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The Healing Power of Music; a Way to Sooth the Mind, Body and Soul

June 4, 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.

Nurses for Racial Justice: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee’s Efforts Centered Around Undoing Racism

June 4, 2020

While our country was still processing and mourning the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, we watched as George Floyd’s life was taken right before our eyes. We continue to grieve the losses of Mike Ramos, Philando Castile, Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice, and countless other black men, women, and children who have died at the hands of those who devalue human life. These traumatic events and resultant suffering are unfortunately not new to communities of color, and are symptoms of a deeper problem with which our nation has yet to grapple.

School of Nursing Virtual Ceremony: Saturday, May 23 | 2:00 p.m. CDT

May 22, 2020

Join us for the School of Nursing’s 2020 Virtual Spring Convocation!

On Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. (CDT), the School of Nursing will host a virtual ceremony in honor of the graduating Class of 2020. 

Donor Spotlight: UT Austin School of Nursing Receives Gift from Luci Baines Johnson and Ian Turpin for Gerontology Care, COVID-19 Efforts

May 13, 2020

The University of Texas at Austin’s efforts to educate top nurses and improve care for older adults, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic, have received a boost from long-time UT supporters Luci Baines Johnson and Ian Turpin. Several aspects of this timely gift, which comes as the country celebrates National Nurses Week, focus on COVID-19.

From the US Army to Texas Nursing: Engaging Students in Crisis Relief Mobilization

May 12, 2020

UT Austin School of Nursing clinical assistant professor Shalonda Horton is waiting on some important news. As a United States Army Reserve Public Health Nurse, she was notified on Friday, April 3rd that she needed to prepare for mobilization to assist the civilian population amid COVID-19. However, her orders have yet to come in, while some members of her unit, the 7454th Medical Battalion, have already been sent. 

AMEN Team and UT Austin School of Nursing Engage the Community During the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 7, 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.

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.