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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.



Yvonne VanDyke named Senior Vice President of Nursing, Seton Healthcare Family
Posted: December 3, 2013

Yvonne VanDyke

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.

Yvonne was selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow in 2013. She also serves on the advisory board of The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing.

UT Austin School of Nursing Alumna Named Executive Director of State Nursing Association
Posted: Oct. 29, 2013

Dr. Cynthia Zolnierek

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.

Dr. Zolnierek will assume her new responsibilities at the end of the year.

Dr. Barbara Braden

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 & receives the 2013 STAR Fellowship
Posted: July 30, 2013

Dr. Bertha E. Flores

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

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

Dr. Mary Lou Sole

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.

Dr. Terry Badger

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.