Although Page’s studies had been challenging, she soon faced the most daunting maternal care lesson she’d ever experienced: parenthood. While she and Walt raised their two young children, Joshua and Vanessa ’17, Page began working and researching at The University of Texas at Austin as clinical track faculty. “It was hard for my Aggie dad,” she said of her father, who earned a degree in electrical engineering and was active in the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M. “Little did we know, it would all come full circle eventually.”
That moment came 16 years later when Page seized the opportunity to lead nursing education as the director at the Texas A&M Health Science Center Round Rock campus. Page endured the daily one-hour commute from Dripping Springs to Round Rock but had her eyes set on a more research-focused career.
Her next move—to Aggieland—in 2016 was cause for Bert to whoop for joy. His daughter was in maroon territory and educating tomorrow’s Aggie nurses as an assistant professor on a tenure-track.
Making a Maternal Impact
Seven short years into her role, Page has established herself as an innovative academic, contributing significantly to the School of Nursing’s success and even receiving a 2022 Dean’s Faculty Research Excellence Award. Her research focuses on women’s health, pregnancy/postpartum, maternal mental health, intimate partner violence, Latinas/immigrants and more, leading her to establish the Program of Excellence for Mothers, Children, and Families at the Texas A&M School of Nursing. But she doesn’t conduct studies sheerly for the stats; she researches to reach those who need it most.