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Lander Department of Nursing honors top graduates

January 05, 2011

Five students were honored recently when Lander University's Department of Nursing held its annual Nursing Recognition Ceremony as a prelude to the university's December graduation.

Ann Nugent of Greenville 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.

Matt Bridwell of Anderson, 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.

The Professional Nursing Award was given to Karen Turner of Iva. The award is given to a student who represents leadership qualities in the practice of professional nursing.

Receiving the Nursing Leadership Award, given by Self Regional Healthcare, was Kathleen Ficklin of Greenwood. 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.

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

The guest speaker at the recognition ceremony was Rebecca Cox-Davenport, Lander instructor of nursing. She holds a BSN from the University of Pittsburgh and an MSN from Waynesburg College.

For information on Lander University's nursing program, contact the university's Office of Admissions at 864-388-8307.