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Family Night
When: October 23, 2014
Time: 5:30pm
Location: El Gran Salon

For more information please contact Ileana Espinoza at 956-590-6892
The Department of Biomedicine at UT Brownsville and the School of Public Health - UTHealth -Translational Research Seminar Series - “Child Obesity in Texas:  SPANning Epidemiology to Health Education to Policy“ (SPAN= Survey of Physical Activity and Nutrition)
When: Sept. 26, 2014 at 11:00am
Where: UTSPH/RAHC building room N 1.130
UTPA ADVANCE Leadership Institute - Call for Applications
As part of UTPA’s National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE grant “Attracting and Nurturing Women Faculty at a Hispanic-Serving Institution”, we have established the ADVANCE Leadership Institute to enhance faculty and leadership development opportunities.​  Application Deadline - September 29, 2014, 5:00pm
Please note that this opportunity is for faculty women only. 
*Student/ Faculty Opportunities
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health - Request for Proposals: Mental Health Recovery-Oriented Research in Texas - The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health invites eligible organizations in Texas to respond to this request for proposals (RFP) to conduct mental health recovery-oriented research. Application Deadline - 11/12/14.  Read more... 
*Funding Opportunities 
Critical Care Nursing Quarterly (CCNQ) is looking for editors and authors for an upcoming edition on Geriatric Issues in the ICU. If you would like to contribute to this upcoming issue of CCNQ, please contact Kayla Hood or the issue editor - Dr. Amy Carney at their earliest convenience.   
Kayla Hood
Acting Research Assistant to Dr. Amy Carney, Graduate Program Coordinator, Assistant Professor, and Family Nurse Practitioner Program Coordinator at California State University San Marcos - School of Nursing
Cell: (760) 828 - 8045
​Dr. Amy Carney, NP, PhD, FAAFS
Graduate Program Coordinator
Assistant Professor & Family Nurse Practitioner Program Coordinator
California State University San Marcos - School of Nursing​
Office: (760) 750-7552
Fax: (760) 750-3646
Cell: (619) 559-8622

The deadline has been extended - manuscripts are due to Dr. Carney by January 1st, 2015.

*Student/ Faculty Opportunities
Responsible Conduct of Research Training
This training is intended to offer an overview of the topics related to responsible conduct of research, from research misconduct and relevant policies, to acceptable terms and conditions in collaborative research. 
There will be two sessions:
  • Sept. 22 from 10am - 11am
  • Sept. 23 from 10am - 11am
Location: BRHP 1.205
Contact: To sign up please contact Lynne at or 956-882-7731.
*Faculty Meetings/ Events
AMES HIGH A Continuing Education Company - CNE Required Courses
"Jurisprudence & Ethics" and "Caring for the Older Adult" - October 24, 2014
These CNE activities will satisfy the Texas Board of Nursing and legislative requirements that became effective January 1, 2014
view brochure here​ 
*Webinars/ Seminars/ Other Learning Opportunities​
Nurses Lounge - University of Texas at Brownsville has moved.
Nurses Lounge has made some new changes. Please update your bookmarks and login to your profile, you need to update/change your password

When you first login to the new Nurses Lounge site, enter your email address and click on forgot password? and follow the directions to reset your password. You may use your same password as before or change to a new one.

You will receive an email with a link to reset your password to the new Nurses Lounge site. If you have any questions, please contact Melinda Munoz (

Click here to go to the new NursesLounge website:
Faculty and Staff meetings Fall 2014 Schedule
*Faculty Meetings/ Events
The Texas Workforce Commission has published Request for Proposal, Nursing Mentorship Program on the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Electronic State Business Daily website. Open date: 9/5/14
*Student/ Faculty Opportunities​
Please join family, friends, coworkers, students and all who loved and revered Dr. Luis Colom for a special naming ceremony. August 22, 2014 - 11:00am

Luis V. Colom, M.D., Ph.D., was Vice President of the Division of Research and Dean of the College of Nursing and Dean of the College of Biomedical Sciences and Health Professions. He lost his battle with cancer on Thursday, March 27, 2014. His department’s success created the need for even more research labs; in 2009 he wrote the federal grant to seek additional funding for what eventually became Biomedical Sciences and Health Professions Building II. This building will now bear his name.​

College of Nursing Hosts Bachelor of Science in Nursing Orientation for the first class of traditional BSN students.
The orientation will highlight textbook purchases, nursing and rehabilitation clinical opportunities, student safety, academic advising, library resources and other topics.
Students interested in the four-year degree took the pre-nursing courses Pathophysiology, Fundamentals of Nursing and Pharmacotherapeutics during the 2013-14 academic year at the College of Nursing. Upon completion of the courses, students applied to be a member of the first 50-student cohort to take classes for the bachelor’s degree in nursing. The Texas Board of Nursing approved the university’s new degree in July 2012. 
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI)
Seeking full-time college undergraduate students who are interested in participating in the 2015 Spring Congressional Internship Program. Selected individuals will receive an unmatched experience learning first-hand about our nation’s legislative process working for a member of Congress, as well as stipends, housing and round-trip airfare. 
Application Deadline - November 7, 2014​
Students of ALL majors that have an interest in the development of public policy and who have demonstrated leadership abilities should apply.  Forward this message to friends and family who may be interested in becoming a future Latino leader! 
*Student/ Faculty Opportunities
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Advancing Nursing: Update on Campaign for Action
On Friday, August 1 from 12:15-1 p.m. EDT, join Susan Dentzer, senior policy adviser to the Foundation, for a live discussion on a major nationwide campaign to advance nursing’s role in the health care system.​ Read more...
*Webinars/ Seminars/ Other Learning Opportunities
Texas Nursing Association: APRN News from TNA
July 21, 2014 - Read more...​
M.E.N.D. (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It!) 
The MEND Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire children, families and adults to lead and sustain fitter, healthier and happier lives.
The Jackson Laboratory offers online physician CME training for family cancer risk assessment
Now available online - JAX Genomics Education: Family History for Cancer
 Risk Assessment 
Testing & Management​
*Webinars/ Seminars/ Other Learning Opportunities
Khan Academy, AACN, Jonas Center Launch Online Learning Materials for Future Nurses, Health Professionals
NEW YORK, June 17, 2014 – The Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare (Jonas Center), Khan Academy, and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) are pleased to announce that 55 new healthcare lessons in 9 topic areas are now available online to supplement the learning of healthcare students, practitioners, and patients worldwide. ...The first wave of this innovative content is now available for free on the Khan Academy website. 
This new resource will be of particular interest to nursing students preparing for the national licensing exam – the NCLEX-RN® – since 158 sample exam questions are now included among the material posted. 
*Webinars/ Seminars/ Other Learning Opportunities​
Opening Day at the Smart Hospital in Harlingen, TX.
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STATS WHISPERER Webinar - "How to Assess a Statistical Research Study" by William Bannon

STATS WHISPERER Webinar - "Binary Logistic Regression, You, and Neil Diamond" by William Bannon
There have had several requests in the last few weeks to make available some instruction on Binary logistic regression. Therefore, we have posted our webinar "Binary Logistic Regression, Neil Diamond, and You"

The Brownsville Herald - "Finding a legacy - Local professor uses settlement for scholarships​"
Dr. Eloisa G. Taméz is establishing a scholarship endowment in honor of her late parents using a portion of the settlement she received from the U.S. Government for constructing the 18-foot fence that cuts her property in two.
*Interesting Reading
Congratulations to The University of Texas at Brownsville 
Bachelor of Science in Nursing for Registered Nurses (RN-BSN) program stands out as one of the Universities in Texas making significant strides to meet the IOM recommendation for 80% of nurses to obtain the BSN by 2020! 
UTB has significantly increased their RN-BSN enrollments and their RN-BSN graduations over the past 2 years!!
2013 Texas Nursing Workforce data show:
47.8% of Texas Nurses hold a ADN or Diploma
52.2% of Texas Nurses hold a BSN or higher
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Assessment of Expanding Community College Baccalaureates in Texas
Many College of Nursing faculty were involved in the Rand Corporation’s Assessment of Expanding Community College Baccalaureates in Texas. The Draft Findings were reported to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.  The webinar can be viewed at : . To view the slides from that webinar click here. ​ 
*Webinars/ Seminars/ Other Learning Opportunities
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
Dr. Eileen Breslin
Dr. Eileen Breslin from UTHSC San Antonio Assumes Presidency of AACN​
Rio Grande Valley Breastfeeding Coalition Annual Conference
A Call to Action: Breastfeeding Works and it Matters - August 14, 2014


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The American Nurses Association and The International Council of Nurses (ICN) - Call for Ab​s​tracts for the ICN Conference to be held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, June 19-23, 2015. With the theme "Global Citizen, Global Nursing," the ICN 2015 Conference will provide a global platform for the dissemination of nursing knowledge and leadership across specialties​, cultures and countries.
Call for abstracts. Deadline Oct. 7, 2014
Contemporary Forums - Elsevier Faculty Development Conference
Conference Dates: Jan 3-6, 2015 
Scottsdale, AZ
Live webcast Dates: Jan 4-6, 2015
Call for abstracts. Deadline Nov 15, 2014
3rd Annual Worldwide Nursing Conference (WNC 2015) ​- June 29th & 30th 2015 Singapore
Theme: Nursing Conference aims to explore advances in nursing practice, management and education in relation to health disparities as well as a breadth of other topics. 
Call for Papers- Deadline-Jan. 16, 2015
The 2014 International Symposium on Minority Health & Health Disparities
Transdisciplinary Collaborations: Evolving Dimensions of US and Global Health Equity
December 1 - 3, 2014
Call for abstracts. Deadline Extended: August 15, 2014

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