AUSTIN, Texas—Dr. Dolores Sands, dean of the School of Nursing at The University of Texas at Austin, has been appointed to two national committees involving nursing research and mass casualty education.
Dr. Dolores Sands, dean of the School of Nursing
Tommy Thompson, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, recently appointed Sands to serve on the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research of the National Institutes of Health. A major responsibility of the council is to review and make recommendations about grant applications to support biomedical research and research training activities.
The council meets several times a year at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. The council also is responsible for surveying the total research field effort in a field and recommends the action necessary to stimulate additional work.
Sands’ term begins immediately and ends in 2006. Before becoming dean of nursing in 1989, Sands was director of research at the School of Nursing.
“To be selected as a member of the council is a distinct honor recognizing Dr. Sands’ knowledge and leadership in the field of nursing,” said Dr. Larry R. Faulkner, president of the university. “Dr. Sands’ service on this important review council brings honor to her and to the university.”
Sands also will serve on the International Nursing Coalition for Mass Casualty Education, based at Vanderbilt University. The new coalition was established to educate nurses on how to administer to victims of a mass casualty event. It is comprised of a variety of national nursing, medical, military and educational experts.
Until now, said Sands, there has been no fully developed mass casualty nursing education program in the United States.
Sands recently attended a meeting of the coalition at the Nobel Training Center in Anniston, Ala. Also present were representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Domestic Preparedness Office, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the National League for Nursing, the American Nurses Association, the U.S. Air Force, the Navy Nurse Corps and the U.S. Public Health Service, among others.
For further information contact: Nancy Neff, Office of Public Affairs (512) 471-6504.