The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

The University of Texas Houston Retiree Organization


October Health Symposium


Vaunette Fay, Ph.D., RNC, FNP, GNP, head of the Division of Gerontology at the UTHSC-Houston School of Nursing and Associate Director for Education at the UTHSC-H Center on Aging.  She is a certified family nurse practitioner and a gerontological nurse practitioner, teaching gerontological nursing at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and is currently working with an Alzheimer's Day Care Center.  Her research interests include the impact of co-morbidity on physical functioning in older adults and the competency level of nurses working in long term care.

Elda Ramirez, Ph.D., RN, FNP-C, FAANP, developed the SON animal lab which enables students to learn life-saving procedures; she established the first cadaver lab for the School of Nursing.  She created ties with emergency medicine departments and physicians through educating the physician about the advantages of having an emergency nurse practitioner with the extensive skill acquired clinically in the program.  She spends 60% of her time at the university in clinical practice in five facilities.  Many of these facilities are also used for student clinical sites.

Jean Garza, a staff member from the School of Dentistry, has brought us new information for at least 5 or 6 years and also brings goodies such as brushes, floss, etc.