Distinguished Graduates Spring 2013
Posted: Aug. 27, 2013
Outstanding Doctoral Student
Tiffany Ricks is the recipient of the Outstanding Doctoral Student Award.
Soon to be Dr. Ricks has distinguished herself as a leader in the field of health promotion for African American men with disabilities. She was interviewed on a radio show for KAZI where she described graduate nursing education and the value of research. She has visited the Texas Legislature on behalf of the Arthritis Foundation and lead a mission team to provide free medical care to citizens in rural Kenya. Her faculty say she has a natural talent for writing. She was awarded a diversity supplement from the National Institutes of Health and conducted a pilot study prior to her dissertation. She has 6 peer reviewed publications thus far with another one accepted, and has traveled extensively to present her work at numerous national and international conferences. She makes us proud to claim her as one of our doctoral graduates. Congratulations, Tiffany.
Outstanding Doctoral Student
Cynthia Zolnierek is the recipient of the Outstanding Doctoral Student Award.
Cindy is a seasoned nurse educator with many years of teaching, active professional leadership, and years of clinical practice in psychiatric nursing. She has served as Director of Practice for the Texas Nurses Association. She was instrumental in drafting state legislation to protect nurses who engage in lawful patient advocacy practices by providing testimony for the hearings on the Patient Advocacy Protections Bill. This spring at the 83rd session of the Texas Senate and House committee hearings, she provided testimony on 3 bills involving professional nursing practice issues. While in the doctoral program she has published 8 refereed journal articles, many many non-refereed articles, and presented at many important conferences such as the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, and the National Nursing Ethics Conference. She has begun a program of research that may change the nature of clinical care for persons with severe mental illness hospitalized for physical health problems. We are very proud to recognize her as one of our Outstanding graduating students. Congratulations, Cynthia!
Outstanding Masters Student
Kristine Hannah is the recipient of the Outstanding Masters Student Award.
Kristy, as we know her, will soon be called “Major Hannah” in her new position as the Maternal/Child Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Educator over Women’s Services at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany. This is the largest American hospital outside of the United States. She has been an active duty Army nurse for 10 years. Here at the School of Nursing she has a reputation for her strong leadership skills. While doing one of her practicum assignments in the master’s program, she collaborated with an interdisciplinary team of physicians, advanced practice nurses, hospital administration, and the blood bank staff to develop a life-saving postpartum hemorrhage prevention system. She will take this important work with her to Germany…where khaki and army green will somehow have to blend with burnt orange. Congratulations, Kristine!
Reba Lasha Carethers
Outstanding Undergraduate Student
Reba Lasha Carethers is the recipient of the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award.
Reba served as Vice President and then President of the African American Nursing Student Association. She was a Tutor and a nursing student mentor. Reba worked with the LBJ School to provide HIV/AIDS testing at the World AIDS Day conference. She did a service-learning project in Ghana, Africa where she conducted workshops for a pregnancy/maternal child health program. Last summer she trained at Johns Hopkins as a public health intern and worked with a Native American population conducting a diabetes research project which won an award at the Sanford Science Festival. She was a Terry Scholar and was recently inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, the national honor society in nursing. You can see Reba featured on the UT website with a few other UT Graduates where she is cited for “Bringing Healthcare to Everyone”. Congratulations, Reba!