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American Nurses Association

The largest nursing organization in the United States. http://nursingworld.org/

Celebration of Excellence

Just before graduation, senior nursing students and graduating masters' in nursing students are honored at the Celebration of Excellence ceremony. This formal spring event is attended by family members and friends of the graduating classes. Class members are recognized for their accomplishments, receive the Carson-Newman BSN or MSN pin. At the Celebration of Excellence, the following graduate student awards are announced:

MSN ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER

This award is presented by the faculty of the Division of Nursing to the graduate student showing consistently high quality clinical performance in all clinical areas. The student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25. The award represents high achievement in nursing and is presented at the annual Celebration of Excellence Ceremony.

MSN ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: NURSE EDUCATOR

This award is presented by the faculty of the Division of Nursing to the graduate student showing consistently high quality in development and implementation in the teaching role. The student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25. The award represents high achievement in nursing and is presented at the annual Celebration of Excellence Ceremony.

CONTRIBUTION TO NURSING SCIENCE AWARD

This award is given yearly to a graduate student to recognize work that has made a
significant contribution to the science of nursing.  The recipient of the award will be selected by the graduate nursing faculty based on the following criteria:

  1. The finished thesis/project has the potential to make a significant improvement to patient outcome.
  2. The thesis/project is scholarly, focusing on a nursing concept or problem.
  3. The student is able to articulate an understanding of the significance of the thesis/project, findings from the work done on the thesis/project, and implications of the thesis/project findings.
  4. The student has a plan for dissemination of the knowledge.

The award, consisting of a plaque, will be awarded at the annual Celebration of Excellence ceremony.

Community Service

Jefferson Rural Clinic

Graduate nursing students provide primary care to under-served residents of Jefferson County during their final semester of graduate school. B. J. Ellington, RN, DNP, FNP-BC is the faculty that coordinates this community service for the students.

Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic

Graduate nursing get the opportunity to provide gynecological care for under-served women in Sevier County. Kimberly Bolton, RN, PhD, WHCNP-BC is the faculty that coordinates this community service for the students.

Sigma Theta Tau International - Rho Mu-at-Large Chapter

The Carson-Newman University Honor Society of Nursing was established in 1998 to recognize and further the scholarship of Carson-Newman nursing students, alumni, and appropriate community nursing leaders. The Rho Mu chapter of Sigma Theta Tau (the international nursing honor society) at Carson-Newman University was established in April, 2002. In November 2006, Rho Mu Chapter at Carson-Newman University and the Nursing Honor Society at Tennessee Wesleyan College united to form Rho Mu-at-Large Chapter.

The purpose of this honor society shall be to:

  • Recognize superior achievement
  • Recognize the development of leadership qualities
  • Foster high professional standards
  • Encourage creative work
  • Strengthen commitment to the ideals and purposes of the profession.

Invitations to join Sigma Theta Tau will be extended to master’s students who have a GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and have completed one-fourth of the program of study. The membership committee recommends potential candidates to the full membership of the organization for a decision.

Student Leadership

The Graduate Curriculum and Graduate Student Affairs Committees shall each have a graduate student representative from each class. The student member shall have full voting privileges. Students shall not serve in activities of the committee which include review of student records or discussion of specific students excepting the Graduate Student Affairs Committee meeting to hear a grievance. Representatives will be elected by their respective classes, in September of each year, to serve that academic year.

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