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Five Lander nursing graduates honored at recognition ceremonies

May 12, 2009

Lander University's William Preston Turner Department of Nursing held its annual recognition programs last week as a prelude to the university's May 2nd graduation ceremonies, and five students received a total of eight awards in addition to their four-year nursing degrees.

Amber Lee of Gray Court was selected as the Outstanding Traditional Nursing Student, and received the Tapp-Freese Nursing Award, which goes to a graduating senior who has compiled a grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 or higher and is enrolled in an honors study program.

Lee was the recipient of the Faculty Award of Excellence and was also awarded a scholarship by the South Carolina Nurses Foundation at its Palmetto Gold Gala on April 25.

Virginia Jumper of Lexington was the winner of the Clinical Excellence Award for outstanding clinical practice, client-centered care, innovation in nursing care and practice, and demonstrating management and problem solving skills.

Britanny Hill of McCormick received the Nursing Leadership Award which is given by Self Regional Healthcare to a Lander student who shows emerging ability to advance the practice of professional nursing by creative leadership or research to solve nursing care problems.

Cagney Porter of Saluda is the recipient of the Professional Development Award, which is given to a Lander nursing student who shows substantial professional growth and development.

Linda Smiley, a staff nurse at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence, graduated from Lander's online nursing program with a baccalaureate degree and an award as the Outstanding RN-BSN student. The program offers licensed registered nurses the opportunity to obtain four-year degrees by completing course requirements online.