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TWU’s Edwards named Fulbright Scholar


Joan Edwards

HOUSTON — Joan Edwards, associate clinical professor of nursing at the Texas Woman’s University Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to Indonesia.

Starting in September at the invitation of the Indonesian Ministry of Health, Ms. Edwards will spend 10 months on the main island of Java, Indonesia helping five nursing programs revise their nursing school curricula to meet the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Standards for Initial Nursing Education.

“Nurses comprise the largest body of health workers in the world, and their competency and practice contribute greatly to a nation’s health,” Ms. Edwards said. “This is an amazing honor and tremendous opportunity to work with the nurse educators of Indonesia.”

Ms. Edwards and her family previously spent four years living in Indonesia on the island of Kalimantan. She taught and worked at a 100-bed hospital and at a school of nursing in the jungles of Borneo. Ms. Edwards is fluent in Indonesian and has returned each year since the 2005 tsunami to perform disaster relief nursing and capacity building of the nursing faculty in Banda Aceh, Sumatra. In 2010, she spoke at two nursing conferences on the island of Java.

Ms. Edwards teaches in the TWU undergraduate nursing program at the Nelda C. Stark College of Nursing at TWU’s Houston Center. She also coordinates the global nursing scholarship activities for all three TWU campuses in Denton, Dallas and Houston.

Ms. Edwards was the 2006 president of the 25,000-member national specialty nursing organization the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. She currently is enrolled at the University of Texas at Tyler nursing Ph.D. program and will complete her dissertation in 2012.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational Affairs, Fulbright Scholars are selected on the basis of academic achievement and demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

Ms. Edwards is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright Scholar Program in 2011-2012. Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program's purpose is to build mutual understanding between people of the United States and other countries.

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