Ashleigh Smith '12, was recently awarded a 2012 Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing.
Each spring, the VNASCC presents scholarship awards to one deserving student from each nursing program in the state of Conn., and this year, the award is worth $1,200. The criteria for the scholarship is as follows:
“We ask that the selected student demonstrate…. qualities that suggest that at some point in their career they might be identified by their colleagues and employers as deserving Nightingale Recognition….. The criterion for future Nightingale recognition includes an RN or LPN who has: made a significant impact on patient care and/or the nursing profession, gone “beyond the call” in a clearly illustrated scenario, demonstrated excellence above what is normally expected, shown commitment to the community served in a way that is significantly above the norm, and/or achieved a life-long legacy in a particular arena.”
Below is an excerpt from Smith's introduction at the awards ceremony by YSN Asst. Dean Grosso:
"Ashleigh Smith is a RN who goes beyond the call of duty, not only in her course work and clinical practicums at YSN, but every shift she works as an oncology nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital. Ashleigh provides exceptional care to her patients, is a certified chemotherapy nurse, co-chaired the Oncology Nursing Practice Committee, precepts student nurses and new staff, and was awarded the MGH “Excellence in Action” award. She is an active member in the Oncology Nurses Society and has done local and international volunteer work. During her time at YSN she continued to work as a nurse, all while excelling in her academic course and clinical work. She currently is working on research related to assessing breast cancer patients’ cardiac risks. Ashleigh has gracefully balanced her nursing career with her academic work and exemplifies the Nightingale Awards Mission."
Pictured here: Dr. Frank Gross, Asst. Dean of Student Affairs at YSN, and Robert Motley, Chair of the Board for the VNASCC, present Ashleigh Smith '12 with the 2012 Nightingale Award.