Sandra M Branson, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE
Dr. "Sandy" Branson serves as CSON nursing faculty where she holds the academic rank of associate professor of clinical nursing. She also has a faculty practice as an Operations Administrator at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital. Her clinical background is in acute care, community health, clinical education, and healthcare leadership/management/administration. She teaches a variety of leadership/management and quality improvement courses and is a community clinical instructor in the undergraduate program. As a TeamSTEPPS® Master Trainer/AHA Faculty trainer, she teaches 'Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety' with the CSON's Ambassador students and trains interdisciplinary team members working in hospital settings.
Branson's research interests include biobehavioral studies in human-animal interactions and team-based health professions education. She has been consistently funded since 2014 and has conducted several cross-sectional studies and randomized controlled trials investigating pet ownership and the effectiveness of incorporating animals in the treatment process. She has been honored by receiving academic scholarships, service awards, abstract awards, and received the Outstanding Houston Nurse award from Texas Nurses Association District 9.
Branson received her BS in Psychology from the University of Houston, and her BSN from Texas Woman's University. She received her MSN in Leadership and Administration, post master's certificate in Education, and her PhD as the Hamill Foundation Scholar in the Accelerated Ph.D. Program from UTHealth School of Nursing.