2016 News Releases

Texas Woman’s Houston Fall Forum focuses on resiliency in nursing

Virginia Beeson speaker (center)  with TWU faculty members Joan Edwards (left) and Ainslie Nibert.

TWU Houston nursing faculty Joan Edwards (left) and Ainslie Nibert (right) welcome Nursing Fall Forum speaker retired Navy Nurse Corps Capt. Virginia Beeson.

“The only reason we exist in nursing is to give great patient care,” says retired Navy Nurse Corps Capt. Virginia Beeson. “We need to be able to recover quickly from difficult situations; we need to do more than just survive; we need to thrive.”

As the guest speaker at the 2016 Fall Forum, sponsored by the Nelda C. Stark College of Nursing at the Texas Woman's University Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center and the nursing honor society Sigma Theta Tau’s Beta Beta Houston chapter, Beeson’s presentation, “Resilience! Maintaining Strength and Spirit in Challenging Times” had the crowd of TWU faculty and students, and Texas Medical Center nurses enraptured.

Beeson gave an introspective talk on the current state of the nursing profession, taking a deep dive into the many silos health care providers, including nurses, tend to put up. “I’m passionate about changing the culture of nursing; to make it more respectful, more supportive,” she said. “There is nothing we can’t do if we work together.”

As a captain in the United States Navy, Beeson spent 35 years in the Nursing Corps, with 18 of those years as a medical surgical nurse. Her clinical background experience and leadership roles have given her a distinctive insight into what it takes to be a nurse.

“Nursing is a leadership job, whether you are a new nurse or more mature nurse, no matter what specialty you are in or role you are assigned, and no matter what your shift. As a leader, you have to remember, all behavior is contagious. Make sure your behaviors are what you want others to mirror,” Beeson said. “Being resilient isn’t something you have or don’t have. It’s something you choose to be.”

Beeson also gave tips and examples on how individuals can choose to be resilient.

In addition to Beeson’s presentation, an essay contest on resilience also was held. The winners of the contest were TWU student Tam Nguyen, first place, and Director of Nursing Innovation and Outcomes at Texas Children’s Hospital Richard Ridge, RN, PhD, second place. Recipients of the Sigma Theta Tau Beta-Beta Chapter – Houston Lucile Petry Leone Research Grants also were announced as: 

  • JoAnn Mick, a TWU Houston alum and nurse researcher at Memorial Hermann, received an $1,000 grant for her work on “Semi-Structured Survey of Nurses' Views on Qualities and Factors Important for Matching Nurse to Hospital Unit Type for Successful Work”

  • Adrian Melissinos, a TWU Houston alum and nurse historian, was awarded a $500 grant for research on “Nurses in the ER:  The Assassination of John F. Kennedy”

  • Lene Symes,a TWU assistant nursing professor,  who received a $500 grant for her research on “Accuracy of a Risk Assessment Tool for Predicting Chronic Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Women Reporting Partner Violence”

To watch a replay of the Fall Forum, click here.

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About TWU Houston

TWU Institute of Health Sciences – Houston Center is located in the heart of the largest medical center in the world, the Texas Medical Center, and offers undergraduate nursing degrees and advanced degrees in several health science programs. TWU Houston is one of three campuses of Texas Woman’s University. TWU is the largest public university in the nation primarily for women and has an enrollment of approximately 16,000 students on campuses in Denton, Dallas and Houston. Since its founding in 1901, TWU has produced more than 100,000 graduates in fields vital to the growth and quality of life in Texas and the nation, including nursing, health care, education and business.

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