Nursing Students Awarded for Four Years of Accomplishments

June 15, 2009 — Graduating nursing student Serena Knick won the Anne Pollock Hemmings Clinical Excellence Award, given for the first time during the University of Virginia School of Nursing's pinning ceremony, held May 16.

Four other students won awards at the ceremony, held during Finals Weekend.

Knick was cited for maintaining an "exemplary level of performance in virtually every clinical setting."

The Anne Pollock Hemmings Clinical Excellence Award Fund was started 10 years ago by the BSN class of 1959 and became fully endowed this year as the class celebrated its 50th reunion.

Anne Pollock Hemmings, who earned a nursing diploma in 1947 and a bachelor of science in nursing degree in 1949, taught at the School of Nursing from 1947 to 1960 and inspired students to approach their lives and nursing careers with unparalleled caring and compassion. The alumni who honored Hemmings' memory with this endowment sought to recognize someone who exemplifies the qualities they admired and learned from their teacher.

Lauren Starkey was this year's honoree as Nursing Student Contributing the Most to the School of Nursing. As the 2008-09 class president, Starkey spent hours planning, organizing and raising funds to bring the class of 2009 closer together and increase involvement. She served as class of 2009 vice president the previous three years. Her academic honors include election to the Raven Society, Sigma Theta Tau, Intermediate Honors and dean's list all eight semesters. Starkey will begin her career at St. Mary's Hospital in Richmond.

Katie Shannon and Raeanne Tatem were co-recipients of the Nursing Student Contributing the Most to the University of Virginia Award.

As co-president of the Nursing School's class of 2009 for three years, Shannon helped organize countless activities and fundraisers. Her primary activity outside the School of Nursing has been her place on the nationally ranked women's lacrosse team. She will continue her work at the University of California-Los Angeles Medical Center.

Tatem served this past year as president of the Virginia Nursing Student Association, an elected position representing more than 1,000 nursing students across the Commonwealth. She participated in the Remote Area Medical Clinic in Wise, traveled to Panama and Costa Rica with Global Medical Training, and volunteered at a nursing mission in Mali, West Africa. After her experience in Africa, Tatem began a non-profit organization called Healing Hearts Worldwide which raises money to fund a pediatric clinic for homeless children in Mali. Tatem will begin her career at the Duke University Medical Center.

The Z Society's 2009 Edgar F. Shannon Award for the School of Nursing was given to Alicia Dean for her "incredible academic success and passionate extracurricular involvements." Dean made the dean's list in seven of eight semesters, was selected for the fourth-year honors clinical this past fall, and received Intermediate Honors. She was elected to the Raven Society and Sigma Theta Tau. Among her many extracurricular activities was her volunteer work with Camp Kesem U.Va., which serves children whose parents have cancer. Along with volunteering her time to the organization and management of the camp, Dean helped raise more than $26,000. She will also begin her career at the Duke University Medical Center.

— By Hannah Walker