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School of Nursing leader, professor named American Association of Nurse Practitioners fellow

Cynthia Weston joins esteemed group
Cynthia Weston, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CHSE

Cynthia Weston, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CHSE, associate dean for clinical and outreach affairs and associate professor at the Texas A&M University School of Nursing, was recently selected as a fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

AANP fellows are chosen for their contributions to nurse practitioner research, education and policy. With 908 members, induction into the AANP is one of the highest recognitions in the nurse practitioner profession.

Weston joined the School of Nursing in 2014 as an assistant professor. She was elevated to associate dean in 2018 and oversees the school’s clinical activities, practice partnerships and continuing education outreach. Weston also teaches undergraduate and graduate clinical practice courses.

Weston is the principal investigator on many state and federally funded programs related to rural health, cancer screening, mental health and more. Her latest program is Texas A&M School of Nursing Mobile Care access through Rural Engagement and Education (TXAN Mobile CARE), a nurse-led, school-based mobile clinic that visits rural communities to increase access to primary care services. The mobile clinic is funded by a $4 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

A longtime registered nurse and nurse practitioner in Texas, Weston also serves as president of Texas Nurse Practitioners, an organization she has been a member of since 2000. Other professional memberships include the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, International Association for Clinical Simulation in Nursing and more.

Weston holds a Doctor of Nursing practice from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, a Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch.

Weston will be inducted as a fellow during the AANP National Conference on June 22 in New Orleans.

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