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Several UTHSC Nursing Faculty in attendance of Johnson and Johnson Promise of Nursing for Tennessee Gala hosted in Nashville.

Johnson & Johnson Gala 2015

“The Johnson & Johnson Promise of Nursing Galas allow us to highlight the importance of the current nursing shortage in the United States and give us opportunities to provide funds that can directly support fixing the problem. So we are able to build regional events that allow us to raise significant funds and use those funds regionally.” -Susan Bakewell-Sachs Dean, School of Nursing, Health & Exercise Science The College of New Jersey

Dr. Diane Pace named among 20 Outstanding Professors of Women’s Health Nursing

Dr. Diane PaceDr. Pace is Associate Professor and Director of the DNP Program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Nursing. In 2012, she served as the first NP to be the President of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS). She was co-editor of a women's health publication through the Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (2010), and, in addition, was awarded the 2013 AANP Nurse Practitioner State Excellence Award for Tennessee.

When considering which professors of women's health nursing to include in this list, Nurse Practitioner Schools sought out and ultimately included professors who:

Are actively teaching: All of these professors are actively teaching or mentoring students at an accredited college of nursing.

Are published: Many of these professors have had research published in online or print professional journals.

Provide thought leadership: Professors on this list are active or past leaders in the women's health nursing community.

Are actively involved: Although not detailed in every professor description, most professors on this list are active members of women's health nursing organizations, and many attend conferences, deliver presentations, and contribute to industry publications.

Wendy Likes Named Dean for College of Nursing of UTHSC

Dean Wendy LikesWendy M. Likes, PhD, DNSc, APRN-BC, has been named permanent dean for the College of Nursing, after more than 10 months as interim dean. In this role, Dr. Likes will serve as the lead administrator for the college with responsibility for managing a team of more than 105 faculty and staff members. The college serves some 400 nursing students each year who acquire degrees at all levels -- baccalaureate and master's as well as both practice and research doctorates. The permanent appointment became effective June 10th 2015. 
As a Nursing faculty member since 2004, Dr. Likes has consistently demonstrated a spirit of innovation and a commitment to teamwork. As interim dean, she has established herself as a collaborative and insightful leader whether working with partners, faculty, staff or students. The reputation and industry connections she has built over her years in this discipline will serve Wendy and our institution very well. We are pleased to welcome her to this new, challenging role.
A three-time alumna, Dean Likes earned her MSN, DNSc and PhD from the UTHSC College of Nursing and has been a nurse since 1994. Prior to her appointment as interim dean, she served for more than two years as associate dean and chair for Advanced Practice and Doctoral Studies. As dean, she will also hold the Ruth Neil Murry Endowed Chair in Nursing. Dr. Likes is also executive director for UT Medical Group's Center for HPV and Dysplasia, which focuses on the detection and treatment of HPV-related conditions. She has been evaluating and treating diseases of the lower genital tract for more than 15 years and was instrumental in making the center one of a few practices in the South offering a procedure to detect pre-cancerous anal cancer, providing an essential service for the community. 
“It is the development I received as a student at UTHSC that gave me the confidence and ability to share my knowledge with others through my faculty role. It is the resources and support I have received as a faculty member at UTHSC that have afforded me the opportunity to do what I love, and to explore meaningful ways to improve the care we provide to our patients and the community, and to grow as a nursing leader,” Dean Likes said. "I look forward to working with UTHSC leadership as well as with the College of Nursing team to continue the proud tradition of nursing leadership and innovation. Our College of Nursing is uniquely positioned to lead the state of Tennessee and the region in nursing research, education and practice to have a meaningful impact on the health of our community. I am honored to enter into the role of permanent dean for the College of Nursing and to have the opportunity to work side by side with our creative faculty and forward-thinking chancellery."
During her tenure at UTHSC, Dr. Likes has worked in the Colleges of Nursing, Medicine and Graduate Health Sciences, first as an assistant professor for more than five and one-half years, then as an associate professor in the same three colleges from July 2009 to the present. She also served for four months as chair for the Acute Care and Chronic Care Department in the College of Nursing before being named the associate dean for Advanced Practice and Doctoral Studies in November 2012. Her hospital appointments include work as a hospice, agency and staff nurse with Methodist Alliance Healthcare, Nursefinders, and Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, respectively. She also spent six years as a staff nurse with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and has served as a nurse practitioner since 1999 in hospital, clinical and medical practice settings. Additionally, since 2005, Dr. Likes has been teaching a range of courses to nursing students, including pharmacology, adult health gynecology and techniques in evidence-based practice.
Dr. Likes has served as principal investigator or co-investigator for more than $1.2 million in grants and special project funding from organizations that include the National Institutes of Health and Department of Energy. She has authored or contributed to more than 20 peer-reviewed journal articles; given nearly 50 presentations at regional, national and international health care industry conferences, conventions and meetings; developed or contributed to nearly 20 research poster presentations; and served on numerous health care committees and advisory boards. She is currently co-chair of the Special Populations Committee for the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology; chair of the Research and Awards Committee for Sigma Theta Tau-Beta Theta chapter; and a member of the Women's Health Advisory Committee for the State of Tennessee. Her many honors and awards include the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Leadership for Academic Nursing Program Fellow (2013), and Excellence in Practice Beta Theta Award (2013). Dr. Likes is a member of the American Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology, American Nurses Association, International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Diseases, and Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society.


Gift of Life Gala for National Kidney Foundation of West Tennessee

Several CON faculty members enjoyed an evening at the Gift of Life Gala, benefiting the National Kidney Foundation of West Tennessee. (Pictured below L to R: Tara O'Brien, Wendy Likes, Cathy Pantik, Pat O'Brien, Donna & Tom Hathaway)

National Kidney Foundation of West Tennessee

First BSN Graduating Class Achieves 100% NCLEX Pass Rate

100% NCLEX Pass Rate

UTHSC has received incredible news. We are pleased to announce a 100% pass rate! The first graduating class of the recently reactivated Bachelor Science in Nursing (BSN) program graduated in December 2014.  35 out of 35 students passed the NCLEX on their first attempt.  To compare, the average for the state of Tennessee is 87% and the national average is 81%.  We are so proud of our student's accomplishments and wish them well on their nursing careers. 

April 10th 2015 - Graduate Research Day

graduate research day collage

PhD students presenting at the UTHSC College of Graduate Health Sciences' Graduate Research Day April 10th in the GEB.

April 8th 2015 - Tennessee Nurses Association Legislative Summit on Capitol Hill

Nurses at Legislative Summit on Capitol Hill

Left to right the individuals are Landon McDonald, Tallor Robinson, Sally Summers, Senator Steve McManus, Laurin Riggins, Cory Wilbanks, and Maria Tucci.

Students in the BSN/MSN program attended the Tennessee Nurses Association Legislative Summit on Capitol Hill in Nashville on April 8 and met with legislators. The group consisted of 2 RN-BSN, 4 RN-MSN CNL, 25 MSN CNL students and 3 faculty.

April 29th 2015 - Margaret Newman Distinguished Visiting Professorship

 2015 Margaret Newman Distinguished Visiting Professor

2014 Cashdollar Distinguished Visiting Professor - November 7 2014

DVP Cashdollar

Betty Ferrell, Ph.D., R.N. has been in oncology nursing for 35 years and has focused her clinical expertise and research in pain management, quality of life and palliative care. Ferrell is a professor and research scientist at City of Hope in Los Angeles. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and she has over 300 publications in peer-reviewed journals and texts. She is principal investigator of a Program Project funded by the National Cancer Institute on “Palliative Care for Quality of Life and Symptom Concerns in Lung Cancer” and principal investigator of the “End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium” project. She directs several other funded projects related to palliative care in cancer centers and quality-of-life issues. Ferrell is a member of the board of scientific advisors of the National Cancer Institute and is chairperson of the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care. She is also the chairperson of the Southern California Cancer Pain Initiative. She has authored eight books, including “Cancer Pain Management” (1995), a text on “Suffering” (1995), “Pain in the Elderly” (1996) and “Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing,” published by Oxford University Press (3rd edition published in 2010). She is co-author of the text, “The Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Nursing,” published in 2008 by Oxford University Press and “Making Health Care Whole: Integrating Spirituality into Patient Care” (Templeton Press, 2010). Ferrell completed a master’s degree in theology, ethics and culture from Claremont Graduate University in 2007.