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  • University of Texas School of Nursing at Houston | School of Nursing Newsroom
    studying the aggregate needs of many people in this case adults with memory loss and second the nursing students worked directly with this special population at Amazing Place In addition to teaching at UTHealth School of Nursing Helton works part time at Amazing Place as the RN health services manager Because of Amazing Place s innovative approaches and wellness care for those with mild to moderate dementia Helton said she was eager to bring Community Nursing students to Amazing Place for their clinical rotations With the growing number of people with dementia it s apparent that our future nursing leaders must be well prepared to care for this population and their families Helton said In addition to interacting with the Amazing Place participants the nursing students were responsible for completing special projects including a Healthy Heart Program for Valentine s Day The program presented to participants and their caregivers included educational materials blood pressure screenings and any necessary referrals The UTHealth students found that the participants at Amazing Place eagerly followed along with the Healthy Heart presentation and felt the program was a great success Many of the caregivers also had blood pressure screenings and they were able to vent about the stress some have in caring for their loved ones said May 2011 BSN graduate Valencia Robinson Caregiver stress is regularly addressed by the Amazing Place team and the UTHealth students were able to observe this practice at first hand In researching the issue of caregiver stress I learned that my own mother has been exhibiting signs of caregiver burnout such as neglecting her own personal needs and revolving her life around caring for my grandmother said Kimberly Hunter who graduated with her BSN degree in May This really gives me perspective about the need for community health nursing

    Original URL path: https://nursing.uth.edu/news/detail.htm?id=3391188 (2013-06-13)
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  • University of Texas School of Nursing at Houston | School of Nursing Newsroom
    Center at Houston UTHealth School of Nursing Center on Aging will include a keynote address by May L Wykle Ph D R N director of the University Center on Aging and Health at Case Western Reserve University Wykle will discuss the future of caregiving for elders and also will be presented with the Outstanding and Enduring Gerontological Professional award for her work over the last 25 years Presenters will focus on patient safety as well as specific patient problems such as prediction and prevention of pressure ulcers and the prevention of delirium The conference is aimed at professional caregivers including nurses hospital and nursing home administrators social workers home health workers ombudsman volunteers and home caregivers This is the final conference funded by the Valley Trust Fund and our goal is to focus on safety and caregiving since the original purpose of the Trust was to improve safety and caregiving of the elderly said Nancy Bergstrom Ph D the Theodore J Mary E Trumble Professor in Aging Research and director of the UTHealth Center on Aging at the UTHealth School of Nursing Over the past 25 years the UTHealth School of Nursing has hosted the conference with a mission to

    Original URL path: https://nursing.uth.edu/news/detail.htm?id=3360567 (2013-06-13)
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  • University of Texas School of Nursing at Houston | School of Nursing Newsroom
    In January 2012 face to face classes will begin meeting on campus in the heart of the Texas Medical Center every Thursday for three semesters The deadline to apply for 2012 spring admission is Sept 1 2011 The RN BSN program is designed for registered nurses who want to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree The required curriculum contains 60 prerequisite hours 31 nursing course hours and 29 advanced placement hours If you re an ADN or diploma nurse ready to complete your BSN this is great news because you no longer have to wait until May to start said Diana J Pressley UTHealth School of Nursing s assistant director of admissions and recruitment By adding spring admissions we re responding to the many prospective students wanting a traditional classroom experience that includes personal interaction with faculty and colleagues while also offering convenience with work and family responsibilities Students accepted to the RN BSN program may be approved to take designated graduate courses that will apply to Master s programs while completing their BSN Applications also are being taken for May 2012 admissions The deadline to apply is Jan 15 2012 Classes meet every Wednesday for three semesters

    Original URL path: https://nursing.uth.edu/news/detail.htm?id=3308376 (2013-06-13)
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  • University of Texas School of Nursing at Houston | School of Nursing Newsroom
    in Nursing Education Leadership will give the nursing school s dean the ability to support his or her own research as well as meet the priority needs of the school as they change during the coming years This generous gift is a testament to the impact of Dean Starck s leadership upon the nursing profession and will make a lasting impression on our School of Nursing said UTHealth President ad interim Giuseppe N Colasurdo M D Roy M Huffington who earned a doctorate in geology at Harvard was a well known Texas oilman and a former United States ambassador to Austria A life member of the UTHealth s Development Board for 27 years at the time of his death he made several major gifts to the institution topping 5 million In 2008 the UTHealth School of Nursing honored Huffington as the school s first million dollar donor for his cumulative contributions to support 18 Doctor of Nursing Practice scholarships Dr Roy Huffington was a long time and loyal friend of nursing who strongly supported education and research at the School said UT Health School of Nursing Dean Patricia L Starck D S N R N I am very grateful for

    Original URL path: https://nursing.uth.edu/news/detail.htm?id=3262330 (2013-06-13)
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  • University of Texas School of Nursing at Houston | School of Nursing Newsroom
    of the Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association she currently is co editor of the AAPINA newsletter Jennifer E Sanner Ph D R N will be an assistant professor tenure track in the Department of Nursing Systems effective August 1 Sanner was among 10 Ph D graduates of the UTHealth School of Nursing in 2011 after defending her dissertation The Role of Serotonin in Depression and Clotting in the Coronary Artery Disease Population She also earned her master s degree in women s health at UTHealth where she was awarded scholarships that included the PARTNERS Travel Award and the James T and Nancy B Willerson Endowed Scholarship Dr Sanner held the senior research nurse position on Dr Lorraine Frazier s grant while she was a doctoral student here said Patricia L Starck D S N R N dean of the UTHealth School of Nursing We look forward to having her on our faculty where she may teach across departments and take a major responsibility for assisting Dr Frazier to complete the last year of her grant investigating genetic influences on cardiac outcomes This summer Sanner attended the Summer Genetics Institute a tuition free one month intensive research training program at the National Institutes of Health NHI in Bethesda Maryland It is with great pleasure that we welcome Jing Wang and Jennifer Sanner to the Systems department said Assistant Dean and Department Chair Lorraine Frazier Ph D R N They are both so full of excitement and energy and will be a great addition to our school Meng Zhou R N will join the Department of Integrated Nursing Care as an assistant professor of clinical nursing effective Aug 1 She is a Ph D in Nursing candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who anticipates her doctoral degree

    Original URL path: https://nursing.uth.edu/news/detail.htm?id=3241882 (2013-06-13)
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  • University of Texas School of Nursing at Houston | School of Nursing Newsroom
    were recently awarded academic scholarships by the Healthcare and Nursing Education Foundation HNEF during a luncheon at the Junior League of Houston The students are Melissa Tan Attiya Noor Mitien Nguyen and Melanie Newman who started her accelerated second degree bachelor s program Bacc2 at the UTHealth School of Nursing in summer 2011 Tan began her B S N courses in spring 2011 and the other two HNEF scholars will start nursing school in fall 2011 I chose UTHealth because I believe it is the best nursing education program in Texas and I found the accelerated option even more enticing as someone changing careers said Newman who is originally from Middletown New York but recently moved to Houston from Austin HNEF Nursing Scholarships for 2011 were awarded to a total of 19 Houston area students based on academics leadership ability community involvement financial need and commitment to pursuing a professional nursing career in the Houston area Recipients receive up to 3 000 per year for their freshman and sophomore years and 4 000 per year for their junior and senior years to be applied toward tuition books and or fees Three UTHealth nursing students received HNEF scholarships in 2010 More

    Original URL path: https://nursing.uth.edu/news/detail.htm?id=3241831 (2013-06-13)
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  • University of Texas School of Nursing at Houston | School of Nursing Newsroom
    of existence UTHealth President ad interim Giuseppe N Colasurdo M D greeted the commencement ceremony audience and participants He praised all of the loved ones who support our graduates through this incredible journey and noted that they would not be here tonight without your efforts Cathy L Rozmus D S N R N professor and associate dean of academic affairs presided over the school s annual celebration of academic achievement filling in for Dean Patricia L Starck who was unable to attend Commencement speaker Peter Davies M D Ph D UTHealth provost and executive vice president of research and the Roger J Bulger M D Distinguished Professor told graduates You are now equipped and prepared to serve Reflecting on his own career of nearly 40 years Davies said Those things that haven t changed are the foundations of what makes a healthcare professional caring about others underlies all that we do He urged the new graduates to face the huge challenges and stresses in their professional lives by exemplifying the three constants of trust integrity and compassion Leslie Bowlin Bennett vice chairman of the PARTNERS community support organization was on hand for the presentation to undergraduates of the traditional nursing pin which is a gift from PARTNERS The nursing pin has its origins in the badge of the Nightingale Training School established in 1925 by Florence Nightingale The ceremonies also included the recognition of student awards and the announcement of Pamela J Hodges Ph D R N as winner of the 2011 John P McGovern Outstanding Teacher Award The school s Spring 2011 graduates included 219 students at the bachelor s level 73 earning the master s M S N degree and 11 candidates receiving the Doctor of Nursing Practice D N P degree Among the six 2011 Ph D

    Original URL path: https://nursing.uth.edu/news/detail.htm?id=3078362 (2013-06-13)
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  • University of Texas School of Nursing at Houston | School of Nursing Newsroom
    University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston UTHealth School of Nursing UTHealth President Ad Interim Giuseppe Colasurdo M D thanked attendees for their support for the School of Nursing and for helping to fund healthcare education Dean Patricia Starck D S N R N highlighted numerous accolades achieved by the School which now is ranked by U S News World Report as the top nursing graduate school in Texas The UTHealth School of Nursing continues to be an institution of excellence and that excellence isn t possible without the continued support of PARTNERS Dean Starck said I m always in awe of everything PARTNERS does Master of ceremonies and former news anchor Steve Smith gave a brief history lesson of the PARTNERS organization which has raised more than 1 million toward scholarships faculty research grants and endowed professorships since its formation in 1994 This year the organization will award its 100th full nursing scholarship PARTNERS Board chair Leslie Bowlin Bennett recognized true friends of UTHealth and the School of Nursing Chris and Maria Pappas for their dedication to the organization Chris is president and CEO of Pappas Restaurants as well as CEO of Luby s Fuddruckers Maria along with other community service has served on the PARTNERS Board and executive committee the UTHealth Development Board and the School of Nursing s Advisory Council Over 400 guests laughed and shed tears as Padilla described her five year journey through her cancer diagnosis treatment and recovery My nurses were like my own beautiful angels around me helping me to keep on fighting said Padilla I may not be able to thank all of the nurses I came across but it is because of organizations like PARTNERS that great nurses do exist Padilla performed two moving arias before ending a heartfelt keynote

    Original URL path: https://nursing.uth.edu/news/detail.htm?id=2956327 (2013-06-13)
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