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Recognition, Achievements & Awards: UT Austin School of Nursing Alumna named Senior Vice President of Nursing, Seton Healthcare Family

Last Posted: Dec. 3, 2013

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.

Changing the World One Neighborhood at a Time: Nursing students named fellows of Austin civic engagement program

Posted: Nov. 26, 2013

Nursing students Clay Clark and Brittany Castañeda were recently selected as fellows of the Longhorn Center for Civic Engagement–City Hall and will join other UT Austin students in assisting Austin neighborhoods through community service projects starting in spring.

Changing Careers, Changing Lives: Alternate-Entry Program Opens Doors to Nursing Novices

Posted: Nov. 26, 2013

The Alternate Entry Master of Science in Nursing (AE-MSN) program began in 1990 and was designed to help people holding baccalaureate or graduate degrees in other disciplines become nurses.

Associate Dean for Research and Longtime Asthma Researcher Receives Rural Health Researcher of the Year Award

Posted: Nov. 21, 2013

Sharon Horner, PhD, RN, FAAN, and professor and associate dean for research and Dolores V. Sands chair in Nursing Research at the UT Austin School of Nursing received the Texas Rural Health’s Association’s Researcher of the Year Award.

Mentoring Opportunities for Soon-to-Graduate Students: Experienced Nurses Prepare Students for the Real World

Posted: Nov. 18, 2013

As graduates of the UT Austin School of Nursing leave the classroom and head for careers in a variety of health-care settings, they are well prepared to meet the challenges of providing health care in the twenty-first century.

A Night of Celebration: School of Nursing honors alumni accomplishments, thanks generous donors

Posted: Nov. 12, 2013

On Thursday, Nov. 7, Dean Alexa Stuifbergen and members of the School of Nursing Advisory Council recognized the many outstanding achievements of four former students at a dinner at the Headliners Club in Austin, Texas.

Faculty Research: Faculty projects are changing local and global health care

Posted: Nov. 11, 2013

Nurse researchers at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing are changing local and global health care.

Donor Spotlight: Alumna’s Gift in Honor of Her Mother Will Advance Nursing Education

Posted: Nov. 4, 2013

Julie Hagan Bailey’s education and career path display a keen intelligence, indefatigable energy and a great deal of curiosity. Her parents were “big on education,” which may explain why she, her three siblings and her children all have advanced degrees.

Dell Medical School

Posted: Oct. 29, 2013

Interview with Dr. Robert Messing, New Dell Medical School Vice Provost.

Gallman Lectureship: "The Role of Communication in Clinical Practice"

Posted: Oct. 22, 2013

Kathleen A. Dracup, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean emerita of the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing, spoke recently at the LaVerne Gallman Distinguished Lectureship in Nursing, hosted by The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing.

Dell Medical School Update

Posted: Oct. 22, 2013

Construction of the new Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin is full steam ahead.

Great Teamwork = Great Solutions: Incorporating Interprofessional Education for Better Health Care, Patient Outcomes

Posted: Oct. 16, 2013

Improving patient outcomes by reducing errors and solving complex problems is the new reality for health care. According to the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, poor communication was the leading root cause of sentinel events (events that result in loss of life or limb) in recent years.

New Appointments

Posted: Oct. 16, 2013

School of Nursing welcomes four new faculty members to its ranks.

Nursing Education Goes Beyond the Classroom: Former student fulfills wish to provide global health care

Posted: Oct. 3, 2013

Volunteers from Texas, Massachusetts and Australia (and points in between) recently took part in a medical trek in the Dhading district of the Ganesh Himalayas in Nepal, a highly undeserved rural area where many Nepalese must walk an entire day to receive health-care treatment.

The Eyes - and Ears and Voice - of Texas: Program allows students to practice public health nursing

Posted: Sept. 26, 2013

They may have physical, emotional or mental issues. They may be children, adolescents or adults. They may come from wealthy or impoverished families and live at home or in a state institution. But one thing that wards of the State of Texas have in common is that they have all been placed under guardianship due to an inability to care for themselves mentally, physically and/or financially.

St. David's CHPR Pilot Research Grants: Call for Proposals 2014 - 2015

Posted: Sept. 19, 2013

Pilot Study Grant Program funds are available annually to provide modest research support for specific projects for faculty members and their co-investigators. Application form is now available and must be submitted by October 15, 2013, 3:00 PM.

SONstar Award: Congratulations to September SONstar Tracy Demchuk!

Posted: Sept. 3, 2013

The School of Nursing values its employees. As a way of recognizing members of staff for their important contributions, we believe in rewarding staff employees who demonstrate a commitment to the goals and values of the University and the School.

Distinguished Graduates Spring 2013

Posted: Aug. 27, 2013

Congratulations to our distinguished graduates! Tiffany Ricks and Cynthia Zolnierek are the recipients of the Outstanding Doctoral Student Award. Kristine Hannah is the recipient of the Outstanding Masters Student Award. Reba Lasha Carethers is the recipient of the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award.

School of Nursing Appoints Renowned Nurse Scholar to Faculty: Miyong Kim also named associate VP at The University of Texas at Austin

Posted: Aug. 27, 2013

The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing has announced that renowned nurse scholar and educator Miyong Kim, R.N., Ph.D., F.A.A.N., has been named professor of nursing. Dr. Kim has also been named associate vice president for Community Health Engagement by UT Austin.

Alumni Awards

Posted: Aug. 8, 2013

Nominate a Distinguished Alum Today! All nominations are due by September 15th.

School of Nursing Receives $1 Million Federal Grant: Funding will expand curriculum for students in Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist program

Posted: Aug. 1, 2013

With almost half of Americans living with chronic health conditions, an interprofessional team approach is needed to provide coordinated, high-quality patient care that improves patient outcomes. The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing’s efforts to achieve this goal was recently advanced by a $1 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration.

Professors at The University of Texas at Austin Selected as Esteemed Nurse Leaders

Posted: July 9, 2013

Two faculty members of the School of Nursing at The University of Texas at Austin will be inducted as Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing, one of the highest honors in nursing.

An Eye-opening Experience: Undergraduate student presents research at national sleep conference

Posted: July 1, 2013

UT Austin nursing students Courtney Hanna and Margot Betcher accompanied Dr. Patricia Carter to the Sleep 2013 conference in Baltimore, Maryland. They were the only undergraduate nursing students to present at this prestigious meeting. The following is an account of that experience by Courtney Hanna.

Call for SONstar Nominations

Posted: June 26, 2013

Nominate a staff member for the September 2013 SONstar award! Anyone in the School of Nursing may nominate by early August, including the SONstar committee, faculty, staff or students.

Professor at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing Receives Nursing Honor

Posted: June 4, 2013

Jane Dimmitt Champion, PhD, DNP, FAAN, and a faculty member at the School of Nursing at The University of Texas at Austin, will be inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Undergraduate Student Research Projects 2013 | Graduate Student Research Projects 2013

Posted: June 3, 2013

Research is at the core of both the School of Nursing and The University of Texas at Austin mission statements, and as such is fundamental to our purpose. The research performed by School of Nursing students prepares our graduates to be the future of nursing research. We are proud to highlight a selection of student research here.

“The Only True Failure Is Not to Try”: Graduate student credits mentors, desire to help others for her success

Posted: May 17, 2013

From the time she was a little girl, Janiece Walker, RN, MSN, liked to take care of people. Whenever her brothers didn’t feel well or got back from a visit to the dentist, she was there to soothe and comfort them — whether they wanted her to or not.

Bringing Health Care to Everyone: BSN graduate to base career on providing better health-care delivery to the poor

Posted: May 14, 2013

Reba Carethers was one of nine “big thinkers and doers” to grab the attention of The University of Texas at Austin and be recognized as an outstanding student.

SONstar Award: Congratulations to May SONstar Sara Hearin!

Posted: May 13, 2013

The School of Nursing values its employees. As a way of recognizing members of staff for their important contributions, we believe in rewarding staff employees who demonstrate a commitment to the goals and values of the University and the School.

School of Nursing Receives New Resources: Generous gift from a donor enables the purchase of oncology nursing books

Posted: May 1, 2013

“Be careful what you wish for, you might just get it!” You often hear this maxim spoken as a warning, but for Kate Bell, AE-MSN student, it turned out to be a very good thing — both for her and the School of Nursing.

Gallman Lectureship: "Significant Advances in Bone Health Research"

Posted: April 25, 2013

Eun-Shin Nahm, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, from the University of Maryland School of Nursing, was this year’s featured speaker at the Laverne Gallman Distinguished Lectureship in Nursing.

Three School of Nursing Students Inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Posted: April 19, 2013

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi recently announced that Claire Cook, Janet Morrison and Kayleigh Todd of Austin, Texas, were recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi.

Excess Weight in Women with Fibromyalgia may Aggravate Symptoms and Impair Quality of Life

Posted: April 17, 2013

Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a debilitating, chronic disorder with no cure that is characterized by fatigue, sleep disturbances and widespread musculoskeletal pain. Excess weight may adversely impact both fibromyalgia symptom severity (e.g., pain) and quality of life in women with FMS, a new study suggests.

Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Texans: Annual research conference focused on mental health issues

Posted: April 16, 2013

Mental illness is a serious and growing public health problem in the United States. Last year, one in five American adults ages 18 and older — or 45.6 million people — suffered from mental illness, according to a recent report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

All Hail the Champions! UT Austin School of Nursing students make an impression at state convention

Posted: March 28, 2013

Longhorns have a way of making their presence known. This year while attending the 2013 Texas Nursing Students’ Association State Convention Feb. 28–March 2 in Houston, Texas, they managed to walk away with several prestigious awards.

Featured Summer 2013 Courses

Posted: March 13, 2013

Learn about Summer 2013 Featured Courses: Freshman Signature Courses, Extension Course, and Spanish Courses

ADN to BSN Program Prepares Nurses for the Future: RNs find more career opportunities available after obtaining a baccalaureate degree

Posted: March 11, 2013

Lauri Bonavita began volunteering in the emergency room (ER) at the University Medical Center Brackenridge (UMCB) the first time she attended the University of Texas at Austin as a psychology major. She didn’t complete that degree program, but she did fall in love with nursing.

Nurses Can Go Anywhere: Nursing education prepared one alumna for a successful business career

Posted: March 4, 2013

Some people save their mortarboard tassel, some save the commencement program, but very few can say they still have the pencil they used on all their scantron tests. But Norine Yukon (BSN ’78) can.

A Longhorn Tradition: BSN student follows family footsteps to UT, but charts her own course in nursing

Posted: Feb. 22, 2013

Laura Clegg, a second semester junior nursing student, seems right at home as she walks the halls of the School of Nursing. It may be because she knew from the start of her college career that she wanted to major in nursing.

Dr. Sharon Brown selected as Professor of the Month by the Senate of College Councils

Posted: Feb. 22, 2013

Congratulations to Dr. Sharon Brown, the Joseph H. Blades Centennial Memorial Professor in Nursing, at the UT Austin School of Nursing for being selected as Professor of the Month by the Senate of College Councils.

From War-torn Homeland to the Heart of Texas: Alternate-entry graduate discovers call to serve the disadvantaged

Posted: Feb. 12, 2013

As a little girl she remembers waking in the middle of the night to explosions and gunfire followed by hysteria and frantic calls for help.

Outstanding Alumnus Award

Posted: Feb. 5, 2013

The Outstanding Alumnus/a Award recognizes an alumnus/a of the Graduate School for academic or professional achievements since graduating from the university. Mary Katherine Wakefield, an alumna of the School of Nursing at The University of Texas at Austin, has been named the Graduate School’s Outstanding Graduate Alumnus for 2013.

Healthy Habits: Children’s Wellness Center promotes healthy habits with new rewards program

Posted: Feb. 1, 2013

Habits. They’re hard to break and sometimes harder to make. But setting healthy, achievable goals is a valuable lesson for children to learn. Teaching children how to evaluate eating and activity habits and make small changes to improve overall well-being helps them learn how important making good food choices and being active are to creating a healthy lifestyle.

Southern Nursing Research Society Honors Dr. Brown & Dr. Yoder

Posted: Feb. 1, 2013

Sharon Brown and Linda Yoder were recently notified of special honors from the Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS).

Four School of Nursing Professors Honored as Best in Texas

Posted: Feb. 1, 2013

Four faculty members from the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing were recently honored by CAN Thrive as Top Nursing Professors in Texas.

Gauging Public Health: Nursing students conduct health screening at state Capitol

Posted: Jan. 29, 2013

A team of 19 public health students and faculty from the School of Nursing recently assembled at the Capitol of Texas. No, they weren’t lobbying or demonstrating, but they were seeking an audience with state legislators—to provide a non-fasting, total cholesterol screening as part of a larger general health promotion emphasis.

Distinguished Graduates Fall 2012

Posted: Jan. 11, 2013

Congratulations to our distinguished graduates! Bertha Eloisa “Penny” Chapa-Flores is the recipient of the Outstanding Doctoral Student Award. Kristen Layton and Kimberly Lewis are the recipients of the Outstanding Masters Student Award. Alexandra Anthony is the recipient of the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award.

SONstar Award: Congratulations to January SONstar Cindy Zimmerman!

Posted: Jan. 3, 2013

The School of Nursing values its employees. As a way of recognizing members of staff for their important contributions, we believe in rewarding staff employees who demonstrate a commitment to the goals and values of the University and the School.