Recognition, Achievements and Awards
The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing believes it is important to honor and celebrate our faculty, alumni and students and their achievements in and contributions to scholarship, research and service. This catalog of honor is one way we say “Thank you” for the diligence and integrity they display through their work each and every day.
Yvonne VanDyke, MSN (1990), RN, was named senior vice president of nursing and the clinical education center at Brackenridge in Austin, Texas, part of the Seton Healthcare Family, the largest hospital system in Central Texas. During her seven-year tenure at Seton, Yvonne has overseen a transformation of nursing and interprofessional education. She developed and implemented a system-wide structure for contemporary, efficient, and evidence-based nursing education and professional development.
UT Austin School of Nursing Alumna Named Executive Director of State Nursing Association
Posted: Oct. 29, 2013
Cynthia Zolnierek, PhD (2013), RN, has been selected as the new executive director for the Texas Nurses Association (TNA).
Dr. Zolnierek has been a member of Texas Nurses Association since 2007 and is a long-standing member of the American Nurses Association. She worked as TNA’s director of practice from 2007 to 2011, when she became an assistant professor at Texas State University. She is currently a member of TNA’s Governmental Affairs Committee and was chosen to serve as co-chair for this year.
School of Nursing Alumna awarded the Alumni Achievement Citation
Posted: Aug. 8, 2013
Barbara Braden, Ph.D., dean emerita of University College at Creighton University and an alumna of the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing (Ph.D. ’88), was recently awarded the Alumni Achievement Citation, the highest award given to a Creighton graduate.
School of Nursing Alumna is named a Hartford Institute Geriatric Nursing Research Scholar & receives the 2013 STAR Fellowship
Posted: July 30, 2013
Bertha E. “Penny” Flores, PhD (2012), RN, WHNP-BC, clinical assistant professor, was recently granted a University of North Texas Health Science Center STAR Fellowship and named a Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing Research Summer Scholar.
The STAR (Steps Toward Academic Research) Fellowship Program is designed for junior faculty who are interested in health disparity research. The program offers a full year of training to foster health disparities research initiatives.
School of Nursing Alumna receives the 2013 Lindback Award for Teaching Excellence
Posted: May 23, 2013
Barbra Mann Wall, PhD, RN, FAAN, and an alumna of the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing (BSN ’71) recently received the 2013 Lindback Award for Teaching Excellence, one of the highest accolades a faculty member can receive. The award indicates that the faculty member is an exceptional teacher and an outstanding member of the faculty.
School of Nursing Alumna receives "Researcher of the Year" Award
Posted: April 3, 2013
The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) has named Mary Lou Sole, PhD, RN, CCNS, FAAN, FCCM, as the recipient of the Clinical Nurse Specialist Researcher of the Year Award.
Dr. Mary Lou Sole received a doctorate in nursing from the University of Texas at Austin in 1987 and is currently the Orlando Health Distinguished Professor at the University of Central Florida College of Nursing in Orlando, Florida.
School of Nursing Alumna Inducted into the Inaugural Class of American Psychosocial Oncology Society
Posted: March 28, 2013
Terry Badger, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, RN, FAAN, was inducted into the inaugural class of American Psychosocial Oncology Society at the society’s 10th annual conference Feb. 13–15, 2013, in Huntington Beach, California. This first class of fellows has 10 members of whom only two are nurses.