College of Nursing News

Faculty News and Notes

Honors and awards for the university’s faculty and graduate students.

Professors Explore End-of-Life Needs for HIV/AIDS Patients in Appalachian Region

Approximately 10,000 Americans die with an HIV/AIDS diagnosis each year, and many of these patients lack access to the care they need at the end of their lives. This is especially true for those who live in the Appalachian region. A group of nursing professors at UT is embarking on a study to try to change this. The study team includes Sadie Hutson, associate professor, and Ken Phillips, professor and associate dean of research in the College of Nursing.

College of Nursing Students Receive Scholarships; Help Fill Nursing Shortage

A grant awarded to the College of Nursing is helping fill the nation’s nursing shortage. For the second year in a row, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program is awarding $10,000 scholarships to select students—those who are making a career switch to nursing and are members of a group that is underrepresented in the field. This year, eight students will receive scholarships.

Faculty News and Notes

Honors and awards for the university’s faculty and graduate students.

Nursing Grad Combines Service, Studying with Honors Degree

Jessica Wilson will have a special distinction when she graduates this week: She’s the first student to complete the College of Nursing’s honors program. In the past, she said, “it’s been difficult for nursing students to graduate with honors.” The rigor of the nursing curriculum kept them from finishing their honors requirements. This year, Sadie Hutson, associate professor of nursing, launched an honors program within the college. To graduate with honors, students must complete eight honors nursing courses and maintain a GPA of 3.5.

Honorary Degrees, Notable Speakers Highlight Spring Commencements

UT will award two honorary degrees and welcome a host of accomplished speakers at this spring’s commencement ceremonies, which begin May 8. Honorary degrees will be awarded to renowned journalist John Seigenthaler at the College of Law commencement and to opera singer Mary Costa, known as the voice of Sleeping Beauty, at the College of Arts and Sciences commencement. More than 3,730 undergraduate and graduate students will receive degrees at thirteen college ceremonies this spring.

College of Nursing Helps Launch Leadership Institute

The College of Nursing is helping to address our state’s most pressing health care challenges—access, quality, and cost—through the development of the Tennessee Nursing Institute for Leadership and Policy. The college is launching the institute on behalf of the Tennessee Action Coalition. The College of Nursing and AARP Tennessee are co-leaders for the TAC.

Free Health Fair for UT Community on April 3

From allergy testing and weight management to answers to your medical questions, the UT community will have a place to go to get free help—with or without insurance—on April 3. The College of Nursing is joining forces with the Student Health Center and UT Medical Center for HealthBeat 2013, a free health fair for UT students, faculty, staff, retirees, and their families. The health fair will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. A variety of screenings and tests will be provided, and information booths will be set up with representatives from various health care organizations and UT departments.

UT Students Mark Twenty Years of Spring Break Volunteering

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It’s been twenty years since Volunteers began serving others during spring break. A team of students and supervisors is heading back to Miami this weekend—where it all began—as well as to Tallahassee, Florida, and Washington, DC, to continue the twenty-year tradition of Tennessee Volunteers volunteering during their spring break. Students from the colleges of law and nursing, and from the campus’s Habitat for Humanity chapter area also getting involved.