Betsy Freeth's Home Page

Greetings, friends, colleagues, and UTB-TSC Nursing Students! 

STUDENTS-- Welcome to my 'home' on the web.  Have questions?  Worried about something? If you are registered for one of my courses, the best thing to do is check out the course website on BlackBoard: Want to check out the most frequently asked questions (FAQ's) for my courses?  You are welcome anytime, day or night, and you don't even have to have an appointment!  You'll find information about the courses I am teaching, links to where you can find careplan forms and other helpful information, and links to helpful nursing/health care sites.  Can't find the information you need?  Want to talk in real-time?  You'll find my mailbox at the bottom of this page.  Just drop me a note!

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My Professional Background
Marie McCormack's 1928 nursing school graduation picture in white uniform and cap with black stripe
This is a picture of my grandmother, Marie McCormack, taken for her graduation from 
Meadville City Hospital School of Nursing, Meadville, Pennsylvania, in 1928.

My professional journey:  I was born in upstate New York, and grew up in the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. I come from a family of nurses:  my grandmother, mother, and my husband are nurses!  I received my bachelor's degree in Nursing in 1974 from Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey), in Trenton, New Jersey, and a Master's Degree in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1998.  I have worked as a nurse all over the southern United States, from San Antonio, TX, to Gallup, NM, Tampa, FL, Alexandria, LA, and El Centro, CA.  My area of specialization is adult critical care.  My particular interests include cardiovascular disorders, pain management, medication safety, and end-of-life issues.  I began teaching in an associate degree nursing program at Imperial Valley College in CA. in 1991, and it was love at first lecture!  I have been fortunate to be associated with the University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College since 1995.  Every day I learn something from my students, and I hope they can say the same about me! 


My Hobbies and Interests

Everyone who knows me knows I'm a Bahá’í.  For those of you who don't know what that is, it's the newest of the independent world religions. 

To learn more about the Bahá’í Faith, attend Bahá’í meetings or events, or to request a home visit by a Bahá’í, visit the Harlingen, Texas Bahá'í Community website, or call 1-800-22UNITE.

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Counted cross stitch is my favorite hobby.  Watch here for the best stitching links I've found.

Stitching and Craft Sites: 
1-2-3 Stitch!:  counted cross stitch supplies, patterns, threads.
Charles Craft: well-known makers of stitchable fabrics, linens, and accessories. Free patterns available.
Coats and Clark:  Anchor thread, needlework supplies, free stuff.
Counted Cross Stitch, Needlework and Stitchery Page:  you name it, there's a link for it here. 
Cross Stitch by Jeanette Crews:  really great designs, pattern books.
DMC Homepage:  DMC threads, free patterns.
Graph Paper: free, printable graph paper
Herrschner's:  crafting supplies, patterns, books, kits.
Leisure Arts:  crafting supplies, patterns, books.
Mary Maxim:  all types of needlework and craft supplies. lots and lots of needlecraft goodies, particularly notions that are hard to find in the U.S. They ship fast!
Sudberry House: makers of fine wood accessories for needlework. Online catalog, free patterns, newsletter.
The Top Free Cross Stitching Sites:  links for sites that offer at least 4 free patterns! Some sites offer fine art and specialty patterns.
The Cross Stitch Gallery:  beautiful works of art, including my favorite fantasy artist, Leanne Seed
The Stitchery:  famous needlework catalog, thread, supplies.
The Stitcher's Closet:  another great cross-stitch store.

I am also an avid sci-fi and fantasy fan.  Some of my favorite authors:  CJ Cherryh, CS Friedman, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Andre Norton, Lois McMaster Bujold- just to name a few!  My favorite genres: Babylon 5, Star Wars, and Farscape.  Watch here for links to some of the best sci-fi sites on the Web.

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Sites: 
Baen Books:  the only exclusive publisher of scifi and fantasy. Read sample chapters of upcoming books.  
DelRey Books:  sign up for their internet newsletter.  Read sample chapters of upcoming books.  
DragonCon:  largest scifi/fantasy convention in the U.S. 2009 marks my 10th year attending!
Jedi Net:  Unofficial fan site for Star Wars.  
Jump Now:  Babylon 5 fan site.  Lots of news and links to fan fiction from the former J&D Storybook-- includes two of mine.  
Lord of the Rings:  the official website for the movie trilogy.
Mania: news from SF and fantasy entertainment.
SciFi Channel:  TV schedules, episode synopses for favorite series', news.  
SciFi and Fantasy Writers of America:  tips for writers, Nebula award winners.
SciFi Lovers Convention Listing:  the most comprehensive list of cons across the US, and some in Europe.  
World Science Fiction Society:  WorldCon and the Hugo Awards.

Caution! The sections below are Under Construction. Some links are broken. Check back soon.

  What's Here for Students

brain bubbling in a lab jar

FAQ's for Students: click here for my office hours, office location, contact information.
NURS 1108: Dosage Calculations for Nursing. Course materials are located on BlackBoard website:  Access is available to registered students only.  

RNSG 2341: Advanced Concepts of Clinical Decision-Making.  Course materials are located on BlackBoard website:  Access is available to registered students only.  Course materials will not be available here due to copyright restrictions and security issues. See FAQ's for Students for more info.

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My Favorite Nursing and Healthcare Links


 My Favorite Nursing and Healthcare Links
Books & Journals Health Information Student Resources Professional Organizations
Amazon Books American Diabetes Association ABG Tutorial: practice with arterial blood gas analysis American Association for History of Nursing (AAHN): preservation of history of nurses and nursing as a profession
Barnes and Noble Booksellers American Heart Association APA Style Resources - links to on-line help with APA writing style.  End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium Project 
Medscape - on-line peer-reviewed professional medical journal articles. American Lung Association APA Style Software - Reference Point Software makes APA templates for wordprocessors.  National League for Nursing (NLN): nursing education issues
Medscape: Nursing - on-line peer-reviewed professial journal articles with nursing focus.  Dermatology Images Auscultation Assistant: good site for heart and lung sounds. National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (NOADN): for ADN educators and students
Nurse Week's News Page - on-line newspaper: articles, medical news, CE's, job listings.  Mayo Clinic Health Info - for patients and medical professionals. subscription is $20 annually.

Nursing World -  (American Nurses Association)  Issues, trends, on-line journal, links.

UTB-TSC Main Library Page - searchable catalog. You must have a library account to access subscription databases.  National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute - info for patients and  professionals  ECG Library: step-by-step analysis of normal and abnormal ECG patterns.

Texas Nurses Association - legislation, practice issues

NIH Office of Alternative Medicine Medical Mnemonics: A free, non-profit, online searchable database of medical mnemonics to help remember the important details.

Elsevier Health Sciences Nursing: textbooks and student helps

RX List - Internet drug index. NursingCenter - books, journals, CE's, free e-mail, supplies 

Boards of Nursing: a comprehensive list of contact information for all U.S. Boards sponsored by

RX Med - prescription drug prescribing info, patient handouts on common diseases, health resource links and more.  Nursing Net - Lots of links, chatrooms, forums, specialty areas, access to journals. 

National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN): authors of the NCLEX licensing exams. Site includes test plan, sample questions, and info for on-line exam prep.

Lippincott Connection: textbooks and student helps

Virtual Hospital - Patient education info, scholarly papers in specialty areas, images, journals, links. Nursing Theories - links to every nursing theorist who has an 'internet presence'. 

Texas Board of Nurse Examiners - announcements, calendar of meetings, publications 

World Health Organization: updates on international health issues The Student Nurse Resource Page: study help, calculations, humor, links.





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graphic artist: Amy Brown

This page last updated on August 13, 2009

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