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CGNS MembersTexas Woman’s University College of Nursing Center for Global Nursing Scholarship embarked upon the global arena back in 2001.  At that time, Dr. Ruth Grubesic, a nursing faculty professor on the TWU Houston campus, formulated what was called the PanAmerican Committee for the purpose of offering a summer nursing study abroad program in Mexico with UPE Universidad PanAmericana, Mexico City.  This program was offered annually from 2001-2004. 

In 2004, Dr. Ruth Grubesic was named Coordinator of International Nursing Affairs and the committee was expanded to include all three campuses of Texas Woman’s University College of Nursing.  Student exchange programs continued with UPE Universidad PanAmericana in Mexico City and also in Toshi.  Preliminary discussions were begun in 2008 with Monterrey Tech in Monterrey, Mexico; however, further development of collaboration was cancelled with all three of these sites in 2010 due to US State Department travel warnings for Mexico.  Additional global involvement from 2004 to 2008 included:

• TWU College of Nursing faculty presentation at the 2007 Panama conference “First International (Primer Encuentro) Internacional de Enfermeria”

• Collaborative MOU with the University of Rotterdam graduate nursing program in Rotterdam, Netherlands

• Exploration of a collaborative agreement for establishment of a nursing program in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

• In 2007, TWU also hosted our first nursing visiting scholar, Sasikarn Kala, from the country of Thailand. 

In 2008, Dr. Joan Edwards, Associate Professor on the Houston campus, was asked to take over the responsibilities of Director of International Nursing Affairs.  At that time, the majority of faculty involvement was still on the Houston campus.  Over the next few years, efforts were targeted on expanding faculty participation in the global arena to all three campuses, changing the focus of the group from international to global, and formalizing the structure to that of a ‘Center’ with a mission statement and goals along with strategic planning for the future.  The name of the Center was unanimously changed to the Center for Global Nursing Scholarship (CGNS).  In Summer 2012, the TWU Board of Regents gave formal approval to recognize CGNS as an official Center of Texas Woman’s University.  CGNS currently has faculty involvement from all three campuses with global activities in at least 12 countries around the world. 


The mission of the TWU College of Nursing Center for Global Nursing Scholarship is to prepare nursing students to become exceptional citizens in a global society who live and lead with integrity, accountability and excellence, which is accomplished through world-wide collaboration with nursing colleagues to provide global learning opportunities for both nursing students and faculty to promote world health.


  1. Establish collaborative relationships with developing countries and/or their nursing programs to develop and sustain baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral programs in nursing.
  2. Contribute to the knowledge base for nursing practice within the Millennium Development Goals.
  3. Collaborate with international partners toward educating nurses in the conduct and application of research findings.
  4. Provide global “service-learning” opportunities for nursing students, graduate nurses and nursing faculty.
  5. Collaborate with intra-institutional programs that promote cultural diversity. 

Sigma Theta Tau International's Strategic Plan for 2005 articulates the vision: "To create a global community of nurses who lead in using scholarship, knowledge, and technology to improve the health of the world's people."

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