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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.



Faculty member appointed to the American Health Council Education Board
Posted: Dec. 12, 2017

Carol Delville, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, has been selected to serve on the education board at the American Health Council. She will be sharing her more than 37 years of experience in the health care industry and nursing education. Dr. Delville is an assistant professor of clinical nursing and assistant director of geriatric education at the UT Austin School of Nursing. Her focus is on gerontology and the management of multiple chronic conditions.

The American Health Council is a national collaborative health care organization comprising leaders and contributors from all walks of health care with a mission to create a better health care system.

Faculty members publish article in cancer survivorship journal
Posted: Nov. 17, 2017

Dr. Ashley Henneghan, Dean Alexa Stuifbergen, and Dr. Heather Becker had their article "Modifiable correlates of perceived cognitive function in breast cancer survivors up to 10 years after chemotherapy completion" published in the November 2017 issue of Journal of Cancer Survivorship.

Faculty member’s publications cited by director of the National Institute of Nursing Research
Posted: Nov. 17, 2017

Nicole Osier, PhD, RN and assistant professor, had two of her published articles cited by Patricia A. Grady, PhD, RN, FAAN and director of the NINR, during the recent International Society of Nurses in Genetics Conference as representative of the state of the science in genomic nursing research. The articles are: Variation in PPP3CC Genotype Is Associated with Long-Term Recovery after Severe Brain Injury in the Journal of Neurotrauma and Symptom Science: Repurposing Existing Omics Data in Biological Research for Nursing.

Faculty member receives achievement award
Posted: Oct 17, 2017

Nicole Osier, PhD, RN and assistant professor, has received the Michigan State University College of Nursing's Recent Graduate Achievement Award. The award recognizes “nursing alumni who graduated within the past 10 years and who have obtained a level of professional accomplishments that has contributed to their employer, a history of promotion, military service, continued education, or published research or other successes. Recipients must have demonstrated community service on a local, state, national, or international level.”

Dean Stuifbergen featured in Creighton University publication
Posted: June 29, 2017

Alexa Stuifbergen, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the UT Austin School of Nursing, was featured in the Creighton University College of Nursing’s magazine Progress Report. Click here to download the "Alumna an Internationally Recognized Researcher" news article (PDF Format).

Faculty member named “Fab 5” by Texas Nurses Association
Posted: May 30, 2017

Elizabeth Ann Loika, DNP, PNP, FNP, associate professor of clinical nursing and director of the UT Austin School of Nursing’s Family Wellness Center, received the prestigious TNA District 5 Fabulous 5 Nurses of Central Texas Award. In conjunction with National Nurses' Week each year, TNA District 5 holds a gala celebrating area nurses. The “Fab 5” are registered nurses who have made a significant difference to patients, peers and the community. Honored for their demonstrated excellence in the art and science of nursing, they are chosen for their leadership qualities, services to the community and significant contributions to the profession, along with their status as role models and compassionate caregivers.

Foundation receives prestigious award
Posted: May 30, 2017

The Kiel Colon Cancer Foundation has received the David Jagleman Award from the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. The nonprofit was co-founded by LaTashia Kiel, MSN, RN and clinical instructor, and her husband George Kiel to honor his mother, who was diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer and died in 2014. The award goes to the colon cancer organization that best and most creatively advocated for colon cancer throughout the year. It includes an all-expenses-paid trip to Seattle, Washington, to the presentation dinner and program as well as a $1,500 gift to support the foundation's mission.

Article published in journal receives top prize
Posted: May 30, 2017

Cara C. Young, PhD, RN, FNP-C; doctoral student Amanda J. Simonton, BSN, RN; Stephanie Key, RN, MSN, CPNP-PC; Amanda N. Barczyk, PhD, MSW; and Karla A. Lawson, PhD, MPH are co-authors of “Closing in on Crisis: Informing Clinical Practice Regarding Nonsuicidal Self-Injury in Youth” published in the Journal of Pediatric Health Care. The article received the President’s Choice designation.

Associate professor inducted into prestigious professional society
Posted: May 16, 2017

Sheryl Innerarity, RN, PhD, FNP, ACNS and associate professor at UT Austin School of Nursing, will be inducted into the Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). The induction ceremony will be held Thursday, June 22, 2017, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Innerarity has been a faculty member at the UT Austin School of Nursing since 1989. Currently she is division chair for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Division. AANP is the largest full-service national professional membership organization for NPs of all specialties.

Clinical Nurse Specialist reference guide features chapters by School of Nursing faculty
Posted: March 15, 2017

Clinical Nurse Specialist Toolkit: A Guide for the New Clinical Nurse Specialist is one-of-a-kind, all-inclusive reference guide for new CNSs entering the field that disseminates current professional practice guidance and practical information on reimbursement and certification.

The book contains chapters written by UT Austin School of Nursing faculty. Chapter 17: “Working With Community Agencies,” was written by Sharon D. Horner, PhD, RN, FAAN; Cara C. Young, PhD, RN, FNP-C; and Karen E. Johnson, PhD, RN. Chapter 24: “Starting Collaborative Practice With Physicians or Clinics: What You Should Know” was written by Carol Delville, PhD, APRN, ACNS-BC; Sheri Innerarity, PhD, RN, ACNS, FNP-BC; and Glenda Joiner-Rogers, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC.

Editors of the book published by Springer Publishing Company are Melanie Duffy, Susan Dresser and Janet S. Fulton.

Faculty member inducted into prestigious nursing fellowship
Posted: March 13, 2017

Gayle Timmerman, PhD, RN, CNS, FAAN, associate dean for Academic Affairs and associate professor at the School of Nursing, was inducted into the Distinguished Fellowship of the National Academies of Practice in Nursing (NAP).

A Distinguished Practitioner, Scholar or Policy Fellow within NAP is a very high honor that acknowledges the outstanding achievements of a recognized leader in his or her profession. The outstanding health care leaders and practitioners of NAP work together as an interdisciplinary force to influence national health policy, legislation, and promote quality healthcare through cooperative advocacy, practice, education, and research.

NAP is a non-profit organization founded in 1981 to advise governmental bodies on the nation’s health care system. Distinguished practitioners and scholars are elected by their peers from fourteen different health professions to join the only interprofessional group of health care practitioners and scholars dedicated to supporting affordable, accessible, coordinated quality health care for all.

Faculty member inducted as Fellows in the Gerontological Society of America
Posted: March 9, 2017

Tracie Harrison, PhD, RN, CS, FGSA, FAAN, and Bo Xie, PhD, both associate professors at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing, were recently inducted as Fellows in the Gerontological Society of America. The Fellowship is the Society’s highest class of membership and serves as an acknowledgment of outstanding and continuing work in the field of gerontology.

The Gerontological Society of America’s principal mission is to advance the study of aging and disseminate information among scientists, decision makers, and the general public. The Society fosters collaboration between biologists, health professionals, policymakers, and behavioral and social scientists. Visit the Gerontological Society of America for more information.

Dean and faculty member inducted into International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame
Posted: March 7, 2017

Alexa K. Stuifbergen, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean, and James Dougherty Centennial Professor; and Lorraine O. Walker, EdD, MPH, RN, and Luci B. Johnson Centennial Professor, The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing, will be inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame during the organization’s 28th International Nursing Research Congress in Dublin, Ireland, July 27–31, 2017. Both Dr. Stuifbergen and Dr. Walker are members of the Epsilon Theta Chapter #126 of STTI. Click here to learn more about the 2017 Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame Inductees.

Created in 2010, the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame recognizes nurse researchers who have achieved significant and sustained national or international recognition and whose research has improved the profession and the people it serves. The honorees’ research projects will be shared through STTI’s Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository, enabling nurses everywhere to benefit from their discoveries and insights.

Faculty member named to new institute’s Board of Trustees
Posted: Feb. 28, 2017

Gayle Timmerman, PhD, RN, CNS, FAAN, associate dean for Academic Affairs and associate professor, was named to the Board of Trustees of the CNS Institute, the charitable arm of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists. The new institute was established to develop and promote education, innovations in clinical practice, and scientific research that will advance the clinical nurse specialist role and improve patient care. Click here to read the CNS Institute news release.

Associate professor has been named an ambassador of the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research
Posted: Feb. 9, 2017

Tracie Harrison, PhD, RN, CS, FAAN, FGSA, has been named an ambassador of the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research, an independent nonprofit group that advocates for and advances nursing science in the name of promoting the health and wellbeing of all Americans. The 15 newly appointed ambassadors were selected from a national pool of applicants based on their abilities to advance public, health professions and policy-maker awareness of the critical research agenda linked to the National Institute for Nursing Research.

These highly qualified individuals will focus on educating Congressional leaders about high-impact and cost-effective treatments and quality-of-life enhancements that emanate from nursing science. The goal is to advance research funding to ensure the training of scientists at a time of major scientific breakthroughs and to promote the NINR strategic plan that specifies how nurse scientists improve the wellbeing of Americans across the human lifespan.

Associate professor appointed to National Academies of Science and Engineering and Medicine committee
Posted: Jan. 31, 2017

Tracie Harrison, PhD, RN, CS, FGSA, FAAN, and associate professor at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing, has been appointed to the Health Care Utilization and Adults with Disabilities Committee at the National Academies of Science and Engineering and Medicine in Washington, DC. The ad hoc committee of 15 individuals representing a variety of health care disciplines provides analysis of health care utilizations as they relate to impairment severity by identifying utilizations that might be good proxies for “listing-level” severity. This includes what represents an impairment, or combination of impairments, that is severe enough to prevent a person from doing any gainful activity, regardless of age, education, or work experience. Dr. Harrison is the sole nurse on the committee.

Former faculty member receives award
Posted: Jan. 31, 2017

Former faculty member Graham McDougall, PhD, received the John A. Hartford Geriatric Research Award from the Southern Nursing Research Society at their 2017 annual conference.

Associate professor installed as president of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses
Posted: Jan. 04, 2017

Linda Yoder, PhD, MBA, RN, AOCN, FAAN, was inducted as president of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) during the group’s annual conference Sept. 29–Oct. 2, 2106. Dr. Yoder is an associate professor and director of the Graduate Concentration in Nursing Administration and Healthcare Systems Management at The University of Texas at Austin. She will serve a two-year term. The AMSN is the only specialty nursing organization dedicated to the practice of medical-surgical nursing.

School of Nursing receives Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Grant
Posted: Jan. 04, 2017

Leigh Goldstein, PhD, RN, The UT Austin School of Nursing has received a $200,000 grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board under the Nursing Innovation Grant Program: Building Lab and Simulation Capacity. Leigh Goldstein, PhD, RN, and assistant professor of clinical nursing, is the primary investigator for the grant. The grant program seeks to encourage the development and expansion of nursing skills and simulation lab capacity. The overall goal is to shift clinical hours from traditional patient care clinical situations to lab and simulation activities, and ideally, to reduce the total number of contact hours of clinical instruction in patient care areas in the initial RN licensure program.