A lively luncheon at the School of Nursing and Student Community Center saluted, teased and serenaded three departing senior faculty leaders. The distinguished careers of retiring Drs. Patricia Starck, Dorothy Otto and Nancy Busen total nearly 97 years of involvement and innovating in nursing education.
On February 2nd, Dr. Lorraine Frazier (pictured at left) – a Distinguished Alumna who earned three graduate degrees at UTHealth – will become only the fourth dean in the School of Nursing’s 42-year history. She succeeds Dr. Patricia L. Starck, who steps down after an unmatched 30-year tenure as dean and will continuing serving as UTHealth’s senior vice president for Interprofessional Education.
UTHealth School of Nursing alumna Brittnee MacIntyre (pictured at left with Dean Starck in Washington) shared her perspective on the Texas Gulf Coast Graduate Nurse Education Demonstration Project at a Jan. 21 Capitol Hill briefing hosted by the Alliance for Health Reform. The federally-financed project is seeking to increase the number of advanced practice nursing graduates by 64 percent over four years.
A retired professor and the first holder of the Isla Carroll Turner Chair in Gerontological Nursing, Dr. Linda Arterburn Kaeser (pictured at left), died Jan. 22 at her home in Portland, Oregon. She was 88 years old. “Her inspiration and contributions live on today and will into the future,” said UTHealth School of Nursing Dean Patricia L. Starck, PhD, RN.