College of Nursing Faculty To Receive Nearly $3.5 Million in Grants

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Donna Hathaway, PhD, FAAN, dean and professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), announced that seven faculty members in the college have been awarded a total of $3,481,286 in grant funding.

Donna Hathaway, PhD, FAAN, dean and professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), announced that seven faculty members in the college have been awarded a total of $3,481,286 in grant funding. The funds will be used to help develop young nurse researchers, evaluate the effectiveness of advanced nursing education initiatives, support improvements for care of the mentally ill, prepare nurses to care for both crime victims and perpetrators, improve core nursing skills to better meet the needs of the medically underserved, and increase the competencies of students and experienced nurses in use and application of information technology.

“The receipt of these competitive national grants is further recognition of the outstanding academic programs offered through the Health Science Center”s College of Nursing,” Dean Hathaway observed. The college is the leading producer of graduate nurses and nursing faculty in the region and is a nationally recognized change agent in nursing education.

Ann Cashion, PhD, professor and chair in Acute and Chronic Care, will receive $35,527 in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The funding, which runs from July 14, 2009, to September 1, 2010, is a supplemental grant that will support summer research experiences for students and science educators. In a previously funded NIH parent grant titled, “Genetics, Environment, and Weight Gain Posttransplant,” Dr. Cashion is trying to determine factors associated with weight gain, including genetic factors, during the first year after kidney transplantation.

Patricia Cunningham, DNSc, associate professor of Primary Care and Public Health, will receive $770,651 through HRSA, the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The funds are designated for Advanced Nursing Education, with the term of the grant set from July 14, 2009, through June 2012. Based on the principle that provision of mental health services in primary care settings promotes more effective health care access, this program will enhance Mental Health/Substance-Use (MH-SU) knowledge and clinical practice for advanced education nurses in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at the UTHSC College of Nursing. Family Nurse Practitioners/DNP students and their preceptors will collaborate with Psychiatric Mental Health DNP faculty during clinical rotations to improve the knowledge, clinical skills and attitudes to support an effi