Drew Academy nurse Martha Stancil was named one of the Houston area’s top 150 nurses by the Houston Chronicle in their annual salute to nurses.
She and her other honorees were honored recently with a luncheon to salute their service to nursing. Joining Stancil at the luncheon was Maisha Guillory, Aldine ISD’s program director of health services.
Stancil knew at an early age that she wanted to enter the nursing profession.
“When I was 10, my grandmother moved in with our family. She was ill and required 100% assistance,” Stancil said. “Both my father and mother worked, so the day that school was out for the summer I became her caretaker. Caring for my grandmother that summer cemented my desire to become a nurse.”
Stancil has been a registered nurse for 34 years. She earned her bachelor’s of science in nursing from Prairie View A&M University and a BA in Administration from Our Lady of the Lake University. She completed the Nurse Leadership Program at the prestigious University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business and has served as a Fellow for the National Association of Public Hospitals.
Prior to joining Aldine ISD, Stancil worked at Jefferson Davis Hospital as a critical care nurse and OB emergency care nurse and at LBJ Hospital as an emergency care/ambulatory care manager. She’s also served as director of Ambulatory Care Specialty Clinics at Ben Taub and at St. Joseph’s Hospital as the medical surgical director.
During her 34-year career, Stancil has earned many honors. She received the Nursing Excellence Award for Innovation and Creativity, the Administrative Excellence Award from the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing, and was a member of the Ambulatory Care Service Best Nursing Team in 2004 for Texas and Louisiana.
She was elected chairperson of the Hospital District Foundation Steering Committee, which was charged to assess the readiness and implementation of an electronic medical record and business system that would serve the entire Harris County Hospital District.
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