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Nursing Professor Appointed to State Board

Doris Jackson, center in white jacket, and her students discuss best nurse practices over lunch.
Doris Jackson, center in white jacket, and her students discuss best nurse practices over lunch.

Lone Star College-Kingwood will be represented in nursing at the state level due to the hard work and accomplishments of one professor.

Doris Jackson, associate degree nursing professor, was formally appointed by governor Greg Abbot to serve on the Texas Board of Nursing on July 8. Because of Jackson’s 36 years of dedicated service in the nursing profession, she was approached about this opportunity by the Fort Bend County Black Nurses Association. The new state board member plans to utilize her knowledge and experience to help nursing students and nurses be the best in the profession.

“I want to ensure nursing students at LSC-Kingwood and nursing practitioners are provided a better understanding of nursing rules and regulations, nurse practice act, the job of the Texas Board of Nursing and how important it is to be familiar with their organization,” Jackson said. “I want to learn all I can while I can to ensure the next generation of nurses are knowledgeable of this awesome governing board.”

Along with providing quality health care with a side of compassion for her patients, she decided to make a bigger impact on the nursing profession and began teaching at LSC-Kingwood six years ago. Her motivation to become a nurse ran in the family.

“My mother was a nurse and I wanted to be like her. The day after I graduated from high school, I attended my mother’s funeral. She always told me that I can become anything my heart desire as long as I do my best,” Jackson said. “My dad let me give him insulin injections while I was in license vocational nursing (LVN) school… what an amazing father!”

After graduating with an LVN degree in San Antonio, Jackson earned an associate degree in nursing from Houston Community College, a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and a Master of Science degree with a nursing leadership/management focus in nursing from Prairie View A&M University and a doctorate of health administration from Capella University.

“As a professor, I want to provide students with the tools they need to become competent, professional and critical thinking nurses,” she said. “I pray my personal nursing experience will spark them to continue their nursing education and strive for excellence in everything they do in caring for those in need.”

In addition to the Texas Board of Nursing and a board member for the Fort Bend County Black Nurses Association, Jackson is also a member of the National Black Nurses Association, Society of Pediatrics, Texas Nurses Association, American Nurses Association, Texas Community College Teachers Association, National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (N-OADN), Wellness Ministry at Brentwood Baptist Church and faculty advisor of the Student Nurse Association at LSC-Kingwood.

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Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest-growing community college system in the nation. Dr. Stephen C. Head is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at The Woodlands, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.