Hodges Honored by NURSE.com as 2012 Texas “Education & Mentorship” Winner


Texas winners of Nursing Excellence Awards included Dr. Hodges (far right), as well as (left-right): SON alumna Dr. Miranda Kelly; and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Celine Chacko, R.N., in the Volunteerism & Service category.

Texas winners of Nursing Excellence Awards included Dr. Hodges (far right), as well as (left-right): SON alumna Dr. Miranda Kelly; and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Celine Chacko, R.N., in the Volunteerism & Service category.

(Sept. 19, 2012) – Pamela J. Hodges, Ph.D., R.N., assistant professor of clinical nursing in the Department of Acute and Continuing Care, has been named a national finalist in the 2012 “NURSE.com Nursing Excellence Award” program in the Education & Mentorship category.

Hodges was among 30 Texas regional finalists honored at the Texas Nursing Excellence Gala on Aug. 17 at the Houston Omni Galleria.  At the event, one nurse in each category (Advancing & Leading the Profession; Clinical Care, Inpatient; Education & Mentorship; Home, Community & Ambulatory Care; Patient & Staff Management; and Volunteerism & Service) was named a Texas regional winner. Each of the six Texas winners now will move on to the national program.

The Education & Mentorship category recognizes RNs who have contributed to nursing’s body of knowledge through formal nursing education, skills training or continuing education – who have guided, supported or influenced nurses’ career development in meaningful, measurable ways through professional nursing mentorship.

One nominator, a former student, said that she stays proactive about putting patients’ safety first “because I was given the confidence to do so by Dr. Hodges – we were taught not to let our technique slip up or our standards loosen.”  Other nominators wrote that Hodges “stands up for students” and is accessible, leaving her cell phone on and responding to calls and emails quickly.

Six national winners from among 54 regional winners will be announced and featured in NURSE.com magazines later in the fall.

Miranda Kelly, D.N.P., who works at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, was selected as the Texas winner in the Clinical Care, Inpatient category.  She is a graduate of UTHealth School of Nursing’s critical care CNS (1994) and post-Master's ACNP (2000) programs.

During the Aug. 17 event, Susan D. Ruppert, Ph.D., R.N., assistant dean and chair of the Department of Acute & Continuing Care, and Amy O. Calvin, Ph.D., R.N., associate professor of clinical nursing, were presented with certificates in recognition of their outstanding performance and contributions to the nursing profession during the “Honor Your Own” portion of the program.

For more than a decade, Nurse.com’s Nursing Excellence Awards program has recognized the extraordinary contributions America’s nurses make to their patients, each other and the profession. The Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future is the national sponsor of the 2012 Nurse.com’s Nursing Excellence Awards.

– David R. Bates, Communications Director