By: Heather Hines, Reporter
TWU’s Dallas campus hosted the inaugural Doswell Teaching Excellence Nursing Conference, with guest speaker Mark Taylor Ed.D., on Friday Oct. 9. Nearly one hundred nurses were in attendance, according to an email from Dallas campus Director of Marketing and Communication Ashley Spinozzi, M.A.
This year marks the beginning of the conference, which was enabled by the Houston J. and Florence A. Doswell Endowment for Teaching Excellence, the namesake of TWU’s College of Nursing. According to TWU’s press release the conference focuses on “innovation, teaching excellence and ‘disruptive’ technologies, such as telehealth.” TWU faculty and graduate students were in attendance as well as educators from area hospitals and health care centers.
The conference was composed of five sessions about educating nursing students, and future technologies and opportunities in the nursing field along with the keynote address from Taylor. Taylor has worked with universities throughout the U.S. as a nationally renowned education expert, specifically working with universities to teach them how to help students successfully transition into employment after graduating.
The state of Texas requires nursing students to accumulate 20 hours of continuing nursing education per year to keep their license. Students at the conference received accreditation for six hours. This particular nursing conference was open to all nurses but specially drew a crowd of established nurse educators.