Jessica PeckThe Good Samaritan Foundation recently honored the winners of the 2012 Excellence in Nursing awards recognizing the profession’s “best and brightest.” Jessica Peck, assistant clinical professor in the School of Nursing at the UTMB, is a gold medal winner in Nursing Education, Faculty. 

“The School of Nursing at UTMB is privileged to have outstanding faculty,” said Dean Pamela G. Watson. “Jessica Peck is an exceptional educator, as this award demonstrates, and we are proud to have our faculty recognized by the Good Samaritan Foundation.”  

Excellence in Nursing award winners are nominated by their peers and selected by a distinguished committee of nursing leaders. Those nominated must demonstrate passion for the nursing profession and exemplify excellence in teaching, mentoring, leadership and service. 

A dozen UTMB nurses were honored with nominations.  They are:

Lee Alviza
Brenna Brown
Bernard Cherry
Odette Comeau
Kacee Cox
Janie Diaz
Robert Hastedt
Gopa Manikandaser
Bronia Michejenko
Bibi Olivarez
Barbara Parish
Christine Talbert
For more than 60 years, the Good Samaritan Foundation has been dedicated to a single issue — increasing the number of highly trained and dedicated nurses “at the bedside” of Texas patients. Its mission is to support excellence in nursing education and practice, providing grants to nursing schools for faculty development, doctoral research and community outreach. Good Samaritan Scholars is the nation’s largest privately supported scholarship program for nursing education, assisting almost 300 students each year. Since 1951, the program has assisted more than 15,000 nurses with more than $15 million in scholarship support. 

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