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Who's Who Recognition Reception

There were five nursing students honored at the Who's Who Recognition Reception on May 2, 2013.  These students worked very hard for their prestigious awards.

TWU Dean of Nursing to Retire August 31st

Patricia Holden-Huchton, dean of the Texas Woman’s University College of Nursing, will retire from the university on August 31st.

Holden-Huchton joined TWU in 2005 was named dean of the College of Nursing in 2008. During her tenure as dean, she has developed and collaborated on several initiatives, including a weekend/online nursing program with the Baylor University Health System in Dallas, which received a 2010 Star Award from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Holden-Huchton was part of a team that helped raise $55 million for TWU’s new T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center, which opened in 2011, and endowed two chairs at $1 million apiece for the university’s College of Nursing in Dallas.

She also provided testimony on the nursing shortage in Texas during the 81st session of the Texas Legislature during the House Appropriations Committee’s Panel on Education.

Holden-Huchton’s distinguished academic nursing career includes positions at Central Texas College in Killeen, the University of Texas at Tyler, Texas Tech University, the University of Nevada at Reno and Eastern Kentucky University.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, her master’s degree from TWU and her doctorate of nursing science from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Holden-Huchton was a practicing nurse for several years, often working as a clinician and teaching nursing simultaneously.

Her many awards and honors include being named a Distinguished Alumnus by the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s Scott and White School of Nursing, being named an Outstanding Nurse Researcher by the University of Nevada at Reno’s Chapter of the international nursing honor society Sigma Theta Tau, and receiving the Outstanding Nurse Educator Award from Eastern Kentucky University.

Dr. Sandra Cesario Receives the 2012 Distinguished Professional Service Award

The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) presented its highest honor, the Distinguished Professional Service  Award, to Sandra Cesario, PhD, MS, RNC, FAAN, for her contributions to the field of women’s health. The award was presented at the AWHONN national Convention in the Washington, DC area and is sponsored by Johnson & Johnson.

Dr. Cesario, a long-time member of AWHONN, is the PhD Program Coordinator and a tenured Professor at the Texas Woman’s University’s College of Nursing in Houston, Texas. For the past year, she has also served as the Interim Director of International Programs for the College of Nursing. An expert in women’s health, she has conducted extensive research in ovarian cancer, second stage of labor management, newborn abandonment and design of health care systems. Prior to her current position, Dr. Cesario served as the Director of Research and in numerous other academic and clinical capacities.

“Dr. Cesario has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to improving the lives of women and newborns,” said AWHONN’s Chief Executive Officer, Karen Peddicord, PhD, RN. “It is my pleasure to honor her leadership and dedication to the nursing profession by presenting her AWHONN’s 2012 Distinguished Professional Service Award.”    

Dr. Cesario is a founding member of the Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design; a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing; and a member of the Oncology Nursing Society, Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, and the Statewide Nursing Evidence-Based Practice and Research Consortium. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Fort Hays State University, Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Oklahoma, and Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing from the Texas Woman’s University. She has authored numerous scholarly articles and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International.

TWU Nursing Faculty and Students Experience Vietnam

Dr. Vi Ho, Dr. Sandra Cesario and Ms. Mary Laime accompanied 26 students to the Ho Chi Minh City area in southern Vietnam to explore health care and nursing education in that country. 12 undergraduate students were enrolled in NURS 4902 Vietnam Cultural Immersion and 14 graduate students were enrolled in NURS 6903 The Health of Women in Vietnam. In addition to the 12 day travel experience, students attended both pre- and post-trip meetings and completed level-specific written and/or oral assignments.

While in Vietnam, the group visited both public and private general hospitals, a woman’s hospital, two nursing schools, and several temples/churches representing the Buddhist, cao dai, and Catholic faiths. Cultural and social experiences such visiting the floating markets, the cu chi tunnels, Independence Palace, listening to musical performances, having traditional clothing tailor-made, and a trip to the beach were amongst the other unique opportunities for the travelers.

Dallas Area Gerontological Society Scholarship Fund

The Dallas Area Gerontological Society was founded with the expressed intent to educate the community at large about gerontology, advocate for elderly persons, and promote improved services for elderly persons.  DAGS will be offering one or more scholarships for full-time or part-time students for the 2012-2013 academic year.  The scholarship program provides financial assistance to those preparing for a career in gerontology or those currently working in an aging field, who wish to increase their skills through a degree or certificate program.

Eligibility for Scholarship:
1. Individuals who live in the Greater Dallas area,
2. Who are seeking careers in gerontology including social work, counseling, nursing or administration or who currently are working in the field of aging
3. Minimum GPA of 3.0 for any completed work
4. Must be enrolled or accepted by college or program before funds will be released.

Applications must be returned by July 10, 2012. Go to http://www.dags.org/scholarship.htm to download a scholarship packet.

Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges - College of Nursing

 

 

Three TWU students were honored by the Who's Who Among Students in American Universities for the College of Nursing. The students, Jaleesa Johnson, Chelsea Moran, and Morgan Libby, are pictured here at the TWU Who's Who Recognition Reception. To view other photos of the event and honorees, please visit the Office of Alumni Relations Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TWUAlumni.

Kathleen Shannon-McAdams Receives the Virginia Chandler Dykes Scholarship Award for Nursing

On Thursday, February 16, 2012 at a luncheon at the BELO mansion in Dallas, Kathleen Shannon-McAdams was awarded the prestigious Virginia Chandler Dykes Scholarship. This is a highly competitive scholarship and Kathleen was selected as the top College of Nursing candidate.

American Heart Association Go Red for Women Day

Go Red for Women Day at the Town East Mall, Mesquite, Texas was sponsored by Macy's, Merck and Mesquite ISD. The students were TWU Houston J. and Florence A. Doswell College of Nursing second semester Seniors who are precepted by School Nurses in Mesquite ISD. Their names are: Kristen Cummings, Amber Dawson, Sara Grant, Starlet Harrimon, Hannah Kula, Lauren Largent, Meagan Martin, Megan Smith and Daisy Vasquez. They provided Blood Pressure screening and heart health education to mall shoppers and mall exercise walkers from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. In addition to the Blood Pressure Screening, the personnel at Macy's provided a style show in red at 1:00 PM that was enjoyed by all.

 

Korean Nursing Students Visit Dallas

Texas Woman’s University (TWU) T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences Houston J. and Florence A. Doswell College of Nursing in Dallas, Texas joined with Daejeon Health Sciences College in Daejeon, Korea  to initiate an educational partnership. The Global Nursing Project focused on immersing nursing students from Korea in learning modalities used to educate nursing students in America. The ten visiting students were required to have a TOEFL score of greater than over 550, a GPA over 3.8, an excellent community service record, and be in their final year of study. The program curriculum began with an intensive two-week session of studying English. The last two weeks focused on the study of cardiovascular disorders through computer-based interactive case studies and virtual simulations, the use of high fidelity human patient simulation scenarios, and the application of high level nursing skills. They made rounds at Parkland Hospital, Methodist Medical Center Dallas, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas and they observed interactions of nurses with patients. They also participated in a multicultural exchange day with TWU nursing students, staff, and faculty members, and visited local cultural destinations (the American Red Cross, Cancer Support Center: Gilda’s Club North Texas, and Korean American Society). Participating faculty are members of Sigma Theta Tau International Beta Beta-Dallas Chapter.

Helen B. Miniter Nursing Scholarship Available

The Helen B. Miniter Nursing Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate or master’s student in the TWU College of Nursing. The recipient must be working at the Good Samaritan Society – Denton Village. The award is to be for $1,000.00 each academic year and may be renewed.  Apply through the TWU STARS system at http://www.twu.edu/finaid/scholarships.asp.

Tennessee Technological U. Faculty Awards

Presentation of faculty awardsDr. Ann Koci, Associate Professor of Nursing at the Nelda C. Stark College of Nursing, TWU Houston, recently presented three faculty awards to Tennessee Technological University (TTU) faculty members. Dr. Koci, who received her BSN at TTU, established the awards to honor her alma mater, her father, and the people of Tennessee. Pictured with Dr. Koci are Ms. Bedelia Russell, Excellence in Teaching, Ms. Judy Duvall, Excellence in Research, and Ms. Tammy Howard, Excellence in Service.

Houston Students Serve Houston Vietnamese Community

Group of Houston Students

Dr. Vi Ho (far left, row 2, standing), Associate Clinical Professor of Nursing in the Nelda C. Stark College of Nursing, and her Adult Health Nurse Practitioner students recently volunteered for a health fair serving the Vietnamese community in Houston. The TWU nurse practitioner students collaborated with students from Rice University, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, University of Texas Medical Branch and several high schools to provide a variety of health screening services.  Screenings included blood sugar analysis, cholesterol levels, BMI and vital signs.  Additionally, health education on nutrition and women’s health issues was provided to over 150 Vietnamese residents.

Affordable Care Act Helps Expand Future Primary Care Workforce

Funding for the National Health Service Corps will provide scholarships to students in training for primary health care careers HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced the opening of the 2011 application cycle for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship Program. This year’s scholarships are being supported with up to $28 million of the Affordable Care Act funds dedicated to the NHSC, and will help address shortages in the primary health care workforce today and for the future. The NHSC Scholarship Program is administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and awards scholarships to students pursuing a career in primary care.  Recipients receive payment for tuition, required fees and other reasonable educational costs, a monthly support stipend, and assistance in finding a practice site upon completion of a training program.  Disciplines eligible for the NHSC scholarship program include: physician, dentist (general or pediatric), nurse practitioner (primary care), certified nurse-midwife, and physician assistant. Upon graduation, scholarship recipients serve as full-time or part-time primary care providers between two and eight years at an NHSC site in a high-need Health Professional Shortage Area. “The NHSC Scholarship Program encourages the nation’s future medical and oral health providers to choose primary care,” said Secretary Sebelius.  “The program delivers on our commitment to help address our nation’s primary care workforce shortage.”

“More than 7,000 students with the drive to be nurses, doctors or dentists have signed up to be notified of this opportunity in just the last year,” said HRSA Administrator Mary K. Wakefield, PhD., RN.  “Students should not be deterred by the cost of their education especially when they seek to make an impact on the health of our nation’s underserved communities.” The NHSC also includes a Loan Repayment Program that provides financial incentives in the form of loan repayment to primary care providers who have completed their education in exchange for serving in an underserved community for a minimum of two years.

Interested students can apply online at www.NHSC.hrsa.gov/scholarship. The 2011 NHSC Scholarship Program application cycle will remain open until June 9, 2011.  For more information about the Affordable Care Act’s investments in primary care workforce, visit www.HealthCare.gov.

Research & Sponsored Programs 2011 Student Creative Arts and Research Symposium April 12 - 13, 2011

Dr. Pickler and CON FacultyThe purpose of the Annual Student Creative Arts & Research Symposium is to provide students an opportunity to present their scholarly activities and learn about the scholarship of others. Presenters of research or creative arts will describe their project and the significance of their work in poster, oral, or virtual presentation format. Featured keynote speaker for the event was RITA H. PICKLER, PhD, RN, PNP-BC, FAAN.  Her keynote address “Interdisciplinary Collaboration” focused on the meaning of collaboration as well as the benefits and costs to collaborators and their respective disciplines.  Key components of collaboration were noted as well as ideas for how to achieve productive collaborations across the sciences and the arts.  Representatives from the CON shown with Dr. Pickler are:  top row—Dr. Connie Ayers, Houston; Pat Jones, Denton; Dr. Sandy Cesario, Houston; Dr. Karen Lyon, Associate Dean, Houston; Dr. Pat Holden-Huchton, Dean, CON; Dr. Donna Scott Tilley, Denton; Dr. Anne Stiles, Associate Dean, Denton; Dr. Peggy Mancuos, Dallas.  Bottom row:  Dr. Marge Benham-Hutchins, Denton; Dr. Vicki Zeigler, Denton; Dr. Gayle Roux, Associate Dean, Research, CON; Dr. Gulten Guvenc, Visiting Scholar from Turkey; Dr. Rita Pickler, speaker; Dr. Elizabeth Restrpo, Denton; Dr. Fuqin Liu, Denton; Dr. Brenda Binder, Houston.  For more on Dr. Pickler and the event, visit the Research & Sponsored Programs Symposium Keynote Speaker page.

Academic Day

Dean Holden-Huchton and Dr. ChaterContinuing the celebration of the opening of the new T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center and the Houston J. and Florence A. Doswell College of Nursing, Dallas, speaker Shirley Chater, PhD, RN, FAAN, former Commissioner of the United States Social Security Administration and Past President, Texas Woman’s University provided faculty, students, alumni, and friends of the CON and CHS a relevant and timely talk entitled: “Change and Challenge:  Direction for the Future of the Health Professions”.  Shown with Dr. Chater is Dr. Pat Holden-Huchton, Dean, College of Nursing.

TWU Nursing students recognized as Hometown Heroes by Fox 4 News.

TWU nursing students from the College of Nursing at the Dallas campus are recognized by Fox 4 News. See featured story at myfoxdfw.com

Dr. Angeles Nava, RN, PhD, TWU doctoral graduate, will become the first Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Angeles Nava, RN, PhD, TWU doctoral graduate, will become the first Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Nursing. Dr. Nava will begin her fellowship January 1, 2011. Dr. Nava will work with Dr. Judith McFarlane in the College of Nursing at Houston on the Houston Endowment funded project to provide evidence for practice and policy decisions on the care of abused women and their children. Dr. Nava completed her dissertation research on HIV-infected women who do and do not report intimate partner violence and associated CD4 counts and opportunistic infections. A doctoral fellowship extends and enhances the research program of study at Texas Woman’s University, College of Nursing. We welcome Dr. Nava.

Joan Edwards, RNC, MN, CNS, Associate Clinical Professor, has been named the recipient of the McMorris Spirituality Award from the Institute for Spirituality and Health

Joan Edwards, RNC, MN, CNS, Associate Clinical Professor, has been named the recipient of the McMorris Spirituality Award from the Institute for Spirituality and Health in Houston.  Joan’s passion for the four dimensions of the Spirituality Award (spirituality, compassion, communication and commitment) are intertwined in her personal and professional life.  Early in Joan’s career in nursing, she and her husband moved to Indonesia to live in the jungles of Borneo where Joan taught nursing to students from the Indonesian Dyak people group for four years.  After the tsunami in 2005, Joan returned each year since to engage in capacity building with faculty at the Banda Aceh University College of Nursing.  Most recently Joan has been invited by the Indonesian Ministry of Health to help standardize nursing education.  From 1999 to 2005 Joan also served people from Bulgaria, Mexico, Zambia and Ethiopia in short term medical mission trips.  Locally, Joan has assisted her church to organize health fairs and assist families dealing with end of life concerns.  TWU College of Nursing is proud of the work Joan’s service embodies! 

TWU's Karen Lyon Named an Outstanding Nursing of 2010

Karen Lyon, associate dean of nursing for the Texas Woman’s University Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center, has been named as one of 20 “Outstanding Nurses of 2010” by the Texas Nurses Association (TNA) District Nine Chapter.

Dr. Lyon will receive her award during the TNA District Nine¹s 20th Annual Nursing Celebration to be held Nov. 18 in Houston.

Dr. Lyon has been a professor of nursing and associate dean of the TWU Nelda C. Stark College of Nursing in Houston since 2009.  Prior to joining TWU, she was a nursing professor for the University of Texas at El Paso, where she created the fast-track nursing program for the university.

In her more than 36-year nursing career, Dr. Lyon has held various leadership positions at several hospitals, served as the manager of education for Baxter Healthcare Corporation and founded her own health care consulting firm.  She has served as an officer of many nursing organizations, including the Texas Nursing Association, the Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists and the National Advisory Council for the American Organization of Nurse Executives.  She also has been published at the national level in professional journals such as ³Critical Care Nursing Quarterly² and ³The Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing.²

Since 1991, TNA District Nine has annually recognized 20 outstanding nurses and awarded nursing scholarships and research grants. 

TWU Receives $900,000 Grant from Houston Endowment

Dr. Judith McFarlaneTexas Woman’s University recently received a $900,000 grant from Houston Endowment.  The grant will be used toward a study on the effectiveness of shelters and civil protection orders and their respective roles in helping abused women and children transition into safety.

Leading the study is Dr. Judith McFarlane (pictured), professor of nursing and the Parry Chair in Health Promotion at the TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center.  Dr. McFarlane has a national reputation for her research involving abused women, in particular women who are abused during pregnancy.  Her research findings have been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court, presented to U.S. Congressional Committees, included in national health objectives and used by clinicians in the U.S. and abroad.

“Safe families are dependent on evidence to inform practice and policy decisions,” Dr. McFarlane said.  “This research will contribute to our understanding of how best to enable the wellbeing of abused women and their children, and ensure a safer future for all persons.” 

The Houston Endowment, a private philanthropic foundation established by Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones in 1937, supports nonprofit organizations and educational institutions that generate progress in the community by producing positive and enduring results for those they serve.  In 2009, the foundation donated more than $68 million in the areas of arts and culture, education, the environment, health and human services.  For more information, visit Houston Endowment Inc.

Weekend Baccalaureate Nursing Program Awarded $744,422 Federal Grant 

Dr. Susan ChaneyThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded Texas Woman's University $744,422 through the recently enacted Affordable Care Act of 2010. The money arrives as part of the Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention Program and will be used to fund 80 nursing students in the TWU Weekend Nursing Program.
 
Dr. Susan Chaney (pictured), nursing professor and program director, said recruiters will seek out "racial and ethnic minority students whose clinical experiences will be with underserved populations."
 
The TWU Weekend Nurses Program, offered through the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center, combines weekend and online classes designed for individuals with non-nursing bachelor's degrees who want to become registered nurses. .

For more information on the TWU weekend nursing program, contact TWU College of Nursing, Dallas Center, at 214-689-6510.

Fall 2011 Application Changes

Applicants applying for the Fall 2011 (02/01/2011 deadline date) will no longer have the option to apply to both the Dallas and Houston campuses. Applicants will have to choose either the Dallas campus or the Houston campus when submitting their application.

TEAS V is the Required Entrance Exam

Effective immediately the HESI A2 will no longer be accepted.  The new exam is the TEAS V. Please visit the Entrance Exam link under the Bachelor of Science Program page for moreinformation. 

Schools Help Doctors and Nurses Communicate

TWU CON Houston and Baylor College of Medicine team up to improve communication between nurses and doctors. Visit Click 2 Houston for the full story.

BS Fast Track Program Discontinued

  • Effective September 1, 2009, the Houston Center announced that this program would be discontinued. 
  • Effective February 1, 2010, the Dallas Center announced that this program would be discontinued.   

Lifelong Learning Continuing Nursing Education

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TWU's Stark College of Nursing Receives More Than $480,000 in Grants

December 4, 2009 – HOUSTON — Texas Woman#s University#s Nelda C. Stark College of Nursing in Houston recently received $483,301 in grants for its Education Center for Clinical Innovations and Advanced Technologies.

The Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation awarded TWU a $278,308 grant to continue a collaboration with the Baylor College of Medicine to train both medical and nursing students at the TWU Nursing Education Center. The partnership is known as the Interdisciplinary Clinical Collaborative Practice Project (ICCP) and will use targeted TeamSTEPPS™ communication strategies in a simulated clinical environment.

“This is a significant project because it allows us to bring medical and nursing students together to learn effective communication skills,” said Dr. Ann Coleman, director of the TWU Education Center for Clinical Innovations and Advanced Technologies. “Both medical and nursing students can practice these skills during a simulated patient care scenarios using high-fidelity patient mannequins, where the outcome of their teamwork impacts the condition of the patient.#

The Texas Workforce Commission also awarded TWU $204,993 for the Texas Gulf Coast Regional Faculty Development project. The project will increase the use of patient simulation in nursing education in the Gulf Coast region to help address the nursing shortage.

“Many faculty in the region need more instruction and practice in using new technological teaching tools such as high-fidelity patient mannequins,” Dr. Coleman said. “This project will build an infrastructure for future sharing of knowledge and resources among the nursing programs and service partners in our region.”

The TWU Education Center for Clinical Innovations and Advanced Technologies is a program funded by the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System to assist faculty with integrating technologies, simulation, clinical technology and informatics, seamlessly into nursing education.

The Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation is a private foundation based out of New York City that supports programs designed to improve the education of health professionals in the interest of the health of the public. For more information, visit The Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation.

The Texas Gulf Coast Regional Faculty Development grant proposal was developed in cooperation with the Gulf Coast Health Services Steering Committee, an informal association of business leaders, hospital executives and nursing school deans and directors dedicated to solving the nurse shortage in Houston and the surrounding 13-county Gulf Coast region of Texas. For more information, visit Gulf coast Health Services Steering Committee (GSCSSC) and Texas Workforce Commission.
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Houston Center Awarded Gulf Coast Region Proposal

The Gulf Coast Region Proposal of $179,993 for Texas Team was awarded to Texas Woman’s University’s Nelda C. Stark College of Nursing in Houston, Texas. The project will be led by Dr. Ann Coleman, Director of the Education Center for Clinical Innovations and Advanced Technologies in the College of Nursing at TWU. In describing the project Dr. Coleman says: “The purpose of this project is to increase the effective use of high-fidelity clinical simulation in nursing education in the Gulf Coast region. Clinical simulation is an innovative, research-based instructional strategy using a variety of low- to high- fidelity (life-like) computerized human patient simulators. Many faculty have not been adequately prepared to use this relatively new type of technological teaching tool and there is no organized way for faculty to gain competence in the use of simulators in the Texas Gulf Coast region. The project proposes to increase the effective use of high-fidelity clinical simulation in nursing education by implementing a regional faculty development program using a train the trainer model. The project will build an infrastructure for future sharing of knowledge and resources among the nursing programs and service partners in our region.” This grant proposal was developed in cooperation with the Gulf Coast Health Services Steering Committee (GCHSSC), an informal association of business leaders, hospital executives and nursing school deans and directors dedicated to solving the nurse shortage in Houston and the surrounding 13-county Gulf Coast region of Texas.

Houston Nursing Students Make the News

Houston nursing students and faculty make the 6 o'clock news. Visit Click 2 Houston for the full story.

NCLEX Pass Rate

According to the Board of Nursing:

  • 2010 2nd Quarter results - 153 first time TWU candidates tested with 150 passing for a 98.04% pass rate.
  • 2009 3rd Quarter results - 155 first time TWU candidates tested with 153 passing for a 98.71% pass rate. 4th Quarter - 95 first time TWU candidates tested with 90 passing for a 94.74% pass rate.

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