(Jan. 23, 2018) – Two UTHealth School of Nursing faculty members were among “20 Outstanding Nurses of 2017” honored by the Texas Nurses Association (TNA) District 9 Foundation on Nov. 9, 2017 at the Westin Galleria Houston.

Deborah L. McCrea, M.S.N., R.N., an instructor of clinical nursing in the Department of Acute and Continuing Care, was recognized for her expertise in Emergency Nursing.  Most recently, she set up clinical rotations for UTHealth’s undergraduate and nurse practitioner students to aid Hurricane Harvey victims at the George R. Brown Convention Center and assisted in adding a medical section at a shelter for medically fragile patients that were flooded out of their homes.

TNA District 9’s “27th Annual Nursing Celebration” also honored Professor of Clinical Nursing Elizabeth Ulrich, Ed.D., R.N, FAAN, Department of Family Health.  A prolific author, editor of Nephrology Nursing Journal and an in-demand guest lecturer, Ulrich was named a Distinguished Alumna (MSN ’80) of UTHealth’s nursing school in 2002.

Among “Hurricane Hero” honorees of the TNA District 9 Foundation were five individuals from UTHealth: McCrea; Elda Ramirez, Ph.D., R.N.; Allison Edwards, Dr.P.H., M.S., R.N.; Stacy Drake, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N.; and Pacesetter BSN student Joshua Monsivais.

All of the honorees were nominated and chosen by their peers and co-workers in the Houston/Galveston area.