Grace Cox

Graciela Lopez Cox

Assistant Professor MSN, RN

Programs and Courses Taught

Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing

N520 Integration of Pathophysiology and Pharmacology N546L Nursing Care of Adults and Older Adult N566L Nursing Care of Critically Ill Adults N556L Nursing Care of Pediatric & Youth Populations N594L Clinical Internship Nursing 120 - MCA I Nursing 136 - MCA II  Nursing 164 - MCA III Nursing 158 - Pediatric Nursing  Nursing 181 - Senior Synthesis

About Me

I was born and raised in Texas. I worked in the emergency room right after nursing school then transferred to labor and delivery. Ultimately ended up in the staffing resources division of the Bexar County Hospital where I cross trained to multiple units.  I worked as a flight nurse while earning my bachelor’s degree. I realized that the study of pathology was in my future when I worked at the Regional Hospital in Tuba City Arizona on the Navajo Reservation. I took care of patients with bubonic plague, potassium’s of 2.0, massive sickle cell crises and eyes and ear drums excoriated by sandstorms. I was part of the nurse force who helped move patients and equipment from the “old” hospital to the new regional hospital.  I have traveled on multiple medical missions to Mexico, the Yucatan, Guatemala, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Africa. Seeing third world diseases firsthand and bringing that knowledge back for my students. I was the State Nurse Liaison for the state of Texas for the American Red Cross. I was in charge of the ARC medical shelters in San Antonio Texas for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.  I was the faculty representative for campus ministry at the University of the Incarnate Word and traveled with a group of students to Australia for World Youth Day and participated in a mass by Pope Benedict XVI. The trip was rewarding in building my spiritual being and enriching my feeling for social justice. The mission of SMU is reflected and dove tails well with the moral doctrines of that day.


Associate Degree in Nursing-San Antonio Community College, Bachelors of Science in Nursing-Central State University Masters Science of Nursing University of the Incarnate Word

Teaching Interests

My greatest interest is to facilitate students' progression in clinical judgement by making pathology alive and relevant, by demonstrating EBP patient care and patient care activities that will build clinical judgement. And always remember that nursing is a calling and many points of diversity are needed to make nursing a rich profession to belong to. 

Scholarly Interests

Pathology and the latest developments in pharmacology and how nurses learn and metacognition.


Multiple year Textbook reviewer: Fundamentals of nursing, Eighth Edition Patricia A. Potter.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Sigma Theta Tau

Community Service

Sacramento Medical Reserve Corp, Hope for Jamaica, Food for the Hungry, World Church Service

Honors & Awards

The President's Volunteer Service Award. State of California Senate Certificate of Recognition Butte County Camp Fire American Association of Critical Care Nurses Nursing Excellence Award San Antonio Medical Center Rotary Outstanding Leader of the Year