Lander Department of Nursing honors top students

June 19, 2013
Six students were honored recently when Lander University's William Preston Turner School of Nursing held its annual Nursing Recognition Ceremony as a prelude to the university's April graduation. 

Lauren Addy, of Lexington, was the recipient of the Faculty Award of Excellence which is awarded to a graduating nursing student who demonstrates the greatest promise of making significant contributions to the profession of nursing. The student must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0, and be active in student nurses' activities, including departmental committees. 

Randall Rate, of West Columbia, was selected to receive the Clinical Excellence Award for outstanding clinical practice, client-centered care, innovation in nursing care and practice, and demonstration of management and problem solving skills. Rate also received the Nursing Leadership Award given by Self Regional Healthcare. The award is given to a student who demonstrates emerging ability to advance the practice of professional nursing, either through creative leadership of the health care team in planning, coordinating and evaluating health care delivery, or through the use of research to solve nursing care problems.

The Professional Nursing Award was given to Shelby Roop, of Fountain Inn. The award is given to a student who represents leadership qualities in the practice of professional nursing. 

Monzleishia Brown, of Spartanburg, was the recipient of the Professional Development Award, which is given to a Lander nursing student who shows substantial professional growth and development.

The Janet A. Sipple Scholarship was awarded to Ashley Bartley, of Greenwood. The scholarship is named for a former chair of the Lander Nursing Department. The award is presented to a graduating senior who shows potential for graduate study in nursing and whose goals in nursing are consistent with graduate preparation. 

The Lydia W. Parrish Scholarship, established in 2002 by professor Lydia Parrish on her retirement, was awarded to Pam Sisk, of Easley. The scholarship is given to an RN-BSN graduating student who demonstrates potential for graduate study in nursing. 

During the ceremony, which was held before a packed house in Lander's Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center Auditorium, Lander's Department of Nursing also awarded pins to all students graduating in the pre-licensure and RN-BSN degree programs.