Dr. Cherry Beckworth, PhD, RN, CNE

Assistant Professor
BSN Track Administrator

Email/Phone: ckbeckwo@utmb.edu (409) 772-8322
Address: 301 University Blvd. Galveston, TX 77555-1029

More About Dr. Beckworth


Dr. Beckworth graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree. She was awarded the Master of Science Degree from Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas with a major in psychiatric nursing and a minor in nursing education. She then completed the clinical courses required for a major in maternal-child health. In 1995, she received the Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Texas at Arlington with a major in Social Work Administration.

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Courses Taught:

Dr. Beckworth has taught the following courses:

NURS 3390: Introduction to the Profession: This course introduces students to the essential roles of baccalaureate nurses: provider of care, designer/manager/coordinator of care, and member of a profession. This course lays the foundation for quality improvement and safety with a focus on integration and collaboration with the interprofessional health care team and culturally sensitive communication.

NURS 3340: Health Assessment: This course presents the background and skills essential for holistic assessment related to the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual dimensions of health, including cultural and developmental determinants. Students begin to develop clinical reasoning skills that prepare them to provide nursing care safely and with a commitment to quality.

NURS 3691: Essentials of Care: Adult I: This course provides the foundation for professional nursing practice through the application of the nursing process and concepts of evidence-based practice. Students acquire competence in essentials of nursing practice to promote health, provide care and prevent injury in patients, from the young adult through the elderly.

NURS 3511: Psychosocial Dimensions of Care: In this course students apply holistic nursing care to patients with emotional crises and/or mental health problems. Students are helped to understand responses to illness and stressors and to gain increased skill in therapeutic communication with individuals and groups.

NURS 4531: Mother and Family: This course presents the holistic concepts of professional nursing care of childbearing families in health and illness. Emphasis is on the nurse's collaborative role with families and other health care providers in promoting positive health outcomes through health promotion and disease prevention.

URS 4101: Synthesis of Core Concepts: This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to integrate, improve, and evaluate their level of preparation for beginning practice as a graduate nurse. Through focused review of critical content, students will integrate the nursing competencies that are essential for the safe practice of nursing.

NURS 4312: Leadership and Practice: This course introduces the leadership roles and management functions of professional nurses within the organizational structure. Emphasis is given to theories of leadership, management, and organizations. The focus is on understanding the key skills employed by nurse leaders/managers including communicating effectively with peers and the interprofessional team, conflict resolution, delegation, building teams, controlling resources, improving quality, and leading change. The course will support the student's transition into the professional nursing role.

NURS 4403: Clinical Capstone: This course focuses on the integration of the professional nursing role, with emphasis on the application of holistic nursing principles and theory in the care of multiple patients with complex problems. Along with the faculty and preceptor, students will have opportunities to synthesize and integrate previous learning and apply it to professional nursing practice in a safe and effective manner. This is a capstone clinical practice experience that can only be taken after completion of all other courses in the baccalaureate curriculum.

Selected Accomplishments:

Dr. Beckworth joined the UTMB faculty in the fall 2007. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Baccalaureate Program and Track Administrator - BSN Program. Dr. Beckworth's career in nursing includes many years of nursing education. She taught in an associate degree nursing program for 30 years and was a director for an associate degree nursing program for 5 years. In addition to nursing education, Dr. Beckworth has maintained skills in clinical practice. Her experience includes labor and delivery, intensive care, and as a nursing service supervisor.

Dr. Beckworth is the primary investigator in a Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board grant that is examining the effectiveness of simulation in replacing a portion of clinical time. The study is also looking at using BSN faculty in augmenting faculty roles.

Dr. Beckworth is currently the chair of the SON Curriculum Committee and Vice Chair of Faculty Assembly.

Involvement in professional organizations has been an important aspect of Dr. Beckworth's career. She is currently a member of the American Nurses Association. She has been active in the Texas Nurses Association and District 10. In District 10, TNA, she served as president, treasurer, board of directors, and on the nominating committee. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, Alpha Delta Chapter, where she serves as counselor. She is also a member of the National League for Nursing.