Welcome to the Department of Nursing at Galveston College. The outstanding faculty and staff provide an excellent environment for learning the Arts & Science components of nursing. The faculty and staff are ready to help students meet their educational needs and expand their education in the future. The Department of Nursing partners with many excellent healthcare institutions and clinical sites to provide students resources to practice the theoretical concepts learned in the classroom and simulation laboratory. Galveston College has a student-centered learning environment dedicated to helping develop professional nurses to serve their communities through educational programs in which students learn to provide high-quality healthcare. As a Galveston College nursing student you will be challenged to strive for excellence and professionalism in many diverse settings, both in theory and clinical courses.

We look forward to talking with you and assisting you in securing the best education possible.

For more information and degree plans, please contact us at (409) 944-1396 or by email at sbrannan@gc.edu  or cstaub@gc.edu.

We hope to welcome you aboard in the near future.

Sandy Brannan, PhD, RN
Director of Nursing
Galveston College




In keeping with the mission of Galveston College, the Nursing Programs will provide a collaborative educational environment of the highest standards to prepare graduates committed to excellence in nursing practice in evolving health care settings serving local and global communities.



Graduates of the Galveston College Department of Nursing will provide excellence in compassionate, patient/client centered nursing care.  Graduates will be lifelong learners while providing care locally, nationally, and globally.



We believe the purpose of the Nursing Department is to offer Nursing degree programs and certificates which combine professional and liberal arts education within the framework of the college.

The nursing curriculum is based on the belief that humankind has dignity and worth.  Individuals have the ability to plan, invent, discover, and direct their own lives.  They relate through physical, emotional, intellectual, social and spiritual development.  This includes the acquisition of values and beliefs which influence their decisions. 

We believe the Nursing Department at Galveston College is an integral part of the college community and as such we are actively involved in meeting the needs of the local community.  As nursing educators, we are in partnership with students during their enrollment in the Galveston College Associate Degree Nursing Program. This partnership is a vital link in the educational process. Students and faculty share the responsibility for identifying learning agendas.

As faculty the goal is to empower students to learn and to pursue lifelong learning throughout their nursing careers. We believe that adult learners in the community college setting bring a variety of life experiences to the classroom and the clinical areas. Students need to build on these life experiences to fully develop their nursing potential. We believe that students need to be involved in making educational choices and selecting options to best meet their needs. Our role as faculty is to facilitate the transition from empowered student to life-long learning professionals.

We believe nurses are actively involved in decision-making and coordinating care with the client and health care team. To this end, we believe the clinical reasoning skills of students must be finely cultivated throughout the educational process at Galveston College. As graduates they will become competent practitioners able to make knowledgeable decisions based on moral and ethical reasoning, and evidence-based research and be accountable for their practice in accordance with the Nursing Practice Act.  As graduates they will be prepared to meet health care needs by providing direct client care in acute care and community settings. We believe that the nursing process is the basis for decision making and actively incorporate this concept into all nursing courses.

We believe the cornerstone to quality nursing education and the profession of nursing is caring. Nursing is rooted in caring, which has been described as “human acts and processes that provide assistance to another individual in order to meet an expressed, obvious or anticipated need” (Leininger, 1985, p.209).  Caring requires that the nurse give presence and attention to the client.  In caring situations, decisions “are made with rather than for the client.”  (Leininger, 1992, p.32).  Nurses are presented with complex situations which require the ability to negotiate “between alternative points of view, contradictory lines of reasoning, and realities of situational contingencies.” (Jones & Brown, 1991, p.532).  In order to effectively provide caring, the nurse must be able to proficiently critically think.  Nurses provide care in varied settings with diverse clients.   We as educators care about students; we as nurses care about clients; we as faculty care about fellow colleagues; and, we as members of society care about the global community. We believe that nursing involves caring for clients from diverse demographic, socioeconomic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. We foster this caring attitude in classrooms, clinical practice, and in community involvement. We are committed to the ideal of caring nursing professionals who demonstrate this attitude towards themselves, peers, clients, and the community. We acknowledge that caring involves developing a sense of self-esteem in students. Enhanced self-esteem will foster self-caring attitudes. To this end we incorporate a caring philosophy into all courses in the nursing curriculum.

Communication is an essential element of nursing practice. Only through flexibility and open dialogue can faculty and students stay attuned to changing needs in partnerships and work to achieve client centered goals. As members of the health care team, the graduate must effectively collect and disseminate information pertinent to the client and the health care team.

We realize that nursing, nursing education, and health care is evolving. Nursing education can function as the catalyst for change in the profession and health care delivery system. We must focus students on the caring commitment of the nurse to the client, to the community, and to the profession to which they will become members.



Jones, S. A. & Brown, L. N. (1991).  Critical thinking: impact on nursing education. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 16, 529-533.

Leininger, M. M. (1985). Transcultural care diversity and universality: A theory of nursing. Nursing and health care, 4, 209.

Leininger, M. M. (1992).  Reflection on Nightingale with a focus on human care theory and leadership. In Notes on Nursing: What It Is, and What It is Not. (Commemorative Edition). Philadelphia: Lippincott.



The Associate Degree Nursing Program is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Information regarding the program can be obtained from ACEN at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000, http://www.acenursing.org/.

Nursing is a service to individuals, to families and to the community of man. The individual nurse has scientifically based competencies and skills to assist people, sick or well, to cope with their health needs. Nursing is practiced in conjunction with other disciplines of the health care team.


The primary role of the licensed vocational nurse is to provide nursing care in structured health care settings, under the direction of a registered nurse or licensed physician, for clients experiencing common, well-defined problems with predictable outcomes. The graduate is eligible to take the NCLEX-PN licensure examination. The program is designed to be completed within one calendar year. The curriculum is based on sequential learning; therefore, a student must have a grade of “C” or better in all courses to progress to the next sequence of VNSG courses.  The Vocational Nursing Program is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing.

Click here to download the Student Handbook 2014-2015.


 Department Hours:  Monday - Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm
 Summer Hours (mid May - mid August):  Monday - Thursday: 7:30am-6:00pm


Staff Members:


Sandra Brannan



Christa Staub

 B.S.N. University of Texas Medical Branch- Galveston    B.F.A. Stephen F. Austin State University
 M.S.N. University of Texas Health Science Center- Houston    Administrative Assistant
 Ph.D. Texas Woman's University- Houston    409-944-1396 or cstaub@gc.edu
 Director of Nursing    
 409-944-1387 or sbrannan@gc.edu    


Faculty members:


Pamela Britton



Joan Moss

 A.S. Alvin Community College    A.A.S. Galveston College
 B.S. University of Texas Medical Branch- Galveston    B.S. University of Texas Medical Branch- Galveston
 M.S. University of Texas Medical Branch- Galveston    M.S. University of Texas Medical Branch- Galveston
 Assistant Professor/VN Coordinator    ADN/VN Faculty
 409-944-1386 or pbritton@gc.edu    409-944-1372 or jmoss@gc.edu


Jeff Eubank

Patricia Perry

 B.S. University of Houston    B.S. University of Texas
 M.S. Lubbock Christian University    M.S. University of Phoenix
 M.B.A. Our Lady of the Lake University    2nd Year ADN Coordinator
 ADN/VN Faculty    409-944-1374 or pperry@gc.edu
 409-944-1379 or jeubank@gc.edu     


Shelia Fields



Susan Shea

 A.A. Alvin Community College    B.S. St. Louis University
 B.S. University of Texas- Tyler    M.S. Texas Woman's University
 M.S. University of Texas- Tyler    Ph.D. The University of Texas Health Science Center-  Houston
 ADN Faculty    Professor/1st Year ADN Coordinator
 409-944-1383 or sfields@gc.edu     409-944-1385 or sshea@gc.edu


Judy Hembd


Arlinda Washington

 B.S.N. Montana State University-Northern    A.A.S. Alvin Community College
 M.S.N. University of South Alabama    B.S. University of Texas Medical Branch- Galveston
 ADN Faculty    M.S. University of Portland
 409-944-1382 or jhembd@gc.edu     Associate Professor ADN/Hall Professor
     409-944-1373 or awashing@gc.edu  

Vicki Jernigan



 A.A.S. Galveston College    
 B.S.N. Medical College of Virginia Commonwealth  University    
 M.S.N. University of Connecticut    
 ADN Faculty    
 409-944-1378 or vjerniga@gc.edu   


Updated 9/26/2016 - Content Author cstaub