School of Nursing graduates 120 bachelor’s-prepared nurses
By Rosanne Fohn
One hundred twenty students graduated recently with bachelor’s degrees from the School of Nursing at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio.
President ad interim Kenneth L. Kalkwarf, D.D.S., M.S., congratulated the students and their families at the Dec. 20 ceremony, then thanked School of Nursing Dean Eileen T. Breslin, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, and the nursing school faculty for their exceptional accomplishments over the past few years.
School of Nursing accomplishments
“Dean Breslin, you and your faculty are to be applauded for your work, most notably on the establishment of the new Doctorate in Nursing Practice program, the unveiling of the $3.8 million nursing simulation center, and for leading the Health Science Center to become a more inclusive and culturally sensitive organization, which resulted in our receiving the 2012 Diversity FIRST Corporate Achievement Award from the Texas Diversity Council,” President ad interim Kalkwarf said.
“With your leadership, Dean Breslin, both in this school and as president-elect of the American Association of College of Nursing, and the dedication of our faculty and staff, our students are receiving a superior education and will be better prepared to address the many challenges they will encounter their careers.”
Advice for the future
Stacy Cousins, president of the Class of 2012, encouraged classmates to embrace the coming changes to the health care system and to always advocate for their patients.
Cousins, who also served as the School of Nursing’s presidential ambassador scholar in 2011, said: “It’s inevitable; the role of nursing will change. Regardless of other factors, the shortage of physicians demands a larger role for nursing. But beyond that, we are witnessing major role changes due to the recognition that health care requires a team with players defined by capability rather than simply by professional degree.”
She noted that nurses will need to be leaders with exceptional organizational management skills and expanding clinical roles, especially in primary and chronic care.
“My plea to you is that you maintain an optimism that gives you the courage to speak up at all levels, and to challenge authority and work toward improvement. In the face of massive pressure to send people out of the hospital before they are ready and the failure of reimbursement systems to support care for the mentally ill or chronically ill, we need to be active at every level on behalf of those who need our help at the individual and system level,” she said.
On behalf of her class, she thanked “all our fantastic, inspiring, caring and amazing professors. You are truly a gift from God. You made us, you molded us, you prepared us for the rest of our lives as nurses, and for that we are forever grateful to you. You have challenged us to become exceptional nurses and you helped create some of our favorite memories.”
For more about the School of Nursing, please visit: http://nursing.uthscsa.edu.
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