May 17, 2002
Volume XXXV, No. 20




Nursing students, faculty shine

Last week, May 6-12, was National Nurses' Week. Americans took time out to recognize the value of nurses in the community.

Health Science Center faculty and students from the School of Nursing took part in a variety of activities to promote and honor nurses and the nursing profession. Photos from a few of those recent events appear on this page.

The School of Nursing, under the leadership of Dr. Janet D. Allan, dean, has one of the top 50 graduate programs in the country. The Health Science Center can be proud of the many accomplishments of the School of Nursing faculty and staff.

Anita Thigpen Perry (right), distinguished alumna of the School of Nursing and wife of Gov. Rick Perry, visits with (L-R) third-semester nursing students Suzanne Rivera and Christina Agyin and Susan Grinslade, assistant clinical professor in the department of chronic nursing care, during National Infant Immunization Week in April. Perry praised Dr. Janet Allan and nursing faculty members and students for their efforts to spread awareness of the importance of childhood immunization. Nursing students teamed with the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District to provide immunizations to children at a local nonprofit social service agency.


"I am excited, as a nurse and extremely proud as an alumna of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio's nursing program, that we have a wonderful example of community involvement here today through the Health Science Center's School of Nursing. This tremendous first-hand experience will benefit not only the children, but will stay with these nursing students throughout their careers."

Anita Thigpen Perry on the recent immunization outreach activities of the School of Nursing


(L-R) Dr. Janet Allan, dean of the School of Nursing; Graciela Cigarroa, wife of Dr. Francisco G. Cigarroa, Health Science Center president; Maria Cristina Rodriguez, School of nursing alumna and Nursing Advisory Council member; and Veronica Salazar, Nursing Advisory Council member, participate in the "Ask-A-Nurse" Health Promotion Seminar held May 8 at the San Antonio Country Club. A panel of UTHSC faculty nurse practitioners and clinical specialists answered audience's questions about family health and fitness.

Dr. Diane Kaufman (center), visiting professor from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, is welcomed to the Health Science Center by (L-R) Dr. Gail Williams, co-director of the Center for Violence Prevention in the School of Nursing, Dr. Margaret Brackley, director of the center, Kathleen Crane, assistant professor of chronic nursing care, and Dr. Charleen Moore, professor of cellular and structural biology. Dr. Kaufman discussed "Poetry in the Treatment of Violence" as part of National Poetry Month events in April. The Center for Violence Prevention sponsored the event. Crane and Dr. Moore were co-chairs of the poetry month activities, which were offered for three days on campus.



Dr. Stephanie Woods (right), chair of the Imagemaker Awards Committee, presents Joan Thomas, trauma outcomes manager for the University Health Care System and School of Nursing alumna, with the Ruth F. Stewart Imagemaker Award during the School of Nursing's annual Nurse Imagemaker Awards Ceremony May 9. Twenty-nine other nurses also were honored. The purpose of the event is to recognize nurses' positive and professional images, caring attitudes and commitments to continuing education of nurses. Ruth Stewart, retired UTHSC associate professor of nursing, continues to lead a distinguished career in nursing and politics. The award honors her legacy to the nursing profession.

Tito Calderon (right), fighter apparatus operator with the San Antonio Fire Department's Hazardous Materials Response Team (HAZMAT), speaks to a group of Health Science Center and University of Incarnate Word nursing students. Members of HAZMAT, the American Red Cross and other emergency response agencies were on campus in April to help prepare nursing students to respond to various disaster scenarios such as hazardous materials spills, natural disasters and other catastrophes. Students learned about the resources available to them and gained a better understanding of their role in disaster situations and pre-hospital nursing in general.



(L-R) Anthia Murray, family nursing care, and Barbara Cramblet, chronic nursing care, celebrate their completion of the "5K Run for the Health of It" fun run and health walk held May 4 at the Texas Research Park. The event kicked off National Nurses' Week. The Delta Alpha nursing honor society and the Methodist Healthcare System sponsored the event. Proceeds went to the Friends of Nursing Scholarships.