Alumna is Georgia School Nurse of the Year

Friday, December 19, 2008

University of West Georgia Alumna Kathy Sheriff has been named the 2009 Georgia School Nurse of the Year by the Georgia Association of School Nurses.

Sheriff graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing in 1998 and worked as a nurse at Emory University Hospital and Crawford W. Long Hospital before becoming a school nurse. She is now the Douglas County School System Health Services Coordinator.

“I'm thrilled to bring this recognition to Douglas County schools," Sheriff said. "It's been a privilege to serve the students and staff here for the last 10 years."

Dr. Kathryn Grams, formerly the chair of the Department of Nursing, is the first dean of the new School of Nursing.

“This recognition affirms the expert practice of our graduates in serving the community,” said Grams. “It is also a recognition of the excellence of our programs.”

The school offers Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Nursing and enrolls students on campuses in Carrollton, Dalton, Newnan and Rome.

Sheriff coordinates health services for more than 5,000 students in Douglas County schools and has been instrumental in developing progressive policies for the program. Colleagues note her compassion and dedication to the students as an important service of her service.

The School of Nursing became an official institution on the UWG campus last September. Since it became a program of study in 1974, nursing had been a department in the College of Arts and Sciences.

In the last academic year, 117 graduates received degrees in nursing with 99 percent of the pre-licensure graduates passing the national licensing exam on their first attempt. This year, more than 325 students are enrolled in nursing courses and more than 800 have declared nursing as a major at UWG.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education nationally accredits the degree programs, and the BSN programs have full approval by the Georgia Board of Nursing. For more information, call 678-839-6552.