GGC nursing students win NCLEX Bowl, seven other awards

Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) nursing students won eight competitive awards at the recent 65th Annual Georgia Association of Nursing Students (GANS) Convention, including the highly coveted NCLEX Bowl Championship.

Eight members of the college’s delegation of 22 students vied for the state title in the NCLEX Bowl, a team quiz competition based on the nursing profession’s licensing examination. The Grizzlies missed only three questions to win the championship, besting the college’s second-place finish in its first NCLEX Bowl appearance in 2016. 

“We are so proud of all of the distinctions our students earned at this year’s convention,” said Dr. Diane E. White, dean of the School of Health Sciences. “It is a testament to their dedicated work that in our first three years as a nursing program, they have already established a winning tradition for GGC.”

Other awards earned by Georgia Gwinnett students individually or on behalf of the college’s GANS chapter included the following:

Keyara Harris, ’17, of Lithonia won the Member of the Year Award, which recognizes the GANS member who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the nursing profession and to the community. This is the third year in a row that a GGC student has won this award.

Julie Yang, ’17, of Bethlehem won the Breakthrough to Nursing Award, which recognizes the GANS chapter that impacts the community and the nursing profession through a successful project that promotes diversity in nursing as a career, particularly to underrepresented populations. Yang’s project was a program developed to engage and educate approximately 100 high school students about nursing careers through a Health Occupations Service Association event. 

Yang also won the Mary Long Breakthrough to Nursing Scholarship, which honors students exhibiting leadership and participation in activities highlighting cultural understanding and mentoring relationships.

Emily Barfield, ’18, of Monroe won the Financial Excellence Award, which recognizes excellence in GANS chapter financial management, including increasing revenues, fundraising and maintaining a balanced budget. This past year, GGC’s chapter conducted a variety of fundraising activities.

Jerusha Cook, ’18, of Social Circle won the Political Involvement Award, which recognizes a chapter’s political advocacy related to nursing students or the nursing profession. GGC’s winning entry included  the organization of a class trip to the Capitol, where GGC students observed a Health and Human Services Committee meeting. Cook also submitted a resolution to the GANS 2017 House of Delegates about making birth control available over the counter for women 18 or older.

Savannah Weaver, ’17, of Lawrenceville won the Emily McNelly Scholarship, which honors the GANS member who best exhibits leadership, scholarship, advocacy and a passion for the art of nursing.  

In addition to student awards, GGC also won a faculty award. Keeta Wilborn, RN, Ph.D., professor of nursing, was awarded the Advisor of the Year Award for demonstrating excellence in providing guidance to the college’s nursing student association, as well as serving as an outstanding role model.

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