FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 30, 2007
Contact: Joshua Hollis
Adams and MUW Department of Nursing win big at
COLUMBUS, Miss. – Mississippi University for Women’s
Department of Nursing and Dr. Sheila Adams, dean of
the College of Nursing and Speech-Language
Pathology, were each awarded exceptional honors
during Monday night’s Nightingale Awards.
The Department of Nursing received the coveted honor
of School of Nursing of the Year in the state of
Mississippi, while Adams was named School of Nursing
Administrator of the Year for the state.
Adams said, “We’re very honored to win the award.
There were several outstanding nursing schools
nominated for this award. The win speaks to the
quality of the MUW nursing programs.”
In order to win the award, the nursing program had
to possess a number of reputable qualities, such as
a pattern of excellent passage rates on the NCLEX-RN
Exam, excellent accreditation status, outstanding
student and alumni accomplishments, outstanding
innovations in education and teaching and
significant contributions to health care and to the
Regarding her own win, Adams was initially without
words. “I don’t know what to say,” she said, adding
that it was an honor simply to be included with the
“prestigious group of candidates” nominated.
The School of Nursing Administrator of the Year
Award recognizes the registered nurse who is
responsible for the administration of a school of
nursing or division within a school of nursing. The
recipient of this award will have received positive
evaluations from students and colleagues, have led
the school to achieve significant accomplishments
and have demonstrated an innovative leadership
Three MUW nursing graduates also received honors
during the ceremony.
Maria Ormon, a graduate of the BSN program, was
awarded Clinical Practice Nurse of the Year; Dottie
Wilson, a graduate of the nurse practitioner
program, won Community Service Nurse of the Year;
and Ray Justice, a graduate of the BSN upgrade
program, won Nurse Researcher of the Year.
There were 15 award categories, with one winner
chosen for each category. There are 21 schools of
nursing in the state of Mississippi.
The Nightingale Awards were hosted by the
Mississippi Nurses Association and the Mississippi