Victoria Niederhauser News

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.

Professor Chosen as Chairman of State Nursing Board

Donald Bell

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.

College of Nursing Receives Funding to Help Fill Nursing Shortage

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.

UT College of Nursing Answers First Lady’s Call to Improve Veterans’ Care

The College of Nursing is answering a call from First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, to serve the nation’s veterans as well as they have served their country. The college will join more than 150 state and national nursing organizations and more than 500 nursing schools in a coordinated effort to further educate our nation’s three million nurses so they are prepared to meet the unique health needs of service members, veterans, and their families.

UT Nursing Dean Named to Elite Network of Women

Victoria Niederhauser, dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has been selected to join an elite network of more than 5,000 women as a member of the Leadership America Class of 2012.