Senator Zaffirini Receives Inaugural Champion of Nursing Education Award

(Austin)– Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, received the Inaugural Champion for
Nursing Education award from the Texas Association of Deans and Directors of
Professional Nursing Programs (TADDPNP) at its recent (Jan. 29) meeting in
Austin. She was honored for her leadership and commitment to nursing education
during the 81st Texas Legislative Session (2009).

TADDPNP is a professional and academic association committed to excellence in
nursing education and to solving the professional nursing shortage. Its membership
includes 96 leaders in nursing education from throughout Texas.

“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by such an outstanding group of nursing
educators, and I thank TADDPNP for uniting us in our commitment and
dedication to addressing the professional nursing shortage,” Senator Zaffirini said.
“As a member of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and Senate
Finance Committee, it is my pleasure to prioritize passing legislation and securing
funding to educate more nurses who provide critical, life-saving care.”

In 2009 Senator Zaffirini secured $5 million to establish a Hospital-Based Nursing
Education Partnership Grant Program and a $35 million increase for the Nursing
Shortage Reduction Program.

“Chairman Judith Zaffirini has demonstrated exceptional leadership in addressing
the challenges that face the nursing profession and was a stalwart support of the
effort to address the nursing shortage during the 81st session,” said Elizabeth
Poster, TADDPNP president. “Her strong commitment and dedication of critical
resources will result in an expanded nursing workforce and healthier Texas

Senator Zaffirini is chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee and a member
of the Senate Committees on Health and Human Services, Finance, Economic
Development and Administration. She also is a member of the Legislative Budget
Board. A communication specialist with 13 years of teaching experience, including
at the college and university levels, Senator Zaffirini is a distinguished
communicator, educator, and leader who holds B.S., M.A., and PhD degrees from
The University of Texas at Austin, each with a 3.9 grade-point average.
Senator Zaffirini has received more than 600 awards for her professional,
leadership and public service work.

SENATOR JUDITH ZAFFIRINI participates in a nurse pinning ceremony at Coastal Bend College. She prioritizes passing legislation and secures funding to address the nursing shortage in Texas.

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