The Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing (SON) is located at the southwest tip of Texas in the city of El Paso, a more than 600,000 strong and growing metropolis whose sister city of Juarez has a population of more than 1.5 million. El Paso is the sixth largest city in the state of Texas and was recently named "Safest U.S. City" of cities with a population of more than 500,000 (Congressional Quarterly Press, 2010).
In October 2010, the Hunt Family Foundation donated a $10 million gift to the Texas Tech University System to develop the autonomous, fully accredited Texas Tech University Health Science Center (TTUHSC) Gayle Greve Hunt SON in El Paso. Gayle Greve Hunt is the wife of Woody L. Hunt, chairman of the Hunt Family Foundation and CEO of the Hunt Companies, headquartered in El Paso.
The GGHSON was established to counteract a long-term shortage of nurses who provide care to this medically-underserved area. The Gayle Greve Hunt School SON is committed to preparing nursing students to meet the challenges of todayÂ´s complex health care environment, enriched by an environment of interdisciplinary teamwork. The exchange between students in the SON and the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine programs provides insight into the world both disciplines will have to navigate as a team.
Another reason for the need for nurses, is an influx of approximately 36,000 U.S. Army service members assigned to Fort Bliss (located within the El Paso City limits) over the last three years. Many of these service members are female and will need maternal-child nursing care at some point. And many of the male service members have spouses and dependents of reproductive age. With the increasing shortage of baccalaureate-prepared nurses in Texas and across the country, the Gayle Greve Hunt SON is committed to preparing nursing students to meet the challenges of today's complex health care environment. (Click on Program Overview Tab for more information)
The Gayle Greve Hunt SON is committed to preparing nursing students to meet the challenges of today's complex health care environment.
In May 2013, the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing received full accreditation for its baccalaureate degree program from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The school admitted students in September 2011 under initial approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Board of Nursing before achieving voluntary professional accreditation through CCNE.
The CCNE is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the publicÂ´s health. A specialized/professional accrediting agency, CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate degree nursing programs, and post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs. CCNE has established a peer review process in accordance with nationally recognized standards established for the practice of accreditation in the United States and its territories. Accreditation by CCNE serves as a statement of good educational practice in the field of nursing.