News Category: Graduate

Nursing DNP Student Steps Up To Serve Our Local Community During COVID-19

May 6, 2020

Like a lot of individuals in her profession, UT Austin School of Nursing DNP student April Watkins has used her expertise to aid the world’s most vulnerable populations. As a clinical nurse specialist in cardiology and internal medicine, she has organized medical relief missions around the globe in places like Brazil, Haiti and Puerto Rico. While there, she and her team of ten to twelve health care workers delivered primary care services on the forefront of many crises. However, she was not expecting a crisis like COVID-19 to find her right in her own backyard.

A Life of Service: Balancing COVID-19 Response and Clinical Instruction

May 6, 2020

On Monday April 6th, UT Austin School of Nursing Clinical Instructor Darlene “Cookie” Wilson began a thirteen week assignment serving at the epicenter of the United States’ COVID-19 epidemic, Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, New York. A hospital located in a densely populated, working class neighborhood, Elmhurst has been hit particularly hard by the virus.

Who’s at Highest Risk for Loneliness and What Can be Done? Check Your Assumptions…

May 5, 2020

In 2018 more than half of the US population reported feeling alone or left out, according to a nationwide survey of over 20,000 US adults. Surprisingly, those ages 18-22 were the loneliest group, with worse health than older generations. For more information read the "New Cigna Study Reveals Loneliness at Levels in America.

Nursing Students Translate COVID-19 Handbook into Spanish

April 17, 2020

AUSTIN, Texas — Two bilingual University of Texas at Austin students are volunteering to translate and distribute COVID-19 health information to Spanish-speaking communities, bridging a critical information gap during the pandemic.

Click Here to Download the COVID-19 Handbook (Updated April 17, 2020)

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.

Opportunity to Submit Comments Regarding School of Nursing’s Qualifications for Accreditation

Dec. 2, 2019

Dear Constituents and Colleagues:

The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing will be having an on-site accreditation review of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, Post-Graduate APRN Certificate program, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. The on-site evaluation by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is scheduled the week of 02/10/20.

The Role of the Clinical Nurse Specialist in Today’s Health Care System

Oct. 15, 2019

When Christina Schulte worked as a neuroscience researcher she could often go eight hours a day without speaking to another person, which was one reason she decided bench science wasn’t for her and decided to explore a career in nursing. Today, she is completing a Master of Science in Nursing degree with an Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AG CNS) concentration at the UT Austin School of Nursing.

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.

Nursing Collaborations Boost Community Health: A refugee population receives warm welcome and access to health care

June 19, 2019

In east Austin live a largely unknown refugee population who fled their native Burma (also referred to as Myanmar) several years ago, forced to leave because of persecution by the ruling parties in their homeland. They are Matu, a tribe of the ethnic Chin group, and were accepted into the United States after genocidal attacks by the Burmese military junta. Approximately 50,000 members of the Chin group now live in the U.S., and 35 to 50 Matu families have found refuge in the city of Austin.

Marvin the Robot Takes SXSW Festival by Storm: Psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner students meet the tech world

May 22, 2019

Each year the SXSW Festival provides a stage where the global music industry alongside film and technology professionals can strut their stuff and make personal and work-related connections as well as discover the next generation of talent. This year was no exception as Marvin the School of Nursing’s telehealth robot wheeled onto the scene, wowing visitors of the MedTech and Health Expo interactive section.