Sadie Hutson News

UT Nursing: Digital Stories Could Help Dying Patients Communicate

Before she died, Theresa and Raphael’s mother created a video message to comfort her children, remind them of her everlasting love, and assure them that everything is as it should be. Though her story is not real, it is the type of message a person dying of HIV/AIDS may want to leave behind. It is one of four digital stories created as a UT College of Nursing pilot research project. The goal is to create a tool that can help persons with HIV/AIDS communicate their end-of-life and advanced care planning wishes.

Roman Forts to Urban Forestry: Mic/Nite Highlights Faculty Research

Got six minutes and forty seconds? That’s all you need to learn about some of the intriguing research happening at UT. Faculty and staff are invited to Mic/Nite on Thursday, October 10, to hear eleven of their peers talk about their work, which ranges from urban forestry to ancient Roman forts. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Relix Variety Theatre with a social hour, including a cash bar and free pizza.

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.

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.