Miyong Kim, PhD, RN, FAAN, wasn’t about to let the grass grow under her feet once she arrived at The University of Texas at Austin in 2013. Determined from the outset to make a difference in the burgeoning health inequalities that exist in Central Texas and across the state, the renowned nurse scholar and educator went to work and in less than a year had received National Institutes of Health funding for a P30 Core Center in Self Management of Chronic Illness.
The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing is celebrating the one-year anniversary of the unveiling of its ground floor state-of-the-art classrooms. In 2014, the School undertook an ambitious plan to evaluate current spaces and building configurations aimed at creating an upgraded site where nursing education could thrive as part of the new and evolving UT Austin health care district. Part of that plan included reconfiguring the first-floor classrooms and incorporating more flexibility and cutting-edge technology into the 1970s-era building.
In 1992, the Georgetown, Texas, City Council passed a resolution establishing a policy to ensure the non-discrimination of individuals with disabilities in accordance with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). In 2011, the City Council appointed an ADA coordinator and established an advisory task force to develop a plan to bring the city into compliance. Now every month members of the Georgetown American Disabilities Accessibility Advisory Board listen to residents who have concerns about the city’s efforts to provide a safer environment.
Research is at the core of both the School of Nursing and The University of Texas at Austin mission statements, and as such is fundamental to our purpose. The research performed by School of Nursing students prepares our graduates to be the future of nursing research. The School of Nursing is proud to highlight a selection of student research in this section.
Imagine hearing firsthand from one of the preeminent health policymakers in the country about how health care policy is made and about various strategies nurses can use to help improve health care access.
The Center for Excellence in Aging Services and Long Term Care has received a $50,000 grant from the Aetna Foundation to create training courses for health care providers that improve the quality of care provided to Texas residents living in nursing homes.
As a young woman, Raquel Reynolds didn’t think college was in her future. She had begun a pre-med course after graduating from high school, but had to take a break after a series of personal tragedies. She left Austin and began waiting tables in a restaurant in Oklahoma. It didn’t seem likely she would return to college.
Sarah Szanton, PhD, RN, ANP, FAAN, and a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in Baltimore, Maryland, was this year’s Blanton Lectureship presenter and shared fascinating information on helping improve quality of life for older adults.