia L Starck D S N R N said Dr Marcus was on the search committee when I was interviewed for my current position 29 years ago and I recognized her then as a leader not only in the nursing school but in the university as well In 2012 Marcus received The University of Texas System Board of Regents highest honor the Regents Outstanding Teaching Award ROTA in recognition of her performance in education and research She also is a member of The University of Texas Academy of Health Science Education a system wide organization of distinguished scholars recognized for their teaching excellence She has served twice as department chair and was interim dean of the School when I took a short sabbatical several years ago Starck said She has been an excellent teacher and mentor She has conducted ground breaking federally funded research and contributed greatly to solving the problems of substance abuse in our community working with vulnerable populations Marcus is well known as co founder of Project SMART S t M ary s A cademic R esearch T eam The after school program is an ongoing collaboration between two UTHealth schools and the community of St Mary s United Methodist Church based at HISD s Foster Elementary in a historically underserved neighborhood of southeast Houston Started years ago by Marcus and Pastor Thomas Walker of St Mary s Project SMART uses evidence based health promotion strategies to improve nutrition physical activity and avoidance of risky behaviors in fourth and fifth grade children Volunteer seniors from St Mary s mentor the students and support their participation in the program Now one of several UTHealth initiatives that educates young students about nutrition last November the Project SMART participants

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  • University of Texas School of Nursing at Houston | School of Nursing Newsroom
    her Ph D in nursing research from Texas Woman s University in 2000 Joining UTHealth s faculty that year she later became coordinator of the B S N degree program She frequently combines fundraising for various causes with her dedication to fitness by encouraging students to join her in outdoor charitable events She truly cares about her students and is always there to help another student wrote about Schumann Even though we move on in the program and she is no longer our instructor she still encourages us to keep going She knows how to listen to our concerns and she constantly seeks feedback from current and previous students to improve the learning environment for future classes On June 1 Schumann begins a new challenge as dean of the School of Nursing and Allied Health at Houston Baptist University I have worked with Renae since she was a graduate teaching assistant and have watched her develop into a seasoned professional She is indeed unique and beloved by students said Patricia L Starck D S N R N dean of the UTHealth School of Nursing for the past 29 years She will make a fine addition to the nursing leadership in our community when she becomes a dean at HBU The 2013 graduate teacher of the year is co director of the school s new Accelerated FNP DNP Program Thank you Dr Hanks for all of your positive feedback and constructive criticism wrote a nominating graduate student You were a great introduction to what being a family nurse practitioner is all about Hanks joined the UTHealth School of Nursing faculty in 2010 after teaching in the School of Nursing of The University of Texas at Arlington and providing primary health care in a medically underserved area of Dallas He earned the

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  • University of Texas School of Nursing at Houston | School of Nursing Newsroom
    Grimes Dr PH R N professor in the School of Nursing s Department of Nursing Systems will lead the project Co investigators from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston UTHealth Medical School are Professor Eric J Thomas M D M P H and Assistant Professor Jason M Etchegaray Ph D Madelene Ottosen M S N R N nurse planner in the School of Nursing s Center on Aging also is a co investigator This proposal addresses the Institute of Medicine research agenda What policies and incentives foster teamwork and professional collaboration The study will evaluate the impact of state regulations on APRN physician teamwork collaboration and patient outcomes while accounting for the scope of APRN practice and the patient safety culture in the clinical setting We will study APRNs and physicians in Federally Qualified Health Centers designated as Community Health Centers in six states with the most restrictive and 10 states with the least restrictive regulations of APRNs said Grimes These are similar vulnerable populations in settings that adhere to the same federal policies so differences in findings are more likely to be related to state regulations than to patient or organizational differences In 2012 the RWJF awarded 359 million in grants in seven program areas nationwide seeking to improve the health and health care of all Americans The Isla Carroll Turner Foundation Trust awarded Bergstrom and the Center on Aging an award of 30 000 for January through December 2014 Projects funded in this award include the Harris County Long Term Care Ombudsman Program Return to Community End of Life Preparations for Minority Populations and Caregiver Education via Social Media Also a 2013 American Association of Diabetic Educators Sigma Theta Tau Grant for 6 000 was awarded to Jing Wang Ph D M P H R

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  • University of Texas School of Nursing at Houston | School of Nursing Newsroom
    nurses who got me back on the road when I really needed it She described the rehabilitation and recovery process as dealing with the small everyday things first then the big things everyone wants Praising nurses as the warming heart of healthcare Cody credited compassionate care and encouragement by nurses for helping her reclaim her independence Now 26 Cody is seeking a master s degree in public health at George Washington University and looking for new ways to influence politics and policy making on behalf of medical research women s health and disability rights issues We all have our own individual stories in life and our struggles and everyone sometimes needs help she said What counts is what we share with each other and how we show we care The keynote presentation closed with a slide show that illustrated Cody said How we got those nerdy doctors out of their labs In May 2011 researchers joined a four day dive trip to the Grand Cayman Islands They worked with 10 disabled veterans and 10 volunteers in a control group under the auspices of the foundation s dive team and Operation Deep Down the military branch of Cody Unser s Great Scuba Adventures The researchers gathered neurological and psychological data to examine the hypothesis that scuba diving affords a therapeutic tool that might add to what is known as exercise science Thanks to Operation Deep Down Cody now is an honorary member of the Paralyzed Veterans of America and she also was recently awarded the Red Cross Adult Humanitarian Award She continues to help veterans from current and past conflicts to heal In opening remarks at the luncheon PARTNERS Board Chair Carolyn Moody Drake observed How wonderful it is to be a part of all who Share The Care and give of themselves authentically creatively and lovingly Drake a 1975 B S N graduate noted the recent tragedies and loss of life in Boston and in West Texas and said The nurse is born to serve when there is a disaster the nurse is among the first responders willing to risk life health and his or her own well being Philanthropist Jan Duncan a PARTNERS lifetime member was honored as an ardent community leader who states her life purpose as Love in Action as well as being a true friend of the UTHealth School of Nursing In observance of April 25 as international Pay It Forward Day Drake invited the audience to take away from the table settings a flower in its vase donated by former PARTNERS chair Leslie Bowlin Give it to someone you care about so we may continue to inspire one another Drake said B S N student and luncheon volunteer Savannah Wiley complied with the flower sharing idea by giving it to her neighbor s little girl A few minutes later the little girl I had Shared The Care with rings my doorbell and without saying a word she reaches up and hands me a hand picked

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  • University of Texas School of Nursing at Houston | School of Nursing Newsroom
    while also practicing the important academic skills of effective presentation and explanation of their research On April 19 the lobby and third floor of the nursing school displayed posters and abstracts by B S N honors master s and doctoral level students describing their research Judges selected blue ribbon winners in several categories and announced a People s Choice award at the end of the day Best Graduate Poster Presentation Linda Cole M S N R N for Creating an Integrative Medicine Program in Tertiary Care Hospital Best Undergraduate Poster Presentation Stacey Carter et al for Patients as Partners in the Radiology Department at Methodist Hospital A Pioneering Approach to Assessing and Implementing Patient Centered Communication Overall Best Poster Best Graduate Poster Presentation Linda Cole for Creating an Integrative Medicine Program in Tertiary Care Hospital After recruiting 36 patients at the pain management service of a Texas Medical Center hospital Cole s study concluded that guided imagery via an MP3 player recording appeared to be a viable complementary and alternative medicine CAM approach to reducing pain anxiety and analgesic use Selected for the People s Choice Award for best poster presentation were undergraduate honors students Stephen Crawford Kevin Schultz and

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  • University of Texas School of Nursing at Houston | School of Nursing Newsroom
    the incidence of these diseases through education and positive reinforcement These students are making a difference in the lives of vulnerable Houston families at the community level As part of an innovative CFC program called Be Happy Choose Healthy senior B S N students are providing education to food pantry clients on a variety of topics including healthy eating habits exercise interpreting nutrition labels meal planning and specific diseases Utilizing a pre post test method nursing students reward clients who demonstrate improvement with Food Bucks which the clients can redeem for six extra food items of their choice So far the agency reports 75 percent of the educated clients chose healthy foods and fresh produce over less healthy pre packaged foods This grocery store model is a significant change for food pantry clients who previously received pre packaged bundles of food The freedom of choice not only empowers clients but also provides an opportunity to utilize what they ve learned said Patricia Paty Morales CFC s director of family support services Our clients are low income families pregnant women the homeless and seniors who often have chronic health problems one weekly client is a 93 year old man The food pantry at Community Family Centers relies primarily on donations from the Houston Food Bank for its supply of food Daily it serves at least 150 low income people with emergency food needs Community health nursing requires a thorough nursing assessment of an area and its health problems as well as identification of available resources like Community Family Centers Helton said Data collected by the clients selections demonstrates a significant improvement in the community s health knowledge and lifestyle choices BSN students who participated in Be Happy Choose Healthy last month under Helton s direction include Kathryn Simpson Bethany Sphar Ashley

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