Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Carol Kay Hawkins-Garcia, L.V.N., R.N. to the Texas Board of Nursing for terms set to expire on January 31, 2025.
Carol Kay Hawkins-Garcia, L.V.N., R.N. is a vocational nursing instructor and assistant professor at Coastal Bend College. She also serves as a staff nurse at University Hospital. She is currently a member of the American Nurses Association, Texas Nurses Association, Texas Association of Vocational Nurse Educators, Texas Community College Teachers Association, and the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses. Hawkins-Garcia received an Associates of Applied Science in nursing from San Antonio College and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Texas Tech Health Services Center.
“I’m humbled and honored to serve our great State and to represent the nursing profession in this critical role of education.,” Hawkins-Garcia stated. I look forward to contributing my expertise and insight to bring positive change to impact those we serve.”
For more than 100 years, the Texas Board of Nursing has been serving the public to regulate the safe practice of nursing in Texas. The Board protects the public from unsafe nursing practice, provides approval for more than 200 nursing education programs, issues licenses to more than 27,000 nurses per year by examination to new graduates and by endorsement to licensees from other states seeking a Texas license, as well as providing nursing practice and education guidance to more than 350,000 currently licensed nurses practicing in the State of Texas. The Board of Nursing focuses on four key responsibilities and services: licensing, school approval, enforcement, and providing information.