Tami Wyatt, associate professor of nursing, has been named to the 2014 class of the American Academy of Nursing fellows. Wyatt was selected for her leadership in education, management, and policy, and her work to improve the health of the nation. She and 167 nurse leaders will be inducted as fellows during the Academy’s 2014 Transforming Health, Driving Policy conference on Oct. 18 in Washington, D.C.
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For the third year in a row, the College of Nursing is receiving money from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to provide scholarships for students who are making a career switch to nursing. The college has received a $50,000 grant from the New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program. The money will fund five $10,000 scholarships for second-career nursing students who are members of an underrepresented group or from a disadvantaged background.
Earning a college degree is a time-consuming endeavor on its own, but Olaoluwapo Omoleke, a soldier in the US Army Reserve, managed to graduate with highest honors while deployed in Kuwait. Omoleke graduated last December with a bachelor’s degree in nursing through UT’s online RN-to-BSN program. He will walk in the College of Nursing’s commencement ceremony at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, May 10, in Thompson-Boling Arena.
Alumnus and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Noble Wilford will receive an honorary doctorate during this semester’s commencement ceremonies. Wilford, a 1955 journalism graduate, will receive an honorary doctorate of letters and science at the College of Communication and Information ceremony on May 7. He headlines the list of accomplished speakers at this spring’s college ceremonies, which begin May 7 and run through May 10. More than 3,800 undergraduate and graduate students will receive degrees at thirteen college ceremonies this spring.
From hearing screening to allergy testing to blood typing, the UT community can find answers to several of their health questions at HealthBeat 2014, a free health fair for UT students, faculty, staff, and retirees as well as their families. The College of Nursing is joining forces with the Student Health Center and UT Medical Center for HealthBeat 2014, which will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on April 2 in the University Center Ballroom. A variety of screenings and tests will be provided. Insurance is not required for any of the screenings or tests. Small fees will apply only to those screenings that require lab work.
College of Nursing Dean Victoria P. Niederhauser received a Patriot Award on Friday for supporting one of her faculty members who was deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan. Niederhauser was nominated by clinical instructor Captain Teresa Kennard, who was deployed as a member of the US Navy Reserve Nurse Corps from July 2012 to March 2013.
If “practice makes perfect” holds true, medical and assisted living facilities could see a marked improvement thanks to a new center opening on campus. The College of Nursing and College of Engineering teamed together to come up with the HITS—Health Information Technology and Simulation—Lab, creating spaces identical to a variety of care facilities, complete with actors and manikins serving as patients.
One of the fastest growing graduate programs at UT has again risen in the 2015 U.S. News and World Report graduate rankings released today. UT’s graduate program in nuclear engineering now ranks fifth among all universities in the nation. The supply chain management and logistics graduate program held steady at seventh place among public universities and eleventh place nationally, the same as last year.
Students and faculty of the College of Nursing and the College of Architecture and Design are addressing rural Appalachia’s wellness and disaster planning through the UT Appalachia Community Health and Disaster Readiness Project. Funded by a grant from the US Health Resources and Services Administration, the project is researching the needs of Clay County, Kentucky, an impoverished area in Appalachia.
The College of Nursing has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare to be used for a 2014 doctoral student scholarship. The college is matching the funds. As a recipient of this grant, the college is part of a national effort to stem the faculty shortage and prepare future nurses as America’s health care system continues to evolve.