Monday, March 3, 2014
Students Share With Benefactors Their Dedication and Passion for Nursing
The School of Nursing hosted its annual donor luncheon at the International Cultural Center in Lubbock.
Written by Beth Phillips
Donors and other distinguished guests attended this year’s luncheon.
The School of Nursing recently hosted its annual donor luncheon to recognize donors who have given to student scholarships, research, educational programs and faculty development. Scholarships in particular enable the school to address the state’s nursing shortage by giving students the opportunity to pursue a nursing education.
Scholarship recipients Lauren Cox and Colleen Leclair-Smith, students in the school’s Second Degree and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs, respectively, spoke about the impact scholarships have on their education. These students represent the School of Nursing’s student body that is passionate about health care and grateful to donors whose generosity helps them become professional nurses.
Originally from Sudan, Texas, Cox decided she wanted to see the impact of health care face to face, so she decided to become a nurse. She has a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and a master’s degree in molecular pathology.
Leclair-Smith is an engaged member of the Lubbock community and also serves as director of the Magnet Program and the Nursing Recruitment and Resource Pool at UMC Health System.
According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, for Texas to meet projected demands for registered nurses, the state’s licensure educational programs must generate 25,870 new graduates by 2020.
The School of Nursing awarded 582 scholarships totaling $565,840 for fall 2013 and spring 2014. TTUHSC has the only nursing school on the South Plains that provides baccalaureate, masters and doctoral education. Last year, the school conferred 953 degrees.
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School of Nursing
The School of Nursing began in 1979 with the development of the first nationally accredited Continuing Nursing Education Program in Texas.
With campuses in Lubbock, Amarillo, Abilene, Dallas and the Permian Basin, the school offers a variety of programs:
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
- Master of Science in Nursing
- RN to BSN
- Second Degree Web-based BSN
- Veteran to BSN
- Nurse Practitioner
- Nurse Midwifery
- Doctor of Nursing Practice
- Post Master's Nurse Educator Certificate Program
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