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UT Tyler Air1 helicopter shows off nursing career options

Updated: Jun. 21, 2021 at 10:58 AM CDT
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - The Air1 helicopter landed on the UT Tyler Patriot Plaza to provide students information on a special nursing career option in a snazzy way.

KLTV’s Lexi Vennetti spoke with Kirk Calhoun M.D., President of University of Texas at Tyler. Calhoun said this is a way to celebrate bringing students back to campus this fall after the pandemic. Distance learning provided challenges including a lack of classroom hands-on experience.

Calhoun said “The University of Texas System has a 22 billion dollar budget and 15 billion of that is healthcare, which is why there was the expansion here and the UT Health East Texas. Because of that we’re getting a new medical school here and the nursing school will be expanding and the pharmacy school and other health programs.”

Calhoun said it it so important to have interactions like these because nursing is much more than science. “A lot of people know that medicine and nursing and pharmacy are sciences and we have to teach a lot of science, but there is also an art to it. And you learn the art by interacting with patients in every kind of circumstance.”

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