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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
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.