WICHITA, Kansas – Three Southwestern College Professional Studies distinguished nursing students were recognized for their academic achievements this past weekend as they were inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society.
The RN to BSN students spent their afternoon on the campus of Wichita State University on Sunday for the induction ceremony of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, Epsilon Gamma-At-Large Chapter. The chapter is made up of five BSN programs in the Wichita area, including WSU, Bethel College, Tabor College Newman University and Southwestern College.
Students Debra Birdwell, Tonya Dresher and Jessika Haselbauer were inducted during the two-hour ceremony. Haselbauer was also awarded the Iota Chi Excellence in Scholarship Award.
“It was a real privilege and honor to be inducted into the society,” said Debra Birdwell, Southwestern College RN to BSN student. “I began my nursing career as a CNA and my first boss at Wesley Medical Center was at the ceremony representing Tabor College. Linda Moody had been my instructor at WATC when I was in LPN school. These ladies have been great mentors in my nursing journey. I hope to become involved in the local chapter and make a difference in our community.”
The Southwestern College Professional Studies RN to BSN program provides current nurses the opportunity to earn their bachelor’s in nursing degrees and learn from practicing professionals. Students can transfer up to 94 credit hours from any nationally or regionally-accredited institution and complete their degree in as little as 14 months.