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<ul><li><p>THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT EL PASOTHE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT EL PASO</p><p>MagazineFALL</p><p> 200</p><p>7</p><p>MagazineSON </p><p>DR. MARIA AMAYABRINGING RECOGNITION AND RESEARCH DOLLARS </p><p>TO UTEP</p></li><li><p>Welcome to the first issue of the University of Texas at El Paso School of Nursing magazine. We are excited to share with you the wide array of opportunities, accomplishments and activities currently underway. As a major Hispanic-serving institution located on the U.S.-Mexico border, UTEP offers leadership in meeting the demand for Hispanic nurses. We are certainly well on our way to becoming the premier Hispanic-serving School of Nursing in the nation.</p><p>As we look to the future and the challenges ahead, we are optimistic and confident in our ability to meet the increasingly difficult task of providing educators and nurses to satisfy the demands in this health care field. We are proud of our success, but know the work has only just begun. </p><p>In September 2007, the Texas Board of Regents allocated $50 mil-lion to UTEP to commence construction of the new Health Sciences Complex to house the School of Nursing and College of Health Sci-ences. The Regents recognition of our growth, along with financial backing, will greatly impact our ability to attract top-notch faculty, thus positively influencing our programs and output of exceptionally prepared nurses. </p><p>We hope that you find this first issue of the UTEP SON magazine in-formative and interesting. We welcome your feedback and comments, which can be sent to the UTEP SON Magazine, 1101 North Stanton Street, Suite 409, El Paso, TX 79902 or to mmquintana@utep.edu. </p><p>We invite you to join us as faculty, students, alumni and supporters as we move forward in achieving our vision. Our potential is great and the possibilities endless.</p><p>Best Health Wishes,</p><p>Robert L. Anders, Dr PH, CNAA, CSDean, School of NursingPeter de Wetter Distinguished Professorship in Health SciencesCo-Director of Hispanic Health Disparities Research Center</p><p>We want to continue at the forefront of nursing </p><p>education by offering innovative programs </p><p>enhanced by simulation technology, rich clinical experiences, Hispanic </p><p>health disparities research and </p><p>international education opportunities.</p></li><li><p>SON MAGAZINE</p><p>Dean Robert L. Anders</p><p>Contributing Writers Cesar Ayala Letty Paez Melissa Quintana Alumni Association Martin Muoz Timi Haggerty-Muoz</p><p>Photography Cesar Ayala Kim Goodman</p><p>Design &amp; Publishing Kim Goodman</p><p>Print Services Pressman Printing Inc. </p><p>Cover FeatureDr. Maria Amaya 8</p><p>Workforce Diversity Grants at Work 7</p><p>Simlab in UG Nursing 10 Fast Track Men in Nursing 11</p><p>Center for Aging 12</p><p>Nurses in Uniform 13</p><p>The University of Texas at El PasoSchool of Nursing1101 North CampbellEl Paso, Texas 79902915.747.8217www.utep.edu/nursing</p><p>Our mission is to prepare caring professional nurses to address multiple complex human needs in a binational and multi-cultural community. </p><p> UTEP SCHOOL OF NURSING DEMOGRAPHICS</p><p>GRADUATES 2005/06 2006/07Undergraduate Program 129 158 Graduate Program 17 25 </p><p>ETHNICITY OF ENROLLED UNDERGRAD STUDENTS 2006 2007American Indian 0% 0%Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%Black non-Hispanic 3% 4%Hispanic 76% 76%International 4% 3% From Mexico 74% 83% Unknown 1% 1%White non-Hispanic 14% 13%</p><p>NCLEX / BNE Test Results 2005/06 2006/07Test 122 75Pass Rate 94.26% 98.68%</p><p>ENROLLMENT Fall 06 Fall 07Pre-professional Programs 525 488Undergraduate Programs 413 436Graduate Programs 115 117</p><p>Our students unparalleled success in the NCLEX-RN exam for first time testers places us in the top 5% of all schools of nursing. We rank No. 2 in Texas for our research and training grants, and are ranked 4th in the nation for number of Hispanic nursing graduates. </p><p> - Dean Robert L. Anders</p></li><li><p>4</p><p> TH</p><p>E U</p><p>NIV</p><p>ERSI</p><p>TY O</p><p>F TE</p><p>XAS </p><p>AT </p><p>EL P</p><p>ASO</p><p> SC</p><p>HO</p><p>OL </p><p>OF </p><p>NU</p><p>RSIN</p><p>G</p><p>HISPANIC DOCTORAL FACULTY </p><p>Dr. Maria Amaya, a native of El Paso, has dedicated much of her research efforts not only to UTEP SON, but the community as well. The 2007 recipient of the University of Texas at El Paso Faculty Achievement Award for Research, Dr. Amaya has gained national praise for her research on environmental health problems affecting women and children on the border and prevention of lead exposure in children.</p><p>Dr. Josefi na Lujan began her nursing career after earning her ADN in 1980, and followed with her BSN from UTEP SON in 1983. Completing her MSN in 1988, she obtained her PhD in Nursing at the UT-Health Science Center Houston School of Nursing in 2006, and currently serves as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Lujan completed the intervention study Effectiveness of a Promotora-Led Intervention for Mexican Americans with Diabetes in 2005, with funding from the Center for Border Health Research, and published it in 2007. She is currently involved in several studies including Family Caregiving for Mexican-American Older Adults, Belief in Divine Intervention and Development and Testing of Communication Card for Emergency and Disaster Preparedness for Monolingual Spanish-speaking Individuals with Limited Literacy. The communication card study is funded by the National Library of Medicines Environmental Health Information Outreach Program.</p><p>Dr. Nelda Martinez earned both her BSN and MSN from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and her PhD in Nursing from Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Funded by the NIH at the University of Iowa, she completed her Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Clinical Genetics in the College of Nursing, and Graduate Training Program in Clinical Investigation in the College of Medicine. She is currently an Associate Professor at the UTEP-SON and Senior Fellow at the Hispanic Health Disparities Research Center. Martinezs past and current research projects include several that focus on the prevention and management of diabetes among Mexican Americans.</p><p>Dr. Gloria Lopez-McKee, a native El Pasoan, received both her BSN and MSN from UTEP SON and her PhD from UT-Houston Health Science Center School of Nursing. Her research interests include behavioral factors impacting cancer screening and instrument translation for health-related research. Her latest efforts, funded by a Hispanic Health Disparities Research Center grant, concentrate on low-income Mexican-American women and how their fatalistic attitudes and other socio-cognitive behavioral factors affect their mammography screening practices. Dr. McKee is currently serving as an Assistant Professor at the UTEP School of Nursing.</p><p>Doctoral Faculty</p><p>Dr. Josefi na Lujan, Dr. Nelda Martinez, Dr. Maria Amaya, Dr. Gloria Lopez-McKee</p></li><li><p> 5</p><p>THE U</p><p>NIV</p><p>ERSITY OF TEXA</p><p>S AT EL PA</p><p>SO SC</p><p>HO</p><p>OL O</p><p>F NU</p><p>RSING</p><p>This summer, nursing students Jeannette Ulloa and Veronica Caro, along with UTEP clinical nurs-ing instructor Jose Blanco, teamed up with nine other medical profes-sionals from the United States and Mexico as part of an international surgical team. The team traveled four hundred miles south of El Paso to the remote Copper Canyon region to provide free medical care to the underdeveloped Indian community of Sierra Tarahumara.</p><p>It was a really great experience, said the 20-year-old Ulloa. We went into a small town that doesnt even exist on maps in the middle of nowhere.</p><p>Assisting in over 20 reconstructive surgeries, Ulloa and Caro served as instrument technicians as they immersed themselves in the Tarahu-mara language and devout Christian culture. </p><p>We would pray before each surgery that the operation would be success-ful, Ulloa said. The people of that community really appreciate what they have. It made me realize how much I have and how lucky I am.</p><p>STUDENT ACTIVITIES</p><p>SON IN JAPAN</p><p>This summer, four students from the School of Nursing partici-pated in a cultural exchange with the Itabashi Chuo Nursing School of Tokyo, Japan. Joi Ballard, Omar Lopez, Edna Rodriguez and Jesus Reyes spent six days network-ing with 120 students from Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Colorado and Hawaii. </p><p>The experience made them real-ize how important it is to clarify a patients cultural background so that they can attend to their needs. Diane Rankin, clinical instructor and coordinator of SON in Japan, said the students also gave a Power Point presentation describing the University of Texas at El Paso and our communitys rich heritage.</p><p>Joi Ballard said the trip to Japan helped them understand how caring, kindness and respect are virtues that people around the world have in common.</p><p>Activiities</p><p>TCaro, along with UTEP clinical nurs-ing instructor Jose Blanco, teamed up with nine other medical profes-sionals from the United States and Mexico as part of an international surgical team. The team traveled four hundred miles south of El Paso to the remote Copper Canyon region </p><p>Assisting in over 20 reconstructive </p><p>RURAL NURSING</p><p>Students who signed up for a three-hour elective course in rural health nursing had the exciting opportunity to study in the Big Bend Region including the Presidio, Jeff Davis and Brewster counties. While in Brewster, the students focused on completing a community assess-ment followed by determining how to best utilize the information in order to affectively provide care to those residing there.</p><p>During their visit to Big Bend, students participated in activities such as the identifi cation of com-munity strengths and weaknesses, population and culture-based health planning, said Velma Edmonds, DNS, RN, coordinator of Rural Nurs-ing. The method of teaching during this summer course was storytelling, discussion, observation and evi-dence-based practice. </p><p>The group of students attending the summer session also got the oppor-tunity to have some fun while visiting the McDonald Observatory, Big Bend National Park, Marfa Lights and Sul Ross University.</p><p>University of Texas at El Paso and our communitys rich heritage.</p><p>Joi Ballard said the trip to Japan helped them understand how caring, kindness and respect are virtues that people around the world have in common.</p><p>MEXICO</p></li><li><p>6</p><p> TH</p><p>E U</p><p>NIV</p><p>ERSI</p><p>TY O</p><p>F TE</p><p>XAS </p><p>AT </p><p>EL P</p><p>ASO</p><p> SC</p><p>HO</p><p>OL </p><p>OF </p><p>NU</p><p>RSIN</p><p>G</p><p>NIH RESEARCH ACTIVITIES</p><p>Nelda Martinez, PhD, RN, has fi ve current and two pending projects that focus on the prevention and management of diabetes among Mexican Americans. Her NIH project titled, Adapting Instruments for Hispanic Diabetes Outcomes focuses on Spanish language and literacy for Mexican Americans. With diabetes education aimed for optimal patient self-care, reliable and valid Spanish- language measures are critically important for those who only, or primarily, speak Spanish. Dr. Martinez said, I am exploring the risk of Alzheimers disease along with vascular dementia as they may affect the cognitive functional status of Mexican-Americans. If there is an association, then the question is how to optimize patient learning in diabetes education. </p><p>Dr. Tom Olsons two currently funded projects examine issues involving the cultural identifi cation, symptomatology, health concerns, coping mechanisms and quality of life of Mexican-origin adults in the border region with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). He and his research team, which includes Ms. Oriana Perez and Ms. Karla Horton, have enrolled 76 participants to date. This research is laying the groundwork for a subsequent study of a community-based, nurse-led intervention to decrease health disparities for Mexican-origin persons with OCD. Persons interested in taking part in the current projects can call 915-747-8317 or 915-747-8570. </p><p>Since 2004, Dr. Carolyn Adams has worked diligently to help prevent diabetes in El Pasos pre-dominantly Hispanic youth popu-lation. The study, funded by the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, is creating, implementing and evaluating a community-based program designed to reduce the risk of development of the disease in economically disadvantaged Mexican-American middle school students. According to Dr. Adams, middle school (preteens) is a time of physiological, psychosocial and cognitive change and openness in youth. Middle school is an ideal time for youth to learn healthy lifestyle behaviors to take into ad-olescence and adulthood. </p><p>Research/Awardees</p><p> PASO DEL NORTE AWARDEES</p><p>Carolyn Adams, EdD, MS, RN, CNAA,BC Robert Hoy III Distinguished Professor</p><p>Through another project fund-ed by the Center for Border Health Research, Paso del Norte Health Foundation, Dr. Leticia Lantican is striving to improve the lives of Mexican-American elders living with diabetes. The project, Self Empowering and Support Network Enhancement Program, or SESNEP, entails the develop-ment of a structured support group format focusing on self-empow-erment, social support and stress management strategies. By em-powering these individuals through participation in the SESNEP, the participants are expected to take a more active role in their diabe-tes self-management and increase their feelings of well-being, said Dr. Lantican. </p><p>Leticia Lantican, PhD, R.N.Associate Dean of Academic Affairs</p></li><li><p> 7</p><p>THE U</p><p>NIV</p><p>ERSITY OF TEXA</p><p>S AT EL PA</p><p>SO SC</p><p>HO</p><p>OL O</p><p>F NU</p><p>RSING</p><p> Workforce Diversity Grants at Work</p><p>The Recruitment and Retention of Hispanic Nursing Students, a grant from the Health Resourc-es and Services Administration (HRSA), has changed the lives of at least 42 nursing students at the UTEP School of Nursing dur-ing the past three years. Thus far, 23 students have graduated, and as of the spring 07 semester, all of them have passed the NCLEX on their fi rst attempt. In addition to scholarships and stipends, the grant provided personal and edu-cational guidance, workshops re-lated to study skills, library skills, writing, time management, and tutoring. Dr. Velma Edmonds said, It was a pleasure to assist students and watch them be suc-cessful. All of them will be great nurses.</p><p>Kris Robinson, PhD, FNP, RN, has her hands full with two graduate-level programs working to meet the needs of the underserved, predominantly Hispanic populations of West Texas. The Nurse Clinician Educator Program began in 2004 and is now present-ed completely online, offering the fl exibility many are looking for when considering gradu-ate-level work. The number of graduates has grown each year and four of the 13 whove graduated since May 2006 are currently teaching at UTEP, evidence that the program has and will continue to have a positive impact on educating future nurses.</p><p>In addition to the NCE program, Dr. Robinson is helping to prepare Family Nurse Practitioners with the help of the SUCCESS (Serving the Underserved: Cultural Competence Enhancing Success) Program. The grant provides funding for necessities such as faculty, consultants, and clerical and technical support staff. SUCCESS seminars provide students with requisite knowledge and skills to make complex de...</p></li></ul>