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Galen Leaders, Faculty and Staff Awards

Great nurses don’t just happen, they carefully grow with the help of teachers, leaders and mentors.  Galen knows the dedication our leaders and faculty put into helping today’s students become tomorrow’s great nurses, that’s why we’re so excited to share the recognition a number of our staff has recently received.


Kathy Mershon MSN, RN, CNAA, FAAN, Board of Directors Chair and one of Galen’s founders, was recently selected for the Florence Nightingale Awards at the University of Louisville, School of Nursing. Kathy was one of six honorees selected from over 100 nominees. Kathy was also recently inducted into the NLN Academy of Nursing Education.  The academy honors individuals who have made enduring and substantial contributions to nursing education as teachers, mentors, scholars, public policy advocates, practice partners and administrators.   They provide a visionary leadership and are recognized for their expertise in nursing education. Kathy has more than 25 years of experience as a senior health care executive. Her background blends early clinical nursing with corporate senior management experience.


Jan Adams DNP, RN, Program Director for Tampa Bay, was recently appointed to the Committee on Honorary Awards Subcommittee for the American Nurses Association (ANA). ANA is served by its members who commit their time and energies to volunteering. The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the only full-service professional organization representing the interests of the nation's 3.4 million registered nurses. The ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the rights of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.


Nancy Maebius PhD, RN, Educational Consultant, received the 2015 Nursing Leadership Award from the Medical Center Rotary in San Antonio. Nancy received this award for her lifetime contributions to nursing. Nancy has over 40 years of experience in medical surgical nursing, maternal child nursing, education, and clinical research. She has authored two textbooks and is a member of the Advisory Council on Education for the Texas Board of Nursing, and chairperson of the Legislative Committee for Texas Association of Vocational Nurse Educators (TAVNE).


Nicole Contreras RN, Student Success Coordinator in San Antonio, recently received the 2015 Nightingale Excellence in Nursing Award from the Medical Center Rotary in San Antonio. Nicole was recognized for her work and dedication in assisting LVN students. Nicola recently transitioned to the Student Success position in San Antonio after working as a faculty member on the campus.


Congratulations to all of our wonderful leaders, faculty and staff. Galen truly appreciates the dedication each of you give to all our students, fostering the path to a rewarding career in nursing.

Courtney Green

Marketing & Digital Coordinator

Courtney Green is the Marketing & Digital Coordinator for Galen College of Nursing.