EdD, MSN, RN
Founding Dean, University of Houston, College of Nursing
Sugar Land, Texas

Summary

Dr. Tart serves as founding dean and professor for the College of Nursing at the University of Houston. Her work in nursing education includes teaching at Victoria College, in Victoria, Texas, Texas Woman’s University in the Texas Medical Center where she coordinated the undergraduate program, and the Founding Dean for the University of Houston-Victoria. She was a Helene Fuld Fellow with American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and completed the HERS Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration at Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

Education

University of Houston
EdD
University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
MSN
Luther College
BA, Nursing and Scandinavian Studies

Professional Memberships

Date

Role

Committee/task force/special project

 

2014-2018

Member

American Association of Colleges of Nursing Governmental Affairs Committee (appointed)

2012-present

 

 

2008-present

  • 2010-2014

State Grassroots Liaison (SGL)

 

 

Member Dean

Secretary, Executive

American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Government Affairs Committee, Washington, DC (elected)

Texas Organization of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Education

2008-present

2018

2017

Member Dean

President

President-Elect

Texas Deans and Directors of Professional Nursing Programs

2005-2008

Member

 

 

Instructional Leadership Network, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Washington, DC

1987-present

  • 2013-2015
  • 2013
  • 2003-2004
  • 2002-2003

Member

President

Charter Member

Senior Counselor

Junior Counselor

Sigma Theta Tau International

Phi Chi Chapter

 

Beta Beta Chapter,

Beta Beta Chapter

1983-present

  • 2008-2012

 

  • 1996-1998
  • 1996
  • 1993-1995
  • 1992

Member

Nominating Committee Southern Region

Nominating committee

Board of Directors

President

Vice President

Texas Nurses’ Association

State wide office (twice elected)

 

District 20

District 20

District 20

District 20

1983-present

  • 2008-2010

Member

ANA Delegate

American Nurses’ Association

Elected state wide to represent nursing at the national level

Volunteer Activities

Date

Role

Committee/task force/special project

 

2016-present

2014

Trustee

Board Member

Good Samaritan Foundation Trustee

Fort Bend Medical Society

2012-present

Board Member

Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital Local Development Board

Research

Dean Tart research includes Advancement in Nursing Education in Nursing I and II (APIN) grant, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 

Publications

Articles

Reid, H., Tart, K., Tietze, M., Joseph, N., Carson, E. (2017). "Texas Team: Academic Progression & IOM Toolkit". Nursing Education Perspectives, 38(5). Distributed at the NLN Education Summit in San Diego (September 14-16, 2017)

 

Sportsman, S., Reid, H., Tart, K., Smitherman, L. (2014). Texas Academic Progress in Nursing (APIN): Building on the past to improve the future. Texas Nursing Voice, 8(2), 12-14.

 

Reid, H., Sportsman, S., Tart, K. (2013). Academic Progression in Nursing: A response to the Future of Nursing, Texas Board of Nursing Bulletin, 44(3), 4. http://www.bon.texas.gov/about/pdfs/july13.pdf

 

Tart, K. (2012). On Advocating as a Nurse. Perioperative Nursing Clinics, 7, 389-397. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cpen.2012.08.005 

 

Malecha, A., Tart, K., Junious, D. (2012). Foreign-born nursing students in the United States: A Literature Review. Journal of Professional Nursing, 48(5), 297-305.

 

Junious, D., Malecha, A., Tart, K., & Young, A. (2010). Stress and Perceived Faculty Support Among foreign-Born Baccalaureate Nursing Students. Journal of Nursing Education. Posted February 26, 2010. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20100217-02

 

Pine, R. & Tart, K. (January/February, 2007). Return on Investment: Benefits and Challenges of a Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program. Nursing Economic$, 25(1): 13-18, 39. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/555120

 

Ramirez, E., Tart, K., & Malecha, A. (2006). Developing Nurse Practitioner Treatment Competencies in Emergency Care Settings. Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, 28(4), 346-359.

 

Symes, L., Tart, K., & Travis, L. (2005). An Evaluation of the Nursing Success Program: Reading Comprehension, Graduation Rates, Diversity. Nurse Educator, 30(5), 217-220.

 

Northam, S. & Tart, K. (2004). Program Evaluation via Online Enterprise. The e Learning Developers’ Journal, April 19, 2004, 1-8. www.eLearningguild.com

 

Symes, L., Tart, K., Travis, L., & Toombs, M. (2002). Developing and Retaining Expert Learners: The student success program.  Nurse Educator, 27(5), 227-231.

Presentations

Presentations at Professional Meetings

International

Tart, K. (October 11, 2016). Family Nursing and the University of Houston College of Nursing, Swansea University, Swansea, Wales with Sigma Theta Tau International, Upsilon Xi at Large Chapter

 

Tart, K. & Hutchinson, S. (June 21, 22, 23, 2007). Estrategias para Lograr Afiliacion con Buen Exito en las Escuelas de Enfermeria. Universidad de Panama Facultad de Enfermeria Sede Veraguas. 1er Encuentro Internacional de Enfermeria. (presenter, refereed)

 

Tart, K., Symes, L., Travis, L., & Adamson, C. (November 2, 2003). Identifying Factors that Account for Disparity of Graduation Rates Among Diverse Students. Sigma Theta Tau, 37th Biennial Convention. Toronto, Canada. (presenter, refereed)

 

Travis, L., Symes, L., Tart, K., & Adamson, C. (November 2, 2003). Retaining Culturally and Ethnically Diverse Students: Administrative Issues and Program Strategies. Sigma Theta Tau, 37th Biennial Convention. Toronto, Canada. (presenter, refereed)

 

Symes, L., Tart, K., Travis, L., & Adamson, C. (November 2, 2003). The Nursing Success Web Site. Sigma Theta Tau, 37th Biennial Convention. Toronto, Canada. (presenter, refereed)

 

National

Reid, H., Tart, K., (April 9, 2013). Texas Team: Advancing Health through Nursing Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN). Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Community College Presidents’ National Meeting on Academic Progression in Nursing. Washington, D.C. (podium)

 

Junious, D., Malecha, A., Tart, K., Young, A. (September 27, 2010). Foreign-Born Nursing Students’ Perceptions of Stress. State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research The Council of the Advancement of Nursing Science, American Academy of Nursing, Washington, D.C. (refereed poster).

 

Pine, R., Tart, K. (February 25, 2008). The Methodist Hospital Nurse Residency Program Evaluation. University HealthSystem Consortium, Nurse Residency Program Meeting 2008 Performance in Excellence Forum, Dallas, Texas. (refereed podium presentation).

 

Pine, R., Tart, K., & Mason, C. (January 30-February 1, 2008). Keep Your Nurses: Outcomes Following a Nurse Residency Program. National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) 2nd Annual National Data Use Conference. American Nurses Association. Orlando, FL.  (refereed podium presentation).

 

Tart, K., Malecha, A., (November 29-December 1, 2007).  Predictors of Student Nurse Academic Performance: Influence of Health Status, Faculty Support, and Student Stress. American Association of Colleges of Nursing 2007 Baccalaureate Education Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana. (refereed poster).

 

Malecha, A., Tart, K. (November 29-December 1, 2007). Quality Research Methods: Developing and Maintaining a 4-year Student-To-Nurse Study. American Association of Colleges of Nursing 2007 Baccalaureate Education Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana. (refereed poster).

 

Igbo, I., Landson, M., Smith, I., Ryser, F., Sherrill, A., Tart, K., Hutchinson, S., Haile, B., Carroll, T. (November 29-December 1, 2007). Opening the Gateway into Nursing using Human Patient Simulation. American Association of Colleges of Nursing 2007 Baccalaureate Education Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana. (refereed poster).

 

Ryser, F., Sherrill, A., Tart, K., Hutchinson, S., Landson, M., Igbo, I., Carroll, T. (January 7-9, 2007), Opportunities in Nursing to Explore”: A “CANDO” Summer Nursing Recruitment Program for Minority High School and College Students (poster presentation). Mosby Faculty Development Institute 2007. San Diego, California. (refereed poster).

 

Tart, K. & Northam, S. (November 5, 2005). NEWTON: Nurse Educator Web-technology Outreach Network. The Professional Nurse Educator’s Group (PNEG) Conference. Houston, Texas. (presenter, refereed)

 

Schultz, R., Hutchinson, S., Tart, K., & Symes, L. (November 3-6, 2005). Nursing Success Program: Strategies that benefit all students (poster presentation). The Professional Nurse Educator’s Group (PNEG) Conference. Houston, Texas. (presenter, refereed)

 

Tart. K., & Symes, L. (November, 2004). Outcomes of the riskiest at-risk students: Retention and GPA. American Association of Colleges of Nursing Baccalaureate Education Conference. Sunny Isles Beach, Florida. (presenter, refereed)

 

Symes, L., Tart, K., Travis, L., & Adamson, C. (February, 2003). Reading comprehension: A predictor of student retention in a baccalaureate-nursing program. Southern Nursing Research Society, 17th Annual Conference. Orlando, Florida. (presenter, refereed)

Symes, L. & Tart, K. (November, 2002). The Nursing Success Program: Retaining Culturally and Ethnically Diverse Students.  American Association of Colleges of Nursing Baccalaureate Education Conference. Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (presenter, refereed)

Travis, L., Adamson, C., Tart, K. (November, 2002). Predictors of Successful Retention & Completion Of Undergraduate Nursing Students: A Basis for Program Augmentation.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing Baccalaureate Education Conference. Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

(presenter, refereed)

 

Symes, L., Tart, K. & Travis, L. (12/01) Retaining Nursing Students: The Student Success Program.  American Association of Colleges of Nursing Fourth Annual Baccalaureate Education Conference. Washington, DC. (presenter, refereed)

 

Tart, K. (9/23/01). Critical Thinking and the Nursing Care Plan: A Conceptual and Structural Validation of Factors Impacting Cognitive Outcomes. National League for Nursing, Educational Summit, Baltimore, MD (presenter, refereed)

 

Tart, K., (4/24/00). Critical Thinking and the Nursing Care Plan: A Conceptual and Structural Validation of Factors Impacting Cognitive Outcomes, American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. Research/Scholarly Paper- (presenter, refereed)

 

Tart, K. (4/28/00). Critical Thinking and the Nursing Care Plan: A Conceptual and Structural Validation of Factors Impacting Cognitive Outcomes. American Educational Research Association (AERA), New Orleans, LA (presenter, refereed)

 

Tart, K. (11/18-21/99). Critical Thinking as Reflected Through the Nursing Process in a Community College and its Impact on Student Achievement, (Poster, refereed)

Research/Scholarly Papers Chair- "Students Educational Aspirations and Social Class"

Research/Scholarly Papers Chair- "The Demands of New Roles in Higher Education" The Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) 24th Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX

 

State/Local

Tart, K. (October 26, 2017). Academic Progression in Nursing: A Workforce Perspective in Texas. American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, West Houston Chapter of AACN. Critical Care and Acute Care Symposium, “Why it Matters?” (invited key-note)

 

Tart, K. (August 8, 2017). Academic Progression in Nursing: A Workforce Perspective. HCA Gulf Coast Division. Nursing Retention Workshop, Houston, Texas. (invited)

 

Tart, K. (April 13, 2016). Academic Progression in Nursing: Our Way Forward. Texas Team, South Texas Region, The Future of Nursing: Building a Culture of Health, San Antonio, Texas.

 

Tart, K. & Reid, H.  (2014, 2015, 2016). Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN). Texas Association of Dean and Directors for Professional Nursing Programs, Bi-Annual Meeting – Spring and Fall meetings. Austin, Texas

 

Tart, K. (January 31, 2014). Panel discussion participant on strategies for NCLEX-RN pass rates. Texas Organization of Deans and Directors. Austin, Texas.

 

Tart, K. (September 19, 2013). Academic Progression in Nursing. High-Minded Imperatives in Nursing: A Hill Country Conference (Texas Nurses Association District 8). Kerrville, Texas (1CEU).

 

Reid, H. & Tart, K. (February 1, 2013). Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN). Texas Association of Dean and Directors for Professional Nursing Programs, Bi-Annual Meeting. Austin, Texas

Awards and Honors

She received the inaugural American Association of Colleges of Nursing Advocate of the Year award in 2009 for her work in advocating for nursing education.  She serves on the Government Affairs Committee for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in Washington, DC. She is past President of the nursing honor society, Phi Chi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.

The College of Nursing ranks in the top 5% of the nation with a 100% NCLEX-RN first time pass rate for 2015, 2016 and 2017. The first two graduating classes of Family Nurse Practitioners have a 100% first time pass rate on the national certification exam. The College of Nursing received the inaugural Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT into Diversity magazine in 2016 and then again in 2017. It is the only national award for diversity and inclusion in higher education.

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