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Drs. Angela Clark and Betty Skaggs awarded by the Texas Nurses Association District Five

Posted: May 17, 2011

Dr. Angela Clark

Dr. Angela Clark

Drs. Angela Clark and Betty Skaggs received major awards from the Texas Nurses Association District Five (TNA5) at its recent Nurses’ Week Gala celebrating area nurses.

Clark, an associate professor of nursing, won a “Fabulous 5 Nurses” award, which is given to registered nurses who have made a significant difference to patients, peers and the community. Honored for their demonstrated excellence in the art and science of nursing, they are chosen for their leadership qualities and significant contributions to the profession as well as their status as role models and compassionate caregivers.

“Dr. Clark is a master teacher, expert clinician, researcher and entrepreneur,” said Dr. Diane Tyler, professor of clinical nursing. “Her work has significantly improved patient outcomes and changed nursing practice, especially in the areas of family presence during resuscitation and invasive procedures, legal and ethical issues of nursing practice and symptom management among patients with chronic illness.”

Clark, a clinical nurse specialist in the areas of diabetes and pulmonary care, is well known for her leadership in advanced nursing practice and has received many honors and awards during in her tenure at the university, said Tyler, adding that Clark has been president of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, the Texas Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists and the American Heart Association - Capital Area Chapter.

Dr. Betty Skaggs

Dr. Betty Skaggs

Skaggs, director of the school’s Learning Center, received the “President’s Award,” which was created by former TNA5 President Kim Belcik, who wanted the president to be able to recognize one nurse who uniquely inspired the career of the president.

"Betty has done more for the TNA5 than any other nurse," said Sheila Smith, recent past district president and instructor in clinical nursing. "She taught me to improve communication, build bridges and re-energize the TNA5. We grew by more members than any other chapter in Texas this year.

"Betty inspired by example. She never asked anyone to do something that she had not done at some point in her career. Betty is a champion for nurses and she is OUR champion."

Skaggs, whose specialty is pediatric nursing, jurisprudence and informatics, has been active in the American and Texas Nurses Associations, serving as the TNA’s president in the 1980s. She has held several offices on the local level, including Sigma Theta Tau, the nursing honor society, and has mentored numerous nurses.