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College of Nursing Mission Statement


To prepare exceptional nurse leaders to meet the health needs of the people of Tennessee, the nation and beyond through:

  • Cultivating creativity and passion to improve health care
  • Leading scientific innovations and clinical practice
  • Using innovative academic approaches
  • Serving society

Our Vision: Nurses leading innovative transformation of health care.

 

College of Nursing Values

Our values represent who we are regardless of changes in our environment. We value:

  • A culture that creates, supports, and promotes innovation while honoring our traditions;
  • A sense of community and teamwork within the college, with our colleagues, and with our strategic partners;
  • A community that enhances scholarship and promotes diversity;
  • Professional and personal accountability;
  • Respectful, open, and transparent communication and collaboration;
  • Professional and intellectual integrity;
  • Shared respect for faculty and staff contributions.
College of Nursing Philosophy

The philosophy of the College of Nursing is consistent with the goals and mission of UTHSC. The College philosophy focuses upon the nature of the PERSON, ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH, and NURSING. The faculty believes that the PERSON is a unique integrated being that is continuously evolving. Each person has the right to participate in making decisions that affect his/her health and to accept or refuse health care within the context of safety to society.

The faculty views ENVIRONMENT as all conditions influencing the life and development of the person. The health of individuals, families, and communities is affected by these conditions.

HEALTH is viewed as a dynamic state arising from a process of continuous change in the person and environment. The faculty views the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health as a complex phenomenon involving the shared responsibility of the person, health care providers, and society. Faculty view nursing as stated in the second edition of Nursing’s Social Policy Statement (ANA, 2003), “NURSING is the protection, promotion and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations” (p.6). Nursing must provide leadership in influencing the organizational, social, economic, legal, and political factors within the healthcare system and society. “These and other factors affect the cost, access to, and quality of health care and the vitality of the nursing profession” (p.6).

Professional nursing is a science and an art. The science of nursing requires that nurses study, explore, and research nursing and related knowledge areas. From these areas nurses develop and test nursing theories for the improvement of nursing practice and health care. The art of nursing requires that nurses use knowledge gained from the humanities, arts, and sciences as the foundation for acceptance and appreciation of clients’ values. Nursing care requires sensitivity as well as critical, logical, and analytical thinking to effect changes in clients and the health care system.

EDUCATION for professional nursing practice includes a sound theoretical knowledge base to support experiential learning. The faculty believes that the educational process facilitates continuing personal and professional growth. The intent of the educational programs is to focus on the learner with active participation of the student in the learning process. Education is a life-long process with the commitment of the learner to establish patterns of continued inquiry.

College of Nursing Accreditation

Institutional Accreditation

The University of Tennessee is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees.

Program Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

The baccalaureate degree in nursing/master's degree in nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice program at The University of Tennessee is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 887-6791
Fax: (202) 887-8476

Anesthesia

The DNP Nurse Anesthesia program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs through 2019.

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
222 S. Prospect Avenue
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Phone: 847-692-7050; FAX: 847-692-6968

Tennessee Board of Nursing Approvals

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program in the College of Nursing is approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing.

Tennessee Board of Nursing
665 Mainstream Drive, 2nd Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
615-532-5166 local or
1-800-778-4123

Accreditation History

The BSN program was previously accredited by NLN in 1976 until it was held in abeyance in 1997. The BSN program was reestablished in 2005 and received the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Accreditation through 2011. The BSN program was held in abeyance in 2010 until it was reestablished in 2013. CCNE has granted accreditation to the baccalaureate degree program in nursing until June 30, 2020. For additional information related to accreditation, please contact Dr. Shelley Hawkins, PhD, APRN-BC, FAANP at shawki25@uthsc.edu

The DNP program was initially accredited April 27, 2009 by CCNE. The DNP program is accredited through Dec. 31, 2024.

College of Nursing History
 History of CON
Click to view presentation by Dr. Dianne Greenhill.

 

In 1829, the first public hospital in Memphis was established by an act of the Tennessee Legislature. Twelve years later, this small inadequate hospital meant for river travelers was replaced with a facility that, after being used as a military hospital during the American Civil War, became the Memphis City Hospital.

The American Civil War had demonstrated a need for trained nurses, but it was Florence Nightingale, following her work in the Crimean war, who influenced reform in hospitals in England and reformed nursing "training". As Nightingale's writings began to affect nursing in this country, the first US school based on Nightingale's principles was established in 1873 at New York's Bellevue Hospital. Two other schools, new Haven Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, followed.

Memphis Training School for Nurses was chartered September 28, 1887, at a time during which nursing education in the United States was still in its infancy. It was one of the first schools of nursing in the South and was certainly the first in the Mid-South. In December 1887, the school accepted its first student, Lena Clark Angevine, who is now known as Tennessee's pioneer nurse. In 1898, a new city hospital along with the Nursing School of the Memphis City Hospital opened at 860 Madison Avenue and the Memphis Training School for Nurses closed.

The medical staff of the hospital petitioned the Mayor to appoint Mrs. Lena Angevine Warner Superintendent of Nurses at the new nursing school. In 1913 the hospital became the teaching center of the College of Medicine of the University of Tennessee, and in 1920, the Memphis General Hospital became a University hospital by contractual agreement when the University of Tennessee College of Nursing was created, and on November 9, 1926, The City of Memphis and The University of Tennessee entered into a contract governing the operation of the Memphis General Hospital by the College of Medicine. The University began operation of the School of Nursing in June 1927. In July 1949, the School of Nursing became an autonomous unit within the University.

The difficult transition from a diploma to a baccalaureate program began in September 1950, when the newly-established Baccalaureate in Nursing Program admitted 26 students. In 1972 the Master's program was developed and students were admitted for the 1973 summer quarter. The PhD in Nursing was begun in August 1988. The size of the undergraduate program was purposefully reduced as greater emphasis was placed on graduate education. The last group of undergraduates graduated December 1997, allowing the College to focus entirely on graduate education. The faculty set as a goal for the College the offering of a professional clinical doctorate to meet the future needs of the increasingly complex health care environment in Tennessee and the nation. The first DNSc students were admitted in July 1999.

The College of Nursing provides innovative education, patient care and research programs throughout Tennessee and the Mid South. Most degree programs use state-of-the-art telecommunications and distributive programming to bring education to students in East Tennessee, rural West Tennessee, and across the nation. The College's faculty and staff deliver cutting-edge clinical services in many different services in a variety of locations. The faculty and students bring the science of caring to the daily lives of their patients. The internationally-renowned research programs of the faculty advance the frontiers knowledge in several areas.

Dr. Michael Carter was appointed Dean in 1982. His bachelor's and master's degrees are from the University of Arkansas College of Nursing, and his DNSc degree is from Boston University.

Dr. Donna Hathaway was appointed Dean in August 2000, after being on faculty at UT College of Nursing since 1984. Her bachelor's and master's degrees are from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and her PhD degree is from University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Hathaway announced her desire to step down from the dean's role and return to a faculty position effective August 1, 2011.

Dr. Susan Jacob, PhD, RN, who served as executive associate dean for the college since 2003, was appointed Interim Dean effective August 1, 2011.

Laura A. Talbot, PhD, EdD, RN, GCNS-BC was appointed dean of the College of Nursing in March 2012. She had extensive administrative, clinical and research experience, much of it gleaned during her more than 30 years of service in the U.S. Air Force, where she rose to the rank of Colonel and commanded a medical squadron. During her time as dean of the college, Dr. Talbot maintained an active program of research focused on the needs of veterans and active duty military. In July 2014, Dr. Talbot stepped down to pursue a full-time career as a researcher at the university.

In July 2014, Wendy Likes, PhD, DNSc, APRN-BC was appointed interim dean of the College of Nursing. In June 2015, Dr. Likes was appointed permanent dean for the College of Nursing. She previously served as Associate Dean and Chair of the Department of Advanced Practice and Doctoral Studies in the College of Nursing. Dr. Likes' received her Associate of Science degree from Arkansas State University in 1994. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Memphis in 1997. Her Master of Science in Nursing (family nurse practitioner), Doctorate of Nursing Science, and PhD degrees were earned at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 1999, 2004, and 2009 respectively. Dr. Likes' works primarily with women with cancer and pre-invasive gynecologic conditions in her clinical practice.

Information taken from:
From Diploma to Doctorate: 100 Years of Nursing Educationby E. Dianne Greenhill, RN, BSN, EdD, Professor of Nursing

College of Nursing Historical Highlights
  • 1887 - The Memphis Training School for Nurses, the first nursing school in the Mid-South, was chartered.
  • 1898 - The Memphis City Hospital opened and the Memphis Training School became the Memphis City Hospital School of Nursing.
  • 1927 - The University of Tennessee and the Memphis General Hospital approved the University's operation of the School of Nursing. The University of Tennessee School of Nursing began in June 1927.
  • 1950 - The newly established Baccalaureate in Nursing program admitted its first class of students.
  • 1953 - RN-BSN program begins. 
  • 1954 - The diploma program graduated its last class of students.
  • 1961 - The School of Nursing became a College.
  • 1973 - The Master of Science in Nursing degree program was started.
  • 1974 - Accelerated BSN program began.
  • 1988 - The PhD program was started.
  • 1997 - The baccalaureate degree program was temporarily suspended.
  • 1999 - The Doctor of Nursing Science degree program was started.
  • 2003 - The UTHSC College of Nursing announce partnership with Methodist Healthcare to create an educational continuum that reinstated the baccalaureate degree program and integrate it with existing graduate programs.
  • 2005 - Admitted traditional, second degree and RNs to the newly established BSN program.
  • 2005 - The Doctor of Nursing transitioned from DNSc to DNP.
  • 2006 - A small cohort of registered nurses was admitted to a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) master's program.
  • 2007 - Five RNs graduated with the CNL master's degree.
  • 2009 - Admitted 2nd degree students to Master’s Entry Clinical Nurse Leader program.
  • 2009 - Transitioned master's entry advanced practice programs to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) level. Received accreditation for all DNP programs. Second in the nation to receive accreditation for a DNP program in Nurse Anesthesia.
  • 2010 - All professional entry and advanced nursing practice programs at the graduate level.
  • 2011 - Admitted RN's with a diploma or associate degree to the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) master's program.
  • 2012 - The UTHSC College of Nursing moved into the newly renovated space on the 9th & 10th floor of the 920 Madison Plaza building.
  • 2013 - Accelerated BSN program reactivated, admitting students with 60+ college credits or a bachelor's degree or higher in another field.
  • 2014 - RN to BSN bachelor's degree option offered completely online.
  • 2017 - Began twice a year admission for the BSN program.
  • 2017 - Started an RN First-Assist (RNFA) certificate program.
  • 2017 - Started a Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner DNP concentration.

 

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Last Published: Sep 25, 2017