The TNA is a professional volunteer organization representing nurses and nursing in Texas. The association was founded in 1907 and is the largest nursing organization in Texas. The TNA provides various resources to its members such as continuing education, legislative advocacy and employment resources. The state of Texas is organized into 28 districts by the TNA; district one covers El Paso, Hudspeth, Culberson, Jeff Davis, Presidio and Brewster counties.
Lopez, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, has been interested in the medical field since she was five years old and her patients were her dolls. With a bachelor’s in cell and molecular biology already under her belt, Lopez wasn’t sure which path she would take until she spent three months in Africa doing volunteer medical work. During that time she learned the level of patient care that nurses experience.
“I gravitate toward the bedside patient advocate role,” Lopez says.
Lopez is now working toward her goal of eventually becoming a nurse practitioner in the field of pediatrics.