UTHSC ITS: Blackboard Routine Maintenance Reminder

Dear UTHSC campus,

This is a reminder about the regularly scheduled Blackboard maintenance windows this Tuesday, April 8 from 5:30 a.m. and to 6:30 a.m. ITS will perform routine maintenance to help ensure that Blackboard continues to run smoothly. During this time, courses and content will likely be unavailable. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about this or any other Blackboard related issue.

Thank you,

(901) 448-2222 ext. 1

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is designated as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Across the state, Child Abuse Prevention Providers help raise awareness by planting Pinwheel Gardens. Each pinwheel honors one of the 95,000 babies expected to be born in our state this year – and represents the belief that getting it right early in childhood is less costly than trying to turn around and fix problems when the child is older.  Since 1998, The Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities has provided prevention services to parents and teens to help  give our children a healthy start.  The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is joining in this campaign by planting pinwheels gardens on campus to high light the need for our children to experience a safe and nurturing childhood. For more information regarding Child Abuse Prevention services offered through the Boling Center, contact Belinda Tate Hardy, LCSW, at 448-6669.

College of Nursing at UTHSC Offers New Online Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program

Laura A. Talbot, PhD, EdD, RN, dean for the University of Tennessee College of Nursing, recently announced the launch of a new online certificate program for experienced nurse practitioners – the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program. The one-year, online certificate program is open only to nurse practitioners (NPs) who are certified in another specialty.  Applications for the fall 2014 session will be accepted through April 15.

“NPs who work in fast-paced acute care settings are being required to obtain certification as acute care nurse practitioners in order to oversee the care of patients in these high-energy environments,” Dean Talbot said. “We want to meet the needs of this specialized NP population, by offering an online, 22-credit program that provides the specific training and credentialing their employers now require.” [Read more...]

Second Annual Race for the Summitt 4-Miler!

Race for the Summitt 2014

The Second Annual Race for the Summitt 4-Miler benefiting The Pat Summitt Foundation will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 9am here on the UTHSC campus! The event, hosted by The University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy’s American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) chapter, supports the former Lady Vols basketball coach, Pat Summitt, in her endeavor to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

There are multiple ways for students, staff, and faculty to get involved. You can register to be a runner or walker. Get a group of friends or family members together and sign-up as a team! Then, after the race, join us for a post-race celebration in the Health Science Center Park where there will be free food, music, raffle prizes, and a performance by The Memphis Breakers!

Not a runner? You can become a Memory Donor, which is a $15 donation and you will receive an official race t-shirt!

You can register to run/walk or donate at www.raceforthesummitt.racesonline.com.

ATTENTION ALL UTHSC STUDENTS! New this year is the UTHSC Race for the Summitt competition! The UTHSC college with the largest percentage of student runners and donors wins a trophy and an ice cream party! Make sure to join your school’s team when registering so they can receive credit for your participation!

We hope you will join us as “We Back Pat”! Please email raceforthesummitt@gmail.com if you have any questions!

UTHSC College of Nursing Offers New Online RN to BSN Degree Program

Earlier today, the Tennessee Board of Nursing approved a proposal from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) to offer a new degree program all online — the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Program. [Read more...]

A Day in the Life photo shoot

The 2014 Yearbook Staff is inviting all students, faculty and staff to take part in showing all that goes on during a day at UTHSC. Here’s how:

  • On Wednesday, Feb. 5, shoot photographs of UTHSC faculty, staff and students as they take part in the day’s activities. (Big Important Note: Please observe HIPPA regulations and respect the privacy of patients and Health Science Center guests.)
  • Save the images as a high resolution/large JPEG.
  • Send them to 2014uthscyearbook@gmail.com as an attachment by Friday, Feb. 7. In the email, please give as much information as possible about the image (i.e., who, what, when, where, why and how).  Include which college is being represented, along with your name and contact information in case we have questions.

Images may be selected for use in the 2014 UTHSC Yearbook.

All images submitted will become a part of the UTHSC Communications and Marketing photo archives, and may be used for other communications needs.

Questions? Contact Yearbook Staff Advisor Jane Pate at (901) 448-4954 or ppate@uthsc.edu.

UTHSC Startup Launches First Product

Students test out “What would Socrates Think?” The new critical thinking game is from LifeCareSim, a startup supported by the UT Research Foundation.

Students test out “What would Socrates Think?” The new critical thinking game is from LifeCareSim, a startup supported by the UT Research Foundation.

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.

Dr. Hallie Bensinger

Dr. Hallie Bensinger

“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.” [Read more...]

UTHSC Communications and Marketing Team Earns Platinum MarCom Award in 2013 International Competition

Marcom BSN Reborn EntryThe Communications and Marketing Department of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) has earned top honors – Platinum – in the 2013 MarCom Awards. An international creative competition, the MarCom Awards recognize outstanding achievement by marketing and communications professionals. UTHSC’s team submitted only one entry in the annual competition titled, “BSN Reborn!” Entered in the Strategic Communications category, the submission documented the re-launch of the UTHSC Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program after a five-year hiatus. UTHSC Communications and Marketing worked in partnership with the UTHSC College of Nursing recruitment team, developing an integrated marketing and promotion campaign that helped garner 176 applications for the 70 available openings in the reinstated BSN program. [Read more...]