The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing celebrates Nurses Week by highlighting a few of our alumni who work diligently toward improving health care for all. Every graduate has their own unique motivation for choosing this profession; however, the common theme is always making a difference. Read more about our honorees below and join us in celebrating all Texas Nurse leaders.
Advocating for our Most Vulnerable Populations
Meet Jasmine Tumewu, a 2021 BSN graduate working as the Clinic RN for the ‘Healthcare for the Homeless Mobile Team’ for CommUnity Care, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Austin.
Providing Family-centered Care for our Next Generation
Meet Mary Loeb, a 2022 BSN honors graduate. Ms. Loeb comes from a long line of Longhorns, beginning with her great grandmother who graduated from the UT College of Pharmacy in 1929, making her a fourth generation Longhorn!
Setting Higher Standards of Care for US Armed Forces and Beyond
Meet Christopher VanFosson, a 2017 PhD graduate who has been in the Army for 22 years. He is married to another nurse, Kelly, and they have four adult children.
Utilizing Nursing Research and Education to Improve Patient Care
Meet Jonathan Hecht, a two-time UT Austin School of Nursing alumnus, BSN 2004 and MSN 2011, and a current part-time PhD student.
Addressing Mental Health Needs through a Lifetime of Learning
Meet Erin Cloke, a 2013 MSN alumna and 2022 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post Master’s Certificate graduate, who has recently opened her own private mental health practice in Austin, Texas.
Reducing Physical and Mental Health Disparities Among Aging Adults
Meet Janiece Taylor, MSN 2009 and PHD 2014, a two-time graduate of the UT Austin School of Nursing. Dr. Taylor is an Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing where she is continuing her work in the areas of pain and women’s health, and aging and disability research.
Making a Difference in Women’s Health in Central Texas
Meet Katherine Alvarado, a 2016 Alternate Entry Master of Science in Nursing (AE-MSN) graduate currently working as part of the Maternal Transport team on the Labor and Delivery unit at Ascension Seton Medical Center in Austin.