Nurses at UTHealth and UT Physicians were recognized at the Houston Chronicle’s “Salute to Nurses” luncheon May 2 at the Omni Houston Hotel. Timed to kick off National Nurses Week, May 6-12, the annual awards program honors the Top 150 nurses in the Greater Houston Area. A panel of educators and leaders in the field selected the region's top nurses. UTHealth’s honorees for 2019 are:
Lisa W. Thomas, DNP, RN
Assistant Professor Lisa Thomas, Department of Graduate Studies, served as a rehabilitation nurse at TIRR Memorial Hermann for 12 years before becoming a faculty member at Cizik School of Nursing. She is now the director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program.
“I saw the impact rehabilitation nurses had on my grandfather following his stroke. He wasn’t into the rehab but the nurses brought him around. He lived an active and engaged life for another 20 years,” said Thomas, who earned her DNP at Cizik School of Nursing.
Rehabilitation nurses have to be creative. “If you can get a patient to pet a dog, that’s a form of exercise. With my grandfather, we would throw balloons at him and he would knock them back, making a game out of a need to maintain range of motion in that arm,” Thomas said.