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names five (three newcomers and two current TCU deans) of the seven who
will lead its new colleges
Add Ran College of Humanities and Social Sciences
January 10, 1954, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She and husband George
Payne met at TCU. They and son Will, 12, enjoy travel, study, golf
and tending tomato plants.
PhD, Texas Woman's University, 1985
MNSc, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 1981
BSN, TCU, 1978
A TCU professor since 1982 and acting dean of Harris College of
Nursing since 1999, Dr. Keen-Payne worked from 1978-82 as a clinical
nurse specialist as a staff nurse for Harris Methodist Hospital.
Her publications cover topics that include consumerism, clinical
care and the 1918 influenza epidemic.
woman told the labor nurse she wanted to deliver this child naturally.
first delivery had been by Cesarean, her doctor wouldn't even discuss
Yet the mother
had read about new research that indicated such a decision was possible,
nurse, now dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences, mentioned
this to the doctor. He laughed and said, "Can you imagine? Good Housekeeping
educating our patients."
had a different reaction. Isn't it unfortunate that that's where they
go for the latest research in this practice? "That's when I thought,
'I'm in the wrong place, "said Keen-Payne, wryly adding that her
head nurse confirmed that for her.
"I care very
much about producing graduates who are going to make a difference in the
workplace," she said. "That same experience I had 20 years ago still occurs.
If we educate nurses properly, they will teach patients to educate themselves
and stay involved as team members in care."
Keen-Payne's first academic choice but she traveled through a variety
of disciplines before settling on nursing, a socially-acceptable choice
for many women of the time.
Keen-Payne wishes she was doing something else now. The 46-year-old administrator
quickly developed a true passion for nursing and has found ways to incorporate
her other interests into her work.
includes a study of the 1918 flu epidemic and editing the diary of a Civil
War nurse. Her search for the nurse's life has moved into genealogical
data, census records and war archives -- another passion.
predicts nurses will continue to be the backbone of health care and hopes
to educate her students to take an active role in the broader view of
is no longer the center of care and the average stay in an emergency room
is quite brief," she said. "The spectrum of care includes our homes,
the hospital, clinics, schools, perhaps places we've not yet identified."