Jeanne Novotny, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.
Founding Dean of the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing
About the Office
The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing (GGHSON) was launched through the generous donation of $10 million by the Hunt Family Foundation in 2010. The school was named Gayle Greve Hunt in honor of the well-known El Paso, Texas stakeholder Hunt family, in acknowledgement of their extraordinary gift. The GGHSON received initial approval from the Texas Board of Nursing and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in 2011. It is anticipated that it will receive accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education upon a successful survey site visit in September of 2012.
The GGHSON has the following two tracks in its undergraduate program:
- Traditional Bachelor of Science Nursing (BSN) Track
- Second Degree BSN Track
Hybrid, web-based teaching strategies are utilized in both Tracks to deliver didactic content. Clinical Lab Simulation practicums are provided to GGHSON students at the TTUHSC Education Building at 415 E. Yandell. It is anticipated that a state-of-the-art building for the GGHSON will be constructed in the near future, immediately adjacent to the TTUHSC Paul L. Foster School of Medicine within the Medical Center of the Americas in the near future.
The GGHSON responded to a severe and chronic nursing shortage in the greater El Paso, Texas region by admitting its first class of 37 Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Track students in the fall of 2011. The demographic composition of this class mirrors that of the residents of El Paso, Texas as demonstrated by an 80% Hispanic student representation. The first class of 31 Second Degree BSN Track students was admitted in the spring of 2012. This class has student representation from several Texas regions. The GGHSON is geographically situated directly on the US-Mexico border and works closely with the students and faculty of the TTUSHC Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. This relationship postures the GGHSON to become the gold standard for evidenced-based nursing education in an interprofessional and binational context.
The GGHSON responds to critical El Paso, Texas region community healthcare service needs through its free-of-charge, drop-in Baby Café that promotes breastfeeding through peer support. The GGHSON Baby Café offers support to breastfeeding mothers and families throughout the El Paso, Texas border region through an expert lactation consultant Faculty Associate. The GGHSON Baby Café mentored the establishment of a Baby Café in Cd. Juarez, Mexico, making it the first Baby Café in Latin America. Two more Baby Café's have been established in Mexico over the past six months, through the mentorship of the GGHSON Baby Café.
The Office of the Dean strives to provide superior infrastructure and representation for the faculty, students and staff of the GGHSON.
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TTUHSC is a component of the Texas Tech University System. The President of TTUHSC reports to the Chancellor, who is the Chief Executive Officer of the System. The Chancellor and the President are responsible to the Texas Tech University Board of Regents, which sets overall policy for the Texas Tech University System, Texas Tech University, and TTUHSC.