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Dr. Melinda Hester, Clinical Assistant Professor

Melinda Hester, DNP, RN

Dr. Hester earned her BSN from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, her MS in Nursing from The University of Oklahoma and her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. She has over 37 years of nursing practice and education experience, most recently as a Nurse Consultant for the Nurse-Family Partnership National Service Office in Denver, CO and from the Texas Board of Nursing as the Lead Practice Consultant. She has been certified in Public/Community Health by the American Nurses Credentialing Center since 1985. Dr. Hester is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, American Nurses Association, Texas Nurses Association, National Association of School Nurses, Texas School Nurses Organization, Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association and the Nurses Christian Fellowship. She has received the Oklahoma Nurse of the Year award in 1984, the Baylor Nursing Excellence Award in 1994, and the Texas School Nurses Organization President’s Award in 2009. Her published works appear in the Journal of Nursing Regulation, the Texas School Health Bulletin, and the Missouri and Texas Board of Nursing Newsletters.

  • Exploring the Efficacy of Referral Letters in a Type 2 Diabetes Screening Program in Texas; REP grant funded (Dr. Star Mitchell is the primary investigator and Dr. Melinda Hester is the co-investigator)
  • Effects of Educational Attainment on Administrative Disciplinary Actions Taken Against Nursing Licenses; (Danielle Green, criminal justice graduate student at Texas State University, is the primary investigator; Dr. Melinda Hester is the co-investigator; Dr. Star Mitchell and Dr. Shuying Sun are key personnel)

RECOGNITIONS:Hester Nurse of Year

Received the Nurse of the Year award from the St. David's School of Nursing on May 10, 2017, as part of the National Nurses Week celebration.