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Charleen McNeill, PhD, MSN, RN, joins the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Nursing October 3 as the new Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. She comes to the college from the University of Oklahoma College of Nursing where she served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. She is a U.S. Army veteran who was recognized as the 2017 Inaugural Outstanding  Alumna for the University of Texas at Tyler and the 2017 Outstanding Alumna for the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas. Welcome, Dr. McNeill! 
For the second year in a row, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Nursing has the highest-ranked Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program in Tennessee on U.S. News & World Report’s list of undergraduate nursing programs in its Best Colleges listing. Nationally, the college ranked No. 39 out of 681 BSN programs on the Best Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Programs list, placing it in the top 6% in the country. Learn more.
CON and Campus Events
Oct. 3, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm: White Coat Ceremony. The newest cohort of accelerated BSN students will receive their White Coats at the Memphis Botanic Garden, marking their transition from classroom to clinical education.
Oct. 5, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm. The Population Health & Translational Research Conference series will feature our own Dr. Sarah Rhoads in October, speaking on the topic of "Older Adults' Use of Telemedicine." The conference will be available in person in Conference Room 208 at Crowe and via Zoom. Register here. If you have questions, please contact Nicky Hitching at
Oct. 10, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm: Welcome reception for Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Charleen McNeill, PhD, MSN, RN. The reception will take place at the Crowe Building in the Student Lounge area. Please RSVP to Jackie Trice by Oct. 3 at
Nov. 4, 10:00 am: Investiture of Chancellor Peter Buckley, MD, at The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. Free parking at the Cannon Center. Please RSVP at Please join Chancellor Buckley at 1:00 pm that day in the Mooney Library for a Meet and Greet.
Nov. 4, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm:  William T. Cashdollar Distinguished Visiting Professorship at the Memphis Botanic Garden. Breakfast will be offered at 8:15 am. Speaker: Marie A. Bakitas, DNSc, NP-C, FAAN, Professor, Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship, and Co-Director of the Center for Palliative and Supportive Care at the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Nursing. Topic: "Unmuting the Voices of Under-represented & Under-resourced Populations to Improve Palliative Care & Health Equity." Register here.
Nov. 16, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm: The College of Nursing Day of Service will again offer the opportunity to pack meal boxes at the Community Support Center of Catholic Charities of West Tennessee. Register here.
Nov. 18, 7:30 am - 2:30 pm: The 4th Annual Pediatric Advanced Practice Providers Conference will be offered with Zoom and in-person attendance options at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. Register here.
Congratulations to Assistant Professor Trina Barrett, DNP, RN, CCRN, CNE, and Associate Professor Jami Smith Brown, DHEd, RN, CNN, who have been named concentration coordinators for the college's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Dr. Barrett will coordinate the accelerated BSN option, and Dr. Brown will coordinate the traditional BSN option.
Congratulations to Professor Sarah Rhoads, PhD, DNP, WHNP-BC, RNC-OB, APRN, FAAN, who won $10,000 as second runner-up at the American Heart Association's Mid-South EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator. Dr. Rhoads was one of five people invited to present game-changing ideas to address adverse social determinants of health at the Halloran Center for Performing Arts September 21. Dr. Rhoads plans to use her winnings to pilot a complex care management program for rural counties in Tennessee including Lake, Lauderdale, and Hardeman.

Dean Wendy Likes, PhD, DNSc, APRN-BC, FAANP, has been selected as a member of the fourth class of the UT Executive Leadership Institute. The 12-month program, created in 2018, is designed to prepare internal candidates for senior leadership roles. The 25 faculty and staff members in this cohort represent each of the University of Tennessee campuses and institutes. Congratulations, Dean Likes!

Professor Kate Fouquier, CNM, PhD, FACNM, will be a guest speaker during a webinar at 11:00 am on October 12 and will discuss "The State of Maternal Health in Tennessee: A Call to Action." The webinar is co-sponsored by the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, the March of Dimes, and the Rural Health Association of Tennessee. The webinar is free, and you may register here.

Emily Newborn, DNP, FNP-BC, a PhD student in Nursing Science, is the recipient of the 2022 International Society of Nurses in Genetics research grant. This $2,000 award will support Dr. Mewborn's research on the “Association of Haptoglobin Genotype and Inflammatory Biomarkers in Adolescent African-Americans.” Dr. Mewborn will be recognized at the 2022 ISONG World Congress this November in Durham, North Carolina. 
Assistant Professor Janet Tucker, PhD, RNC-OB, gave a podium presentation entitled "Mothers with a prenatal diagnosis of a fetal anomaly: Needs in the NICU period" on September 9 at the annual conference for the  Academy of Neonatal Nurses in Palm Springs, California. 
Professor Bobby Bellflower, DNSc, NNP-BC, FAANP, had three podium presentations at the National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners Annual Conference in Las Vegas this month. The presentations were on the following topics: "Updates and Recommendations of the National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners," "Preceptors: The Future of NNPs," and "CV Writing."
Assistant Professor Crystal Walker, PhD, DNP, FNP-C, is a new member of the policy committee for the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC), a leading worldwide health care organization responding to HIV/AIDS. Since its founding in 1987, ANAC has been meeting the needs of nurses and other healthcare professionals in HIV/AIDS care, research, prevention, and policy.
Assistant Professor Lisa Beasley, DNP, APRN, NP-C, RN; Assistant Professor Christie Manasco, PhD, RN; and Assistant Professor Andrea Sebastian, DNP, PNP, SANE-P, have had an abstract accepted for presentation at the 2022 International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice, sponsored by the International Association of Forensic Nurses in Dallas, Texas, on September 30. The presentation is titled "Recipe for Success: Starting a SANE Program from Scratch."
The same group of faculty members will co-present October 7 at the annual Tennessee Nurses Association Conference on "Improving Access to Care for Sexual Assault Victims & Survivors in Tennessee." Dr. Beasley is the lead on that presentation. In addition, Dr. Beasley will present virtually to the Tennessee Society of Radiology Technologists (TSRT) October 6 on "Management of Aggressive Patient Situations (MAPS): A Guide for Nurses and Healthcare Providers." 
  • Dr.  Jami S. Brown is an author on the following article: Brown, J.S., & O'Brien, T. (2022). Assessing and addressing fundamentals of social determinants of health factors in kidney transplant candidates and recipients. Nephrology Nursing Journal, 49(4), 345-349. 
  • Christie Cavallo has had three Expert Insights articles published on the blog, including "Informal mentoring: The importance of carrying someone with you," "Incorporating diversity and inclusion beyond the admission process," and "Changing how we teach culture to future nurses.''
  • Dr. Diane Pace has had a manuscript published online ahead of final publication with colleagues in the UTHSC College of Medicine: Pershad, A., Morris, J., Pace, D., & Khanna, P. (2022). Racial disparities with menopausal hormonal therapy acceptance: A pilot study. Menopause: The Journal of the North American Menopause Society
Grant Submissions
Dr. Janeane Anderson submitted a sub-award proposal to George Washington University (GWU) for an NIH R01 application titled “Identifying multilevel facilitators of care outcomes among Positive Deviants to design an intervention for Black sexual minority men living with HIV” for $1,127,545. If the proposal is funded, Dr. Anderson will serve as PI with Dr. Derek Dangerfield (GWU) and be supported by Co-Investigator Dr. Crystal Walker. The main goal for the grant is to design an intervention to improve care outcomes for Black sexual minority men living with HIV (BSMM LWH) by identifying multilevel facilitators that help positive deviants circumvent racism and intersectional stigma, retain in care, and adhere to the treatment. Guided by theoretical and methodological approaches of Positive Deviance, Critical Race Theory, and the Socioecological Model, this strengths-based study will identify how virally suppressed BSMM LWH in Shelby County, Tennessee, and Prince George’s County, Maryland, circumvent well-established multilevel barriers to design an intervention to improve HIV care outcomes.  

Nursing Science PhD student Jenifer Patterson applied to the Neuroscience Innovation Foundation for a research grant for $2,000 titled “Identifying Delays in the Transfer of HyperAcute Stroke from Primary Stroke Center to Comprehensive Stroke Center." If the application is funded, she will study factors contributing to delays in the transfer of patients suspected of having a large vessel occlusion (LVO) from a primary stroke center (PSC) to a comprehensive stroke center (CSC). Ultimately this work will provide information that will be used to finalize a new quantitative instrument that can be used to measure contributors to delays in LVO transfers on a national scale. Directing efforts to identifying specific delays may reduce interfacility transport time and ultimately improve LVO patient outcomes. Dr. Emily Mewborn, a PhD student in Nursing Science, submitted an application for $5,000 for the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science/Southern Nursing Research Society Nursing Science Advancement Dissertation Grant Award. If funded, she would be supported by Dr. Ansley Stanfill in the study titled “Association of Haptoglobin Genotype and Inflammatory Biomarkers in Adolescent Hispanic Americans.” The study will explore the association between inflammatory biomarkers and Haptoglobin (Hp) phenotype in Hispanic American (HA) adolescents. Dr. Mewborn will work to recruit 30 HA adolescents from a cardiometabolic/obesity clinic. Inflammatory, lipid, and metabolic blood results will be collected from medical records. A legal guardian/parent will be surveyed for social determinants of health. She will assess the association between SDOH and inflammatory biomarkers and Hp genotype and inflammatory biomarkers. Identifying these associations can help detect individuals at risk for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) earlier, allowing genotype-specific intervention.

Save the Date: 2023 Opioid Conference

Please save the date for the 2023 Opioid Conference and Pre-Conference. The pre-conference, to be offered at 5:15 pm on March 2, includes a presentation on "The Opioid Crisis: Prescribing Laws, Harm Reduction, and the Role of Naloxone." The 3rd Annual Opioid Conference, to be held from 8:00 am to 4:45 pm on March 3, will cover "Serving Families Affected by Opioid Misuse." Both events are being held at the Shelby Farms FedEx Event Center, 415 Great View Drive East, Memphis, TN, 38134.The conference is free, and continuing education credits are offered. Registration will open November 1.

Save the Date: 2023 Virtual Nursing Theory Annual Conference

Planning is underway for the 2023 Virtual Nursing Theory Annual Conference, to be held March 16-20, 2023. The focus of the conference will be organized around the theoretical ideas that emerged from the Los Angeles, California, region in the early days of nursing theory development. Diane Breckenridge, PhD, MSN, RN, ANEF, of Charles Drew University in Los Angeles, is the conference organizer. 

Funding Opportunities Through the CCI Research Foundation

The CCI Research Foundation offers a variety of grant opportunities. Funding priorities include the following areas of interest: organizational climate, leadership and management, nurse practice, nurse performance, and nursing education and certification. More information can be found at this link.  

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