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GGHSON Assistant Professor to Represent Texas Nurse Practitioners

Assistant Professor Christina Blanco, D.N.P., has been elected as the North Texas state representative for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). In this role, Blanco will represent the Panhandle, West Texas and Dallas-Fort Worth regions.

“The AANP is the largest national organization for nurse practitioners, so it’s important to play an active role with them,” Blanco said. “Assisting regional directors with state events and initiatives is part of my role, but as a state rep, it is also crucial for me to help in developing legislative priorities.”

Since 2010, Blanco has provided testimony to various Texas State Senate committees, advocating for such issues as women’s health and indigent health care. In addition to advocating for important issues in health care, one of the AANP’s goals is improving access to NPs while improving NPs’ presence in health care.

Blanco’s one-year term begins at the close of the AANP 2017 National Conference in Philadelphia, which takes place June 25.

She is one of two Texas representatives. The Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing (GGHSON) assistant professor joined TTUHSC El Paso in 2016.

New TTUHSC El Paso Degree Positions Nurses for Leadership Roles

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) has approved a Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso). The degree will prepare nurses for positions in management and administration in the health care field.

The seven-semester program will be offered by the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing (GGHSON) and is set to begin in spring 2018. The part-time program will provide students a unique combination of online courses with on-campus intensive experiences. This differs from a similar M.S.N. at The University of Texas at El Paso that is in a completely online format.

“Traditional on-campus programs may be difficult for working nurses and while entirely online programs are flexible, they are not always effective in fully engaging students,” says Penny Cooper, D.N.P., R.N., assistant dean for graduate programs at the  GGHSON. “That’s why we’re going to offer a hybrid of the two formats, giving students the opportunity to experience and benefit from both learning environments.”

The program, which focuses on producing the nursing leaders of the future, was developed in response toseveral national reports, including the 2010 report issued by the Institute of Medicine (IOM). The reportemphasized the importance of nurses being full partners alongside physicians and other health careprofessionals, encouraging nurses to achieve higher levels of education.

To help achieve this national goal, the M.S.N. program will include leadership-focused courses to learn about business, finance, and policy, among others. This knowledge will ultimately prepare graduates to become decision-makers who can influence health care delivery in complex health care systems.

The degree will also provide unique interdisciplinary experiences not found anywhere else in the Paso del Norte region. Nursing students will learn from faculties of the nursing, medical and biomedical science schools. This inter-professional approach will prepare students to communicate effectively with a variety of professionals in future health care settings — an opportunity that can only be provided at a health sciences center.

“The GGHSON is the only school of nursing on the U.S.-Mexico border that resides in an academic health sciences center,” explains GGHSON Dean Jeanne Novotny, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN. “That means we provide our graduate students with a unique environment in which to study, and a framework for our graduates to be valuable contributors to any community or health care system, no matter where they decide to practice.”

Successful completion of the M.S.N. degree will lead to professional growth and employment opportunities. Graduates may seek positions such as charge nurse, manager, administrator, or chief nursing officer (CNO).

The degree was officially approved by the THECB April 20.

TTUHSC El Paso Sees Record Enrollment for Fall 2016

A record number of students have enrolled at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) this year to pursue degrees in medicine, nursing and the biomedical sciences.

TTUHSC El Paso has seen a significant growth spurt over the past year, going from 549 students in fall 2015 to 607 in fall 2016, an increase of 10.5 percent.

“It is exciting to see student growth at TTUHSC El Paso,” says Vice President of Student Services Kathryn Horn, M.D. “With this increase, I expect to see more service back to the community through student government activities and student organizations; I also hope that upon graduation, many of these students will help meet the health care needs of El Paso.”

The fall 2016 semester also marks the first time that all of TTUHSC El Paso’s academic programs are being offered exclusively through TTUHSC El Paso and not TTUHSC in Lubbock. Earlier this year, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) approved the university to offer a Master of Science and post-baccalaureate certificate in Biomedical Science.

Formerly, students in ethe biomedical sciences programs attended classes in El Paso, but officially earned their degrees and certificates from TTUHSC in Lubbock.

The first class of students in TTUHSC El Paso’s biomedical sciences programs begins its studies Monday, August 15 (M.S.) and Wednesday, August 17 (certificate).

For Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing (GGHSON) students, classes start Friday, August 19. Paul L. Foster School of Medicine (PLFSOM) students got an early start on Tuesday, July 5.

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