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TWU nursing faculty member recognized by Texas Nursing Association


HOUSTON – Her commitment to research and education in pediatric nursing and her nationally recognized advocacy for quality nursing care for children and families are among the many reasons Texas Woman’s University adjunct nursing professor Sharon Axton was recently honored by the Texas Nurses Association (TNA), District Nine Chapter.

Axton was one of twenty nurses receiving outstanding nursing achievement awards from TNA District Nine during the group’s 15th Annual Nursing Celebration held Nov. 17 in Houston. The honored nurses were recognized for their exemplary practice in patient care, education, management and research.

“Sharon is at that point in her life where she can do anything she chooses and the fact that she elects to volunteer to teach at TWU is very telling of her passion for nursing,” said Dr. Rebecca Krepper, associate dean of the Stark College of Nursing at TWU’s Houston campus. “TWU is very fortunate to benefit from her expertise.”

Axton, MS, RN, PNP-CS, is considered a nursing visionary and pioneer by her peers. Throughout her 40-year nursing career, she has consistently engaged in clinical research related to pediatric nursing care with her findings and policies published in many professional journals. Axton is a nationally recognized advocate for quality nursing care of children and their families. She has written many books on pediatric care planning, including “Neonatal and Pediatric Critical Care Plans,” which was awarded “the distinguished American Journal of Nursing Book of the year” in 1990. Axton has served as an adjunct clinical associate professor of pediatric nursing for TWU since 2002. She has been a non-paid (volunteer) adjunct associate clinical professor since May 2003.

“It was an honor to be recognized as I join my many TWU colleagues who have received this honor in the past,” Axton said. “TNA District Nine does a great job of making you feel special about the contributions you are making to the nursing profession.”

Since 1991 TNA District Nine has paused to annually recognize 20 outstanding nurses and to award nursing scholarships and research grants. More than 200 nurses have been recognized and more than $40,000 in scholarships and grants have been awarded. Nurses from all areas of practice such as patient care, education, research and administration are recognized.

TWU has the largest college of nursing in Texas and produces more new nurses than any other program in the state. More than 750 undergraduate and graduate nursing students are currently enrolled in the Stark College of Nursing at TWU’s Houston campus in the Texas Medical Center. Construction is currently underway for a new TWU Institute for Health Sciences - Houston Center scheduled to open in fall 2006. The new, state-of-the-art facility will be located at the southern gateway of the Texas Medical Center and will allow TWU to eventually to more than double its Houston enrollment. For more information visit www.twu.edu.


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Amanda McKeen Simpson
Director of News and Information
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: asimpson1@twu.edu

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