Stephen F. Austin State University

Richard and Lucille DeWitt School of Nursing


The 4th semester nursing students gained motivation to achieve the benchmark score of 880,

by a fellow peer who brought a cookie cake to the exam with 880 score covering the cake!

Capstone course is where the students take the end of the curriculum exam and 880 is the goal.



SFA School of Nursing Professors Receives Teaching Excellence Awards

Stephen F. Austin State University faculty members will be honored for their teaching abilities at the annual Teaching Excellence Convocation.

Dr. Della Connor is an assistant professor of nursing in the Richard and Lucille DeWitt School of Nursing. Her specialty and interests are in the area of kidney and urological disorders, including dialysis and chronic kidney disease. Connor earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from SFA, her master's degree in nursing from University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and her doctoral degree from University of Texas at Tyler. She teaches courses in SFA 101 and electives in the nursing field.

Dr. Janice Hensarling is an assistant professor of nursing in the School of Nursing. She received an associate's degree in nursing from Angelina College, a bachelor's degree in nursing from SFA, a master's degree in nursing as a family nurse practitioner from the University of Texas at Galveston, and a doctoral degree in nursing from Texas Woman's University. Hensarling has been a registered nurse for 37 years and a family nurse practitioner for 17 years. She has practiced in clinical areas throughout East Texas and has taught Community Health Nursing for 12 years at SFA.

As a clinical component of the Community Health Nursing course, students of Connor and Hensarling gain a wealth of practical experiences in local schools, home health agencies, Hospice, rural health clinics and health fairs.

Honoring Lucy DeWitt
Richard and Lucille DeWitt established a Scholarship Fund in 2009 to honor the Memorial Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary, by providing educational opportunities to deserving individuals wishing to obtain a Bachelors of Science in Nursing Degree from Stephen F. Austin State University. In honor of this generous contribution, SFA School of Nursing and Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital are partnering to honor Mrs. Lucy DeWitt.