Shorter University students receive nursing scholarships
July 14, 2010 - Five students who will attend the Shorter University School of Nursing this fall have been awarded scholarships designed to provide educational financial assistance as they prepare for careers in the healthcare field.
Juniors Shayla Raines, of Warner Robins; Claire Sparks, of Marietta; Brittny Brown, of Rome, and Jill Carr, of Silver Creek, were awarded the Barbara Holden Memorial Scholarship by the Hospital Auxiliary at Floyd Medical Center. Kristina Kelley, a junior from Rome, was awarded the Elizabeth Wilmot Bull Memorial Scholarship by the Georgia Hospital Association’s Council on Auxiliaries and Volunteers, of which the Floyd Medical Center Auxiliary is a member.
The scholarships were presented by Nelle Watters, scholarship chairwoman of the Floyd Medical Center Auxiliary, and Andrea Moss, president of the Floyd Medical Center Auxiliary. Dr. Vanice Roberts, dean of the Shorter University School of Nursing, attended the presentation.
Nelle Watters, far left, scholarship chairwoman of the Floyd Medical Center Auxiliary and Andrea Moss, far right, president of the Floyd Medical Center Auxiliary, stand with Shayla Raines, Claire Sparks, Dr. Vanice Roberts, Dean of the School of Nursing, and Brittny Brown.
“The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN) at Shorter University will prepare the nurse of the future,” said Dr. Roberts. “The faculty designed a curriculum to improve health care quality. The core competencies will focus on patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration/communication, inclusion of evidenced-based practice, quality improvement, safe practices, and use of informatics.”
The nursing program also has a strong community-based and community-focused approach, explained Dr. Roberts. Students will have the opportunity to participate as a member of many interdisciplinary teams. In addition, a global study and health care mission abroad component will be required for all nursing students. This opportunity reflects the Christian mission and values of Shorter University and the School of Nursing, while advancing students’ understanding of world cultures. Service learning will also be included as a vital part of the nursing program, said Dr. Roberts. Each clinical nursing course will include a requirement of volunteer participation with a community service agency. Clinical practice will include a technologically enhanced learning environment that includes human patient simulations.
Founded in 1873, Shorter University is a Christian university committed to excellence in education. Since 2003, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Shorter among the South’s best baccalaureate colleges. The university offers traditional bachelor’s degrees in 48 major areas as well as undergraduate degree programs for working adults, the Master of Business Administration, the Master of Education and the Master of Arts in Leadership. Online courses are also available. For more information, visit www.shorter.edu.