The Good Samaritan Foundation will honor the winners of the 2012 Excellence in Nursing awards recognizing the profession’s “best and brightest” today.  Jessica Peck, assistant clinical professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, 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. 

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. 

This year’s Excellence in Nursing winners will be honored today at a luncheon at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Houston. For more information, go to