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Year of the nurse reformatted

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared 2020 the year of the nurse and midwife. Nursing, as a profession, has changed from the stereotypical white apron and hat to one of the most diverse health care professions in the industry. Enduring long shifts, these front line caretakers promote health, prevent illness, care for the sick, disabled, and dying, promote a safe environment, conduct healthcare research, educate other caretakers, and help shape healthcare policy.

Florence Nightingale, also known as “the lady with the lamp,” is considered a trailblazer for the nursing profession. Known as the first nurse theorist and statistician she devoted her career to making hospitals a cleaner and safer place to treat patients. Marking her 200th birthday, 2020 is dedicated to not only recognize Florence’s, but all nurse’s resilience and devotion to our community’s health and well-being.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and College of Nursing thank our dedicated nurses who teach our students, engage in research and scholarship, and impact our communities every day.

Our faculty members are a special blend of clinician and educator and each month we will spotlight one of them to tell their story. Click on the quotes below to read each nurse educator’s story. Check back every month as we spotlight a new story!

I am a UT Nurse

– Jason Kiernan




I am a Nurse Scientist

– Lisa Lindley




I am a Health Advocate

– Carole Myers

I am a psychiatric nurse researcher

-Lora Beebe