Annual faculty awards: Lisa Ulrich Walters

Lisa Ulrich Walters

Lisa Ulrich Walters

Lisa Ulrich Walters is a recipient of the UNMC Faculty Senate’s Outstanding Teacher Award.

  • Name: Lisa Ulrich Walters
  • Title: Clinical assistant professor, UNMC College of Nursing-Northern Division
  • Joined UNMC: September 2016
  • Hometown: Elkhorn, Nebraska

What are the greatest rewards of teaching?

I have a passion for policy and leadership, so when students voice their realization that health care is governed by policy and we need to be active advocates, I know they understand. I also love sharing my stories from my experiences in health care and nursing administration to make the lessons real.

Describe a moment in your career when you realized you had picked the right occupation.

I never doubted I would be an RN. I was hooked on nursing from the fifth grade when a librarian
suggested I read the Cherry Ames series. Cherry Ames was a cross between Nancy Drew and
Barbie, but she was a nurse and could do it all. As a first-generation college student who
initially struggled, I had the persistence to become an RN.

What are the biggest challenges you face as a teacher?

My students will tell you, it’s my knowledge of technology.

How do you know when you’ve been successful as a teacher?

I love watching the students graduate. The ultimate reward is seeing past students working as nurses in Nebraska hospitals and health facilities.


  1. Myra Schmaderer says:

    Congratulations Lisa! So well deserved.

  2. Missy Ofe Fleck says:

    Kudos, Lisa! You are such an inspiration for all of us!

  3. Jo Roberts says:

    Congratulations! What a fantastic honor! 🎉😊

  4. Mary Girard says:

    Wonderful news Lisa! So deserving of this award!

  5. Joachim Voss says:

    We are all very proud of you! Congratulations!

  6. Alyssa Walters says:

    Well-deserved award for such an incredible woman. Marely, Barrett and I are so proud to call you Mom and Mimi.

  7. Ann Steckelberg says:

    So proud of you. Thank you for your dedication to the profession of nursing.

  8. Chung-Pang Wang says:

    Congratulations, Lisa!
    Well-deserved for this honor.

  9. Cindy Spiess says:

    So deserved. Congratulations ! I am so happy for you!

  10. Michael Holton says:

    Lisa has always been inspirational to me and it wasn’t because of nursing or teaching. Her heart and dedication to family are inspirational to all. This award is well-deserved.

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