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College of Nursing Recognized by U.S. News & World Report
The UTHSC College of Nursing's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report in its 2022 Edition of Best Graduate Schools, achieving the rank of 26 from among the 163 DNP programs listed by the magazine. This marks a leap from the rank of 35 that the program achieved the previous year and is very similar to the No. 24 position that the DNP program earned in the U.S. News & World Report's list of DNP programs in 2020. The 2022 ranking places our DNP program in the top 16 percent of programs on the list. However, there are currently 357 DNP programs in the United States. The new ranking places the College of Nursing in the top 8% of all DNP programs, ranked and unranked.
To determine these rankings, U.S. News & World Report uses a combination of statistics and expert assessment data, including input and output measures. The input measures reflect the quality of students, faculty and resources. Output data include information such as exam pass rates and job placement. Expert assessment comes from surveys of those knowledgeable in academia and practice for each profession. Congratulations to all!
CON and Campus Events
April 9: The 2021 Mary Morris Distinguished Visiting Professorship. "Zip Code Versus Genetic Code: Which Has More Influence on Patient Outcomes?"
9:00 am - 10:30 am. Speaker: UTHSC College of Nursing Associate Dean of Research Ansley Stanfill, PhD, RN, FAAN.  Register at this link.

May 6: NightinGala, 6:00 pm. More information at this link.

May 7
1:00 pm
 Alumni Awards Virtual presentation (Alumni Affairs event for which link is sent upon registration)

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Nursing Virtual Alumni Class Reunion & UT Nurses Basketball Reunion, honoring the classes of 1981, 1991, 1996, 2001, and 2011. Registration page is being finalized. More information is available from Nahosha Braziel-Adams at
  • 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Cook Along with Chef Tam (free to alumni)
  • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm.  Class Year Breakout Rooms (registration fee, $20 per household)
May 10
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
. Virtual Daisy Awards. Zoom link will be sent via email.

May 12
CON Day of Service. Details TBA
Dr. Anne Alexandrov Co-chairs Section of Stroke Conference
Professor Anne Alexandrov, PhD, RN, AGACNP-BC, ANVP-BC, NVRN-BC, ASC-BC,CCRN, FAAN, co-chaired the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association International Stroke Conference's Advanced Practice Providers section March 17-19.
Dr. Alexandrov also gave two invited lectures at the conference titled, "How Should Pre-Thrombectomy Large Vessel Occlusion Stroke Patients Be Positioned?The ZODIAC Study," and "Transitioning from Intravenous to Oral Antihypertensive Agents After Acute Stroke: Choices for Prescribers."
In addition, Dr. Alexandrov had several original scientific presentations, some of which involved other UTHSC College of Nursing faculty or students.
She was senior author on the moderated podium presentation, "Mobile Stroke Unit Reimbursement: A Survey of USA Mobile Stroke Units. She was also co-author on "Benefits of Stroke Treatment Delivered by a Mobile Stroke Unit Compared to Standard Management by Emergency Medical Ambulances," which was delivered as a podium presentation.

PhD Students in Nursing Science Make Contributions to Conference
Dr. Alexandrov was senior author on "Contributors to Internal PSC Transfer Delays: Factors Beyond Stroke Coordinators' Control," a paper on which her PhD student Jennifer Patterson, MSN, ACNP,  is first author and Associate Dean of Research Ansley Stanfill, PhD, RN, FAAN, is co-author. She was also senior author on "The Primary Stroke Center Transfer Experience to a Higher Level of Care: A Qualitative Study," on which Patterson was also first author and Dr. Stanfill was co-author.
The PhD program in Nursing Science at UTHSC was well-represented at the conference with the involvement of other students and a recent graduate. PhD student Wendy Dusenbury, DNP, AG-ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, ANVP-BC, gave an invited lecture, "Hemorrhagic Stroke: What's the BP Target?" PhD student Desiree Metzger-Cihelka, MSN, ACNP, ANVP-BC, gave an invited lecture, "When Should Reperfusion Patients Be Mobilized? In addition, Mary Grove, PhD, RN, who graduated in December, gave an invited lecture, "Do Non-invasive Oscillometric BP Measures Meet Evidence Based Recommendations for Alteplase Treatment?"
Assistant Professor Jami Smith Brown, DHEd, MSN, RN, CNN, has been appointed to serve as Leader of the Educator Specialty Practice Network (SPN) for the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA). Dr. Brown is also a reviewer for the Chronic Kidney Disease section in the following newly released text, Chronic Kidney Disease. In Bednarski, D. (Ed.), Nephrology Nursing Certification Guide (6thed.). Pitman, NJ: American Nephrology Nurses Association.  In addition, a presentation by Dr. Brown, Assistant Professor Melody Waller, PhD, RN, and Nursing Instructor Anita Settles-Seymour, MSN, RN, was accepted for ANNA Virtual Symposium, which will be held May 2-5. The abstract is titled, "Addressing the Issue: Sexual Health of Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease."
Professor Diane Pace, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, NCMP, FAANP, FAAN, will make virtual presentations at two June conferences. She will present “Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause (GSM): What Your Patients Want You to Know!” at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners National Conference and “Case Discussion-Vasomotor Symptoms and Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause” at The Virginia Commonwealth University Health of Women 2021 Symposium. Congratulations, Dr. Pace! 
Assistant Professor Christie Manasco, PhD, RN, has been appointed by the College of Graduate Health Sciences as graduate faculty in the Nursing Science PhD program this week. Dr. Manasco joined the College of Nursing in July, 2020, in support of the college's rural health expansion. Congratulations, Dr. Manasco!

Patrick Devlin, a PhD student in Neuroscience at UTHSC is first author on the following publication: Devlin, P., Cao, X., & Stanfill, A. (2021). Genotype x expression interactions for BDNF across human brain tissues. BMC Medical Genomics, (in press).

Professor Scott Howard, MD, MSc has the following recent publications:
Buddington RK, Wong T, Howard SC. Paracellular filtration secretion driven by mechanical force contributes to small intestinal fluid dynamics. Med Sci (Basel). 2021 Feb 9;9(1):9. doi: 10.3390/medsci9010009. PMID: 33572202

Pritchard-Jones K, Abib SCV, Natia Esiashvili, Kaspers GJL, Rosser J, Van Doorninck JA, Bragança JML, Hoffman RI, Rodriguez-Galindo C, Adams C, Connor SR, Abdelhafeez H, Bouffet E, Howard SC, Challinor JM, Hessissen L, Dalvi RB, Kearns P, Chantada GL, Frazier LA, Sullivan MJ, Schulte FSM, Morrissey LK, Kozhaeva O, Luna-Fineman S, Khan MS. The threat of the COVID-19 pandemic on reversing global life-saving gains in the survival of childhood cancer: a call for collaborative action from SIOP, IPSO, PROS, WCC, CCI, St Jude Global, UICC and WHPCA. eCancer Med Sci 2021, 15:1187;; DOI:

Srinivasamurthy SK, Ashokkumar R, Kodidela S, Howard SC, Samer CF, Chakradhara Rao US. Impact of computerised physician order entry (CPOE) on the incidence of chemotherapy-related medication errors: a systematic review. Eur J Clin Pharmacol. 2021 Feb 23. doi: 10.1007/s00228-021-03099-9. Online ahead of print. PMID: 33624119

Anacak Y, Zubizarreta E, Zaghloul M, Laskar S, Alert J, Gondhowiardjo S, Giselvania A, Correa-Villar R, Pedrosa F, Dorj B, Kamer S, Howard SC, Quintana Y, Ribeiro RC, Rosenblatt E, Hopkins K.. The practice of paediatric radiation oncology in low- and middle-income countries: Outcomes of an International Atomic Energy Agency study. Clinical Oncology 2021:e211-e220. PMID: 33250288

 Banayat AC, Dychangco EA, Manahan LT, Howard SC, Sullivan CE. Philippines Cancer Control Plan: Nursing priorities from nursing service delivery working group of the Philippine National Childhood Cancer Control Workshop. Cancer Care Research Online

Grant Submissions

Dr. Sarah Rhoads has submitted an NIH R01 proposal titled "A Telemedicine Weight Loss Intervention to Reduce Cancer Risk in the Rural Mid-South."  The proposal was submitted through Preventive Medicine to the National Cancer Institute with Dr. Rhoads, Dr. Michelle Martin (COM) and Dr. Karen Johnson (COM), who will serve as Principal Investigators on the Multi-PI application. Co-Investigators on the grant included Dr. Lacretia Carroll, Dr. Fridtjof Thomas (COM), Dr. Phyllis Richey (COM), Dr. Charisse Madlock-Brown (CHP), and Dr. Claude Pirtle (West Tennessee Healthcare). The grant submission proposes a five-year timeline to  test whether the adapted Look AHEAD Intensive Lifestyle Intervention, adapted for rural populations in Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee, will result in significant weight loss when delivered through telemedicine compared to a comparison group. If approved, the project will be conducted in two phases: a formative research phase and a clinical trial phase. The project will have a Community Advisory Board which includes stakeholders from rural areas and/or have an interest in rural health promotion.
Dr. Diana Dedmon and Dr. Sara Day have submitted a proposal to Blue Cross Blue Shield of TN for the COVID Vaccine Campaign Grant Funds for $178,000.  Drs. Dedmon and Day will serve as Co-PIs and be supported by Dr. Lisa Beasley and Dr. Wendy Likes along with Dr. Alisa Haushalter. If approved, the project will use funding provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield to develop and strategically implement a comprehensive network designed to decrease COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and improve distribution with the goal of increasing vaccination rates in the underserved and under-immunized who reside in urban and rural areas of West Tennessee with an increased emphasis on communities of color.

Opportunities for Research Funding 
The Southern Nursing Research Society has many grant opportunities  available, with application due dates occurring in April, May, September and October. For more information on specific grants, due dates, and requirements, please check this link.