The University of Texas at Arlington School of Nursing
The Center for Hispanic Studies in Nursing and Health
September 1, 2008-August 31, 2009
Mary Lou Bond, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN, Co-Director
Wendy J. Barr, PhD, RN, CNE, Co-Director
Mission of the Center
Provide educational programs that assist health care providers to gain
knowledge and skills needed to deliver culturally sensitive and competent care Increase understanding of health through research of individual experience
and cultural meanings
Foster understanding between health care professionals and peoples of Hispanic origin
Promote interdisciplinary and inter-university collaboration to address bicultural issues facing health care professionals
Structure of the Center
The Center for Hispanic Studies in Nursing and Health is administered by two Co- Directors with the support of five Associates, an Advisory Council and a “work study” student from UT Arlington. Associates and Advisory Council members are individuals who have special interest and/or expertise in issues related to the health of the growing Hispanic population. As volunteers, they assume responsibilities for selected aspects of the work of the Center (see Appendix A for Organizational Chart).
Associates of the Center
UTA School of Nursing Associates
Mary Jane Ashe, RN, MSN, Assistant Director, Undergraduate Student Services Offices, assumes responsibility as liaison with the Hispanic Student Nursing Association and other student organizations
Dr. Donelle Barnes, Associate Professor, assumes responsibilities for identification and assistance with implementation of selected research projects
Dr. Ferne Kyba, Clinical Professor Emerita, assumes responsibilities for oversight of fund raising activities and collaborates with the UTA Office of Development to identifyappropriate sources for support of Center initiatives
Jose Alejandro, MSN, MBA, Faculty member at El Centro Community College and President, Dallas Chapter of NAHN, assumes responsibility for selected fundraising activities, primarily identification of community resources/contact persons
San Juanita Garcia, RN, BSN, serves as faculty for Medical Spanish continuing education courses
Advisory Council Members
Dr. Carolyn Cagle, Associate Professor, Texas Christian University, Harris School of Nursing
Dr. Carolyn L. Cason, Associate Dean for Research in the School of Nursing and Director, Center for Nursing Scholarship and Technology
Dr. Adela Gonzalez, Executive Director for the Center for South Texas Programs, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Dr. Casey Gonzales, Director of Multicultural Outreach and Assistant Dean of Students, UTA
Dr. Marygrace Hernandez-Leveille, Heart Hospital Baylor Plano
Dr. Suzan Kardong-Edgren, Assistant Professor, Washington State University Dr. Mary Elaine Jones, Brig. General Lillian Dunlap Professorial Chair in
Nursing, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas and Co-Founder, Hispanic Center
Sylvia Alonzo Rawlings, Director of the Center for Rural Health Outreach
Brenda Vidales, UTA international business major, assumed responsibility for clerical support and assisted with marketing and activities as needed. She graduated in May of 2009. Ana Sanchez, an accounting major, joined the Center on September 1, 2009. Ana has been a residential assistant at UT Arlington for the past two years and is knowledgeable about a variety of activities/resources on the campus and within the larger community.
1. Support research contributing to the knowledge base of health care issues relevant to the Hispanic populations.
One award of $1050 was given to Dr. Donelle Barnes, Associate Professor in the UT Arlington School of Nursing during the past academic year. Her study, entitled, “Mexican Immigrants’ Perceptions of Hypertension” is a phenomenological study that aims to describe the beliefs and experiences of Mexican immigrants with a diagnosis of hypertension as they live with and engage in their care for high blood pressure. The outcomes of this study will assist researchers in further correlation and intervention studies.
Dr. Barnes coordinated the second luncheon for faculty and students interested in research with Hispanic populations in the fall of 2008. Dr. Elizabeth Trevino presented secondary data and community research she had undertaken as a DrPH student at the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center. In the spring of 2009, Dr. Barnes invited Dr. Cheryl Anderson, a recipient of the annual Center’s research award, to present findings related to the “Psychological consequences of childbirth among Hispanic teens”.
2. Provide educational programs to foster increased understanding between health care professionals and peoples of Hispanic origin
Continuing Education Offerings:
1. The Travel, Study, Learn Program, a continuing education program for health professionals who wish to begin or refine Spanish language skills and learn about Mexican culture and health first hand, offered two travel tours to Cuernavaca, Mexico (January and May). The program was developed as a modified field experience and founded on the belief that achieving skill in communication across cultural
boundaries requires opportunities for the learner to reflect on personal beliefs and values as well as gain knowledge specific to a particular culture. Thirty-six continuing education units (Type I) are awarded through the American Nurses
Association Credentialing Center. A total of 12 persons participated during 2009. The May 2009 trip was cancelled in compliance with the University of Texas System ban on unnecessary travel to Mexico during the May swine fluepidemic.
2. Communication with Spanish Speaking Clients (Medical Spanish) was marketed but not offered during the 2008-2009 academic year due to lack of sufficient enrollment numbers.
Endowed Hispanic Lectureship
3. Plans for the 3rd Endowed Hispanic Lectureship began during the 2008-2009 academic year. The 3rd lecture will be held during Hispanic Heritage month from September 15-October 15, 2010 with a focus on Research, Education and Practice in a Diverse Global Community. Dr. Beverly Malone, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National League for Nursing (NLN) will be the distinguished lecturer. The
lecture, scheduled for Friday, October 15, 2010 will be followed by a response and discussion and a reception.
In collaboration with the Center for Hispanic Studies in Nursing and Health’s lecture, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) will hold a national Leadership Summit the following day, Saturday, October 16, 2010. STTI leaders, speakers and participants from the Summit will be invited to join the free lecture and reception on the 15th
3. Maintain/expand collaborative partnerships with interdisciplinary and university groups.
Collaborative partners include:
Universidad Internacional, Cuernavaca, Mexico (since 1991)
University of North Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health Hispanic Health Coalition
Sigma Theta Tau International and Delta Theta Chapter
Representation of Co-Directors and Associates in organizations dedicated to Hispanic issues:
Jose Alejandro serves as Dallas Chapter president of the Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN).
Drs. Donelle Barnes and Mary Lou Bond are members of HISPA, the Hispanic Health Professionals Association.
Dr. Donelle Barnes is Chair of the Board of Mission Fort Worth which provides primary health care for uninsured Hispanics. She also served as a volunteer and interpreter at the Tarrant County Hispanic Wellness Fair in Fort Worth in August, 2009.
Dr. Wendy J. Barr is an Associate Member of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN), and attended NAHN’s 34rd Annual Conference in San Antonio in July, 2009.
Dr. Mary Lou Bond is an Associate Member of NAHN and attended the 34th Annual Conference in San Antonio in July, 2009.
4. Provide resources on Hispanic health issues to health care providers
The Center has traditionally housed selected books, magazines and tapes for use
by faculty and students. A recent inventory of all book and resource holdings was completed this summer and will be made available to faculty and graduate students during Hispanic Heritage month.
Other activities, 2008-2009
1. Participation in the annual Hispanic Wellness Fair, Fort Worth, TX, August 1, 2009. The Fair provides screening for over 15,000 persons each year and is used as a vehicle for recruiting Hispanics into the nursing programs at UT Arlington.
2. Participation in Viva Dallas on August 8, 2009. Viva Dallas is a community event focusing on Hispanic issues/events and serves as a venue for recruitment of Hispanics into nursing. Two students from the summer course, “Enhancing Nursing Practice and Safety with Hispanic Patients Through Better Communication” (Medical Spanish) represented the Center.
3. Financial support awarded ($1050) to Dr. Donelle Barnes for initiation of research study.
4. Research Studies
Although not directly sponsored by the Center for Hispanic Studies in Nursing and Health, several individuals have been involved in research projects related to Hispanic issues:
Barr, W. Relationships between Hardiness, Stress, Perceived Institutional Support, Perceived Social Support and Progression of Minority Students in a MSN Program (Co-Investigator)
Bond, M.L. Relationships between Hardiness, Stress, Perceived Institutional Support, Perceived Social Support and Progression of Minority Students in a MSN Program (Principal Investigator)
Bond, M. L. Relationships between Study Abroad Goals, Personal Adjustment, Language Acquisition and Cultural Learning, Principal Investigator with Dolores Aguilar.
Bond, M. L. Evaluation of the Content Validity of the Institutional
Self-Assessment for Factors Supporting Hispanic Student Retention (ISA) and Health Care Profession Education Program Self-Assessment (PSA). Principal
Investigator. $1500 from the Texas Organization of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Education (TOBGNE).
Bond, M.L. Evaluation of the Content Validity and Reliability of the Institutional Self-Assessment for Factors Supporting Hispanic Student Retention (ISA) and Health Care Profession Education Program Self-Assessment (PSA). Co-Principal Investigator. $11,636 to be awarded from the National League for Nursing, Sept. 25, 2009.
Cason, C. L. Evaluation of the Content Validity of the Institutional
Self-Assessment for Factors Supporting Hispanic Student Retention (ISA) and Health Care Profession Education Program Self-Assessment (PSA). Co-Investigator). $1500 from the Texas Organization of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Education (TOBGNE).
Cason, C. L. Evaluation of the Content Validity and Reliability of the Institutional Self-Assessment for Factors Supporting Hispanic Student Retention (ISA) and Health Care Profession Education Program Self-Assessment (PSA). Co-Principal Investigator. $11.636.00 to be awarded from the National League for Nursing, September 25, 2009.
5. Publications related to Hispanic issues
*Bond, M. L., Gray, J., Baxley, S., Cason, C.L., Gray, J. & Denke, L. (2008). Voices from Hispanic students in Baccalaureate Programs of Nursing. Nursing Education
Perspectives, 29(3), 136-142.
*Bond, M. L., Cason, C.L. Gleason-Wynn, P., Gray, J., Ashwill, J., Coggin, C., Lopez, M., Trevino, E., Moon, M., Denke, L. & Baxley, S. (In Press). Finding and Keeping Diversity in your Program: Hispanics in the Health Professions. In Hispanic Voices, National League for Nursing.
*Cason, C.L., Bond, M. L., Gleason-Wynn, P., Coggin, C., Lopez, M., & Trevino, E. (2008). Perceived barriers and needed supports for today’s Hispanic students in Health Professions: Voices of seasoned Hispanic healthcare professionals. Hispanic Health
Care International, 6(1), 41-50.
6. Presentations related to Hispanic issues
Ashe, M. J. “Destination: Nursing School – Engaging High-School Students to Pursue Nursing Issues in Health Disparities”. Poster presentation at the 34th Annual National Association of Hispanic Nurses Association, San Antonio, July, 2009.
Ashe, M. J. “Diversity in Healthcare Programs”. Access to Health Care for Underserved Populations-A Binational Health Week Symposium for Health Professionals and Health Profession Students, Oct. 2008. Arlington, TX. Co-Presenter.
Ashe, M. J. “Closing the Gaps: Recruitment, Retention, and Completion Strategies”. Making it Across the Stage: Admissions, Retention, and
Graduation Challenges. SREB Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing, Atlanta, Oct. 2008.
Barr, W. J. “It’s not a Melting Pot - It’s a Salad Bowl: Preparing Nurses in a Multicultural Society.” Cowtown/Metroplex Nursing Staff Directors’
Bond, M. L. “Health Disparities and Cultural Competence in the 21st
Century”. March of Dimes. Invited Nursing Module Reviewer. Feb. 2009.
Sylvia Rawlings provides on-going promotion of the Hispanic Center’s educational activities through distribution of marketing materials through the Rural Health Outreach Program.
Sylvia Rawlings continues on the Conference Planning Committee for the 2008 Bi-national Symposium for Health Professionals and Health Profession Students; facilitates provision of continuing nursing education contact hours.
Special appreciation is given to Delta Theta Chapter for a pledged contribution of $5000 for the 3rd Endowed Hispanic Lecture in 2010.
Congratulations to Dr. Carolyn Cason, member of the Hispanic Center Advisory Board, upon her election to the Academy of Distinguished Teachers, University of Texas at Arlington.
Congratulations to Brenda Vidales, work study student in the Center for the past two years. Brenda graduated with a BA in International Business in spring of 2009.
Plans for 2009-2010.
1. Continue major fund drive to increase the Center for Hispanic Studies in Nursing and Health Endowment to $100,000.
2. Continue the Travel, Study, Learn Program with increased marketing.
Paid advertising in Heartland, Northwest, California, Southwest, and South Central July and September editions of Nurse Week
Advertising in regional newsletters of Sigma Theta Tau Advertising in AACN newsletters
Advertising in TNA Districts # 3 and 4 Newsletters
Brochures and general information via e-mail to “potential participants” distribution list
Brochures via e-mail distribution list to Directors of Nursing Education and Directors of Nursing in the DFW metroplex.
Brochures via e-mail to potential MSN and PhD students
Brochures included in packets provided at MSN and PhD student orientations Brochures placed in UG clinical faculty mailboxes for distribution to clinical
Brochures distributed to RN to BSN, MSN, DNP and PhD students Brochures provided (via Faculty Issues Committee) to faculty traveling to
Brochures on display at various recruitment booths (SNRS, NSNA and NLN)
New proposed marketing
American Academy of Nursing Newsletter
Brochures via e-mail to Dallas Critical Care Nurses Association distribution list
Brochures via e-mail to all TNA District presidents
Brochures via e-mail to Dallas NAHN Chapter distribution list
Brochures to the Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington Independent School District faculty/staff
Brochures via e-mail to all Texas Schools of Nursing
Brochures via e-mail to US Deans of Schools of Nursing, once list is generated
3. Participate in the Hispanic Wellness Fair (Fort Worth) in August, 2010.
4. Continue to develop partnerships with selected health/business groups interested in Hispanic healthcare
5. Continue semester by semester educational programs for faculty/graduate students interested in conducting research with Hispanic populations
_____________________ _____________________ Wendy J. Barr, Co-Director Mary Lou Bond, Co-Director