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Cindy Stinson awarded silver medal in nursing education

The Good Samaritan Foundation has named Cindy Stinson a 2013 Silver Medalist in education. Stinson was selected over 130 nominees from all of Southeast Texas and Houston in the category of Nursing Education in Faculty. Stinson will receive this honor at the ninth annual Excellence in Nursing Awards Luncheon on September 5. She will receive a custom-designed silver medal and be featured on the Good Samaritan Foundation website.

The Good Samaritan Foundation annually selects Gold and Silver Medalists for excellence in six categories of nursing: Large Hospital; Small Hospital; Hospice, Home Health, Clinic, and Nursing Home; Nursing Education in Clinicians; Nursing Education in Faculty; and Nursing Administration and Leadership. The selected nurses should demonstrate excellence in teaching, mentoring, leadership and service.

“Nurses must not only be competent in their practice but they have to advocate for the individuals they care for,” Stinson said. “It has been predicted that with this ever-changing health care system nurses will have to take a more active role as leaders and policymakers.  In order to do this, nurses will have to be on the forefront in evidence-based practice and lifelong learning.”

Stinson has worked for Lamar University for 19 years and is currently an associate professor in the JoAnne Gay Dishman Department of Nursing. Stinson received her associate’s degree in nursing from Lamar University in 1975 and her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Lamar in 1980. She received her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 1994. Finally, Stinson received her doctorate in nursing from Texas Woman’s University-Houston in 2006. Stinson is an advanced practice nurse and is certified as a clinical nurse specialist.

“I hope I can continue to educate our nursing community because healthcare is changing rapidly and nurses must be lifelong learners to provide appropriate care,” she said.

Stinson was nominated for this award by Regina Rogers, founder and chair of the Julie Rogers Gift of Life Program. In addition to teaching, Stinson works for the Julie Rogers Gift of Life Program as the director of medical education, educating health care professionals on how to best prevent and combat cancer. Stinson also serves on the program’s Pink Power Network, focused on enhancing the quality of care for cancer patients and their loved ones.

“Personally and professionally, Dr. Stinson has the heart of a consummate nurse, always nurturing, loving and aiding those around her,” Rogers said.

Stinson has also conducted medical research focused on reminiscence as a potential treatment protocol for depression in older adults, and, in 2010, Stinson was invited to the Karolinska Institute in Sweden to implement her research.

“I have been a nurse for almost 40 years,” Stinson said. “I have been blessed to be in a profession I truly enjoy.”