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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.



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.

Braden may be best known for developing the Braden Scale for Predicting Pressure Sore Risk, one of the most widely used tools in the United States and abroad to identify a patient’s risk of developing pressure ulcers. The scale has been translated into more than 14 languages.

School of Nursing Alumna is named a Hartford Institute Geriatric Nursing Research Scholar and 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.

The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing Research Summer Scholars program is a week-long, intensive, summer seminar held at the New York University College of Nursing. It is an in-depth mentoring experience with nationally recognized gerontologic nursing researchers.

School of Nursing Alumna receives the 2013 Lindback Award for Teaching Excellence
Posted: May 23, 2013

Picture of Dr. Barbra Mann Wall

Dr. Barbra Mann Wall

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.

Dr. Mann Wall is currently an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She is also an internationally recognized expert on the history of Catholic hospitals and the religious women and men who created them. This work has cut across disciplinary boundaries in women’s history, medical history, labor history, immigration history, religious history, nursing history and health policy. Dr. Mann Wall has worked with nurses around the world in establishing Nursing History Sections. She is the recipient of many honors for her teaching and mentorship, including an appointment as the Evan C. Thompson Endowed Term Chair of Excellence in Teaching from Penn and the Trustees Council of Penn Women’s 25th Anniversary Award for Mentoring.

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.

The award, presented at the NACNS Annual Conference held March 7–9 in San Antonio, Texas, was designed to recognize a member for outstanding professional achievement as a clinical nurse specialist who has conducted original nursing research that has significantly enhanced the science of autonomous nursing practice, patient and family outcomes, and/or health-care systems. The award acknowledges a nurse for an accomplished program of research that has significantly contributed to advancing the nursing profession.

School fo 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.


School of Nursing Instructors bring Home Second-Place Prize for Care Simulation Research Poster
Posted: June 18, 2013

School of Nursing instructors Scott Hudson and Megan Pfitzinger Lippe won second place for their poster presentation "Creating a Withdrawal of Care Simulation within a Critical Care Setting" at the 12th Annual International Nursing Simulation/Learning Resource Centers Conference: Hit the Jackpot with Evidence-Based Simulation.

More than 101 posters had been accepted for the conference, which was held June 13–15, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Posted: March 28, 2013

Sharon Carter, MSN, instructor of clinical nursing, was named as one of “75 Nursing Professors You Would Be Lucky to Have Teach Your Class” by CNA Thrive, an online resource for nursing students and faculty.


Four School of Nursing Staff receive Staff Service Award
Posted: April 29, 2013

The School of Nursing celebrates and recognizes the contributions of staff to the mission of the School and the University. Service awards are presented to university staff in recognition of their length of service. Staff receive their first service award for ten (10) years of eligible service.

Many thanks to the following 2013 School of Nursing Staff Service Award recipients for their dedication and service.

Linda Carpenter – 15 years
Mickey Gonzales – 30 years
Gayle Timmerman – 15 years
Elizabeth VanderMeulen – 10 years


School of Nursing Student received a fellowship from the Archer Graduate Program in Public Policy
Posted: July 22, 2013

Crystal Becerra, RN, received a fellowship from the Archer Graduate Program in Public Policy. The Archer Center, which oversees the program, is a self-supporting component of the University of Texas System that enables students across Texas to take advantage of opportunities in Washington, D.C. Becerra also accepted an internship at the American Association of Retired People (AARP), where she worked with experts on Alzheimer's disease and on long-term care policy.

School of Nursing Student receives Research Grant from Sigma Theta Tau International
Posted: June 11, 2013

Shalonda Horton, (MSN 06) and currently an assistant instructor and doctoral student at the School of Nursing, received a student research grant from the Epsilon Theta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) in May 2013. STTI seeks to support the learning, knowledge and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide.

Two School of Nursing Students Awarded by the Intellectual Entrepreneurship Consortium
Posted: March 28, 2013

Elizabeth Olorunsogo (IE intern) and Mandeep Kaur (graduate student/mentor) were named as inaugural Kuhn Scholar Intern and inaugural Kuhn Scholar Mentor, respectively, by the Intellectual Entrepreneurship (IE) Consortium. Both students received a $1,000 award.

Nursing Student Received a National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Nursing Research Predoctoral Fellowship
Posted: March 28, 2013

Janiece Walker, RN, MSN and doctoral candidate, recently received a National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Nursing Research predoctoral fellowship, which included a grant of $46,000. This prestigious two-year award will further her education and research on how the disablement process affects African American older women aging with osteoarthritis. Last year Walker received a John A. Hartford Award for $100,000, and recently the May Day Foundation requested that she include the study of pain in her work, and for that, they will provide her additional financial support. Walker has several publications and has presented her work nationally.