A new Center for Nursing Practice will be established within the College of Nursing, thanks to a generous donation from Richard and Poppy Buchanan. Richard is a retired physician and Poppy served as a public health nurse in Tennessee for a number of years.
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Victoria Niederhauser, dean of the College of Nursing, has been named to the American Academy of Nursing’s 2015 Class of New Fellows.
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.
The College of Nursing has been awarded a $2 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration to improve clinical education for family nurse practitioner students.
Lynda Hardy has joined UT’s College of Nursing as associate dean for research.
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.
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.
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.”
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.