Why is it so difficult to reform our health care system? David Mirvis, adjunct professor of public health, has some insight. The professor, investigator, and analyst will speak on three occasions to the UT and broader community.
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Carole Myers, associate professor of nursing, wrote an op-ed in the Tennessean entitled “Let skilled nurses ease health burdens.” In the piece, Myers addressed removing barriers to primary health care services by allowing advanced practice nurses to practice to the full extent of their education and training. One of these barriers is the requirement of restrictive physician supervision of advanced practice nurses.
When Hurricane Sandy bore down on New York City, it knocked out power inside the neonatal intensive care unit at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, silencing all the machines that kept the tiny infants alive. The unique nursing skills needed in such situations are exactly what the Global Disaster Nursing Program in the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, teaches.
Many learn by doing. This is especially true for nursing students. UT is renovating an existing building to improve simulated instruction and research for the College of Nursing.
The College of Nursing honored forty of its alumni during a celebration of its fortieth anniversary. The Fabulous Forty Nursing Alumni were named at the fourth annual NightinGala on Sept. 21. The Fabulous Forty—forty outstanding College of Nursing alumni—were nominated and selected because of how they make a difference in the lives of individual patients, organizations, and/or the community.
The College of Nursing is receiving $2.5 million in grants to care for the underserved at a Knox County school clinic while gaining invaluable learning experiences. The two grants from Human Resources Services Administration in the US Department of Health and Human Services are a million dollars more than the college’s research funding total for fiscal year 2012.
UT’s College of Nursing is marking the end of a year-long celebration of the college’s fortieth anniversary and kicking off an exciting forty-first year full of growth with its annual NightinGala fundraiser, 6:00 p.m. on Friday, September 21, at the Downtown Knoxville Hilton.
It is hard to imagine a world without anesthesia. It is crucial for everything from surgery to pain management. Nurse anesthetists are often the main providers of anesthesia care. Now, a UT nurse anesthetist will be instrumental in guiding the future of nursing and advanced practice nursing care across the state. Donald Bell, a clinical associate professor of nursing and certified registered nurse anesthetist, has been elected chairman of the Tennessee Board of Nursing.
A joint endeavor between the colleges of nursing and engineering has been launched as a new product to help build a better workforce of health professionals worldwide. Called Lippincott’s DocuCare EHR, the new product integrates electronic health records commonly used in hospitals and medical offices into a simulated learning tool for students.
The College of Nursing has received a big boost in its mission of preparing highly skilled nurses to meet a growing demand. The college has received a $50,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program. This funding arrives as new numbers show a growing deficit of nurses in the state.