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Nursing Students Recognized for Leadership, Scholarship

June 7, 2007

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Judy Lunsford
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ATLANTA – Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University recognized 12 outstanding graduating students during its traditional Pinning Ceremony. The event was held in conjunction with the 2007 spring commencement held in May. 

Two students received the college’s highest honor, the Davison-McKie-Newton Award, which recognizes excellence in scholarship, leadership, patient care and the spirit and science of nursing. Dana Elizabeth Coleman of Kennesaw, Ga., received the award for the Generic BSN Program.

The second award recipient was Diane Nelson of Dacula, Ga., for the RN-BSN program. Ms. Nelson also received the Pi Gamma Outstanding Scholar Award in the RN-BSN Program and the RN-BSN Legacy Award.

Another of the college’s top honors went to Anna Q. Nguyen of Marietta, Ga., who was presented the Nursing Student of the Year Award.

Other recipients and their awards are as follows:
Megan Elizabeth Owens of Lilburn, Ga.
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Parent-Child Nursing Award   

Andrea Tumlin of Dahlonega, Ga.
Piedmont Healthcare Community Health Nursing Award

Sharon Taylor Johnson of Acworth, Ga., in the Master of Science in Nursing Program
Piedmont Healthcare Outstanding Graduate Nursing Student Award

Joanna Louise Swart of Snobomish, Wash.
Pi Gamma Outstanding Scholar Award in the Generic BSN Program and
Betty B. Godfrey Award for Excellence in Adult Health Nursing

Rachel Kubiski of Alpharetta, Ga.
Pi Gamma Outstanding Scholar Award in the RN-BSN Program

Mussie Asmerom of Eritrea
Pi Gamma Senior Project Award
Better Birth Foundation Maternal-Infant Nursing Award

Cristin Jamie Morris of Cumming, Ga., for the Generic BSN Program
Alumni Association Nursing Leadership Award

Deborah Marie Slough of Lawrenceville, Ga., for the RN-BSN Program,
Alumni Association Nursing Leadership Award

Lynn Sharpe Opdyke of Snellville, Ga.
Gus Verdery Memorial Award for Excellence in Mental Health Nursing

About Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University:
Founded in 1902, the College is the oldest nursing program in Georgia. Emphasizing clinical training in its nationally recognized curriculum, the college requires students to have three years of hands-on experience instead of the usual two years found in most programs. Located on Mercer’s campus in northeast Atlanta, the College offers the bachelor of science in nursing and the master of science in nursing degrees.

About Mercer University:
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University has 7,300 students; 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies; major campuses in Macon and Atlanta; four regional academic centers across the state; a university press; two teaching hospitals — Memorial Health University Medical Center and the Medical Center of Central Georgia; educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta; an engineering research center in Warner Robins; a performing arts center in Macon; and a NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit