FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 8, 2009
Contact: Macaulay Knight
MUW faculty members elected to state nursing organization board
COLUMBUS, Miss. – Mississippi University for Women faculty members Sarah Howell and Theresa Sparks were named officers last month at the 2009 Mississippi Organization of Associate Degree Nursing annual meeting in Vicksburg.
Howell, assistant professor of nursing at MUW, was elected president – elect, a five year commitment in which she will serve two years as president – elect, two years as president and one year as past president. She has previously served M-OADN as public relations director and on various committees for the national organization.
Sparks, instructor of associate degree nursing at MUW, was elected to the Nominations Committee where she will work with two other members to provide a slate of officers at the next annual meeting.
The women both serve as level coordinators in the associate degree program in addition to their faculty roles.
"I am very proud of Sarah and Theresa; they are truly dedicated to the profession of nursing and to nursing education,” said Mary Jo Kirkpatrick, chair of the associate nursing program at MUW. “It is an honor to work with both of these women. Their work with M-OADN will help promote the success of associate degree nursing and help ensure quality healthcare for the citizens of Mississippi."
M-OADN is a chapter of the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing, the leading advocate for associate degree nursing education and practice and promoter of collaboration in charting the future of health care education and delivery. The state organization's purpose is to help retain the Registered Nurse title and scope of practice for the associate degree nurse.