NSC faculty shares passion for nursing, wins statewide essay contest

By Mandi Enger

Sharing her passion for the fields of nursing and nurse education, Nevada State College School of Nursing Lecturer, LaTricia Perry, has been selected as a winner in the Nevada Hospital Association's12th Annual Statewide Nurse Essay Contest.

Each year, the Nevada Hospital Association (NHA) opens the essay contest to nurses, educators, and nursing students throughout Nevada. A total of 38 submissions were received this year in categories including Professional Development, Attraction, and Commitment/Retention. Perry was recognized for her writings in the area of Commitment/Retention.

Describing her philosophy on student development and patient care Perry wrote in her essay, We must seize the opportunity to share with students the art of nursing through random acts of kindness to our patients, to our students and to our peers Nursing instructors, mentors, and preceptors are given the amazing opportunity to truly mold our future nurses. Perry went on to highlight her joy in working closely with students as they learn both the art and science of the profession.

Representatives of the NHA presented Perry with her awards, including a commemorative Florence Nightingale lamp, during a visit to the NSC campus on August 20.

Joining the NSC School of Nursing in 2010, Perry served the institution as a part-time faculty member while also working as a school nursing within the Clark County School District. In the fall of 2012, Perry transitioned into a full-time faculty member position, teaching health assessment to first-semester nursing students and maternity to those in their second semester.

Being able to merge my love for teaching with my love for maternity nursing is a dream come true for me, added Perry. While I have missed my time as a nurse in labor and delivery, my current role affords me the best of both worlds.

To learn more about the School of Nursing and the philosophy of care, visit: http://archive.nsc.edu/83.asp.

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