JCJC A.D. Nurse Instructor named Nurse Educator of the Year

Written By: Teresa Martin
Email Address: teresa.martin@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2011-04-11 14:27:47

ELLISVILLE- Jones County Junior College’s Associate Degree Nursing instructor, Erin Knight was named as Nursing Educator of the Year by the Mississippi Organization for Associate Degree Nursing at the group’s recent convention. The Petal native has been teaching at Jones for more than 16 years and serves on the Petal School District Community Health Advisory Council.  During Desert Storm, Knight served as captain in the U.S. Air Force as an operating room nurse. She currently works PRN as a staff nurse in Hattiesburg and is the mother of two teenagers. 

JCJC A.D.N. Division Chair, Dr. Donna Scoggin said Knight’s nursing experience is broad with experience in hospital medical-surgical areas, ER, and surgery as well as working for a surgeon in an outpatient setting. 
In her nomination letter, Scoggin shared with the committee reviewing the seven nominees, “Erin gives 100% of herself to ensure that the students have the best possible nursing education by such means as incorporating varying teaching strategies to assist students learn and being committed to staying abreast with current evidenced based practices. Her colleagues recognize her dedication to helping students be successful as she works endlessly with students, with much of her personal time being given in order to meet the students’ needs.”

The JCJC Student President of the Nursing 2 class, Kenneth Levens appreciates Knight’s instruction. In his nomination letter he wrote, “Ms. Knight is an amazing educator who continually challenges her students to represent the A.D. Nurse with integrity and professionalism. It is quite evident and truly appreciated at how much hard work and dedication she puts into impacting her student’s education.”
Knight earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1980 and her master’s in 1996 from USM. 


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