Dr. Arlinda Washington has been promoted to professor of Nursing at Galveston College. The Galveston Community College District Board of Regents approved Dr. Washington’s promotion at its Jan. 13 regular meeting.

Dr. Washington is celebrating more than half a century of dedication, leadership, teaching, compassion and service as a nurse, nurse educator and nursing professional.

Dr. Washington graduated from Alvin Community College with an Associate Degree in Nursing in August 1971. She went on to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 1973. She served as a nursing supervisor and head nurse at Mainland Medical Center in Texas City from 1972 to 1983.

From 1983 to 1989, she served as a staff nurse and head nurse at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital in Yakima, Washington. She obtained a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Portland in 1987. From 1989 to 1991, she taught nursing at Yakima Valley Community College.

She returned to Texas in 1991 and served as a professor in the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program at College of the Mainland in Texas City and as a staff nurse at Mainland Medical Center.

Dr. Washington joined the Galveston College family as an adjunct professor in July 2010 and came on board as a full-time faculty member in 2013. In 2017, she obtained her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the Chamberlain College of Nursing.

Dr. Washington said it is important for her to be a role model to her students and other nurse educators and nursing professionals.

“I am a lifelong learner. I have a strong passion for learning and paying it forward,” she said. “Standing in solidarity with thousands of other nurses, students and nurses that I have taught, I realize how blessed I am to call myself a nurse, a teacher and now a nursing professional.”

Galveston College is truly blessed to have Dr. Washington on its faculty.