By Holly Farason ’18
Graduate nursing student Meagen Driskill has been a nurse for 28 years and elected to return to school to pursue a doctor of nursing practice degree. Currently, Driskill is the director of Nursing for Critical Care Services at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Grapevine, Texas and a graduate degree will allow her to acquire higher leadership roles.
“My interest in pursuing a doctorate is to further my knowledge and skills to assist me to further advance my career as a nursing leader,” Driskill said. “I feel that it is essential to be prepared to effectively navigate the rapidly evolving and complex health care environment to drive quality patient outcomes.”
Driskill is the first recipient of the Myrtle E. & Earl E. Walker Graduate Fellowship in Nursing Leadership, and was nominated because she is seen as an exemplary nursing leader who will impact the nursing profession in terms of both leadership and the practice of nursing. The Walker Fellowship is a prestigious award, given to students who have excellent credentials and in whom the dean and graduate faculty have high confidence.
Driskill said she was honored to be the inaugural recipient. Coming from a family of TCU alumni, it had always been a dream of hers to attend TCU and now that dream has become a reality.
“It is a dream come true,” she said. “It was something I could not afford to do when initially pursuing my education in nursing.”
The award includes full tuition and a stipend for the 2019 academic year. It is strongly encouraged that the stipend be used to cover the costs of nursing leadership development conferences, along with meetings and affiliation with professional nursing organizations.
Driskill said she plans to attend the American Organization of Nurse Executives conference in April. She also plans on studying abroad in Geneva this coming summer.
“The fellowship will provide me with the opportunity to further develop as a nurse leader with the goal to exemplify and lead the profession and practice of nursing,” she said.