Robert Hanks named McGovern Outstanding Teacher By UTHealth School of Nursing graduate students

HOUSTON – (May 13, 2013) – The graduating students of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Nursing have selected area resident Robert G. Hanks, Ph.D., R.N., assistant professor of clinical nursing in the Department of Family Health, as recipient of the John P. McGovern Outstanding Teacher Award in the graduate program.

Undergraduate and graduate honorees as teachers of the year were announced during May 10 commencement ceremonies at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

The 2013 graduate teacher of the year is co-director of the school’s new Accelerated FNP-DNP Program. “Thank you, Dr. Hanks, for all of your positive feedback and constructive criticism!” wrote a nominating graduate student. “You were a great introduction to what being a family nurse practitioner is all about.”

Hanks joined the UTHealth School of Nursing faculty in 2010 after teaching in the School of Nursing of The University of Texas at Arlington and providing primary health care in a medically underserved area of Dallas. He earned the B.S.N., M.S.N. and Ph.D. degrees from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB).

Nominators praised Hanks as “most deserving,” “the best!” and “a passionate instructor who really cares!” Another of his students wrote: “Dr. Hanks is always very helpful when I need anything – very approachable, and he never makes me feel like I have inconvenienced him.”

In addition to teaching appreciative graduate nursing students, Hanks also serves as academic project manager of the school’s component of the Texas Gulf Coast Graduate Nurse Education (GNE) demonstration project in collaboration with three other area schools of nursing and Memorial Hermann Hospital. It is one of five demonstration projects in the U.S. selected by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid as to provide clinical education to increase the number of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) graduates.

Students at each of the six UTHealth schools choose a John P. McGovern Outstanding Teacher for stimulating curiosity, promoting professional development and contributing to students’ abilities to think creatively. The awards, announced at commencement ceremonies, are made possible by an endowment from the John P. McGovern Foundation.

Two honorees were chosen from among 19 other School of Nursing candidates for the 2013 McGovern Outstanding Teacher Award.

This graduating class of nursing students adds to the 8,973 alumni of the UTHealth School of Nursing as it celebrates its 40th anniversary as an institution.

Written by David Bates, Director of Communications, UTHealth School of Nursing

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