College of Nursing Highlights

Fall 2020

  • Dr. Cheryl Thaxton has been selected to co-chair the Pediatric Palliative Care (PCC) Task Force established by the National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Dr. Sandy Cesario has been elected to the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) Board of Directors. She will serve as the President-Elect during the 2021 calendar year and President in 2022.
  • PhD student, Shellie Nelson, has been elected to the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) Board of Directors
  • Dr. Damon Cottrell is on the ballot for the SNRS Member at Large & RIGs Director position for the 2021-2023 term. If you are an SNRS member, please vote!
  • On October 16, Dr. Fuqin Liu received the spirituality in nursing award at the 28th Annual Institute for Spirituality and Health Nursing Conference.
  • On October 9, Dr. Rebecca Krepper received the Gold Award for nursing education from the Good Samaritan Foundation in Houston.
  • Dr. Chin-Nu Lin received a subcontract from UT Dallas for their project with the National Science Foundation. She will be assisting with research resources and educational strategies for developing cultural competency and social‐emotional learning for the Career and Technical Education Center Students in the Healthcare Pathway at Richardson Independent School District.
  • Nikki Fogg, Laura Kubin, Elaine Wilson, and Michelle Trinka had a manuscript published in Clinical Simulation in Nursing describing their work on virtual simulation.
  • Nikki Fogg, Elaine Wilson, Michelle Trinka, Rachelle Campbell, Anne Thompson, Linda Merritt, Mari Tietze, and Merry Prior had a manuscript published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing on the topic of transitioning from direct care to virtual clinical experiences during the COBID-19 pandemic.
  • Dr. Brenda Moore is now on the Fulbright Specialists Roster. The Fulbright Specialist Program sends U.S. faculty and professionals to serve as expert consultants on curriculum, faculty development, institutional planning, and related subjects at academic institutions abroad for a period of 2 to 6 weeks.
  • Dr. Sabrenda Littles, LTC, US Army Reserve Corps is on Military Leave (140 day deployment).
  • Dr. Rita DelloStritto has been named to the editorial board for American Nurse Today, the official journal of the ANA.
  • Dr. Sheranda Fesler, recent PhD graduate and adjunct faculty at TWU, received the 2020 National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) Rising Quality Star Award.
  • Commander Robin Herrmann, PhD student, recently received the Humanitarian Service Medal for answering “the Nation’s call with a week’s notice to mobilize and deploy to the frontline of COVID-19 fight.” Gregory J. Slavonic, Under Secretary of the Navy personally presented her with the award in Dallas on October 9, 2020.
  • Dr. Joan Edwards, Dr. Sandra Cesario, and colleagues from the Center for Global Nursing from Spain and Peru published a manuscript titled Attitudes Toward Caring for People Living with HIV/AIDS: A Cross-Sectional Study of Nursing Faculty in Six Countries in the Open AIDS Journal.
  • PhD graduate Dr. Karen Myers published the findings of her dissertation with her co-authors Dr. Rebecca Krepper, Dr. Ainslie Nibert, and Dr. Robin Toms on the topic of Nurses' active empathetic listening behaviors from the voice of the patient in Nursing Economic$.
  • Organizations to which Dr. Fuqin Liu plays a key role received two important recognitions. The DFW Chinese American Epidemic Relief Initiative received a certificate of Congressional Recognition from the US Houston of Representatives and DFW Care received special recognition for 2020 Outstanding Community service by the ACP Foundation.
  • Dr. Cheryl Thaxton and TWU alumna Betty Ferrell held a virtual meeting titled “Supporting Pediatric COVID-19 Patients” on Nov. 9 to share newly developed COVID-19 resources for pediatric/adult palliative care and hospice patients.
  • TWU DNP-PhD Bridge student Brittany Christiansen was selected as the recipient of the AACN 2020-2021 Novice Faculty Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award. The award recognizes a faculty member who systematically investigates questions related to student learning and the conditions under which it occurs to improve outcomes. She is employed by UT in Austin.
  • Dr. Rebecca Schultz and colleagues published “ECHO Telemonitoring Applied to Managing Students with Seizures: The Benefits for School Nurses,” a feature article in NASM School Nurse that highlights DNP/PhD collaboration.
  • Dr. Linda Merritt presented virtually at the National Association of Neonatal Nurses National Convention in October. The title of her presentation was “With NICU Graduation Day Approaching, How You Can be More Effective with Your Discharge Teaching.”
  • Dr. Tania Celia has been named to the Board of Directors for the Family to Family Network, an organization that promotes success for children with disabilities by empowering their families with information, training, referrals & support as they navigate the complex education, health care and social service systems.
  • Dr. Sandy Cesario was invited to participate in a panel discussion, Best Practices in Graduate Student Mentoring and Dissertation/Thesis Advising, sponsored by TWU Center for Faculty Excellence, November 18, 2020.
  • Dr. Ainslie Nibert, Dr. Rochelle Schultz, and other Houston area nursing education leaders recently participated in the community session that ultimately resulted in the Harris Health System receiving Magnet designation.
  • TWU DNP-PhD Bridge student Brandon Brock and his colleagues published work regarding the efficacy of 635nm red low-level laser on nociceptive musculoskeletal pain in the Orthopedics and Rheumatology Open Access Journal.
  • TWU DNP-PhD Bridge student Jitana Benton-Lee was selected for the 2020 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health leadership program.
  • 2020 PhD graduate and Jonas Scholar Dr. Dawn Murphy and her research mentor Dr. Becky Spencer were notified that the findings of Dawn’s dissertation, Teens’ Experiences with Sexting: A Grounded Theory Study, was accepted in the Journal of Pediatric Health Care.

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