Date: Sept. 27, 2005
CONTACT: Julie Toland,

LUBBOCK – The Texas Nurses Association (TNA) has named Alexia Green, Ph.D., dean and professor in the School of Nursing at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, as the TNA 2005 Nurse of the Year. Bestowed selectively, the award recognizes a Texas nurse who has contributed significantly beyond their employment arena to the nursing profession.

Green was honored during a special recognition and awards luncheon held during TNA’s 5th Annual Nursing Leadership Conference Sept. 15-16 in Austin. Poldi Tschirch, Ph.D., TNA vice president and chair of the TNA Awards Committee, presented the award. Commenting on Green’s achievement in being recognized with this award, Tschirch noted that she is “a woman of principle and a voice for collaboration. Her entire career has focused on teaching and nursing practice, particularly in the areas of adult health, critical care and public policy.”

“Dr. Green is a valuable asset to the nursing profession,” said M. Roy Wilson, M.D., M.S., president of the Health Sciences Center, noting Green’s student-focused leadership in the School of Nursing, as well her leadership and advocacy statewide and nationwide.

Green served as TNA president from 1999-2001, helping to bring statewide focus to the depth, complexity and future ramifications of a then-newly identified nursing shortage. Her work in health policy has always been consistent, especially around the work force/nursing shortage. Currently she co-chairs the Nursing Workforce Data Advisory Committee, established in 2004 to help provide policy recommendations that assure an adequate nursing work force for the state of Texas.

She also is an alumna of the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow Class of 2001, founding member of the Texas Nursing Education Policy Coalition, Texas Nursing Legislative Agency Policy Coalition, and the Texas Patient Safety Alliance. Her leadership in a community coalition resulted in a $2.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to address the nursing shortage in West Texas. In addition, she has been recognized as a Distinguished Lecturer of Sigma Theta Tau International, a Great 100 Nursing Alumni of Texas Woman’s University, and Teacher of the Year from the Texas Nursing Students’ Association.

Founded in 1907, the Texas Nurses Association is a professional organization of registered nurses, and the only Texas affiliate of the American Nurses Association. It seeks to promote excellence in nursing by helping nurses achieve quality patient care through high standards of practice, legislative involvement and public policy advocacy.

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