February 22, 2005

The Spirit of Nursing Award is a national award that is given by Army Nurse Corps in cooperation with the National Student Nurses' Association. The award was created to promote excellence by honoring exceptional nursing students. There is an entry form that asks for professional involvement, leadership experience and academic achievements. The Dean writes a statement and the student writes an essay on "How is the Spirit of Nursing evident in your practice of nursing?" Our candidates (usually seniors) are nominated by faculty and the Campus Director at each upper division campus.

Abbey Masters from the Billings campus has been selected as this year's nomination for the CON and will now be considered for the national award. She was selected from a pool of three upper division students. Lori Mitchell from the Missoula campus and Craig Sivak from the Great Falls campus were the other outstanding candidates.

A committee made up of members of the ANC and the NSNA review all of the entry forms and essays and selects the national winner. The winner receives an engraved crystal award at the NSNA Annual Convention. The winner's school is also presented a plaque.