AMERICUS (June 5, 2014)—Symbolizing the transformation of a nursing student into a professional nurse, the annual pinning ceremony is a long-standing tradition. While the main order of business at Georgia Southwestern State University’s 58th annual pinning in May was to honor the school’s 63 nursing graduates, the growing partnership between Phoebe Putney Health System (PPHS) was an important part of the program, as well.
“Phoebe and GSW realized that our nursing students needed more clinical educational experiences within this geographical region,” said Sandra Daniel, Ph.D., dean of the School of Nursing. As a result, Phoebe provided additional clinical opportunities and preceptors this year for senior nursing students. “Approximately, 80 percent of senior practicum students completed their practicum immersion at either Phoebe’s Albany or Americus campus,” she added.
In addition, PPHS sponsored a new GSW Clinical Excellence Award, and nursing faculty and preceptors worked collaboratively to select the recipient. The inaugural recipient, Rebecca Wingard, was recognized at the pinning ceremony. Ernest Shock, director of intensive care units at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital (PPMH), presented the award to Wingard.
Furthermore, students in the School of Nursing’s Senior Leadership Course received valuable training this year from the PPMH human resources team, thanks to Assistant Vice President Tracy St. Amant and Employment Specialist Blake Garrett. They provided seniors with vital information about employment and workplace issues, team work, professional development, quality and safety.
St. Amant and Susan Bruns, Phoebe Sumter chief nursing officer, were presented with an appreciation award to PPMH leadership in establishing the partnership with the School of Nursing.
Daniel sees the partnership between the School of Nursing and Phoebe growing stronger in the future. “The success of the past year’s expanded partnership has led to a team approach in planning for next year. We expect more action in the classroom utilizing Phoebe professionals,” she said.
Part of the Rosalynn Carter Health and Human Sciences Complex, GSW’s Nursing Building is fully equipped with state-of-the-art simulation technology, thanks to a generous gift from Phoebe Putney Health System. For more information, contact (229) 931-2037.
Caption--(Left to right) Susan Bruns, Phoebe Sumter chief nursing officer; Tracy St. Amant, PPMH AVP of human resources; Blake Garrett, PPMH employment specialist; Rebecca Wingard, Clinical Excellence Award recipient; and Sandra Daniel, dean of the School of Nursing, standing with GSW's statue of former first lady Rosalynn Carter.
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