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Georgia Southern Undergraduate Nursing Students Awarded Rockin’ Out Alzheimer’s Disease Foundation Scholarships

Four undergraduate nursing students at Georgia Southern University were each awarded a $2,500 Rockin’ Out Alzheimer’s Disease (ROAD) Foundation scholarship to assist with academic expenses, including tuition, fees and books, among other items. 

“The scholarships provide significant financial support,” said Melissa Garno, Ed.D, associate chair of the School of Nursing. “Nursing programs are inherently expensive with costly books, uniforms, lab and liability fees, and commuting expenses. In addition, the rigor of the nursing program often requires students who have jobs to reduce their work hours to devote to studies and clinicals.” Read full story.

Alumna Serving Behavioral Health Needs of Communities

School of Nursing alumna, Katie Ward (‘12), has jumped in the driver seat to fight the COVID-19 pandemic by providing her nursing skills aboard the THRIVE bus. The bus was mobilized to bring behavioral health care to Emanuel and Candler counties in Georgia. In addition to her role on the THRIVE bus, Ward serves as the Director of Health Services for CarePartners, one of Georgia Southern University’s clinical partners for mental health clinics. Read full story here.

Nursing Students Contribute to the Science of Nursing through Research

This past March, the Rho Psi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing held Research Day 2020. The event was held in Savannah, Georgia, at the Mash Auditorium at St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital.

The annual event brings together all areas of nursing from students, academics and practicing nurses as well as nursing administrators to collaborate and share evidence based practice topics in nursing. For the first time, senior nursing students from Georgia Southern University Armstrong Campus participated and disseminated their evidence based practice topics via poster presentation.

“Evidenced based practice is essential to providing high quality care to patients and, as nurses, we want to ensure that the interventions we are using have been thoroughly researched and proven to be effective in treating illness, restoring health and preventing disease. As nurses, we are expected to participate in the research process and contribute to the science of nursing. Our students had the unique opportunity to do this as students,” stated Catherine Gilbert, Ed.D, RN, chair of the School of Nursing.

Augusta University College of Nursing Assistant Professor Pricilla Hartley, DNP, RN, was the keynote speaker and presented on the topic, “Sepsis: Known Knowns, Known Unknowns, Unknown UnKnowns.”

Sigma Theta Tau International (Sigma) is the only honor society for professional nursing and membership is by invitation only. “Students and nursing leaders must meet high standards and strict criteria to be inducted into the society,” stated Gilbert. “For students, only the top one third of the qualifying class is inducted into the society.”

School of Nursing Ranked one of the Top Schools

Georgia Southern University School of Nursing has been ranked No. 49 by as one of the top accredited online nursing degree programs and schools for 2020. 

Hundreds of universities from across the country were evaluated based on factors such as cost, quality and value in an effort to assist potential students learn about schools, degrees and careers. 

The School of Nursing is housed in the Waters College of Health Professions and is fully accredited by the Georgia Board of Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. For more information on nursing programs at Georgia Southern visit

Nursing Faculty Publish Article

School of Nursing assistant professors Joanne Zanetos, DNP, MSN, RN, and Alan Skipper, DNP, APRN, FNP, RN, recently had their article “The Effects of Health Care Policies: LGBTQ Aging Adults” published in the Journal of Gerontological Nursing, a monthly, peer-reviewed journal.

For more than 40 years, clinically relevant articles on the practice of gerontological nursing have been published by the Journal of Gerontological Nursing.

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