New nursing doctorate begins · p 4
Miller Clinic expands bilingual reach · p 5
Kinesiology professor impacts community · p 16
Message from the Dean
Nursing programs aim to
Welcome to the inaugural issue of the Harris College Magazine, the official magazine of
counter nursing shortage
the TCU Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences. As you read about our accomplishments
and initiatives in this issue you will notice the themes of growth and change. The College
is experiencing tremendous growth in our numbers of undergraduate and graduate
students, new academic programs to meet nursing, health care, and education workforce
demands, and new Centers that focus on timely, urgent health concerns of the nation. Focus is on getting educators and practitioners in the field as quickly as possible
This is a very exciting time in academia and health care as new ways to solve old
problems are emerging. Our new doctor of nursing practice degree is designed to
one-million-person shortage of nurses is expected by the year 2020, due to an aging workforce
prepare advanced practice nurses at the highest level of clinical practice and leadership
and a lack of nursing faculty. The Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences is addressing the
so they can address critical health-care issues. Our graduate program in bilingual speech shortage with the implementation of a graduate program specializing in nursing education, as
pathology is preparing graduates to meet a critical need across age and population well as by focusing on student retention in the college, and creating new degree pathways such as the
groups. Our graduate programs in nursing and nurse anesthesia graduate clinical nurse accelerated BSN program.
specialists, certified registered nurse anesthetists and nurse educators-all recognized as Nursing is on the verge of a crisis-level shortage of practitioners.
critical workforce shortage roles. Our physical education majors focus on engaging K-12 “With the generation of baby boomers reaching its 60s, there will be
students in fitness programs designed to promote fitness for life - one strategy to combat an increased need for nurses prepared in gerontological studies and
Winter 2008 | Volume 1, No. 1 nurses to replace those retiring,” said Donna Tilley, associate professor
our national obesity epidemic among children.
Harris College recently launched the Center for Healthy Aging, the Center for Evidence and director of the nursing program in Harris College.
Learning to make a difference
Based Practice and Research, the Center for Oncology Nursing, and a Center for Obesity “Other major causes of the shortage include fewer nursing
Research is underway. Each of the Centers addresses important issues and involves faculty, faculty and an increased need for better healthcare,” Tilley said. Nursing
programs around the country have been forced to decline admission to
students, and community partners.
qualified applicants because of the lack of nursing faculty. According to
I am very proud of the Harris College and our contributions and dedication to making
the American Association of College Nursing’s Web site, 73 percent of
a difference. I hope you enjoy and learn more about us in this first edition.
nursing programs showed a need for nursing faculty. The lack of nursing
educators leads to a shortage of nurses at the bedside and other areas.
Paulette Burns, RN, Ph.D.
Dean, Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences Harris College has created a graduate studies program
Texas Christian University specifically for preparing faculty for nursing education. “The reason for
the new program is the need for nurse educators and we are trying to
be part of the solution,” said Dr. Paulette Burns, dean of the college.
Contents The TCU program, which began in fall 2006 with two students
who are on track to graduate in spring 2008, was established as an online
From the Dean 2 program in order to accommodate working nurses returning to school.
News 3-6 Students have the convenience of online courses and the accessibility
Profiles 7-13 of education while remaining in the workforce.
Community 14-15 Also, Harris College recently created the Academic Excellence
Research 16-18 Program (ACE) to help with retention of undergraduate nursing
Accolades 19 students. “The program helps students with resources such as tutoring,
test-taking skills and study skills to help retain nursing students,” nursing
professor Dennis Cheek said.
Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences publishes the Harris College Magazine annually. Texas Christian University is a private, Other strategies to increase the number of graduates include admitting more nursing majors into the
We welcome your comments, suggestions, and story ideas. E-mail comments to email@example.com. coeducational university located in Fort Worth, traditional BSN program and creating an accelerated BSN option. Harris College initiated an accelerated
Texas. TCU is affiliated, but not governed by, the baccalaureate nursing program that allows persons with a college degree in another field to get a nursing
Dr. Paulette Burns, Associate Professor and Dean Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). TCU’s Harris degree in just over a year. The accelerated BSN program admits 40 students per year. The total number of
Dr. William J. Ryan, Associate Professor and Chair of Department of Communications Sciences BSN majors at TCU increased from 267 in 2001 to 520 in 2007.
College of Nursing & Health Sciences is vibrant
and thriving with new programs, innovative Recruiting for the nursing profession nation-wide has been impacted positively by a media campaign
Dr. Joel B. Mitchell, Professor and Chair of Department of Kinesiology
Dr. David Jenkins, Associate Professor and Chair of Department of Social Work
curricula, and students and faculty who are supported by Johnson & Johnson Co. that used nurses of both genders as well as various ethnicities to
Kay Sanders, Clinical Professor and Director of School of Nurse Anesthesia making a difference for others. The Harris College show how nursing is not just a profession for Caucasian women. Hospitals have marketed nursing as a
Dr. Donna Scott Tilley, Associate Professor and Director of TCU Nursing houses Nursing, Social Work, Communication respectable job with good pay, flexible hours and plenty of opportunity in the future, but according to
Dr. Linda Harrington, Associate Professor and Director of Doctor of Nursing Practice Sciences and Disorders, Kinesiology, and a report in November 2006, U.S. nursing schools had to turn away more than 41,000 applicants in 2005
Nurse Anesthesia, and is home to over 920 because of limited faculty, space and budget.
Editor: Shawn Kornegay undergraduate students, 278 graduate students, “Programs like the online graduate program, ACE, and the accelerated BSN at TCU are an attempt
Contributing writers: Nancy Allison, Cacy Bernard ’06, Rachel Stowe Master ’91 65 full time faculty, 19 staff, and numerous part to get educators and practitioners into the field as quickly as possible,” Burns said. By producing nurse
Hannah Mathews, Dylan Taylor-Smith, Rick Waters ’95 time field and clinical faculty. educators and increasing the number of graduating nurses, Harris College is helping to meet the nursing
workforce needs. - HM
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TCU leading the way in improving health care by offering new degree:
Doctor of Nursing Practice
CU is leading the way in addressing the many issues in Dean Paulette Burns said, “This is extremely important as
health care through a new degree in nursing, the Doctor the complexity and rapid change of the health care system
of Nursing Practice. Health care today demands change in are moving many disciplines to the doctoral level such as
order to produce better outcomes for patients as well as those pharmacy, audiology, and physical therapy. The practice
professionals who dedicate themselves to caring for others. The doctorate in nursing prepares nurses to practice at the highest
complexity of the current system and its patients require that level of leadership in nursing practice.”
nurses, particularly those in specialty positions, have the highest TCU’s Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences
level of scientific knowledge and practice expertise possible. welcomed the DNP inaugural class on August 18; the class of
Research from Drs. Linda Aiken, Carole Estabrooks and 38 includes 28 full-time and 10 part-time students. The new
others have established a clear link between higher levels of doctoral students hail mostly from across Texas, but also from
nursing education and better patient outcomes. According Oklahoma, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina and
to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, “Factors Louisiana. Five of the students are TCU alumni, including two
emerging to build momentum for doctoral education for BSNs and three MSNAs. The types of advanced practice nurses
practice include: the rapid expansion of knowledge underlying admitted include 19 certified registered nurse anesthetists, 14
practice; increased complexity of patient care; national concerns nurse practitioners and five clinical nurse specialists.
about the quality of care and patient safety; shortages of “These are highly qualified students. Some are academic
nursing personnel which demands a higher level of preparation leaders; others own their own business. Some are published,
for leaders who can design and assess care; shortages of and some speak nationally,” said Dr. Harrington. “The inaugural
doctorally prepared nursing faculty, and increasing educational class represents some of the most talented advanced practice
expectations for the preparation of other health professionals.”
“The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is beneficial to Harris
nurses across the country. We are prepared to provide them
with new knowledge and new inspiration that will enable them
to make an even bigger contribution to health care.”
Miller Clinic expands bilingual reach across full lifespan
College because it opens the door to doctoral education for all For more information about the online Doctor of Nursing Bilingual training sets TCU students apart
advanced practice nurses (nurse practitioners, clinical nurse Practice at TCU, visit www.harriscollege.tcu.edu/dnp.asp. - SK
specialists, nurse anesthetists, and nurse midwives),” said Dr. he minority population is expanding — and so is “Having her here makes a huge difference,” he said, Timing couldn’t be better. Texas is now one of
Linda Harrington, director of the DNP program. TCU’s Miller Speech and Hearing Clinic. Long known noting that previously, bilingual students’ work with four states — along with Washington, D.C. — that
for its speech-language pathology work with Spanish-speaking clients was concentrated mostly on is “majority-minority.” In 2006, the state’s population
bilingual children, the clinic is now setting itself apart children. “Dr. Muñoz’s expertise is working with adults was 52 percent minority, according to the U.S. Census
with bilingual speech-language pathology training for who have had strokes and who have communication Bureau, and it accounted for the second largest Hispanic
Miller Speech and Hearing Clinic Harris College launches oncology the full lifespan.
“We really are looking at a lifespan perspective,
problems resulting from those strokes — especially
people who are Spanish speaking or bilingual. Having
population among states with 8.4 million.
The Census Bureau estimates 23.9 percent of the
benefits from grant education and research center preparing students to work with non-English speakers
and bilinguals from birth to old age — and that’s
her here, we can now cover all the way from very young
children to elderly patients, and that allows our bilingual
Tarrant County and 36.4 percent of the Dallas County
populations were Hispanic or Latino in 2005. Some 29
TCU received a $15,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation TCU’s Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences has been awarded a $1,000,000 not something that’s offered at many other programs students to get training across the entire lifespan.” percent of Texas residents speak Spanish at home —
to benefit the Miller Speech and Hearing Clinic, a part of the Communication Sciences five-year grant from UT Southwestern Moncrief Cancer Foundation. The grant will nationwide,” said Maria L. Muñoz, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, who Miller Clinic continues to work with bilingual children leading all states — and a whopping 78 percent of
and Disorders program at TCU. With the help of the Bank of America grant, the Clinic enable the start of a highly productive partnership between TCU and UT Southwestern
joined the department in 2006 as an associate professor. through local Head Start programs. During fall ’06 to spring Hispanics age 5 and up speak a language other than
will have the ability to expand its services and provide more care to the surrounding Medical Center that will result in significantly improved education for nurses in the
“We are one of the oldest bilingual programs, one of the ’07, the clinic completed 129 child screenings at four Head English at home, according to the 2005 American
community. area of oncology, as well as significantly improved cancer patient care in Tarrant County
“The Bank’s gift will enable the and all of North Texas. most longstanding, and I think we have tremendous Start daycare centers, 17 full evaluations and 110 hours of Community Survey.
Clinic to continue providing quality “We are thrilled to collaborate with the TCU Harris College of Nursing & Health loyalty from the bilingual speech-language pathology therapy for 14 different students, Ryan noted. But for all the hurdles they must clear, the language
speech and hearing services to Sciences on this exciting new program,” said Kim Pollock, associate vice president for community in the area.” “We haven’t changed too much, but the goal is to barrier won’t be one of them for Spanish-speaking
people in our community, many of cancer programs at UT Southwestern. “The student rotation in the Harold C. Simmons The Miller Speech and Hearing Clinic — the training develop an on-site adult bilingual clinic,” Muñoz said. speech-language pathology clients at the Miller Clinic —
whom do not have ability to pay for Comprehensive Cancer Center will highlight the valued role our oncology nurses have site for upper level undergraduate and graduate students “So I’ve been working more on networking with the where students are truly bilingually trained.
such services,” said Chancellor Victor on the multidisciplinary team caring for cancer patients.” in TCU’s communication sciences and disorders program in community. I’ll be giving a talk for community speech “There are bilingual speech pathologists, but
Boschini. The grant will focus on enhancing oncology education and research in three the Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences — offers pathologists on aphasia in Spanish speakers as a way to then there are those who are bilingual and bilingually
The Miller Speech and Hearing Clinic areas: 1) undergraduate and graduate curriculum at TCU, 2) research by TCU nursing a variety of speech, language and hearing screening, connect with the community to encourage referrals of trained — trained in the unique needs of individuals
offers a wide variety of services to people in Fort Worth and the surrounding area. faculty, and 3) strengthening the relationship between UT Southwestern, TCU and evaluation and therapy services to the local community. patients to our clinic.” who are bilingual or non-English speakers,” Muñoz said.
Services are offered to English- and Spanish-speaking individuals, and include speech/ area Tarrant County hospitals. Undergraduate and graduate students provide the Muñoz hopes to get one or two bilingual adult “Our students are coming out bilingually trained. They
language evaluations and therapy, audiological evaluations, hearing aid evaluations, “This will offer opportunities in oncology nursing for undergraduate and
services under the direction of faculty members. patients by spring and by fall have a more established have an understanding of the unique diagnostic features,
aural habilitation, speech and hearing screening programs, information and referral. graduate students that would not be possible without this generous gift,” said
William J. Ryan, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, chair of the program that could see six to 10 patients a semester, developmental issues and treatment options that are
“At Bank of America, we believe healthy communities are wonderful places to Dr. Paulette Burns, dean of the Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences. “The
live and do business,” said Mike Pavell, president for Bank of America in Fort Worth undergraduate students will have the option for additional coursework in oncology communication sciences and disorders department depending on patients’ needs. “I’ll focus more on the specific to non-English speakers and bilinguals. And that’s
and a TCU alumnus. “We applaud TCU and the Miller Speech and Hearing Clinic, and nursing and graduate students will be able to specialize as clinical nurse specialists in and director of the Miller Clinic, credits Muñoz with the adults with aphasia, but the other faculty members are an important distinction.” - RSM
we are proud to support their efforts in removing the financial barriers that often exist oncology nursing.” - SK expanded services for bilingual adults. also interested in providing services to bilingual adults,”
between our residents and the opportunity to receive quality healthcare.” - SK she said.
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Searching for health care solutions Dr. William Ryan: A reflection of a quiet leader
Fresh answers to continuing problems are sought
he nation’s health care system
— as we know it — is in a state
of crisis. Delivery is fragmented,
communication is often lacking, and
Alyce Schultz, who spoke on campus
and at five Dallas-Fort Worth area
hospitals — presenting to more than
F or 10 years, Dr. William Ryan has quietly and unassumingly
presided over the Miller Speech and Hearing Clinic at TCU. In
addition to overseeing the clinic, Ryan is an associate professor
and chair of TCU’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
(COSD). Under Ryan’s direction, the clinic and the department have made
limited resources can’t meet increasing In June, the CEBPR expanded
huge strides in keeping up with the advances in technology and in the
needs. The most viable solutions may its reach by establishing the TCU
come from nursing. Evidence-Based Practice & Research
Ryan began at TCU in the COSD department in 1996 and at the end
“I truly believe that nurses as the Collaborative, bringing together nurse
of this academic year, Ryan plans to retire. “It’s time for the department to
health care professionals most closely leaders engaged in evidence-based
linked to the point of care hold the practice from area hospitals. have someone else step in,” Ryan explained. “A new and younger person
answers to many health care issues,” “That collaborative has now grown can bring new ideas and energize the faculty and students to new levels.”
said Susan Mace Weeks, MS, RN, an instructor in TCU’s Harris to include more than 25 hospitals and three area universities,” Ever since Ryan earned his doctorate degree from Purdue University
College of Nursing & Health Sciences. “We need to create an Weeks said. The collaborative is also planning an education and in 1971, there have been great changes in the field of speech-language
atmosphere where practicing nurses have the ability to seek out mentoring program to help direct-care nurses implement EBPR pathology. Sophisticated technology and advancement in knowledge of
and/or create the answers to everyday care dilemmas.” in their practice settings. The national health care system needs the human throat and mouth have led the way to a huge expansion in
In June 2006, Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences fresh answers to continuing problems. specializations and treatment options.
established the Center for Evidence Based Practice and Research. The work of the center to create and share nursing best In fact, medical advancements in prolonging life after strokes and
Initially funded by a TCU Vision in Action grant, the program is practices across health care settings is a significant step forward accidents have increased the need for rehabilitating those patients either
now supported by Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences. in improving the system,” said Paulette Burns, dean of Harris to speak or make use of an alternative communication device. The Clinic’s
“The CEBPR is committed to helping address the numerous College of Nursing & Health Sciences. “Nursing is the backbone other areas of specialization include childhood language disorders and
challenges in our health care system,” Weeks said. of the health care industry with over 2.2 million registered nurses speech sound disorders.
In addition to EBPR consultation with several area hospitals, in the national workforce. Innovations such as the center will The Miller Speech and Hearing Clinic, under the direction of Ryan,
the center is working on a variety of projects for schools and have a major impact on patient care. That is good news for all as provides such bilingual services to many children and families, but also
community agencies. This April, the center hosted internationally we search for new ways to transform the current system.” - RSM provides experience for its undergraduate and graduate students who
recognized evidence-based practice and research expert Dr. are supervised by certified clinical instructors and faculty.
The unique therapy sessions that serve approximately 100 clients
each semester are possible because of the department’s bilingual-
School of Nurse Anesthesia achieves national accreditation on its first try emphasis master’s program in speech-language pathology. The bilingual
graduate program offered at TCU is one of approximately 15 at universities
Program is one of the largest in the nation nationwide. Roughly 30 percent of TCU graduate students working in the
TCU’s School of Nurse Anesthesia 2005, and the council sent on-site reviewers clinic are bilingual. Thanks to Ryan’s expertise, the COSD program, with
exceeded national accreditation standards to look at the school in April 2006. The help from the clinic, helps train a substantial number of the bilingual
on the first try and received 10 years of school was required to submit a written self- speech-language pathologists in Tarrant County.
accreditation, the maximum amount of years study addressing the required examples In 2007, Ryan was recognized as a Fort Worth Business Press Healthcare
a program can be accredited. for accreditation with specific examples of Hero, an honor that recognizes his expertise in the healthcare community
“We have been very excited about our how the school had met them. as well as his commitment to research and education in Tarrant County.
accredited nurse anesthesia program at TCU, The standards addressed included how Jokingly, Ryan believes his greatest accomplishment throughout his
with its strong history of nursing education,” the school fits with the vision and goals of career is “surviving this long,” but his truly outstanding achievement is
said Kay Sanders, director of the School TCU, the quality of faculty and students facilitating the progression of students throughout the COSD program
of Nurse Anesthesia. “This program was and the demographics of the clinical sites that leads them to success. After all, graduate students of the TCU program
desperately needed because there is a critical where students are registered nurses. have an exceptionally high pass rate of approximately 96 percent on
shortage of nurse anesthetists, especially in “I’m proud of the school’s accreditation the national examination required for all certified speech-language
rural areas where hospitals depend on nurse and it will help me in the professional world pathologists. The national average pass rate for all students is roughly 78
anesthetists for surgery and obstetrics.” after graduation,” said Bryan Keller, a first- percent.
“It is my pleasure to congratulate year graduate student of nurse anesthesia. Ryan said that the program’s excellence could be attributed to TCU’s
the School of Nurse Anesthesia on the “Truthfully, we weren’t surprised when commitment to a low faculty/student ratio as well as the accessibility of
outstanding accomplishment,” said Paulette we found out they got 10 years of faculty to students. In his time at TCU, Ryan felt it has been easy to excel
Burns, dean of the Harris College of Nursing accreditation.” because of the highly motivated faculty, staff and students who unite for
& Health Sciences. Brian Aydell, also a first-year graduate a common purpose of achieving excellence. Ryan’s fondest memories
When a school for nurse anesthesia is created, it must student in the school, said he came to TCU because of the
of TCU include seeing his students walk across the stage to receive their
receive permission from the Council on Accreditation to reputation of Sanders and the school’s faculty. “That’s just
diplomas at commencement.
be temporarily accredited in order to accept students. The telling you that they’ve put something together that’s really
When asked what Ryan is planning to do in retirement, he replied,
temporary accreditation lasts for one year after the first class strong and is going to be productive and successful,” he
“I’m not sure. When you have been helping people all of your career it’s
graduates. The first class of 53 students graduated in December said. - SK
hard to just stop.” - HM
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Japanese soccer player learns to manage sports injuries
entaro “Kenny” Ishii grew up playing soccer in Japan and has
always had a great love for the sport. During his younger
years, Kenny suffered several injuries including ACL and
MCL sprains, a meniscus tear, a fractured fibula, a fractured rib,
a fractured ulna, a fractured radius, a concussion, and numerous
ankle sprains, which ended his soccer career.
Unfortunately, there wasn’t an athletic trainer at Kenny’s
high school to treat his injuries or to educate him on how they
could be prevented. So Kenny took it upon himself to become
the first athletic training student in his school’s history.
Kenny sought information about athletic training anywhere
he could find it. He read books, attended workshops and visited
with “trainers” in Japan. However, Kenny found that most
“trainers” in Japan were actually therapists that only treated
Turning pain into people after they had incurred an injury. They did not attempt
to prevent injuries as an athletic trainer would do. That is when Kenny Ishii provides physicial therapy for TCU football player, Aaron Brown
Kenny decided he wanted to come to the United States and TCU director of the Athletic Training Education Program and TCU’s
to study athletic training. team physician for intercollegiate athletes. Through TCU’s athletic
Currently, he’s a junior in TCU’s Athletic Training Program. He department, Kenny and his fellow athletic training students have
came to TCU from the city of Mishima in Japan where his parents experienced first-hand athletic training in Division I sports.
To overcome physical, emotional Her passion soared through high with the skills she needs to enter the Since high school football and athletic training are so
and grandmother still live. His three older sisters, a 28-year-old
and mental abuse is outstanding, but school, as she broke records in track and workforce as a nurse. Through classes,
and 26-year-old twins, all live in Tokyo. prominent in Texas, a lot of athletic training students have also
to turn that pain into power is an even class became a haven for her happiness. labs and clinicals, Damaris has learned
greater accomplishment. TCU senior and Negative words from her father turned how to excel as a nurse. When he first arrived at TCU, he spoke minimal English and had internships at schools in the DFW area. Many have gone on
nursing student Damaris Akinniyi was into positive energy in her life. Damaris “We are taught about diversity of enrolled in intensive English to become athletic trainers in the Metroplex.
able to remove herself from two abusive fell into another abusive relationship with cultures and how to approach them in courses to help him better “Many of the athletic trainers in the area are TCU alums,
relationships and move forward into a her husband after enrolling in college. the hospital. Without understanding understand the classes for which may lead to jobs after graduation,” said Willeford.
promising life through her determination She worked full-time and went to school how the patient views life and the world, his double major – athletic A new aspect of the program allows students to gain
to attain a higher education. full-time. The control and violence within a nurse cannot help the patient,” Damaris training and movement science. a broader knowledge of athletic training by experiencing a
“Higher education was not an her relationship with her husband caused explained.
Through hard work and variety of settings and clinical instructors. To accomplish this,
option for me; it was the only way for her to almost lose her life again. After Damaris is also a part of the Student
me to become my own person, because leaving the relationship behind, Damaris Nurses’ Association at TCU and Life determination, he’s been able Kelley Henderson, Clinical Coordinator for the ATEP, established
education is the key to opening doors,” made school her priority. Group Christian Ministries. She has also to achieve a 3.3 GPA. rotations at Trinity Valley School with program alumni Tim Jones
Damaris said. “I got myself a start by At TCU, Damaris decided to study to conducted research at the University of According to Sean Willeford, and Sara Kinsel.
giving myself a start.” be a nurse. “Nursing allows me to help Arizona on gastric ulcers in mice and on Director of the Athletic Training “Through opportunities like this, our students are able to
As a child, Damaris was repeatedly other people by showing them not to use HIV/AIDS in women as well as helped to Education Program, “Kenny is get enhanced hands-on experience,” said Willeford. “They learn
told by her father she would never a situation to push yourself down, but to write a report on the research. self-driven to learn. He absorbs a lot and are very prepared through the education program
amount to anything and that she was uplift, especially in young women.” After graduating, Damaris hopes to
the information, goes above and here at TCU and their field experience. In fact, the majority of our
a failure. “When I was 14, my hand Through generous grants, work in the emergency room or intensive
was seriously damaged and broken scholarships and loans, Damaris can care unit at Parkland Memorial Hospital in beyond and has a strong work students have jobs or graduate assistantships before graduation.”
by my father,” Damaris added. School make a better life for herself. “God Dallas. She explained that working in the ethic.” Kenny has been able to benefit from opportunities and
became less important and her grades has been supportive in helping me to intensive care unit will allow opportunity Every summer, like many of the students in the program, a well-rounded education. His goal is to become an athletic
began to drop while she fell into a deep continue school,” Damaris said. In 2005, for growth and learning as well as being Kenny has had internships to learn more about his chosen field. trainer for a professional soccer team and later to become an
depression. Damaris received the Texas Conference able to focus on patients. He’s had hands-on experience with the Ben Hogan Sport Therapy athletic training educator in Japan. He wishes to eventually have
“One day I realized that I was the for Women scholarship sponsored by The Harris College of Nursing & Institute, Kansas City Wizards of the MLS and the Dallas Cowboys. athletic trainers at high schools in Japan so that young athletes
only one who could alter my destiny. the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Health Sciences has allowed Damaris to
As a senior, Kenny has a general medical rotation, along with won’t have their careers cut short by preventable injuries like his
Not one person had that power over me. Nursing’s Future. fulfill her dream of becoming a nurse
Suddenly I had a passion for success,” The Harris College of Nursing & and becoming independent. - HM his fellow senior students, with Dr. Sam Haraldson, the medical own. - SK
Damaris described. Health Sciences has provided Damaris
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The school is already A Nurse, Not a Number Not for the Faint of Heart
making a name for itself — Students are also drawn to the The 28-month program is rigorous
nationally and internationally. program’s personal touch. and challenging, according to those who
In November 2006, it exceeded “You almost felt like family when have just completed it.
national accreditation standards on you interviewed,” said Richard Burrow “From the time you begin the
its first application and earned the of Forney, an MSNA December grad. program it really turns your whole life
maximum 10 years of accreditation. “You felt like they had a genuine interest upside down. It challenges you in every
Few programs are granted accreditation in you.” area of your life. It requires your full
with no progress report required and Burrow earned his undergraduate attention so that can make it tough on
even fewer achieve the maximum 10 degree in business and worked as a retail friendships, relationships and marriages,”
years accreditation, according to officials manager for five years before going said Foster, who is eager to begin training
at the Council on Accreditation of Nurse to nursing school. “While working as a for triathlons again with her husband.
Anesthesia Educational Programs. nurse I came into contact with a nurse For Burrow, who is married with three
Setting TCU’s NA school apart are anesthetist and was intrigued by their children, balancing full-time school with
its faculty, students and simulation responsibility,” he said. family life and adjusting to a budget
opportunities. The school has six full- He has taken a job with Baylor without his job was challenging.
time nurse anesthetists. Two nurse University Medical Center in Dallas and “We had such a volume of information
anesthetists have Ph.D.s — one full-time will also be working as a CRNA in the Air it was difficult to weigh family time and
faculty and one adjunct. (Only about 280 Force Reserves, which helped fund his study time against that,” Burrow said.
of the some 30,000 Certified Registered participation in the program. He describes the program as a “life-
Nurse Anesthetists in the country have “From the first time I walked into the changing” experience. “I made friends
doctoral degrees.) In addition, four School of Nurse Anesthesia here I felt I will have for life. … And it’s definitely
faculty members are enrolled in clinical welcome,” said April Foster, a December made me appreciate my family more.”
doctoral programs. MSNA graduate from Lafayette, La. Francesco DiPierro, RRNA, a second
“The quality and academic With a background in emergency year student, can relate. “Being in a
preparation of our faculty is a strong medical services, Foster left her job in program as demanding as the nurse
point … which of course leads to the critical care to further her education and anesthesia program has made me
quality of the academic preparation of realize more autonomy in her profession. understand the importance of hard
our students,” Sanders said. She has accepted a position with North work, perseverance, determination and
TCU student pass rates on the Star Anesthesia in Georgetown, Texas. sacrifice,” he said.
National Certification Exam for Nurse She is looking forward to continuing DiPierro lived in Italy for 13 years
Anesthesia prove that point. The class of the long legacy of nurse anesthesia. before returning to the United States
2006 posted a 100 percent pass rate — “Nurses were the first to safely administer when he was 18. “I realized Italy had —
compared to 89.5 percent nationally — anesthetics for over 100 years. I take and still has today — a large number of
with TCU grads scoring an average 574 pride in that. I look forward to and really college graduates without a job, and I
Practice Makes Prepared:
compared to 527 nationally. enjoy anesthesia. It is a very rewarding did not want to be one of them.”
Expectations are high for current job to be able to make surgery without He became intrigued with NA while
classes. Applicants must have a bachelor pain or recall possible,” she said. in nursing school. “I am very much so
of science degree, be a licensed a people person. I love being around
TCU Nursing Anesthesia grad students get hands-on experience for real-world practice registered nurse and have at least one people and getting to know my patients.
year of critical care experience. The most The thought that I can help patients
recent class admitted averaged five-and- be pain free is one of the aspects that
When the Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia graduates walked across the stage Dec. a-half years of critical care experience. has attracted me to nurse anesthesia,”
15, they were ready to walk into real-world practice. More than ready. During the first year of the 28-month he said.
The 55 members of the 2007 graduating class averaged 818 cases in general and regional program, students study physiology, DiPierro chose TCU because of the
anesthesia. One graduate completed 1,097 cases. pathophysiology, pharmacology and commitment to making NA “a topnotch
Only 550 cases are required to sit for the national nurse anesthesia certification exam. chemistry on the TCU campus, where program,” the high certification exam
“And this class averaged 818. They worked very hard,” said Kay K. Sanders, CRNA, MHS, their work is very hands on. The human passing rate, state-of-the-art equipment,
director of the School of Nurse Anesthesia at the Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences. patient simulator and lab facilities among other reasons.
“So by the time they graduate, they’ve done anesthesia a lot of times.” are state of the art and include two “The TCU campus is a small jewel
very sophisticated, computer-driven in the heart of Fort Worth,” he said. “It
mannequins that provide a full-body
Standards of Excellence simulation of anesthetics.
reminds me of a Renaissance garden
December marked the third graduating class in the Nurse Anesthesia program, bringing where scholars would meet to discuss
Students also complete 16-month their theories.”
the total number of graduates to 161. Now the fourth-largest in the country, TCU’s program
clinical residencies at one of 13 approved For more information on TCU’s School
continues to make inroads in an area that feels the pain of the nursing shortage. Nurse
hospitals around the country. of Nurse Anesthesia, call 817-257-7887
anesthetists deliver almost two-thirds of the anesthesia administered in the United States.
“Our students are well practiced or visit www.crna.tcu.edu. - RSM & DTS
Job openings are plentiful, and salaries average in the six figures.
before they go to the hospital because
“Prior to TCU there were only three civilian programs in Texas. Starting a fourth program
of our sophisticated simulation,”
has certainly helped with the supply of nurse anesthetists in Texas and other states,”
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New faculty join Harris College
Mary Schnell, RN, MS — received her Master of Science
degree in Nursing Administration with a focus in education
from Andrews University in Michigan. Mary joined the nursing
faculty at TCU in the fall of 2007, but previously taught at
Betsy Agee, MSN ‘06, RN -- received her ADN from Tarleton State Tarrant County College in Fort Worth and University of New
University. Afterward, she worked for Harris Methodist Hospital England Medical Center.
Southwest, followed by the education department at Harris Methodist
Hospital Fort Worth from 2005- 2007. She began TCU’s ADN to MSN Jodie L. Weatherly, MSN, RN, CCRN – received both her BSN
program in 2004 and finished in 2006. After serving as a graduate and MSN from West Texas A&M University. She has joined
teaching assistant at TCU, she decided that she wanted a full-time the Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences as a nursing
position and is now a lecturer at the University. lecturer. Jodie was the recipient of the Clinical Excellence
Award at North West Texas Hospital, and has advanced
Kathy Baker, Ph.D., RN, CNS, CGRN, APRN, BC – received her Ph.D. certification in Neonatal Nursing from the American Academy
from the University of Texas at Austin. She is also an advanced of Critical Care Nurses.
practice nurse and a certified gastroenterology registered nurse. She
has completed numerous research studies and publications on the Kathleen White, RN, MSN, CPNP – received her BSN and MSN
effects liver transplants have on recipients. She has come to TCU as from the University of Texas at Arlington. She also received
an associate professor of nursing in the Harris College of Nursing & her CPNP from the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. She
Health Sciences. has been a PNP at Cook Children’s Medical Center since 1990
in the Hematology/Oncology Clinic. She has joined TCU as a
John Gotwals, Ph.D. – received his Ph.D. in sport psychology from the clinical instructor.
University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. His program of
research is focused on examination of the maladaptive and adaptive Joe Rue Williams, Ph.D., CRNA – received his Ph.D. in
nature of perfectionistic orientations in sport. Specifically, he philosophy in health services administration at the Union
investigates whether athletes’ perfectionism can be manipulated to Institute University in Cincinnati. He earned his Certificate of
help athletes avoid the pitfalls associated with the trait. He has joined Nurse Anesthesia at the Duke University Medical Center. He
the kinesiology department as an assistant professor. previously served as an associate professor at the University
of Alabama in Birmingham, and is now a Clinical Associate
Kathy Hakala, MARE, MSN, RN, CS, CARN, PMHNP – received her BSN Professor in the School of Nurse Anesthesia at TCU.
from Baylor University, MARE from Southwestern Baptist Theological
Seminary and MSN from the University of Texas at Arlington. She
received her post-master’s degree from the same institution in
psychiatric/mental health. She joined the Harris College of Nursing &
Health Sciences as a nursing lecturer.
Lynette Howington, RNC, MSN, WHNP ‘94 — received her BSN Linda Moore
from TCU and her Master of Science in Nursing from Old Dominion
University in Virginia. Lynette works at TCU as an instructor for
students in maternity and women’s health. Lynette was also part of
recognized for Creative
the TCU ROTC program as a student and was a nurse in the Army. She
is married to a nurse who is also a TCU alumnus.
Teacher and Scholar
Susan M. Rugari, PH.D, RN, CNS — received her doctoral degree in
nursing from Texas Women’s University. She is currently an assistant r. Linda Moore, former chair of the Department of Social Work and current
professor in the Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences and is professor, receives the most joy in working closely with students to enhance Dr. Linda Moore (picture in front row, second from left) gathers with social
on the tenure track. Susan studies the process of equine facilitated their future and education, which she believes is the key to their success - work students.
psychotherapy (EEP) and equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP). These as a result, she volunteers for numerous leadership positions on campus. collaborative activities between African American and white social workers and
are strategies that include a horse as part of the therapeutic process.
She is studying the process, patterns and behaviors of the client, horse But working with students is not Dr. Moore’s only passion— her passion for research activities of the Progressive Era with strategies for such collaboration today,” said David
and therapist. and furthering the field of social work also makes her an exceptional asset to TCU. Her Jenkins, an associate professor of social work.
research with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator in social work education has received Her research has landed her the opportunity to speak at myriad conferences as
Ailey Runyon, RN, MSN, FNP-c — received her MSN as a family nurse national recognition for scholarship in the numerous articles published on the subject. well as receive many grants. Her outstanding work and outlook has provided her a
practitioner from Baylor University, and is currently working toward
a Ph.D. at Dallas Baptist University in leadership studies. Ailey is a Dr. Moore’s other work focuses on teaching strategies and ways to involve students nomination for the TCU Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Achievement as a Creative
lecturer at the Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences and leads in the learning process, which is an important, but neglected area of social work. Her Teacher and Scholar.
two fundamental clinical groups. Ailey has an interest in international focus on marginalized areas leads to her interest in research on the history of social “In all that she does, Dr. Moore brings enthusiasm, excitement, competence in
health and has served in countries including Tanzania, Kenya, work in the Progressive Era, specifically dealing with the development of the NAACP. teaching and scholarship, leadership and a commitment to enhancing the educational
Romania, and Guatemala.
“This work brings to light a neglected area of history and allows her to link experience of students,” Jenkins said. - HM
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are, and how impoverished. They begin to volunteer with social service agencies, all
understand why Mexicans might migrate while learning to work together across
for jobs so they can send money home. borders, seeking collaborative solutions.
“These people really don’t want to This summer, students spent five
leave their loved ones or take something weeks in El Monte de San Nicolas, a rural
from us,” Dietz said. “However, they don’t community of 250 people. Mostly social
want to see their families suffer, either.” work students attended, working with
Seeing poverty up close is something an elementary school and investigating
the students brace themselves for, but it interdisciplinary issues with the women in
still affects them. Of even greater impact the village. The women expressed interest
is the fact that people who have so little in self-development courses in nutrition
are so happy to give. Maggie Thiesen and exercise. At present they help their
wrote from Guanajuato, on the second children and husbands, but they wanted
day of the trip: to learn how to help themselves.
Work began on the first stove. The Since the program’s inception, TCU She is convinced that TCU should
people of the community were incredibly has built meaningful relationships with become a leader in international service
friendly and excited that we were there. It nongovernmental organizations and learning. She calls it a “logical fit” with
was amazing that with such little they had, local and state government officials. The TCU’s mission statement and dedication
they were still eager to share with us. They projects have been so successful that to international education. This fall, she
practically force-fed us before we left! Dietz has proposed the idea of a TCU is teaching a service-learning course on
Dietz has taught a five-week TCU interdisciplinary center in Guanajuato, helping communities here at home. Issues
summer study abroad course in social where international service-learning surrounding the Mexican-American
work in Guanajuato for nearly 10 years. programs and curricula, internships, community in Fort Worth and connecting
Students study the Spanish language research and faculty/student exchanges with the local Hispanic community is
Clearing the Air:
and culture, live with host families and would take place. the focus. - NA
Building vented ovens in Guanajuato helps erase international stereotypes STAYING STRONG:
alk inside Doña Aurelia Now in its third year, the spring break New center tackles issues of aging
Moran’s tiny home, and even program in Guanajuato has become As boomers push toward retirement, society in the U.S.
when the fire’s out you feel synonymous with hard work: shoveling moves into new territory: a population that is living longer
like coughing. Like every woman in the dirt, sand and cement and mixing and and postponing the development of chronic and debilitating
mountains above Guanajuato, Mexico, making adobe bricks, the kind of labor disease. And since Texas has the fourth largest older adult
population in the U.S., the Harris College of Nursing & Health
Aurelia cooks for her family over an open that results in structures you can sit
Sciences has launched a Center for Healthy Aging to tackle
wood stove. Watch Aurelia and Felicitas inside of or cook a meal on when you’re
the healthcare, social, and economic issues related to this
prepare one meal, and you’ll never joke done. But the more important labor, demographic shift. Dr. Linda Curry, Director of the Center for
again about slaving over a hot stove. Dietz says, is the invisible work of hearts Healthy Aging, reports the center’s goals are to:
According to the World Health and minds.
Organization, making meals in the Third “Students gain through immersion • Serve as a resource center for healthy aging by providing kinesiology focus on exercise in older women and the influence
expertise and leadership to academic, professional and of sex hormones on exercise; also, social work faculty research
World is a deadly occupation: Lung in another culture an opportunity to
community organizations. Mexican, lesbian, gay and other oppressed populations of
disease caused by cooking on indoor really appreciate diversity and difference.
• Facilitate on campus services that promote healthy aging older adults, as well as spirituality, forgiveness and resiliency
wood stoves kills 1.6 million people On their part, the students are faced with for caregivers and elders. of older adults.
(mainly women) per year. TCU social stereotypical views that others may have Provide educational programs about healthy aging
• Teams of students, faculty, and community practitioners
work professor Tracy Dietz isn’t willing to of them. They are ambassadors for TCU for students, faculty, health care professionals, and the will conduct interdisciplinary research, mentor students and
let that statistic stand. This spring break, but more importantly for the U.S.A., and community. junior faculty, and educate the current and future workforce.
she and eight TCU students helped a they change negative perceptions that • Foster scholarly inquiry on healthy aging and promote This collaborative effort will generate new knowledge for
Mexican conservation group, Cuerpos Mexicans may have about Americans.” interdisciplinary research among faculty, students and the complex issues facing older adults and their families, and
de Conservación, rebuild ovens in seven At the same time, the students gain community partners. create innovative interdisciplinary models of service delivery
houses in Hacienda de Arriba, equipping firsthand knowledge of the Mexican to the university and community at large.
The center is an outgrowth of work already being done in
them with chimneys to divert the smoke people, shattering stereotypes of their For more information, contact director Linda Curry at
Harris College. In addition to funded research in gerontology
outdoors. own. They see how close-knit families firstname.lastname@example.org.
and caregiving by faculty in the nursing school, researchers in
Helping Hands: Top, a view of Guanajuato; left social work students busy working;
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Kinesiology professor Probing differences
revolutionizes P.E. in DFW area in heart disease
“The statistics are what got us the grants,” Dr. Rhea said. Heart disease – not breast cancer –
Also, many FWISD schools are lacking funds and are part of Title is the top killer of women in the United States.
I, a program that aims to “improve the academic achievement
of the disadvantaged,” according to the U.S. Department of
Out of roughly 80,000 students in FWISD schools in 2007,
about 55,000 of those were eligible to receive free or reduced
meals due to socioeconomic disadvantages.
Generally, lower socioeconomic status, according to Dr.
I n fact, 50 percent of women die from
cardiovascular disease compared
with 4 percent who succumb to
breast cancer, according to the National
Institute for Health.
differently,” he said. “What we’re looking
for is a biological marker, something in
the blood that signals risk for developing
Cheek’s search has taken him to
Rhea, is a potential reason students are overweight, as many the endothelium, a single layer of cells
kids don’t have a place to be physically active outside of Surprised? that line the inside of the heart and
school. blood vessels. For years, researchers
There is good reason to be.
On the other hand, Dr. Rhea cites technology as a reason believed this organ had little impact on
Until recently, doctors and
many kids are uninterested in physical activity. “Kids have overall health. Now, they know that it
researchers were mostly in the dark
become so enamored with instant stimulation,” Dr. Rhea said. is active in metabolism and plays a key
about heart disease in women. Like the
Because of a constant need for stimulation that is present in role in signaling cardiovascular disease
rest of us, they have clung to the long-
ver the past six years, Dr. Debbie Rhea (pictured above today’s youth, Dr. Rhea had to look for and consider alternative, because of its crucial location between
held notion that it mainly afflicts men.
on the right), associate professor of kinesiology at unique means of getting kids active and staying healthy. the blood and vessel walls. Cheek’s work has been to develop a
Even research, historically, has been
TCU, has committed herself and her time to ensuring One of the most creative and consequently most popular When functioning correctly, the method in vitro to isolate and measure
devoted mostly to young and middle-
that K-12 students in Fort Worth Independent School District additions to the physical education program is Dance-Dance endothelium produces and releases eNOS mRNA from cells at a given sample
aged white males, yet findings are
(FWISD) have a multitude of options for physical activity in a P.E. Revolution, a game that involves participants dancing on a nitric oxide (NO), a chemical generated size. Cheek and student researchers
applied globally to women.
setting. pressure-sensitive mat, while following dance steps on a TV by the enzyme nitric oxide synthase have used lab-grown female human
One problem: Men and women
In September, the Dallas Business Journal named Dr. Rhea screen. (NOS). Nitric oxide relaxes the smooth vascular umbilical cells and diluted
don’t exhibit the same symptoms.
a Healthcare Hero for 2007 for her commitment to combating Also particularly popular are game bikes, exercise bikes muscle surrounding the vessel walls, them into a series of samples, some as
Men tend to develop coronary artery
obesity in Fort Worth schools. with video simulation of bicycle courses, which change when thus dilating arteries. As a result, it small as a nanogram. Then they amplify
disease around 50. For women, it’s often
With the help of Dr. Rhea and FWISD PE program director students plug in different game cartridges. reduces blood pressure and aids blood the enzyme using quantitative real-time
a decade later. Men typically present
Georgi Roberts (pictured above on the left), FWISD has received “We’re making systematic change, and we will keep flow. polymerase chain reaction, a procedure
with the well-known classics - left arm
and implemented five physical education program grants progressing,” Dr. Rhea said. The key, she said, is having a long- But as humans age, endothelial that replicates the genetic code.
radiation, chest pain, palpitations.
from the federal government to aid in revamping the district’s term impact on the physical education programs with the cells lose function and produce smaller “Essentially, it works like a copy
Women sometimes experience none of
physical education program for K-12 students. grants provided to FWISD. amounts of NO. Cheek and other machine, duplicating the genetic code
these. Instead, they report less obvious
The grants have been used to obtain new equipment, train Currently, Dr. Rhea is working on grant proposals that researchers believe this dysfunction as it goes along, so it can be more
signs such as fatigue, shortness of
physical education instructors, and develop new activities to would bring more funding to FWISD, and she is assisting Belton likely marks the beginning of easily measured,” he said. “We can go
breath and sleep disturbance.
keep students stimulated. ISD in obtaining grants for its middle and high school physical atherosclerosis and subsequently from a single sample to a million within
Fitness centers, complete with stationary bikes, elliptical education programs. heart disease. It is also linked to minutes.”
machines, weights, aerobic steps, physio balls and an audio “My dream is that we’ll continue to see school districts Why? diabetes, obesity, hypertension and
That’s the question Dennis Cheek, These measurements have helped
system have also been placed in all of the district’s 13 high want to make changes,” Dr. Rhea said. In her opinion, high high cholesterol. Cheek determine a dynamic range
schools. school programs need the most help, as many students at the Abell-Hanger Professor of Gerontological “Nitric oxide has a protective
Nursing, has been asking for more than of values of eNOS mRNA in the small
The fitness centers were implemented with the help of high school level are rebellious and unmotivated. effect on the endothelium,” Cheek said. samples - essentially what’s normal -
three consecutive grants designated for the high school level, With Dr. Rhea’s enthusiasm and dedication to achieve two decades, and he thinks he may have “Therefore, based on its presence or
a partial answer. which will give researchers a baseline for
which have contributed just under a million dollars over a success in physical education programs, it is likely that FWISD absence in endothelial cells circulating future studies. No matter how diluted a
three-year period to helping high school students stay active. and other school districts like Belton will see long-term “Since a woman presents differently in the blood stream, we could identify
than a man, her cells must also react sample is, Cheek’s findings will be the
According to Dr. Rhea, Fort Worth is one of only two change—the kind of change that makes Dr. Rhea a hero. - DTS women at risk for heart disease. So the basis for accurate readings.
independent school districts in the nation that has received genetic expression of endothelial nitric Next up, testing the technique in a
three grants in a row, and with good reason. oxide synthase (eNOS mRNA) could be blood draw. Cheek’s team is approved
Dr. Rhea’s research indicates that Fort Worth, the third our biomarker.” to draw blood from patients at John
largest school district in Texas, has some of the most overweight But endothelial cells are difficult to Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, but
students in the nation. capture in a blood sample. In a milliliter he says they’re not quite ready.
In fact on average, 22 percent of elementary students in of blood, a researcher might collect “We’re not going to do it until we
America are overweight, while 33 percent of African-American only a few – maybe none – making the get some other techniques set,” he said.
students, 24 percent of white students and 32 percent of sample too diluted to measure. “But we’ll keep working at it.” - RW
Hispanic students in FWISD are overweight.
McLean Middle School students
playing a scarf relay race.
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Robert Kelsey, TCU School of Nurse Anesthesia instructor and
Social work professors are David Jenkins appointed to chair human laboratory patient coordinator, was promoted by the U.S. Air
national honor recipients of social work department
Force from deputy commander to commander of the 701st Medical
Dr. Harriet Cohen and Dr. David Jenkins, from the TCU’s Harris College of Squadron at Naval Air Station, Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth.
social work department, were each selected as one of Nursing & Health Sciences Kelsey’s appointment brings him to the top leadership post in terms
studies 10 to 12 geriatric social work professionals nationally to appointed David Jenkins of authority and responsibility for the 701st Medical Squadron.
be named Hartford Faculty Scholars in 2006 and 2007, chair of the social work With this position he will be involved in the administration of the
respectively. department in 2007. He 185-member squadron.
The distinction provides selected professionals joined TCU in 1991 as an
with a $100,000 grant to help conduct research, and
associate professor. Lynn Flahive was awarded the Jack L. Bangs Award from the
offers benefits and guidance aimed to foster professional “I welcome Dr. Jenkins Texas Speech-Language Hearing Association, the highest honor of
development over a two-year period. to the chair position and look the Association. The Jack L. Bangs Award is presented to individual
athletes “To have two Hartford scholars in our department
of social work is very much an honor,” said Dr. Paulette
forward to his leadership
of the well-respected
speech-language pathologists and/or audiologists who have been
members of TSHA for 10 or more years and members of ASHA for
Burns, dean of the Harris College of Nursing & Health Department of Social Work,” said Dr. Paulette Burns, dean 15 or more years, have contributed significantly to TSHA and ASHA,
Sciences. “This also recognizes the quality of our program of the Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences. “Dr. and have demonstrated outstanding leadership and exemplary
TCU’s kinesiology department received grant and its faculty.” Jenkins’s energy and enthusiasm for TCU students, faculty professional excellence. A full-time instructor at TCU’s Department
The award, sponsored by the Gerontological Society and staff are well-known and makes him an excellent of Communication Sciences and Disorders since 1991, Flahive earned
funding from the Gatorade Sports Science Institute
of America, is in its eighth year of its commitment to choice for department chair.” both her bachelor and master’s in science from Marquette University.
to provide support for an in-depth lab study to improving the well-being of older adults in society by “Our faculty has diverse interests and is highly
examine how sodium levels in high performance increasing the number of adequately trained geriatric productive,” said Dr. Jenkins.“I see us continuing to create Dr. David Jenkins and Dr. Harriet Cohen were selected as two of
athletes are affected by extensive exercise under high social workers. an environment where we can promote scholarship, 15 scholars to attend the Fourth Annual Research Training on Aging
With the help of the grant, Dr. Cohen has continued teaching, and service in a discipline that directly touches and Social Work, sponsored by the National Institute on Aging.
outdoor temperatures. work on topics surrounding her research project, “The the lives of people.”
This is the second time Gatorade has contributed Phenomenology of Forgiveness in Older Holocaust As chair of the social work department, Dr. Jenkins
funding to kinesiology research projects at TCU. Gatorade has Survivors,” and Dr. Jenkins has continued exploring his oversees all components of the department, including Notable student accomplishments
also contributed smaller grants for more than six independent research topic, “Family Relationships in Older Adulthood: managing the program, and is the primary liaison Social work major, Lauren Love, was selected as the Tarrant County
Step-grandparents who are Lesbian or Gay.” between TCU social work and the Harris College of Nursing NASW Student Social Worker of the Year.
research studies aiding graduate research at TCU. “I am really passionate about my research, said Dr.
& Health Sciences. Dr. Jenkins will work with both faculty
Dr. Joel Mitchell, chair of the kinesiology department, is Jenkins. “It is exciting to understand that my research was and students, and staff to ensure the success of the social Social work major, Deborah Jones, was selected to the All-American
assessed by numerous individuals and that it continually team for track and field.
directing this study with the assistance of six other faculty members work department.
passed review at several different levels.”
and several TCU kinesiology graduate students. Kimberly Hubing, a First-year bilingual communication sciences and disorders student
kinesiology master’s degree student, will be using this study as part of her
According to the Gerontological Society of America, Harris College of Nursing & Barbara Fernandes was selected to be a participant in the
by the end of the initiative, the program should have
thesis project. helped to develop and enhance the leadership skills of Health Sciences has three American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s Minority Student
The TCU study surrounding the sodium balance issues affecting athletes the faculty scholars, thereby increasing the visibility and “Great 100 Nurses” leadership Program at the annual convention in Miami, Fla.
desirability of gerontological social work as a field. - DTS Three faculty from TCU’s Harris College of Nursing Kim George, RN, graduate nursing student, was selected as the
developed after the Hotter ‘N’ Hell 100 cycling event which took place in the & Health Science were honored as “Great 100 Nurses” for national oncology nurse of the year by the National Oncology Nursing
blistering summer heat of Wichita Falls, Texas, in August 2006. The event is one TCU announces a new director 2007 by the Texas Nurses Association, districts three and Association.
of the nation’s most popular 100-mile cycling events attracting more than 9,000 of nursing
four, and the Dallas-Fort Worth Nurses Executives. The
awardees included Lavonne Adams, Kris Riddlesperger Dr. Dennis Cheek and nursing students Hollie McGehee Smith
cyclists per year. TCU’s Harris College of and Janet Good were recognized for a published manuscript, “New
and Charles Walker.
Dr. Mitchell and several of his TCU colleagues were stationed at a medical tent Nursing & Health Sciences Respect for the Humble Endothelium,” Nursing 2006 (March). The
Lavonne Adams, Ph.D., RN, CCRN has been an assistant published article was awarded third prize in this year’s Clinical Writing
that provided care for riders experiencing a variety of ailments. At the tent, Dr. Mitchell recently celebrated the
appointment of a new professor in TCU’s Harris College of Nursing & Health contest sponsored by Nursing 2006. Manuscripts were nominated by
analyzed the sodium levels of riders who appeared to be suffering from hydration problems Sciences since 2004. She holds nursing degrees from editors and chosen by the magazine’s editorial advisory board.
director of TCU Nursing
by using a portable sodium analyzer. with a reception at the
Kettering College of Medical Arts (AS), Wright State
“Because of the extreme 100-degree-plus temperatures, we had to keep the portable University (BSN), and Andrews University (MS) and a
Kelly Center. Donna Scott
Ph.D. in leadership from Andrews University. Dr. Adams
analyzer in a cooler full of ice in order for it to function properly,” Dr. Mitchell said.
Notable student facts
Tilley, RN, Ph.D., CNE was
presents and publishes on topics such as leadership,
The new lab study conducted will provide accurate scientific data explaining the sodium appointed the new director
administration, and disaster preparedness and response. All graduate speech-language pathology students (10) found
and began her duties in the
control mechanisms that can contribute to problematic sodium imbalances among athletes. Kris Riddlesperger, Ph.D., RN is a clinical assistant employment immediately upon graduation; all graduating seniors
Fall 2007 semester. Dr. Tilley began at TCU as an associate
“By the implementation of various controls on the participants, we can accurately monitor professor of nursing in August 2006. professor in TCU’s Harris College of Nursing & Health who applied to graduate school were accepted.
their progression throughout the course of the study,” Dr. Mitchell said. As the director of nursing, Dr. Tilley is responsible for Sciences since 1994 and teaches classes in maternity MSNA, MSN, and BSN graduates had 100 percent employment
The group of 10-12 participants in this study will primarily include highly trained cyclists and tri-athletes managing all aspects of the programs in nursing, and is and women’s health. She holds nursing degrees from TCU opportunities upon graduation.
the primary liaison between TCU Nursing and the Harris (BSN) and Texas Woman’s University (MSN and Ph.D.). Dr.
selected from a variety of off-campus organizations and clubs. Each participant will complete four trials, each Riddlesperger has personal interest in clinical hospice The nursing state board pass rate last year was 92 percent. A letter of
College of Nursing & Health Sciences. Dr. Tilley will work
consisting of one hour of intense exercise in the heat followed by a three-hour rehydration recovery period. with faculty, students, and staff to ensure the success of nursing after encountering a hospice nurse who made a commendation has been received from the Board of Nurse Examiners.
Participants will be continually monitored throughout this process during the next several months. the nursing programs.
difference with her family.
MSN students achieved 100 percent pass rate on the national
Information gathered through these trials will include blood sampling, sweat and repertory variation measurements Dr. Tilley hopes for a continued excellence in Charles A. Walker, Ph.D., RNC is an associate professor certifying exam for adult clinical nurse specialists and are now
and sodium concentrations. Also, ADH (anti-diuretic hormone) measurements will reveal how the body responds to undergraduate and graduate nursing education and in TCU’s Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences recognized as advanced practice nurses in Texas.
continued growth of the accelerated second degree since 2001. He holds degrees from TCU (BS and BSN),
the re-absorption of fluids. Kinesiology students had a 100 percent pass rate on the teacher
program through establishing and maintaining University of Texas (MSN) and Texas Woman’s University
For more information on the study, contact Dr. Mitchell at email@example.com. innovative partnerships with clinical partners. (Ph.D.). His clinical and research interests include aging certification exam (ExCet) and on the athletic training state
readiness among baby boomers, chronic and disabling licensure exam.
illnesses, elder caregiving, and relocation stress.
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From seed to table
TCU nursing and nutrition students
participated in a community garden
project to learn about gardening
healthy plants from start to finish.
The initiative was a community-based
participatory research collaboration
between the Harris College of Nursing
& Health Sciences and the Department
of Nutritional Sciences. Nursing and
nutrition students began developing the
garden with master gardeners on two
acres with plants ranging from roses and
herbs to fruits and vegetables.
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