To recognize the nursing profession and honor leadership, innovation and compassion in nursing practice, the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) College of Nursing hosted Building a Legacy 2013 on April 2 at the Bryan campus.

“The College of Nursing is thrilled to recognize outstanding Brazos Valley nurses who daily demonstrate excellence in nursing practice,” said Sharon Wilkerson, Ph.D., RN, CNE, dean of the TAMHSC-College of Nursing. “Nurses are key members of the health care team, and we are honored to highlight their accomplishments with The Legacy Awards.”

Nurses were recognized with awards in the following categories:

  • Leadership – Judith Greer, Brazos Valley Community Health Center. A nurse for 33 years, Greer serves as clinic manager and oversees daily operations of the facility.
  • Compassion – Shenita Summers, St. Joseph Regional Health Center. A nurse for 32 years, her primary responsibilities include being the primary caregiver, or the “eyes, ears and hands” for the patient. Summers is a staff nurse specializing in the medical/surgical arena.
  • Legacy – Matt Hoffman ’10, St. Joseph Regional Health Center. Hoffman is the stroke unit charge nurse and a clinical teaching assistant with the TAMHSC-College of Nursing. As charge nurse, his responsibilities include using leadership skills to assign patients, maintaining focus on patient flow, patient outcomes, staff productivity, and patient and staff satisfaction. He is also currently pursuing his Doctor of Nursing Practice.


Each Legacy Award recipient received a statuette to commemorate his or her achievement, and all nominees were recognized with a certificate and lapel pin.

The event also featured a wine/cheese reception and insider view of the TAMHSC Clinical Learning Resource Center, a 24,000-square-foot simulated health care environment equipped with the latest tools and technology to enhance student learning.

To view photos from the event, visit our Flickr page.



— Holly Shive

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