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Shainy B. Varghese, PhD, RN, CPNP, has been selected for a 2022 Texas Nurse Practitioners (TNP) Community Impact Award, given annually to dedicated Texas nurse practitioners (NPs) who have made exceptional contributions to the health and well-being of their communities. Varghese received the award September 24 during the association’s 34th Annual Fall Conference. “Nurse practitioners again faced numerous challenges in 2022, both as we adjusted to a return to normalcy and dealt with significant societal changes in the wake of COVID-19.

As always, our NPs rose to those challenges and played a crucial role in helping Texans everywhere get the care they needed, ranging from family practice and obstetrics to pediatrics and mental health care,” said TNP President Cindy Weston, DNP, APRN, CCRN, CNS-CC, FNP-BC, CHSE. “For decades, Shainy Varghese has been dedicated to providing much-needed quality care to underserved children and people throughout the community, and her commitment has led to better health and better lives for countless people in Stafford and throughout the greater Houston area.”

The recipient of the 2022 Good Samaritan Foundation Bronze Medal, Varghese in 2010 founded Just 4 Kids Pediatrics, a nurse-managed clinic in Stafford, to provide care for underserved children and was instrumental in the opening of the University of Houston College of Nursing Health Clinic to serve the homeless and underserved in Midtown Houston. A practicing NP since 20024, Varghese earned her PhD in Nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch, her MSN from the UT Houston Health Science Center, and her BSN from Dr. M.G.R Medical University in India.

She is an Associate Professor at the University of Houston. Every year, TNP’s Fall Conference brings together hundreds of nurse practitioners, students, and stakeholders to discuss trends in health care, the state of the industry, and recent changes to Texas laws and regulations. This year’s event ran September 22-25.