Joanna Emmons, a 2005 nursing graduate from USI’s College of Nursing and Health Professions, has been named the 2012 Magnet Nurse of the Year by the American Nurses Credentialing Center—one of the profession's highest honors.
"This is great news for one of our alumni to receive this prestigious national award," said Dr. Ann White, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions. “Emmons is the only nurse to receive this award in the nation for 2012. This competition included nurses from Duke, Beth Israel, Rush, and others – some of the top hospitals in the United States.”
According to the Evansville Courier and Press:
Only nurses at hospitals the organization designates for Magnet recognition for providing nursing excellence are eligible for the award. Less than 7 percent of the hospitals in the United States hold that status, said Laura Forbes, St. Mary's spokeswoman. St. Mary's has been a Magnet hospital since 2011.
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