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April 29th 2015 - Margaret Newman Distinguished Visiting Professorship

 2015 Margaret Newman Distinguished Visiting Professor

2014 Cashdollar Distinguished Visiting Professor - November 7 2014

DVP Cashdollar

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. 

College of Nursing Golden Graduates

The College of Nursing welcomes back graduates of our program from 1964 and before.  UTHSC designates these 50+ year alumni as Golden Graduates! The College of Nursing hosted a breakfast and honored these guests in a special event with all Golden Graduate alumni at the Pink Palace. Check out UTHSC Alumni for more info. 

Golden Graduate

New Faculty Members

                           Anne News    Allan Lovern

This week we are proud to welcome two new faculty to the CON: Anne W. Alexandrov in the Department of Advanced Practice & Doctoral Studies and Allan Lovern in Nurse Anesthesia. 

Dr. Cheryl Stegbauer Announces Her Retirement

Dr. Cheryl Stegbauer has announced her retirement from the College of Nursing effective June 30, 2014. Dr. Stegbauer's tenure with the College of Nursing has been invaluable, and dates back to 1976 when she initially joined the College as a faculty member in the "newly developed Family Nurse Practitioner graduate program." Dr. Stegbauer has made exemplary contributions to UTHSC and the College of Nursing in practice, education, service and research. The CON wishes Dr. Stegbauer the very best in her retirement.

Dr. Wendy Likes Demonstrates a How to Perform a High Resolution Anoscopy

Dean Likes

Dr. Wendy Likes’ and Dr. ElNaggar’s video demonstrating how to perform high resolution anoscopy is available in the video gallery of Obstetrics & Gynecology (The “Green Journal”).  You can access it here.  The video, which is narrated by Dr. Likes, shows her performing the high resolution anoscopy.   High-resolution anoscopy is used for the detection of anal intraepithelial neoplasia. This video depicts important landmarks of the anal canal and pathologic features of anal intraepithelial neoplasia. This research is to identify risk factors associated with anal intraepithelial neoplasia and develop a model for predicting the likelihood of anal intraepithelial neoplasia in heterosexual women. In addition to being the an Associate Dean and Associate Professor in the College of Nursing, Dr. Likes is also Executive Director of the Center for HPV and Dysplasia (CHAD). 

Nursing Simulation Game Wins Runner Up at IMSH Showcase

Congrats to Dr. Hallie Bensinger for her entry: "The Call Light Game" which won Runner Up at the IMSH (International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare) Serious Games and Virtual Environment Showcase for the Best in Show Faculty Division. Below is a video of UTHSC Nursing students playing the game. 

Open House

The College of Nursing is proud to announce the option of an Open House for potential students to have their questions answered and help them better understand what this program is all about. Students will get a chance to meet some of the College of Nursing professors, students and administrators. After a brief overview of the college, we will talk about the program’s:

  • Academic expectations (accelerated, professional program versus more traditional collegiate program, typical day in nursing school)
  • Technology expectations (Computer skills expected, laptop PC requirements)
  • Financial issues (tuition, supplies, books, financial aid, scholarships)
  • Ongoing challenges (impact on family, work schedule realities, and time commitment)
  • Details (parking, uniforms etc.)
  • Address any questions

For more info visit the Open House page.

Ansley Stanfill becomes Dr. Ansley Stanfill(February 21st 2014)

Defending your PhD dissertation can be nerve wracking. Stack on top of that the nature of the audience. Your family, spouse, peers, and faculty committee are all in attendance, (and some by video conference) to hear you present your research findings. With intense focus, Ansley Grimes Stanfill defended her dissertation, "Dopaminergic Genetic Contributions to Obesity in Kidney Transplant Recipients" on February 11, 2014.

Ansley Stanfill DissertationDr. Ansley Stanfill defending her dissertation

After receiving a bachelor of science degree in neuroscience at Vanderbilt University and graduating with highest honors from Saint Louis University with a bachelor of science in nursing, she entered the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s PhD Program in Nursing Science in 2010. While attending UTHSC, she was selected to participate as a NIH Fellow in the NINR Summer Genetics Institute. She has written and received four grants to include a NRSA training grant co-sponsored by Dr. Donna Hathaway at UTHSC and Dr. Yvette Conley at the University of Pittsburgh. While a student in the PhD Program in Nursing Science, Ansley was first author or co-author of three publications, an invited presenter at four local/regional meetings, panelist at a national webinar, and presenter at ten regional, national, or international meetings. Dr. Stanfill holds memberships in the International Society of Nurses in Genetics, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, Southern Nursing Research Society, and the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science. She also joined the UTHSC College of Nursing faculty as an instructor in 2013. Congratulations to Dr. Stanfill!

Scrub Cap Ceremony (January 13th 2014)

Scrub Cap CeremonyDr. Lorena Thompson presents Nurse Anesthesia student Whitney Starr with her scrub cap.

The College of Nursing has a rich tradition of marking the start of clinical coursework by presenting students with their very own scrub cap. This year's Scrub Cap Ceremony took place on January 13th 2014 and a total of 17 students were awarded their scrub caps. Students were presented by Nurse Anesthesia instructors Dr. Dwayne Accardo and Dr. Lorena Thompson.

Scrub Cap Ceremony

Nursing students receive 2 of 3 TNA Scholarships (January 8, 2014)

The College of Nursing recently had two students Loretta Alexia Williams (PhD program) and Leah Okoth (MSN-CNL Program) receive notification that they were awarded the Tennessee Nurses Association (TNA) District One Scholarship. The scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence and recommendations from faculty addressing the student’s academic ability and commitment to the nursing progression. Only three scholarships are awarded yearly. We are very proud that two of our students, Alexia and Leah, have received these awards which will be used for educational purposes.

Leah Okoth - MSN-CNL Student
Leah Okoth
MSN-CNL Student

Leah has also received 1 of 10 undergraduate APNA Student Scholarships from the American Psychiatric Nurses Association which focuses on mental health. The APNA seeks to encourage these students’ professional growth and aims to develop young talent within the PMH nursing workforce.

Leah Okoth - MSN-CNL Student
Loretta Alexia Williams
PhD Student

Alexia is also a Jonas Scholar of the Jonas Center For Nursing and Veterans Healthcare the make grants to advance scholarship, leadership and innovation, and collaborate on initiatives with other leaders in the nursing field, with a focus on fostering new partnerships across the philanthropic, business, policy and education sectors. Alexia’s research interests include health disparities, minority health, family caregiver, and men’s health within the context of chronic illness.

UTHSC Startup Launches First Product (January 7, 2014)


In an effort to better engage her students in a post-clinical conference, Dr. Hallie Bensinger, an advanced practice nurse and instructor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), found herself strolling through the aisles of a school supply store on Easter weekend of 2010 hoping to find fake money to hand out in a Jeopardy-style PowerPoint lecture she was preparing. What she found instead were dice that when rolled formed stories or sentences, and just like that, the idea for "What Would Socrates Think?" came into being.


"What Would Socrates Think?" is a critical thinking game designed to challenge students with unpredictable and constantly changing patient case scenarios. The game requires students to think through problems, accounting for the patient’s pathophysiology, pharmacology, labs, vital signs, chief complaint and changing situation in order to win award cards. An instructor facilitates game play by encouraging questions and discussion. "You have to really pull from what you know and think on your feet. The game presents a variety of unpredictable patient scenarios just like you see on the floor," Bensinger said. "I've personally used it with more than 100 students, and the response has been great."


Fellows to the American Academy of Nursing (December 03, 2013)

Dr. Todd Monroe

We would like to take this opportunity to celebrate our PhD in Nursing alumni (Dr. Todd Monroe and Dr. Sara Day) who were recently inducted as Fellows to the American Academy of Nursing. Congratulations on behalf of faculty, staff and the entire UTHSC College of Nursing! The American Academy of Nursing selected 172 nurse leaders for induction as Fellows during the Academy’s 40th annual meeting on October 19, 2013, in Washington, DC.

The Academy is composed of more than 2,000 nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy, and research. The Academy Fellows include hospital and government administrators, college deans, and renowned scientific researchers. With this new class, Fellows will represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 19 countries.

Dr. Sara Day

"Selection for fellowship in the Academy is one of the most prestigious honors in the field of nursing," said Academy president Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN.

Selection criteria include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care and sponsorship by two current Academy Fellows. Applicants are reviewed by a panel comprised of elected and appointed Fellows, and selection is based, in part, on the extent the nominee’s nursing careers influenced health policies and the heath and wellbeing of all. New Fellows will be eligible to use the credentials FAAN (Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing) after their induction in October.

2013 Cashdollar Distinguished Visiting Professorship (November 13, 2013)

The William T. Cashdollar Distinguished Visiting Professorship was created through the caring concern of his wife, Mrs. Kathy Cashdollar, as she experienced the dying of her husband. During his final illness, she observed the extreme difficulties involved in caring for him when he was no longer able to communicate. She decided then to develop a lectureship that would help healthcare providers minister to the needs of dying persons and their families, as well as to their fellow professionals who provide the care. Each November, the College of Nursing hosts a unique speaker to discuss and present end of life care topics.

Dr. Sally Okun Presents Language Matters In Palliative And End Of Life Care Dr. Sally Okun Presents Language Matters In Palliative And End Of Life Care

On November 8th, Dr. Sally Okun spoke on the topic of language in palliative care. "The words we use when communicating with others are key to mutual understanding. Yet, each of us brings our own perspective, perception and interpretation to words so the language we use can often have different meaning to different people. These nuances are important when we consider the language of health – a language historically the domain of doctors, nurses, scientists and researchers. It is a language perfectly inadequate for meaningful communication between clinicians and patients especially in conversations about advance care planning, palliative and end of life care. This talk explores how we can humanize the language of health with the voice of the patient."

View Dr. Sally Okun 2013 Cashdollar DVP Presentationexternal link icon on Scribd.


In The News! (October 28, 2013)

Tennessee Association of Student Nurses meeting

At the annual Tennessee Association of Student Nurses meeting in Murfreesboro, TN Oct 19-20th, the UTHSC College of Nursing was well represented by four of our senior nursing students. Each of these students was elected to the TASN Board of Directors and to the following prestigious positions:

  • Carla Rosser: Vice President
  • Porshia Mahoro: West TN Regional Director
  • Bridgette Torrance-Williams: Director for Break Through to Nursing
  • Marqueta Abraham: Legislative Director

In addition, our chapter was awarded a certificate for having greater than 40% of our student body as members of TASN.


It's Worth The Work You Put In (October 7, 2013)

Dr. Sherry Webb's Nursing Leadership class recently received a visit from two former students Alicia Scarborough and Huong Tran. These May 2013 graduates of UTHSC's Nursing MSN-CNL program spoke plainly about the truth of their new careers as nurses in the OR. Short answer: It's worth the work you put in.

When asked about how their experience at UT has an impact in their workplace, Alicia responded, "Everything you learn in your work here at UT is what sets you apart from other nurses in the field... You are a cut above the rest. The requirements for what you learn [compared to] what you actually get from other programs is entirely different." Tran added "Don't lose sight of what you came to school for. You are the future leaders of nursing." Alicia and Tran are both nurses in the OR at Baptist.


Think Global Act Local (November 3, 2013)

Drs. Pat Speck (left) and Lisa Campbell (right)
Drs. Pat Speck (left) and Lisa Campbell (right) in Boston for the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association.

Former University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Nursing student Dr. Lisa Campbell (class of 2011) gives a poster presentation of her findings on Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) peer counselor contact with first time breastfeeding mothers to the "Think Global Act Local" annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA) in Boston on November 3rd, 2013. Campbell’s research was designed to determine whether singleton women who had not previously breastfed and who had a WIC peer counselor were more likely to initiate breastfeeding than women not exposed to the WIC peer counselor. Her research suggests women’s decisions to initiate breastfeeding is significantly associated with WIC peer counselor contacts. Campbell and her colleagues, UTHSC faculty Drs. Jim Wan, Patricia Speck, and Margaret Hartig, have their work on this research published in Public Health Nursing.