College of Nursing News

UT Nursing Professors Aim to Prepare Appalachian Region for the Worst

In Clay County, Kentucky, flooding or ice frequently blocks access to emergency services. If a tornado hit the area, shelter would also be hard to find. A group of UT faculty members and students is trying to change this situation. Nursing professors in the Global Disaster Nursing program are working with architecture and environmental engineering professors, law enforcement professionals, graduate students, and Clay County community partners to improve the area’s community wellness and disaster preparedness.

Professor Marian Roman Honored for Psychiatric Care

Marian Roman, an associate professor of nursing at UT has been honored for her work in aiding people with mental illness in the Knoxville community. She is the recipient of the 2013 Award for Innovation from the American Psychiatric Nursing Association. The APNA recognizes nurses who exemplify excellence across the spectrum of psychiatric–mental health nursing practice, education, leadership, research, and innovation.

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.