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Recent Faculty Accolades

Samereh Abdoli was accepted for participation in the Early Career Reviewer program at the Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health.

Laurie Acred-Natelson was the recipient of the Tennessee Organization of Nurse Executives (TONE) Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award during the 2016 Tennessee Hospital Association Annual meeting in Nashville.

Joel G. Anderson received a visiting international academic fellowship from the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom to support his ongoing collaboration with researchers in there in the Centre for Research in Ageing and Cognitive Health.

Joel G. Anderson, Xueping Li, and Karen Rose received funding from the Kavli Foundation to support phase I development of an app aimed at supporting of patients with dementia and their family caregivers.

Lora Beebe has been named to the American Academy of Nursing’s 2017 Class of New Fellows.

Edelyn Bishop accepted the role of faculty advisor for the Ambassadors for Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention program.

Julie Bonom received the 2017 Recent Alumna Award from UT Health Science Center.

Sharon Davis received the Maureen Nalle Leadership Award on behalf of the Tennessee Nurses Association, District 2.

Terri Durbin was selected as one of the inaugural Experience Learning faculty fellows at UT.

Susan Fancher earned her MS in medical simulation from Drexel University School of Medicine.

Sally Helton received the 2017 Visionary Voice Award from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center for her work to end sexual violence.

Mary Jane Johnson received the Service Award for her significant time, effort, and service to the Tennessee Nurses Association District 2.

Rebecca Koszalinski was awarded the Tennessee Nurses Association District 2 Scholarship Award for her significant contribution to the advancement of nursing.

Lisa Lindley was promoted to associate professor and was selected to co-chair the Measuring What Matters—Electronic Clinical Quality Measures Committee and the Quality Improvement Scientific Subcommittee for the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association. She was also selected to attend the Cornell University­–National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect Summer Research Institute.

Jeremy Mills was elected president of the Tennessee chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.

Sandy Mixer was selected by the May graduating class to receive the Outstanding Clinical Faculty Award.

Carole Myers was on sabbatical from January through July. During that time she was appointed a senior fellow of the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement at George Washington University College of Nursing. She was also one of four faculty members selected nationally to participate in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Faculty Policy Intensive. She launched a twice-monthly radio spot called HealthConnections on WUOT, UT’s National Public Radio affiliate, airing during Morning Edition and All Things Considered. She was also appointed to the Tennessee General Assembly Scope of Practice Task Force and elected to serve as co-chair. She attended the American Nurses Association Membership Assembly as the elected representative for the Tennessee Nurses Association. Myers is the continuing chair of the Finance Committee of the Sertoma Center and serves on the national Nurses on Boards Coalition State Strategy and Implementation Advisory Committee.

Karen Rose was honored as a visiting professor by Shandong University College of Nursing in Shandong, China, in June as she was there lecturing their undergraduate and graduate students in gerontological nursing.

Rachel Ross received the Social Worker of the Year award from the Tennessee chapter of the National Association of Social Workers for her work in integrated health care with the interprofessional team at the Vine School Health Center.

Shelia Swift was honored with the Regional Cooperative for Professional Nurses Week Clinical Excellence Award.

Sheila Taylor was awarded the Tennessee Nurses Association District 2 Clinical Award for outstanding clinical skills and significant contributions to nursing practice.

Welcome New Faculty

Tammy Bullard joined the college in February as a clinical instructor. She is a part-time live review educator and NCLEX specialist, and in the fall she will serve as co-coordinator for didactic instruction in Foundations of Nursing with the undergraduate nursing program. Bullard received her ASN at Northeast Mississippi Community College, and her BSN and MSN in nursing education at the University of North Alabama. She has practiced as an RN for 24 years, with focuses of care in oncology, home health and hospice, and long-term care. Bullard has been a nurse educator for the past 10 years, primarily in nursing foundations and mental health.

Maria HurtMaria Hurt joined the college in August as a clinical assistant professor. She has a DNP and a family nurse practitioner post-master’s certificate from Vanderbilt University, and a master’s in nursing education from East Tennessee State University. Her special interest is community outreach to homeless populations utilizing mobile health clinics. Her teaching experience includes pediatrics, adult medical-surgical, professional development for new nurses, and emergency preparedness. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International.

Christy LearChristy Lear joined the college in August as a clinical assistant professor. She received her ASN from Walters State Community College and worked many years in emergency and trauma settings. After receiving her BSN from King College, Lear attended graduate school at Duquesne University, where she received both her MSN (in forensic nursing, with a certificate in forensic science) and DNP. She worked with a district attorney’s office in victim services as a legal nurse before returning to a hospital setting as a clinical educator for acute services, and she was most recently an assistant professor at Lincoln Memorial University. A certified neuroscience RN, Lear is an active member of the International Forensic Nursing Association, Sigma Theta Tau, ANA, and the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses. Her research areas are health care response to interpersonal violence, health policy, and nursing safety.

Erin MorganErin Morgan joined the college in August as a clinical instructor. She is a certified family nurse practitioner who received her MSN from UT. She has practiced as both a hospital RN and NP, including ICU and ED nursing. For the past 10 years she has worked in allergy and respiratory specialty practice and retail urgent care. Morgan is currently pursuing her DNP at East Tennessee State University. Her research interests include respiratory diseases such as asthma and COPD as well as rural populations. She is an active member of the Tennessee Nurses Association and recently joined the board of Knoxville’s Region 2.

Kim PowellKim Powell joined the college in August as an assistant professor. She received her PhD along with a graduate certificate in health policy from UT in May, and she has an MSN (in nursing education) from Spalding University and a BSN from Purdue University. Her research interests are in the areas of health information technology and self-management of patients with multiple chronic conditions. As part of her dissertation research, Powell conducted a multiple methods study and formed partnerships with UT’s Haslam College of Business and private-sector organizations in order to investigate the use of electronic patient portals.

Knar SagherianKnar Sagherian joined the college in August as an assistant professor. She received her PhD from the University of Maryland Baltimore. She earned both her MSN (with an administration emphasis) and BSN from the American University of Beirut in her home country of Lebanon. Sagherian’s research is in the area of occupational health and safety. She focuses on worker fatigue and sleep quantity and quality, examining the impact of those factors on organizational, performance, and health outcomes. Sagherian also employs her expertise in measurement, psychometrics, and multilevel modeling statistical methods in her research program, which includes collaboration with researchers from Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC on the effects of fatigue on nurse outcomes.

HITS Lab Receives Accreditation

The college’s Health Innovation Technology and Simulation Laboratory—commonly known as the HITS Lab—has received provisional accreditation from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. The facility provides an interactive educational space for students in health professions and an innovative test site for the development of new health technology. Continue reading

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