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Two alumni serving on Texas Board of Nursing

8/26/15

Edwards                             Flores
    

Two graduates of Texas Woman’s University are helping to oversee the practice of nursing throughout the state as the newest members of the Texas Board of Nursing.

Allison Edwards and Diana Flores were among those appointed this summer by Gov. Greg Abbott. They each will serve a six-year term on the board, ending in January 2021.

Edwards, DrPH, of Bellaire, is an assistant professor for nursing systems at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Nursing. In addition to being a registered nurse, she has worked in a variety of management roles including profit, not-for-profit and managed care facilities. Her clinical experience includes case management, pediatrics and the operating room.

“I am honored and excited to serve the citizens of Texas in this capacity and ready for this new adventure and tremendous learning curve,” Edwards said.

She received her master’s degree in nursing administration from TWU in 1992, and credits her graduate-level education with opening doors for her in her career. She believes her background as a registered nurse – in staff positions, management and education – will provide a solid foundation in her service to the board.

Edwards is a member of the Southern Nursing Research Society, Sigma Theta Tau-Zeta Pi Chapters, the American Public Health Association and the American Nurses’ Association/Texas Nursing Association.

Flores, of Helotes, retired as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force after 25 years of service. She is a registered nurse and currently serves as an action officer and nurse subject matter expert for the U.S. Army at Fort Sam Houston. She provides oversight for the MEDCOM Ombudsman Program and works with regional medical commands, the Wounded Warrior Resource Center and the Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline.

“It is an honor to be appointed to the Texas Board of Nursing by the Governor of Texas and to serve alongside a great group of professional nurses,” Flores said.

“I have been a nurse for 30-plus years and am humbled to be able to assist patients at their most vulnerable time,” she added. “Through my service on the board, I hope to convey to nurses the continued importance of maintaining patient trust through our multiple roles in patient advocacy.

Flores received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from TWU in 1992. She is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, American Nurses Association, Texas Nurses Association and the Association of Military Surgeons of the U.S.

The Texas Board of Nursing regulates the practice of nursing and the approval of nursing education programs in the state. For more information and a complete list of board members, visit www.bon.texas.gov

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