(Oct. 4, 2018) – The Texas Nurses Association (TNA) District 9 Foundation will honor two faculty members of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Cizik School of Nursing among the “Twenty Outstanding Nurses of 2018.”  The honorees – Vice Dean for Academic Affairs Cathy L. Rozmus, Ph.D., R.N., and Assistant Professor Stacy A. Drake, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N., Department of Research – were chosen as exemplary role models by their peers and co-workers.  An award ceremony will be a highlight of the 28th annual “Nursing Celebration” scheduled for Thursday, November 8, at the Westin Galleria Houston, 5060 West Alabama.

The award annually recognizes nurses – staff nurses, educators, managers, practitioners, community nurses and school nurses – for exemplary service and contributions to the profession. Nominees come from the District 9 area (which includes Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Trinity, Walker and Waller counties).

The Texas Nurses District 9 Foundation, a public charity, was founded in 2009 to ensure the continuation of Houston area nurses and nursing students’ scholarship and research awards. Over the past 27 years, the foundation has awarded more than $78,000 in scholarships and research grants to deserving area nurses and students.