Victoria Niederhauser News

College of Nursing Establishes Torchbearer Professorship

Tami Wyatt

Tami Wyatt, assistant dean of graduate programs in the College of Nursing and co-director of the Health Information Technology and Simulation Lab, has been named the first Torchbearer Professor in Nursing. This is the first endowed position in the college to be funded by private donations.

College of Nursing Receives Grant to Help ‘Career Switch’ Students

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.

Nursing Dean Receives Patriot Award for Support of Active Duty Staff Member

From left, Jim Foggin, ESGR Representative for the Navy Operational Support Center in Knoxville, Capt. Teresa Kennard, College of Nursing Dean Victoria P. Niederhauser, and Army Reserve Ambassador John Dyess.

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.

Colleges of Nursing, Engineering Team Up For Health Simulation Lab

The pediatric room at the HITS Lab is nearly indistinguishable from one in a real hospital, right down to working medical equipment. The goal of the project, jointly brought to life by UT's College of Nursing and College of Engineering, is to put students in as real of an environment as possible.

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.

Faculty Members Represent UT in Leadership Knoxville

Two UT faculty members are representing the university in Leadership Knoxville’s Class of 2014. Ernest Brothers, assistant dean of the Graduate School, and Victoria Niederhauser, professor and dean of the College of Nursing, are two of the forty-eight area leaders in this year’s class of accomplished professionals from an array of backgrounds. This is the thirtieth year of Leadership Knoxville, whose mission is to “…build a stronger Knoxville by developing people and groups, leading to a greater community.”

UT Nursing Professors Aim to Prepare Appalachian Region for the Worst

In Clay County, Kentucky, flooding or ice frequently blocks access to emergency services. If a tornado hit the area, shelter would also be hard to find. A group of UT faculty members and students is trying to change this situation. Nursing professors in the Global Disaster Nursing program are working with architecture and environmental engineering professors, law enforcement professionals, graduate students, and Clay County community partners to improve the area’s community wellness and disaster preparedness.