Nacogdoches, TX (NursingSalary.org) – An advisory council was created in October 2010 to provide directions regarding future development at Stephen F. Austin’s Richard and Lucille DeWitt School of Nursing, reports SFA in a press release. The school has to meet the needs for registered nurses in the East Texas region.
Director of school Dr. Glenda Walker announced in an interview that the council’s primary goal will be to analyze current demands in the area, as well as to provide feedback and guidance to current projects related to educational services:
The Advisory and Development Council will focus on reviewing the school’s current program, assisting in identifying new programs for the benefit of students, facilitating the school in achieving its strategic mission related to high quality education for students, assisting in placing students in meaningful internships, and actively pursuing financial development activities for the school.
SFA’s nursing school is recognized as one of the leading educational facilities in Texas area. Their expansion is quite noticeable: while in the past years they were only able to enroll around 20 nursing students each year, in fall 2010 more than 80 future nurses were admitted.
Some of the most noticeable presences in the Advisory Council include:
- Lucille DeWitt is president of the Tem-Kil branch located in Nacogdoches, TX. DeWitt donated 17 acres of land to SFA’s School of Nursing and made it possible for DeWitt School of Nursing to get to the top of the American schools.
- Scott Christopher currently works with the Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital as a cardiovascular and trauma coordinator and holds a BSN from SFA’s School of Nursing. His part-time positions with other forums and councils are to be noted: he is also president of Texas Trauma Coordinator’s Forum, works with Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council and also a member of Trauma Systems Subcommittee and the Deep East Texas Regional Advisory Council for EMS/Trauma.
- Dr. Gina Haidinyak currently works as an associate professor of nursing and assistant director of SFA’s nursing school. In the past she has worked as a registered nurse anesthetist. She is also licensed to practice law in Nacogdoches and used to serve as assistant district attorney.
- Tim Hayward currently works as an administrator of Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. He has been working there for over 29 years and had just been promoted CEO of the facility. He is also a member of some boards and community forums in Nacogdoches County.