Nursing faculty receive national, international honors
By Rosanne Fohn
Three faculty members from the School of Nursing have received national or international recognition.
Dr. Stevens is one of 14 academic nurse researchers throughout the world who were inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame at the 23rd International Nursing Research Congress in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, in August. The hall of fame is sponsored by Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), the Honor Society of Nursing.
Dr. Stevens received STTI’s Episteme Award in October 2011. As the profession’s highest recognition for research, receiving the Episteme Award automatically qualified Dr. Stevens for induction into the hall of fame. The biennial Episteme Award acknowledges a major breakthrough in the development of nursing knowledge resulting in significant and recognizable benefit to the public.
The nursing professor is known internationally for her work in improving patient safety and the quality of patient care through evidence-based practice. In 2000 she founded ACE, a center of excellence in the School of Nursing. The center's aim is to improve care and patient safety by building a workforce attuned to evidence-based practice and moving proven practices quickly into high-quality care. She has received more than $7 million to support evidence-based quality improvement through research, education and practice. Her major accomplishments include:
Nurse of the Year
Dr. Cantu was honored Oct. 10 with the 2012 NAHN Nurse of the Year award during a congressional reception and briefing in Washington, D.C.
She was selected because of her leadership in developing the Healthy Choices for Kids program and Healthy Choices for Seniors as part of her community service learning work in the School of Nursing, and for her leadership in NAHN and its local chapter.
"I have worked with Adelita on many projects at NAHN and as members of the NAHN Board of Directors," said NAHN President Jose Alejandro, PhD(c), RN-BC, MBA, CCM, FACHE. "As a fellow Texan, I am especially proud of her work as a leader, researcher and nurse educator at The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio and her commitment to the health of her community.
“Adelita’s tremendous efforts with the Healthy Choices for Kids program since its inception in 2008 is a prime example of the spectacular work our NAHN members do,” Alejandro continued. “The program is in the same vein as NAHN's Muévete USA program, in which she has also been involved for the last two years. Both programs work to improve the overall good health of children by promoting healthy food choices, portion control and physical activity." Muévete USA was piloted in the School of Nursing at the UT Health Science Center before it became a national program through NAHN.
Dr. Cantu said, “"I am humbled to receive this recognition and sincerely thank NAHN for its continued support and consistent work in improving the health care of the Hispanic community. I am very proud to be a member of NAHN and look forward to our future together."
Nurse Research Excellence Award
Dr. Lapiz-Bluhm received the Nurse Research Excellence Award during the 33rd annual PNAA national convention held in San Antonio during July.
Previously engaged in preclinical research on the effects of stress, Dr. Lapiz-Bluhm currently conducts translational research on the neurobiological biomarkers of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
“The mechanisms associated with the vulnerability to PTSD following trauma exposure is not well understood, hence the need for more research into this area to develop strategies for treatment or even prevention,” she explained.
In addition to the PNAA award, Dr. Lapiz-Bluhm also received a PNAA Foundation fellowship to fund a research proposal to study the incidence of work-incident-related PTSD in Filipino nurses in the U.S. and in the Philippines.
During the two-day poster presentation at the conference, Dr. Lapiz-Bluhm, Christine Gaspard, M.S.L.S.; Katherine Prentice, M.S.I.S., AHIP, and Angela Myatt, M.Sc., received recognition for their poster, “Utilization of Evidence-Based Practice Resources by Junior Level Nursing Students.” Also at the meeting, a group of accelerated bachelor’s degree nursing students received an award for their poster, “The Effectiveness of Electroconvulsive Therapy.” The student researchers are Michelle Villareal, Miaojuan Li, David Nelson, Raquel Rosales, Melly Maldonado, Meredith Mobley; Stephen Mowrey, Courtney Ward and Christina Womack.
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