Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Carol Kay Hawkins-Garcia, L.V.N., R.N. and Rickey “Rick” Williams and reappointed Laura Disque, M.S., C.G.R.N. and Melissa Schat, L.V.N. to the Texas Board of Nursing for terms set to expire on Jan. 31, 2025. Additionally, Tamara Rhodes, M.S.N., R.N. was appointed for a term set to expire on Jan. 31, 2023.
The board oversees the practice of professional nursing, examination of students, and standards of professional conduct for license holders. The board also prescribes and publishes the minimum requirements and standards for course studies in various nursing degree programs.
Schat of Granbury is a pediatric nurse with Cook Children’s Medical Center-Rheumatology Department, where she focuses on clinical support of staff, patients and families. Additionally, she provides patient education, phone triage, and monitors quality improvement in her department.
Her clinical experience includes home health, medical-surgical, school nursing, and rheumatology. She is a member of the Arthritis Foundation-Juvenile Arthritis Committee of North Texas. Schat received a vocational nursing certificate from Weatherford College.