MARTIN, Tenn. – A ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 28 will officially open the new West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation Nursing Wing at the UT Martin Parsons Center. The event is set for 10:30 a.m. at the center located at 975 Tennessee Avenue North in Parsons. The public is invited.
University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro, UT Martin Chancellor Tom Rakes, local and state elected officials and university nursing faculty members are expected to join Parsons Center students and others for the ceremony. Dr. Kelli Deere, Parsons Center director, will lead the event.
Initial funding for the expansion was included in the 2013-14 budget proposed by Gov. Bill Haslam and approved by the Tennessee General Assembly. A $1 million appropriation was made to build a 10,000-square-foot addition to the current facility. The addition includes classrooms, a skills laboratory and a high-fidelity computerized simulation laboratory.
The expansion plans received an added boost when the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation also made a $1 million commitment to the project.
The Parsons Center will have openings for up to 30 students annually for the program. BSN program graduates will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses and obtain licensure as registered nurses. The university recently announced that nursing graduates in the class of 2014 achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX-RN.
“We are pleased to expand nursing education opportunities at the Parsons Center,” said Dr. Tom Rakes, university chancellor. “The most recent nursing licensure examination pass rates reflect that UT Martin nursing graduates are among the best in Tennessee. This expansion will help to increase the number of highly qualified nurses for the region.”
Nursing students at the Parsons Center will receive the same experience as those students enrolled at the Martin campus. The program works with health-care facilities across the region to provide three years of clinical experience for its students. Similar programs at other institutions offer only two years of clinical experience.
The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing recommended reaccreditation for the UT Martin Department of Nursing in June. ###
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PHOTO CAPTION – Workers are putting the final touches on the new West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation Nursing Wing at the UT Martin Parsons Center. A ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the expansion is set for 10:30 a.m. at the center located at 975 Tennessee Avenue North in Parsons. The public is invited.