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UH Moment: School of Nursing

“A nurse is there across the life span.”


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Professor Kathryn Tart is the founding dean of the School of Nursing, located at the University of Houston at Sugar Land.

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"Nurses touch every single person in our community, and we don't have enough nurses," she said. "That was part of the reason this program came into existence."

A nurse herself, she now is in the business of building the pool of nurses with programs for undergraduate, graduates, even for students with degrees in other areas.

"The ‘Second Degree BSN program' is for that student who is not a nurse but wants to become a nurse," Tart said. "That program combines two years of work into a 12 month program and at the end you can graduate and sit for the licensure exam."

The licensure exam is a national competency exam that all nursing students must pass to become registered nurses. The School of Nursing has had a 100 percent passing rate for two years running, placing the school in the top five percent of the nation.


Students also learn in the lab, which looks like an emergency room (in fact, its 27 beds can be used in a real emergency, if needed). The mannequins are adults, babies, toddlers, pregnant, having heart attacks and ready for other situations for students to experience. Everything is state of the art, from the bedside computers to the crash carts to the cameras that record student performance for review.

"They put what they learn in the classroom into practice in the lab and into a simulated environment," she said. "We can test them in a simulated environment, and we can do all of that before they even go into a hospital."


The School of Nursing partners with many health care and medical center entities, meaning students can later work in the same place they study and live.

"We touch people lives every day. We save lives every day and we make a difference every single day."

The UH School of Nursing is part of what's happening at the University of Houston. I'm Marisa Ramirez.

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