News and Events
The Zeta Pi Chapter general business meeting will be held at the SON on Thursday, November 21st.
Fall Induction will be held Thursday, December 12th, 11:30am to 1:30pm.
Please join us in celebrating the success of Dr. Terri Armstrong and her collaborators at Baylor College of Medicine
(Drs. Michael Scheurer, Melissa Bondy, Yanhong Liu, Renke Zhou) and MD Anderson Cancer Center (Drs. Mark Gilbert,
Erik Sulman, Elizabeth Vera-Boulanos) and at RTOG (Meihua Wang). They were notified this morning that their R01,
Toxicity profiling: creating novel paradigms to personalize cancer treatment, is funded from June 7, 2013 to March 31, 2018
by the NIH National Institute for Nursing Research for a total of $2.4 Million
Congratulations to all. Please watch for more information about the study in the formal press releases that will be appear soon.
We are happy to let you know that the Partners funded two research awards this year:
- Sabrina Pickens for “Assessing for Capacity for Self-Care and Protection in Older Adults with Executive Dysfunction
Status Post Discharge Home to Prevent Hospital Readmission-A Feasibility Study”
- Jing Wang for “Effect of a Smartphone-Based Self-Monitoring Intervention on Cardiometabolic Risk Factors in an
Underserved Community: A Pilot and Feasibility Study”
The Dean’s Research Award was made to Rebecca Casarez for “A Psychoeducation Intervention for Caregivers of
Patients with Bipolar Disorder”.
Congratulations Sabrina, Jing and Becky.
Congratulations to Drs. Grimes,
Bergstrom and Wang on the funding of 3 new projects:
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awarded UTHSC-H a grant of $217,807 for the period of May 1, 2013 through October 31, 2014.
Title of Project: State Regulations for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), Physician/APRN Collaboration and Patient
Outcomes in Primary Care. PI: Deanna Grimes, DrPH, RN, FAAN, School of Nursing. Co-investigators from Medical School: Eric
Thomas, MD, Jason Etchegaray, PhD, and Madelene Ottosen, MSN, RN
The Isla Carroll Turner Foundation Trust awarded Nancy Bergstrom, PhD and the Center on Aging an award of $30,000 for the period
of January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014. Projects funded in this award include: Harris County Long Term Care Ombudsman Program
Return to Community, End of Life Preparations for Minority Populations, and Caregiver Education via Social Media.
A 2013 American Association of Diabetic Educators/Sigma Theta Tau Grant for $6,000 was awarded to Jing Wang, PhD. Title of Project:
Implementing a Multiple Behavior Self-Monitoring Intervention with a Diabetes Education Program
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has posted chapter Leadership Mentoring Program documents, for chapter leaders and their mentees who are interested in working
together as partners to accomplish leadership goals through mentorship. These documents may be downloaded from our
Pat Obulaney Receives Scholarship
Pat Obulaney received the Houston Area Nurse Practitioners scholarship to assist with the continuation of her DNP.
"The scholarships are awarded to students based on their demonstrated involvement and commitment to serve the Houston
area community through the Advanced Practice Nurse profession with academic and professional achievement”.
Martina Gallagher Elected
Martina Gallagher has been elected to serve as Chair Elect for the Diversity Section of The Obesity Society. She will be Chair Elect
for the 2013-2014 calendar year and will assume the Chair position in 2014--2015.
Dr. Terri Armstrong's Abstract Selected for Presentation at ASCO Annual Meeting
Dr. Terri Armstrong, the John S. Dunn Distinguished Professor in Oncology Nursing in the Department of Family Health has
been selected to present her study results as part of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting to
be held May 31- June 4th in Chicago.
The American Society of Clinical Oncology is a professional oncology society committed to conquering cancer through research,
education, prevention, and delivery of high-quality patient care. The Annual Meeting is held each year and attended by nearly
30,000 oncology health care professionals from around the world. Each year over 5,000 abstracts are submitted with approximately
half selected for presentation.
Dr. Armstrong’s work is one of only 9 abstracts selected for oral presentation at the Neuro-Oncology Oral Presentation Session.
She will report on the net clinical benefit of treatment on patient reported outcomes. The findings
are from the net clinical benefits
portion of the large national multi-center Phase III trial, RTOG 0825. The primary results of this study will also be presented
at the Plenary Session at the same meeting. RTOG 0825, one of the largest trials to study the clinical benefit of a brain tumor
treatment, evaluated newly diagnosed patients treated with bevacizumab in addition to standard chemoradiation and maintenance
temozolomide, versus those who received a placebo and standard treatment.
Dr. Armstrong’s abstractt has also been hand selected to be included in the Best of ASCO® program, which will be held this
summer following the ASCO Annual Meeting. The Best of ASCO® is an educational initiative that condenses highlights from
ASCO’s Annual Meeting into a two-day program. The purpose of this initiative is to increase global access to cutting-edge science.
Abstracts were selected according to specific criteria and reflect research that is relevant and significant in oncology today.
School of Nursing Faculty Members Selected for Honors
The graduating students of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Nursing have selected undergraduate and graduate
honorees from the faculty as this year’s winners of the John P. McGovern Outstanding Teacher Awards.
Renae R. Schumann
, Ph.D., R.N., associate professor in the Department of Acute and Continuing Care, was named as the nursing school’s
undergraduate teacher of the year. The graduate teacher of the year is Robert G. Hanks, Ph.D., R.N., assistant professor of clinical nursing
in the Department of Family Health.
Cathy L. Rozmus, D.S.N., R.N., professor and associate dean for academic affairs, announced this annual faculty honor during May 10 commencement
ceremonies at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
Schumann was lauded by her students as a “great professor, coach and motivator!!” and as “the most upbeat and supportive instructor in the program.”
“She sends out pep-talk e-mails that are very uplifting!” one student nominator wrote. “I like the positive reinforcement and like how caring she is.
When she teaches, she breaks the subject down to the most simple/logical way. She is perceptive about seeing that you understand and I appreciate a lecture
that doesn’t put you to sleep, which she provides with energy.”
Schumann received both her bachelor’s degree in nursing (1989) and master’s in Emergency Nursing Education (1990) from UTHealth. Her career included
duty as a trauma nurse at Ben Taub Hospital’s emergency room. She earned her Ph.D. in nursing research from Texas Woman’s University in 2000. Joining
UTHealth’s faculty that year, she later became coordinator of the B.S.N. degree program. She frequently combines fundraising for various causes with her
dedication to fitness by encouraging students to join her in outdoor charitable events.
“She truly cares about her students and is always there to help,” another student wrote about Schumann. “Even though we move on in the program, and she
is no longer our instructor, she still encourages us to keep going. She knows how to listen to our concerns, and she constantly seeks feedback from
current and previous students to improve the learning environment for future classes.”
On June 1, Schumann begins a new challenge as dean of the School of Nursing and Allied Health at Houston Baptist University.
School of Nursing professors Recognized
Three professors from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Nursing are among 25 professors
selected by StateStats.org for proven excellence in research, teaching and service. StateStats.org, a non-profit venture with the
mission of advancing education through the use of technology and informational tools, compiled a list of the “Top 25 Nursing
Professors in Texas” describing the educators as deserving of special recognition. The three professors are Susan D. Ruppert,
Ph.D., professor of clinical nursing and track director of the adult/gerontology primary care nurse practitioner program,
Pamela Hodges, Ph.D., assistant professor of clinical nursing; and Kristen Starnes-Ott, Ph.D., assistant professor of
clinical nursing and track director of nurse anesthesia. All three faculty are from the department of acute & continuing care.
Ruppert is a certified family nurse practitioner and adult nurse practitioner who was inducted as a Fellow of the American
Academy of Nursing (FAAN). She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) and of the American College
of Critical Care medicine (FCCM); she holds a Ph.D. from Texas Woman’s University.
Hodges was a finalist for the 2012 NURSE.com Nursing Excellence Award in Education & Mentorship. She also won UTHealth’s School
of Nursing’s 2011 McGovern Outstanding Teacher Award in 2011. Hodges earned her doctorate from The University of Texas Health
Science Center at San Antonio.
Earlier this year, Starnes-Ott was honored as one of the “20 Outstanding Nurses of 2012” by the Texas Nurses Association (TNA)
District 9 Foundation. She is also a 2010 New York Life Doctoral Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Foundation.
Starnes-Ott earned her doctorate from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
The complete list of top nursing faculty may be found here.
Presentations and Publications
Dr. Claudia Smith, PhD, RN, NE-BC, will be presenting two abstracts to the STTI Research Congress in Prague later this year.
, "Evaluating the Feasibility and Effectiveness of a Delirium Prevention Bundle in Hospitalized Critically Ill Patients",
was written by Dr. Smith and Ms. Petra Grami, BSN, RN, NE-BC, CVNRN II. The
, "A Pilot Study Testing Intrinsic Strength
Factors as Predictors of Depression in the Houston Hispanic population with Cardiovascular Disease" was written by Dr. Smith
and Aaron Bayles, MSN, RN.
Leyden, K. N. L., & Hanneman, S. K. (In press). Validity of the Modified Richmond Agitation Sedation
Scale for use in sedated, mechanically ventilated swine. Journal of the American Association for
Laboratory Animal Science
Congratulations to Stacy Drake and co-author, for her publication in Journal of Forensic Sciences,
entitled “Essential Medicolegal Death Investigation Services: Standardization of a Survey Instrument
Based on the Essential Public Health Services.” The article was published July 2011, vol 56, No 4,
1034-1040. We a proud of Stacy for accomplishments.