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Kathryn Tart

Founding Dean and Professor

Message from the Dean

Welcome to the fall 2018 semester at the University of Houston College of Nursing – ranked the #1 nursing program in the state of Texas by Registerednursing.org! We welcome our returning students and our new students in the MSN and RN-to-BSN programs, and our new faculty and staff! This year our theme is “PROGRAMMING”. We are building capacity in the RN-to-BSN program, traditional BSN on the new UH Katy campus, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program which has been approved at the UH Board of Regents. This year we signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Indian Nursing Council as they begin nurse practitioner critical care and DNP programs in India. Dr. Shainy Varghese and I visited India this summer to further our relationship with the Indian Nursing Council and nursing programs in India. The CON received, for the second year in a row, the Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award. We were one of 8 nursing programs to receive this national award given for diversity and inclusion. The NCLEX-RN and FNP national certification first time pass rates are 100% for 2015, 2016, 2017. The Nursing Alumni Association was formed this year and we are proud of our first officers: President -Tom Omondi (’12, ’14); Vice-President – Mark Yap (’11, 18’); Secretary - Michaela Brady (’14); Co-Secretary – Pam Heise (’14); Treasurer - Gilbert Barrera (’13); Membership/Events – Lorraine Cull (’12). Be looking for PROGRAMMING from all these initiatives!

Thank you for being a NURSE!!


UH Nursing Program #1 in Texas

The top-ranked nursing program in Texas is University of Houston College of Nursing, according to RegisteredNursing.org, a nursing advocacy organization dedicated to promoting excellence in nursing. The organization made its selection based on the programs that supports students towards licensure and beyond. They ranked the top 50 nursing programs in Texas by analyzing current and historical pass rates of the Registered Nurse National Council Licensure Examination.

College of Nursing Again Recognized for Commitment to Diversity

For the second year in a row, the University of Houston College of Nursing has been recognized nationally for its commitment to diversity and inclusion. INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education, has honored the college with its 2017 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award. READ MORE...

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Cheryl Brohard, assistant professor in the University of Houston College of Nursing, has been named a “2018 Salute to Nurses Top 15” winner. The award comes from the Houston Chronicle and the American Nurses Association as part of a recognition of heroes of the nursing industry. READ MORE...
A historical Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was entered by and between the University of Houston College of Nursing (UHCON) and Indian Nursing Council, (INC) India on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at the Office of the Consulate General of India here in Houston. READ MORE...
Patricia Schrader, Patricia Schrader, assistant clinical professor at the UH College of Nursing, has been awarded the 2018 Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) Clinical Practice Award. She will receive the award at the annual convention of the AMSN in Florida in September. READ MORE...
The University of Houston College of Nursing (UHCON) and the Indian Nursing Council, (INC)began a new chapter in academic exchange following the signing of a memorandum of understanding and a trip to New Delhi, India. READ MORE...
Barton, L., Willis, A., & Hsin-Hui Lin. (2017). Using a holistic preadmission assessment to help predict second-degree nursing student success. Nurse Educator, 42(1), 42-46.- https://plu.mx/a/?ebsco-client=s8478227&doi=10.1097%2FNNE.0000000000000292
Brohard, C. (2017). Initial efficacy testing of an autobiographical memory intervention on advance care planning for patients with terminal cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum, 44(6), 751-763. - https://plu.mx/a/?ebsco-client=s8478227&doi=10.1188%2F17.ONF.751-763&display-tab=summary-content
Fleming, M. L., Driver, L., Sansgiry, S. S., Abughosh, S. M., Wanat, M., Sawant, R. V., Ferries, E., Reeve, K., Todd, K. H. (2017). Physicians' intention to prescribe hydrocodone combination products after rescheduling: A theory of reasoned action approach. Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy, 13(3), 503-512.- https://plu.mx/a/?ebsco-client=s8478227&doi=10.1016%2Fj.sapharm.2016.07.001&pmid=27567741&display-tab=summary-content
Freysteinson, W. M., Adams, J. D., Cesario, S., Belay, H. A., Clutter, P., Du, J., Duson, B. M., Goff, M., McWilliams, L., Nurse, R.P.,  Allam, Z. (2017). An accent modification program. Journal of Professional Nursing, 33(4), 299-304.- https://plu.mx/plum/a/?elsevier_id=2-s2.0-85007369237&theme=plum-scopus-theme&display-tab=summary-content
Lightfoot, L. A., & Quintana, D. M. (2017). Embracing diversity in nursing to improve healthcare. Insight Into Diversity, 88(4), 56-58.http://www.insightintodiversity.com/embracing-diversity-in-nursing-to-improve-healthcare/
McWilliams, L. A., & Malecha, A. (2017). Comparing intravenous insertion instructional methods with haptic simulators. Nursing Research and Practice, 2017, 4685157. doi:10.1155/2017/4685157https://www.hindawi.com/journals/nrp/2017/4685157
McWilliams, L. A., Malecha, A., Langford, R., & Clutter, P. (2017). Comparisons of cooperative-based versus independent learning while using a haptic intravenous simulator. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 13(4), 154-160. - https://plu.mx/a/?ebsco-client=s8478227&doi=10.1016%2Fj.ecns.2016.12.008

Reid, H., Tart, K., Tietze, M., Joseph, N. M., & Easley, C. (2017). Texas team: Academic progression and IOM toolkit. Nursing Education Perspectives (Wolters Kluwer Health), 38(5), 255-258.https://europepmc.org/abstract/med/28787370
CON Commencement : New Nursing Graduates Join Industry as Health Professionals, Leaders. READ MORE...
University of Houston breaks ground on new Katy campus to house programs in Nursing, Engineering, and others. READ MORE...
Two students from the University of Houston College of Nursing are the first recipients of a new scholarship named for a Holocaust survivor. READ MORE...
Annual Scholarship Banquet Celebrates Students, Benefactors

Students representing a diverse group of academic disciplines gathered at the Safari Texas Ranch for the University of Houston at Sugar Land 16th Annual Scholarship Banquet. The event celebrates student scholars and the donors and foundations that support them. READ MORE...

High-Tech Mannequin Lets Students Practice End-of-Life Talks

To address the limited clinical opportunities nursing students have to experience palliative care and end-of-life conversations, the University of Houston College of Nursing is now using a high-fidelity mannequin to simulate these challenging interactions. READ MORE...

2018 Inaugural Nursing Alumni Board Members

President ~ Tom Omondi (2012, 2014)
Vice-President ~ Mark Yap (2011, 2018)
Secretary ~ Michaela Brady (2014)
Co-Secretary ~ Pam Heise (2014)
Treasurer ~ Gilbert Barrera (2013)
Membership/Events ~ Lorraine Cull (2012)

Sept 20: Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Nursing Brown Bag Presentation, 11:30 am - 12:15 pm, Brazos Hall Room 103
Oct 4: Phi Chi Induction Ceremony, 5:30 pm, Brazos Hall MPR and Room 180
Oct 24: CON Information Session, 4:00 - 6:00 PM, BH Room 103B
Nov 8: TNA District 9 Outstanding Nurses Celebration
Nov 22-23: Thanksgiving Holiday, UH closed
Nov 30: Nursing Alumni Holiday Party, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Sweetwater Country Club
Dec 14: CON Graduation and Pinning Ceremony, 2:00 pm, UH Cullen Performance Hall

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