Nursing faculty member receives 2008 Leininger Award for Culture Care
Posted: 03/20/2008
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The International Association for Human Caring (IAHC) has selected Juana Cantú-Cabrera, M.S.N.,R.N. and lecturer in The University of Texas-Pan American's Department of Nursing as its recipient of the 2008 Leininger Award for Cultural Care.

According to Charlotte Barry, Ph.D., R.N., chair of the award committee at IAHC, Cantú-Cabrera's abstract, focused on caring for children who have been victims of sexual assault, fits the criteria and reflects the purpose and spirit of the Leininger Award, named for Madeleine Leininger, founder of IAHC.

- Juana Cantú-Cabrera
Cantú-Cabrera is a UTPA alumnus who earned her Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) in 1988 and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in 1990. She received her MSN from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in 1994. She has worked as a nurse in several emergency departments in hospitals locally and nationwide and was first hired at UTPA in 1995 as a clinical instructor in the nursing department. Cantú-Cabrera has also served as a nurse practitioner in the Women's Diagnostic Center in Mission from 1999 to 2007 and from 2002 to 2006 as the S.A.N.E. (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) project coordinator at Estrella's House, the children's advocacy center of Hidalgo County. She currently volunteers at the Hope Clinic in McAllen.

Cantú-Cabrera is scheduled to graduate this May from The University of Tennessee-Memphis with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP). Her doctoral work at the University has focused on forensics in nursing.

The international Leininger Award, which provides $1,000 toward Cabrera's research, symbolizes a commitment to care and caring research to advance the body of knowledge and to use this research-based knowledge to improve transcultural care.

"We congratulate Janie (Cantú-Cabrera) on receiving this prestigious award. The accompanying money will aid Janie, a very valued faculty member in nursing, in continuing her line of research as part of her doctoral dissertation. We are all very proud of her dedication and commitment," Dr. Bruce Reed, dean of the College of Health Sciences and Human Services said.