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Director of Nursing Opportunity

Caron Treatment Center, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide an enlightened and caring treatment community in which all those affected by alcoholism or other drug addiction may begin a new life. Standing the test of time for more than 52 years, today Caron operates its first residential treatment center in Wernersville, in southeastern Pennsylvania; Caron Renaissance, an adult primary and extended care treatment center in Boca Raton, FL; The Hanley Center, in West Palm Beach; and now Caron Texas. Caron Texas is recruiting a Director of Nursing.

Established in 2010, Caron Texas remains in an exciting entrepreneurial start-up phase, currently operating 40 residential beds, including four medically-supervised detox beds.  The facility has state-of–the-art amenities, including an onsite fitness center, gymnasium and outdoor pool.  Senior leadership and the Board of Caron Texas cast a future vision of growth and expansion to over 120 residential beds.  Caron Texas has already acquired two contiguous parcels of land for future growth. Caron Texas is located in Princeton, Texas - 41 miles northeast of Dallas and 7 Miles east of McKinney, TX

The Director of Nursing will serve as a leader in  advancing nursing care in the field of Addiction Medicine and active thought  leader in patient care in support of the Caron 12-Step and holistic philosophy of treating addiction as a progressive, treatable family disease.

As an active participant in coordinating the patient’s individualized treatment team, the Director of Nursing manages the nursing staff and ensures appropriate coordination of nursing care and medication management as they relate to detoxification and the early stages of recovery in this fully integrated treatment model.

Ideal candidates will be registered professional nurse (RN) and hold (or obtain) current registration and licensure to practice in the state of Texas and at least three years’ experience in supervisory capacity and a passion for the evolving treatment of addictive nursing.

Expressions of interest and referrals: Doncaron@divsearch.com

Lillian Wald Service Award

The Public Health Nursing Section is pleased to award the Lillian Wald Service Award to Algia Hickenbotham RN, M.Ed. Ms. Hickenbotham’s achievements span a career that has included outstanding work in practice, service, and advocacy for the population of Houston.

The Lillian Wald Service Award is one of the most prestigious awards given by the American Public Health Association. Lillian Wald began the discipline of public health nursing in 1890, visiting the poor and sick in the tenements of New York. She created the first visiting nurse service in the United States and she began the discipline of school nursing when she persuaded the New York Board of Education to hire a nurse; soon all schools had a nurse on duty. She advocated for the beginning of the United States Children’s Bureau, and she persuaded Columbia University to appoint the first nursing professor at a university, which began the transition of nursing from an apprentice model to a profession.

Ms. Hickenbotham came to work as a public health nurse for the Houston Department of Health and Human Services in 1989, at which she continues today. Houston is one of the largest cities in the country, and the Houston Department of Health and Human Services is responsible for public health services for the approximately 2.3 million persons (2009 estimate, US Census Bureau) living within the city limits of Houston, Texas—a large and diverse population. Ms. Hickenbotham initially worked about 4 years (1989-1993) as a Public Health Nurse III, serving as a clinical coordinator for multiple public health areas (maternity, family planning, child health, immunizations, Tuberculosis). As a Public Health Nurse IV, she was the Immunization Bureau Coordinator for 5 years (1993-1998), during which time she was responsible for all immunization activities and worked with numerous school and community health professionals to increase Houston’s immunization rates. Following that, Ms. Hickenbotham spent 7 years (1998-2005) as the Program Administrator for Nursing Services. During this time she was responsible for more than 150 nursing positions and was responsible for planning and directing nursing services, as well as for program planning and quality improvement. For the past 6 years (2005-present), Ms. Hickenbotham has been the Division Manager of Nursing and Health Center Operations, responsible for 13 multiservice center and seven health centers. In her various roles, she has managed federal grants and was the Project Director for a state health department Title V Population Based program, BabyNet Project. In addition, she was the Nurse Administrator for a DHSS Nurse Family Partnership grant (2008-2010); this program, in an underserved area of Houston, was recognized by the state of Texas for its successful outcomes in reducing childhood disparities. 

In the many letters nominating or supporting her for the award, Ms. Hickenbotham was praised as a “great leader,” demonstrating  “commitment to the community” as well as to public health, remarkable in her abilities to address “the needs of … underserved populations in Houston” and to  “make a difference by putting effective strategies in place addressing health equity and social justice.” 

Did You Know? ...

Dear College of Nursing Alumni:

Did you know you are one of approximately 13,000 alumni from the College of Nursing that are located here in Texas, around the nation and the world?

So many of you are currently making significant contributions to the nursing profession while others of you rely heavily on your nursing knowledge and skills in your every day life by caring for family members or even using the nursing process as a day to day decision making tool.

Whatever direction your life has taken you, we would thoroughly enjoy hearing about what you are doing today that is a result of your career choice as a nurse and your education from TWU.  We plan to feature many of you on our web page in a new section called Alumni and Friends of the College of Nursing.

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