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Research society honors University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing professors


Two University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing faculty were honored by the Southern Nursing Research Society. Sharon Brown, RN, PhD, FAAN, professor of nursing, was honored with the SNRS Award for Research in Minority Health. The award recognizes the contributions of an individual conducting or promoting research that improves the healthcare of minorities and other under-represented groups in the Southern region, according to a news release.

For more than 20 years, Brown has pioneered programs, culturally tailored for Mexican Americans, that have helped participants manage their diabetes. Brown has been working with residents of Starr County in the western Rio Grande Valley. “Our goal, knowing they had little access to health care and few resources, was to determine what we could do to improve their health with the resources they did have,” Brown said in the news release, “because diabetes cuts lifespans by six to 10 years.”

Linda Yoder, RN, PhD, MBA, AOCN, FAAN, associate professor of nursing and the director of the graduate program in nursing administration and healthcare systems management, was honored with the 2013 SNRS Mid-Career Researcher Award. This award recognizes the contribution of a member whose scholarly work influences outcomes in nursing practice, nursing education, health policy or population health and honors those dedicated to mentoring the development of scholarly work by the next generation of nurse scholars, according to the news release.

“Most of my nursing career has been spent working in hospitals and focusing on research that improves patient care and nursing work environment outcomes,” Yoder said in a news release. “Now I work with graduate students who also are committed to providing safe, quality care in work environments that support excellent care provision. These are challenging times in healthcare, so we need clinicians, healthcare executives, educators and researchers who are dedicated to solving patient care delivery problems.”


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