Message from the Director
We have completed our spring semester and for some of our students that means Summer Break! For the graduate programs it may mean sunny, warm days but no letup on classes. Our first cohort of DNP: Nurse Anesthesia students have finished their first semester and will be going into summer with a full course load and the beginning of their exposure to patient care. We are ready to admit our two cohorts of DNP: Nurse Practitioner students when we return in August.
The NightinGala was great success. Thank you to all our sponsors, alumni and community supporters who came out for a night celebrating our programs. I direct you to a video shown that evening which depicts our history. It is really quite impressive. We are especially proud we were able to honor our Outstanding Community Partner, LifeSpring Community Health and Dr. Michelle Pickett and Jill Fikkert, founders of the organization. We also honored Jeff Teider, MSN, CRNA who was awarded the Outstanding Alumni award for his groundbreaking work in pain management and the use of opioids.
One of the most exciting things to happen to us is the funding for the new Health Sciences Building that our legislators supported and Governor Lee put in his new budget. The 92,000 square foot building will sit on Third Street across from the Hamilton County Health Department. We will keep you informed of our progress and of course the opportunity to financially support the new facility. Thanks to our legislative delegation, in particular Bo Watson, and to Dr Steve Angle and UT President Randy Boyd for shepherding this through. We are excited for this opportunity to increase our enrollment by 60%.
We seem to have made it to the other side of COVID-19. The students have been in our health care facilities during the most challenging time I have seen in my career. They are ready to get out and care for patients and COVID only seemed to make them more dedicated. That is a tribute to our faculty and staff who have supported them.
Please feel free to contact us or come by. It may be quiet in Metro but great things continue to happen!
Christine Benz Smith, PhD, FNP-BC
Director, School of Nursing
Chief Health Affairs Officer