VCU School of Nursing recognizes 136 new graduates for spring 2018
VCU School of Nursing recognized 136 graduates at the Spring 2018 Recognition Ceremony held May 11 at the Siegel Center. Among the graduates was the inaugural cohort of the school’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program. A highlight of the event was a candle lighting ceremony in honor of the school’s 125th anniversary. Another highlight was the presentation of a $1,741 check from the Traditional B.S. Class of 2018. The funds will go toward community engagement.
The ceremony also featured the presentation of awards to the following degree candidates:
YINGLING SENIOR ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – Virginia Slattum
Gifts to the institution to honor Doris B. Yingling have been used to establish an award to a senior student. This recognition is based on outstanding leadership ability, potential for professional growth, evidence of support for the School of Nursing, and evidence of concern for community affairs.
MABEL MONTGOMERY AWARD – Erin Dymon
With funds given by faculty and students in recognition for the retirement of Miss Mabel E. Montgomery, Treasurer, State Board of Nursing Examiners 1948-71, this award is intended to recognize excellence in clinical nursing as evidenced by independent and rational judgment, a high level of interpersonal and technical skills, a high level of nursing knowledge, impetus for positive change and professional responsibility.
MAYME B. WILSON LACY AWARD – Kaitlin Boyden
The Chapters of St. Philip Alumni Association present the Mayme B. Wilson Lacy Award to a graduating nursing student, irrespective of race, color, creed, sex or national origin, who is highly committed to nursing as a profession, demonstrates the ability to consistently give good nursing care to all patients, works well with the health care team and shows promise of supporting professional organizations.
MARGUERITE NICHOLSON AWARD – Angela Miranda
This award recognizes Marguerite Nicholson, graduate of 1934, for her many contributions to the School and to nursing in Virginia. Made possible by funds raised by the Nursing School Alumni, the award is presented to a senior student for humanitarian qualities of unselfishness, helpfulness to others, consideration, humility and loyalty to the School of Nursing.
TEMPLE MEMORIAL AWARD – Jennifer McAdoo
Initiated in 1977, this award honors the memory of Dr. T. Edward Temple, Second President, VCU, and Mrs. Temple. This award is given to a graduating student in the master’s program. The person selected to receive the award possesses characteristics that demonstrate exemplary performance in the advocacy role for the consumer of health care services and for the profession of nursing.
MARTHA M. BORLICK RESEARCH AWARD – Eleanor (Ellie) Bremer
Initiated in 1980, the Dr. Martha M. Borlick Research Award is presented at the School of Nursing Recognition Ceremony to Ph.D. student(s) in nursing who demonstrate(s) excellence in nursing research as evidenced in the research culminating products.
ANN B. HAMRIC AWARD – Peggie Powell
Initiated in 2017, the Ann B. Hamric Award for outstanding DNP Program graduate is presented at the School of Nursing Recognition ceremony to DNP graduate(s) in nursing who demonstrate(s) excellence in nursing education and academic achievement. This award commemorates the achievements of Dr. Ann Hamric, whose work defined the core competencies of the advanced practices nurse and leadership influenced the development of the DNP Essentials. The award will honor a graduating student who exemplifies leadership in an advanced practices role and whose DNP Project creates sustainable practices improvement in the field of quality and safety.