Time to Make It Happen

fb40-40 copyThe clock will be ticking!

Don’t let this time to make a difference pass you by!

On Tuesday, April 27, and Wednesday, April 28, the School of Nursing will again participate in “40 Hours for the Forty Acres” — a time-sensitive, campus-wide, blitz fund-raising campaign. And we’re asking you, a member of the LonghoRN Nursing Family, to rally in support of our School.

LonghoRN Nursing alums, faculty, staff, students and friends well know the value of spending TIME in learning the art and science of nursing. Your chance to make an impact on nursing education is coming!

During the 40 hours between 4 a.m. on April 27 and 8 p.m. on April 28, we need you to take the TIME to support one of the following areas of Nursing with a donation of any amount. We’ll be focusing on gifts to four areas and we hope that at least one of them will strike a chord with you. Every gift counts!

School of Nursing Wellness Center. For more than 20 years, the School of Nursing has put education and research into practice by providing direct health care services to the under- and uninsured of Central Texas. At two sites — the Family Wellness Clinic (just east of campus) and the Children’s Wellness Clinic (in Del Valle) — services are provided to more than 7,000 patients who make more than 12,000 visits to this medical home each year. In the clinics, students are afforded the unique opportunity to hone their skills and experience real-life, day-to-day issues related to health care on the front lines. Additionally, nursing faculty conduct research that enhances health and promotes wellness far beyond Central Texas.

Student Services. Student Services does it all! Scholarship administration and advising are only a part of the story, which includes student organization activities, enrichment events and professional development. Gifts made to Student Services during 40 for the Forty support career services for nursing students, including resume-writing workshops, mock interviews and job search seminars. Additionally, gifts will provide other enrichment events and activities like graduation, our AE-MSN Pinning Ceremony, the White Coat Ceremony, Honors Day, “Welcome Back to School” events, and Gone to Texas.

Area of Greatest Need – Did you know that if the University of Texas at Austin had to rely only on tuition dollars the university would be forced to shut down classes each year in early November? As recently as the 1980s, the state of Texas contributed nearly half of the university’s budget. Today the state’s contribution is 12%. In addition, new and technologically superior buildings are going up around the School of Nursing, and our building is showing its age. To keep up with a new medical school and teaching hospital, upgrades in our building are needed inside and out. Your gift could be the game changer in this equation. By contributing to the Area of Greatest Need within the School of Nursing, you can help enhance our facilities, increase our instructional technology capabilities, and enable our students to learn in the most innovative and appropriate educational spaces. Your gift will support students and faculty in their efforts to change the world!

Simulation and Skills Labs – The School of Nursing recently renovated the 4th floor Simulation Lab and Skills Lab area – and now we need to supply them with the most technologically advanced equipment and educational tools to provide students with relevant and innovative experiential learning. Funds raised for this area will support the purchase of everything from medical equipment to simulation mannequins, technical skills training modules to enhanced technology — all to provide our students with the most realistic simulation and skills experiences possible. The Simulation Lab is used for the practice of clinical performance in a realistic clinical setting – incorporating the use of standardized patients, human patient simulators and realistic simulated patient-care settings enhance student learning. The Skills Lab is used for technical nursing skills development in a setting similar to an open hospital patient ward.

As the cost of education continues to increase and the need for private support grows, every dollar helps ensure the future of this university and the School of Nursing. Together, all gifts — big and small — will help us reach our goal. Your participation is key.

So long for now and remember – take the time to make your gift. A lot can happen in 40 hours!

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—Andria Brannon

Screen Shot 2015-04-06 at 3.40.26 PMAndria Brannon, MS, JD, is director of development and external relations at the UT Austin School of Nursing. Her responsibilities include oversight of all external relations and fundraising activities of the School, including major gifts, endowments, grants, foundation relations, events, marketing/communications and alumni relations.

Previously, Andria served in various non-profit administration positions with The Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas, New Beginning Center, Inc., Children’s Medical Center and fulfilled a one year appointment as the research attorney for the Texas District and County Attorney’s Association. She’s currently involved as a volunteer with numerous agencies and causes including  the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, UT Elementary School, Oak Hill United Methodist Church, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Crime Victims Services Division and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing – Nursing Advancement Professionals. In her spare time, she hangs out in southwest Austin with her dog Ace, delights friends and family with her canning and pickling abilities, and reads like there’s no tomorrow.

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