An undated Brady Standard-Herald News Item
Mrs. Henry Land was a recipient of a certificate of award for Outstanding
Leadership as a member of the State Board of Vocational Nurse Examiners
at the noon meeting of the Brady Rotary Club Tuesday.
The presentation was made by Dr. James P. Anderson of Brady Hospital where Mrs. Land is Director of Nurses and Nursing Education.
The West Texas Chamber of Commerce had intended to make the award at the fall meeting of the organization in Pampa, but Mrs. Land was unable to attend. Billy Jack Neal, a director of WTCC made arrangements to make the award here.
Dr. Anderson, in making the presentation, said Mrs. Land, who serves with credit and distinction as a member of the State Board of Vocational Nurses Examiners, was unable to be present at Pampa and "I have the happy privilege today of presenting to her an award for leadership signed by John Ben Shepperd, present of the West Texas Chamber of Commerce."
He pointed out that since the beginning of the government of Texas, it has been greatly benifitted and strengthened by being able to command the volunteer services of the top people in business and professions-the best thinking and the best brains available.
"The time, money, counsel, background, knowledge and rich experience of these honest, qualified and deserving volunteers cannot be purchased at any price," he said.
He also noted that none of the jobs pay a salary and only a few provide a pittance for expenses.
"True to their heritage, West Texans have volunteered their part of this responsibility and West Texas is represented by working members on every major state board, commission and agency. Typical of the sacrifice of time and money is the service of Mrs. Land on the State Board of Vocational Nurse Examiners," Dr. Anderson explained.
The Vocational Nurses program had its beginning through the planning by a group of physicians and hospital administrators in 1949 and 1950 to try to create a nursing program to fit the needs of small hospitals which were unable to operate the graduate nurses program. Dr. G. H. Ricks of Brady Hospital was a member of this group. Through their efforts the program had its beginning in 1951.
Through the efforts of private clinics and hospital associations and Texas Hospital Association, the Vocational Nurses Licensing Bill was passed by the Legislature in 1951.
Mrs. Land wo has been director of nurses and nursing education at Brady Hospital since 1951, is a graduate of Scott and White School of Nursing, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mary Hardin-Baylor at Belton, and has one year graduate work on her Nursing Education degree at the University of Texas. She was Director of Nursing Education at Scott and White for six years and assistant director of nurses for two years.
Mrs. Land was instrumental in helping to develop the curriculum adopted by the State Board and was appointed to the State Board of Vocational Nurses examiners for six years. Since her term of office has expired, she has been appointed a member of the Advisory Committee on Nursing Education by the Texas Coordinating Board of Texas Colleges and University System.
A number of the Brady Hospital personnel attended the presentation ceremony.