Dr. Stevens’ unwavering desire is to build bridges between education, research and practice for excellence. Dr. Stevens has been a nurse scientist and educator since 1973. This long-standing devotion to research application has positioned her as one of today’s top experts in evidence-based practice. She is a professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas and has a funded program of research that emphasizes evidence-based quality improvement and patient safety through knowledge transformation, workforce preparation including instrument development research, and workforce engagement in evidence-based quality improvement. She has been part of multidisciplinary investigative teams examining occupational exposure of health professionals to hazardous work environments. She also the NIH funded Improvement Science Research Network and guides development of research collaboratives among the Network’s members. She has published dozens of peer-reviewed articles and presented her research widely.
Her national leadership in nursing reflects this passion for bridging research and practice through education. Dr. Stevens’ contributions to nursing were also expressed through her service on the Sigma Theta Tau International Board as an officer. In this position, she brought to culmination 10 years of prior organization work as Library Committee chair to create the electronic library—a library that housed the latest research and resources for excellence highly used in education. Her leadership in this organization continued as she served as Associate Editor and then Editor of the Online Journal of Knowledge Synthesis for Nursing, carving out a unique niche for evidence-based nursing.
Her contributions have been locally and nationally recognized with honors and awards. These include invitational conferences and visiting professorships. She is the 2011 Episteme Laureate for Sigma Theta Tau International, the highest research honor bestowed and will be inducted into the International Nursing Research Hall of Fame in 2012. She received the Great 100 Distinguished Alumni award from Texas Woman’s University. Her peers awarded her the Faculty Recognition Award for Scholarship in Teaching and the Distinguished International Leadership Award and Image maker Award from Delta Alpha Chapter of STTI. Students selected her to receive the Outstanding Nurse Faculty Member Award. She has received Excellence in Research Awards from three organizations, the latest of which is National League for Nursing award for Excellence in Nursing Education Research. In recognition of the impact of her achievements on the profession of nursing, she was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing.
Photo taken by Lester Rosebrock, UT Health Science Center San Antonio photographer