Augusta Free Press

Augusta Health nurses earn additional college degrees

A ceremony was held at Augusta Health on May 5 to recognize all 44 Augusta Health nurses who have completed requirements for a college degree this year.  Fourteen of the graduates were members of the first class of the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences’ RN-to-BSN degree program for registered nurses.

“We are so proud of the accomplishment of these amazing nurses,” said Marvella Rea, MSN, RN, CNML, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Augusta Health.  “Completing a college degree while working is not an easy task.  It takes focus, dedication, perseverance and a desire to be your best—qualities that all these nurses have demonstrated both on the job and in the classroom.  It’s also been wonderful to see the support and encouragement from their colleagues and supervisors, and to see the positive impact of our tuition assistance program.  I’m in awe of all they have achieved”.

Augusta Health nurses graduating this spring, and the degree they earned, are:

From Averett University:

From Blue Ridge Community College:

From Eastern Mennonite University:

From James Madison University:

Kira Griffin, MSN

From Liberty University:

From Lynchburg College:

From Massanutten Technical Center:

From Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences:

From University of Virginia:

From Valley Technical Center:

From Walden University:

From Western Governors University:

Augusta Health is an independent, community-owned, not-for-profit hospital whose mission is to promote the health and well-being of its community through access to excellent care.  Named one of the 100 Top Hospitals in America by Thomson Reuters/Truven in both 2011 and 2012, Augusta Health has also been nationally recognized by HealthGrades as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for clinical excellence and patient safety for three consecutive years.

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