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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

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.