Dr. Debra Rose Wilson accepts the Excellence in Nursing Education Award from the Tennessee Nurses Association during an Oct. 18, 2013, ceremony in Murfreesboro, Tenn. She was honored for her outstanding service to the field. (Photo courtesy of MTSU)
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- A Middle Tennessee State University nursing professor was recently honored as the recipient of the Excellence in Nursing Education Award, presented by the Tennessee Nurses Association.
Dr. Debra Rose Wilson received the award at the association’s annual convention held in late October in Murfreesboro.
The statewide award recognizes outstanding performance in nursing education and leadership, which improves the quality of nursing care, and professional and community service.
“Debra (Wilson) is selfless,” said Dr. Shelley Moore, an assistant professor of nursing at MTSU. “She helps students and colleagues alike to grow professionally. She constantly offers her time to help when you know she does not have any more time than anyone else.”
Wilson, who is also in the process of pursuing a doctoral degree in physics, said she believes expanding her academic accomplishments will help bolster the credibility of her belief in holistic therapeutic techniques such as hypnosis, acupuncture and aromatherapy.
“I have to have my foot in the empirical world,” Wilson said. “With a degree in physics, I will test and evaluate and take the next step.”
Wilson is also a nominee for a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship to work in the White House during the 2014 academic year. If chosen, she will spend a year conducting health research in Washington, D.C.
Wilson said she hopes to work in the U.S. Surgeon General’s Office if selected.
The short list of nominees is to be announced in January 2014. The top six will be revealed the following month.