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Eloisa G. Taméz, RN., Ph.D., F.A.A.N.
Keynote Speaker

Dr. Eloisa G. Taméz is Associate Professor and Assistant Dean of Graduate Nursing Education in the College of Nursing. Dr. Taméz began her academic career in 2000 following notable success in nursing practice at various locations throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, Central America and South America. She held various positions through her commission in the United States Army Reserve (USAR), Nurse Corp (NC), the Department of Veterans Affairs and various private sector health care organizations. Before accepting a position at UTB in 2004, Dr. Taméz was assistant professor at the University of Texas Pan American (UTPA), Edinburg, Texas.

As a Director of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, Dr. Taméz has written and been awarded consecutive HRSA Traineeship grants for students since the 2005-2006 academic year. Two consecutive Borderplex grants have been awarded to build capacity at our University for a Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program. This infrastructure development culminated in receiving a HRSA award to continue to develop the nurse practitioner program in collaboration with the University of Texas Health Science Center, Schoo of Nursing, in San Antonio, Texas. Under her leadership, the MSN program received the initial NLNAC accreditation.

Dr. Taméz has been the recipient of various awards including the “A” Proficiency Designator, the highest award than be given in recognition of professional leadership and accomplishment within the Army Medical Department. In 1994, she was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the most prestigious nursing organization in the United States. On October 3, 2008, she will receive the Henry B. Gonzalez Human Rights Award granted by the Texas Civil Rights Project. On October 25, 2008, Lieutenant Colonel Tamez was sworn in as Commander of the Rio Grande Valley Group of the Texas Medical Brigade of the Texas State Guard. In June 2010, she was promoted to Colonel.

Rosie Aguilar, RN
Invited Speaker

Rosie Aguilar graduated from Valley Baptist Medical Center-Harlingen vocational nurse program in 1983 and from Delmar College in Corpus Christi in 1985. She received the Modern Nightingale of the Year Award for 2009 from the Philippine Nurses Association of Texas-Cameron County Inc. She currently serves as nurse manager of the oncology and comprehensive medical unit at Valley Baptist Medical Center–Harlingen where she has worked for 20 years and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at The University of Texas at Brownsville.

  • Eloisa G. TamezEloisa G. Taméz, RN., Ph.D., F.A.A.N.
    Keynote Speaker
  • Rosie AguilarRosie Aguilar, RN
    Invited Speaker
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