Nursing program leaders at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College inducted in February the first nursing students into the Gamma Nu Chapter of Alpha Delta Nu, a national nursing honors society designed to promote scholarship and academic excellence in the profession of nursing.
All 23 students are completing their senior year in the Associate Degree in Nursing program; all will graduate on May 15.
In addition, Cathy Norris, director of nursing education, was honored by the inductees with the Pioneer Award, to show appreciation for making the creation of the RCCC chapter possible.
Alpha Delta Nu was established by the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (N-OADN) in spring 2012. Senior nursing students who maintain a B average in all nursing courses, have not failed any nursing classes, and who complete a Capstone project, are eligible for induction.
For their Capstone project, senior nursing students worked at the Cabarrus Victims Assistance Network, a local charity.
Along with support from students, family and community businesses, the students provided stockings filled with basic necessities for families in need and created community awareness about domestic violence.
“A leader is only as good as the members in the society and our members are fabulous,” said Jennifer Shirley, senior associate degree in nursing student and the first president of the Gamma Nu chapter.
“I’m so proud to be a student of RCCC, and extend my gratitude to Mrs. Cathy Norris and her staff for their hard work and dedication in bringing us this honor,” she said. “Having an honor society for nurses at RCCC is an opportunity to reach out to the community and share the shear essence of what nursing should be.
“All 51 of our senior nursing students have worked diligently to meet the demands and rigors that the nursing program requires,” said Norris. “These 23 students are exceptional, as they have exceeded these expectations by meeting the requirements qualified for this national nursing honor society.”
RCCC offers multiple nursing program options, including associate degree in nursing (ADN) and licensed practical nursing (PN). The enrollment for both programs is commonly around 144 students.
RCCC’s nursing students pass their national exams well above the national average each year. In 2014, 100 percent of the licensed practical nursing graduates passed their exams, and 100 percent have obtained employment within the area.
“I couldn’t be more proud of these students,” said Carol Beaver, a nursing instructor at RCCC who will serve as the first faculty adviser for the Gamma Nu chapter.
“We are thrilled to have this new chapter of Alpha Delta Nu and I wish all of the inductees the best of luck in their futures – they certainly have a great start,” said Carol Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.
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Gamma Nu Chapter, Alpha Delta Nu nursing honor society of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College:
Ashlyn Denise Barbee
Jesika Danyel Baree
Patricia Evans Blevins
Angela Morris Broadway
Marrah Elizabeth Carroll
Laura Ann DuBois
Crystal Hope Facemyer
Kimberly Hall File
Chelsea Brianne Graham
Brynn Elizabeth Green
Jennifer Marie Hough
Taylor Scott Johnston
Robin Leigh Jones
Jade Whitney MacCrea
Brittany Cheyenne Moore
Sarah Beth Morgan
Jeffrey Alan Scott
Jennifer Ann Shirley
Ashlyn Marie Starnes
Erin Paige Thompson
Teresa Sink Travis
Jennifer Miriam Urquia
Caroline Cameron Wood