UT will award an honorary degree to a national advocate for children and welcome leaders in business, healthcare, and government for spring commencement ceremonies set for May 6–8.
College of Nursing News
On Friday, first responders from eleven agencies participated in a disaster drill and more than 100 nursing students—the entire junior class—portrayed victims, complete with theatrical makeup that gave them realistic-looking gashes and bruises. The catastrophe played itself out in the morning, then gave way to an afternoon exercise where campus officials talked about repairs, closures, press briefings, and the process of getting back to normal.
Health resources will be available to the UT community at HealthBeat 2015, a free health fair for UT students, faculty, staff, and retirees, as well as their families.
The International Health Care Mission is this week’s featured Partnership That Makes a Difference. The program immerses students in a new culture, sharpens their skills, and gives them an intensive clinical experience.
The Tennessee Action Coalition, an effort supported by UT’s College of Nursing and AARP Tennessee, will receive a second round of two-year grants in the amount of nearly $133,000 through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) Future of Nursing State Implementation Program.
“Nothing will take away this pain. But my pendant is a tangible memory of the life Alex lived, physically touched by my little angel,” Jenn Swindle said. “It’s a reminder that Alex was real. And some days, I just need a reminder that she was real.”
Knowing how much the Precious Prints pendant meant to her, Swindle encouraged the College of Nursing to partner with UT Medical Center to offer the pendants to other families who lose a child at that hospital.
Clinical Assistant Professor Lynn Blackburn will lead eighteen students and two faculty members from the College of Nursing to Alajuela, Costa Rica, for the college’s annual international health care trip. The group departs March 13.
A group of UT students and faculty will spend spring break building a kiosk to bring clean water to one Appalachian community. From March 16 to 20, the UT team will join community volunteers to erect the building at Red Bird Mission in Clay County, Kentucky.
Gary Ramsey, clinical assistant professor of nursing, and Susan Speraw, research professor of nursing, are faculty trailblazers in the College of Nursing.
HealthBeat 2015 will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, in the Carolyn P. Brown Memorial University Center Ballroom.