News and Events
Students and Faculty "On the Hill"
Students and faculty visited with Tennessee legislators in March.
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Annoor Academy Health Fair
Twelve BSN students volunteered to go to Annoor Academy to participate in a health fair. The students provided, height, weights, BMIs (and charted these on the BMI percentage charts published by the CDC), heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressures. They also educated the 61 children, from Pre-K to 6th grade, about how to recognize a stroke, the importance of healthy behaviors (mainly diet and exercise), hand hygiene, and gave insight into the role that nurses have in the community.
Our students organized the flow of the health fair and were amazing in their interactions with the children. The principal and the school social worker were surprised when they asked how far along the students were in the nursing program and the answer was “six weeks!" They represented the School of Nursing very well!
How do healthcare professionals merge professionalism and caring? In November the School premiered a 30 minute film which tells the story of a caregiver who encounters a cancer specialist whose compassion was just as rare as the illness he was treating.
2015 Haiti Trip
School of Nursing students and faculty on their way to Haiti for an international service learning experience. Click for video.
NurseJournal.org recently ranked The School of Nursing as one of the top 100 in the eastern region. The organization ranked schools for quality, affordability, convenience, satisfaction, and value.
DNP students and faculty traveled to Seattle for a DNP Conference.
2015 Honors & Recognition
This ceremony in May honored our BSN, MSN FNP and DNP graduates from spring 2015.
SON Faculty and students at the STT and SNA basketball game.
Matter of Balance Master Training
Our graduate admissions process has changed! We are now using NursingCAS for online application submission. Applicants who have already submitted their application for the current admission cycle using the old platform will still be considered and do not need to reapply using NursingCAS.
A new video captures the story of the founding of the School of Nursing. Watch it now on our History page.
From rntobsn.org: What sets these schools apart from the rest is dedication and resources they have put towards providing a first-class nursing education, but at the pace and location that works for you.
White Coat Ceremony
The School of Nursing held its second White Coat Ceremony on January 12, 2015. This ceremony recognizes and welcomes incoming BSN students into the nursing program and the profession. The School of Nursing held its first White Coat Ceremony in August of 2014 and plans to continue the ceremony each semester.
School of Nursing staff members Sarah Blackburn and Emily Martin have completed Green Zone or safe zone training in order to assist and ally with veterans and active military service personnel. See more at Resources for Veterans
ETSU Recognizes Alumni
Chris Smith, Director of the School of Nursing, and Karen Frank, DNP and Director of Accreditation and Patient Safety Officer for Memorial Health Care System, were recently selected one of sixty top alumni from East Tennessee State University. More at www.etsu.edu.
DNP Translational Project Presentation
DNP student Melissa Bogle and Joanie Jackson, DNP Coordinator, presented Translational Project poster at the Region 8 Sigma Theta Tau conference in Murfreesboro in late October. In 2014 Bogle traveled to Hong Kong for the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Research Conference.
DNP Alumni Kelli Hand, Lynn Blackburn, and Sharon Davis join current student Scott Monterde and Program Coordinator Joanie Jackson for lunch at DNP Conference in Nashville.
Cherokee Nation Internship
As a function of a partnership between UTC and the Eastern Band of Cherokee, the Cherokee nation invited UTC students from across academic disciplines to participate in a summer internship on their reservation. The internship provided an immersion experience for four senior baccalaureate nursing students and took place May 5-23, 2014. The goals of the internship were to raise cultural consciousness, meet the needs of the Cherokee community, and meet the academic needs of the intern participants. Nursing students returned with a stronger appreciation for the role of context and culture in health. It is hoped the internship will be an annual event.
Students and faculty worked in Guatemala for a week through Hope Renewed International from May 10-17, 2014. The trip was coordinated by students Jenna Elliott and Katie Battani. For more, see blog.utc.edu.
UTC's School of Nursing was ranked a Top Nursing School for 2014 by CollegeAtlas. The organization ranks the nation's top nursing schools on affordability, academic quality, accessibility, and NCLEX-RN exam pass rates. More at blog.utc.edu/news/2014/05/school-nursing-recognized/.
Health Fair for the Homeless
More than 80 UTC nursing students and faculty members recently provided a health fair for the city’s homeless community. Click a photo above or read the full story.
Dr. Linda Hill, Coordinator of the Nurse Anesthesia Concentration, was elected to serve another two-year term (2013 to 2015) on the Tennessee Association of Nurse Anesthetists Board of Directors as Director of District IV. Dr. Hill was also appointed as Chair of the TANA Education Committee for 2013-2014.
History of the Metropolitan Building
Recommended: the Chattanoogan.com article by John Shearer with pictures of renovations.