Texas Tech University Health Sciences Centers Anita Thigpen Perry School of Nursings LaMicha Hogan, RN, FNP, was voted as Outstanding Nurse Practitioner for 2009 by the South Plains Nurse Practitioners.
Sharon Decker, RN, PhD, and Carol Boswell, RN, EdD, were named by the National League for Nursing Foundation for Nursing Education to its faculty members list for the NLN/Johnson & Johnson Faculty Leadership and Mentoring Program. Boswell is a professor and co-director of the Center for Evidence-Based Practice and coordinator for the Traditional Program Expansion. Decker is professor and director of Clinical Simulations and the Covenant Health System endowed chair in Simulation & Nursing Education.
The program, which started in 2007 as a partnership between the National League for Nursing and the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursings Future, pairs five early- and mid-career faculty members with five NLN Academy of Nursing Education fellows. The application process matches protégés and mentors based on their interests and experience. Between October 2009 and September 2010, protégés and mentors will work together on individual leadership development as well as a group project to be presented at the 2010 NLN Education Summit in Las Vegas.
Boswell also was one of three nursing leaders recently sworn in as governors of the National League for Nursing at the organizations annual meeting in Philadelphia. She will serve a three-year term. Boswell has served as chair of the Nursing Educator Workforce Development Advisory Council and a member of the Task Group on Programs that Facilitate Faculty Development.Rod Hicks, RN
Rod Hicks, RN, PhD, a professor at Perry School of Nursing, was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing as one of the 2009 Fellows. Hicks also is the UMC Health System Endowed Chair for Patient Safety.
As chair and professor, Hicks is involved in collaborative efforts in patient safety research and practices throughout West Texas and the nation. He promotes excellence in clinical care of patients and develops mechanisms to foster a culture of patient safety for nursing students and clinical staff.
His area of expertise is research focusing on the prevention of medication errors. Hicks also explored the role of technology in preventing errors and discovering root causes to how technology contributes to errors.