By UTMB Communications Department

National Nurses Week kicks off today with a variety of activities and events honoring and celebrating nurses.
Professional organizations will host information booths from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in the cafeteria at John Sealy Hospital. Posters showcasing nursing excellence will be on display in the cafeteria all week. UTMB achieved Magnet Status for Nursing in 2012, placing it among the fewer than 10 percent of hospitals nationally to achieve this distinction. More than half of UTMB’s nurses have a specialized certification, a reflection of UTMB’s commitment to lifelong learning. These activities take place each year to celebrate the profession and culminate on May 12, International Nurses Day, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birthday.

Film screening, discussion

Filmmaker Eric Weissman, a visiting scholar at UTMB’s Institute for the Medical Humanities, will screen “Subtext: Real stories (2002-14),” his ethnographic film series that looks at the life of a doomed shantytown in Toronto, and also at Dignity Village, Ore., the first city-contracted transitional homeless camp in U.S. history. There will be a discussion following the event that will be recorded on audio and video for use by Weissman in his ongoing studies. The event takes from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today at Levin Hall, 10th and Market streets. Visit

Rudkin elected

Laura Rudkin, professor and holder of the centennial chair in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, has been elected to a two-year term as president of the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research, a national membership organization established in 1942 for faculty and academic institutions educating health professionals in prevention and population health.

Leadership fellows

Drs. Nisha Garg and Taylor Riall have been accepted as fellows in the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program for Women. They will participate in the program that focuses on leadership while working on a project to address a need or priority at UTMB. Garg is a professor in multiple departments and internationally recognized for her expertise in parasitology. Riall is a professor of surgery and director of the Center for Comparative Effectiveness and Cancer Outcomes.

Diabetes support group

Traveling with diabetes and hurricane preparedness are the topics for this month’s meeting of the UTMB diabetes support group Monday. The group meets from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month in Suite 9 of the UTMB Multispecialty Center and Stark Diabetes Clinic, 2660 Gulf Freeway S., in League City. Call 832-505-2300.

Mammograms for uninsured

UTMB and The Ruth Kempner Endowment for Breast Cancer Screening are partners in providing free screening mammograms for uninsured women in Galveston County by taking the mobile mammography van to area churches. The final screenings are being offered May 18 in Galveston. There are criteria for eligibility, and preregistration is required for screening. Call Ida Hernandez, 832-505-1721.

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