Ms. Jennifer Andres-Luna, RN, MBA, MSN, CCRN-K, CVRN-BC, RN-BC, a 1995 BS Nursing alumna of the College of Nursing, was awarded as one of the Outstanding Nurses in Houston, Texas by the Good Samaritan Foundation, which confers the Excellence in Nursing (EIN) Awards. Andres-Luna was hailed as a Gold Medalist in the area of Clinical Educators.

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Andres-Luna, who works in Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital, hails from a family of nurses. The awardee rose from the ranks: from a clinical staff nurse in the Intensive Care Unit, to an Evidence-Based Practice Clinical Scholar, and now a Nurse Educator, according to Dr. Kathy Arthurs of the hospital.

Another colleague, JonAnn Watson, said in an interview that Andres-Luna, heaped praises on the Thomasian nurse, for her creativity, initiative, and dedication, recalling how the Filipina will not be shy to work on a suggestion and craft a way to execute the said idea. The latter is also touted to be a source of inspiration for those whom she educates, whether newbie or seasoned nurses.

According to the Good Samaritan Foundation, the EIN awards is meant “to recognize those nurses who are leaders at the bedside, offering extraordinary and compassionate care and service.” The award gives premium to nominees’ stories of the work they do everyday servicing patients, families, employees, and students, as attested by their peers, who nominate the prospective awardees.

First reported by the UST Nursing Alumni Association, Inc.