COLUMBUS, Miss. – A heart for leadership, service and caring has led two Mississippi University for Women seniors to the Mississippi Association of Student Nurses Hall of Fame.

Senior nursing students Mallory Brown and Miranda Goza were inducted into the MASN Hall of Fame and chosen from the inductees to receive the Circle of Excellence Scholarship at the annual convention held Oct. 20-21 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center in Biloxi.

For the nomination process, each college of nursing was eligible to nominate two students for induction to the MASN Hall of Fame. The names were then anonymously presented to the MASN board of directors and awarded at the annual convention. Each nominee was required to write a thorough essay and have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA.

Brown, a native of Brandon, described in her essay the passion she has for promoting the image of nursing throughout her educational career by volunteering for fundraising endeavors that benefit the Blair E. Batson Children Hospital of Mississippi, supporting local health fairs and screenings and Stop Hunger Now. Brown also detailed the importance of teamwork in the nursing profession. Her goal is to ensure that she keeps a positive attitude and is always ready to be a resource for her classmates and professors.

“I believe arrogance hinders an atmosphere of teamwork and I strive to include all my classmates equally in group projects with the knowledge that each individual has something unique to contribute,” said Brown.

Goza, who is from Flowood, shares Brown’s compassion for caring. Through her essay she shared her responsibility of being a mentor to junior nursing students and her drive to provide encouragement to them. Her drive doesn’t end with her fellow classmates or 72 new family members as she describes them, but Goza strives to extend encouragement to everyone around her.

“Through my interaction with patients, instructors and classmates, my ultimate goal is to simply shed a positive light,” described Goza.

In her community Goza has committed time to volunteer with a local organization called the Mustard Seed that helps adults with developmental abilities. She also had dedicated her time to events such as the annual T.K. Martin Fun, the Chi Omega Make A Wish 5K and donated first aid supplies to local schools.

The Mississippi Association of Student Nurses represents nursing students in schools throughout Mississippi, including associate and baccalaureate degree programs. The association works to develop nurses, influence the education process and encourage nursing students to participate in health care projects.

“Nurses are known to be caring, honest individuals. These attributes of a nurse are not only exemplified when a nurse is at work, but at all times of the nurse’s life,” said Brown. “No profession is as rewarding as one in which you can serve your fellow man.”

Goza added, “Nursing is one of the only professions that provides exposure to individuals at the most vulnerable and challenging time that lie has to offer. I attempt to understand the individual needs of each person and ultimately deliver the appropriate type of care.”

Nov. 8, 2016
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