Welcome to the department of Nursing. Located in 136 Gooch Hall, the department has 13 full-time faculty members and more than 300 Nursing Majors.
Nursing is a profession for individuals interested in a lifetime of challenge. As a critical part of the health care system, nurses use skills in critical thinking, problem solving, and effective communication to assist individuals, families, and groups in attaining and maintaining optimal levels of health. Nursing requires a genuine interest in people combined with the ability to pull together knowledge from several disciplines and the physical stamina necessary to meet fast-paced demands. The wide variety of practice options including direct patient care, teaching, administration, research, case management, and marketing in hospital, community, education, government, industrial, and expanded practice settings allows great flexibility and mobility for graduates.
An individual holding a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and passing the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN) is eligible for licensure as a Registered Nurse. Employment as an RN is available with a new graduate employment rate of 100%. Position availability in specific practice areas varies according to geographic needs. Graduate and continuing education programs further expand employment opportunities.
The department of Nursing at UT Martin has a proud and successful history in educating nurses. The University now offers West Tennessee's only basic baccalaureate program in nursing at a public institution outside Memphis. Accredited by the National League for Nursing, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program is a four-year program which combines general education and nursing. Clinical nursing courses begin in the sophomore year. The program is open to all who satisfy the entrance requirements of the University and the department of Nursing. Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate is awarded the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree by The University of Tennessee and becomes eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam for licensure as a registered professional nurse.
The Student Nurses Association at UT Martin is the student branch of the American Nurses Association and is composed of students majoring in nursing who are interested in various nursing careers and experiences. Monthly meetings usually include speakers, films or other types of programs. SNA sponsors several money-making projects. Benefits available to SNA members include eligibility for the National Student Nurses Association Scholarships, nursing journals, access to nursing conventions, and meetings.
Any student majoring in nursing can join SNA by contacting a member for a membership blank and paying annual dues. All interested students are urged to attend meetings and consider joining SNA.
For more information please contact the department:
Mary Radford, Ed.D, RN, CNOR
Assistant Professor & Department Chair
Department of Nursing
The University of Tennessee at Martin
Martin, TN 38238