Sharon Wilkerson, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, dean of the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) College of Nursing, was recently appointed president of the Texas League for Nursing.
The Texas League for Nursing is a state-based constituent league of nurse educators supporting the mission of the National League for Nursing (NLN). NLN is the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education offering faculty development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its 31,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members.
A 30-year veteran in undergraduate and graduate nursing education, Wilkerson was appointed founding dean of the TAMHSC-College of Nursing in 2008. During her time with the college, Wilkerson successfully developed the college's Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs, Master of Science in nursing education and is working toward further graduate degrees to be offered in the near future. Under her leadership, the college boasts a 100% pass rate on the national licensing exam, significant given the national pass rate is 90.22% for all first time test takers.
In addition to her new role with Texas League for Nursing, Wilkerson also serves on committees and boards at the state and national level. She is president-elect of the Texas Organization of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Educators, and currently serves on the nominating committee for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
Members of the Texas League for Nursing executive team include: president-elect, Vivian Lilly, PhD, MBA, RN, CNE, dean, Galen College of Nursing, San Antonio, T.X.; secretary; Mary Ellen Viancourt, M.S.N., RN, clinical instructor, University of Texas Arlington College of Nursing; and treasurer, Alyce Ashcraft, Ph.D., RN, CNE, ANEF, associate dean for research, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing, Lubbock, T.X.