February 6, 2006

The CON has chosen Kara Bakke from the Great Falls campus as our student and she will now be considered for the national award. She was selected from a pool of four upper division students. Hanne Cundy from the Billings campus, Kahrin Phillips from the Bozeman campus and Julie Christensen from the Missoula campus were the other outstanding students.

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?"

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.