Diversity & Inclusion Yvonne Van Dyke

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imageSenior Vice President for Nursing and Clinical Education

Yvonne grew up in Giddings, Texas, a small town about 60 miles east of Austin.  After receiving her BSN degree from Prairie View A&M University and her MSN from the University of Texas at Austin, Yvonne started her nursing career as a staff nurse in Seton Medical Center Austin surgical unit shortly after the hospital opened in spring 1975.

For more than 25 years, Yvonne worked at Austin Community College (ACC), where she taught vocational and associate degree nursing students. She served as chair of the College’s Vocational Nursing Program for five years, dean of Health Sciences for four years and was promoted to executive dean of Health Sciences in 2005.  In her roles as dean and executive dean, VanDyke provided leadership for ACC’s 15 health careers programs. 

Since 2000, Yvonne has been involved in evaluating nursing education programs for accreditation by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc (NLNAC). She served as a nursing education site visitor and was a member of the NLNAC Review Panel until leaving academia. She continues to be a site visitor, but now represents practice on the review teams. 

Van Dyke brought her passion for nursing and her experience as an educator and leader back to Seton when she accepted the position of director of Nursing Education for the Seton Family of Hospitals in January 2006. “I am inspired by the Seton mission and the devotion and commitment of our team and others to demonstrating the mission through our work,” Van Dyke said.

Yvonne and her husband Clifton have four children and four grandchildren.  Although she’s been called a workaholic, VanDyke relaxes by attending sporting events - especially track and field and football, reading, taking long walks, and spending time with her family.

image Seton is proud to have four hospitals – the only hospitals in Central Texas - that have earned the Magnet designation, the highest award for nursing excellence given by the American Nurses Association.