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Photo of Michelle Rosano

Teacher of the Month!

Radio Station KISS-FM presented Lab Coordinator Michelle Rosano with a well-deserved Teacher of the Month Award. Michelle was nominated by fourth level Student Tiffany Rodriguez for going above and beyond on behalf of students in the simulation lab. This is the first time the award has been given to someone in higher education. The prize included a three day stay in Panama City, Florida.

Congratulations, Michelle!

Photo of Becky Williams courtesy of BCBS

Williams Joins BCBS Senior Management 

A round of applause to Becky Williams, a graduate of UTC's Gateway RN-BSN program, who was recently named Director of Medicare Advantage Health Services by BlueCross BlueShield

New DNP Cohort

White Coat Ceremony

Before working with patients in clinicals, our students are honored with the White Coat Ceremony. Congratulations to all of our new nurses who participated in the January ceremony!

DNP Intensive Photo

DNP Intensive

Congratulations to all those presenting at the Doctor of Nursing program 2019 Intensive. DNP candidates presented their projects and displayed posters in a professional atmosphere of interest and discussion.

Photos are available on our Flickr page.

New DNP Cohort

DNP Orientation

An enthusiastic cohort of nurses began their journey towards earning a Doctor of Nursing Practice with a three day orientation session in December. We look forward to working with these talented individuals!

Project Bloom

photo of donated items

Dr. Susan Davidson is helping to initiate Project Bloom, a new service partnership with the Chattanooga Community Kitchen.

Alyssa Melendez and Annah Hutchison of UTC Panhellenic brought donations of feminine hygiene products that RN-BSN Gateway students will distribute the during their Community Health clinicals. Thank you to all the ladies of Panhellenic!


Nightingala 2019 photo

NightinGala 2019

Nightingala 2019, complete with food, drink, music, and dancing, was a big success! Be sure to view the video of the evening.  Photos are available on our Flickr page.

NP student and preceptor

NPs: Perfect Pass Rate

Congratulations to our May 2019 FNP and ACNP-AG graduates, who had a 100% first-time pass rate on their respective licensure exams!

Bailey Davenport

Alumni Spotlight

Out congratulations go to Bailey Davenport, who recently accepted a position as the Assistant Director of Nursing at Focus Treatment Center!

Colleen Moss

DNP Students Excel

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and DNP student Colleen Moss has been honored with a 2019 Manuscript of Exceptional Merit award.  Her article, "Mentoring new graduate nurse practitioners," appeared in Neonatal Network.

Welcome to New Faculty!

photo of new faculty Please welcome a very strong and talented group of nurses who haved joined us as instructors and clinical faculty this fall! The group is pictured above during an orientation session in August.


The Power of We

Photo of Chyna Germany

BSN student Chyna Germany is one of three recipients of the $10,000 Power of We Scholarship awarded to minority college students studying for a career in healthcare in Tennessee. The scholarship is funded by the Bluecross Blueshield of Tennessee Health Foundation along with the NAHSE (National Association of Health Service Executives) Memphis Chapter.

Photo of students at Gateway Orientation

RN-BSN Gateway Top-Ranked

The 100% online RN-BSN Gateway program has been ranked #2 in Tennessee by  Pictured is our 18th cohort of registered nurses working toward Bachelor's degrees.

Poverty Simulation

photo of poverty simulationOn June 10, participants lined up to make difficult decisions about how to spend their limited time and resources at the Community Action Poverty Simulation, an interactive immersion experience dealing with the realities of poverty.

Sponsored by CANDL, the event included training for facilitators the following day.

faculty awards

Hats off to School of Nursing Director, Dr. Chris Smith and Nick Lambert, CRNA, for winning top honors at the 2019 UTC Faculty Awards! Dr. Smith took home the Carolyn Thompson and Roger Brown Community Engagement Award. Nick won the UTC Outstanding Adjunct award.

100 percent banner

All of the December 2018 graduating traditional BSN class passed NCLEX on the first attempt. This accomplishment is due to the dedication and strong work from the School of Nursing undergraduate faculty and students. Congratulations to all!

Photo of CANDL pain conference

It was a busy two days at the CANDL Chronic Pain Conference, with over 120 attendees. The conference was the culmination of a series of seminars on chronic pain and the opioid epidemic. Thanks to all who made the event such a great success!

Photo of Collen Moss

DNP student Collen Moss presented her project, "Mentoring New Graduate Neonatal Nurse Practitioners" at the National Association of Neonatal Nurses Research Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona.

photos of Peters, Guinn, Levy

Congratulations to Rosebelle Peters (left), Cherry Guinn (middle), and Amy Levy (right), who have been named Outstanding Faculty for 2018-19 in the College of Health, Education, and Professional Studies.

Photo of Susan Hammond

Senior DNP student Susan Hammond spent the day with Maryland State Senator, J.B. Jennings. She visited the Senate floor, committee meetings, and discussed changes being proposed in the Maryland Healthcare Cost Review Commission. She also met with Maryland’s Governor.

Photo of Jamie Russell

Dr. Jamie Russell, 2018 DNP graduate, presented her project in a poster and podium format, “Sexual Assault Education on a College Campus: A Trauma-Sensitive Approach,” at the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Research conference in New Orleans.

Collen Moss at House of Representatives

Collen Moss, DNP student visited the Tennessee House of Representatives. to speak about APRN practice in Tennessee and the role of the DNP in health care.

Photo of K Wick and A Roache

Congratulations to Kristi Wick
, Vicky Gregg Chair in Gerontology, seen here with Amber Roache, NP Program Coordinator, for receiving a $9,100 grant from the Alliance of Women Philanthropists for a standardized patient program for students across all health profession disciplines. The grant will fund curriculum development and standardized patient training.

photo of team members

Members of the interdisciplinary team include Amy Doolittle and Cathy Scott- Social Work, Mark Stoutenberg MPH, Deborah Mullen College of Business - Healthcare Management and Erin Melhorn - OT. Not pictured are Lisa Harrison - PT and Jill Shelton Psychology.

Photo of Chancellor Angle, Michelle Rosano, and Prof. MB

Michelle Rosano
, the School of Nursing’s simulation and Skills Lab Specialist, was presented the Blue Ribbon Award for March. Michelle was nominated by faculty member Tessa Mullinax Baker in recognition of Michelle’s dedication to our students. Congratulations, Michelle, on this well deserved honor!

Photo of white coat ceremony

See the full album of the Spring 2019 White Coat Ceremony on Flickr.

DNP Graduates and faculty Dec 2018

Congratulations to our new DNP graduates, pictured here along with faculty!  View the video of the Honors and Recognition Ceremony held for BSN and DNP graduates at St. Paul's church on December 14.

photo of people at surprise party

Surprise! A huge crowd of students, faculty, and staff threw a surprise party to wish Dr. Barbara Norwood a happy retirement when she leaves the School of Nursing in December after 44 years of teaching. More photos on Flickr and an animation of when the crew sprung their surprise.

Group photo from Nightingala

The 2018 NightinGala  was a grand success! See the full photo album. Although the event is complete, you can still contribute by becoming a member of the 1973 Society.

Hospital Dolls Visit School of Nursing


An FNP class was the lucky recipient of by a visit by Dean and Mary Jane Heavener, who displayed antique "hospital dolls" used for training nurses and doctors. The "Mrs. Chase" mannequin, one of the very first dolls ever created specifically for medical simulation, was crafted in 1914. Click on any photo to view the gallery.

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