The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing was awarded a three-year, $1 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to help integrate interprofessional education experiences with medicine, pharmacy and social work into the curriculum. This will help healthcare professionals provide comprehensive, evidence-based care of persons with multiple chronic conditions in underserved populations.
The expanded curriculum will be for students in the graduate level adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist program, according to a news release. In many cases, physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other allied health practitioners have struggled to find ways to work together for the good of the patient, Alexa Stuifbergen, RN, PhD, FAAN, dean of the SON, said in a news release. Because learning how to work in teams with other healthcare providers shouldnt begin on the job, several years ago we began to incorporate collaborative educational experiences into all levels of the nursing curricula. This grant will further our efforts to instill a team approach into nursing education and ultimately into healthcare settings.
The SON also announced nurse scholar and educator Miyong Kim, RN, PhD, FAAN, has been named professor of nursing. Kim also has been named associate vice president for Community Health Engagement by UT Austin. As an internationally respected translational researcher, Kim uses community-based participatory research to reduce health disparities among traditionally underserved ethnic minority populations, according to a news release.
Her research focuses on the key areas of hypertension and diabetes control, cancer prevention and mental health. The local and global effects of Kims research and scholarship have changed the research methods of those working in the field of cardiovascular prevention science in vulnerable populations, according to the release. Kim also has been appointed to the La Quinta Professorship in Nursing.