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Organizations & Activities

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.

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.

Graduate Curriculum Committee Functions:

  • Formulate, revise, and review the objectives, purposes, and framework of the graduate curriculum in keeping with the philosophy of the college and of the department;
  • Establish review and approve format for graduate course outlines;
  • Formulate, review and approve methods and forms for evaluation of graduate student progress for class, clinical, and any others when needed;
  • Implement program evaluation task as outlines in the Program Evaluation; and
  • Perform other functions as determined by the faculty.

Graduate Curriculum 2010-2011 Representatives

1st year- Leslie L. Henry

2nd year- Tammy L. Ashburn

Graduate Student Affairs Committee Functions:

  • Formulate, evaluate, and revise policies for selection, progressions, and retention of graduate students.
  • Work collaboratively with the Graduate Office and Financial Aid.
  • Coordinate recruitment efforts for the graduate program.
  • Recommend revisions to the Graduate Studies Catalog.
  • Serve as the Appeals Committee in keeping with the grievance procedure in the graduate program.
  • Plan and implement activities with graduate students.
  • Maintain a current Graduate School Handbook.

Graduate Student Affairs 2010-2011 Representatives

1st year- Ashley N. Self

2nd year- Angie R. Cole

Perform other functions as determined by the graduate students and graduate faculty.