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Nursing Alumni Event

Calling all alumni!

Join us for a University of Tennessee, College of Nursing alumni gathering on Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 5-7pm at Calhoun’s on the River. Come to this free event to enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and reconnect with classmates, faculty and friends. Dress is business casual. Continue reading

Pharmacology Update 2018

The 2018 Pharmacology Update is provided by the University of Tennessee College of Nursing and the UT Health Science Center College of Pharmacy. The program is for nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, psychologists, social workers substance abuse counselors and other health care providers. Continue reading

UT Students, Faculty and Staff Invited to Health Beat 2018

Health BeatHealth and information resources will be available to the UT community at HealthBeat 2018, a free health fair for UT students, faculty and staff.

UT’s College of Nursing is joining forces with the Student Health Center and UT Medical Center for the event, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11 in the Panhellenic Building.

A variety of screenings and tests will be provided, and exhibition booths will be set up with representatives from health care organizations and university departments.

MEDIC Regional Blood Center also will be holding a blood drive from 10 AM—3 PM in room 206  (Enter 2nd floor from 16th street for greater convenience).

Some of the available information will cover stroke prevention, perinatal education and women’s health, lung and oral cancer, trauma and Stop the Bleed.

Free screenings will include the following:

  • Blood pressure checks
  • Bone density screening
  • Body mass index screening
  • Blood typing
  • HIV and Hepatitis C testing (Free; confidential results given shortly)

Departments and programs that will have representatives or booths at the fair include the Student Health Center and Pharmacy, the UT Police Department, International House, Disability Services and the Center for Health Education and Wellness and Rec Sports/Fitness.

 Dr. Mary Sue Hodges (865-974-7596,

Niederhauser Selected as Co-Chair of Nurse Executive Council

Dean Victoria Niederhauser was recently named co-chair of the Beryl Institute’s Nurse Executive Council (NEC). The NEC is comprised of a diverse network of senior nurse leaders from organizations across North America who will work collaboratively with the Institute to develop strategies for nursing engagement at all levels in the global patient experience movement. Read the full press release from The Beryl Institute. Continue reading

Nominations Now Open for Faculty & Student DAISY Awards

Nominations are now open for UT College of Nursing faculty and students for the DAISY Faculty Award and the DAISY In-Training Award. All nominations received by April 6, 2018 will be considered. A committee composed of non-nominated faculty members and advisory members will review blinded nominations. Honorees will be announced at the College of Nursing’s spring commencement ceremony. Continue reading

2018 Nurse Leadership Workshops

The 2018 Nurse Leadership Workshops will be held at the Gettysvue Country Club in Knoxville and are specifically designed to provide new and aspiring nurse leaders the tools needed to be successful as they begin their leadership journey. The workshops are also beneficial to seasoned nurse managers and directors who want a fresh look at current leadership hot topics.

Each attendee will receive a continuing education certificate for each session completed and an opportunity to network with other nurse leaders. Participants who register for all six sessions will receive three months of post-workshop coaching sessions.



6 sessions, one per day, delivered in two-day intervals, 8am-3:30pm

March 15 & 16
Day One: What Will You Need on Your Leadership Journey?
Day Two: Executive Presence/Communication
April 5 & 6
Day One: Budgets and Business Plans: Making the Case
Day Two: Change Management and Sustaining a Culture of Excellence
May 15 & 16
Day One: Stress, Burnout and Resiliency
Day Two: Putting It All Together: Your Leadership Journey, Your Vision

Registration Fee

$150/person per session
$350/person for three sessions
$550/person for all six sessions (includes post-conference coaching sessions) if registered before February 28, 2018.
$600/person for six sessions (includes post-conference coaching sessions) after February 28, 2018.
$300/student for six sessions or $75 per session with valid student ID

Attendees who are interested in participating in post workshop coaching sessions for three months are only eligible if they register for all six sessions.


Faculty Spotlight: Carole Myers

Associate Professor Carole Myers was on a very productive sabbatical in the spring of 2017 to explore opportunities to use social and other media to advance and integrate her policymaking activities.  Her professional interests center around access to high-quality, cost-effective health care and the contributions of nurses.  She said, “the time spent on my sabbatical was a great investment…and that investment is paying dividends.”

Carole Myers

Myers was appointed as a Senior Fellow in the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement at the George Washington University School of Nursing. She was also selected from a competitive national pool of candidates to participate in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing 2017 Faculty Policy Intensive.  Both opportunities provide Myers with a platform to further enhance and extend her expertise, skills, and influence while enlarging her network and experiences.

During her sabbatical and since, Myers has used a variety of communication modalities to support her scholarly and advocacy work.   She had a policy-related editorial published in the Journal of the American Heart Association and a second-author manuscript published in the Online Journal of Nursing Informatics. She also has submitted two first-author publications, and has one second-author manuscript and a couple book chapters in-progress.  Additionally, she has published OpEds in The Nashville Medical News, Knoxville News Sentinel, Huffington Post, and the Tennessean.  Myers has also been interviewed by WalletHub and participated in a Facebook live event with IndieJourno.

Myers is most encouraged by the launch and growth of HealthConnections, a radio show on people, health, and policy on WUOT-FM, the Knoxville NPR affiliate.  HealthConnections episodes air during Morning Edition at 5:50 and 7:50 am and at 5:50 pm on All Things Considered on alternate Tuesdays.   Recording of past episodes are available on-demand via live stream.  Myers is currently developing a podcast series which will feature the stories of Tennesseans burdened with issues related to access to health care.  Myers is also blogging on HealthCetera, tweeting to advance her work, and maintaining a website devoted to HealthConnections.

Myers and collaborators from the University of Memphis and the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center are finalizing an analysis of the economic impact of granting full practice authority to advanced practice registered nurses in Tennessee.  The report will be disseminated in early 2018.

The year has been especially busy as Myers has been engaged in discussions about the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, and Medicaid and how the programs support access to care.  Myers has been active in the community offering her insight on national health reform at various town hall meetings and other events across the state.  Myers advocates for assuring that all Americans have access to needed health care services at a price they and the country can afford.  She promotes finding equitable solutions to the problems we face today in the country regarding the delivery of health care services.   Her efforts were recognized when she was recently selected as a Rural Health Hero by the Tennessee Justice Center.

Myers classifies herself as “fortunate” and is quick to respond to those who indicate she has abandoned her nursing practice.  She says, “Caring is central to the profession of nursing.  There are a lot of ways to care for people and populations.  I care by advocating for changes that support health, health care, and the practice of nursing.”

Student Spotlight: Michael Curtis


The UT College of Nursing shines a spotlight on senior BSN student Michael Curtis from Memphis, TN. Curtis serves as Student Body Vice President and will graduate in May.

Michael Curtis

Q: What led you to pursue a degree in nursing?

A: Initially, I was drawn to the career by the application of science and mathematics in the profession–I enjoy learning about the human body and solving complicated mathematical equations. My interest in nursing was solidified when I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus. The nurses at LeBohner Hospital were so nice and respectful and considerate of my situation. As an eleven year-old child at the time, they made my complicated condition understandable and helped me realize the great impact of nurses–they can encourage, uplift, and restore through the power of their care!

Q: Tell us about a project or organization that you are involved with at UT or in the community.

A: I am involved with Leadership Knoxville Scholars at the university, which provides an avenue for connection to the Knoxville community. Currently, I am completing a community action project at Ijams Nature Center where I volunteer to maintain the environment by removing invasive species, replanting engendered species to more appropriate areas, and overseeing park cleanliness. I also lead interested groups in community service projects.

Q: What have you learned during your time in the UT College of Nursing that has made a difference to you?

A: The curriculum has challenged my way of thinking. Specifically, the Transcultural Nursing and Maternal Nursing courses have made a significant difference in my perspective of life and the nursing profession. Prior to my experiences in the College of Nursing, I did not express empathy or intentionality to others in need of health care. I also took health care for granted, as I did not have to worry about sickness/disease and its financial implications. I have learned that people need more than just procedures or surgery—they need holistic nursing care including empathy and passion that will help restore and maintain good health. Now that I have a better understanding of the potential impact a nurse can have on a patient and their family, I desire to be the change in health care—always being willing to do more for my patients in all situations.

Q: What do you want to do after graduation?

A: I would like to work in a health care facility for two to three years in one of the following areas: critical care unit, emergency department, labor/delivery, or mother/baby. I would then like to pursue a graduate degree.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to share about your experience at UT?

A: I am grateful for all of my experiences within the College of Nursing, including participation in the Nursing Honors Program and the opportunity to conduct research. I also founded a student organization and am currently serving as Student Body Vice President and these experiences are propelling me to be the individual I that I aspire to be. I am grateful for the faculty and students that I have had the opportunity to work with at UT. Their knowledge, wisdom and compassion has inspired me to do more for the community and the nursing profession. My life will never be the same, and I am grateful for that!

2017 NightinGala

Laura Beth Brown receiving the Dr. Sylvia E. Hart Distinguished Alumni Award from Dean Niederhauser.

The ninth annual NightinGala was held on Friday, October 27, at the Knoxville Convention Center. This fun-filled evening featured silent and live auctions, a plated dinner, awards ceremony, and entertainment by season 9 runner-up of The Voice, Emily Ann Roberts.

Dr. Larry Rodgers accepting the Volunteer Nursing Champion Award from Dean Niederhauser.

The Dr. Sylvia E. Hart Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Laura Beth Brown, a graduate of the college who exemplifies excellence trough outstanding achievement, creativity, and service to the profession. The Volunteer Nursing Champion award was presented to Dr. Larry Rodgers for his support of the College of Nursing, the Vine School Health Center, the nursing profession, and the community.

This year’s NightinGala welcomed more than 280 guests and over $60,000 was raised to support nursing student scholarships, international outreach and the efforts of the College of Nursing to provide state-of-the art technology and equipment for students to receive the highest quality educational experiences.

The success of this event is credited largely to our sponsors, who lend their names and financial support to the NightinGala. A special thank you to our corporate sponsors: the University of Tennessee Medical Center, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Pilot Flying J, Phillips & Jordan and the National Healthcare Corporation.

The full NightinGala photo gallery can be viewed by clicking here.

Beebe Inducted as Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing

College of Nursing Professor Lora Humphrey Beebe was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing on October 7.  The Academy serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge. Academy members, known as Fellows, are nursing’s most accomplished leaders.

Lora Beebe and her primary sponsor, Sandra Thomas.

Working with an interdisciplinary research team, Beebe developed TIPS—Telephone Intervention–Problem solving for Schizophrenia spectrum disorders. A schedule of regular phone calls from a trained provider helps people with SSDs address any problems they may be having with medication. It also assists in related areas such as scheduling and keeping medical appointments, managing their symptoms, abstaining from alcohol and other drugs, and interpersonal problems.

TIPS was developed and tested with federal funding from the National Institutes of Health and the US Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Beebe also led the development and testing of the Recovery-based Interprofessional Distance Education (RIDE) rotation—a series of web based and in-person modules for training graduate students in the provision of team-based care for persons with schizophrenia spectrum disorders.

Beebe’s research informs psychiatric nursing practice, shapes nursing education nationally and internationally, and has been published and presented in both nursing and non-nursing venues. She is a three-time recipient of the Excellence in Research Award from the American Psychiatric Nurses’ Association, and book review editor for Issues in Mental Health Nursing. She received her bachelors of science in nursing from Marshall University, and her masters of Science and doctor of philosophy from the University of Kentucky.

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