Owing to isolation measures during the pandemic, hospital patients
are denied the solace of family visits during their illness and final
hours. But, in the best tradition of bedside nurses, Nurse
of the Week Tabatha Kentner and the other nurses on her ward do
all they can to serve as intermediaries between patients and their
Of the special role
nurses play at patients’ bedsides, Tabatha says, “We don’t just
take care of them, we care for them like they’re our families. I
don’t think there’s a bigger responsibility than to stand at that
bedside and make sure that patient knows that his family loves him
and haven’t forgotten him and that we’re here in their place.”
Hospital in Katy, Texas, Kentner, an RN, works in a special Highly
Infectious Disease Unit (HIDU) for patients suffering from the
COVID-19 virus. In the isolated HIDU ward, the need is greater than
ever for nurses to care for the ill “like they’re our families.”
Tabatha and her co-workers recently stood in for family at the
bedside of 93 year-old Richard Steubinger, keeping the lines of
communication open between the WWII Navy veteran and his daughter,
Shawn Creswell. According to Creswell, Kentner did everything she
could to make up for the absence of family during the veteran’s
last days. “She wanted to know more about my dad. She wanted all of
the names of his kids and grandkids, and she’d talk to him and just
whisper in his ear those names to give him that comfort.”
After Steubinger’s fever spiked and he was put back on a ventilator, Tabatha continued to make sure he knew that he was accompanied by the loving thoughts of his family. As her patient’s condition worsened, she says, “Shawn asked me to be there for her dad and just stand in for her family and to make sure he wasn’t alone. It was an honor. This is what we do. This is why we’re here.” Finally, as her patient entered his last hours, HIDU staff set up a teleconference to allow Steubinger’s children and grandchildren to see him one last time and say goodbye. Later, when Steubinger met his end, Kentner was at his bedside.
For more details on this story, see the KHOU-11 website or view the video on the HIDU at the Methodist Hospital site.
last month, Leslie K. Robbins,
PhD, has been appointed dean of the School
of the Nursing at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Robbins had
been serving in the role in an interim capacity since September 2019.
Robbins holds the Charles H. and Shirley T. Leavell Endowed Chair II in
Nursing. Robbins brings a rich 40 years of experience in nursing to her role as
dean, with a focus on nursing administration and nursing education. She has been
with UTEP since 2009 and played a key role in efforts to establish the
university’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program in 2010.
serving as interim dean, Robbins was Associate Dean of Graduate Education and
Professor of Nursing; she also held the Orville E. Egbert, MD, Endowed Chair in
Nursing and Health Sciences. Robbins holds a master’s degree in nursing from
UTEP and a doctoral degree in nursing from the University of Texas Health
Science Center at Houston. She is a certified adult psychiatric and mental
health nurse practitioner, and an adult psychiatric and mental health clinical
Robbins tells elpasoheraldpost.com, “I feel honored and privileged to serve as dean of the UTEP School of Nursing. UTEP has a long history of educating highly qualified nurses and nursing leaders, and I look forward to continuing that tradition. With support from the school’s faculty, students and staff, we will continue to expand our impact on health care practices in the region by growing our undergraduate and graduate programs, creating new health-related research opportunities and developing strong community partnerships.”
more about Leslie K. Robbins, PhD, being appointed dean of the School of the
Nursing at the University of Texas at El Paso, visit here.
of Texas at Tyler (UT Tyler) College of Nursing and Health Sciences has
announced a new
mental health nurse practitioner program aimed at addressing the mental
health challenges in Texas. The Master of Science in
Nursing–Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Program was
recently approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
The new program will be offered
primarily online with facilitation of clinical experiences taking place in
students’ local communities. Program curriculum will highlight telehealth,
mobile medical clinic management and disaster management, and provide rural
health clinic opportunities so students can effectively prepare to meet the
healthcare needs of vulnerable populations with limited resources.
Dr. Yong “Tai” Wang, UT Tyler College of Nursing and Health Sciences dean, tells jacksonvilleprogress.com, “As has been well documented, forecasts are predicting significant increases in psychiatric/mental health care needs. Rural areas will be even more at risk due to the misdistribution of health providers who choose to live and work in urban locations. The Master of Science in Nursing-Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree will meet a crucial need in East Texas and the state.”
The PMHNP program will prepare students to diagnose and treat
common psychiatric disorders across the lifespan and offer short-term psychotherapy.
Graduates will have advanced physical assessment skills, including being able
to administer prescriptive psychotropic medications, psychotherapy, crisis
intervention, case management, and consultation.
With more than 500,000 Texans suffering from serious and
persistent mental illness and one in five Texans experiencing a mental health
condition each year, the PMHNP degree is uniquely prepared to bridge the gap
between physical and mental health care.
To learn more
about the new mental health nurse practitioner program being
offered at UT Tyler to address a critical need in the state, visit here.
Some healthcare professionals see blood, mangled bodies, and death every day, yet certain days are worse than others. As when, for instance, a dozen police officers are gunned down or 20 kids are killed in their elementary school in a mass shooting. Because public mass shootings happen nearly every 6 weeks in America, these tragedies are having a more frequent impact on the healthcare workforce.
Research data are sparse. One study surveyed 24 surgical residents working at Orlando Regional Medical Center in Florida in 2016. On June 12 that year, a gunman shot 49 people to death and wounded 53 others at the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub. Three months later, rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and major depression were two and four times greater among the 10 residents on call that night versus the 14 off-duty residents. Though the differences didn’t reach statistical significance, assessments were revealing. A survey of the same residents 7 months after the mass shooting found that PTSD persisted in those affected in the on-call group but completely resolved in the off-call residents.
As part of an ongoing effort by MedPage Today to explore job stress and burnout among healthcare professionals, reporter Shannon Firth talked at length with physicians and nurses who shared personal experiences with mass shootings and how they affected their lives and careers.
Three Encounters With Mass Shootings
“After I Saw What I Saw, I Really Thought to Myself, ‘I Hope I’m Not Broken:'” Richard Kamin, MD (Sandy Hook school shooting, 2012)
“The Worst Night of My Professional Career:” Brian Williams, MD (Dallas police sniper attack, 2016)
“I Still Get That Pit Feeling in My Chest of, I Can’t Believe This is Happening:” Megan Duke, RN, CEN (San Bernardino terrorist attack, 2015)
MedPage Today intern Amanda D’Ambrosio assisted with reporting for these stories.
Originally published by MedPage Today.
of Texas (UT) at Tyler recently announced that it will be expanding
its Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program to accept more students in an effort
to address the shortage of nurses in Texas and beyond.
From 2011-2018, the School of Nursing admitted 2,116
students while turning away 2,361 qualified applicants due to a lack of space
and faculty. The expansion of the BSN program will allow for an additional 180
students to be admitted each academic year and will also accelerate the rate at
which the program produces nurses into the workforce.
Dr. Barbara Haas, School of Nursing executive director, tells news-journal.com, “With the expansion, students will graduate an entire semester earlier than was possible under the previous model. Not only will we be able to accept more applicants, but we will also get them out into the workforce faster.”
Beginning in spring 2020, the program will offer a
12-month, year-round BSN program which will be made up of three 15-week
semesters. Applicants will be admitted in the fall, spring, and summer
semesters, and attend full-time for four consecutive semesters.
To learn more about UT Tyler’s
announcement to expand its Bachelor of Science in Nursing program to accept more
students in an effort to address the shortage of nurses in Texas and beyond,
A&M University recently announced that the College of Nursing has
received approval for its Center
of Excellence in Forensic Nursing, transitioning the forensic nursing
program into a state- and federally funded center. The new designation will
help expand the capabilities and funding resource opportunities, pushing
forward the College of Nursing’s initiative to advance forensic nursing
education, outreach, and research.
nursing is a specialty role focused on the intersection of health care,
criminal justice, and the legal system. Registered nurses and advanced practice
registered nurses can specialize in forensic nursing, allowing them to provide
specialized care in the areas of interpersonal violence prevention, intervention,
investigation, and post-trauma care. Areas of practice within this specialty
include sexual assault, death investigation, corrections, disaster aftermath,
risk management, intimate partner violence, child maltreatment, elder
mistreatment, and human trafficking.
Nancy Fahrenwald, PhD, RN, PHNA-BC, FAAN, professor and dean of the Texas A&M College of Nursing, tells today.tamu.edu, “The Center of Excellence in Forensic Nursing will accelerate multidisciplinary efforts to devise and implement comprehensive strategies that address interpersonal violence across the life span. We are now in the best position to engage scholars throughout The Texas A&M University System to develop and disseminate new knowledge, positively impacting health and social outcomes for those affected by violence.”
A&M’s new Center of Excellence in Forensic Nursing allows for an expansion
of the college’s Master of Science degree and graduate certificate in forensic
nursing programs. The Center will also provide interdisciplinary and
professional education course trainings available to health care providers, law
enforcement agencies, social workers, and others seeking advanced education in
treating victims of violence.
learn more about the newly designated Center of Excellence in Forensic Nursing
in the Texas A&M University College of Nursing, visit here.