Patient Care

50 Years of Excellence in Care and Community Engagement

Throughout the years, nursing students attain invaluable experience while providing health care services to patients in a variety of settings.

The School of Nursing is dedicated to promoting health as an act of social justice. This mission is carried out through patient care and community engagement in San Antonio, South Texas and beyond.

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50th Anniversary Timeline

Anniversary Timeline

50th Anniversary Timeline for the School of Nursing at UT Health San Antonio

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50 Years of Patient Care: Patients’ Interests Above All Else

THEN - Glen A. Halff, M.D., who established the first civilian liver transplant program in South Texas, performs South Texas’ first liver transplant in 1992.
THEN - Glen A. Halff, M.D., who established the first civilian liver transplant program in South Texas, performs South Texas’ first liver transplant in 1992.

Since opening its doors in 1968, teaching patient care has remained the main mission of the Long School of Medicine.

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Faculty, Students Provide Care after Harvey

Recent graduates Hannah Lovell (from left), Julieta Schmitt and Hannah George, all B.S.N., RN, volunteered in Rockport clinics during their final semester.

Hurricane Harvey made landfall the evening of Aug. 25, 2017, near Rockport, where maximum sustained winds were 130 miles per hour. The Category 4 hurricane left in its wake massive destruction of homes and buildings in this small coastal town and the surrounding areas.

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Compassionate Care Offered at Pride Community Clinic

Medical student Nathaniel Nevitt (center) and B.S.N. student Matthew Gutierrez (right) visit with a patient at the Pride Community Clinic which serves the uninsured and underinsured lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community.
Medical student Nathaniel Nevitt (center) and B.S.N. student Matthew Gutierrez (right) visit with a patient at the Pride Community Clinic which serves the uninsured and underinsured lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community.

The School of Nursing’s mission, values and vision specifically state a call to action for social justice, diversity, inclusion and advocacy. The recently launched Pride Community Clinic (PCC) personifies all of these and more.

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Understanding Social Determinants of Health: Promoting Health at Community Clinics

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Johanna Matos, M.S.N., RN, CPNP, clinical assistant professor, examines a young patient at the AVANCE Community Outreach Clinic, where the School of Nursing provides pediatric care.

As health care in the United States moves from hospital-based treat and release to patient-centered wellness care, the School of Nursing at UT Health San Antonio is strengthening community clinic partnerships and reemphasizing the impact social and behavioral determinants of health have on individuals in vulnerable populations.

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Understanding Social Determinants of Health: San Antonio Refugee Health Clinic

Nursing student Taylor Dramberger discusses a patient’s case with nursing and medical students, including Andrew Jeffery who is behind her to the left, during a faculty-led presentation before the weekly clinic opens to patients.
Nursing student Taylor Dramberger discusses a patient’s case with nursing and medical students, including Andrew Jeffery who is behind her to the left, during a faculty-led presentation before the weekly clinic opens to patients.

UT Health San Antonio operates the San Antonio Refugee Health Clinic (SARHC) in partnership with the Center for Refugee Services of San Antonio, a non-profit organization with a mission to promote the wellness, self-sufficiency and successful community integration of resettled refugees and their families.

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Understanding Social Determinants of Health: Healy-Murphy Center

Kathryn A. Parke, D.N.P., APRN, CPNP, assistant professor/clinical, exams a teenage patient at the nursing school’s clinic at Healy-Murphy Center, a non-profit organization providing teens an alternative route to high school diplomas.
Kathryn A. Parke, D.N.P., APRN, CPNP, assistant professor/clinical, exams a teenage patient at the nursing school’s clinic at Healy-Murphy Center, a non-profit organization providing teens an alternative route to high school diplomas.

The Healy-Murphy Center is a non-profit organization providing teens an alternative route to high school diplomas with an individualized curriculum, counseling, childcare and health services.

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Understanding Social Determinants of Health: AVANCE-San Antonio

Johanna Matos, M.S.N., RN, CPNP, cares for a preschool student at the AVANCE Community Outreach Clinic.
Johanna Matos, M.S.N., RN, CPNP, cares for a preschool student at the AVANCE Community Outreach Clinic.

AVANCE-San Antonio offers parent education and support programs in at-risk communities including enrollment in Head Start, a federally funded preschool program.

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Students Care for Veterans While Starting Nursing Career

Wesley Richardson, Ph.D., M.S.N., RN, CNL, VA/UT VALOR coordinator; Laura Martinez, B.S.N., RN, former VALOR intern; Sharon Millican, RN, associate director for Patient Care Services, STVHCS; Caleigh Cervantes, B.S.N., RN, former VALOR intern; Nancy Cuevas-Soto, RN, chief of nursing education, STVHCS; Marie Soppe, RN, internship preceptor, and Victoria Dittmar, M.S.N., RN, CNE, VA/UT VALOR coordinator, all worked together to make the new internship a success.

Two undergraduate nursing students had the opportunity to care for veterans when they participated in the VA Learning Opportunities Residency (VALOR) Program.

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A Smile for Sebastian

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Pediatric dentists Junghi Alexis Liu, D.D.S., M.S., and Maria Jose Cervantes Mendez, D.D.S., M.S., started caring for Sebastian Medrano at 10 days of age.

Pediatric dentists lead families through cleft lip and palate journey. Newborns often see dentists before they even go home from hospital.

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Endodontics: A Resource for Dentists

The UT Dentistry Endodontic Practice offers specialized treatment with state-of-the-art techniques and equipment.

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