JCJC A.D. Nursing wins statewide awards

Written By: Teresa Martin
Email Address: teresa.martin@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2012-05-29 14:15:50

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Associate Degree Nursing program instructors are feeling pretty confident about their student’s abilities following the annual Mississippi Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (M-OADN) state convention. Jones’ A.D. nursing Scholars Bowl team took top honors, beating out eight teams in the competition. Jones students, Savannah Hobgood of Laurel and William Case of Hattiesburg answered the most questions correctly which led to the big win. 

“Teams are given 30 seconds to respond to multiple choice answers. In the tie breaker round, a complicated medical math computation was added. JCJC nursing students placed first in the initial round, bringing home the Gold Medal,” said Linda Suttle, retired JCJC A.D. N. division chair and instructor who attended the convention. About 200 registered nurses attended the conference along with 1,600 students. She added she was extremely proud to see Jones students are continuing to succeed and this is the second time that JCJC nursing students have won first place since the bowl began in 2008. JCJC’s scrapbook of annual community activities won the “Most Community Services” award among the eight community college programs submitting scrapbooks. 

Current A.D. Nursing division chair, Donna Scoggin is proud of the honors earned at convention and is happy a Jones instructor was in the spotlight again. For the second year in a row a Jones ADN instructor was chosen as “Nurse Educator of the Year”. Jean Easterling, MSN, RN was up against six other nursing instructors from across the state. Colleagues and students submitted letters of recommendation along with a curriculum vitae including evidence of active membership in M-OADN, instructional excellence and active involvement in community affairs and professional activities. Easterling serves as the course leader and instructor for the Adult Nursing II course. 

 “Mrs. Easterling has been an instructor at Jones for 17 years and continues to have a true passion to assist students to be their very best.  She is not only knowledgeable, but serves as a positive role model for the nursing students.  Jean's evaluations from the students reflect their respect for her as well as their appreciation for her
outstanding instructional methods,” said Scoggin.


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