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UTRGV nursing professor Tamez accepts Legacy Award from national organization

UTRGV nursing professor Eloisa G. Tam├ęz, RN, Ph.D., FAAN, is the 2017 recipient of the Latino Legacy Award from the National Association of Hispanic Nurses. Here, she accepts the award during the 42nd annual NAHN Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. (Courtesy photo)

UTRGV nursing professor Eloisa G. Taméz, RN, Ph.D., FAAN, is the 2017 recipient of the Latino Legacy Award from the National Association of Hispanic Nurses. Here, she accepts the award during the 42nd annual NAHN Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. (Courtesy photo)

By Vicky Brito

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – SEPT. 12, 2017 – UTRGV nursing professor Eloisa G. Taméz, RN, Ph.D., FAAN, recently accepted the 2017 Latino Legacy Award from the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, during the 42nd annual NAHN Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

Tamez, who is also assistant director of Graduate Nursing Education in the UTRGV School of Nursing, College of Health Affairs, said the award was a wonderful way to celebrate her career in both nursing and education.

“It was indeed an honor to receive this award in the presence of so many young, professional nurses to whom we can pass the baton to the future,” she said.

The award recognizes a small group of members as Latino Legacies who have contributed to the nursing profession with commitment to advancing the health in Hispanic communities, and to leading, promoting and advocating the educational, professional and leadership opportunities for Hispanic nurses.

The NAHN was founded in 1976 to provide a voice for nearly 2,000 member nurses across the United States. The organization’s goal is to promote safe, quality healthcare for Hispanic communities and individuals.

Tamez, who was recognized in 2013 as a founder of the NAHN, began her academic career in 2000, after years of nursing practice at various locations throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, Central America and South America. She held a variety of positions through her commission in the U.S. Army Reserve, Nurse Corp., the Department of Veterans Affairs and various private-sector healthcare organizations.

In 2014, she began the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program at UT Brownsville/Texas Southmost College, which launched at UTRGV in September 2015; the first cohort completed the program in August 2016.

ABOUT UTRGV

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.

MEDIA CONTACTS
Victoria.Brito@utrgv.edu
Informational Writer / 956-882-4330

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