UHV nursing professor publishes paper

How can caring be expressed through the latest healthcare technology? That’s the question a UHV nursing faculty member answered for the first time in a recently published article.

Shainy Varghese
Shainy Varghese

For her article “Caring in Telehealth,” published in the December edition of the Journal of Telemedicine and Electronic Health, assistant professor Shainy Varghese interviewed 13 advanced practice nurses to find out how they conveyed caring when treating patients over the phone, through video conferencing or by other distance technology means.

“When we think about healthcare, we always think the nurses and doctors have to be by the patient at a touchable distance,” she explained. “In telehealth, the provider and the patient can be miles apart and sometimes can be in a different country.”

Varghese found that nurses conveyed caring by staying with patients, personifying the images they used and effectively communicating.

“The next step will be to examine patient perceptions in telehealth,” Varghese said.

As the School of Nursing continues to grow, its faculty will produce an increasing volume of original research, founding Dean Kathryn Tart said.

“We have such an amazing array of knowledge and interests in our nursing faculty,” Tart said. “I’m excited to see all the different research projects underway.”

The volume of original scholarship coming out of the School of Nursing will continue to increase in the near future, which will raise the prestige of the nursing programs and UHV as a whole, she said.

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

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