Texas Woman's University Nursing Professor Receives Prestigious Gold Award

TWU Professor Anne Young receives the 2017 Gold Award for Excellence in Nursing Education - Faculty
TWU Professor Anne Young, the 2017 Gold Award winner for Excellence in Nursing Education - Faculty.

Oct. 26, 2017 - Houston - Anne Young, EdD, RN, professor at Texas Woman’s University’s Nelda C. Stark College of Nursing in Houston, has been named as the 2017 Gold Award winner for Excellence in Nursing Education – Faculty by the Good Samaritan Foundation. Young was presented with the award at the Excellence in Nursing awards luncheon held Monday, October 23, at the Royal Sonesta Hotel-Houston.

Young began her career as a professor at Texas Woman’s more than 40 years ago. Because of her dedication, passion and understanding of the profession, Young has garnered the support of not only her students, but also her colleagues all across Texas.

“Anne is a well-known voice for academic nursing education within the State of Texas and has secured her reputation as a master educator in nursing,” says Ainslie Nibert, associate dean at Texas Woman’s in Houston. According to Nibert, since 1987, Young has served as the chair for 61 Ph.D. dissertations, and has acted as a dissertation committee member for an additional 68 Ph.D. students.

“Her students are extremely well-prepared for scholarly work upon graduation. At least two of her students were invited to continue their post-doctoral work in prestigious environments such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Duke University,” says Nibert. “She has literally touched the lives of hundreds of nurses, elevating their professionalism through graduate education.”

Young received her undergrad and master’s degrees from Texas Woman’s before earning her EdD degree at the University of Houston.

“I’ve had the good fortune to have a career that incorporates two elements I love, nursing and education. When I entered nursing over 40 years ago, I didn’t know where the journey would take me. The many things that I’ve learned and shared give me a deep sense of satisfaction with my career,” says Young. “I’m very proud of our TWU graduates and I’m indebted to the many students that I’ve worked with. It is rewarding to see them successfully complete their programs and move forward to make a difference.” 

More than 260 nurses from across Houston and the surrounding areas were nominated by their peers for the Excellence in Nursing Awards. Only six were selected as gold medal winners in a variety of categories.

“Being the recipient of the Good Samaritan Gold Award is quite exciting and a wonderful affirmation of my life's work,” Young says. “Nursing education has been a challenging and fulfilling career choice. I would urge any nurse who thinks they have the heart of a teacher to consider nursing education.” 

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About Texas Woman’s University

Texas Woman’s University is the largest public university in the nation primarily for women and has an enrollment of approximately 15,000 students on campuses in Denton, Dallas and Houston. Since its founding in 1901, TWU has produced more than 88,000 graduates in fields vital to the growth and quality of life in Texas and the nation, including nursing, health care, education and business.

About Texas Woman’s University Institute of Health Sciences – Houston Center

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.

About the Good Samaritan Foundation

In 1951, Reverend Clyde J. Verheyden, founded what is now known as Good Samaritan Foundation. Since its inception, Good Samaritan Foundation has been focused on one ongoing mission: to increase the number of highly-trained and dedicated nurses “at the bedside” of Texas patients. Building a stronger nurse workforce in Texas consists of attracting men and women to the nursing profession and providing financial resources to become the best educated and most skilled caregivers in the world. 

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