WHAT: The Coastal Bend Health Education Center (CBHEC), a center of The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center, will host the Third Annual Future Nurses Club Conference. The conference is an educational event that is motivational and inspiring to high school students who are interested in pursuing a career in health care.
WHY: The objective is to educate students to the variety of nursing opportunities and careers. Students will be applying for enrollment in nursing and allied health programs in the Texas A&M University System as well as community colleges in the Greater Coastal Bend region upon high school graduation. The educational experience will include a lecture format, a clinical laboratory tour, and networking among students and faculty. Sponsor and vendor exhibits with information related to advanced education and career development will also be available at the event.
WHO: Josie Williams, M.D., M.M.M., is the keynote speaker. She is the director of the A&M System Health Science Center’s Rural and Community Health Institute (RCHI). She brings a wealth of experience as a registered nurse, internal medicine physician, gastroenterology specialist and health system administrator. Dr. Williams has focused on excellence in health care delivery with an emphasis on the need for improving patient safety and quality of care.
WHEN: The event will be held on Wednesday, January 26, 2005, at 10 a.m. to noon. The keynote speaker will speak at 10 a.m. Students will break to attend sessions at 11 a.m.
WHERE: The Third Annual Future Nurses Club Conference will be held at the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi campus, located on 6300 Ocean Drive at A&M-Corpus Christi’s University Center in the Lone Star Ballroom.
Established in 1999, CBHEC is a center of The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center. CBHEC delivers health education programs to 19 counties in the Greater Coastal Bend. The center is funded through the Texas State Legislature, as well as by private support from area health care systems and industry. CBHEC’s strategy is to work with the community, its policy makers and health care professionals.

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