Texas Nurses Association's “25 Outstanding Texas Nurses for 2023” Recognize Two LHSON Faculty

May 15, 2023

The Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON) congratulates Lori Spies, Ph.D., APRN, FNP-C, FAANP and Marie Lindley, Ph.D., RN, CNE for being recognized by Texas Nurses Association (TNA) as “25 Outstanding Texas Nurses for 2023.” The annual award recognizes nurses who excelled, innovated, and went above and beyond in the previous year. Nurses who have made a difference can be nominated by their peers, community, friends, family or employers for a variety of reasons. Honorees are nurses who create a culture of care, nurses who play a vital role in supporting health and wellness, nurse innovators, community contributors, and frontline heroes.

Additional accolades included two LHSON faculty members listed on the Honorable Mention list, Dr. Lina Nguyen and Dr. Renea Powell. Plus, one LHSON student, Edith Chioma Neosu III, was the recipient of a scholarship from TNA, District 4. Please visit TNA’s website to learn more about these extraordinary nurses,

Nurses are the nation’s largest group of health care professionals and the most trusted profession. They serve a critical role within America’s health care infrastructure. “In the wake of the pandemic, nurses have been faced with numerous challenges including being short staffed and having to find new ways to provide care,” said Serena Bumpus, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CEO of TNA. “Shining a light on their accomplishments is one small way we can thank them.”

“Exemplifying our school motto, Learn.Lead.Serve.®, Dr. Spies and Dr. Lindley are both shining examples of a Baylor nurse and are an inspiration to us all for their nurse leadership and dedication to excellence,” said Linda Plank, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, Dean and Clinical Associate Professor, LHSON.

About Texas Nurses Association
The Texas Nurses Association (TNA) is a statewide membership-based professional association of registered nurses. Our vision is to empower Texas Nurses to advance the profession. Founded in 1907, TNA is the longest established and largest nursing association in Texas.

About Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing
The Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON) located in Dallas, Texas, was established in 1909 as a diploma program within Baylor Hospital in Dallas, which is now Baylor Scott & White Health’s Baylor University Medical Center, and in 1950 became one of the six degree-granting schools of Baylor University. The first Baccalaureate degrees were granted in 1952, establishing the School among the earliest baccalaureate nursing programs in Texas. In 1999, the School was renamed the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing after Louise Herrington Ornelas, a 1992 Baylor Alumna Honoris Causa, who made an endowment gift to the School. The LHSON offers Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees through Traditional, FastBacc® (one-year accelerated) and Distance Accelerated BSN programs. Plus, the LHSON offers an online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program with tracks that include Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse-Midwifery, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Executive Nurse Leadership and U.S. Army Anesthesia Nursing (USAGPAN). U.S. News & World Report 2023 Best Undergraduate Nursing Programs ranked the LHSON No. 39. In addition, U.S. News & World Report 2024 Best Graduate Schools rankings list several LHSON programs, including the DNP program at No. 66 nationally and “Best Nursing” specialty rankings for LHSON’s USAGPAN, which operates at the U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, at No. 8 nationally, and Baylor’s Nurse-Midwifery program, which is No. 21 in the nation. To learn more visit www.baylor.edu/nursing