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Precious Prints Project Partners with Blount Memorial Hospital

Blount Memorial Hospital in Maryville, Tennessee, is the latest hospital to partner with UT’s College of Nursing to provide the Precious Prints Project to families who have lost a child. The student-led project is a partnership with Grant Barton, owner and artist of Precious Metal Prints, and provides area hospitals free silver fingerprint charms to give to grieving families. Since its creation in 2011, the project has provided the special keepsakes to 450 families.​

Read more about this project and the impact on patients’ lives in the Tennessee Today.

Grad Follows Heart to New Career Path

Tracy McBroom Tramel became a student at UT at just 16 years old and graduated at 20 with a degree in broadcasting in 1997. Nearly 20 years later, she’s graduating again, this time as a nurse practitioner.

“You can never go wrong with more education,” said Tramel, a native of Seymour, Tennessee. “I knew I’d be starting over, but I thought if I’m going to be working for the next 25 years it might as well be doing something I love.”

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From Poverty to Prosperity: Nursing Grad to Deliver Commencement Speech

Chisa Huffman was six years old when she fell in love with nursing after a traumatic domestic violence incident sent her mother to the hospital.

“The nurse was so good with my mom and comforted me,” said Huffman. “She knew what I wanted without me saying anything. She brought me crayons and paper and let me color. I fell in love with her and thought she was an angel.”

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App For Those Who Can’t Speak Draws Widespread Attention

An app developed by Rebecca Koszalinski, an assistant professor of nursing at UT, has recently garnered recognition across the globe for the promise it holds for those patients left unable to communicate.

Called Speak For Myself, the app allows patients to click on a series of prompts that, in turn, let care givers know their needs or concerns, from water to medicine.

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11-Year-Old Stroke Survivor Teaches Nursing Class at UT

Eleven-year-old Lily Bennett has minimal use of her right hand and walks with a leg brace, but that doesn’t stop her from dancing, singing, and playing piano.

On November 22, she taught a class at UT’s College of Nursing to tell students about her stroke, living with cerebral palsy, and how future health care providers can better understand the needs of pediatric patients with disabilities.

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