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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