College of Nursing News

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.

Nursing Instructor Returns Home from Serving in Afghanistan

US Navy Captain Teresa Kennard, a clinical instructor in the College of Nursing, was interviewed by multiple media outlets when she arrived home Friday from serving in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Faculty, staff, and family greeted her at the airport with a homecoming celebration. Kennard was in charge of the Warrior Recovery Center in Kandahar.

Colleges Help Launch Covenant Nursing Leadership Series

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Two colleges at UT have partnered with Covenant Health to train today’s nursing leaders to navigate the fast-changing world of health care. The College of Nursing and College of Business Administration launched the new Covenant Nursing Leadership Series in January. Fifteen participants—ranging from unit managers to chief nursing officers—are engaging in an intensive eighteen-day leadership development series over the course of nine months.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Tami Wyatt

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Tami Wyatt’s big idea is called DocuCare. An assistant professor of nursing, Wyatt and her idea are helping build a better workforce of health professionals worldwide.

Human Rights Week to Feature Talk by Kofele-Kale

The UT Amnesty International chapter will celebrate its third annual Human Rights Week March 11 through 20 with speakers on issues ranging from due process rights in foreign lands to reproduction rights to prisoners wrongly sentenced on death row. The week will kick off with a lecture by Ndiva Kofele-Kale at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 11, in the University Center Ballroom. A former UT faculty member, Kofele-Kale is now a professor of public international law at Southern Methodist University. Kofele-Kale, who was born in Cameroon, is leading the defense team representing Marafa Hamidou Yaya, former Secretary General of the Presidency of Cameroon.