Grason to head GGC's proposed nursing program
Sharon Grason has been selected as Georgia Gwinnett College’s inaugural director of nursing, the first degree program within the institution’s recently formed School of Health Sciences. Her first responsibility is to work closely with the dean of Health Sciences to prepare the program’s proposal for approval for the University System of Georgia Board of Regents. This is a challenge she has enthusiastically embraced.
“It is a rare opportunity to be on the ground level of beginning a new nursing program,” Grason said. “Being a Gwinnett citizen, I am aware of the county support for this college and the desire for a baccalaureate nursing degree to be offered at Georgia Gwinnett. Having this program will meet the community’s need for baccalaureate-prepared nurses.”
The proposed nursing program must be approved by the Board of Regents and the Board of Nursing before enrolling any nursing students. The estimated start date for the first nursing class is Fall 2014.
Grason already has been hard at work, hosting an education summit with health care community stakeholders who have a vested interest in the development and success of GGC’s nursing program. The summit served to obtain an understanding of marketplace needs and to provide guidance in curriculum development for the 21st century nurse.
“Sharon comes with experience, skills and innovative ideas needed to grow GGC’s program,” said Diane White, dean of the School of Health Sciences and also a registered nurse. “She is a passionate educator and excellent clinician who will serve as a role model for students.”
A registered nurse herself with almost 16 years of experience, mostly with the Gwinnett Health System, Grason has worked in surgery and trauma room settings. In addition to a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Florida State University, she has a bachelor’s in nursing from Georgia State University, where she also earned her master’s as a clinical nurse specialist. She will soon complete her Ph.D. in nursing from Georgia Baptist College of Nursing – Mercer. She also served as a faculty member for Georgia Perimeter College’s nursing program.