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.
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.