TCU nursing honors society gives donation to public hospital


    The Nurse-Family Partnership program of Tarrant County Public Health accepted a $1,000 donation from the local Beta Alpha Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.

    This donation will be used to provide resources to first-time mothers. 

    The partnership program provides low-income mothers with the care and support they need to provide a healthy and sufficient life for their children.

    The donation money will also provide a money management workshop for the mothers involved in the program, Karen Miller, nurse supervisor of Nurse-Family Partnership, said.

    Ann Salyer-Caldwell, associate director of Tarrant County Public Health, said that the money management workshop will teach the mothers how to become more financially self-sufficient.

    “In previous community advisory board meetings, money management has been an identified need for clients and now we have funds to make that happen,” Salyer-Caldwell said. “We are grateful for the donation and hope that TCU continues to sponsor events that benefit Nurse-Family Partnership clients.”

    Sigma Theta Tau is an international honor society for nurses with the mission of advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service, according to the Harris College of Nursing website.

    The Beta Alpha Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau includes TCU students, alumni, faculty, and staff, as well as nurses practicing throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.

    TCU nursing students share an on-going relationship with Tarrant County’s Public Health Department. Students have had opportunities to observe and contribute to projects within the different programs.

    “In the past, we have partnered with TCU nursing for training opportunities, like pediatric assessment,” Miller said. “It is a relationship we hope to continue by helping and preparing nurses with their recruitment process.”

    Gina Alexander, TCU nursing professor and communications chair of the Beta Alpha Chapter, said that the chapter supports the work of local non-profit and service agencies each year.

    “The Beta Alpha Chapter will continue to support the Nurse-Family Partnership program for needed donations to the moms enrolled in the program,” said Alexander.