The University of Texas Medical Branch
Faculty Senate Meeting
SCHOOL OF NURSING DEAN’S REPORT
· Employee Service Day – The School of Nursing recognized the following people on March 22 for their years of service at UTMB:
§ 30 Years of Service – Ms. Maureen Wilder, Mrs. Imelda Mendoza
§ 25 Years of Service – Dr. Mary Ann Best, Dr. Kay Sandor
§ 20 Years of Service – Ms. Marilyn Bradley, Dr. Linda Rath, Dr. Elnora Mendias
§ 15 Years of Service – Ms. Millie Welker, Ms. Jeri Jaquis
§ 10 Years of Service - Dr. Pamela Watson, Dr. Patricia Crane, Dr. Bruce Leonard
§ 5 Years of Service – Mr. Keith Chiasson, Ms. Cindy Jaehne, Ms. Leigh Cates, Dr. Cherry Beckworth, Ms. Juan Feng, Mr. Thom Mendez
· Drs. Bonnie Metzger and Barbara Therrien returned to the School on March 7-8 to continue their coaching of research faculty. As part of the ongoing effort to build a research culture at SON, a group workshop meeting was scheduled on March 8th. Faculty working one-on-one with the consultants were able to present their aims to research faculty. Drs. Metzger and Therrien were able to share their reviews, rationale for modification and advice to stimulate discussion into the proposal development process.
· Interprofessional Professional Education Day was held on March 28. All schools participated. From 1:00-2:00 PM, keynote speaker, Carmel Dyer, MD, Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, presented her keynote address, “Geriatrics promoting optimal living for seniors.” Other interprofessional activities were held from 2:00-5:00 PM in the Simulation Center in Rebecca Sealy Hospital.
· National Nurse Certification Day was celebrated by 32 School of Nursing faculty. Ms. Bonnie Webster organized the SON’s participation in the event.
· Dr. Linda Rounds has been reappointed by the Governor to the Board of Pilot Commissioners for Galveston County. There will be a press release from the Governor’s office.
· Dr. Kathleen Murphy was the recipient of the Excellence in Education Award from the City of Milwaukee Board of School Directors on February 23, 2012.
· Dr. Kathleen Murphy has been named The Milwaukee School Administrator of the Year.
· Mendias, E., & Reifsnider, E. (2012). Impact of early feeding on later childhood obesity. In S. A. Yuca (Ed.), Childhood obesity. ISBN: 978-953-51-0374-5. Available from: http://www.intechopen.com/books/childhood-obesity/impact-of-early-feeding-on-later-childhood-obesity.
· Mendias, E., Davila, Y., & Reifsnider, E. (2012). Community health workers: Full members of the health care team. Family & Community Health, 35 (2), 90-91.
· Martin, C. (March, 2012). “The Evolution from Nazi Medical Experiments to the Belmont Report.” Paper presented at Clinical Trials Research Colloquium, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas.
· Peck, J. (2012, March). Smartphone preventive healthcare: parental use of an immunization reminder system based on the Health Belief Model. Selected by faculty as keynote student presenter to give oral presentation to conference attendees at the University of Alabama DNP Intensive. Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
· Peck, J. (2012, March). Smartphone preventive healthcare: parental use of an immunization reminder system based on the Health Belief Model. Poster presentation to DNP students and faculty at the University of Alabama DNP Intensive. Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
· Davila, Y.R., Douzar, B., & Cuellar E. (March, 2012). Baccalaureate Nursing Students: Taking a Leadership Role in Promoting Community Safety. Podium presentation presented at the Pacific Institute of Nursing Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii.
· Davila, Y.R., Douzar, B., & Cuellar E. (March, 2012). Enhancing the health of Low-Income Seniors through Academic-Community Partnerships. Podium presentation presented at the Pacific Institute of Nursing Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii.
RESEARCH - IN DEVELOPMENT
· Dr. Jennifer Kelly is in the process of designing her John Sealy Endowment Seed Grant pilot study on allostatic load contributions to negative birth outcomes in African Americans. This work is preparatory to applying for a K01 (NIH) /KL2 (CTSA Mentored Research Scientist Development Award.
· Dr. Yolanda Davila is designing her John Sealy Endowment Seed Grant pilot study on the relationship between hierarchical negotiation tactics, power, gender roles and frequency/type of partner violence. This work is preparatory to applying for a R21 through NIH.
RESEARCH - SUBMITTED PROJECTS
· Cuellar, E.H. Dr. Cuellar submitted a Letter of Intent (LOI) to the TG Public Benefit Grant Program to establish a Pre-Nursing Academic Enrichment and Retention Program for low to moderate income, minority, and first-generation college students who have completed their first two years of college education and want to enroll at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) to seek a BSN in nursing. There were 373 LOIs submitted and Dr. Cuellar’s was not one of the 35 approved for submission of a full application. The next opportunity to submit will be in January 2013.
· Dr. Fiandt is the principal investigator for an application, “Improving the Health of People with Mental Illnesses,” submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Health Care Innovation Challenge program.
· Dr. Leonard is a co-investigator on a grant submitted by Kuo, Y-F, Department of Internal Medicine to NIH to assess the role of nurse practitioner in primary care of older adults.
· Dr. Mendias, working with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston has submitted a Letter of Intent to apply for an Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action grant.
· Dr. Murphy, working with the Minnesota Institute of Public Health, has submitted a school health promotion project under the Healthy Schools Campaign to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
· Dr. Richards is named as UTMB site director in an application submitted by The Methodist Hospital (Houston) to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for a sepsis early recognition and response initiative.
· Richard, P.L., & Davis, P. has submitted a Letter of Intent to apply for an Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action grant.
VICE PRESIDENT FOR EDUCATION’S REPORT
synergy –S. Gerik
· In June, The synergy office will conduct an enactment of the Pediatric End of Life Simulation and Discussion in the Levin Hall Main Auditorium.
All disciplines are invited to attend.
This activity is set to take place on the following date and time.
The Pediatric End of Life Simulation
Date: June 5, 2012
Location: Levin Hall Main Auditorium
Office of Institutional Effectiveness – C. McKee
· The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has released their employment rate calculations for UTMB graduates by program. The report can be access here: http://www.txhighereddata.org/reports/performance/ctcasalf/exitcohorts/
· The Student Satisfaction Survey has just completed with a response rate of 56%. The survey effort was actually two survey covering both the on-campus student population as well as distance education students. The survey results are being tabulated and will be released in the next week.
Council of Deans Executive Committee – P. Watson
· The following individuals attended the April Executive Committee Meeting to present and/or provide updates in the month.
SGA Leadership: Ms. Quynh Do and Ms. Danielle Smith
SGA Leadership Report
Mr. Shawn DeVeau
Academic Calendar and Uniformity across the Schools
Dr. Chris McKee
Ms. Kimberly Hagara
Audit Services Project