College of Nursing News

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.

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.