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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

Faculty member receives award
Posted: May 16, 2018

Linda Yoder, PhD, MBA, RN, AOCN, FAAN, and Col. U.S. Army (Ret.), received the Phyllis J. Veronica research award for outstanding podium presentation during the recent TriService Nursing Research Program dissemination course. This course is for Army, Navy, and Air Force active, Reserve, Guard, and retired Nurse Corps officers at which research and evidence-based practice posters and presentations are showcased to stimulate research questions and effective interventions.

U.S. Senator John Cornyn and Dr. Tracie HarrisonProfessor speaks with senator about long-term care
Posted: May 1, 2018

Dr. Tracie Harrison, professor at the UT Austin School of Nursing and director of the Center for Excellence in Aging Services and Long-Term Care, attended a coffee on Thursday, April 26, with U.S. Senator John Cornyn, R-Texas, to network with other long-term care agencies and community representatives from Texas to build connections, advocate for patients and collaborate on the issues.

In 2003, the Texas Legislature charged the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS), a component of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, with assessing how satisfied people who live in Medicaid-certified nursing homes are with the quality of their care and quality of life. In 2014, DADS, after a competitive process, turned to Dr. Harrison, a nationally renowned gerontology nurse, to conduct this research, which is one of the only high-quality, on-going studies of nursing homes in the country.

Lab team earns highest certification for environmental responsibility
Posted: April 19, 2018

Nicole Osier, PhD, RN and assistant professor at the School of Nursing, and lab student Sriram Palepu, have received an “Exemplary Green Labs” certification from My Green Lab, a California nonprofit formed to unify and lead scientists, vendors, designers, energy providers, and others in a common drive toward a world in which all research reflects the highest standards of social and environmental responsibility. Osier’s team scored 100%, which means the lab is a leader in reducing waste through strategic efforts. To learn more visit the BioBehavioral Lab page. The team is also helping other labs in the Dell Medical School’s Health Learning Building to earn this certification and/or recycle to whatever level they are willing and able.

Young researcher is honored by the University of Pittsburgh
Posted: March 28, 2018

Nicole Osier, PhD, RN and assistant professor at the School of Nursing received the 2018 Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the University of Pittsburgh. This honor is bestowed upon alumni under the age of 40 who have earned their Pitt nursing degree within the past ten years. This award is to celebrate someone who is making significant contributions to the profession early in their career.

Faculty member receives the 2018 Rising Star Faculty Award
Posted: March 13, 2018

Cara Young, PhD, RN, FNP-C and assistant professor, was selected to receive the 2018 Rising Star Faculty Award from the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF). The award will be presented April 21 at the 2018 NONPF 44th Annual Conference Steering NP Education Toward the Future in Indianapolis, Indiana. NONPF is the only organization specifically devoted to promoting high quality nurse practitioner education at the national and international levels.

Faculty member receives a Lifetime Achievement Award
Posted: Jan. 17, 2018

Patricia Carter, PhD, RN, CNS and director of the Leadership in Diverse Settings program at the UT Austin School of Nursing received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Central Texas Oncology Nursing Society. The award is given to the member who has dedicated their career to oncology nursing with contributions to ONS and/or a local hospital or organization to further the development of oncology nursing or improved patient care.

Young researcher honored with two prestigious awards
Posted: Jan. 11, 2018

Julie A Zuñiga, PhD, RN, and assistant professor, received the Junior Investigator Award from the Public Health Nursing Section at the American Public Health Association annual conference. Dr. Zuniga will also be honored at the 2018 Southern Nursing Research Society conference as this year’s recipient of the Early Science Investigator Award. This prestigious award recognizes the contributions of a nurse scientist early in the research career who shows potential to develop a sustained program of research to enhance nursing science and practice. Click here to visit Dr. Julie Zuñiga's Research website.