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Johanna Dee Evans

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A Lifestyle of Caring

Johanna Dee Evans, MSN, RN, and Clinical Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, has made it her life mission to help others.

“Nursing is a wonderful career choice that gives you almost endless possibilities,” said Evans. “My favorite part of teaching is being present when the light bulb goes off in the student's head and they just ‘get it.’ My favorite part of actually being a nurse is caring for people.”

Evans received a Master of Science in Nursing Leadership from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in 2004 and was hired as Islander adjunct faculty in 2011. In 2012, she was brought on as full-time nursing faculty.

When not teaching students or spending time with family, Evans volunteers as head nurse at the Children’s Association for Maximum Potential (CAMP) Camp for special needs children and adults.

“I feel extremely blessed to teach during the year, be at camp during the summer and spend free time with family and friends,” said Evans. “I am having my cake and eating it, too.”

Evans has volunteered at CAMP Camp every summer since 2005, and now lives and volunteers at the camp all summer. She also volunteers one weekend a month during the year. Evans is also involved in “My Team Triumph: Wings of Texas,” a group which allows individuals with special needs to participate in races and triathlons.

“I encourage my nursing students to come with me and volunteer for these two worthy causes,” said Evans. “It is an excellent opportunity and quite a different experience than they get in the classroom or hospital.”

Evans says she has been shaped into the highly-skilled educator she is today thanks to her family life and work experiences. Evans has been married for 25 years to her husband, Matt, who is respiratory therapist at Driscoll Children’s Hospital and is a fellow Islander alumnus. The couple has two children. Trent is 19 and has special needs, and Andrew, age 34, is a welder. Evans also has two grandsons, Dalton and Dylan, and a daughter-in-law, Tiffany. 

“Being the mom of a child with a disability has taught me more than any degree I have or will have,” said Evans. “Trent has taught me patience, what my priorities should be, who my true friends are and all about unconditional love. He has single handedly made me a better mom, person and nurse. Andrew has taught me when God gives you a gift, enjoy it with all you have.”