Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso is celebrating the Hunt School of Nursing’s 10-year anniversary in 2021. TTUHSC El Paso invites the community to participate in a year-long effort to celebrate the work of nurses and highlight the challenging conditions they often face in the workforce. In celebration, we invite you to get to know some of our Hunt School of Nursing staff who are shaping the future of health care for the Borderland. They are dedicated to excellence and committed to care.
This month’s highlight features Eduardo R. Servin, Ph.D., assistant program director for the Hunt School of Nursing.
A recent staff addition to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, Eduardo R. Servin, Ph.D., is implementing the new Puentes Hacia El Exito (Bridges Toward Success) program with the Hunt School of Nursing.
Puentes Hacia El Exito aims to increase the number of Hispanic Bachelor of Science in nursing graduates to address the critical shortage of nurses in Texas. The state is projected to face a shortfall of nearly 16,000 registered nurses by 2030, according to a 2017 report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The U.S. Department of Education has awarded TTUHSC El Paso a $2,997,739 federal grant through the agency’s Title V Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Program to provide $599,912 in annual funding for the next five years.
“I’m excited to work for the Hunt School of Nursing because I’m from El Paso,” said Dr. Servin. “I have a vested interest in making sure this grant succeeds because it will provide opportunities to our community.”
One of the main goals and objectives of the program is to increase the number of students at the Hunt School of Nursing. Dr. Servin intends to increase enrollment by strengthening existing relationships with local school districts, El Paso Community College, and community organizations like Project ARRIBA and the Desert Mountain Area Health Education Center. The grant also calls for increasing the graduate rate from 81.7% to 86.7% and stabilizing the National Council Licensure Examination pass rate to 90%.
“To try and deliver on these goals and objectives, we must develop our faculty development programs. This includes programs focusing on pedagogy and cultural competency to produce more graduate-prepared faculty who will provide quality educational experiences to Hispanic and underrepresented students.”
Support from the grant will be transformational for Hunt School of Nursing students and faculty, as well as the quality of health care in the Borderland. Currently, 75% of students from the Hunt School of Nursing are El Paso natives, fulfilling TTUHSC El Paso’s mission to create more educational opportunities for Borderland residents.
“These grants offer institutions of higher education seed money to create programs and expand educational opportunities to Hispanics and underrepresented students. They’re game changers,” said Dr. Servin. “It’s very exciting to be part of such an opportunity and to work with competent and creative people in a great institution like the Hunt School of Nursing.”
The U.S. Department of Education recognized TTUHSC El Paso as a Title V Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) in 2018, making it the second Health-Related Institution in the nation to receive this designation and the only one located on the U.S.-Mexico border— preparing the next generation of health care heroes, with 48% of students identifying as Hispanic.