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Dean Breslin named UA nursing college's Alumnus of the Year

Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 · Volume: XLVI · Issue: 23

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At the Health Science Center, Dean Eileen T. Breslin, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, has led many initiatives, including the institution of several new degree programs. The School of Nursing has just learned that its new Doctorate in Nursing Practice has received full accreditation for the maximum 10 years. Click on the photo to see a larger view
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At the Health Science Center, Dean Eileen T. Breslin, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, has led many initiatives, including the institution of several new degree programs. The School of Nursing has just learned that its new Doctorate in Nursing Practice has received full accreditation for the maximum 10 years. Click on the photo to see a larger viewclear graphic

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TUCSON, Ariz. (Nov. 9, 2013) — Eileen T. Breslin, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, dean of the School of Nursing at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, has been selected Alumnus of the Year by the University of Arizona College of Nursing. She was honored during the Alumni Breakfast and Awards Ceremony Nov. 9, one of several events celebrating homecoming weekend.

“Throughout her nursing career, Dr. Breslin has demonstrated a passion for advancing public health and a commitment to both nursing practice and nursing education,” said Joan Shaver, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, professor and dean of the UA College of Nursing. “Over the course of her 20-year career in higher education and as a health-care practitioner specializing in violence, addiction and women’s health, Dr. Breslin’s accomplishments have brought her noteworthy credit and fueled our pride in her accomplishments.”

Academic career
Dr. Breslin received her Master of Science specializing in maternal-newborn nursing from the UA. Over the course of her distinguished academic career, she has influenced the infusion of contemporary knowledge into nursing curricula and degree offerings, and worked to address the national nursing shortage and improve the quality of professional nursing care through evidence-based practice.

“I am truly humbled and honored by this recognition,” said Dr. Breslin. “There are so many exceptional alumni making a difference in our profession daily.”

President-elect of American Association of College of Nursing
For many years, Dr. Breslin has served on the board of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the national voice for university and four-year college education programs in nursing. AACN represents more than 690 member schools at public and private institutions. Dr. Breslin was voted president-elect of AACN in 2012.

Dedication to service
Dr. Breslin’s commitment to professional service is evidenced by numerous awards and recognition. She was inducted as a fellow into both the American Academy of Nursing (2009) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (2003), and recognized as a Distinguished Practitioner in Nursing by the National Academies of Practice (2000).

Advocacy
In 2010, Dr. Breslin was the first non-Hispanic nurse to receive the National Association of Hispanic Nurses Presidential Award — the association’s highest honor — in recognition of her advocacy for the Hispanic community and commitment to making nursing careers more accessible to Hispanics.

“Over the course of her career, Dr. Breslin has exemplified the mission of the UA College of Nursing,” said Dean Shaver. “To envision, engage and innovate nursing and health-care learning, discoveries and clinical practice models.”

Major successes at the Health Science Center
Dr. Breslin joined the UT Health Science Center in 2008 and has led many initiatives including:
  • Reaccreditation of the baccalaureate and master’s degree programs by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education for 10 years — the maximum granted by the commission;

  • A new, state-of-the-art Center for Simulation Innovation for improved clinical education;

  • New degree programs, including an accelerated bachelor’s degree for students with a degree in another field, an accelerated online master’s degree and a Doctorate of Nursing practice degree, which has just been accredited for the maximum 10 years; and

  • Enhanced educational and clinical training partnerships throughout the San Antonio community and South Texas.


 
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