The HBU School of Nursing and Allied Health Dean’s Development Council hosted the “Celebrating Nurses! Mind, Body, Spirit” Fall Luncheon at the River Oaks Country Club.
HBU alumna, Dr. Rose Senegal, ’94, ’97, ’99, received the Margaret Newman Outstanding Alumni Award. Senegal has excelled in the areas of patient care, education and business. She was presented with a framed page from an antique Bible. University supporter Mary Ann Belin was recognized for her role in the school’s success as well.
Truly, the School of Nursing and Allied Health has much to celebrate. In the fall of 2017, the school launched two additional degrees: a Master of Science in Nursing degree and a Master of Science in Kinesiology degree. The school is the first in the state to receive approval from the Texas Board of Nursing for two separate advanced practice nursing tracts at the same time: FNP (Family Nurse Practitioner) and PNP (Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Primary Care). Additionally, the undergraduate enrollment for the school continues to increase. The BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) pass rate for the NCLEX (nursing board exam) in December 2016 and May 2017 is well above the state and national average, at about 90 percent.
Keynote speaker Elizabeth McIngvale, founder and president of the Peace of Mind Foundation, shared her journey to wellness, and expressed the importance of compassionate caregivers during people’s most vulnerable times.
Charles Bacarisse, vice president for major gifts, Office of Advancement, said, “Nurses are integral from birth and throughout life. At HBU, our student nurses are educated well to be the hands of God.”