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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

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.

The UT Austin School of Nursing Family and Children’s Wellness Center Responds to COVID-19.

May 6, 2020

Since taking the helm four years ago as the director for the UT Austin School of Nursing Family Wellness Center and Children’s Wellness Center, Dr. Stephanie Morgan has steered the clinics through multiple obstacles. However, in the wake of COVID-19, Dr. Morgan has met an all new set of daunting circumstances, while ensuring the community retains access to health care services.

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.

Alumna featured in American Nurse Journal

April 29, 2020

Alumna Cindy Zolnierek (PhD 2013) was featured in the April 2020 issue of American Nurse, the official journal of the American Nurses Association, for her long term commitment to advocacy through professional nursing associations.

Dr. Zolnierek was selected as Executive Director for the Texas Nurses Association (TNA) in 2013 and became the chief executive officer (CEO) of TNA in 2018.

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)

Mental Health Programs Change Strategy Under COVID-19

April 14, 2020

AUSTIN, Texas — Due to the unique challenges that COVID-19 presents to underserved Austin communities, a collaboration between the School of Nursing and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin is switching gears.

AMEN Program Responds to Wellness Needs During the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 10, 2020

African American Mental Health and Wellness (AMEN) team is collaborating with KAZI FM 88.7 in producing a radio series to highlight the importance of addressing mental health and physical wellness in the African American community. The monthly series will feature AMEN team members from the School of Nursing, leaders from Mt. Zion Baptist and Rehoboth Baptist churches, and community organizations who provide mental health resources and support in Travis county.