Cole named Nurse Educator of the Year

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An assistant professor at Alcorn State University’s School of Nursing is being recognized for her dedication to teaching.

Theresa Cole was named the 2020 Nurse Educator of the Year by the Mississippi Organization of Associate Degree Nursing.

The award was established to recognize a deserving nursing professor who influences nursing practice through professionalism and excellence in clinical practice.

Cole feels the accolade is an excellent representation of what the school has to offer.

“Winning this award is a tremendous honor,” Cole said in a statement. “This award is not just for me; it also represents Alcorn and the School of Nursing. I am surrounded by such great faculty and staff, all of whom play an important role in my work as an educator and the success of the students. The feeling is great.”

Nursing students play a significant role in Cole’s success not only as a teacher but also as a learner. She appreciates the opportunity to experience a mutually beneficial relationship with her students.

“The students are why I am here, and I pray that I have a positive impact and enhance their learning,” she said. “I learn from them as much as they learn from me. It is gratifying to know that I have played a small part in their journey to become nurses.”

Watching her students meet the challenges of nursing school to achieve success is one of Cole’s teaching career highlights.

“I love getting that call or text from students saying that they have passed their state board of nursing exam, which is the final exam that makes them a nurse,” she said. “There is no better feeling. Their success is my success.”

The award sets a precedent for Cole and her co-workers to uphold. Cole looks forward to using the newfound motivation to reach new heights in her field.

“This award motivates me to do more for my students and the School of Nursing,” she said. “I want our department to be recognized for all of its great work and the great team of faculty members.”