Dr. Poldi Tshirch, Director of Nursing Program

Dr. Poldi Tschirch, Director of Nursing Program Development, assists the University of St. Thomas in re-establishing the School of Nursing.  Dr. Tschirch came to UST from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, where she has held leadership roles in the School of Nursing, The Telehealth Center and as Director of Nursing Informatics for UTMB Hospitals and Clinics Nursing Department.

Hiring Tschirch as director was part of the University’s first phase of the three-phase startup that includes plans to raise $20 million to build and endow the School, prepare for accreditation and begin faculty and student recruitment. In phases two and three, the University plans to enroll the first class of nursing students by 2012, and hopes to dedicate a permanent life sciences facility on campus.

Tschirch earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Salve Regina College in Newport, Rhode Island in 1974, a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas School of Nursing in Galveston in 1983 and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in 1992.

“I believe that University leaders have made a wise choice in electing to reopen the nursing program at this time. The current nursing shortage, both nationally and in Texas, is expected to increase significantly by 2020 unless the capacity of the nursing education system to produce the graduates needed for the nursing workforce is increased.  The University provides many advantages that specifically address this demand – its fine reputation, the quality of its original nursing program, the support of its outstanding and loyal nursing alumni, excellent faculty and visionary leadership. The program has received enthusiastic support from hospital and nursing leaders in the Texas Medical Center and will be welcomed by the health professions community.”

Dr. Poldi Tshirch

Director of Nursing Program, University of St. Thomas – Houston



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