News Category: Achievements & Awards

Celebrating National Nurses Week: May 6-12, 2020

May 6, 2020

The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing celebrates National Nurses Week by highlighting a few of our alumni, students, and instructors who have heard and responded to the call of our profession amid challenging times. Read more about these leaders below and join us in our celebration of these everyday heroes.

National Nurses Week: Spotlights

May 6, 2020

Read about Dr. Gaurdia Banister, Dr. Carolyn Phillips, Dr. Miyong Kim, and Dr. Donna Rolin.


Dr. Gaurdia Banister

Alumna’s Palliative Care Proposal is Accepted into Esteemed Program

Jan. 21, 2020

Megan Lippe, PhD, MSN, RN, was one of ten finalists selected to join the Cambia Health Foundation’s Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program. Candidates from across the country, disciplines and practice settings were required to meet rigorous standards to demonstrate themselves as palliative care leaders. Each scholar will receive $180,000 in funding towards their individualized proposal to impact and innovate within the palliative care field.

Dr. Mary Wakefield: UT Alumna, Visiting Professor and Living Legend

Dec. 11, 2019

The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing graduate and Visiting Professor Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, FAAN, is one of this year’s honorees of the Living Legend award. The American Academy of Nursing awards this distinction to individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary contributions to the nursing profession throughout their career.

Professor Donna Rolin opens doors for Integrated Behavioral Health Scholars

Dec. 11, 2019

As concerns over mental health resources reach a fever pitch in Texas and the rest of the nation, one professor at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing is tackling these issues head on.

Alumna receives the 2019 Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award

Sept. 18, 2019

Keela Herr, PhD, RN, AGSF, FGSA, FAAN, Kelting professor in nursing and associate dean for faculty at the University of Iowa College of Nursing, is the recipient of the 2019 Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award. This award is presented to a Gerontological Society of America (GSA) member who has a record of outstanding and sustained contribution to geriatric nursing research.

Faculty Members receive the 2019 Good Samaritan Foundation Excellence in Nursing Awards

Sept. 10, 2019

Carol Delville, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, clinical assistant professor; and Stephanie Morgan, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, clinical professor and director of practice innovation, the UT Austin School of Nursing, have received the 2019 Good Samaritan Foundation Excellence in Nursing Bronze Awards. Dr. Delville was recognized for her excellence in nursing education and Dr. Morgan was recognized for excellence in nursing administration and leadership. The award ceremony took place on September 5 in Houston, Texas.

Better Than Perfect: Nurse practitioner students receive 100 percent pass rate — again!

Aug. 27, 2019

Question: How do you improve on perfection? Answer: By being perfect every time.

Since its inception, students of the psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) program at UT Austin School of Nursing have received a 100 percent pass rate on the American Nurses Credentialing Center board certification exams, the only board-certified exam in the nation. This means that all 111 students who graduated between 2011 and 2019 passed the rigorous exam on the first try.

School of Nursing Receives Grant to Address Social Determinants of Health in Travis County

July 10, 2019

A one-year, $250,000 grant was awarded to The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing by the Houston-based Episcopal Health Foundation to conduct a community-centric needs assessment inclusive of social determinants of health. The assessment will be instrumental in informing services that will be provided by a new comprehensive community-based health clinic in the 78617 zip code neighborhood located in Southeast Travis County.