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JHG Texas awards 100th nursing scholarship

Since 2018, the Johanniter Humanitarian Group (JHG) of Texas has presented more than 100 scholarships to JHG Texas Nursing Scholars. In October, the organization awarded its 100th scholarship at TWU Dallas.

Nursing doctoral student named Albert Schweitzer Fellow

Kelsie Barta, a nursing PhD candidate at TWU Houston, will be a fellow with the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Houston Galveston (ASFHG) to spearhead a project focused on increasing access to lactation support for pregnant and postpartum women and families in the Houston area.

Nurse DJ brings joy, care to others

Working as a registered nurse at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, Paulina Andujo connects with patients through virtual and in-person education before and after surgery. But she also finds a connection to others and herself through music.

U.S. News: TWU among nation’s top universities for social mobility, nursing

Texas Woman’s University is among the top universities in the nation for social mobility and its bachelor’s degree program in nursing is tops in North Texas and among the top 6% of BSN programs in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 “Best Colleges” edition, released today.

CGN names research grant after Edwards

Members of the Center for Global Nursing (CGN) named a grant award after Joan Edwards, PhD, RNC, CNS, FAAN. It is called the Joan Edwards Global Nursing Research Grant.

Despite college rejection, cancer, nursing grad perseveres

A rejection letter isn't typically the start of a college success story. But for Nicole David, the note she received denying her admission to nursing school started a decade-long journey of achieving her childhood dream of becoming a nurse.

Nursing grad’s journey went from despair to triumph

For many, graduation is a celebration of perseverance and academic achievement. For Lisa Mejia, a 33-year-old mother of two who will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in nursing after a decade of ups and downs, it is a journey from trauma to triumph.

Student balances work, motherhood and education

“All for one, and one for all," is a phrase best known from the novel by Alexandre Dumas — “The Three Musketeers.” It also represents the roles Markeshia Govan and her two daughters assumed as Govan completed her Master of Science in Nursing.

Houston Nursing faculty, students provide health screenings

Houston Nursing faculty Vi Ho, Angeles Nava and Joan Killen, with groups of TWU nursing students, participated in a Community Health Fair on March 27 at Quang Duc Temple northwest of Houston.

Scheller teams with RISHI for Power of Nursing

Associate Clinical Professor Suzanne Scheller, MS, RN, CNE, in the College of Nursing at Texas Woman’s University is teaming with the Remen Institute for the Study of Health & Illness (RISHI). She will be director of the institute’s unique Power of Nursing (PON) program.

U.S. News recognizes master’s nursing program among nation’s best

U.S. News & World Report has recognized the master’s program in nursing at Texas Woman’s University as being among the nation’s best. 

Nursing announces 11th Annual Nurses Week Commemoration

The TWU College of Nursing, the Center for Global Nursing, and Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Society’s Beta Beta Houston chapter, present the 11th Annual Nurses Week Commemoration to take place Friday, April 22, with a focus on historical and current perspectives on Indigenous population health, nursing and education.

Nursing celebrates 50+ years of PhD program

When you reach a milestone, it’s time to celebrate. And that’s what roughly 200 members of the Texas Woman’s University family did from March 4-6 in Houston to mark the 50th anniversary of the College of Nursing’s PhD program.

Nurse’s research on abuse may be key to improving victims’ mental health

She’s seen firsthand the mental toll an abusive relationship can have on a woman, so it isn’t surprising that Angeles Nava, an assistant professor of nursing at TWU’s Houston campus, has devoted seven years to researching intimate partner violence.

Regents give green light to health science building project

The Texas Woman’s University System Board of Regents today approved a plan to build a 175,000-square-foot health science center for the Denton campus to support growth in the colleges of health sciences and nursing and other collaborative efforts.

Regents authorize names for social work division, new nursing center

The Texas Woman’s University System Board of Regents today approved naming features for a new nursing research center to be established at the university’s Dallas campus and for the existing division of social work at the Denton campus.

TWU to celebrate 50+ years of nursing PhD

The world has learned many lessons the past two years with the sudden arrival of — and adjustments to — COVID-19, perhaps none more pressing than there is an overwhelming need for more nurses. Nurses, however, do not just appear. It takes education and training as well as research into the best ways to nurse patients. That requires doctoral-educated nurses with careers in health administration, education, clinical research, and advanced clinical practice.

Veteran pursues passion with nursing degree

Often, when someone graduates with a bachelor’s degree, they feel ready to take on the world. That isn’t the case for Josh Pinson, set to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). 

Mom unfazed by new country, language in earning PhD

It has been a long journey from her home in a rural village in India to the urban sprawl of Houston — not to mention the challenge of learning a new language and figuring out modern conveniences — but mother of three Anila Simon has endured plenty, and soon she will receive a PhD in nursing science.

Nursing and JHG open academic support center

The Johanniter Humanitarian Group (JHG) of Texas partnered with Mike A. Myers and the Mike A. Myers Foundation to launch the Myers – JHG Tutoring and Academic Support Center in addition to funding 10 Texas Nursing Scholars.

Dallas nursing students win volunteer award

Dallas nursing students in the community health course have won the 2021 Tom Black Volunteer of the Year award from the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB). The award is one of the organization’s highest honors.

Schultz named to Child Neurology Foundation board

Rebecca Schultz, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Nursing in Houston, has been elected to the Child Neurology Foundation Board of Directors for 2021-2024. Her term officially begins Oct. 1. The foundation’s mission is to serve as a collaborative center of education, resources, and support for children and their families living with neurologic conditions, and facilitate connection with medical professionals who care for them.

Intimate partner violence research has special meaning for Houston nurse

Angeles Nava, PhD, knows from personal experience the mental anguish a person can suffer when they are in an abusive, violent relationship. She saw the emotional and physical toll it took on one of her sisters years ago.

Nursing faculty member praised by director at NIH

Some faculty dig deep into research looking for ways to contribute new knowledge to the world, but not every researcher gets acknowledgement for their work from one of the most revered institutions in science. 

American Academy of Nursing to induct two TWU faculty members

Two TWU College of Nursing leaders, Donna Scott Tilley, PhD, of the Denton campus and Wyona Freysteinson, PhD, of the TWU Institute of Health Sciences - Houston Center, have been tapped for induction into the American Academy of Nursing 2021 Class of Fellows.

Texas Woman's lists spring 2021 graduates

Texas Woman’s University has released its list of graduates for the spring 2021 semester.

TWU releases spring 2021 deans', chancellor's lists

Texas Woman's University has released its deans' and chancellor's lists for the spring 2021 semester.

Undergraduate students who complete at least 12 graded credit hours and achieve at least a 3.5 grade point average are eligible for the deans' list. Students who have achieved a 4.0 GPA are named to the chancellor's list.

Nurse living dream of flight, care

Stories and pictures from her grandfather’s time flying and jumping out of helicopters in Vietnam always fascinated Elyse Moody. While choppers are an integral part of her work these days, the focus of her dream job as a flight nurse with PHI Air Medical is more about putting patients into them. 

Life-altering experience set path for career

As a caregiver to her late husband, Cheryl Thaxton, DNP, APRN, CPNP, FNP-BC, CHPPN, ACHPN, FPCN, was so inspired by the palliative care team that worked with her family that she chose to shift her career path to focus on becoming a palliative care provider to help others.

U.S. News ranks graduate online programs among country’s best

U.S. News & World Report has recognized online graduate nursing and online graduate education at Texas Woman’s University as being among the nation’s best and ranked specific master’s programs in nursing education and family nurse practitioner among the country’s top 10.

Center for Global Nursing collaboration studies HIV-related stigma

Patrick Palmieri, DHSc, DPhil(Hon.), EdS, PGDip(Oxon) teamed with Joan Edwards, PhD, RNC, CNS, FAAN and Juan Leyva-Moral, PhD, MSN, RN to publish research on HIV-related attitudes of nursing faculty in three continents from six countries: Canada, Colombia, England, Peru, Spain, and the United States.

Center for Global Nursing collaboration studies HIV-related stigma

Patrick Palmieri, DHSc, DPhil(Hon.), EdS, PGDip(Oxon) teamed with Joan Edwards, PhD, RNC, CNS, FAAN and Juan Leyva-Moral, PhD, MSN, RN to publish research on HIV-related attitudes of nursing faculty in three continents from six countries: Canada, Colombia, England, Peru, Spain, and the United States.

College of Nursing assists flu shot clinic

In a partnership with TWU Student Health Services, the College of Nursing provided a free flu shot clinic in November.

Cesario elected to AWHONN Board of Directors

Sandra Cesario, PhD, MS, RNC, FAAN, a professor and PhD program director in the College of Nursing at TWU Houston, has been elected President-Elect of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) Board of Directors for 2021 and will assume the role of President on January 1, 2022.

Thaxton to co-chair national task force

Cheryl Thaxton (nursing, Dallas) has been selected to co-chair the Pediatric Palliative Care (PCC) Task Force, which was established by the National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care.

TWU alum showed focus, grace during pandemic’s peak at hospital

It is difficult to imagine a task more daunting than being the chief nursing officer at Houston’s Ben Taub Hospital. The 444-bed teaching hospital provides indigent care, includes an elite Level 1 trauma center and lies in the heart of Houston’s Texas Medical Center, the largest in the world. 

Nursing Faculty Recognized by National Institutes of Health

The National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has recognized Dr. Jennifer Woo, an assistant professor in TWU’s College of Nursing, as a 2020 Health Disparities Research Institute Scholar.

Founder’s Day Forum goes online for 2020

The Texas Woman’s University College of Nursing, in collaboration with Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Society’s Beta Beta Houston chapter, Eta Delta, Psi-Iota, and Phi Chi chapters, will host the annual Founder’s Day Forum online from 8 a.m.–12:45 p.m. October 2, 2020.

 

TWU releases Spring 2020 deans', chancellor's lists

Texas Woman’s University has released its deans’ and chancellor’s lists for the Spring 2020 semester.

TWU expands program that streamlines path to nursing degree

Texas Woman’s University is expanding an innovative nursing program that provides a direct path through the nursing ranks under a partnership with Alvin Community College in Houston, decreasing costs and shortening the time to a bachelor’s degree.

Nursing alumnae help save New York

While many Texans have not seen the effects of COVID-19 up close, Courtney Waddle (BS ’12) and Maybelle Anderson (BS ’12) signed up for it. The registered nurses joined three other colleagues to travel to the epicenter of COVID-19 in the United States: New York City, where infections number more than 10 times that of the entire state of Texas.

Nursing students find reward in COVID-19 response

The phone call Douglas Schwartz took from the frantic woman earlier this spring was unsettling to say the least. The woman had lost a portion of a lung to a previous disease, was startled by symptoms she was experiencing as the COVID-19 pandemic was spreading, and she was caring for six children.

Nursing student finds career close to heart

Texas Woman’s nursing student Nimreh Warsi can vividly recall the day her father had a heart attack.

Blended program fast tracks nurses

Alexis Jennings is taking a big leap toward her dream job of becoming a chief nursing officer this spring by earning a bachelor’s degree in less time that it took many of her peers.

TWU professor leads effort to collect medical equipment to fight pandemic

Sometimes, heroes really do wear masks.

That might be the best way to characterize Dr. Fuqin Liu during this coronavirus pandemic. Liu, an associate professor in TWU’s College of Nursing in Denton, assembled a large cadre of North Texans to collect badly needed personal protective equipment for health care professionals who are responding to the crisis.

Tuong-Vi Ho, PhD: A leader in the Vietnamese community

It was a mere week before Operation Frequent Wind, the final evacuation from Saigon, South Vietnam, in 1975. Someone looked at her and said, “We are evacuating. Would you like to go?”

TWU nursing PhD student honored with Virginia Chandler Dykes scholarship

Nisha Mathews, a graduate student pursuing her Ph.D. in nursing from TWU’s Nelda C. Clark College of Nursing in Houston, will receive the 2020 Virginia Chandler Dykes scholarship from the College of Nursing. 

Parry Distinguished Lectureship Focuses on Florence Nightingale

Texas Woman’s University College of Nursing in Houston will host the annual Parry Distinguished Lectureship from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, at the Houston Endowment Auditorium, Room 2120, at TWU’s Houston Center in the Texas Medical Center.

College sponsors national AAHN conference

TWU’s College of Nursing was the official sponsor of the annual national conference for the American Association for the History of Nursing (AAHN) in Dallas, Sept. 19-21. AAHN promotes the appreciation and scholarship of nursing’s history to inform and shape nursing’s future.

Nursing Group names TWU alumna ‘Living Legend’

A Texas Woman’s University Distinguished Alumna recognized nationally and internationally for her work advancing nursing education will be honored as a “Living Legend” this fall by the American Academy of Nursing.

TWU alumni, faculty among top nurses in Houston, D/FW

Twenty-five nurses with ties to Texas Woman’s University in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston areas have been recognized for outstanding achievement and beyond-the-call-of-duty service this spring.

TWU taps national nursing leader as new dean

Texas Woman’s University today announced that Rosalie Mainous, a former collegiate dean, NIH-funded researcher, and the current director of academic nursing development for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), will become dean of TWU’s College of Nursing, effective Aug. 5.

TWU nursing student’s research published in prestigious journal

As an undergraduate nursing student Shannon Duncan’s passion for the healthcare field was clear. However, she knew if she wanted to help more people and further her career, she needed to become involved in research on campus.

Duncan is now the first undergraduate student to walk into TWU Dallas’ Center for Research Design and Analysis (CRDA) on her own in pursuit of opportunities. This first step led Duncan on a journey that would end with her work published in the Journal of Forensic Nursing.

Ferguson embarks on third Alternative Spring Break volunteer trip

While most students are on vacation or enjoying a relaxing break from school, Shiley Ferguson donates her time to others through Alternative Spring Break (ASB) volunteer programs. Ferguson has already participated in two ASB trips and will embark on her third and final trip this year before graduating with a nursing degree in May.

Military service inspires TWU alumna and professor to improve care for veterans

Sometimes, inspiration comes from places we least expect it.

For Sabrenda Littles -- a member of TWU’s Houston nursing faculty, a business owner and a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves – inspiration came during numerous hospital waiting room visits as a child.

TWU Nursing Faculty Member Receives $534,000 NIH Grant

Texas Woman's University College of Nursing Professor Pinky Budhrani-Shani, Ph.D., has been awarded a $534,000 National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant for her proposed research on “Caring for Caregivers with Mind-Body Exercise,” the first-ever study related to the practice of Qigong for caregivers. This grant also marks the first time in more than a decade that TWU's College of Nursing has received funding from NIH.

Departing associate dean and alumna Stephanie Woods keeps TWU close to the heart

In nine years as associate dean of nursing on TWU's Dallas campus, Stephanie Woods has developed relationships and programs that have changed the face of the nursing program. Now, the proud alumna is pursuing her next challenge.

Judy McFarlane on NPR Regarding Child Brides

TWU Houston nursing faculty member Dr. Judy McFarlane was interviewed by Florida NPR station WGCU regarding her research.

Wanted: Faculty to teach 1.2 million missing nurses

Texas Woman’s University’s Dean of the College of Nursing, Anita Hufft, Ph.D., RN encourages nurses to consider a career educating the next generation.

Nursing: the balance of mind, body and spirit

Nurses make a difference in the lives of patients and their families. This week, we salute our nursing faculty, alum, future nurses and all that make up this honorable profession. 

Texas Woman’s University Ph.D. Student Named to GNSA Leadership Council

Texas Woman's University, Houston, Ph.D. candidate, Tamu Abreu, has been named to the national Leadership Council of the Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA). Applicants were sought from approximately 500 U.S. nursing programs with six students selected to serve on the council.

Texas Woman's University Nursing Professor Receives Prestigious Gold Award

Anne Young, EdD, RN, professor at Texas Woman’s University’s Nelda C. Stark College of Nursing in Houston, has been named as the 2017 Gold Award winner for Excellence in Nursing Education – Faculty by the Good Samaritan Foundation. Young was presented with the award at the Excellence in Nursing awards luncheon held Monday, October 23, at the Royal Sonesta Hotel-Houston.

Signing skills give boost to nursing student

While nursing and becoming a midwife is her career goal, American Sign Language is preparing TWU junior Alana Douglas for her future. Her doctor has told her that by the time she is 40, she will be completely deaf in her right ear and have just 25 percent hearing in her left. 

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