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  • Zeta Pi General Meeting November 4, 2021 Webinar

    STTI Zeta Pi will host a nursing professional development activity and would like to invite all Zeta Pi members, students, and any nursing professionals interested in our November 4, 2021, general meeting. Registration is required to attend this event. Please click here to register. After registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing the WebEx link and an Outlook reminder.

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Vaunette P. Fay, PhD, RNC, FNP, GNPCizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston Professor Vaunette P. Fay, PhD, RNC, FNP, GNP, is this year’s recipient of the Emma Josephine Loeffelholz Award from the Institute for Spirituality and Health at the Texas Medical Center. Fay was recognized for her longstanding service and contributions to the institute and to promoting the important role of spirituality in health care.
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Eight faculty members receive awards from the Good Samaritan Foundation

The Good Samaritan Foundation has named Dr. Hsiao-Hui “Joyce” Ju a silver award winner in its 2021 Excellence in Nursing program. Dr. Seema Aggarwal, Dr. Lisa Boss, Dr. Robert Carl Coghlan III, Dr. Sara Lewandowski, Dr. Nitha Mathew Joseph, Dr. Omobola Oyeleye, and Dr. Francine Snow received bronze awards. They were recognized at the 17th Annual Excellence in Nursing Awards Luncheon on October 12 along with PhD student Steven Powell.

Alumnus Assumes Command of Navy Hospital

Navy Capt. Patrick Fitzpatrick, MSN, ENP
Navy Capt. Patrick Fitzpatrick, MSN, ENP, credits Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston with preparing him to advance through the ranks to lead both military and civilian operations at a Navy hospital just across Puget Sound from Seattle. Fitzpatrick assumed command of Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Bremerton on August 20, 2021.
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Associate Professor Lisa Boss, PhD, RN, and Assistant Professor Kathleen Siders, DNP, RN, will share leadership duties as co-directors of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Cizik School of Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) effective September 1, 2021.

Lisa Boss, PhD, RNKathleen Siders, DNP, RN

“We are seeing steady growth in our DNP program as students and employers recognize the value it brings in preparing nurse leaders to improve systems and patient outcomes,” said Dean Diane Santa Maria, DrPH, MSN, RN. “Managing the variety and depth of DNP tracks is a big job for anyone to take on, and I’m pleased that Dr. Boss and Dr. Siders are both stepping up and lending their expertise to co-lead the program.”

Vaccine Uptake among Texas Nurses

Sandra Branson, PhD, MSN, RNNew research focused on Texas nurses has found predictors of a lack of intention to be vaccinated against COVID-19 includes previous COVID-19 infection, unfavorable vaccine attitudes, and concerns about vaccine safety. Researchers from Cizik School of Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston) published the results in the October 2021 issue of the Texas Public Health Journal. The study assessed Texas nurses’ COVID-19 vaccination status, intention, and hesitancy through self-reported results via an online survey in early 2021.

Within a sample of 311 nurses, 12% of respondents stated they did not intend to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Predictors of no intention to vaccinate included previously testing positive for COVID-19, less favorable vaccine attitudes, and greater concerns related to vaccine safety. A 2021 survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation reported 14% of American adults did not intend to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
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Ruppert to Serve on AACN Essentials Committee

Susan Ruppert, PhD, FNP-C, FAANSusan Ruppert, PhD, FNP-C, FAAN, served on the task force that helped the American Association of Colleges of Nurses (AACN) develop the new core competencies for professional nursing education. The Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education was approved earlier this year, and Ruppert will continue to lead as a member of the inaugural AACN Essentials Implementation Steering Committee.

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Pictured clockwise from top left are Dr. Tammy Stout, Dr. Carole Mackavey, Dr. Susan Ruppert, and Dr. Linda Cole.Pictured clockwise from top left are Dr. Tammy Stout, Dr. Carole Mackavey, Dr. Susan Ruppert, and Dr. Linda Cole.

Leadership of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and post-graduate certificate programs at Cizik School of Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) will be shared among four faculty members effective September 1, 2021.

Each will coordinate specific aspects of the programs. Filling these roles are:

“I am grateful to each of these faculty members for helping uphold the rigorous and forward-looking standards of our highly ranked MSN program, and I am especially pleased that we can offer them opportunities for leadership and development,” said Dean Diane Santa Maria, DrPH, MSN, RN, FAAN.



Thank You Volunteers!




Two-Steps Hands Only CPR

Under the guidance of Sandra M. Branson, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE, 10 community/public health clinical students provided training at a local YMCA to 75 community members on the American Heart Association’s 2-Steps Hands Only CPR – “Call 911” and “Push hard and fast.” 

“If bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is performed, the victim’s chance of survival can triple,” Dr. Branson said. “Men are twice as likely to survive cardiac arrest as women, and bystanders are less likely to do CPR on women. Lower rates of bystander CPR are also found in minority neighborhoods and among lower household incomes. This must change!” 


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Congratulations to Dr. Amy Blok, DNP, CRNA, and Dr. Kristin Ownby, PhD, RN for being selected by the Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth students as the 2021 John P. McGovern Outstanding Teachers of the Year.
Amy Blok, DNP, CRNA
“Students choose Cizik School of Nursing because of our exceptional faculty and reputation for academic rigor. Dr. Blok’s and Dr. Ownby’s ability to inspire students to excellence during the difficult circumstances of the past year are a testament to their professionalism and dedication,” said Dean Diane Santa Maria, DrPH, RN, FAAN.Kristin Ownby, PhD, RN


Other faculty honored with nominations for the 2021 McGovern award include Dr. Sandra Hanneman, who was recognized by both graduate and undergraduate students. Other nominees were:

Graduate faculty:

  • Deborah McCrea
  • Deniz Dishman
  • Kala Christopherson
  • Kathleen Siders
  • Kelly Kearney
  • Latarsha Cheatham
  • Mahrokh Kobeissi

Undergraduate faculty:

  • Candice Triulzi
  • Juane Alexander
  • Kelli Galle
  • Vuong Prieto

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