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Anne Briscoe didn't begin her professional career as a nurse. In fact, she was enjoying a satisfying career in health care administration. While working for the Texas Hospital Association, Briscoe monitored all Texas Board of Nursing activities and assisted in revising the Texas Nurse Practice of 1977. With the economic uncertainty of the 1980s, Briscoe began to consider furthering her education to pursue a clinical licensure. Having been administratively involved in multiple nursing issues for over a decade, Briscoe decided on nursing.
Briscoe continued to work while attending nursing school and completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1987 at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio's School of Nursing. She built an impressive clinical career serving in many roles and even worked as the Senior Clinical Research Nurse in the Division of Cardiology here at the Health Science Center. Her experiences enabled Briscoe to culminate her career working on international critical care, trauma, and cardiac research studies.
Having recently retired, Briscoe was reflecting on her career and the impact her education had on her life, she decided to help other students who were following the same path.
"It wasn't all that easy to go back to school at that time, especially if you planned to work while in school," Briscoe said. "So when I was thinking of the legacy I wanted to create, I decided to help those students going back to school to get a second degree in nursing and to encourage the non-traditional, 2nd degree program that is now in place at the School of Nursing."
Briscoe is creating the Anne Fishburne Briscoe, M.S., RN, B.S.N., B.S., ADN, AA, CCRN / Anne Pickens Fishburne, RN Endowed Scholarship in Nursing Education to honor her and her grandmother's service to the nursing profession. Briscoe's grandmother was a graduate of the John Hopkins School of Nursing in 1918.
"I wanted to create the scholarship now so that I have the opportunity to get to know some of the students who will receive the award and share in their excitement of a new or expanded career," Briscoe said. Additionally, she is including the university in her estate plans so her scholarship endowment will continue to grow.
"I hope that everyone would take time to reflect on the health services that they, their family and their friends have used over the years, and then consider creating their own legacy of support," Briscoe said. "Whether you chose to make a contribution today, include the university in your estate plans or do a combination of both like I have done, your legacy will have an important impact."