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Sandra M Branson

Sandra M Branson, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE

Associate Professor
Department of Undergraduate Studies
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Dr. "Sandy" Branson holds the academic rank of associate professor of clinical nursing in the Department of Undergraduate Studies of Cizik School of Nursing. Branson has a BS in Psychology from the University of Houston, BSN from Texas Woman's University, and MSN in Leadership and Administration, post master's certificate in Education, and PhD as the Hamill Foundation Scholar in the Accelerated Ph.D. Program, the latter three from UTHealth Cizik School of Nursing. Branson’s clinical background is in acute care, community health, clinical education, and healthcare leadership and administration. She maintains a faculty practice as an Operations Administrator in a hospital setting. She teaches a variety of leadership/management and quality improvement/evidence-based practice courses online and is a community clinical instructor. Branson is the author of several peer-reviewed publications. Branson's primary research is in human-animal interaction that investigates the contribution of animals in peoples' lives and in the treatment and recovery process, but she also conducts research in other areas including vaccine hesitancy and mental health in nurses, and workforce support. She has a long history being part of organizational teams that plan, implement, and evaluate quality improvement and evidence-based practices in the hospital and community settings. 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.

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Simulations take holistic approach to emergency response (Jul 2022)

Publication: Nurse Adaptability and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms During the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Effects of Family and Perceived Organizational Support (Mar 2022)

Publication: Undergraduate nursing students’ COVID-19 vaccine intentions: A national survey (Jan 2022)

Researching the impact of COVID-19 on the nursing shortage (Dec 2021)

Publication: Pet Caretaking and Risk of Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia in Older US Adults (Oct 2021)

Vaccine uptake among Texas nurses; why 12% of nurses have no intention to vaccinate (Oct 2021)

Publication: Undergraduate Nursing Students' Perceptions on Nursing Education During the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic: A National Sample (Jul 2021)

Branson’s BSN students saddle up for equine-assisted learning at SIRE horsemanship center (Dec 2019)

Pilot trial by Pickens and Branson assessing telephone-based care for at-risk elderly (Jun 2019)