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Dr. Barbara Covington, Associate Professor

Barbara Covington, PhD, RN

Dr. Covington has more than 35 years experience in civilian and military health care systems and higher education, distance education and health care informatics. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Florida, a Master of Science in Nursing from University of Pennsylvania, and a Doctorate from Texas A&M University. She is a retired colonel in the Army Nurse Corps. During the past 15 years her consulting, teaching, publishing and research has focused on infrastructure development, evaluation of and sustainment for education in the academic, clinical and consumer settings including the development of Web sites, course management systems and reusable learning object repositories for online learning for clinicians and consumers, clinical simulation and nursing education and health care systems low to high fidelity technology implementation across the U.S and overseas. Her academic positions included director and associate dean for information and learning resource centers and information and learning technologies at universities in Texas and Maryland.

  • Clinical judgment and empathetic communication development in BSN students
  • Priority setting and thinking skill development through Virtual Patient Simulation
  • Perception of evidence-based practice among students and graduate of the Family Nurse Practitioner program.


Clinical Laboratory Science journal article of volume 27, 2014; Rohde RE, Patterson T, Covington B, Vasquez BE, Redwine G, Carranco E. Staphylococcus, not MRSA? A final report of carriage and conversion rates in nursing students. Clin Lab Sci 2014;27:21-31.  This article won the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) Education and Research Fund Kleiner Award Joseph J. Kleiner award.

Was one of five researchers who wrote an article accepted for publication:

Rohde, R.E., Patterson, T., Covington, B., Redwine, G., Vásquez, B., & Carranco, E. Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Two Year Longitudinal Study: A Final Report of Carriage and Conversion Rates in Nursing Students. Clin Lab Sci 2013{Accepted}

Nahm, E.-S., Bausell, B., Resnick, B., Covington, B., Magaziner, J., & Brennan, P. F. (2010). Effects of a Social Cognitive Theory Based Hip Fracture Prevention Website for  Older Adults. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing. 28(6), 371-379


Was one of the speakers at the Texas State University Common Experience Series on the Round Rock campus on April 6, 2017. The program was entitled, “Dialogues in War and Ability: Caring for the Injured” that pertained to medical care provided to soldiers who were in wars from WWI to the present. Dr. Covington is also a retired U.S. Army Nurse Corps Colonel, 1968-1996.

Presented poster, “Investigating Clinical Judgment in Nursing Students Over the Senior Year: A Longitudinal Study”, at the International Nursing Clinical Simulation Learning Conference in Dallas, TX, 6/15/16-6/18/16.

Made the keynote presentation at Simulation User Network (SUN) workshop on October 15, 2010, in Austin, Texas, entitled, "Creating a Simulation Scenario Where People are Uncomfortable in a Comfortable Situation".

Was a panel member speaking about "The Influence of Emerging Trends on Healthcare Construction" at a meeting for the Society for Marketing Professional Services on April 13, 2010, in Austin, Texas.


Was recognized for her leadership in nursing informatics education and the advancement of the field of nursing informatics for the benefit of nurses, patients and healthcare systems.This recognition was awarded by the University of Maryland School of Nursing at the 25th Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics.

Was appointed in 2013 as faculty senator representing the College of Health Professions. Dr. Covington also serves as the faculty senate liaison for the St. David’s School of Nursing.

During an Open House held on May 6, 2013, as part of the St. David's School of NursingCovington Award's celebration of Nurses Week, the annual Nurse of the Year award was given to Barbara Covington, PhD, RN. 

As the original and first faculty member at the St. David’s School of Nursing, Dr. Covington is a most deserving nominee for the “Nurse of the Year” award. Dr. Covington has over 40 years of nursing experience during which time she has made innumerable contributions to the profession.  In terms of practice, she is a retired Army Colonel who served during the Vietnam era and cared for our wounded soldiers and Prisoner of War returnees at a time when this was very unpopular. Over the years she helped establish/ build/renovate hospitals and educational simulation labs in at least 5 countries, contributing to global as well as national health and nursing education. Dr. Covington’s value to the SON and the University are demonstrated by the numerous service activities including: (1) departmental leadership (Co-chair, Admission, Progression and Graduation committee, member personnel committee, Chair of the curriculum committee, and member of Nursing Faculty Assembly), (2) College Leadership Tenure and Promotion committee, computer resource committee and Research Enhancement Project committee. Since January of 2013 she has served as the faculty senator from the College of Health Professions seated on the University Senate. She is a member of NLN and Sigma Theta Tau. She has also willingly served as a mentor to new SON faculty and new faculty establishing research programs.

Dr. Covington is  a co-investigator on an internal Texas State University REP grant focusing on MRSA surveillance in nursing students with the Clinical laboratory Science Department. Dr. Covington is a Co-Principal Investigator and consultant on a R01 grant focused on the dissemination of a theory-based online bone health program for adults 50 and older with her former colleagues in Maryland.  This type of inter-profession research is highly encouraged as a best practice and model for excellence.

Dr. Covington continues to publish at least one article a year in scholarly journals, thus contributing to the body of nursing research through dissemination of findings.  Recently (December 2012) on the local level, she developed and presented to St. David’s Learning Institute a program on developing a research poster to showcase moving evidence to practice. It was well received and posters were presented at their nursing leadership development symposium in January.