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Meeting the Clinical Challenge

Expanded Sim Lab, dedicated preceptors

Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth's preceptors and newly expanded Simulation and Clinical Performance Laboratory provide hands-on experiences for future nurses.

Dean Diane Santa Maria

New Dean

Leading with service and compassion

Effective Sept. 1, 2020, Dr. Diane Santa Maria became the fifth dean in the Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth’s 48-year history.

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Cizik Nursing by the Numbers

Demonstrating excellence

Cizik School of Nursing's key metrics include increases in our already impressive first-time NCLEX pass rates.

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Emergency Nursing

Houston ED nurses face a new kind of challenge

Emergency nurses mask up to treat patients on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Outreach amid isolation

Ombudsmen advocate for long-term care residents

Dedicated staff and volunteers advocate for residents of long-term care facilities, even while COVID-19 limits access.

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COVID-19 testing

Nurse-led clinic takes the lead

Cizik School of Nursing’s nurse-led clinic, UT Health Services, tests employees of the university's six schools and several local companies.

Carla Diaz-Lewis delivers hand sanitizer to Dean Diane Santa Maria

COVID-19 contributions

Donors step up for students

From face masks to fajitas, Cizik School of Nursing donors give generously.

Ellaine Tee, RN

Diverse Opportunities

In health care careers

The Summer Health Professions Education Program led recent Cizik School of Nursing graduate Ellaine Tee, RN, to discover her career path.


Sheri Henriksen

A mother's gratitude

"That's what nurses do"

Sheri Henriksen’s experience with PARTNERS and Cizik School of Nursing has brought friendships and a platform to speak about the importance of nurses.

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PARTNERS like no other

Supporting education, research, and students

The PARTNERS organization raises funds for student scholarships and faculty research grants.

Elizabeth Cantu Adamson, DNP, RN

Accomplished Alumni

DNP graduate leads with data

Elizabeth Cantu Adamson, DNP, RN, was the first Cizik School of Nursing student to receive a DNP degree with a specialization in informatics.



Adult/gerontology care tracks added

Top-rated program expands its specialization offerings in 2020.

Justina Ewoh

PhD Scholarship

Ewoh receives first Jane and Robert Cizik PhD Scholarship

Full-time scholarship enables outstanding future nurse scientist to devote three years to innovative health care research.

Virtual graduation 2020

Celebrating online

Pomp and unusual circumstance

More than 4,300 people viewed Cizik School of Nursing's virtual commencement in May 2020

Dr. Stacey Crane and Dr. Meagan Whisenant

Symptom Science

Firsts in Nursing Research

Drs. Crane and Whisenant break ground with grants for developing systems to monitor and manage cancer symptoms.

Dr. Joanne Hickey and Dr. Constance Johnson

Smart Apartment

Aging in place

Seed grants jump-start interdisciplinary research of technology to enable older adults to remain in their own homes.

Safe Space

Safe Space

Workplace violence grants

Cizik School of Nursing faculty will develop virtual reality simulations to train nurses and support staff.

Dr. Dorothy Otto

In Memoriam

Dr. Dorothy Otto, 1932-2020

Founding faculty member mentored many in 60-year career

Drs. Hildreth Eloi and Matthew Lewis named 2020 McGovern Teachers of the Year

Outstanding Educators

2020 McGovern Awards

Dr. Hildreth Eloi and Dr. Matthew Lewis received prestigious awards made possible by an endowment from the John P. McGovern Foundation.

Drs. Joan Engebretson, Joanne Hickey, and Debra Fowler

Hellos and farewells

New and retiring faculty

In 2020, Cizik School of Nursing celebrated the careers of our retiring faculty and welcomed several new educators.

Faculty Fellows

Faculty Fellows

Rozmus, Ahn, and McEwen honored in 2020

Prestigious health care academies honored Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth faculty members in 2020.