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First BSN Graduating Class Achieves 100% NCLEX Pass Rate

100% NCLEX Pass Rate

UTHSC has received incredible news. We are pleased to announce a 100% pass rate! The first graduating class of the recently reactivated Bachelor Science in Nursing (BSN) program graduated in December 2014.  35 out of 35 students passed the NCLEX on their first attempt.  To compare, the average for the state of Tennessee is 87% and the national average is 81%.  We are so proud of our student's accomplishments and wish them well on their nursing careers. 

April 10th 2015 - Graduate Research Day

graduate research day collage

PhD students presenting at the UTHSC College of Graduate Health Sciences' Graduate Research Day April 10th in the GEB.

April 8th 2015 - Tennessee Nurses Association Legislative Summit on Capitol Hill

Nurses at Legislative Summit on Capitol Hill

Left to right the individuals are Landon McDonald, Tallor Robinson, Sally Summers, Senator Steve McManus, Laurin Riggins, Cory Wilbanks, and Maria Tucci.

Students in the BSN/MSN program attended the Tennessee Nurses Association Legislative Summit on Capitol Hill in Nashville on April 8 and met with legislators. The group consisted of 2 RN-BSN, 4 RN-MSN CNL, 25 MSN CNL students and 3 faculty.

April 29th 2015 - Margaret Newman Distinguished Visiting Professorship

 2015 Margaret Newman Distinguished Visiting Professor

2014 Cashdollar Distinguished Visiting Professor - November 7 2014

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Betty Ferrell, Ph.D., R.N. has been in oncology nursing for 35 years and has focused her clinical expertise and research in pain management, quality of life and palliative care. Ferrell is a professor and research scientist at City of Hope in Los Angeles. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and she has over 300 publications in peer-reviewed journals and texts. She is principal investigator of a Program Project funded by the National Cancer Institute on “Palliative Care for Quality of Life and Symptom Concerns in Lung Cancer” and principal investigator of the “End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium” project. She directs several other funded projects related to palliative care in cancer centers and quality-of-life issues. Ferrell is a member of the board of scientific advisors of the National Cancer Institute and is chairperson of the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care. She is also the chairperson of the Southern California Cancer Pain Initiative. She has authored eight books, including “Cancer Pain Management” (1995), a text on “Suffering” (1995), “Pain in the Elderly” (1996) and “Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing,” published by Oxford University Press (3rd edition published in 2010). She is co-author of the text, “The Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Nursing,” published in 2008 by Oxford University Press and “Making Health Care Whole: Integrating Spirituality into Patient Care” (Templeton Press, 2010). Ferrell completed a master’s degree in theology, ethics and culture from Claremont Graduate University in 2007.