Mississippi Nurses Foundation Announces Winner
The Mississippi Nurses’ Foundation congratulates Mrs. Sherry Rucker James of Lucedale, MS as the grand prize winner in the 2014 Volvo or Grand Vacation Raffle held October 24th at the Mississippi Nurses Association Annual Convention.
Sherry began her nursing career in 1986. She earned an Associate Degree in Nursing from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing Education Administration from the University of Mobile.
She is currently employed as a Nursing Instructor with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. In her role, Sherry is responsible for teaching Associate Degree and Practical Nursing Students in the classroom and in clinical settings.
Sherry said, “I enjoy attending the MNA convention each year. One reason is because I enjoy the learning experience that I receive, but another reason is because I have a great respect and love for MNA/MNF. When I was working on my Master’s degree, my daughter was in a BSN program at the time, and my son was graduating from high school. I was working two jobs along with going to school to complete my degree. Financially, I was struggling. I needed $971.00 to complete my degree, and MNA/MNF graciously assisted with that burden. It was an answered prayer. I had such a great appreciation that I became a member of MNA in hopes that I may be able to help someone else in need. I bought a “Nurses Touch Lives” car tag and started attending every convention possible. Each year I purchase a ticket for the grand prize with the thought that it really doesn’t matter if I win, but that I’m contributing to a great cause in hopes of giving back what they had given me.”
In weighing her options of 2015 Volvo XC60, $10,000 cash, or a seven day Alsakan or Carribbean cruise, Mrs. James chose the $10,000 cash prize.
The Foundation raised over $23,000 on the raffle; funds will be used to carry out the mission of raising, accepting and dispersing charitable donations to promote professional nursing and better health in Mississippi.
Thank you to all who purchased and sold tickets. Special thanks to our friends and partners, Paul Moak Automotive and McGhee Cruise and Vacation.
AMERICAN NURSES CREDENTIALING CENTER
has awarded the
Mississippi Nurses’ Foundation
Reaccreditation as an Approval Unit with Distinction!
Dear Nurses and Friends of Nursing,
The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has awarded Mississippi Nurses’ Foundation reaccreditation as an Approver Unit (with Distinction) of continuing nursing education for four years. The Accreditation with Distinction is the highest recognition awarded by ANCC.
I want to thank Dr. Susan Hart for leading the team to this distinction. I also want to thank Dr. Renee Williams from University of Mississippi Center School of Nursing, Lana Burnet from North Mississippi Medical Center, Ka Russum from Forrest General Hospital, Pat Clemen from Sta-Home, and Kasey Dorr from the Mississippi Nurses’ Foundation for taking time to support MNF in the review process and during the virtual site visit.
I also want to thank the Approver Unit members for reviewing applications and providing feedback during this enormous task.
Thank you all for your service.
Mississippi Nurses Project
View the Mississippi Nurses Foundation annual report for the Mississippi State Department of Health Office of Tobacco Control: Tobacco-Free Mississippi…Engaging Mississippi’s Nurses Project by clicking the link below.
It is an honor for me to write about the successes of the Mississippi Nurses Foundation and how your support and contributions Touched Lives. The vision of MNF is to be the charitable organization in the state of Mississippi that is most infuential in impacting the professional image of nursing, sponsoring continuing nursing education, and funding for nursing.
With that vision in mind, we engaged some extraordinary nurses and friends of nurses throughout the state of Mississippi:
- We expanded our Nurses Car Tag program by increasing the number of scholarships to schools of nursing; which support nurses in advancing their education.
- We collaborated with professionals from varied disciplinces of nursing and friends of nursing to assist us in creating a more visible presence within our community. For example, we engaged more non-healthcare organizations to participate in our annual Nightingale Awards Gala, we continued our partnership with Paul Moak Volvo, we increased the number of speaking engagements where we share MNF with others; and we were able to share the services and programs of the Foundation across the state.
- We supported new organizatons in developing quality continuing education courses for registered nurses in Mississippi.
- We rallied with some amazing school nurses and friends of nursing to assist in revising the School Nurse Procedure and Standard of Care Manual for our children.
- We continued our collaboration with the Mississippi Department of Health Office of Tobacco Control to engage nursing students and nurses about the dangers of tobacco usage.
With your continued support and tax-deductible donations we will continue to expand our program and increase the number of scholarhships that are awarded annually.