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The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 with a bipartisan vote of 392-37! What does this mean for nurses?
  • Replace the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula for Medicare provider payment with an improved payment system that rewards quality, efficiency and innovation.
  • Create an incentive payment program, referred to as the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), which includes nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and certified registered nurse anesthetists.
  • Expand who can document the face-to-face encounter required for Medicare durable medical equipment prescriptions to include advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) and physician assistants, as allowed by state law.
  • Extend a 2 year reauthorization for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) - CHIP covers more than 8 million children and pregnant women in families that earn income above Medicaid eligibility levels. Authorization for this vital program is set to expire September 30.
  • Offer a 2-year extension of funding for Community Health Centers (CHC), the National Health Service Corps Fund (NHSC) and Teaching Health Centers
ANA applauds members of the House for working together to eliminate the SGR, protect CHIP and preserve funding for key public health programs. Repeal of the SGR has been a 12 year struggle, and now the ball is in the Senate's court.

We will need your help urging Senators to pass H.R. 2. Be sure to stay tuned for next steps!
Please join College of Nursing in congratulating Mr. Joe Lacher and Dr. Tracia Forman for their latest professional recognition. 
  • Joe Lacher, MSN, RN, NE–BC  was selected as a 2015 Top Nurse in Brownsville, TX by The International Nurses Association (INA). In addition to this acknowledgment, Mr. Lacher's biography is going to appear in Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare, recognizing Healthcare Providers of Excellence. A full color page in the nursing Section is devoted to members, highlighting their achievements, education and specialties.​
  • Tracia Forman, PhD, RN, CNE received a 1st place award in the Education Research Student Presenter Division at the Southern Nurses’ Research Society (SNRS) for the display of her dissertation work.  This purpose of this organization is to facilitate the production of the highest quality research in nursing in the region.  Acknowledgement by this organization is quite an honor. Good job! Well done! Tracia continues to be an energetic and participating member of UTB College of Nursing and will be a great asset for the future of nursing scholarship at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
College of Nursing BSN students working with Dr. Reininger of the University of Texas School of Public Health Brownsville Regional Campus in partnership with other local organizations to make healthier communities is highlighted in The Texas Tribune - Trib+Health.​

The Texas Tribune - The Q & A: Belinda Reininger - March 16, 2015
Belinda Reininger is a professor of health promotion and behavioral science at the University of Texas School of Public Health Brownsville Regional Campus. Reininger, in partnership with an active community advisory board in South Texas, has supported policy and environmental changes including tobacco-free ordinances, complete street ordinances, the building of bike trails, community gardens and farmers markets. Read more...
Full Practice Authority Bill​ - Texas House Bill 1885 has been filed!  This bill, in combination with Senate Bill 751, will grant Full Practice Authority for Texas NPs.  

Below are links to HB 1885, SB 751, as well as Texas Nurse Practitioners'  website where you may obtain more information and forms for communicating your support to your legislators.  Please take a few moments to contact your legislators in support of these important Bills.  

Please Support Full Practice Authority
Texas Nurse Practitioners has created this campaign to try and build support for HB 1885/SB 751 and by every account it is working.  Please take a moment and send a pre-written email to your state representative and to sign our petition in support of these two bills.  It takes no more than 30 seconds to complete the tasks.  Once you have successfully completed both tasks, please forward to your friends, family, colleagues, students, and anyone else you believe would be willing to support increasing access to care by passing full practice authority for advanced practice nurses.  Feel free to use the short blurb below which also includes a link to the petition/email domain.  What we have heard from the bill authors and other legislators is that we are causing quite a stir and building support to move the bills.  Please don’t delay.  Help us expand our reach so that we can make some real progress.

Please sign our petition to expand access to care by granting APRNs full practice authority. After signing the petition, please return to the site and send the pre-written message to your state legislator.  

UTPA Conference - Nursing Research Day - "New Nurse Turnover, Attitudes, and Work Preferences: A Closer Look at the Behaviors of the New Generation of Nurses"
Date: Saturday April, 18, 2015
Time: 8:00am - 12:15pm
Location: UTPA Campus ENGR 1.300

National League for Nursing - ACESXPRESS Free webinar - ACE.S Resources Overview - ​April 14, 2015 @ 3:00pm (ET)
ACE.S is your go-to-place for free geriatric teaching resources that help you be an excellent nurse educator, colleague, and nursing professional. Participate in this free webinar to learn more about the free resources available to you and implementation strategies for integrating the use of the ACE.S Knowledge Domains and Essential Nursing Actions.​  Read more...
"UTRGV scholarship deadline nears" - Valley Morning Star - HARLINGEN — With the creation of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, scholarship shopping has just become a lot easier. Students can now apply for most university scholarships at UT Brownsville and UT Pan American with one application​... Read more.

Deadline is April 15, 2015. 
*Funding Opportunities​​​
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month with April 10, 2015 designated as Wear Blue Day.  We want to work with the Texas Organization of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Education and have members wear blue on April 10th. 
Wear blue day  

As the number of Texas children being abused continue to rise it is important that everyone become involved.​

We would like to share with you some sad facts about an epidemic that is affecting the lives of America’s children.  More than three million children are reported as abused or neglected in America every year, with one million of those cases being confirmed.  And, sadly, over 160 children died in Texas alone last year from child abuse or neglect.

While these statistics are horrifying, there is hope.  We know that child abuse and neglect are preventable.  There is no reason for this many children to not enjoy a sense of security in the one place they should expect it most – home.  

By wearing blue on April 10, 2015 you will be making a statement.  With your help, we can stop this violence – and bring hope to America's children.  You can make a difference in the lives of our children. 


The brief presents projections for the supply and demand of registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical/vocational nurses (LPNs) for the entire U.S. in 2025. The brief also includes a summary of the importance of RNs and LPNs in the healthcare delivery system, types of services provided and the settings in which these professionals provide services.
Expanding Enrolllment in APRN Programs in Texas

TAB/Texas Team/TNA/CNAP APRN Legislative Initiative 2015 - TOBGNE Advisory Committee

Texas Team - A message to all Deans and Directors​
Congratulations Nurses for being The Most Ethical Profession for the 13th year in a row and once again topping the list of professions with the highest ethical standards in Gallup's 2014 survey on honesty and ethics.
American Nurses Association Declares 2015 the Year of Ethics​

UTB College of Nursing - Bachelor of Science in Nursing 
Class of 2016 Family Night 
October 23, 2014 at the Student Union El Gran Salon​
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UTHealth from Employee Health Services and Student Health and Counseling Services - Subject: Seasonal Flu Update​ 
Help your students reserve a seat at UTRGV - Students who are enrolled UT Brownsville for Spring 2015 who are in good academic standing will be automatically admitted to The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Read more...
The University Library is offering a series of instructional sessions​ each semester.These sessions serve as information literacy and supplemental instructional technology to assist your students to succeed in your classes. A sign-in sheet is provided for each session which can be sent to you via email if you wish to offer extra credit for your classes. The sessions cover learning the basics of library research, Refworks, Electronic Books (E-Books) and using Google Scholar.​ These sessions will be held at the University Libarary Instruction Lab 1.118

Learning Basic Library Resources for Research (Monday & Tuesday: 10am)
This workshop will teach you the basics of using the library to find information. This session is ideal for those new to college research and new to using the online library.​

Ready for Refworks? (Monday & Tuesday: 2pm)
Do you need to organize your research? Do you want to learn how to create bibliographies and reference pages? Then join us at Ready for Refworks? 

Google Scholar and You! (Wednsday & Thursday: 10am)
This workshop will teach you the basics of Google Scholar and how to use it to personalize and maximize your library research.

E-Books and Your Electronic Devices (Wednsday & Thursday: 2pm)
This session will cover how to download electronic books (E-books) on to your electronic devices. Please bring your tablets and laptops so that we may cover how to retrieve and download the electronic books. 

If you would like to schedule a library instruction session please visit​

For further assistance, feel free to contact
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:
​2015 Concept-Based Curriculum Conference - "Implementing and Evaluating the Concept-Based Curriculum" 
At the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown in New Mexico from January 5-7, 2015. Please note that the early bird registration has been extended to November 20, 2014, a savings of $40 per person! Read more...​ ​
​UTB - College of Nursing presents: Thesis Defense by MSN Student Edward Stiner “The Effects of Enhanced Discharge Education On Knowledge Retention In First Time Stroke/ TIA Patients”​
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 12th
Time: 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Location: BRHP 1.205
For more information: 956-882-5070​
We nee​d you!
What: Volunteer faculty and staff  to be "models" for focused assessment & Nursing process with pre printed scripted case studies for the Generic BSN students

Who: The UTB CoN Generic BSN Program needs nursing faculty/staff volunteers! 
When: Nov. 10 - 11, 2014
Where: LHSB 1.604

WHY: Students need real life patient practice with nursing process; assessment, NANDA, Plan, etc. 

Please donate at least two hours of your time and be a part of a nursing students educational journey! This will be scripted case studies you will be "modeling" unless you want to divulge real illnesses diseases. Your call! 
We will ask you lay/sit on the hospital bed for this experience. You may stay clothed. ​
Family Night
When: October 23, 2014
Time: 5:30pm
Location: El Gran Salon

For more information please contact Ileana Espinoza at 956-590-6892
Accessibility Awareness Week Celebration Set for October 20-24, 2014
The purpose of UTB’s fourteenth annual Accessibility Awareness Week is both to celebrate abilities and to remind the campus community of our shared responsibility to create an inviting and accessible environment for everyone.​..
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. 
Opening Day at the Smart Hospital in Harlingen, TX.
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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.
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
UTHealth - The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston - School of Biomedical Informatics
Biomedical 4 + 1 program - Info Session - June 25, 2014
Nursing was included in the Memorandum of Understanding in preparation for the possibility that our BSN students might be interested in the 4+1 and to begin to prepare for a collaborative Nursing Informatics graduate degree in nursing.  If you want to attend the luncheon you need to RSVP to Jeannette by June 20th for a lunch count.
Valley Regional Medical Center - Stroke Center Celebration
May 28, 2014
valley regional stroke center celebration
3rd Annual Behavioral Health Conference - Transforming Ourselves Through Mental Health and Wellness
May 22 & 23​, 2014 - Student Union Gran Salon
Nursing Scholarship Opportunity - 2014 - Apply today!
National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) Nursing Scholarship  – Deadline is 05/23/14​ ​ 
NAHN is a non-profit professional association committed to the promotion of the professionalism and dedication of Hispanic nurses by providing equal access to educational, professional, and economic opportunities for Hispanic nurses.  For more information please go to their website
Scholarship Criteria:
  • Must be an NAHN member enrolled in an accredited LVN/LPN, associate, diploma, bachelor’s and/or graduate nursing program.
  • Must have a min cumulative 3.0 GPA
​Scholarship Application can be found at:     
NLN Foundation for Education - Faculty Scholarships
Deadline to apply - May 14, 2014
Each year, the NLN Foundation for Nursing Education offers three to four scholarships to support the NLN’s mission to build a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the nation’s health.
national nurses week
National Nurses Week - May 6 - May 12
National Nurses Day - May 6
Free National Nurses Week 2014 Webinar - "Transforming Health Care Through Nursing Leadership" - May 7
BSN Information Session
May 1, 2014 - 11am @ Salon Cassia Discussion about the program admission requirements: pre-nursing courses, curriculum, immunizations, criminal background check, drug screen test, TEAS test, etc.​
December Graduation Application Deadline - May 1, 2014
In order to assure that graduate students graduating in December are cleared in a timely manner, those anticipating December graduation should apply for graduation by May 1st. The form must be signed by the Graduate Program Coordinator or the graduate faculty advisor who assisted the student with their Program of Study.
Please notify and/or remind your advisees, who plan to graduate, that the form is available at the Graduate Studies Office or on the Graduate Studies website​:
Hope Family Health Center
Mental Health Training Series
click here​ for registration form. $15 discount for early registration ends 4/17/14.​
HACU Health Disparities Research Training Program
Mini-Symposium in Genetics part 3
April 8, 2014

Mini-Symposium in Genetics part 2
April 3, 2014

Mini-Symposium in Genetics part 1
April 1, 2014
To watch the youtube video of part 1 of the Mini-Symposium click here.
Demystifying Teaching at UTRGV Series of workshops, informal eating/sharing sessions and discussions.
April 4,2014 - Demystifying Series - Demystifying the Visual quality of Materials We have the tools and they are easy! 
16th Annual UTB ​Research Symposium
April 4, 2014
utb research symposium
Research Week - College of Nursing
April 1, 2014 ​ - Pathways to Excellence in Nursing Research with Keynote speaker: Marygrace Leveille PhD, RN, ACNP-BC. 10:30am at Salon Cassia Main Building
Certified Nurses Day
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) on Computer Science And Its Applications​
In this Research Experiences for Undergraduates program, the students will have opportunities to do research in computer science and apply computer science to solve problems in the areas of cybersecurity, energy, healthcare, and space exploration.
Masters of Science in Nursing degree program receives US News and World Report recognition.
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS​  (January 8, 2014) - The University of Texas at Brownsville has been recognized by a nationwide magazine for its online education programs.


WASHINGTON, DC (June 27, 2013)—Dr. Nora Montalvo-Liendo, Associate Professor in the Master of Science in Nursing Program has been selected as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.  This is one of the most prestigious honors in the field of nursing.




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