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School of Nursing Establishes Endowed Nursing Chair

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President Jay Hartzell and Dean Alexa Stuifbergen are joined by Ascension Seton leadership, President and CEO, Andy Davis (far right), and Steven Brockman-Weber, Chief Nursing Officer (second from right).
President Jay Hartzell and Dean Alexa Stuifbergen are joined by Ascension Seton leadership at the Tower.

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing has received a gift from Ascension Seton to permanently endow a faculty chair in support of clinical nursing research. The new full-time position will strengthen the School of Nursing’s leadership in research and enhance its nursing programs and partnership with Ascension Seton by supporting nurses practicing in clinical settings.

The evolving U.S. health care system has called for major changes for nurses employed in clinical settings. Generating new knowledge is essential to the care of patients, and working successfully with busy nurses requires an experienced researcher who can address researchable clinical questions, major health care issues and patient care.

“During the pandemic, many people have come to recognize how important nurses are to improving health care,” said Alexa Stuifbergen, dean of the School of Nursing. “The Ascension Seton Chair in Clinical Nursing Research will expand and strengthen the school’s relationship with a key clinical partner at this critical time in our nation’s history.”

Ascension Seton has a long history of support for the UT Austin School of Nursing, including provision of funding for the RN-BSN program and scholarships for students with financial need, development of research competencies in nursing staff, and making placements available for students requiring clinical experience.

“Ascension Seton is excited to partner with the School of Nursing through this Endowed Chair of Nursing Research,” said Steven Brockman-Weber, chief nursing officer at Ascension Texas. “The endowed chair will strengthen nursing education, science and research for both the School of Nursing and Ascension Texas. Additionally, this endowment will build a stronger foundation to enhance the prestige of nursing locally and nationally as we advance the practice of nursing science and improve the health of the patients, families and communities we serve.”

“We are deeply appreciative of this landmark gift that will be used to support an experienced faculty member who can work with our clinical partners to promote new collaborations and facilitate research that influences public policy and improves health care,” Stuifbergen said. “The establishment of the endowed chair will allow us to recruit an outstanding researcher to lead research efforts in practice settings, which is crucial to successful patient outcomes.”